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OPINION: Don’t revisit guns on campus

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

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

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

Readers Write: March 24

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

The Senate’s 3 percent poison pill for school choice

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

Readers Write: March 23

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

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

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

OPINION: Sometimes, leadership means knowing when to say no

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

Readers Write: March 22

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

Readers Write: March 21

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

Readers Write: March 20

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

Readers Write: March 19

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

OPINION: Election 2018 arrives early in Georgia

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

Tom Price is a poor huckster

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

Protect Georgia families from opioid overdose

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

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

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

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

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

OPINION: Latest school takeover plan should be rejected too

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

Readers Write: March 17

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

Fantasy sports could be winner in Ga.

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

Protect Ga. families from opioid deaths

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

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

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

Readers Write: March 16

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

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

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

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

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

Readers Write: March 15

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

Readers Write: March 14

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

Readers Write: March 13

Convictions should send strong message In late January, encouraging signs regarding race relations in Georgia came out of LaGrange when the police chief apologized to residents for the department’s role in the 1940 lynching murder of a black man named Austin Callaway. About a month later, even better news emerged from the courthouse in Douglasville: Jose Torres and Kayla Rae Norton were sentenced...
OPINION: Reporting that safeguards the public’s interest

OPINION: Reporting that safeguards the public’s interest

I’m not going to write this week about President Trump’s rocky relationship with the news media. I could — it would certainly be timely. Sunday began Sunshine Week, an annual commemoration of the importance of government transparency and access to public information about how government works. The American Society of News Editors, an organization of newspaper and other media...

OPINION: Georgia’s bipartisan, pro-gun bill

Behold, a unicorn living beneath the Gold Dome: a bipartisan bill that both loosens and tightens restrictions on gun purchases. Senate Bill 99 is similar to a bill that passed last year, only to be tacked onto an omnibus gun bill that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed because of other elements (this was a separate bill from the campus-carry bill). The current version is a joint effort by Democrat Elena Parent...

OPINION: As Trump runs wild, what’s Melania thinking?

WASHINGTON — Just imagine, years from now, Melania Trump’s memoirs. Was she, presciently, worried for everyone? Having witnessed Donald Trump’s long-running refusal to live in reality, one can only wonder. First, on the wild, false birther theory, he held that Barack Obama was not legitimately president. Then he announced Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination...

Readers Write: March 12

Let’s govern based on factual information Enough is enough! President Trump’s outlandish and groundless accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone lines is out of bounds and beyond anything a reasonable and responsible world leader would do. Trump is tweeting while Rome burns. Who is effectively governing this country while the White House focuses on petty, trivial,...

OPINION: Georgians have right to defend themselves on campuses

From 2010 to 2014, violent crimes on college campuses nearly doubled. We are experiencing a dramatic increase in violent crimes on campus as criminals prey upon our defenseless students. The heart of the Campus Safety Act, or House Bill 280, is to provide a safe environment for all Georgians. This bill would allow Georgians who have a Georgia Weapons Carry License to carry their concealed handgun...

OPINION: Moral high ground should preclude more guns on campuses

There are good reasons that university officials, faculty and the students themselves oppose guns on campus. As a lecturer at Georgia Tech, I often teach with my back facing the door. I often sit down with students who are distressed about the grades they’ve been given. I spend days with students who are still learning about themselves, in an environment that is academically rigorous and emotionally...

Echo of flag fight still unresolved

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue has been nominated to be the next Secretary of Agriculture, which could be very helpful to Georgia’s farmers. To get there, Perdue should have to answer questions about his record as a candidate for Governor in 2002 and during his time in the office. Perhaps the most important issue he needs to address is his 2001 vote as a State Senator against Gov. Roy Barnes&rsquo...

Readers Write: March 10

Dems reduced to bitterness, tantrums, tears The daily diet of hysteria over the Trump administration has reached lows that would embarrass even the most petulant, spoiled child. We are entitled to adult representation by elected officials whose task is to responsibly serve the citizens of the United States. Instead we are watching a partisan stooges act devoid of efforts to meet sworn Constitutional...

