Opinion


Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs

First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans in 1969, HBCUs remained the primary creators and expanders...


Editorial: Thoughts and prayers alone won’t stop mass shootings

Save the thoughts and prayers. We need action. Now. There was another mass shooting in the United States Wednesday afternoon. This one was at a school. The 18th shooting at a school this year, a year that is not yet seven weeks old, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Law enforcement authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...

Opinion: State legislators must get tax reform right the first time

A great deal of GOP orthodoxy has been challenged over the past couple of years: on the merits of free trade, on the value of international alliances such as NATO, and on the urgency of taming federal deficits and debt, among other things. But one constant, at least, has remained. The income tax should err on the side of being simple rather than complicated, broad-based rather than riddled with exemptions...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 15

City should act to fix homeless problem In a recent AJC, it was reported that many of the city’s homeless population were riding MARTA to the airport and crashing there (“Homeless fill Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport atrium overnight,” AJC, Feb. 2). The city of Atlanta is responsible for what happens in Atlanta. The homeless community lost an important shelter that served...

Opinion: HBCUs, libertarian alliance can help fight poverty

In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity. Taylor reached out to Koch, and the result was a Koch contribution of $25.6 million to the TMCF to establish the Center for Advancing Opportunity...

Opinion: For Valentine’s Day, Trump’s relationship advice

Back in the early ‘90s, a magazine profile of Donald Trump quoted his advice on handling troublesome women. “You have to treat ‘em like (human excrement),” Trump had allegedly said. In 1994, when asked about the quote by ABC News, Trump vehemently denied it and attacked the person who reported it. “The woman’s a liar, extremely unattractive, lots of problems because...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 12

Space X shows contributions of immigrants Last Tuesday, the world watched as Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket carrying his cherry red Tesla Roadster. The launch was an overwhelming success. SpaceX not only successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, but it landed both booster engines back on earth at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is hard to remember all of the firsts Elon Musk...

Opinion: Money bail insults equal justice in Georgia

According to a new report from the Pretrial Justice Institute, Georgia’s pretrial justice system is failing. At the heart of this failure is a money bail system that traps nearly 20,000 Georgians not convicted of any crime in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. As a former District Attorney of DeKalb County, I devoted my career to locking up dangerous criminals. But money bail unfairly...
Opinion: How not to deliver Amazon

Opinion: How not to deliver Amazon

Don’t screw this up. Consider that blunt shorthand for saying that pragmatism should trump election-year politics when it comes to Georgia’s run for Amazon’s second headquarters. The under-wraps bid by Georgia and metro Atlanta to win the retailer’s “HQ2” no doubt contains a sizable package of monetary and other economic incentives that, in a spreadsheet sense,...
Opinion: In this deadly flu season, we owe it to each other to take precautions

Opinion: In this deadly flu season, we owe it to each other to take precautions

Fever? Check. Cold chills? Check. Chest congestion and cough? Check. And just like that the menace that has been the flu epidemic of 2018 had visited the Chapman household. My 15-year-old daughter, Isley, tested positive for the flu last week. We kept her in bed all last weekend. We went to the doctor Monday morning. A test, a swab of the nose, confirmed what we knew: The flu was in our midst. So...

Opinion: What Amazon may be seeking for HQ2

From Amazon’s HQ2 request for proposals: Site/Building – As described herein, finding suitable buildings/sites is of paramount importance. Amazon HQ2 is a transformational Project, and we must ensure we have the best real estate options available whether this be a redevelopment opportunity, a partnership with the state, province, local government, or new buildings. All options are under...

Opinion: Federal tax reform gives Georgia a golden opportunity

“It’s now or never” is a phrase one should be wary of applying to legislation. Even more so than with perennially close-but-no-cigar sports teams — and, sadly, we have plenty of those locally — “there’s always next year” more befits bills that face long odds at the present time. But I may have found an exception. While it’s not quite “now...

Opinion: A parade of Trump’s insecurities

So now he wants a parade. Row after row of tanks rumbling through Washington, followed by howitzers and armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, mortars and anti-aircraft guns. F-35 flyovers, a Stealth bomber — no, a fleet of Stealth bombers — and attack helicopters, not to mention HUGE missiles, so long you wouldn’t believe how long. You know who throws huge military parades...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 9

Some tax cut perks are one-offs Companies large and small will benefit significantly from the reduction in corporate taxes and the easing of federal regulations for their businesses. In anticipation of this windfall, several of the larger corporations have already announced one-off bonuses for their employees. I would be the last person to object to any increase in income for American workers, but...

