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Opinion: Tax reform key to a prosperous future

Georgians believe in the American dream – the opportunity to make an honest living and be a part of a country that continues to grow and prosper. A country in which they can look forward to an even brighter future for their children and grandchildren. I’ve traveled throughout our state over my years in public service, meeting folks from every background and every region and hearing about...


Opinion: AJC, readers are a partnership

On Thursday morning, about 20 journalists gathered at the East Atlanta home of an editor to plan coverage for the 2018 General Assembly Session. We have done this for many years. Thursday’s conversation ranged through the usual issues - education, health care, transportation, taxes, and we spent some time swapping rumors and talking politics. Around the room were AJC reporters, editors and columnists...

Opinion: What a driverless world could look like

Thirty billion hours! That’s the amount of time that we, Americans, spend every year commuting. It is an insane and irrational collective behavior. We use cars that can reach 130 mph, but we drive them at the same speed as 19th-century horse carriages. Every morning, we are stuck on busy highways, but 85 percent of the cars around us only have one passenger. If traffic congestion was not such...

Opinion: Create public spaces enhancing ‘we,’ not ‘me’

For the past 70 years, suburban-style, decentralized development, and its emphasis on private space, has been dominant. The quality of public space and public life has declined – even in downtowns, where shopping malls, parking lots and highways killed street life in their effort to compete with the suburbs. But today, that pattern has been reversed. Today, metro Atlanta suburbs are following...

Opinion: Region needs economic mobility strategy

My parents were immigrants who came to this country in the early 1950s. My mom is from Mexico and my dad arrived here from Serbia. They embraced the American dream and, like so many other middle-class families, demonstrated that by working hard, they could prosper. But since my childhood, the middle class has shrunk, from 62 percent of families in 1970 to 43 percent in 2015. Could the stagnation of...

Opinion: Democrats lay claim to Atlanta — for better or worse

It’s hardly breaking news that Atlanta is Democratic territory. It has long elected Democrats to the state and U.S. capitols and borne a deep blue in statewide contests. And although its mayoral elections are officially nonpartisan, no one has bothered trying to get to City Hall as a card-carrying Republican in a long time. Still, it was jarring to watch the Democratic Party of Georgia itself...
Opinion: Cooperating to reduce opioid abuse, harm to vets

Opinion: Cooperating to reduce opioid abuse, harm to vets

Americans consume more opioids than any other country in the world. In 2015, the quantity of opioids prescribed in the United States was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks. Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to patients surpassed...

Opinion: The debate in Washington takes a dangerous turn

Something dangerous has changed in Washington. One of President Trump’s personal lawyers, John Dowd, is now arguing publicly that a president can’t be prosecuted for obstruction of justice because as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the president decides what justice ought to be. In this case, Dowd’s theory is that if Trump decides that his friend Mike Flynn should...

Wedding cake for gay couple shouldn’t bash blessings of liberty

This week, the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to create a wedding cake ordered for a same-sex marriage on grounds that it would force him to create a cake expressing a value opposed to his Christian convictions. The gay men who ordered the cake filed a sexual orientation discrimination claim...
Opinion: Athletes are students, not employees

Opinion: Athletes are students, not employees

I have had the privilege of serving as the commissioner of three different intercollegiate athletics leagues for the past 27 years. Over those years, intercollegiate athletics has changed dramatically. We’ve come a long way from the the 1970s, when NCAA members voted to eliminate the $15 monthly laundry stipend student-athletes once received in an effort to cut costs. Criticism of the amateur...

Opinion: Demography will define work of Atlanta’s next mayor

Atlanta’s changing demographics are the subtext of this election. Just as in 2009, residents and political observers from around the country are recognizing that Atlanta’s shrinking black population increases the probability of the city electing its first non-black mayor since 1973. While we do not know yet if Mary Norwood will become the first white mayor since Sam Massell, it is safe...

Opinion: Thoughts on selecting Atlanta’s next mayor

Since the city of Atlanta’s state charter was revised in 1974 to what’s called a “strong mayor, weak council” system, the head of this city has been the focal point of power (and image) for Atlanta and its environs. Who we select December 5th will pretty much determine the direction we take for the ensuing four years; thus we’re in the final hours of deliberation. So...

Opinion: Crossing the lines for mayor

Our nation’s increasingly tribal approach to politics has inflicted a very high cost, not least of which is the presence of a clearly unqualified, amoral and perhaps deluded man in the White House. But some of the worst damage has come in ways that we haven’t yet noticed. Take, for example, the impact on state and local politics. Party affiliation has always mattered at that level, particularly...

