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Opinion


Election offers shot at better healthcare

As the country adjusts to the news of the new president-elect, the Trump administration and a new Congress have an opportunity to make some key changes to our nation’s healthcare system, and it is hoped for the better. For the last year and a half, American voters have been intently focused on the presidential and senatorial candidates’ plans for healthcare in 2017 and beyond. Hillary...

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...

Will The Falcons Rise Up, or shrink down?

For some, Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest football games ever. For Atlanta Falcons’ fans, it was the most depressing game in franchise history. The Falcons dominated the first half of the game, until Tom Brady & Co. decided that enough was enough, hijacking the Lombardi Trophy in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Although the Falcons were up against arguably the greatest quarterback...
Why do some states still allow 12-year-old girls to get married?

Why do some states still allow 12-year-old girls to get married?

Michelle DeMello walked into the clerk's office in Colorado thinking for sure someone would save her. She was 16 and pregnant. Her Christian community in Green Mountain Falls was pressuring her family to marry her off to her 19-year-old boyfriend. She didn't think she had the right to say no to the marriage after the mess she felt she'd made. "I could be the example of the shining whore in town...

Fixing a long-running culture of corruption

Atlanta city government’s systemic association with institutionalized corruption and cronyism goes back generations. Somehow, this “culture of patronage” only seems to expose its head once or twice a decade. Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell, the head of a high-profile construction management firm, has now pleaded guilty in an extensive bribery scandal prosecutors allege involves...

Charles Krauthammer: The travel moratorium is a hopeless disaster

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of immigrants is extremely wide and statutorily...

Readers Write: Feb. 10

Despite loss, Falcons played well Notwithstanding the decision of those like Mark Bradley (who seem to relish every chance to stew in negativity about Atlanta sports), the 2016 Atlanta Falcons team has given us much to be hopeful about. If anyone at the beginning of this past football season proclaimed that anything short of a Falcons Super Bowl victory would make for a great disappointment, he would...

Let’s blow the lid off Georgia’s scholarship program

Create a state program. Watch it achieve not only strong popularity, but cost savings as well. And then put a suffocating lid on it. For years, that’s been the bittersweet story of Georgia’s tax-credit scholarships, which allow donors to approved scholarship organizations (known as SSOs) to claim a dollar-for-dollar credit against their state income taxes. More than 13,500 students receive...

Readers Write: Feb. 9

Protests only deepen U.S. divide Our nation’s history has been punctuated by rare occasions where the efforts of masses of people were meant to change the actions of elected representatives — sometimes successfully. The draft riots during the Civil War, the veteran’s march on Washington after World War I, the civil rights marches and “student” protests to end the war...

Trump’s full-blown betrayal of his base now underway

During the campaign, Donald Trump ranted against the “global power structure” that has “robbed our working class… and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” He promised to fight this “rigged system” on behalf of ordinary Americans, and would often cite Goldman Sachs, the New York investment bank, as the...

Mercy for the ‘Dreamers’ must be tempered by justice

In 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to protect those who arrived illegally to the United States as minors. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provides a two-year window to shield these people from deportation and allow them to work. They must have been under 16 when they arrived, be in school or have completed school, and have no criminal record. The order produced consternation...

Readers Write: Feb. 8

Intersection to soon be biggest parking lot The debacle that is the Brave’s relocation to Cobb County continues. Now I read that yet another $14 million may be owed on transportation infrastructure. Former Chairman Tim Lee’s legacy has already cost Cobb taxpayers $69.5 million. My prediction is that the worst is yet to come. The “busiest intersection in Georgia” (I-75 and I-285)...

Readers Write: Feb. 7

Distracted driving worse than smoking Saving children in vehicles from secondhand smoke is a worthy cause. Adult passengers will benefit equally. If we really want to improve children’s vehicle safety, however, let’s get serious about texting and driving. It’s against the law, but police seem unable to detect it. We’re still seeing too many stories in the paper about persons...

Readers Write: Feb. 6

Refugees do not have right to U.S. The world is getting crazier. Us older guys remember another country. Reared on cowboy movies and tales of frontier heroes, we came to expect national unity, patriotism, linear thinking, a rule of law and — where necessary — actual justice. Not anymore. Total absurdity has become the order of the day, and one of the greatest examples we see every day...