Opinion: The first thing Atlanta needs to do about housing affordability

Atlanta has a problem with housing affordability. The city’s new mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, campaigned on spending $1 billion to address the problem. A fat lot of good even that large a sum will do, though, if the biggest threat to affordability isn’t solved in a very real way. Recall last summer, when homeowners across Fulton County felt ill at the sight of their property reassessments...

Opinion: Celebrate black history through black ownership

I have long been in favor of reforming Social Security by changing it to a system of personally owned retirement accounts. Instead of paying a payroll tax, with the U.S. government telling you what you’ll get when you retire, you take ownership of that money — the payroll tax — and invest in your own retirement account. I am for IRAs not the IRS. This is a good time to bring this...

READERS’ WRITE: FEB. 7

Dems’ amnesty would destroy U.S. After watching President Trump’s State of the Union Address regarding legal and illegal immigration and the Democratic responses, I am perturbed. It is obvious the Democratic Party desires open borders, massive legal and illegal immigration without limits, and a complete amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants, current and future, who have violated...

Opinion: Throwing gasoline on a roaring fire

Back in 2009, in the midst of the greatest recession in 80 years, with 800,000 Americans losing their jobs each month, congressional Republicans refused to support a major economic stimulus package needed to pull the country back from the brink. It was, they explained, a matter of principle. Even with the nation teetering on economic depression — “this sucker could go down,” as President...

Opinion: Former foster child says DFCS should be last resort

Imagine your earliest memories as a child were your mother and father behaved differently than your friends’ parents. They didn’t care for you like they should. They had a drug or alcohol problem. Perhaps the happiest day of your life was when mom or dad said they wanted to get help for what troubled them. But instead of joy, this event turned to terror. As they went off to treatment,...
Opinion: Medicine’s promise still not reaching many

Opinion: Medicine’s promise still not reaching many

“Of all the forms of inequality,” Reverend Martin Luther King Jr said, “injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” As we honor black history this month, it’s important that we reflect on this fundamental truth, and ask why this injustice still plagues us more than half a century later, and what we can do to finally rectify it. Thanks to advances in prevention...
Opinion: Why a proud UGA alum nudged her child toward an HBCU 

Opinion: Why a proud UGA alum nudged her child toward an HBCU 

Early in the college application process, I pushed my daughter to apply to at least two HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Not because I had strong feelings about her attending a black college. I just didn’t want her to rule it out as an option for her college experience. It wasn’t until we visited three of the schools she had received acceptances from — Hampton...

Editorial: Schoolwork that remains undone

Lawmakers meeting now in Atlanta for the 2018 General Assembly session are focused on winning — midterm elections and Amazon’s headquarters. No one is eager to take on a losing battle, and that’s what school finance reform has become in Georgia. Yet, Georgia’s efforts to grow and attract high-wage industries depend on the strength of its workforce. In shirking the challenges...

Opinion: School funding formula needs honest update

A recent front-page article in the AJC explains the reasons usually given to change the funding formula for Georgia’s schools. We can and should simplify the formula and increase flexibility, but not at the expense of other goals, including fairness and transparency. Even the people who designed the original Quality Basic Education formula agree that it should be updated. However, the proponents...

Opinion: A Georgia Republican makes an important stand

Christopher Wray is a Republican attorney and former federal prosecutor from Georgia. Under President George W. Bush, he served as head of the criminal division in the U.S. Department of Justice, and over the years he has contributed more than $50,000 to GOP candidates. Last year, Wray resigned as a partner at King & Spalding to become director of the FBI, replacing the fired James Comey. President...

Opinion: Schools need more choice, not more money

Legislators and policymakers continually debate how and how much funding to allocate to help Georgia’s public school students and public education in general. But there is a little-discussed, bigger challenge: How to meet the choices Georgians demand. How big is that challenge? The Georgia Charter Schools Association finds more than 15,000 students are on waiting...

Opinion: Senators off-base with adoption-bill objections

I never like to start an argument by assuming bad intentions on someone else’s part. So I take state senators at their word when they say they worry allowing more adoptive parents to cover certain living expenses for birth mothers will drive up the cost of adoptions. I just think they’re wrong. The bill that has loomed over this session so far — and was destined to do so since legislators...

