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Opinion: Beginning an honest, tough conversation

The words of Atlanta’s greatest son provide prophetic context for the ongoing quest to fully grasp the Declaration of Independence’s lofty assertion that all men are created equal. We’ve come far, but despite what many may believe, we’re not there yet. Not when so many rifts stretch raggedly across metro Atlanta, and the rest of this great country. We all suffer as a result...


Opinion: The real lesson from the I-85 crisis

Opinion: The real lesson from the I-85 crisis

The opening of I-85 four weeks early is certainly a momentous event that should make us all proud. The fact remains, however, that we have a very long way to go before we can celebrate long-term success. But before we dive into our ongoing challenges, we have to commend GDOT, MARTA, GRTA, Gwinnett Transit, Uber, Lyft and many others for their heroic response to this major infrastructure interruption...
Opinion: I-85’s reopened, Georgians deserve thanks for their patience, work

Opinion: I-85’s reopened, Georgians deserve thanks for their patience, work

To all affected by the Interstate 85 closure: On behalf of the women and men of the Georgia Department of Transportation: Thank You! Thank you for your patience during the past six weeks. Without a doubt, your lives have been affected in many ways – especially if you are one of the over 240,000 drivers who travel I-85 every day. Thank you for changing your commute patterns and special thanks...
Opinion: A welcoming return to normalcy

Opinion: A welcoming return to normalcy

Thanks to the near-miracle of quick-setting concrete, as well as Herculean, around-the-clock effort by a highway contractor and GDOT, the I-85 collapse-as-crisis is now behind us. The human tendency will be to let the Great Highway Fire of 2016 recede quickly in memory until it’s nothing more than just another small bump felt in zipping down I-85 as autos pass over the hurriedly rebuilt stretch...

Readers Write: May 19

Name change erases symbols of the past Another day, another eraser of the past. The latest is a high school in South Burlington, Vermont, that is eliminating the “rebels” nickname from the school’s sports teams. Supporters (not a majority of students and parents) of the name change argue that the nickname is associated with the Confederacy, which makes some students feel unsafe....
Opinion: Ossoff’s false attack on Handel and women’s health

Opinion: Ossoff’s false attack on Handel and women’s health

You knew it was coming. But you might have expected it to be a little more honest, or at least clever. “It” is the Jon Ossoff campaign’s dredging up of GOP opponent Karen Handel’s brief tenure at the Susan G. Komen organization. It comes in a new ad featuring a Smyrna OB-GYN who says Handel “cut off funding for Planned Parenthood cancer screenings” while at...
Opinion: Seriously, what is Trump’s fixation with Russia?

Opinion: Seriously, what is Trump’s fixation with Russia?

Russia. It’s uncanny how it’s always about Russia. Why was Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, forced to resign last August in the middle of the campaign? He did so because of a scandal involving payments that he had taken from Russian oligarchs, a scandal that may yet end with criminal charges. Why was Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, forced to...
Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump will soon depart on his first overseas trip, which will include visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Europe. Trump’s Israel visit coincides with a very special day — the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty after 2,000 years. Many, including me, hope that President Trump will announce that he will fulfill his campaign...
Opinion: Time to impeach the president

Opinion: Time to impeach the president

In his terse letter firing James Comey, President Trump made an assertion that will echo through history: Those alleged statements are now central to the scandal. Trump says that two of the incidents occurred in phone calls, one of which Trump initiated. In short, by Trump’s own account, you’ve got the president of the United States, worried that he’s under investigation, calling...
Opinion: Drug crisis creates growing need for Ga. foster parents

Opinion: Drug crisis creates growing need for Ga. foster parents

There isn’t a day that goes by that this nation’s escalating drug epidemic doesn’t impact a neighbor, family member or friend. Whether it be opioids, heroin, crack, alcohol or other illegal drugs, substance abuse is stealing the lives of adults and teenagers. But when my husband Jeff and I recently added a new member to our family, we came face to face with the brutal reality that...
Opinion: Campus carry an option that can make students safer

Opinion: Campus carry an option that can make students safer

Georgia’s new campus carry law will give law-abiding college students greater options for defending themselves. As an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and violence through the nonprofit Racheal’s Rest, I support any and all efforts to expand people’s self-defense options. I have too often seen the damaging, lifelong consequences women suffer when they can’t protect themselves...
Opinion: Students have right to defend themselves in violent world

