Opinion


Opinion: Bringing clarity, history to monumental decisions

As the noisy removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans pushes the issue back into national headlines, the Atlanta History Center remains committed to a grassroots conversation about Confederate memorials. 


Opinion: Thoughts on Ga. Tech shooting

In an increasingly common pattern, sporadic upheaval and isolated civil disturbance has taken place in American cities after a police shooting, or legal action around one. This time Atlanta was no exception, after a Georgia Tech campus police officer shot and killed student Scout Schultz. Schultz, who had a history of mental illness, was reportedly brandishing a multi-tool and urged officers to use...

Opinion: In police shootings: Legality, morality and ethics are not the same

Legal justification is not ethical or moral equivalency — that is the first principle I teach in my ethics class to collegiate criminal justice majors. For example, early in my career as a prosecutor, adults of the same sex could be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for engaging in consensual sexual acts with a person of the same sex. Albeit legally justified, those arrests and prosecutions could...

Opinion: A personal reflection on law enforcement, mentally ill

The tragic death of Scout Schultz was avoidable, is incredibly sad, and has touched me for many reasons. There is a sharp increase in suicide rates of young adult men, and I am particularly aware of self-inflicted deaths on and around Georgia’s campuses. I believe Scout Schultz intended to cause his own death, and the Georgia Tech police participated in his plan. On more than a few times, I...

Opinion: Don’t turn antifa into folk heroes

I understand the temptation — really, I do — but you can’t go around punching Nazis, not unless they try to punch you first. You also shouldn’t make folk heroes out of people who do go around punching Nazis. And yes, by that I mean antifa. They are not friends of liberty or democracy, and in fact they endanger the very values that they profess to defend. Before we go further...

Opinion: Single-payer would be costly, invasive mess

The fate of the latest GOP health bill is unclear. But whatever happens, it’s pretty clear Democrats in 2020 will propose single-payer as their option either to “repeal and replace” Trumpcare or to fix Obamacare. Sen. Bernie Sanders is back at it, as he was in 2016, but this time he has friends. Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren — a quartet...

Readers Write: Sept. 22

Trump’s speech a sad reflection on U.S. Trump’s belligerent speech to the United Nations was disgraceful. It obliterated decades of America’s image as the role model in world leadership. The majority of countries in the U.N. have admired and depended on the U.S. for sanity and support of peaceful solutions. Trump destroyed that illusion with his tough-boy rhetoric that will simply...

Opinion: What we know, and only think we know, about health care

Repealing Obamacare has proved to be a more difficult task than Republicans imagined. So difficult, in fact, that the latest “Obamacare repeal” bill doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare. It cements much of the law in place, in ways Democrats might appreciate if they weren’t busy peddling fictions about the wonders and feasibility of single-payer health care. How did our health-care...

Readers Write: Sept. 21

Illegal immigrants not entitled to rights Joel Sati (“DACA pits ‘good immigrants’ against millions of others,” Opinion, Sept. 10) makes a good point and a reasonable argument in declaring the 800,000 young people protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals aren’t any better than the remaining 12 million illegal immigrants here. They are all human and, therefore...

Opinion: Welfare state fed marriage collapse for whites, blacks

A new report from the Pew Research Center updates the deteriorating state of traditional marriage in America. And as sobering as is the picture for the nation as a whole, the situation for black America is even more disturbing. Fifty percent of American adults over 18 are married today, down 32 percent from 72 percent in 1960. Among black Americans, just 30 percent of adults over 18 are married today...
Opinion: While millions lose insurance, the wealthy reap billions. Great!

Opinion: While millions lose insurance, the wealthy reap billions. Great!

They’ve already been burned once, twice, even three times, but congressional Republicans are once again staring at the red-hot griddle that is health-care reform, once again trying to summon the courage to touch it with their bare hands, as if this time it won’t hurt. It will hurt. The latest iteration, hatched by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy, is not by any means a compromise...