A little boy playing with fire

In a phone call last week with the prime minister of Australia, a nation that has long been one of our strongest allies, President Trump was combative, belligerent and confrontational, and cut off the conversation with his counterpart less than halfway through the scheduled one-hour discussion. Based on what I’m seeing from the Australian press, the attempted bullying did not go over well. Bob...

Our republic depends on playing by the rules

In an opening political salvo from Democratic leadership in response to the president’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Rep. Nancy Peloisi charged that this was a “hostile” act and that Judge Gorsuch is outside of the mainstream. I disagree with this assessment. Judge Gorsuch is, to be sure, very conservative. People on the left, including myself, will often disagree with...

A speech that everyone would do well to read

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This speech, however, was exceptional. It can be read with benefit by Republicans and...

Varied thoughts on nation’s agenda

The nation’s transition to a new presidential administration rolls on. President Donald Trump continues to follow through on an agenda built on campaign promises of undoing Washington’s comfy pattern of business as usual. Trump’s actions thus far continue to garner both significant support — and steady resistance from opponents. There are strong international angles of interest...

Why school spending is way up, but teachers’ salaries aren’t

The fault line dividing public opinion about school choice and other education reforms is spending. Proponents say we spend plenty today, with mediocre results. Opponents say the results would improve if we spent more. The latter argument largely boils down to paying teachers better, hiring more of them, and reducing class sizes. So, what if I told you Georgia has increased school spending dramatically...
When news of natural disaster hits home

When news of natural disaster hits home

The sun wasn’t up yet as my cellphone began ringing. I lay in bed, strong tropical breezes blowing through the windows of the resort thousands of miles from Georgia. My youngest sister Laura, with anxiety in her voice, was calling to tell me that a tornado had struck the mobile home park in Adel where our mom and middle sister lived. To make it worse, the news was reporting that several people...

Readers Write: Feb. 5

Despite fears, sky is not falling Chicken Little lives! The sky isn’t falling but, if you watch the news you might think that the sky is the only thing that isn’t. The most notable fountain of fear is the sunset of Obamacare. There is a general panic over its repeal, as if there won’t be a valid replacement, despite assurances to the contrary. Then there are the EPA employees in...

Trump’s wise immigration pause will protect U.S.

Prudence. It’s a word we don’t hear too much of lately, especially in the hustle and bustle of international travel, where immediate results are expected and patience is easily lost. President Donald Trump is showing remarkable prudence in his executive order requiring a temporary pause in the immigration of persons to the United States from seven Middle Eastern countries. It means some...

What employers might expect from SCOTUS nominee

With President Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, the top question on the mind of Atlanta employers is, if confirmed, how will the newest justice treat workplace law cases? To answer that question, we once again turn to the Magic 8-Ball. This is something law firm Fisher Phillips introduced in 2006 when examining the appointment of Justice Samuel...

Readers Write: Feb. 3

Wingfield right about casinos After reading Kyle Wingfield’s column on Jan. 29, my thoughts were, a.) Somebody actually gets it, and, b.) I do hope Wingfield will continue writing in opposition to bringing casino gambling to Georgia. Perhaps flooding the media with the facts and the economics of casinos and their real effects on a state’s well-being, thus placing some impediments in the...

Something liberals actually might find agreeable about Neil Gorsuch

By my count, two minutes passed between the moment Donald Trump introduced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court and the arrival of the first email deeming him a “far-right jurist” in my inbox. Congratulations, National Abortion Federation: You get the gold medal. Something called the Constitutional Accountability Center was a minute behind. The slackers at the Alliance for...

Readers Write: Feb. 2

Don’t support discrimination with Scripture Star Parker uses Scripture (“Christians being persecuted by the pro-homosexual left,” Opinion, Jan. 18) to support the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons by conservative Christians. Does she not remember that Scripture has been used and continues to be used to support the institution of slavery and the denial...

Lady Liberty should guide U.S. still

Even in a dangerous, frightening world, Americans should not come to behave like the nations we disdain for good reasons. Our highest ideals symbolized by the Statue of Liberty should lead us far above erecting inappropriate walls of either steel, technology – or wrongheaded executive orders. History should warn us away from such short-sighted, doomed-to-fail endeavors. China’s ancient...

What President Trump’s order on refugees is not

Editor’s note: A longer version appears on my AJC.com. Apparently the New Normal in the Trump presidency is to have large protests every weekend. The old adage about producing more heat than light applies here: There’s been a great deal of talk about the executive order President Donald Trump signed regarding refugees, much of which seems to based on emotion rather than fact. Here is a...