Opinion: Students have right to defend themselves in violent world

Georgia’s new campus carry bill could mean the difference between life or death for a student who is being threatened by a deadly weapon. As a student at Georgia Tech, it is comforting to know that the right to protect myself no longer ends the instant I walk onto campus grounds. I spend a huge part of my day on campus, and I don’t want to be a sitting duck to a violent criminal. We all...
Opinion: Packing more than bookbags now

Opinion: Packing more than bookbags now

Campus Carry is now the law of Georgia’s land, signed into being by onetime-opponent Gov. Nathan Deal. In approving House Bill 280, Deal concurred with The Georgia General Assembly in enacting a measure opposed by both the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents and campus law enforcement officials charged with keeping public college campuses as safe as possible in a wacky, violent...
Opinion: Campus carry a bad deal for Ga.’s public colleges

Opinion: Campus carry a bad deal for Ga.’s public colleges

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal wrapped himself in broad constitutional and jurisprudential principles in vetoing the legislature’s controversial “Campus Carry” bill. The governor explained that our nation’s founding fathers recognized that guns should not be allowed on college campuses. He cited this historical fact as evidence that “should not only dispel any vestige of...
Opinion: A clearer look at how welfare programs trap low-income Georgians

Opinion: A clearer look at how welfare programs trap low-income Georgians

Imagine Congress created a new tax that didn’t just take a portion of each additional dollar you earned — it took more than that dollar, so that earning a higher wage left you with less take-home pay than before. Now imagine this tax applied mostly to single mothers earning as little as $26,000 per year. People across the political spectrum would be outraged. Yet, that scenario is...

Krauthammer: A political ax murder

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending...

Blow: Trump is insulting our intelligence

I feel as if we are being conditioned to chaos by a “president” who abhors the stillness of stability. Every day we awake to a new outrage. We now exist in a rolling trauma — exhausting and unrelenting. Yet even in that context, some things spike higher than others. Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director, James Comey, is one of those things. This should shock the whole of...
Opinion: The problems with Trump’s firing of Comey aren’t constitutional ones

Opinion: The problems with Trump’s firing of Comey aren’t constitutional ones

The most damning detail so far about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey isn’t about the timing. It’s that the White House wasn’t at all prepared for the blow-back. It doesn’t look good that Trump fired Comey after a grand jury issued subpoenas — not indictments — in the Michael Flynn investigation. But to speak of this as a &ldquo...

Opinion: Memoir of Christian, Southern abortion provider shows need for choice

No issue in America is more toxic than abortion, and that’s partly because it is today so closely associated with religion. While many feminists see abortion as a matter of choice, some Christians see it as murder. Then there are people like Dr. Willie Parker. Parker is black, feminist and driven by his Christian faith to provide abortions in the South, where women seeking to terminate a pregnancy...
Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Passage of a new health care bill in the House means Congressional corridors are teeming with lobbyists fighting reform in order to protect the money they get under current law. When talking about Medicaid, current federal expenditures are $389 billion. The Congressional Budget Office projects this to increase to $650 billion by 2027. Medicaid has been a backdoor for getting the country on a single-payer...
Opinion: Sally Yates proves you CAN mess with Texas

Opinion: Sally Yates proves you CAN mess with Texas

Over two decades as a career federal prosecutor here in her hometown of Atlanta, Sally Yates built a reputation as a smart, fearless and nonpartisan public servant, someone who followed wherever the law and the truth would take her, but no further. Then, a couple of years ago, she got lured away into the political cesspool that is Washington, D.C., where few emerge with their reputations intact. No...
Opinion: O’Reilly case shows need for employer diligence

Opinion: O’Reilly case shows need for employer diligence

Recent headlines about Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly have undoubtedly increased awareness regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. With the heightened interest amongst employees regarding workplace rights, metro Atlanta employers should brace themselves for more sexual harassment-related inquiries. Companies that don’t take appropriate measures may find themselves in deep trouble...
Opinion: The false promise of Ossoff’s $16B in savings

Opinion: The false promise of Ossoff’s $16B in savings

I have to admit, when I first heard Democrat Jon Ossoff was basing part of his campaign in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on cutting $16 billion in wasteful and redundant programs, my first thought was: “Not bad … in which agency?” Then I realized he was talking about the entire federal government. You know, the federal government that will spend about 250 times that...
Opinion: Writing the story that is your life