Is this the best health reform the GOP can muster? Sadly, yes

Now you know why Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were so desperate to pass Obamacare that they made all those promises they knew they couldn’t keep and insisted their colleagues pass the bill so we could find out what was in it. Because what was in it was precisely the kind of intractable, middle-class entitlement the rest of us warned against, the kind of law Republicans can, as with...

Readers Write: March 9

Pullman Plant should be restored Many native-Atlanta readers will respond positively to Charles Lawrence’s guest column on the old Pullman Plant (“Historic Pullman Yard Deserves Protection,” Opinion, Feb. 25). Those of us who grew up in Kirkwood probably passed by the imposing old buildings and yard every other day and consider it as something of a nostalgic icon. However, as the...

Sessions brouhaha nothing but Democrat obstructionism

Good citizens across the nation surely are wondering why, when critical business regarding America’s future needs tending to, the game preoccupying Washington, D.C., these days is “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.” If there is some question about the propriety of conversations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with the Russian ambassador, when he was a U.S. senator, let those responsible...

Readers Write: March 8

Trump right about serious vetting President Trump is right: every country defends their borders simply to make sure enemies who have threatened to destroy them are properly vetted. He also asked Democrats to join him in protecting our citizens from those who migrate here for the sole purpose of going on welfare — something that puts an economic burden on all our citizens. We now need our news...

No wonder the GOP tried to hide its health-care plan

Now that the Republicans’ long-awaited replacement plan for Obamacare has been revealed, it’s pretty clear why they have been so reluctant to make it public: This is one ugly baby. In fact, if enacted into law, the GOP plan would strip millions and millions of our fellow Americans of their health insurance, including hundreds of thousands here in Georgia. Some would be forced to drop their...

Readers Write: March 7

Times have changed since Civil Rights Act Minorities who think the Civil Rights Act has allowed them to either get or keep a job need to give themselves more credit. They were hired or are retained because their employer thinks they are a net benefit to the company. Otherwise, like whites, they’d be gone. The EEOC is a settlement mill. Take the cash and take your chances. I say this as an attorney...

Readers Write: March 6

Mayor has no legs to stand on As a Gwinnett County citizen, I would like to know why Atlanta’s mayor needs to censure our county commissioner, namely Tommy Hunter. When the Atlanta city schools receive as many awards as Gwinnett County schools without cheating, then maybe he can criticize our county commissioners. Personally, I am proud of Tommy Hunter for not caving-in to political correctness...

Georgia’s tax policy takes one step forward, two steps back

The 14-year wait may finally be nearing an end. Ever since Republicans took control of the governor’s mansion and state Senate in 2003 — the House took them two years longer — they have been talking about cutting and flattening Georgia’s income-tax rate. Despite multiple campaign promises and the recommendations of a special tax-reform commission, the closest they’ve...

Time to set minimum on local law enforcement pay

Last month, a Richmond County deputy sheriff lost his life while attempting to carry a downed medical professional to safety. Sergeant Greg Meagher was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia during 2017. Last week, Lowndes County Deputy Sheriff Chris Butler died of injuries sustained in a wreck while responding to a violent domestic situation making him the second Georgia deputy sheriff...

Local law officers deserve pay hike too

Anyone questioning the pearl-beyond-price value of law enforcement should imagine accompanying a sheriff’s deputy or police officer on even the most-routine of traffic stops — especially along a desolate road at night. That walk up to the unknowns in the vehicle ahead is a near-religious experience – one that makes plain the old cop gallows humor/advice that it’s the routine...

You can do your part to reduce food waste

One month ago this Sunday, Americans consumed an enormous amount of food. Everyone was gearing up for the Super Bowl, and in our Living & Arts section that day, we reported some of the game day numbers: 1.3 billion chicken wings, 28 million slices of pizza, 9,200 tons of chips and 3 million pounds of nuts. In case you didn’t know it, Super Bowl food consumption is second only to Thanksgiving...