Readers Write: Sept. 20

No justice in capital murder cases On Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., Georgia’s second execution is scheduled, involving Keith Leroy Tharpe, who was convicted of killing his sister-in-law back in 1990. The first execution this year was of J.W. Ledford Jr., convicted of the 1991 murder of his neighbor, an elderly physician. Ignoring the actual details of these capital crimes, what jumps out is the lag time...

Readers Write; Sept. 19

Sheriff deserves praise for texting crackdown Big praise and kudos to our hands-on, awesome Sheriff Ron Freeman (“Forsyth targets texting, driving,” News, Sept. 10) for cracking down on distracted drivers. Texting and driving has truly gotten out of control and it’s about time this issue has been seriously addressed. I personally love seeing the signs posted throughout our county...

Readers Write: Sept. 18

Pope should stick to his day job Pope Francis said President Trump is not “pro-life” because he does not support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Pope has a habit (no pun intended) of regurgitating “fake news.” Constitutional lawyers state that DACA is unconstitutional. To make it right, President Trump said, “he was ready to sign any constitutional legislation...

Opinion: Lowcountry Ga. dodged a bullet with Irma

Editor’s note: A longer version of this editorial appeared on savannahnow.com last week: Savannah and coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry dodged a bullet as Hurricane Irma, which only days ago brought death and destruction to the Caribbean and parts of Florida, delivered a diminished and glancing blow by the time it reached south Georgia. Instead of direct hit, the area suffered...

Readers Write: Sept. 17

A better DACA compromise is possible Perhaps there is a compromise to be found for the DACA people as well as some illegal immigrants. First and foremost, there is a legal process for entering this country. All who enter illegally should understand they have no legal right to stay, or protest deportation. However, for those brought here illegally by their parents, they should also accept responsibility...

Opinion: A politics built upon raw outrage

NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series. The first was published Wednesday. Both pieces can be found at http://wp.me/p51neo-1U1 Modern technology, including social media, has compromised the proper functioning of Congress. The Founders intended members to use their own judgment and wisdom rather than blindly follow public opinion, but fewer and fewer in Congress dare to do so. And that&rsquo...

Opinion: Revisiting Ga.’s storm protocols

Last week’s deluge of stormy weather seemed to dig two lines of disparate, yet related, thought across Georgia. One was that, overall, things could have easily been much worse. This, even while damage from Hurricane Irma was substantial in spots – and near-catastrophic in places like Glynn County. Given that tough reality, much of Georgia is thankful that the damage was not more widespread...

On the Record

From Gov. Nathan Deal’s Sept. 10 executive order: Whereas: Due to the size of the storm, all of Georgia may be potentially impacted, regardless of Hurricane Irma’s exact track; and Whereas: The network of rural roads may be rendered impassable throughout the state of Georgia, isolating residences and farms from access to essential public services; and Whereas: All Georgia citizens need...

Opinion: Young minds, hands key to ending labor shortage

The building frenzy that has changed Atlanta’s skyline and neighborhoods in recent years has been accomplished by general contractors who’ve quietly struggled to find adequate labor supply. The common perception is that once Atlanta’s behemoth projects – like the new stadium developments – finish, labor will become more available for other local projects. However, what...

Opinion: UGA game offers winning life lesson for Americans

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — Check out most any list of the most hated teams in all of sports, and somewhere near the top you’re bound to find Notre Dame football. Like the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Fighting Irish are one of those squads that, with its national following and history of success, is reviled by most everyone else. So when I and about 30...
Opinion: Analyzing local firm’s big missteps

Opinion: Analyzing local firm’s big missteps

About a week-and-a-half ago, Equifax, the credit reporting and data security firm that is one of Atlanta’s leading companies, announced that it was a victim in one of most significant data breaches ever. And then things got even worse. First, the breach itself apparently exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses of 143 million people in the United States. Those...

Readers Write: Sept. 15

Hold Pentagon responsible for waste Thanks for the article about the GOP’s frustration over the deal Trump made with Democrats tying a three-month raise in the debt ceiling to hurricane relief “Senate OKs $15B aid measure,” News, Sept. 8. You have highlighted the conflict between ensuring that those who are struggling from tragedy get the support they need on one hand and the importance...