Trump’s refugee order is disgraceful, incompetent overreach

If any American value was served by President Donald Trump’s inhumane treatment of hundreds of ordinary people from Muslim-majority nations this weekend, we would like to know what it is. How sickening it was to watch Trump’s draconian executive order on refugees play out, indefinitely banning entry to Syrian refugees and suspending U.S. travel for visa and, for a time, even green card...

Trump’s writing his legacy with an Etch-A-Sketch

Jesus would be the very first to denounce it. That someone able to help would wade through a desperate throng and aid only Christians runs contrary to everything Christlike. If not, that good Samaritan spiel is just jive. President Donald Trump has said of refugees from seven countries: “We don’t want them” – unless, of course, they worship as he pretends to do. Who is this...

Some marchers have long been walking for life and our future

I wonder why when hundreds of thousands of women show up in Washington to demonstrate for what one Wall Street Journal columnist called “everything under the progressive sun,” the press goes bonkers with coverage. Yet, when similar numbers of pro-lifers reportedly show up for the March for Life, as they have been doing every January since the Roe v. Wade decision in January 1973, , they...

Readers Write: Feb. 1

Women at march give thanks to men The world is reflecting on powerful images of the sea of women in pink hats who took to the streets for Women’s Marches across the globe recently. Men marched as well, but many also participated in ways that could not be caught on camera. In our case, we traveled to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta, leaving a total of 10 kids in the capable hands of their fathers...

Readers Write: Jan. 31

Pipeline approval will help create jobs Kyle Wingfield’s Jan. 20 column, “A few reasons for optimism as Trump takes office” was great, showing benefits of replacing the Obama Administration. However, he overlooked the greatest benefit in changing energy policies. President Obama hobbled energy production of coal, oil, and natural gas due to unfounded beliefs of catastrophic global...

A marcher’s rationale, issues that motivated her.

Why I marched: I marched not because of what I’m against, but because of what I’m for. I hate the idea of abortion and would like to see that no woman ever has to make that decision. But I believe the way to reduce the number of abortions is to make sure that women (and men) have access to sex education and contraceptives and that sexual violence and the objectification of women are ended...

Readers Write: Jan. 30

Arts industries should flourish In the very near future we expect casinos in Atlanta, attracting big-name performers. Atlanta is a center for film, stage and recording production. I have set a goal to direct high school and even middle school students toward a career in the arts. Training these kids while in school can change lives. I challenge the school administrators and teachers to meet with industry...

Trump-onomics promises much good, with some doubts

While the U.S. economy has more or less recovered from the Great Recession, the recovery is only partial. Real incomes have not grown much, and the percentage of working-age people in the labor force is the lowest it has been for about 40 years. It is facts such as these which caused the unhappiness leading to Donald Trump’s election. Trump’s challenge is to reverse these trends and restart...

Readers Write: Jan. 29

Politicians should talk to us — not at us Why do politicians not talk to us? If our politicians are professional, informed, knowledgeable and honest, why do they have to read everything that they wrote in advance? Can they not just give frank statements or honest answers from their heart and memory? Surely they might need notes, but speaking from the heart has been replaced by speaking from...

Trump is a real threat to basic American values

Donald J. Trump has now been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, but the country is as divided after his inaugural address as it was on election night when Trump proclaimed that he would bring the nation together. Most of Trump’s supporters apparently like the way he handled the transition — chaos, blazing tweeter and all. Those of us who were repulsed during the campaign...

The truth shall set you free

The truth shall set you free … therefore, you cannot be told the truth. The truth, according to federal scientists at both NASA and NOAA, is that 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded by mankind on planet Earth. The previous record-hot year had been 2015. Prior to that, the record-setting year was 2014. These records have occurred despite conservative insistence a few years back that global...

The surest result of allowing casinos in Georgia? More poor Georgians

There is only one sound reason for supporting the introduction of casinos in Georgia. And it has nothing to do with jobs, scholarships or shiny new buildings. Those supposed benefits will be fleeting, if the experience of other states is any guide. No, the only sound reason to support legalizing casinos is if you believe Georgia needs more poor people. The one indisputable fact about casinos is the...

Journalists not immune to Super Bowl fever

Our headline that morning seemed to say it all. SUPER STOMP! Indeed it was. With their impressive 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers, the Falcons advanced to only their second Super Bowl in franchise history, providing title-hungry fans with a Georgia Dome finale they’d never forget. “It was surreal. It was just fun. No agony at all,” one fan, who’s been rooting for the Falcons...