Opinion: Choosing Atlanta’s next mayor

On Tuesday, voters in a runoff election will choose the city of Atlanta’s next mayor. That day’s choice is an important one, with an impact that will simultaneously encompass and stretch far beyond the city limits. With less than one-tenth of the metro area’s population within its borders, it’s indisputable that the city punches well above its weight in its importance to the...
Opinion: Sorting out the good and the bad of our falling icons

Opinion: Sorting out the good and the bad of our falling icons

We spent the late summer talking about monuments to dead men, and whether we should tear them down. We’ve spent the fall tearing down the living. Unlike the statues in our parks, the men (they’re all men) being felled by accusations of sexual harassment and/or assault over the past two months are able to speak up for themselves. In most cases, they haven’t really tried. What&rsquo...

Opinion: A clear choice in Atlanta mayoral race

The sprawling field of candidates to be Atlanta’s next mayor produced a splintered electorate. Forty-seven percent voted for one of the candidates in next week’s run-off; 53 percent didn’t. Forty-nine percent voted for a white candidate, 51 percent for a black candidate. One divide was more decisive: Twenty-six percent voted for Mayor Kasim Reed’s preferred candidate, but 74...

Opinion: George Washington’s solution for sexual harassment

The avalanche of sexual harassment claims, with new ones pouring forth daily, leads me to the wisdom of George Washington’s observation in his farewell address in 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be managed without religion...

Opinion: Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich

This is an administration of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. In fact, Americans have not seen an administration this blatantly tilted toward the interests of the wealthy in at least a hundred years, if ever. And while that’s remarkable in its own right, it’s even more so when you consider the context: 1.) This administration has come to power in an era when wealth is already highly...

Opinion: A gov’t. of hacks and incompetents

As head of Rhino Resources, David Zatezalo oversaw a coal-mining company with one of the worst safety records in the industry. Conditions in Rhino mines were so bad that the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration twice cited the company for broad “pattern of violations,” a rare designation “reserved for mines that pose the greatest risk to the health and safety of miners, particularly...

Opinion: We all have reasons to be thankful

Some surviving family writings from the 1800’s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: For natural beauty — Cumberland Gap, 1895 Since the train tunnel through the mountain had collapsed, Mary Hosbrook found herself taking a treacherous wagon ride over the mountain at sunrise. “On the summit we were in three states — Kentucky...

Opinion: Who’s afraid of the big, bad ‘establishment’?

We’re now six months away from picking party nominees for Georgia’s statewide offices. Most voters probably aren’t paying much attention to the campaigns yet, but some themes are starting to emerge. One theme is a staple of contemporary election cycles, particularly on the Republican side: What is really needed, some candidate says in seemingly every race, is someone who will fight...
Opinion: Telling stories that celebrate Atlanta

Opinion: Telling stories that celebrate Atlanta

It’s not every day you meet a kid like Bronco Reese, a Woodstock 11-year-old who’s not afraid to give warm hugs to a baby goat or boldly ask a striking, much-taller teen girl to the junior dance. Bronco has faced a lot of fears in his life, the biggest being congenital heart defects that required a heart transplant about two years ago. I got to know Bronco through Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Opinion: When better relations were foreseen with Muslim world

This editorial appeared in The Atlanta Constitution, Thanksgiving Day, 1942. It is reprinted as written, using that era’s word “Moslem,” rather than today’s common-usage “Muslim: Nuri Es Sadi, prime minister of Iraq, has written President Roosevelt, stating the Arab races of North Africa and the Near East rejoice at the Allied Nations successes in North Africa. Nuri Es...

Opinion: A president finds uneasy peace with the press

This column appeared on the combined 1967 Thanksgiving Day Editorial page of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution: WASHINGTON — Who says Lyndon Johnson doesn’t like press conferences? He had one Friday and nobody in the East Room enjoyed it more. It has suddenly dawned on the President that the institution has its uses, and he employed every last one of them. It is, for one...

Opinion: Challenges of holidays past still show way forward

The first rough drafts of history that are newspapers can offer valuable perspective during the year-end holidays. They prove that troubled times are nothing new to our country, and world. A Thanksgiving Day 1967 column by The Atlanta Constitution’s Ralph McGill, reprinted here today, included this paragraph that could have been written right now: “The winter is cold. There are new graves...