Opinion: What’s missing from Atlanta’s City Design

Recently I wrote skeptically about the notion Atlanta will add nearly a million new residents within the next couple of decades, tripling the city’s population. A few days after that column ran, the city unveiled a blueprint for handling the influx. Timing is everything, you know. The plan almost two years in the making has a plain name (“Atlanta City Design”) but it’s hardly...

Readers Write: Sept. 14

Employers have right to restrict speech In “Does freedom of speech extend to all,” Readers Write, Sept. 6, a letter-writer questioned why freedom of speech does not apply to Colin Kaepernick. It’s quite simple. When an employee is paid by an employer, that employer has the right to set rules regarding that individual’s appearance and behavior. Employers may establish dress...

Liberals’ assault on Christian judges should anger many

Seems that for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” explained the Senator. “And I...

Readers Write: Sept. 13

America needs to grow a spine Stop being afraid. Two generations ago, the U.S. fought international totalitarians and emerged from World War II bruised but victorious. The resolute national conviction was to freedom instead of fear. Threat was met with contempt, defiance and strength. Fast forward to today’s America where everyday challenges cause stress, fear and surrender. People are called...

Opinion: Congress needs to grow a stronger backbone

No American institution is held in lower esteem than Congress. If you believe their critics, the House and Senate have become too elitist, out of touch and insulated from those whom they were elected to represent. I want to make the case that the opposite is true: The problem is not that congressional leaders ignore the opinions of those who elected them. The problem is that they don’t. Public...

Readers Write: Sept. 12

PSC are just pawns of Georgia Power The powers that be want the bailouts for the Plant Vogtle boondoggle to continue. This is contrary to the long-term best interests of the Georgia taxpayers and ratepayers. Nuclear plants are very capital-intensive. Since Georgia Power’s rates are set based upon return on capital, Georgia Power just loves capital-intensive power plants. Georgia Power doesn&rsquo...

Readers Write: Sept. 11

Why can’t GOP acknowledge climate change? I have granddaughters — 6 and 4 years old — living in Florida. My biggest concern for their future does not involve war and peace, the economy, international or race relations, education, job opportunities, immigration or even North Korea. When pushed, we seem to solve those problems. I am primarily concerned about the future of our environment...

Opinion: GOP: Stung by their own scorpion

If you’re looking for an explanation of what Donald Trump did to his fellow Republicans this week, don’t look to the world of Washington or political science. Your answer won’t be found there. Look instead to the world of real estate and construction, because there it begins to make a bit of sense, at least from Trump’s point of view. In Trump’s eyes, he is the builder...

Readers Write: Sept. 10

Not everything should be viewed from left prism The “Political Insider” column on Sept. 3 does indeed try to politicize the current issues in the news. From the Texas disaster to the illegal immigration crisis to questionable manmade global warming, everything is viewed from the prism of the left. Somehow, the human tragedy in Texas illustrates how metro Atlanta needs to understand that...

Opinion: Despite MARTA’s Parker’s exit, state transit funding can stay on track

The news this past week that MARTA’s chief executive is leaving for another job came at what could be seen as the best of times and the worst of times. The best, because Keith Parker spent the past 57 months turning what had been a $50 million structural budget deficit at the state’s largest transit agency into an annual surplus. He leaves MARTA in remarkably better shape than he found...

Opinion: DACA pits ‘good immigrants’ against millions of others

I’m one of about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and I’m also a doctoral student at UC-Berkeley — one of the “deserving” immigrants, the “good” immigrants, the “DREAMers.” My friends and I always joke that if there ever was a poster child for DACA, it would be me. For five years, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Opinion: Harvey, Georgia show need, model for infrastructure funding

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the stress on our nation’s infrastructure is now more pronounced than ever as images of collapsed roads and bridges in Texas and Louisiana make it impossible for many residents to get on with their lives. Prior to this hurricane season, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2017 infrastructure report card which gave our nation a D+ for the...