Carter a better man than Trump

In his appearance before Congress this week, President Trump delivered a well-written, well-rehearsed speech in a calm manner that he had never before demonstrated publicly. Its emotional and political high point was undoubtedly the president’s tribute to the sacrifice of U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, killed during a raid in Yemen last month. The spectacle of Owens’...

Salaries of of local law enforcement is a local, not state, decision

It has often been said that the government which is the closest to the people governs best, but the ability to make decisions at the local level seems to be continually undermined by mandates, usually unfunded, from the state and federal governments. A recent example is Senate Bill 254, introduced last week in the Georgia General Assembly. It proposes to establish a statewide minimum salary for sheriff&rsquo...

Anti-Semitism’s a problem for all humans

“Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, …, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all...

Readers Write: March 3

Voters’ rights bill to expand poll access The Georgia General Assembly will soon be voting on the “Georgia Voters’ Bill of Rights,” a comprehensive bill that would allow Georgians to register to vote automatically, to update their registration when interacting with several state agencies, and to update their address on Election Day. The Voters’ Bill of Rights also requires...

Trump tries something new: Sounding ‘presidential’

Tuesday night proved once again the biggest impediment to Trumpism is none other than Donald Trump. The proof was in the negative: The president’s first address to a joint session of Congress was most striking for its departure from so much of his usual rhetoric, and consequently how well it was received. The substance was pretty much the same as what we’ve become accustomed to hearing...

Readers Write: March 2

No purpose in ‘religious liberty’ bill Since many citizens of Georgia do not look past the title of the “religious liberty” bill, legislators can trumpet to their constituents about their religiosity and earn their votes. The reality is that it should be titled “Whoopee, We Get to Discriminate Bill;” there is no religion to the bill that Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed...

Clueless leftist leader misses point of Trump-led rebirth

Appearing recently on ABC’s “The View,” Senator Chuck Schumer painted a picture of Republicans unhappy with the their new president and getting ready to bolt. “When you talk to Republicans quietly — you know — in the cloak room and the gym — they are having real problems with him. … My prediction is if he keeps on this path … within three, four...

More bombs and bullets, less diplomacy leads to war

Trying to justify a major funding increase for the Pentagon, President Trump has taken to calling the U.S. military “depleted.” Yet in 2015, the most recent year for which we have full, comparative data, the United States spent $596 billion on its military. That’s more than the next seven countries combined. Trump now calls for increasing that amount by $54 billion for the 2018 fiscal...

Readers Write: March 1

Great presidents talk directly to the people Those in the media and the Left who would criticize President Trump for his direct communications to the American people would do well to study history. A great wartime president and Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered 30 “fireside chats” by radio between 1933 and 1944. He was hailed as a great communicator, and President Reagan followed...

Readers Write: Feb. 28

Krugman a master of insinuation Paul Krugman really should consider writing fiction, as he has a problem with facts. First of all, Krugman claims, “a foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a U.S. presidential candidate” in (“Does GOP accept subversion as price of achieving aims?,” Opinion, Feb. 20). The only thing we know for sure is that the Russians hacked into the DNC...

Readers Write: Feb. 27

‘Shore Destruction’ bill ill-conceived An effort underway in the General Assembly (House Bill 271) would gut the Shore Protection Act by reducing the law’s regulated area and changing the legal definition of “sand dunes.” These ill-advised changes were made in complete disregard of extensive public comments calling for a wider jurisdiction of the law based on scientific...

Ga. should learn from others’ mistakes and pass up casinos

House Bill 158 and Senate Bill 79 are the latest attempts by the gambling industry to invade our great state. This year’s attempt doesn’t even contain the word “casino.” It’s as if legislators, the governor and the voters of Georgia will deem the bill less harmful if they are voting for “destination resorts” as opposed to “casinos.” Here&rsquo...

Georgians deserve chance to vote on economic prospects

The Georgia Legislature is currently debating whether to give us the opportunity to vote on legalizing destination casino resorts. While discussing the pros and cons of casino gaming, we cannot lose sight that destination resorts would help improve Georgia’s economy. Georgians have the ability to, and do, drive to North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi to visit their casinos. The AJC reported...

