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OPINION: Don’t revisit guns on campus

This should have been a settled matter by now. Last year’s surprisingly decisive veto statement by Gov. Nathan Deal should have resolved for a long time to come the issue of guns on public college campuses. That it did not suggests that a mule might well be a suitable animal mascot for the Georgia General Assembly. Even in a non-election year, the Gold Dome is once more advancing a measure that...


Opinion: Free speech is embattled, misunderstood

Opinion: Free speech is embattled, misunderstood

The prolonged hubbub surrounding Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter, calling U.S. Representative John Lewis a “racist pig” on Hunter’s Facebook page, is a symptom of our societal breakdown around the First Amendment in a battle to determine whether freedom of thought will survive when pitted against a new generation who are unwilling to debate or resolve issues, choosing bureaucratic...
Opinion: Gwinnett officers fired, now what comes next?

Opinion: Gwinnett officers fired, now what comes next?

Two Gwinnett County officers caught on video striking a college student nearly two weeks ago have been fired. Prosecutors have indicated that possible criminal charges are pending. Rightfully so. Now what? Wait for the next incident? Blame the victim? Condemn all cops? Atlanta has long been at the forefront of advocacy around police accountability and other constitutional rights matters. I have personally...
Opinion: Gwinnett chief’s actions reflect well on a department and profession

Opinion: Gwinnett chief’s actions reflect well on a department and profession

Recently released cellphone videos showing two Gwinnett County police officers hitting a man in the face and kicking him in the head while handcuffed set off a firestorm of criticism and condemnation. The first cellphone video that went viral clearly showed a non-resisting man on the ground with the supervisor who had just finished applying handcuffs. Then, a second officer, presumably his backup...
Opinion: Making the right call in viral assault by ex-Gwinnett cops

Opinion: Making the right call in viral assault by ex-Gwinnett cops

Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers obviously internalized the term “peace officers” – a once-common name for law enforcement’s practitioners. At least partly as a result, perhaps, a relative calm still reigns over metro Atlanta in general, and Gwinnett County, in particular. This even as protesters regularly continue to peacefully, if boisterously, rail against a county...

Opinion: Iran deal is just like health care

In a report to Congress this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson grudgingly certified that the Iran nuclear deal that candidate Donald Trump denounced as “the worst deal ever negotiated” is in fact working as designed, and that Iran is fully honoring all of its commitments. Given the challenges that we face with North Korea, that ought to have been welcome news. But of course it is...

Readers Write: April 23

Airlines should stop overbooking flights Years ago, it was easy to book a flight and then change it if necessary. While this was great for the passenger, it was probably frustrating for the airline that might end up flying a less than full plane. So, the answer for for them was to overbook the flight. Today, however, airlines charge a hefty fine ($200) for anyone changing their flight. So there is...

Krauthammer: With North Korea, we do have cards to play

Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. The regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States — and thus destroy an American city at a Kim Jong Un push of a button. The North Koreans are not bluffing...

Collins: Paging the Trump Armada

Let’s consider the case of the wrong-way warships. Last week, North Korea was planning a big celebration in honor of its founder’s birthday. For North Koreans, holiday fun is short on barbecues and high on weaponry. The big parade in Pyongyang featured monster canisters that theoretically contained intercontinental ballistic missiles. It’s possible they were actually empty and that...

Readers Write: April 21

Delta has no concern for passengers Regarding Delta’s CEO’s promise to “dive deep” into the causes of last week’s flight delays, they certainly have a body of experience resulting from diving deep into their customers’ wallets. In a time of relatively cheap fuel, fares have soared, along with the millions raked in through outrageous bag fees and “upgrades...
Opinion: 6th District race shows Georgia GOP needs an updated blueprint

Opinion: 6th District race shows Georgia GOP needs an updated blueprint

Tuesday night was a good, but not quite great, night for Jon Ossoff. It will have been a good, and not mediocre, night for Georgia Republicans if it leaves them with the feeling they may need to maintain to win in this new political environment: a little bit scared. Not scared as in lacking the courage of their convictions, but in the sense they can’t take their dominance of Georgia politics...