Opinion: On DACA: Choosing to believe president, or his actions

It seems that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fresh off an negotiated Oval Office victory on the debt ceiling on Wednesday, decided to wring another concession from President Donald Trump a day later. Politico reports that Trump’s tweet, sent Thursday morning, came after a request from Pelosi: “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month...

Opinion: Similar beliefs should foster DACA solution

The Trump Administration’s announcement Tuesday that it was beginning a wind-down of the DACA program of deferred immigration action for people brought to the U.S. as children set off the predictably counterproductive back-and-forth debate. These days, that seems to substitute for substantive, thoughtful discussion and weighing of pros and cons in a manner most likely to lead to actual, commonsense...

Opinion: DACA’s well-intentioned but unconstitutional

Judge Judy became a daytime TV icon by upbraiding defendants; Judge Frank Caprio rose to fame by showing them compassion. Caprio, whose courtroom proceedings regularly air on the show “Caught in Providence,” has become an Internet superstar by demonstrating that there exists an ample space between the letter of the law and the sentencing phase for a little warm common sense. Among other...

Readers Write: Sept. 8

Tech colleges create well-educated workforce In reference to Kyle Wingfield’s Aug. 27 column on rural development, we at the Technical College System of Georgia agree that “producing a quality, trained, reliable workforce” is critical to economic development in rural areas. Building a well-educated workforce for Georgia is TCSG’s mission. Each program, at each of the 22 TCSG...
Opinion: Doing DACA the right way is worth the effort

Opinion: Doing DACA the right way is worth the effort

We live in a country founded on the principle that how a law is made matters, with a government carefully designed to avoid the volatility, uncertainty and ultimately injustice that comes from arbitrary rule. All the reasons for that principle and that design are on display with the Obama-era policy known as DACA, which the Trump administration said Tuesday it is rescinding. It is difficult to pass...

Readers Write: Sept. 7

States should handle control of narcotics The war on drugs has been ongoing for close to 50 years. It is being lost. The costs of the war include the legal and criminal justice costs, the lost livelihood of imprisoned nonviolent users, the impacts on those related to the imprisoned users, legal costs of those charged, the drug lords and the wars they engage in (that government counteracts). Al Capone...

Opinion: DACA recipients are Georgians too

Tuesday, after months of shifting public statements from the President, his Administration has announced the end of DACA. The decision to rescind that important federal immigration program threatens the future of almost 29,000 talented young Georgians who have been covered by the program for several years. We should stand with these Georgians, not threaten them with deportation, and we should use...

Opinion: Bigotry, politics behind states’ DACA challenge

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will end the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program. DACA has protected its recipients, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation and has authorized them to work legally. This group includes undocumented persons whose parents brought them to the United States as children, and who met rigorous criteria ensuring their good...

Roy Moore can help restore U.S.’s Christian foundation

The rising political star of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional. On Aug. 15, Moore finished ahead of Senator Luther Strange in a primary election to pick the Republican candidate who will run in November’s general election to fill the seat of former Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions vacated the seat to become the...
Opinion: Trump finds the seam, drives the wedge

Opinion: Trump finds the seam, drives the wedge

  (AP) One of the great inherent powers of the presidency is its power to set the national agenda — “the bully pulpit,” as Teddy Roosevelt called it. So when Donald Trump gazed across the political landscape, at difficult, complex issues such as North Korea, the devastation of Puerto Rico and the recovery of Florida and Houston, health care, tax reform...
Opinion: President Trump vs. the NFL is peak 2017

Opinion: President Trump vs. the NFL is peak 2017

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Detroit. (Leon Halip / Getty Images) There is no redeeming quality to the unfolding war of words between President Trump and professional football players. It is a duel of cheap applause lines, especially by each side&rsquo...
The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how fans booed the players who did not stand for the anthem, how liberals don’t get Joe and Jane Sixpack and why the players, owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of themselves. Here are some opinions from the Right. 1. Trump wins when the NFL takes a knee From The Daily Caller: Some NFL fans booed their teams from their stadium...
Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how President Donald Trump insists on stirring the racial pot, how the player who sparked the protest won the day and how the president holds a “slave master-like obsession” with attacking blacks. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Trump keeps fanning racial flames From the Ashbury Park Press: Trump’s comments about NFL players served...