Varied viewpoints on America

The great American experiment in operating a democratic republic continues on. That’s a testament to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, as well as the enduring rigor of a system of checks and balances that has been periodically refined and improved for more than two centuries now. Our robust and flexible system of governance is sure to be both needed — and stress-tested — in coming...

We’ll take peaches over Boston’s beans any day

Dear Dan: I am writing in response to the piece you penned on Atlanta, our teams, and our people. You’re very lucky to have been a Patriots fan during a time of great success — congratulations. You could’ve humbly expressed the gratitude you no doubt feel, written an article of substance, and gracefully teased the Falcons. You, however, chose to both bloviate on your own mustard-stained...

Dan’s dissing of Atlanta, the Falcons

Editor’s Note: In the fine tradition of sports championship trash-talking of opponents, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy ignited a local conflagration Jan. 23 with his snarky commentary on The Atlanta Falcons, and this metro area they call home. In advance of the big event in Houston Feb. 5 that we fully expect will adjust both the attitudes and the rear ends of the Pats and their...

Readers Write: Jan. 27

U.S. needs other nations to give back The pundit class is all aflutter over the President’s “America First” pronouncements. I think his expressions were merely a version of that great challenge of President Kennedy to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Maybe it is indeed time for a little less of asking what America can do...
All your money is the government’s, and other anti-school choice myths

All your money is the government’s, and other anti-school choice myths

School choice was on trial again this week. This time, an attorney told members of the Georgia Supreme Court the case was “about so much more” than the particular law his clients seek to overturn. He was right, just not in the way he imagined. At issue is Georgia’s tax-credit scholarship law, which allows donors to private-school scholarship organizations to claim a credit against...

Readers Write: Jan. 26

Repeal of ACA a tragedy I was appalled by Congress’ rush to repeal ACA, leaving millions in danger of losing their heath insurance. As a 66-year-old small-business sole proprietor whose mother and two older sisters have all experienced breast cancer in their early- to mid-sixties, ACA made it possible for me to have mammograms two years in a row until I turned 65. At this point, the insensitivity...

Don’t let yourself or your country drown in ‘wrong Trump facts’

So our new commander in chief goes to CIA headquarters, stands before a wall commemorating CIA employees killed in the line of duty, and launches into a petty, self-serving and angry tirade about how the lying media lied about the number of people who attended his inauguration. Even there, at that place, it remains all about him. Trump claimed that 1.5 million people had attended the inaugural, far...

Readers Write: Jan. 25

Trump will assure our jeopardized freedoms As E.J. Dionne Jr employs another column to disparage Donald Trump, he misses his own irony. In (“Not surprisingly, Trump just proved Obama’s point,” Opinion, Jan. 13), Dionne inadvertently shows how President Obama proved the point of Trump and his voters by stating these Obama’s farewell address lines: “Whether or not we stand...

Readers Write: Jan. 24

Lack of common sense leads to thefts I am amazed at all of the news lately regarding car thefts at gas stations and sliding (perpetrators approaching cars on the opposite side of the driver pumping gas and below window level in order to snatch valuables). These crimes can absolutely and very easily be prevented. With car thefts, the driver has foolishly either left their car running or left the ignition...

Readers Write: Jan. 23

Promise helped Trump win Hispanic vote The recent AJC series on “The making of a trump voter” was informative and welcomed reading. Congrats to the writers. We hope they aren’t in too much trouble when senior editors return from vacation. In the fascinating piece featuring Venezuelan-born American and Trump voter Nancy Gallegos, we see that the AJC agrees with widely accepted estimates...

Fake news and a new president

At the peak of the campaign, with Donald Trump stoking fears that the election would be stolen, Cameron Harris saw a business opportunity. Like many a business opportunity, it involved discerning what people wanted and then giving it to them. As he confessed this week to The New York Times, the 23-year-old Harris simply invented a news story. Its headline read “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands&rsquo...

SUNDAY ISSUE: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BEGINS

The nation now has a new President. Donald J. Trump takes office at a time of both heightened risk around the world and domestic divisions and rancor of a level not seen in a generation or more. It is important to remember as the Trump Administration begins that the governing apparatus of the American republic is time-tested and proven. The system’s multiple checks and balances have been put...