Readers Write: April 20

Bookman column just more hypocrisy as usual Jay Bookman suddenly discovers there’s an “us vs. them” mindset in politics today (“In effort to save 6th district, GOP goes ‘full tribal,’ ” Opinion, April 12). His reserving his discovery to GOP efforts in the 6th Congressional District, however, is interesting. Supporting a Democratic Party for which identity...

A professor who stresses learning, ideas, not liberal politics

Reading through a recent issue of Forbes, I came across a wonderful quote from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. He observed: “You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To change things you must build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.” I saw that truth during a recent speaking engagement at the University of California, Berkeley. I have been speaking on university...

Opinion:What happened in the 6th shouldn’t be so rare

We get a contested congressional election, and look what happens. People get excited, even passionate. Voters begin to believe again that politics can matter, that they themselves matter, that they can play a meaningful role in their own governance. Something approaching democracy breaks out, contentious and splendid and a little unruly. The system has life once more. At least for a passing moment...

Readers Write: April 19

Trump committed to strengthening U.S. So Jay Bookman has run out of patience living in Donald Trump’s weird alternative universe. Welcome to the club, Jay! For the previous eight years, I’ve been living in a bizarre alternative universe where one of the most unqualified men to ever become president made my blood boil daily. I get the fact that some politicians are going to lean to the...

Readers Write: April 18

State must attract varied types of employers While it is certainly worthwhile to attract employers that offer higher-end compensation, it is also just as worthwhile and important to add jobs that employ lesser-skilled individuals, such as construction, agriculture, etc. It is this group of citizens who are more likely to be on welfare or drawing unemployment. Putting these individuals to work would...
Opinon: Broken barrier endures across generations

Opinon: Broken barrier endures across generations

I was traveling with my 14-year-old daughter when I spotted former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry in the airport. Never much a fanboy, I nevertheless walked up to Strawberry, who had a pair of Beats headphones on his ears, just to shake his hand. I was at pains afterwards to explain to my daughter why I was so excited to meet Strawberry. Like most of her generation of African-Americans...

Readers Write: April 17

Bookman column on-point about Trump Thank you for Jay Bookman’s splendid article on “Donald Trump’s weird and misbegotten universe, this alternative reality with alternative facts.” Trump is so infused with his own power and greatness that he creates his own reality and ignores life as it really is. His followers, I believe, love this illusion and support him no matter how...

Opinion: Perdue seeks areas for Obamacare compromise

The flame-out of Republicans’ first attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare has left Congress in something of a holding pattern. The White House and congressional leaders have signaled a desire to move on to other issues such as tax reform, while insisting health-reform negotiations are still alive. But it’s clear health reform needs to get moving soon if it’s to move at all...

Readers Write: April 16

Maybe GDOT not to blame for collapse Suppose for a moment that GDOT had stored the high-density plastic piping in a locked-down secured storage area instead of under the I-85 bridges. What might have the outcome been? Inevitably, with the breathless encouragement of the local news establishment, some local politician would have been carping, “Forty-nine other states store this type of material...
Opinion: Atlanta better solve traffic woes before it’s too late

Opinion: Atlanta better solve traffic woes before it’s too late

This fiasco on Interstate 85 has been a giant headache for metro Atlanta. But we’ve been persevering, and government officials are promising to get the bridge replaced in record time to get our traffic back to the normal — at least what we consider normal for plodding Atlanta commutes. In fact, the contractor rebuilding the I-85 bridge could earn up to $3.1 million extra for finishing...
Opinion: A fire that should be a wakeup cry

Opinion: A fire that should be a wakeup cry

With hefty doses of good humor, Southern-bred politeness and an increased reliance on GPS or smartphone traffic apps, metro Atlantans are for the vast part making the best of workaround (aka, lengthened) commutes necessitated by the spectacular fire and subsequent collapse of a section of I-85. That’s a big deal in a spread-out metro area like ours. Unlike many other cities, our lack of a comprehensive...