Opinion: Writing the story that is your life

As a newspaper editor, I’m someone who tells — and oversees the telling — of stories for a living. In my work, I have the privilege of sharing with people the important stories of our time from a national and local perspective. We’re in an age where more people crave more information than ever before. The stories we all hear and tell have never been more important. Nothing...
Opinion: Long, hot summer threatens

Opinion: Long, hot summer threatens

The official story out of Balch Springs, Texas was that a police officer had been forced to fire into a carload of black teenagers, killing a 15-year-old passenger, because the car was being driven in an “aggressive manner” toward the officer. That story changed only thanks to irrefutable video evidence. The new version acknowledges that no officer had been endangered, and that the vehicle...

Collins: Way too many Trumps

Oh gosh, we’ve got another Trump. This has been very difficult, people. Every day concerned citizens put together their critique of the president’s policies, and before nighttime he’s a completely different dude. You remember the Somewhat Normal Republican Trump, who answers to both SNORE and SNORT, depending on his energy level at the moment. He mainly likes to repeal federal regulations...

Krauthammer: Trump presidency ‘normalized’ but it is still scary

With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy of the people” has (yet) been arrested. Admittedly, this is a low bar. And this is not to deny the insanity, incoherence and sheer weirdness emanating daily from the White...

Opinion: Where do Heritage, and conservatism, go next?

Above this space in print each day are three words: “From the Right.” In my experience, most conservative writers started as one of two types: “movement conservatives” who adopted journalism as their platform, or trained journalists who had conservative instincts but weren’t necessarily steeped in the right’s intellectual underpinnings. I’m in the second group...

Trump right to undo liberal ways of soaking the rich

I’m for making things better for everyone. And the main focus of my work is improving the lives of low-income Americans. So why do I love the tax reform package that President Trump has proposed? Shouldn’t my sympathies be with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who says these tax cuts “make life easier for the wealthy and special interests” and “harder for middle...

Opinion: The race in the 6th District is all about Trump

President Trump came to town last week and raised $750,000 for Karen Handel, the GOP candidate in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. “You’d better win,” Trump told Handel at her fundraiser, a half-joking indication of the high stakes in the race. Handel in turn was appreciative, in one interview pledging that she backs Trump 100 percent. “To be able to have the president&rsquo...
Opinion: No easy, cheap fix for ACA’s shortcomings

Opinion: No easy, cheap fix for ACA’s shortcomings

Remember that Saturday Night Live character who yelled “just fix it”? He had absolutely no idea how to do it; he just wanted it done ASAP. Well, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) can’t be easily fixed — or repealed, as the GOP and President Donald Trump have discovered. Although it is clearly better than nothing, I have never been a big ACA supporter. We still have 30 million...
Opinion: Trump fires up the bulldozers

Opinion: Trump fires up the bulldozers

Back in 1982, Donald Trump was trying to seduce Holiday Inn into a partnership in a casino that he wanted to build in Atlantic City. In truth, the project was more dream than reality — Trump had acquired a parcel on the boardwalk, but nothing much had been done with it. So when the board of directors of Holiday Inn wanted to visit the site, Trump needed to put on a show, and do so in a hurry...
Opinion: A flawed school-rating system is worse than none at all

Opinion: A flawed school-rating system is worse than none at all

We are more than a decade into the age of measurable accountability in education. You might have thought we’d have the hang of it by now. That would mean having metrics we stick with, because they make sense. Instead, Georgia has been more prone to adding new metrics on top of earlier ones that have hardly been perfected. Take our state’s “Financial Efficiency Star Rating.&rdquo...
Editors’ Column: Helping you plan your next adventure

Editors’ Column: Helping you plan your next adventure

Remember your last great vacation? Perhaps it was a trip to the Georgia coast. Or a weekend getaway to the mountains. Or maybe something far more adventurous, such as a trip abroad. You may have visited new states, new countries or even new continents. Wherever your journeys have taken you, you certainly made new memories. And therein lies the beauty of travel. Research shows traveling not only helps...

Krauthammer: Populism on pause

Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post-first-round French presidential election): The populist wave has crested, soon to abate. Chances are that both verdicts are wrong. The anti-establishment...