For Dems, decimation in D.C. might actually help in Georgia

With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, the decimation of the Democratic Party is complete. That might be the best thing that’s happened to Georgia Democrats in a while. Might. Peach State eyes are already turned toward 2018, and a state elections that are vital to Democrats’ near-term future. The next governor will have a large say in the next round of redistricting...

When Trumps’ tweets hit home

For the most part, here in Atlanta we’d watched from afar as candidate and president-elect Donald Trump tweeted away during his campaign and leading up to his inauguration. We could enjoy the show along with his more than 20 million followers (he follows just 42 accounts) as he unleashed a tirade on someone or some issue, which he did with regularity for months. And then he trained his social...

Trump, GOP will end gov’t. business as usual

On Friday, a new Administration took over the reins of power in Washington and for the first time since 2006, the Republican Party will control the White House, both chambers in Congress, and Georgia’s state government. The voters who elected this Republican majority are excited about the prospects of campaign promises becoming actual policy that will make their lives, our state, and our country...

On President Trump, Southern history and the future

When I was a child we used to tell bossy classmates, “You can’t tell me what to do.” After 1954, those of us who grew up in the South used to hear grown-ups say, “you can’t legislate morality.” They objected to forced integration and resented being “told” what their feelings, values, and beliefs should be. The civil rights causes of the ‘50s and...

Readers Write: Jan. 22

Trump must get beyond his egotism Let me clarify for the American people why the president-elect’s disparagement of our intelligence agencies goes beyond whether or not Russia intended to help Trump win the presidency. As the director of National Intelligence said while testifying at U.S. Sen. John McCain’s committee, “there is a difference between healthy skepticism and disparagement...

President Lincoln, history still have lessons for America

America has never been more divided than it was in April of 1865. After Confederate troops had abandoned their capital city, the president entered Richmond, Virginia, on foot, clothed in simple attire and accompanied by his 12-year-old son Tad. In Richmond, a statue of Lincoln and his son commemorates this visit with words from his second inaugural — words that reflect our current-day hopes...

Path to post-election reconciliation will be challenging

In January 1998, I was privileged to be one of the two keynote speakers for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Service Program at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The other keynote speaker was Vice President Al Gore. As I sat on the stage between Coretta Scott King and Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, I found myself wondering, “How in the world am I supposed to follow the Vice...

Readers Write: Jan. 20

Lewis’ comments sound like sour grapes There is not anyone alive in Georgia that does not have an appreciation for John Lewis … however, his comments regarding the legitimacy of President-elect Trump smack of pure partisanship. The news media in this country continue to push this false narrative that somehow the evil Russians impacted the election and gave the election to Trump and the...
Opinion: A few reasons for optimism as Trump takes office

Opinion: A few reasons for optimism as Trump takes office

Friday marks the start of what may be the most fascinating few months in contemporary U.S. history. The Trump era promises a departure from the past eight years, but to where exactly? Depending on whose hyperbole you hear, we are headed toward either renaissance or holocaust. We shall find out soon, but as a Trump skeptic trying to be a Trump optimist I can imagine some ways the months to come could...

Readers Write: Jan. 19

Maybe neither party can fix ACA The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), has been law for seven years. Both political parties have admitted that Obamacare should at the very least be improved, or repealed/replaced. My question is, why have the Republicans in seven years, not come forward with an viable alternative to Obamacare and why did the Democrats, when in power, not recognize the ACA deficiencies...
Trump’s right : John Lewis’s district is not paradise

Trump’s right : John Lewis’s district is not paradise

By Susan L. Meyers President-elect Donald Trump is correct. Georgia’s 5th Congressional District – like many urban centers across this country – is in dire straits. If you look beyond the shiny skyscrapers, sports venues and new bicycle trails, the capital of the New South fails miserably those who make it home. Congressman John Lewis’ refusal to accept the outcome of the Nov...

Readers Write: Jan. 18

Sessions will stand for all Americans John Lewis and Corey Booker are two peas out of the same pod incapable of seeing a man ( Jeff Sessions ) for who and what he is and stands for; the two acting simply as pawns of a failed party, a party that failed at their hand. The Democratic Party has reached an all-time low. They are lost in a swamp of quicksand and don’t have the ability to extract themselves...

Christian persecution thriving in left-wing America

Actress Meryl Streep’s political diatribe at the Golden Globes awards isn’t the only surprise attention-getting provocation from the event. Nominee film “Hidden Figures,” a box-office hit about the true story of three black women mathematicians who played important roles at NASA in the early days of the space program, is also generating unexpected controversy. The controversy...