Opinion: On healthcare, GOP not ready for compromise

U.S. Sen. David Perdue said a very odd thing this week. He told the AJC’s Greg Bluestein that Republicans will have to compromise with Democrats if they hope to address challenges in the nation’s health-care system. Compromise? With Democrats? On health care? That’s pretty amazing, given that so far, Republicans can’t bring themselves to compromise even with their fellow Republicans...
Opinion: Time’s now for transforming Atlanta’s outdated transportation culture

Opinion: Time’s now for transforming Atlanta’s outdated transportation culture

Hindsight is 20/20. Can we retire that idiom and focus on having some foresight? In case you’ve been living under a rock — or crawled under one when you heard “fire on I-85” — Atlanta’s busiest freeway collapsed during the city’s never-ending rush hour. Authorities were able to halt traffic at first signs of fire and before the ensuing collapse, avoiding even...
Opinion: I-85 collapse reinforces need for action to improve commutes

Opinion: I-85 collapse reinforces need for action to improve commutes

It’s a sad day for Georgia when the realization that we need more transit options comes only after a devastating event like the collapse of I-85. Life in metro Atlanta came to screeching halt late last month when a portion of I-85 collapsed. People who live in north Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties were forced to find alternative routes to get into and out of the city of Atlanta. It...

Readers Write: April 14

Eroding home life degrades children’s education The column (“School choice can’t erase biggest barriers,” News, April 3), hit the nail on the head. The biggest culprit, and thus the biggest opportunity contributing to poorly educated children, is the home environment. School choice, vouchers, teacher pay raises, building new school buildings, more testing, etc. are just initiatives...
Opinion: Trump and the ‘weaving car’ theory of foreign policy

Opinion: Trump and the ‘weaving car’ theory of foreign policy

Those of us who did not buy into the Obama administration’s deep self-regard were long skeptical of the deal brokered with Russia to remove Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile. This deal came about back when Democrats were the ones who thought Russia was a potential ally, or at least a nation with which we might find common cause when dealing with international problems. The Obama administration...

Readers Write: April 13

Corporations should invest in transportation Regarding the Watching your Tax Dollars story (“Little-noticed agencies give big tax breaks,” News April 2), I very much appreciate how it calls into question the advantages to taxpayers, and the potential for personal motivations to play a part. One thing that it didn’t mention was the drag on Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure...

Opinion: More freedom’s good for blacks, bad for black politicians

When President Trump recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus leadership, they presented him with their new report, “We Have A Lot To Lose.” It’s their assessment on fixing the problems in black America. The title plays off of Trump’s message when he was seeking black support during the presidential campaign — “What do you have to lose?” Trump&rsquo...

Opinion: In effort to save the 6th, GOP goes ‘full tribal’

In a TV ad endorsing Republican hopeful Dan Moody for the vacant 6th Congressional District seat, U.S. Sen. David Perdue reassures voters that Moody can be trusted because “he’s one of us.” “One of us,” as opposed to “one of them?” Actually, yes. That “us vs. them” mindset has become the running theme of the GOP’s attempt to hold the 6th...

Readers Write: April 12

GDOT should take responsibility Once again, Atlanta officials fail to take responsibility for their actions. A tweet shortly after the Interstate 85 collapse said it all, “What genius decided to use store flammable material under a major interstate bridge?” Let’s face facts: if highly flammable material had not been stored under the I-85 bridge, there would have been no fire or highway...

Readers Write: April 11

Is health care really a right? Many liberals believe health care is a right. Yet, many can go many years (some a lifetime) without it. I assume liberals believe it is a right because it allows life to continue or provides a better life. Try living a day without food or shelter. If health care is a right, then certainly food and basic shelter are rights. All of these things are provided by work efforts...

Readers Write: April 10

State should consider outlawing pit bulls I read again today in the AJC about another attack by pit bulls (“Family dogs attack Hall County girl, 5,” News, April 6). This time, there were three of them that seriously injured the family’s five-year-old daughter. She was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Scottish Rite. The AJC said they were “pit bull-mixed...
Opinion: Why a bank loves baseball

Opinion: Why a bank loves baseball

Baseball is often hailed as America’s pastime, but SunTrust Park is already proving to be America’s Futuretime. From the design and technology to the amenities and experiences, even MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred recently noted the new home of the Atlanta Braves is a model for future ballparks and The Battery Atlanta represents a “watershed” event for baseball. It is a rare occasion...

Opinion: SunTrust Park’s comfy new home for baseball’s old values

It’s no head-shaker that a campaign was launched just a few years ago to declare baseball’s opening day an official holiday, right up there with July 4th and Labor Day. The national pastime is, indeed, just that — a uniquely American sport and beloved treasure. Such is the sport’s popularity that CBS News reported in 2014, when the holiday campaign was in full swing that, &ldquo...