Collins: Trump’s can’t-do record

Well, heck, who said Donald Trump wasn’t going to accomplish anything in his first 100 days? All of a sudden there’s a one-page tax plan and a raft of deal-making, while the Senate was bused over to the White House grounds for a briefing on North Korea. Maybe the president believes that when you can make an entire chamber of Congress ride around like so many tour groups, the world will...
Opinion: The NRA comes to Atlanta

Opinion: The NRA comes to Atlanta

With an impressive array of both American flag imagery and displays of high-tech armament, the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits held forth downtown this weekend. As is to be expected in this contentious time, protesters likely traveled alongside some of the estimated 80,000 National Rifle Association members expected in Atlanta. Exactly what the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear...
Opinion: Georgia welcomes NRA, stands with its ideals

Opinion: Georgia welcomes NRA, stands with its ideals

As Americans across the country celebrate a rebirth of freedom, it is an honor to welcome the members of the National Rifle Association to Atlanta for their 146th annual celebration of our Second Amendment freedoms. The five million members of the NRA are dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our freedom. All across the country, lawmakers at every level of government — from state...
Opinion: NRA’s work helps keep kids safe around guns

Opinion: NRA’s work helps keep kids safe around guns

Amid the sound and fury of the heated national debate over gun rights, one important fact is often lost: accidental firearms deaths are at an all-time low. The chance of a child dying in a firearm accident is literally one in a million. Those figures from the National Center for Health Statistics illustrate how effective gun safety programs have been in recent decades. As a lifelong gun owner, mother...
Opinion: Saving lives demands standing up to NRA’s agenda

Opinion: Saving lives demands standing up to NRA’s agenda

The National Rifle Association’s annual convention will be in Atlanta this weekend, and so am I. I wouldn’t miss it. Atlanta is my home. Like the majority of Atlanta’s residents, I am black. Our city helped birth the modern civil rights movement, and I am the daughter of a civil rights leader. And in the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I also believe that in America, &ldquo...
Opinion: One big change missing from Trump’s first 100 days

Opinion: One big change missing from Trump’s first 100 days

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. Nearly 100 days in, we’re still watching Donald Trump and Washington to see which is which. A burst of legislative activity this week seeks to quiet the narrative the Trump’s presidency has accomplished too little as it approaches that traditional milestone. No Obamacare replacement yet? Here’s a conservative-friendly...
Misguided faith in government is unlearned lesson of LA riots

Misguided faith in government is unlearned lesson of LA riots

This weekend marks 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone also coincides with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted in the violent beating of Rodney King. Sixty-three lives were lost in the riots, with the estimated total economic cost pegged at $1 billion, with $735 million in property damage and 1,550...
The Wall epitomizes the Trump approach to politics

The Wall epitomizes the Trump approach to politics

At some level, at a basic gut level, this Trump thing was always about The Wall: The Wall as an imposing physical entity, The Wall as a symbol. The Wall as the emotional centerpiece of every rally. Donald Trump knows it. He knows it better than anyone. He knows that The Wall represents his covenant, his mutual pledge of faith to the people with the red MAGA hats on their heads and the adoring looks...
Opinion: Sorry, “gone fishin'”

Opinion: Sorry, “gone fishin'”

Just a note: I’m taking a few days off, and should be back by mid-week if the world doesn’t fall apart in the meantime.
Too loud to learn: Do schools ignore the impact of noise pollution on kids?

Too loud to learn: Do schools ignore the impact of noise pollution on kids?

Educational researcher C. Aiden Downey is a Decatur parent and an associated faculty at Emory University. (We are not related). Dr. Downey writes today about noise levels in schools, something few of us ever think about it. But it sounds like we should. Here is a shortened form of his bio: Downey lectures in the Intercultural Conflict Management Program at Alice Solomon University in Berlin...

Opinion: Political operator Stone sets stage for Anger Games

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to some degree an artifice — a brand he’s selling. Still...

Opinion: Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which...
For news media, the constant disruptions become new normal

For news media, the constant disruptions become new normal

What a week of news. A year of news for that matter. I’ve been a newspaper journalist for more than half my life. My very first year in the business, Mikhail Gorbachev was beginning to lead the Soviet Union out of the Cold War, and an Exxon Valdez tanker spilled millions of gallons of crude oil off the Alaska coastline. I was working as a copy editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C....

Opinion: What will it take for GOP to impeach Trump?

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, that enough is enough? You are posing for history here. The portrait is not flattering. Consider that in just the...