Trump is a small man, and his problem is he knows it

Martin Luther King Jr. understood the moral authority that is earned by the willingness to suffer for your cause without retaliation, to take your beating and jail time and then get up the next morning and have the courage to do it again, to risk your life again. King also knew that his strategy was made more effective by the disproportionate response it provoked from those in authority. Peaceful...

Readers Write: Jan. 17

Trump’s antics will come back to bite him “Never make unnecessary enemies” is a sacrosanct rule of politics our prez-elect keeps ignoring. “The Donald” rides higher in deep red Georgia, according to recent AJC polling on Jan. 6. But, he’s likely to find out what the god-like Georgian Gene Talmadge discovered in 1942. Ol’ Gene angered the wrong crowd, meddling...

Readers Write: Jan. 16

Actress should have kept opinion to herself Meryl Streep’s rant at the Golden Globe Awards reminds me once again why I don’t watch these types of programs and haven’t for 20 years. On a night set aside to honor the achievements of those in the entertainment industry, Streep chose instead to use it as a political forum. All she had to do was walk on stage, grab her piece of tin, say...

Obama’s legacy was doomed by one of his first acts as president

The Affordable Care Act is considered the signature law from Barack Obama’s presidency, understandably so given its nickname, Obamacare. But as he prepares to leave office and we begin to assess his legacy, an earlier law better symbolizes his time as president and explains why he isn’t being succeeded by a Democrat. And unlike Obamacare, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a.k...

It’s always about the money

Remember, it’s about the money. It’s always, always about the money. For example, Republicans have no real idea about how or even if they’re going to replace Obamacare. But one thing they know: They’re going to repeal surtaxes on the richest of Americans that have helped finance health insurance for an additional 20 million Americans. That, they’ve made a priority. As...

Jesus was right about the mouth revealing one’s heart

How about if we let Jesus answer Kellyanne Conway? Donald Trump’s indefatigable apologist was at it again on CNN, defending her boss against, of all people, Meryl Streep. The Oscar nominee got under Trump’s famously thin skin with a speech at the Golden Globes. In it, she chastised him for, among other things, mocking Serge F. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has arthrogryposis...

Accentuating positives, building on basics will boost state

Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from the 2017 State of the State address: In 1944, Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer wrote the (song) lyrics … “You’ve got to accentuate the positive/ Eliminate the negative/ Latch on to the affirmative/ Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.” That was great advice for our nation as World War II was drawing to a close and it is...

Georgia needs to maintain strengths, provide broad opportunity

Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from the Democratic response to Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of the State speech: I stood before you at this same time one year ago — and proposed a vision for Georgia that provided real opportunity for middle- and working-class families. Opportunities for a good job with rising wages, opportunity for a good and affordable education, and the fundamental...

Readers Write: Jan. 15

Health care should not be political pawn I’m a two-time cancer survivor. Without quality health insurance, my family’s finances would have been deeply impacted and my survival to raise my daughters less certain. Republican lawmakers eager to repeal the Affordable Care Act have forgotten that our healthcare system affects real lives and livelihoods. It should not be used as a political...

An awareness that should yield action

Success can be seen as successfully managing the intersection of challenges, opportunities and action. Each affects the other. That insight seems especially clear heading into this year. And it carries implications for both this nation and Georgia. A hard-fought, divisive clash of an election year yielded decisive results and substantive changes in elected leadership across the country. The message...

As we were wrapping up our newspaper lineup Tuesday afternoon, this headline exploded suddenly on CNN: “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”. Setting aside that these words were challenging to assemble into useful English, it was clear that an already odd political narrative was taking yet another even odder twist. We don’t rely on CNN for...

MLK’s legacy, teachings should inspire us still

The third week of January will be a momentous period in the history of our nation: Friday, Jan. 20th, the swearing-in of Donald J. Trump will mark the end of the presidency of Barack Obama, the first African-American ever to serve in that office. This Monday, the country will celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the African-American preacher and civil rights leader whose life and...

Readers Write: Jan. 13

DeVos is best for Sec. of Education Of all the publicly funded government programs in our country, public education is probably the most important expenditure that we authorize. This is true because, more than every other public expenditure, education is the most important determinant in the success of a child’s life. Because of this trust that American taxpayers — and even our children...
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