Opinion: Out of a random road trip, a purpose worthy of thanks

It was the kind of trip that makes little sense to those who didn’t make it, nor even to some who did. I don’t fully remember how the idea of it came about, how I thought to connect some unrelated dots. Only now, more than a year later, do I truly understand why my family was led to get in the car and travel more than 1,200 miles on an otherwise random summer road trip. Only now am I truly...
Opinion: In Washington, power puts itself on display

Opinion: In Washington, power puts itself on display

Before it adjourned last week for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Senate already had a lot on its plate, so to speak. Republicans were struggling with the Roy Moore fiasco, Democrats with the Al Franken revelations, and both parties were wrangling over the fate of a “tax-reform package” that uses a relatively small and temporary reduction in taxes for the middle class to disguise a massive giveaway...

Opinion: Alabamans should do right thing on Roy Moore problem

The allegations and evidence against Senate candidate Roy Moore are piling up to the point of indefensibility. To the Washington Post’s extensively sourced story accusing him of misconduct toward girls as young as 14, recent days have added news of an additional accuser and a report from a retired police officer saying Moore was unofficially banned from a mall for creeping on teenage girls....

Opinion: Hospice care helps make every day count

There are two things certain in life, death and taxes. We talk a lot about taxes, but rarely talk about death — or the dying process. Most people, especially people of faith, don’t fear death. They fear the dying process. They fear being in pain and having other symptoms, such as nausea or shortness of breath. They fear dying alone and they fear being forgotten. Not talking about death...

Opinion: Thriving communities embrace economic mobility

The grim statistics tell the story. Economic mobility, the ability to move from a low income to a middle or higher income, is stagnant or falling in Atlanta and many American cities, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s 2015 Equality for Opportunity Project Study. The best predictor of whether a person will be poor, middle class or wealthy is whether that person’s parents...

Opinion: The need for quality childcare

Lack of access to quality, affordable childcare is an obstacle for our businesses and our region. Today’s employers face a number of challenges in recruiting and retaining top talent. One of the major barriers to any parent entering the workforce or advancing his or her career is uncertainty around, and lack of access to, high-quality childcare for children. We know that children who attend...

Opinion: Dear Alabama: As a friend and neighbor, let me ask …

Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has had to be ousted — twice — from his position as chief justice on the state Supreme...

Opinion: Study and act on economy’s boosters

With a catfight over federal tax reform now occupying much of the national mind-space given to dollars-and-sense matters, it’s refreshing to take a look at America’s numbers game from the standpoint of economists — not politicians. Economics is called the Dismal Science for good reason — it’s not light work. But we all know it’s important stuff — our wallets...

Opinion: A humble solution to what ails the nation

Angels do not govern men, a fact we face more and more often. The U.S. Senate this past week alone featured one member who may face an ethics investigation (Robert Menendez of New Jersey, whose corruption case ended in a mistrial), one member who asked for an ethics investigation into himself (Al Franken of Minnesota, accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a USO tour 11 years ago) and one aspiring...
Opinion: Adoption month’s worth celebrating

Opinion: Adoption month’s worth celebrating

In 2014, I adopted a two-year-old girl from the Texas foster care system. After starting the adoption process, I got some of the strangest questions and reactions to my plans. A colleague once asked me what breed I was getting? Assuming I was talking about a pet. Some friends and family members would ask me directly or indirectly why I would do such a thing? Some assumed I was living the best life...

Opinion: When partisan loyalty trumps moral clarity

Harvey Weinstein should’ve run for president, or at least Congress. Let me explain. Weinstein is the Hollywood mogul accused by a slew of women of using his position of power to sexually harass or assault them. After years of getting away with it, he has met with immediate consequences since the New York Times last month published the stories of some of his accusers, followed by other media...

Opinion: The poor aren’t poor because of the rich

A new study released by the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., headlines what they see as shocking news that in America some people are much wealthier than others. Some findings of the study, entitled “Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us,” are: “The three wealthiest people in the United States — Bill Gates, Jeff...