Opinion: Pharoah’s army got what it deserved

I heard this version for the first time the other night, and immediately rushed to YouTube in hopes of finding it so that I could share it with you fine people. I was lucky, and now you are too:
Does Trump’s proposed expansion of school choice shortchange rural Georgia?

Does Trump’s proposed expansion of school choice shortchange rural Georgia?

U.S. Secretary of Education and champion of school choice Betsy DeVos continues to promise schools that her U.S. Department of Education will grant them more flexibility and freedom from federal oversight. What she doesn’t mention is they will also get less money. As I have pointed out many times related to the Georgia General Assembly’s pledge of more flexibility as a counterbalance...
Opinion: GOP should almost be grateful for Trump

Opinion: GOP should almost be grateful for Trump

(AP) Congressional Republicans are pretending that the ongoing meltdown of the Trump White House is somebody else’s problem, and I can certainly see the attraction of that strategy.

Collins: Trump’s version of keeping us safe

Wow, Donald Trump can’t even give a commencement speech to the military without making it all about him. “Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve,” the president warned as he was addressing the Coast Guard Academy graduating...

Krauthammer: The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet — were keeping...
Mother: My daughter with ADHD won “Most Likely To Not Pay Attention” award

Mother: My daughter with ADHD won “Most Likely To Not Pay Attention” award

I was just telling my husband American schools would have a lot easier task if they focused on academics and ceased the proms, the sports and the other assorted extracurriculars grafted onto their original mission to teach reading and math. Because those extras sap time and energy and are often the source of parent complaints and student disappointments. Here’s another one to add to...

Opinion: Comey and the Saturday Night Massacre

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Yet, the differences are stark. The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General...
Georgia State study: New charter schools boost surrounding home values

Georgia State study: New charter schools boost surrounding home values

Interesting study from Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance on the impact of start-up charter schools on the prices of homes in the area. Commissioned by the Georgia  Charter Schools Commission, the study analyzed the economic impact of start-up charter schools on the nearby communities.  The researchers looked at home sales from 2004 to 2013...
Opinion: Robert Mueller is going to be a very busy man

Opinion: Robert Mueller is going to be a very busy man

(AP) Congratulations, President Trump. It took you all of 118 days in office before your antics forced the appointment of a special counsel into alleged serious misdeeds by yourself and your administration.

COMMENTARY: A quick end would be better

There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more months — or even years? There is a large irony in the politics behind this question. The Democrats’ narrow interest lies in having President Trump hang around as close to the...

Readers Write: May 18

Businesses should be liable for disarming I understand those who doubt the wisdom of students and others having guns on college campuses, but they should remember that the average student is too young to even legally possess a firearm. Those who wish to carry must undergo a background check and have their fingerprints run against criminal databases before they can possess a “carry permit.&rdquo...
Can Georgia schools afford rising teacher benefits?

Can Georgia schools afford rising teacher benefits?

I was chatting with my AJC colleagues in the office today about possible candidates for the chief turnaround officer created by the new law on state intervention in failing schools. I wondered about Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield, who is liked and respected by Gov. Nathan Deal. In the midst of that discussion, my editor sent me a link to a fascinating story in the...

Opinion: Is Trump obstructing justice and checks on gov’t?

When George Washington was preparing to take office, everybody wondered what to call him. Senators proposed lofty titles like “Illustrious Highness” and “Sacred Majesty.” But Washington expressed irritation at such fawning, so today we are led by a modest “Mr. President.” Later, Washington surrendered office after two terms, underscoring that institutions prevail...
Opinion: The questions that will determine President Trump’s fate

Opinion: The questions that will determine President Trump’s fate

Al Drago / The New York Times The protective layers around President Trump are wearing thin. The New York Times cites two unnamed sources who claim James Comey wrote a memo describing Trump’s request to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, the retired general and one-time national security adviser.

Readers Write: May 17

No health plan will be universally accepted Regardless of party affiliation, none of our elected officials seem to be willing to talk about or explain to the American public the necessity for insurance companies to receive more money in premiums than they pay out in claims. Insurance companies must make a profit with their health care coverages or they will cease to be in business. Obviously this...
Opinion: Help on the way for Georgians stuck below ‘welfare cliffs’

Opinion: Help on the way for Georgians stuck below ‘welfare cliffs’

Imagine Congress created a new tax that didn’t just take a portion of each additional dollar you earned — it took more than that dollar, so that earning a higher wage left you with less take-home pay than before. Now imagine this tax applied mostly to single mothers earning as little as $26,000 per year. People across the political spectrum would be outraged. Yet, that scenario is essentially...