Making Ga. a real destination, and not just a stopover

For the last four years, Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the country to do business due to fiscally conservative and pro-business policies crafted by the General Assembly. Despite our state’s economic success, the rising cost of college in Georgia is making it difficult for us to produce top-tier talent. Many Georgia students rely on the HOPE scholarship to fund their education, yet...

Rural Georgia’s plight gets attention — and a champion

So many topics that hold legislators’ attention are evergreens: education, transportation, health care, taxes. This year there is one new refrain — or at least, a new tune to which those familiar lyrics have been set. The plight of rural Georgia is being discussed under the Gold Dome in a way unlike the past several years. Rural hospitals’ struggles are well-known, but there&rsquo...

Looking past glitz and toward results

It’s ironic that a good tidbit of advice for Georgia lawmakers considering legislation to legalize casinos comes from the old Kenny Rogers song about an advice-dispensing gambler. “If you’re gonna play the game, … You gotta learn to play it right,” Rogers famously sang. That is wise counsel for the General Assembly, which is setting aside its usual buttoned-down ways...

Memo to Democrats: Wise up

In 2016, the Democrats had a great chance to hold the White House and take the Senate, and they blew it. One of many ways they blew it was their abysmal showing among white voters without a college degree. Hillary Clinton lost that demographic group by almost 40 points, which is 14 points worse than Barack Obama did in 2012. I come from a white working-class background. I’ve spent most of my...

Casinos shouldn’t be allowed to put arts venues at risk

In the pursuit of riches, many gamble more than they can afford to lose – a fool’s errand in a business where the house always wins. It’s a good thought to keep in mind as the Georgia General Assembly once again considers a state constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling; legislators need to know that the “house” has advantages that extend beyond the gaming floor...

Historic Pullman Yard deserves protection

The state of Georgia is selling the Pratt-Pullman Historic Site; a unique, publicly owned property in Atlanta’s historic Kirkwood neighborhood. The history and monumental architecture of this site, along with the Hardee Creek woodlands, is significant and should be protected. After all, it is owned by you and me and every other Georgian and is a part of our shared cultural heritage. It was 1904...

Readers Write: Feb. 24

U.S. should ban declawing of cats I am a feline-exclusive veterinarian for 15 years. I oppose declawing cats and strongly support legislation to ban declawing. It doesn’t matter how well declawing is performed nor how much pain medication is offered — the long-term consequences are similar and damaging to the cat. This procedure is wrongly perceived as a quick fix for furniture damage...

New failing-schools bill lacks a key element: Help for students

Lawmakers are taking another crack at improving Georgia’s failing schools, and it seems the new approach is to make it an inside job. A new position of “chief turnaround officer” would be filled by a veteran of the public schools, with candidates suggested by the lobbying arms of the public-schools establishment. This turnaround chief would hire a cadre of “turnaround coaches&rdquo...

Readers Write: Feb. 23

Protest at open office event was misplaced I was looking forward to the congressmen Isakson, Perdue, Hice Open Office event on Feb. 10. The public was invited to state their concerns about the issues. That morning, I looked on Facebook to confirm the address and I saw a posting saying, “Let’s get as many protesters as we can to this event.” I thought to myself, “I’m not...

Let “Jane Roe’s” legacy be an end to abortion

I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion, which set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe,” McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with a child she didn’t want, represented by two young women attorneys anxious to legalize abortion, sued the...

Five ‘tells’ that casino gambling is bad for Georgia

If you’ve played much poker, you’re familiar with the concept of a “tell.” A tell is a signal that a card player sends unconsciously to his or her opponents, revealing his true state of mind. At a moment when a player wants to project confidence, he might suddenly start to avoid eye contact or fiddle with his chips. The sign of nervousness gives him away. Well, in their dalliance...

Readers Write: Feb. 22

90-day pause should improve vetting To the letter-writer of (“Travel ban hurts our nation’s values,” Readers Write, Feb. 16), while I applaud you for taking part regarding the travel ban from seven predominately Muslim nations — as our president said, it is not a Muslim ban. Only seven out of the 51 predominately Muslim nations. It is a pause for 90 days to review and improve...