Readers Write: Feb. 2

State needs transportation solutions now Georgia is the eighth most-populous state and by the 2020 census could be the fifth most-populous state. Two of the other most-populous states Florida and North Carolina are our neighbors. The volume of traffic on our interstates is increasing faster than we can build lanes to accommodate it. Amazon is building a one-million-square-foot facility in Macon, Bibb...

Opinion: Giving SOTU credit where SOTU credit is due

It’s become fashionable to pine for the days, long ago, when the State of the Union was a letter the president sent to the Congress each year rather than the spectacle it has become. Basically, two types of people make these calls: partisans who resent the rhetorical opportunity the occasion provides the president, and policy wonks who lament the lack of actionable specifics in these speeches...

Opinion: Donald Trump and the destruction of truth

The Trump administration announced Monday that it would not impose additional sanctions on Russian leaders and oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin, despite legislation passed overwhelmingly by Congress demanding punishment of Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. According to a State Department statement, any further sanctions are unnecessary because simply having the new law on the books &ldquo...

Defiant naysayers wrong to claim Trump is racist

As President Trump lays out and implements his vision for American success — via his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — there remain defiant naysayers. Among the most defiant are those who want to talk about race. They oppose Trump, claiming he is biased against minorities. Unfortunately, talking about race is a great diversion from the discussion about the ideas...
Opinion: Yes, there is a middle ground on guns

Opinion: Yes, there is a middle ground on guns

“Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.” – Phoebe Maltz Bovy, New Republic, Dec. 10, 2015. I own a rifle. And, I love to go target shooting. But, that doesn’t mean I believe everyone should have a gun, or that no one should. After the Texas church massacre by a man with a gun, we heard that then was not...

Opinion: The president’s biggest foe awaits him

President Trump has many enemies, some of his own making or even invention. He rails against the media, which he calls “the enemy of the people. He attacks the FBI and the nation’s intelligence agencies, claiming a “Deep State” conspiracy to topple him and the Constitution. Yet his biggest enemy, the foe that in the end will bring him down, the adversary whom he cannot control...
Opinion: Keep carrying this package

Opinion: Keep carrying this package

We made the first, big cut. That is a big deal when the choice is where Amazon will ultimately build its second headquarters. Metro Atlanta is now on the short list of 20 possible locations for the so-called HQ2. That’s a much more exclusive patch of cotton than the 238 cities total that had pitched a relocation package toward the retailing giant. The first cycle of winnowing has left some worthy...

Opinion:National commentary on Amazon’s HQ2

From a guest column in The Rome News-Tribune: The question should be whether we want Amazon. Sure, 50,000 jobs sounds tempting. But the past tells us that most of those employees will be moved here, not hired here. It will be more people in Atlanta traffic, more consumers of interbasin transfer water, more demand that state tax dollars be used to prop up Atlanta transit infrastructure, increased housing...

Opinion: Nothing new in Amazon’s game of musical chairs

So I saw the Amazon list. And what’s really interesting is that without my saying more, you know exactly what list I mean. Not the list of Amazon’s best-sellers or best deals. The list of cities that are finalists for HQ2, the fabled El Dorado sought by local politicians across the country — the second Amazon.com Inc. headquarters that carries among its rewards 50,000 high-paying...

Opinion: Of trust, a republic and a career

On the Saturday afternoon after I turned in my retirement notice, I went to see the movie “The Post.” Of course, the story of brave journalists speaking truth to power elicited a few tears and hard swallows. I am a sap for movies about newspapering and the fantasies and realities they conjure. After 40 years, they continue to inspire me. I love this work and the people who do it. This...

Opinion: If this school-choice bill won’t pass, what possibly could?

School-choice proponents have honed their arguments in recent years, taking their opponents’ objections and, where possible, addressing them in the bills they propose. The evolution continues with the latest measure to appear under the Gold Dome. Will it matter? House Bill 482 by Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, is probably the most bulletproof piece of school-choice legislation Georgia has ever...

Readers Write: Jan. 25

Perdue must think we are all stupid Regarding the sudden “recollection” of David Purdue about his immigration meeting with the president, I need to ask the question, “Just how stupid does he think we are?” I ask this sincerely, because I believe he must think that we are very stupid. First, he doesn’t recall what was said and then three days later, he recalls everything...