Opinion: Dear Georgia Power: The answer is no

More than a decade ago, our good friends at Georgia Power proposed to build two new nuclear reactors — the first on U.S. soil in a generation — at its Vogtle site outside Augusta. Georgia Power recruited the partners it needed from electric co-ops and city utilities around the state. It lobbied its obedient servants at the state Public Service Commission to rubber-stamp the project, which...
Opinion: Thank vets, and get to know them

Opinion: Thank vets, and get to know them

This past summer, while a group of veterans wobbled and spun in kayaks, I stood on the shore of Fontana Lake in western North Carolina with my notebook and camera. The TV guy had set up his camera nearby, and within an hour he’d be gone, having asked quick questions that, to me, seemed obvious and shallow. As a writer, I knew I should be interviewing the veterans, maybe getting photos, but all...
Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2

Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2

It’s not hyperbole that the national competition to land Amazon’s second headquarters has been compared to a reality-TV show. We have little doubt that many, if not most, elected officials would readily don a tophat or ball gown and perform their hearts out for all to see if it would boost their jurisdiction’s chances of landing this world-class economic jewel. It’s that big...

Opinion: A fix that could up chances of winning Amazon HQ

Amazon set the economic development world on fire in September when it announced its intent to build a second headquarters in North America. Cities hoping to win Amazon’s bid, including Atlanta, recently sent their proposals to the company. Promising as many as 50,000 six-figure jobs and as much as $5 billion in investment, applicants are coming up with a lot of creative ideas to attract Amazon&rsquo...
Opinion: The GOP’s only cure for Trump

Opinion: The GOP’s only cure for Trump

The Republican Party came to a fork in its road a while back, and it made a fateful choice. Ryan’s phrasing — “we’re with Trump” — is both appropriate and telling. Trump isn’t with the Republican Party; the party is with him. Wherever he goes, they must now follow. Ryan, Ted Cruz and others in the party who once dared to defy him now tread obediently in his...
Opinion: Courtroom recordings should be public

Opinion: Courtroom recordings should be public

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the public doesn’t have a right to recordings that are made of the proceedings in courtrooms around the state. In a decision it issued on Oct. 30, the court ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by court reporters. This matter, watched closely by media organizations, has been bubbling...

Opinion: For the holidays, pull a tooth or save a life

Happy holidays! In the spirit of the season, here’s a suggestion: Instead of inflicting a garish tie on your brother or a carcinogenic face cream on your aunt, how about saving a life? It’s time for my annual “gifts with meaning” guide, with suggestions for presents that won’t just clog a chest of drawers. Consider a $20 flock of ducks to an impoverished Bangladeshi family...
Opinion: No truth, and no consequences

Opinion: No truth, and no consequences

(AP) Read this, because the distinctions that it draws are important and well put: “There’s a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people…. You cannot say that it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposefully putting out information that you know to be false, or when you’re taking...

Readers Write: Dec. 13

Trump right to slash Utah land protections Congratulations to President Trump for overthrowing President Obama’s attempts to stop coal, oil, and natural gas development on Utah’s federal lands by designating them as federally protected lands. This is analogous to Trump’s rescinding Obama’s EPA regulations, like the Clean Power Plan, that stopped use of fossil fuels by calling...
Opinion: Wild Alabama Senate race offers one last twist before the end

Opinion: Wild Alabama Senate race offers one last twist before the end

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to supporters, Aug. 15, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson) Here is your weird, no-one-knows-which-end-is-up news of the day (so far), in two headlines: 1.  Roy Moore takes biggest lead in weeks over Doug Jones in new Senate poll 2.  Fox News Poll: Enthused Democrats give Jones lead...
Opinion: The wildfire endangering American politics

Opinion: The wildfire endangering American politics

(AP) Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump’s second favorite president, has left us a colorful political legacy that includes the term “kitchen cabinet,” applied initially to the group of informal advisers that Jackson often turned to for support. Trump has his own version of Jackson’s kitchen cabinet, in...

Readers Write: Nov. 12

PSC should embrace Vogtle forward-thinking Customers shouldn’t be forced to bailout Georgia Power’s risky, failing investments. As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Public Service Commission staff concludes construction at Vogtle 3 and 4 should be canceled. “’Completion of the project is no longer economic given the additional costs and schedule delays,’ the...

Readers Write: Dec. 11

Founders wrote Constitution to protect ‘God’s law’ Kudos to Cal Thomas for having the courage to write a column (“Our culture needs return to conservative morals,” Opinion, Dec. 2) that lays the blame for America’s current immoral state squarely where it belongs: on America’s rejection of “the laws of nature and of nature’s god” that Thomas...

COMMENTARY: Watch out — Republicans are coming for your benefits

Republicans don’t care about budget deficits, and never did. They only pretend to care about deficits when one of two things is true: a Democrat is in the White House, and deficit rhetoric can be used to block his agenda, or they see an opportunity to slash social programs that help needy Americans, and can invoke deficits as an excuse. All of this has been obvious for years to anyone paying...