Giving CPR to U.S. health insurance system

As members of Congress, we work every day to be the voice of Georgians in our nation’s capital. While we represent different areas, one message we hear as we listen to constituents is resounding: Obamacare has hurt their loved ones and livelihoods and it must go. In 2007, President Obama said, “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that...

Readers Write: Feb. 21

Kristof’s straw man argument fails Nicholas D. Kristof deploys an army of straw men — and risky straw husbands, ladders, bathtubs, and stairs — in his attack on President Trump and guns and in supporting refugees coming to our country. His (“In terms of risk, husbands are deadlier than terrorists,” Opinion, Feb. 16) warns “let’s not be diverted by shiny things...

Readers Write: Feb. 20

Youth will breathe new life into Braves The Braves are moving into the new Suntrust Park with an admitted rebuilding strategy in place. They have shed huge salaries for young prospects to move this mission forward. But they have made three brilliant moves to move the process along, while giving the fans a sense of keeping a competitive product on the field. 1) They brought in R.A. Dickey to pitch...

From here on out, it’s Trumpcare

Humana has announced that it is withdrawing from the Obamacare individual marketplace, and won’t offer coverage for 2018. Mark Bertolini, the CEO of insurance giant Aetna, told investors in a conference call that his company will probably do the same. “We have no intention of being in the market for 2018,” Bertolini said. “Currently where we stand, we’d have to have markets...

New film examines an historic, local legacy

The photographs, which were projected on a screen, clicked by one by one, illuminating and documenting Atlanta’s history during an era dominated by one of the city’s great political figures. Maynard Jackson at his inauguration, when he became the first African-American mayor of Atlanta. Jackson in Tokyo with Billy Payne during the...

An unwelcome problem again appears

The long slog of yet another investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall is distressing for those who’d come to believe that the city’s government had moved past a history of graft, both perceived and real, around public contracts. After all, some years had elapsed since the last round of allegations of corrupt behavior. Yet, the old examples and names of the accused and convicted...

Readers Write: Feb. 19

Trump shouldn’t invite athletes to White House President Trump, why don’t you start a new tradition this year and not invite professional sports teams to the White House? You know the media is going to highlight all the negativity, with overpaid, pampered athletes boycotting to show their disrespect of the office of the President. Congratulate your friends on the Patriots in private. Instead...

After water win against Florida, Georgia should now pivot to Tennessee

Georgia got great news this past week in the long-running “water wars.” A lawyer assigned by the U.S. Supreme Court to adjudicate Florida’s lawsuit against Georgia found in our favor, saying our neighbors to the south had failed to prove that capping the water Georgia draws from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers would solve their problems. It is possible Florida will now change...

Mayor, City Hall will push for transparency, prosecution of wrongdoing

The Reed Administration takes very seriously the allegations involving contractors E.R. Mitchell Jr. and Charles P. Richards Jr., who have pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe officials in order to win city business. Since the allegations were brought to our attention, the City of Atlanta has cooperated with the U.S. Department of Justice. We will continue to do so. As an administration committed...

Working to better students, Atlanta and the world

Earlier this month, I was inaugurated as the 20th President of Emory University. Growing up in a small town in the Netherlands, the first person in my family to attend college, I never envisioned this opportunity would be part of my future. It is a testament to our leaders that I am the first woman, first foreign-born and first social scientist to lead this institution. It was an improbable path,...

Readers Write: Feb. 17

Express toll lanes should be removed There is no better example of how America has become an oligarchy of, by and for the rich than the express toll lanes which allow the filthy rich to pay to speed up while everybody else must sit in traffic. These express toll lanes are an outrage and an affront to everybody who is not wealthy. It is time to remove these terrible toll lanes and treat every driver...