Opinion: Congressional politics hinders Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service delivers to 155 million homes and businesses from coast to coast, six and increasingly seven days a week. It is based in the U.S. Constitution, is consistently rated the public’s most-trusted federal agency, and delivers 47 percent of the world’s mail.  It’s also the centerpiece of the $1.3 trillion national mailing industry, which employs 7 million Americans...

Opinion: Instant runoff’s easier way to pick election winners

Georgia has long demanded that candidates demonstrate broad support by winning an election majority. This expectation most recently came into play in the special election to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. The leader among the 18 candidates, Democrat Jon Ossoff, came tantalizingly close with 48.1 percent. The failure of any candidate to break 50 percent necessitated a runoff on June 20 much...
Lakeside High turns school over to MTV reality show on promposals. Why did it say yes to the mess?

Lakeside High turns school over to MTV reality show on promposals. Why did it say yes to the mess?

Lakeside High School in DeKalb allowed an MTV reality show to film an elaborate prom invite — known as a promposal —  that involved using school time to gather the 400-member junior class, dance team, cheerleaders, drumline and basketball team in the gym so one effervescent junior could ask her longtime beau to the prom. The Lakeside High episode that aired Sunday marked...

Readers Write: May 16

Coal, natural gas more economical With little fanfare on May 1, the Atlanta City Council passed a Resolution for 100 percent City of Atlanta operations from renewable energy by 2025 and 100 percent renewable electricity for the city by 2035. Since wind energy is currently impractical for Atlanta, solar energy is the electricity source. By coincidence the Department of Energy released employment and...

Opinion: Reining in a runaway federal agency

Thomas Jefferson stated, “When the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Since serving in Congress, I have spent a lot of time meeting with people throughout my district, listening to their concerns, and I have heard so many businesspeople explain the challenges they face. From small mom-and-pop shops to larger corporations...
Karen Handel assails Jon Ossoff for posh private school and out-of-state universities. Is that a smart strategy?

Karen Handel assails Jon Ossoff for posh private school and out-of-state universities. Is that a smart strategy?

I get notifications from both the Democrat and Republican in the heated 6th district U.S. congressional race, where education has not been a major theme.  But an email this morning on behalf of GOP candidate Karen Handel from the National Republican Congressional Committee intrigued me because it dings Democrat Jon Ossoff for attending the well-regarded Atlanta private school, Paideia; he...
Hall County teen contends Columbine reference was not a terroristic threat. State Supreme Court today disagrees.

Hall County teen contends Columbine reference was not a terroristic threat. State Supreme Court today disagrees.

Those of you parenting or teaching teens ought to ask them to read this new state Supreme Court decision upholding charges of terroristic threats against a Hall County teenager over a Facebook post. The case speaks to the risks of using social media to make threats, even ones written in jest or out of frustration. The gist: A teen posted on Facebook about the lack of computers at his charter...
As studies find vouchers don’t improve academics, proponents argue test scores don’t tell whole story

As studies find vouchers don’t improve academics, proponents argue test scores don’t tell whole story

The early architects of  school choice maintained that getting kids out of struggling public schools into private ones would raise academic performance as measured by test scores. Several recent studies have concluded differently, including a new report by the Institute of Education Sciences. The IES study found students using taxpayer-funded vouchers in Washington, D.C, to...

Readers Write: May 15

Trump should release tax returns Following the precipitous and (to put it mildly) questionable firing by President Trump of FBI Director James Comey, there is one perfectly simple solution to the mystery as to whether the Trump presidential campaign — or Trump himself , and or any family members — had any illegal or dubious business connections with the Russian federation. The solution...

Judas, Tax Cuts and the Great Betrayal

The denarius, ancient Rome’s silver coin, was supposedly the daily wage of a manual worker. If so, the tax cuts that the richest 1 percent of Americans will receive if the Affordable Care Act is repealed would amount to the equivalent of around 500 pieces of silver each year. What inspired this calculation? The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Paul Ryan, the speaker...

Opinion: Trump’s escape from Comey mess

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity, he also volunteered that he would order the U.S. military to torture suspects. Told that this would be asking servicemen...
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