Opinion: I-85 collapse should get candidates’ attention

As Atlanta’s firefighters raced Thursday toward the blaze on I-85, just a step slower was the way that word of the unfolding disaster spread around the state Capitol during the final hours of this year’s session. I playfully asked the House transportation chairman, Rep. Kevin Tanner, if he and his colleagues were furiously rewriting the budget to rebuild the highway, and his played-straight...

Opinion: A season opener that stands apart

“Love is the most important thing in life. But baseball is pretty good, too.” Yogi Berra I’ve had a love affair with baseball for as long as I can remember. Make no mistake about it, I was never going to make it to the big leagues. In fact, I felt lucky just to have survived a somewhat unremarkable (and injury-plagued) Little League career. But the game has always held a special...

Readers Write: April 9

Atlantans should be proud of themselves So often, we see times of hardship and trouble bring out the best in people. We realize that we’re all in this together and we’re willing to work to get the problem resolved. The collapse of a section of Interstate 85, due to fire, has resulted in an extraordinary display of cooperation and effort in reacting to the problem, its aftermath and its...

Opinion: Welcoming ‘Braves Country’ to new SunTrust Park

On Friday evening, the Atlanta Braves will officially open our new home, SunTrust Park. This is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by many people who worked diligently with one goal in mind - to create a world-class facility with an unparalleled game day experience for the millions of fans who call Braves Country home. The best fans in baseball deserve the best ballpark in baseball...

Opinion: WWI centennial: Honoring U.S.’s sacrifice for world

As a French-born woman, I always felt a debt of gratitude to the United States. It is a gratitude shared by generations of Europeans who still remember the Americans as our liberators in two World Wars. I was raised on stories of American generosity. I read about the American volunteers who served in World War I. I know about the American Hospital in Paris and its ambulance drivers. When I immigrated...

Opinion: The unreal world of Mr. Trump

I don’t know about you, but personally, I have flat run out of patience living in Donald Trump’s weird and misbegotten universe, this alternative reality with alternative facts. It’s like being trapped in some half-remembered dream that you know will make no sense upon awakening, yet that awakening never seems to come. I want reality back. I want to stop wasting time and mental bandwidth...

Readers Write: April 7

Maybe more will take MARTA now When a section of a Los Angeles freeway was destroyed by earthquake, everyone who had to travel that road to work downtown had to take commuter rail. But when repairs were completed and the highway reopened, a third of those motorists who had become train riders stayed with it. Psychological studies made at that time showed the train riders were less stressed at the...

Opinion: GOP infighting’s ominous sign for Trump, conservative agenda

The political disaster that was the non-repeal of Obamacare last month was bad enough. But now its recriminatory aftershocks, fully joined by President Donald Trump himself, augur ill for the future of the Republican agenda this year — and maybe beyond. The president was understandably frustrated in his first major legislative campaign. He worked the phones late most nights to round up GOP votes...

Readers Write: April 6

Trump acting in Americans’ best interests Leonard Pitts proves that Pavlov’s dog is alive and well (“For President Trump, accountability has arrived,” Opinion, March 26). Also, I saw pictures of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi grinning like Cheshire cats when news was released that the Republican health bill was pulled for further tuning. When these two old liberal has-beens...
My joyride in Donald Trump's red Ferrari

My joyride in Donald Trump's red Ferrari

Donald Trump's fire-engine red, 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe went on the auction block on Saturday and traded hands for $270,000. That was below the top price of $350,000 it was expected to fetch, but well above the $180,000 or so the car probably cost when it was new. Reading about the president and his cars always brings a smile to my face because we spent the better part of a spring afternoon in...

Trump’s great virtue is he’s willing to win at all costs

After less then 75 days in office, the mainstream media is already writing obituaries for the Trump administration. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry from the absurdity of it all. Even Juan Williams of Fox News writes. “But it is no liberal fantasy to say the odds of a Trump resignation or impeachment before 2020 are looking better by the day.” Words are cheap, and I wonder what...

GOP threatens to kill the filibuster? Go for it!

Senate Republicans have fallen short of the 60 votes needed to bring up the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In part because of honest concern about Gorsuch, and in part out of lingering anger that Republicans refused to even consider President Obama’s nomination for that open seat, Senate Democrats are refusing to play along. That’s good. It’s good because the concerns...