A predictable ‘surprise’ in race to replace Tom Price

The field for the race to replace Tom Price in Congress is now set with a whopping 18 candidates, and heck if I know who will win. But I can go ahead and tell you who’s going to lose the runoff. Just bear with me for a moment. Let’s first set the stage for this special election, spurred by Price’s confirmation as secretary of Health and Human Services, as it will be reported by those...

Readers Write: Feb. 16

Supporting Trump in our best interest We have a lucky, unique God-given, one-of-a-kind opportunity with Trump to recreate some of what the U.S.A. was founded on. Not necessarily what it used to be, but what it could and should be. We must not waste it. Whether you like him or not, with all his faults, a person has been elected who has the guts to make it happen. We should all help to see that it does...

Flynn’s resignation doesn’t begin to resolve questions

How do you go rogue in a rogue administration? At first glance, Mike Flynn seems to have found a way, which is why he has been forced to resign as national security adviser, becoming the first in what will probably be a series of high-level departures in an administration crumbling before our eyes. In Flynn’s case, his personal demise can be traced back to Dec. 29, the day that President Obama...

GOP, Trump shouldn’t pour money into black colleges

The topic of historically black colleges and universities came up in the recent “listening session” at the White House with President Trump and his internal team of black leaders, as part of Black History Month. Reportedly, this piqued the president’s interest, with presidential aide Omarosa Manigault announcing to the media that she is working on an executive order to help the HBCUs...

Readers Write: Feb. 15

Super Bowl loss was devastating If it’s true that you learn a lot more from defeat than victory, then the Falcons had an encyclopedia read to them by Tom Brady. You have to tip your hat (or helmet) to the Patriots, a team that had the biggest comeback win in Super Bowl history. The entire supply of air was sucked out of Atlanta in that fourth quarter and overtime. You could say our hopes of...

Readers Write: Feb. 14

HB 51 treats female students like kids State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, tried to camouflage his ongoing war on college women in HB 51 by including all felonies. But the hearing made clear that the bill continues Ehrhart’s obsession with preventing universities from expelling students who have committed sexual assault. (He got the Board of Regents to pass a policy last spring, but that...

Readers Write: Feb. 13

Families should have rights in education Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ job is to help provide education for children who want to learn: not deal with poverty and family stability. There are vulnerable students of course, but there are students who are held back because of efforts to make sure every student is on the same page. Children who can’t speak English and children of poverty...

Readers Write: Feb. 12

Lady Gaga cost Falcons the game The Atlanta Falcons lost to the New England Patriots because of Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga’s impressive, but politically correct, and long-enduring halftime show helped keep the Atlanta Falcons offense off the field for almost one hour, including part of the late second quarter where Atlanta was on defense. This created a sluggish and non-effective Atlanta offense in...

Why grow a bad program?

Betsy DeVos, our newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education, is an ardent, lifelong advocate of voucher programs that take taxpayers’ money out of public schools and use it instead for private school tuition. We don’t know yet how that support will translate into federal policy, but voucher advocates here in Georgia aren’t waiting to find out. Under bills introduced by two Marietta...

Atlanta’s all grown up, politically and economically

Atlanta has been a hormonal adolescent for decades, driven by youthful ambition, insecurity over its lack of identity, and resentment over the belief that it’s not taken seriously by its elders. But the city is looking all grown up these days — emerging in the unfamiliar position of national leader on social and economic issues and even setting the record straight when the president falsely...

We were all in for Super Bowl too

This time last Sunday, we were filled with so much hope and optimism. This, we hoped, would be Atlanta’s shining moment. A Super Bowl victory. A parade down Peachtree. A time for Georgians and Falcons fans across the nation to Rise Up. And, for most of Sunday evening, everything went our way. “This was the game that, with 17 minutes and seven seconds remaining, could not be lost,&rdquo...

No, casinos won’t solve HOPE’s problems

The casinos bill had its first hearing before a Senate committee this past week, and so far the discussion has little to do with whether it’s a good idea to open Georgia’s doors to an industry that would suck money out of residents’ pockets. It has much more to do with how to divvy up the state’s meager share of the loot. (Before I go on, let’s note the utter shamelessness...
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