Opinion: Our race-baiter-in-chief strikes again

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kg8FoYE1lc&w=492&h=307] Last month, white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in a torchlight parade in Charlottesville, chanting “Blood and soil!” and “Jews will not replace us.” After violence broke out the next day, a white supremacist drove his car into peaceful counter-protestors, killing one. After...

Opinion: The steep cost of cheap speech

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable...

Opinion: Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

“Was nothing real?” — Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show” Funny covers a multitude of sins. That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process. Sean Spicer got a laugh out of me Sunday night. He...

Opinion: A little sumpin’ sumpin’ for y’all

Let’s change this up a little bit. “Ladies and gentlemen, from that bustlin’, rustlin’, beer-guzzlin’ and boot-shufflin’ metropolis of Dripping Springs, Texas, population 3,000, bringing a sonic blast right out of the ’70s but packaged in a debut album freshly released this very day, I give y’all ….. “MIDLAND!&rdquo...
Opinion: A vote that will be deeply regretted

Opinion: A vote that will be deeply regretted

(AP) Senate Republicans face a major, major political problem. I get that. They have embraced the repeal and replacement of Obamacare as a moral crusade, as the animating goal of their party and their movement, and now that they have control of the entire Washington establishment, they have proved themselves spectacularly incapable of pulling it off. As a result, the Graham-Cassidy...
Opinion: The poor tax Democrats want to keep (and then increase)

Opinion: The poor tax Democrats want to keep (and then increase)

Who, me? Supporting a poor tax? U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gestures during a news briefing at the Capitol, Sept. 19. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) The overriding dynamic in the current health-care debate in Washington is Democrats’ unified refusal to go along with anything the GOP can at all claim is “repeal” of Obamacare. That&rsquo...
From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

A roundup of editorials Friday looks at the idea that kicking North Korea out of the UN would go a long way toward helping the current situation, and that having President Donald Trump negotiate instead of threaten would be the best move to make.  Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Wall Street Journal: If the world community is serious about isolating North Korea, kick them out of...
What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

A roundup of editorials Friday includes a suggestion on bringing the North Korean conflict under control, the irrationality of Donald Trump’s policy toward Pyongyang and the idea that pressuring China will help ease tensions. Here are some opinions from the Left. Newsday: If China is going to continue to shore up North Korea, they should expect to pay a price. 2. The Trump policy toward...
Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel, health insurance guru? Yup.

Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel, health insurance guru? Yup.

Jimmy Kimmel is a late-night TV host who dropped out of college to take a radio gig. That’s not a career move that I would recommend, but in Kimmel’s case, it has worked out OK.  Kimmel also happens to have an infant son, Billy, who was born with a serious life-threatening heart defect. Bill Cassidy is a U.S. senator who sits on the Senate Committee for Health...
Opinion: Why our health-care politics is so jumbled

Opinion: Why our health-care politics is so jumbled

Repealing Obamacare has proved to be a more difficult task than Republicans imagined. So difficult, in fact, that the latest “Obamacare repeal” bill doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare. It cements much of the law in place, in ways Democrats might appreciate if they weren’t busy peddling...
The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Will the bill strike the right balance between the federal government’s role in health care and what states will be expected to do? Here are some opinions from the Right. From Roll Call: The problem with the Graham-Cassidy plan is lack of momentum. A majority of people think it’s time to move on from...
The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Despite a heavy agenda, the bill is likely to come up on the Senate floor next week. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw. From The Washington Post: An experiment in democracy is interesting, but this bill doesn’t provide a fair one...

Opinion: Who truly imperils our free society?

“The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed. A week ago...
Opinion: OK, we end the Iran deal. Then what…?

Opinion: OK, we end the Iran deal. Then what…?