Readers Write: April 5

Moderate Republicans, Dems should unite If there is serious interest in improving the health care of the American people, the moderates of the Republican Party should involve the Democrats to do all that Trump promised during the campaign, with a focus on insurance for everybody, cheaper and better — some very good objectives. The problem of getting that accomplished was that Democrats were...

Readers Write: April 4

Airline dress policy not draconian There is too much being made of United Airlines’ decision to enforce its employee/family/retiree travel dress code. I’m a Delta Air Lines retiree and have been aware of, and complied with, Delta’s dress code for pleasure pass travel since the mid-1960s. It is not a draconian policy; it merely sets the bar a little higher than for the general public...

Readers Write: April 3

We must not deny right to arm ourselves The campus carry bill is very important to the safety of our fellow Georgians and to the future of our constitutional rights. No one believes that we can make our campuses 100 percent crime-free. Denying Georgians the right to defend themselves where government cannot guarantee their safety is immoral, cruel, and evil. What is the lesson that our students are...

OPINION: T-SPLOST will put region’s eyes on city

It helps to think of metro Atlanta’s transit matrix as being an in-process puzzle. Some pieces have long been in place, such as the steel cross of the current MARTA system. Add to that the shapes of the various county transit systems and GRTA’s Xpress bus network. Together, they flesh out enough of the puzzle to allow glimpses into where things should head next on the road to enhancing...

OPINION: Transit expansion in Atlanta has left the station

The debate over transit expansion in Atlanta has left the station. The City of Atlanta is moving full speed ahead on providing the world-class transportation options that its residents and businesses continue to support, and demand, in overwhelming fashion. Last November, the sales-tax referendum on a $2.6 billion MARTA expansion passed with 71 percent approval. The accompanying T-SPLOST, which will...

Friendships that bridge boundaries

Last summer William Nordmark was troubled. He saw a lack of civility in our society, and he was upset by the boiling tensions between police officers and members of the African-American community across the country. And then the local businessman, former Georgia State basketball player and longtime fixture at the Atlanta Rotary Club, heard a speech from A.D. “Pete” Correll, the former...

OPINION: Look to future, not past, to gain most from ATL T-SPLOST

April marks the full implementation of two transportation special-purpose local option sales taxes (T-SPLOSTs) overwhelmingly passed by Atlanta voters in November 2016. A 0.4-cent, five-year Atlanta T-SPLOST to raise $300 million has joined the half-cent, 40-year T-SPLOST begun in March to raise $2.6 billion for MARTA projects. The massive support is no surprise, given lofty campaign promises to &ldquo...

OPINION: The health care war is settled

The leading Republican candidates for the open 6th Congressional District this week reiterated their pledge to go to Washington and rid the country of the scourge of the Affordable Care Act. “I’m going to deliver finally on repealing and replacing Obamacare,” said Karen Handel, as if she alone could pull off what the election of a GOP House, Senate and president has so spectacularly...

Who was behind disappointing end to 2017 session?

An uninspiring legislative session ended in dispiriting fashion early Friday, with the failure of a few solidly conservative bills. It’s worth getting to the bottom of what went wrong. There was the usual procedural mess. Legislators crammed the work left from days spent more leisurely into a final scramble that went a full hour past midnight, a “deadline” that keeps losing its deadliness...

Readers Write: April 2

Letter-writer wrong on health care, responsibility The letter-writer (“Health care not a right,” Readers Write, March 20), has written about his belief that health care is not a right, but the responsibility of the individual. He says that bad life decisions affect poverty and are not the responsibility of other taxpayers. Among those bad decisions he mentions are “lack of education...
Georgia will have right prescription for Obamacare

Georgia will have right prescription for Obamacare

Last week marked the seventh anniversary of Obamacare becoming law. Leading up to the passage of the 2,700-page legislation, Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Although much has been made of Pelosi’s dismissive remarks, it’s true that it took years for Obamacare to take root. The prognosis is now painfully clear:...

Readers Write: March 31

Parole should be denied for abusive parents Thank you for the follow-up on Mitt Comer (“Son speaks of abuse for first time,” News, March 24). I appreciate the update on how he’s doing and am grateful that he’s doing well. He is a remarkable young man with an amazingly positive attitude. I am appalled that his parents are up for parole this quickly. I do not believe their punishment...