Opinion: Is flirting sexual harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo traveled to China, he met the conqueror’s grandson Kublai Khan. Khan sent emissaries to the city of Merv...

Opinion: Free speech for me, not for thee

“Our rights come from our creator, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away, and they never will,” said President Donald #Trump during his “Make America Great Again” rally in Pensacola, #Florida. https://t.co/23mOEGfkvK pic.twitter.com/MZFK8Uwqyw ...

Opinion: Republicans’ tax wager is worth the gamble

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were 85 and 158 years old, respectively, when they expired less than 10 years ago...

Opinion: Trump should leave Rosa Parks’ name out of his mouth

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you’ll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks. It’s meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick. Oh, sure, he can mouth the words, as he did in the slick video posted online Saturday. To the accompaniment of swelling music and...

Readers Write: Dec. 10

Business owners must serve all the public I have to take issue with some of the content of Star Parker’s column “Wedding cake for gay couple bashes blessings of liberty,” Opinion, Dec. 6, about the wedding cake case before the Supreme Court. She implies in her column that all Christians are against same-sex marriage, however I know of many same-sex couples who are practicing Christians...

Opinion: Snow day!

Looking out my window on this Friday afternoon, this seemed an appropriate way to kick off the weekend.   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44ZUmL0dIx0&w=492&h=307]
Opinion: A whiff of panic in the air?

Opinion: A whiff of panic in the air?

I swear, those red MAGA hats must come with the tin-foil inserts pre-installed at the factory in China. Listen to this stuff: “Mueller is corrupt, the senior FBI is corrupt. The system is corrupt and until you get back up and say — realize how really truly corrupt this is, there’s a sickness here … I think it is frightening. If you believe in the rule of law and...
Opinion: A day of reckoning coming to Congress?

Opinion: A day of reckoning coming to Congress?

AP File Photo / J. Scott Applewhite Al Franken’s announcement Thursday that he will resign from the Senate may not be the beginning of the end of the story of powerful elected officials in Washington brought down by their bad behavior. It might not even be the end of the beginning. The Minnesota Democrat finally stepped down after another...

Opinion: Is Flynn’s defection a death blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are...
Opinion: Just a bunch of suckers

Opinion: Just a bunch of suckers

(AP) Just to be very clear: My fellow Americans, you’re getting scammed, screwed and swindled. Bamboozled, bilked and betrayed. Also, deceived, duped and double-crossed. And the question is what, if anything, you’re willing to do about it. If you’re paying attention — if you’re not off watching the Kardashians or playing Xbox or letting Fox News enrage you with ...

Readers Write: Dec. 8

Strict term limits needed for Congress reps Special health and retirement plans (no Medicare or Social Security), extravagant budgets and expense accounts, preferential rules regarding insider trading of stocks, and now we find that taxpayers have been paying for their sexual harassment settlement expenses (“Quick firing not an option in political sex-misconduct cases,” News, Dec. 1)....
Opinion: An example for Atlanta’s new mayor to follow

Opinion: An example for Atlanta’s new mayor to follow

Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, in an August 2017 file photo. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin) A departing administration stained by corruption charges. Campaign issues such as inadequate infrastructure, police shortages, and gentrification’s effect on housing prices. A candidate who’s cozy — maybe too cozy — with the city’s political establishment; ...
Opinion: Time to kill Vogtle project

Opinion: Time to kill Vogtle project

(AJC) Here’s how off-track we’ve gotten in Georgia Power’s attempt to build two new nuclear plants: If we stopped construction of the two half-built nuclear plants immediately, writing them off as a complete loss, then started from scratch with construction of brand new natural-gas plants, we would be able to generate the same amount of energy promised by...

Readers Write: Dec. 7

Not enough U.S. students in grad programs I was shocked to read that the U.S. immigrant population, legal and illegal, in 2016 was 43.7 million, up 12.6 million since 2000. It was also shocking to read recently that New York University has a graduate program for engineers that has 80 percent foreign students. Our universities are working hard to enroll diverse students, not just in the United States...

Opinion: Are we headed toward a new Korean war?

If there was a message in North Korea’s launch of a new missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States, it was that America’s strategy toward that country is failing — and that war may be looming. The American public is far too complacent about the possibility of a war with North Korea, one that could be incomparably bloodier than any U.S. war in my lifetime. One assessment...
Opinion: A dangerous turn in D.C.