(AP) “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” President Trump told the United Nations this week. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.” That threat to the world is merely the latest...
Opinion: Poll shows most groups prefer state control of health care

Opinion: Poll shows most groups prefer state control of health care

The Georgia Capitol, not the U.S. Capitol, is where control over an issue like health care belongs. (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) In Tuesday’s post about the Graham-Cassidy health bill , I argued the biggest gain from passing the bill would be shifting more health policy out of the federal level, where it is destined to remain intractably contentious...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

A roundup of editorials Wednesday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s speck to the United Nations on Tuesday.  Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Motormouth Trump warns 'rocket man' Kim From the Chicago Tribune: Trump was blunt in his comments about North Korea during his U.N. speech. Here’s hoping his approach pays off. From Esquire: Charles Pierce thought Trump&rsquo...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

A roundup of Wednesday editorials includes a look at President Donald Trump’s Tuesday speech to the United Nations. Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Washington Times: President Donald Trump took it to the U.N. on Tuesday with a fair warning that the North Korea situation needs to be dealt with. From Fox News: Trump gave two speeches-in-one on Tuesday, praising the UN in one breath...

Opinion: Huts burn, children die and Suu Kyi shrugs

A beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in which villages are burned, women raped and children butchered. For the last three weeks, Buddhist-majority Myanmar has systematically slaughtered civilians belonging to the Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing 270,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh — with Myanmar soldiers shooting at them even as they cross the border...
Opinion: If Congress can’t do it, let the states fix Obamacare

Opinion: If Congress can’t do it, let the states fix Obamacare

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) listen during a news conference on health care, Sept. 13 in Washington (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) The latest iteration of a Republican anti-Obamacare bill is being bandied about the Senate GOP caucus...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

A roundup of editorials Tuesday includes a look  at the lingering damage from Ferguson; the argument of climate control; and a ceremony in Columbus, Georgia, that people across the country should take note of. Here are some opinions from the Left. From the New York Times: The 2014 police shooting in the Missouri town led to the discovery of systemic bigotry. That discovery still haunts the city...
Opinion: Millions lose insurance = wealthy reap millions

Opinion: Millions lose insurance = wealthy reap millions

They’ve already been burned once, twice, even three times, but congressional Republicans are once again staring at the red-hot griddle that is health-care reform, once again trying to summon the courage and egg each other on to touch it with their bare hands, as if this time it won’t hurt. It will hurt. The latest iteration, hatched by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s plans for tax cuts; Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for “Medicare for All” and Ken Burns’ new documentary, “The Vietnam War.” Here are some opinions from the right. From George Will: “The Vietnam War” reminds viewers of the lunacy of blindly going into a war thousands of miles...
Opinion: Antifa are not folk heroes, they’re punks

Opinion: Antifa are not folk heroes, they’re punks

(AP) I understand the temptation — really, I do — but you can’t go around punching Nazis, not unless they try to punch you first. You also shouldn’t make folk heroes out of people who do go around punching Nazis. And yes, by that I mean antifa. They are by no means friends of liberty or democracy, and in fact they endanger the very values that they profess to try...
Opinion: The national debt hits the big 2-0 (trillion)

Opinion: The national debt hits the big 2-0 (trillion)

One of these men only increased the national debt. The other one is looking no better so far. That’s bipartisanship in contemporary America. (Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) I failed to bring your attention last week to this grim milestone (from CBS News ): The news is pegged to the debt-ceiling increase, because that&rsquo...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at why Harvard asked Chelsea Manning to take a fellowship then took it back; what ESPN’s Jemele Hill said about President Donald Trump and what James Comey’s role was in this presidential election. Here are some opinions from the Left. From The Daily Beast: Margaret Carlson wonders if former FBI Director James Comey cost both Hillary Clinton...

Opinion: Do conservatives take rape seriously?

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That’s one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because we live in an age of rage, the move sparked some overheated commentary (“making campuses...

Opinion: Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer blew, they came out to tell us what He meant by pointing a monster hurricane at Florida. A Pastor...
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