House-Senate feud boils over heading into Day 40

Politics feeds off narratives. Good narratives require tension. And when the other party can’t supply enough tension, the majority will start turning on itself. That kind of internal tension is abundant in this final week of the legislative session, and sorting it out will help us understand what awaits Republicans in next year’s statewide elections. At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Gov...

Readers Write: March 30

We must eliminate divisiveness This country is split, not physically, but politically. The most insidious example of this is the way our representatives and senators position themselves in the audience (and react) when the president makes a speech to Congress in the State of the Union. This should be changed. Naturally, the members of the Supreme Court should be together in a group as should also...

Freedom Caucus conservatives are today’s abolitionists

The House Freedom Caucusis taking flak, with many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care Act. With all other Republicans on board, the votes of the 29 Freedom Caucus members could have led to passing the legislation. But they refused to support it. Should they be chastised as obstructionists? Are they childish idealists who don’t grasp that politics is about...

Devin Nunes acts as if the truth were dangerous. Why?

From the White House on down, Washington these days is full of people in jobs that are well above their competence level. U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has now carved his own name onto that list. The man who is supposed to lead a bipartisan, unbiased congressional investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has instead decided to use that position...

Readers Write: March 29

Modern streetcars ugly, huge I was around to see and ride the original Atlanta streetcars, and today’s version is a far cry from being popular and serving a useful purpose for riders (“Streetcar issues still unresolved,” News, March 19). Today’s streetcars lack the style and feel as well as the functional purpose streetcars provide in other cities. Take one look at these monsters...

Readers Write: March 28

Only Dems benefit from large gov’t Democrats lose because they offer nothing to working Americans but higher taxes and more regulation that usually benefits campaign donors and crony capitalists like Warren Buffet. Their constituents are comprised mainly of those who benefit most from a larger and more intrusive government: Academia, public service unions, and those who have no idea how money...

Readers Write: March 27

Redistricting should be fair to voters On March 21, in an article in the AJC by Greg Bluestein about opposition to HB 515, House Speaker David Ralston was quoted as saying: “I look for something a little more persuasive than what I’ve been hearings so far today,” he said of Democratic criticism. “The proposals – I’ve looked at them – and they hurt no member...

Readers Write: March 26

How does streetcar serve Atlanta? The recent story about the Atlanta streetcar described the ongoing effort to fix the deficiencies uncovered in an audit (“Streetcar issues still unresolved,” News, March 19). However, the real issue here is not about operational problems with the existing system. It is about the need for a streetcar in the first place. If the goal is to provide efficient...

OPINION: RR lease deal leaves Ga., taxpayers, with far too little

The term “corporate welfare” gets bandied about a lot but sometimes it has nothing to do with taxes. Sometimes, it’s with leases, and the CSX railroad is looking to get a really sweet deal thanks to our State Senate. The Western & Atlantic Railroad is a 137-mile rail line that runs from Atlanta to Chattanooga, and is presently an integral part of CSX Transportation. CSX relies on...
How illegal immigration really came to be

How illegal immigration really came to be

There are many self-respecting Americans who are supportin President Trump’s aggressive agenda to clean up the mess of illegal immigration because they rightfully want to hold America as a nation of laws. After all, those “bad hombres” did cross our borders illegally, didn’t they? Wouldn’t letting them live and operate freely amongst us amount to a mockery of the law...
OPINION: Good people will never yield to terror

OPINION: Good people will never yield to terror

I’ve crossed that bridge so many times. When I worked as a foreign correspondent for this newspaper, my family lived in a village on the green edges of metropolitan London. When I had appointments in the city, I would take the train in to Waterloo Station. From there, I would take Westminster Bridge over the Thames to the complex of government buildings around Parliament. The grand view of the...

OPINION: A truly different path forward for health care reform in Ga.

The fate of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is in doubt. That doesn’t mean health reform is stuck in Georgia. While House Republicans argue and negotiate, one man sits in his office ready and able to authorize as bold a plan as Georgia’s leaders can conjure. As it happens, he is quite familiar to them. When Roswell’s Tom Price moved from Congress to the executive branch...