Opinion: A dangerous turn in D.C.

Something dangerous has changed in Washington. One of President Trump’s personal lawyers, John Dowd, is now arguing publicly that a president can’t be prosecuted for obstruction of justice because as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the president decides what justice ought to be. In this case, the theory is that if Trump decides that his friend...

Readers Write: Dec. 6

We are only guaranteed equal opportunities The letter-writer of “Critics of kneeling can’t grasp freedom,” Readers Write, Nov. 27, admonished our country’s failure to live up to its tenet that all men are created equal. There is no such thing. I cannot equal Kareem’s “sky hook,” Phelps’ 21 gold medals, Serena’s tennis grand slam records, McCartney&rsquo...
Opinion: 25 known facts about Trump and Russia

Opinion: 25 known facts about Trump and Russia

(AP) If Donald Trump and his associates did nothing wrong, why did Michael Flynn lie about his actions to the FBI, thus committing a felony and ruining his life and career? The only reason that I can think of to lie to the FBI is to cover up something bigger. So what’s that “something bigger?” I have my suspicions, but I do not know. So let’s take a breath and focus...

Readers Write: Dec. 5

Legislation should focus on dividends, gains In the tax plan being debated in Washington, corporations are targeted to get a 42 percent tax reduction (from 35 percent to 20 percent). The idea is that these savings will be reinvested to make businesses more competitive, resulting in more jobs with better pay. That was the same premise behind the Quantitative Easing 1 and 2. What quantitative easing...
Opinion: Dealing with the good and the bad of our falling icons

Opinion: Dealing with the good and the bad of our falling icons

Garrison Keillor sings with the audience during the encore of “A Prairie Home Companion” on May 21, 2016 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. (Leila Navidi / Minneapolis Star Tribune / TNS) We spent the late summer talking about monuments to dead men, and whether we should tear them down. We’ve spent the fall tearing down the living. Unlike the statues...

Opinion: Is feminism the answer to sexual harassment?

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie homewrecker? Next you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never mind about that last one, he never even seemed nice. One popular response to the daily casualty...

Readers Write: Dec. 4

Investors of America deserve a break Same ‘ol, same ‘ol, same ‘ol liberal posturing. Nicholas Kristof (“America, our billionaires desperately need your help,” Opinion, Nov. 23) pretends he doesn’t like wealthy people and pretends that wealthy people got rich at poor people’s expense. Someone somewhere took a gamble and had confidence in themselves to invest...

Opinion: Supreme Court should bet on federalism

WASHINGTON — American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply...

Readers Write: Dec. 3

Civic Center will be sorely missed Atlanta will miss the Civic Center after it’s gone, but that will be too late. The Fox Theatre is beautiful and steeped in rich history, and we in Atlanta are proud of the Fox. Truly massive shows needed the large, deep stage, and the scenery storage that made the Civic Center famous. Shows like “Miss Saigon” and “Showboat” played the...

Opinion: Journalism is under siege

Go ahead and laugh. It is funny, after all. Indeed, it recalls one of those old Warner Brothers cartoons where Wile E. Coyote gets blown up by the very same Acme dynamite he bought to blast the Road Runner with. Only this time, it’s James O’Keefe and his so-called Project Veritas who wind up mutilated and powder burned, holding up a little placard that says, “Ouch.” O&rsquo...
Opinion: Journalists uncover the untold stories — and love doing it

Opinion: Journalists uncover the untold stories — and love doing it

What kind of person would spend a few hours every morning for months surfing the website of obscure regulatory agencies and reading allegations of wrongdoing? What kind of person would repeatedly knock on doors of places where they know they are not welcome and are likely to get at least some doors slammed in their face? What kind of person would read hundreds of pages just to confirm a single fact?...

Opinion: Time for a classic

Let’s get back to the roots on this first Friday of December, shall we? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufprX7gFIcw&w=492&h=307] Have a good weekend, y’all.
Opinion: The tax cut and growth myth, exposed

Opinion: The tax cut and growth myth, exposed

(AP) At some point, the lies that you tell and the lies that you live do catch up to you. For Republicans, one of those lies came home to roost Thursday night, at a very inopportune moment. For years, one of the defining myths of the conservative movement has been that tax cuts would pay for themselves by generating huge amounts of economic growth, so much growth that you wouldn&rsquo...
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