Readers Write: March 24

Wingfield right about CBO estimate Go for it, Kyle. You have given us some actual facts and sane conclusions about the new healthcare plan for America “24 million are going to ‘lose’ insurance? Not so fast,” Opinion, March 16. Liberals have done nothing but cover said program with sackcloth and ashes. You would think that people would soon be dying like flies. Funeral directors...

The Senate’s 3 percent poison pill for school choice

You have to hand it to Georgia’s Democratic legislators: They’re willing to say they just don’t like the state’s tax-credit scholarships. Republicans, on the other hand, keep coming up with ever-more creative ways to act as if they like the popular program, while working to stunt its growth. The latest ploy, coming from (where else?) the state Senate, is to harp on the supposedly...

Readers Write: March 23

Reps need face-to-face feedback In this current political climate of divisiveness, personal connections matter. The recent article (“Voters want in-person town halls,” News, March 13) resonated with me. Voters are seeking to be heard by their representatives. Although some of these representatives may fear confrontation with angry constituents, I have found that more contact with our representatives...

OPINION: Gorsuch offers chance to be nation of laws, not Left politics

My first experience with Senate confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice nominee was in 1991 at the hearings for Clarence Thomas. I came to Washington to support Justice Thomas. The hearings were a national embarrassment. The main focus turned out to be about neither the Constitution nor about Thomas’ jurisprudence. It was about Democratic senators descending to the gutter and dredging...

OPINION: Sometimes, leadership means knowing when to say no

Here in the United States, the word “governor’ primarily means the elected head of a state, as in Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia, now serving his sixth year in office. But it also has a secondary meaning: “Governor: a device automatically regulating the supply of fuel, steam, or water to a machine, ensuring uniform motion or limiting speed.” That too describes the role played...

Readers Write: March 22

How much health care is a ‘right’? Millions in the country think health care is a right. And many of these people can’t afford their own health care, much less contribute to funding others’. So the Affordable Care Act’s authoritarian approach mandates all people buy health care insurance, but only some people pay for it. How about we let the people decide how much health...

Readers Write: March 21

Trump entitled to dismiss attorneys Whine, whine, whine. That’s all losers seem to be able to do. The dismissal of 46 Obama-appointed federal prosecutors is being met with cries of outrage (“Abrupt dismissals rile some federal prosecutors,” News, March 13). Yet, I don’t recall any cries of outrage by the mainstream media when Clinton dismissed 93 U.S. attorneys appointed by...

Readers Write: March 20

Health care a responsibility, not right Obamacare is nothing short of a government-controlled disaster, and the Republican plan is not much better. Government has no business in health care, it should be controlled by the free market based on competition, supply and demand. I do agree some assistance should be provided for people with physical or mental handicaps that cannot fully support themselves...

Readers Write: March 19

Bill regulating fantasy sports a win There’s current legislation in Georgia that would authorize and regulate fantasy sports, games that require players to use research and skill to put together a winning roster under a salary cap, just as a general manager for the Braves, Falcons or Hawks must do. Today, 1.5 million Georgians participate in these games. The discussion tends to focus on the...

OPINION: Election 2018 arrives early in Georgia

A week ago we all changed our clocks to “spring forward” for daylight savings time. But if you only moved ahead an hour, I’m afraid to report you’re way behind: In Georgia, we have already flipped the calendar to 2018. Next year’s state elections have dominated the current year’s legislative session, never more so than this past week. The contest got off to a semi-official...

Tom Price is a poor huckster

Few things are more maddening than someone who will look you in the eye, smile and tell you an outrageous lie. It’s not just the lying; it’s the fundamental disrespect it shows for the intelligence of others. Take the performance by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on a CNN town hall Wednesday night. The first question from the audience came from a man named Brian Kline, who...

Protect Georgia families from opioid overdose

The United States – and Georgia – is in the midst of a horrific epidemic of opiate overdose. Every day, a Georgian dies of an opiate overdose. Most of those who die are young adults. Their deaths are tragic for their families and communities, and all of us are poorer because they can no longer contribute to our society. And it could get much worse. Other states have twice Georgia&rsquo...
OPINION: On St. Patrick’s Day, we’re all immigrants

OPINION: On St. Patrick’s Day, we’re all immigrants

Each year, the group that runs Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day parade puts on a breakfast for sponsors and local dignitaries on the Saturday of the parade. I usually attend and this year I sat at the same table as U.S. Rep. John Lewis, grand marshal of the 2017 parade. It’s typically a fun and light-hearted affair, as the attendees are welcomed by the Irish consul in Atlanta and by numerous...
OPINION: New bill’s a solid step toward improving struggling schools

OPINION: New bill’s a solid step toward improving struggling schools

An effective public education stands as the greatest predictor of economic success and mobility. Yet, for decades, political leaders have traded ideological arguments about why we have failed our most vulnerable children. Disagreements about poor resources versus poor leadership have become paralytic, grounded in conjecture rather than evidence – and ignoring the possibility of both as the cause...
OPINION: Latest school takeover plan should be rejected too

OPINION: Latest school takeover plan should be rejected too

A vote by legislators in the state House of Representatives demonstrated contempt and a lack of regard for the will of Georgia’s citizens. Last November, nearly 60 percent of voters around the state shot down Amendment 1 — a ballot initiative that would have given the governor unprecedented authority to take over local school districts and created the state-run Opportunity School...

Readers Write: March 17

Discrimination a way to cripple society Looking for a way to make your society self-limiting? Wishing you could burden your nation with problems over and above what you already have? Well, here’s the answer: Discriminate! Select a large portion of your population based on race, religion, ethnicity, country of origin — doesn’t really matter as long as it’s a whole group of men...

Fantasy sports could be winner in Ga.

There’s current legislation in Georgia that would authorize and regulate fantasy sports, games that require players to use research and skill to put together a winning roster under a salary cap, just as a general manager for the Braves, Falcons or Hawks must do. Today, 1.5 million Georgians participate in these games.   The discussion tends to focus on the major players in the fantasy sports...

Protect Ga. families from opioid deaths

The United States – and Georgia – is in the midst of a horrific epidemic of opiate overdose. Every day, a Georgian dies of an opiate overdose. Most of those who die are young adults. Their deaths are tragic for their families and communities, and all of us are poorer because they can no longer contribute to our society. And it could get worse. Other states have twice Georgia’s rate...

OPINION: 24 million to ‘lose’ insuance? Not so fast

How to explain the projection that 24 million Americans would become uninsured if the House GOP’s heath-care plan becomes law? Easy: Garbage in, garbage out. There are good reasons to believe the plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act, is not the best idea. But the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of its effect on insurance coverage is not one of them. Not because the fates of...

Readers Write: March 16

Why no investigations of Democrats? I do not understand. The Republican Congress spent several years investigating Democrats at the slightest opportunity: the IRS, State Department, Justice Department, and so on. Now, they have an opportunity and a “charge” from the Republican president to investigate his predecessor. President Trump accused, with certainty, Obama of a major felony. Almost...

OPINION: Friedman’s right man to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel

I recently had the opportunity to meet David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee to be America’s next ambassador to Israel. I was impressed by this brilliant and passionate man, an observant Jew, a fluent Hebrew speaker (he read my necklace that has my name in Hebrew), who has the values crucial to our important Israeli ally. This is critical to re-establish American leadership in the...

Opinion: 24 million to lose health insurance, and Paul Ryan grins

In the wake of a report by the Congressional Budget Office that 24 million Americans would lose health insurance because of the GOP’s proposed Obamacare replacement plan, House Speaker Paul Ryan went on Fox News Monday night to celebrate. “I’m pretty encouraged by it, and it actually exceeded my expectations,” a grinning Ryan said. Fox anchor Bret Baier reacted in disbelief...

Readers Write: March 15

Tax credits won’t help health coverage Republicans continue to show their asinine stupidity regarding health care for the poor. One thing for sure: Tax credits do not provide any sort of medical coverage. So, in effect, the Republicans are offering nothing to those who can’t afford expensive health insurance. As a result, the poor will go back to their old ways to get health care. They...

Readers Write: March 14

Hunter shouldn’t lose job for Lewis comment The events of the past few weeks involving Gwinnett County Commissioner Hunter are extremely disturbing. The language Hunter used against Congressman Lewis was 100 percent out of line. Protesting against Hunter is not out of line, however the disruptive manner of the protesters is also 100 percent out of line. So too are the comments made by Atlanta&rsquo...
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