Opinion: Trump right to push school choice over Left’s failed policies

Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Trump continues to focus on and address the nation’s most deep-seated problems. Trump proclaimed the week of Jan. 22 as National School Choice Week. It began in 2011. Trump’s proclamation notes a commitment to “a future of unprecedented educational achievement and freedom of choice.” Trump&rsquo...

Opinion: Why Trump is a terrible, terrible deal-maker

If you listen to his fans, Donald Trump is a brilliant deal-maker and negotiator. He literally wrote the book on the art of deal-making, and he has promised repeatedly, endlessly, to put that skill to work to make America great again. Since Trump became president, however, we have seen no evidence of that legendary skill set. We’ve seen no trade deals negotiated or renegotiated, no major deals...
Opinion: Some next steps toward fighting opioid abuse in Ga.

Opinion: Some next steps toward fighting opioid abuse in Ga.

A new season of A&E Network’s Emmy Award-Winning docu-series aired earlier this month. For many Georgians, the opening scenes – which include shots of Newtown Dream Dog Park, Marietta Square, and North Springs MARTA station - are familiar. Unfortunately, this is not a television production lured to Georgia by our competitive film tax credit. A&E picked the North Atlanta suburbs for its...
Opinion: Election’s teaching divisiveness in schools

Opinion: Election’s teaching divisiveness in schools

Whatever you think of him, Donald Trump has irrevocably altered America. That includes education, and not just by putting Betsy DeVos in charge of it. He has also changed the experience of education. I’m a senior at Wheeler High School in east Cobb. Over the past year, I’ve seen a shift in how kids interact. Everything has become more tense – between liberals and conservatives, between...

Opinion: Thoughts toward ending America’s ‘Water Wars’

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court tried to end not one but two interstate water wars. One, between Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, argues that New Mexico has violated a 1938 agreement by over-pumping groundwater, while the other, between Florida and Georgia, argues that Georgia’s breakneck development has slowed the flow of water to its downstream neighbor. The common theme is that...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 19

Writer wrong to protect only one viewpoint The writer of “More than one side of speech worth protecting” (Readers Write, Feb. 11) makes a good point about free speech protection and government’s imposition on it, and then he ruins his argument by making it about conservative speakers on college campuses who are shouted down by audience hecklers and chastising these speakers for their...

Opinion: Mass killers should be denied notoriety they crave

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose “feel-good” gun measures that would have no effect on any mass shooting. But there is...

Opinion: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

“MASON CITY. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 18

Foreign nations should defray cost of open borders If people want open walls on the borders, I would suggest that we insist other countries contribute to our welfare system to support their people who emigrate. That would show goodwill on all sides. The problem is the one-sidedness of the situation. They are taking money from our needy people, who in all probability worked and contributed to social...
The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left wants you to know: It’s not mental health, it’s not society, it’s the guns

The left is asking when people will realize the root of the problem of mass shootings is access to guns. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: You can’t shoot up a school – or concert, or night club – if you don’t have access to powerful guns and a lot of ammunition. From the Chicago Tribune: Events like the Florida high...
Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Arming teachers or fixing society? The right ponders the question

Whether it’s arming teachers or working on what’s wrong with our society we have to make some progress toward ending such violence. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The National Review::Teachers could be taught to be a first line of defense against someone firing a gun at school. From columnist Patrick Buchanan: We can’t expect an end to such violence...
Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Does every terrible employee in America work for the Trump White House? O.K., probably not. Donald Trump didn’t hire the guy who told Hawaiians they were about to be hit by a ballistic missile. Or the airline representative who was accused of pressing a passenger to flush her hamster down the toilet. But for overall ineptitude and ability to create crises at the highest level, you have to go...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 16

Hyphenated prefixes should just be ‘American’ The article in today’s AJC recognizing Amy Sherald (“Amy Sherald wins Driskell Prize,” Living & Arts, Feb. 10) was very informative, but it leaves you puzzling about the title of “African-American.” If someone is born in this country, that person should be known as an American, without any identifying prefix. If...
Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

This coming week, we recognize the federal holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday. Many states now recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the same day. For retail advertisers, it’s more about the sales than anything else, and for some school systems that had snow days earlier in the year, it’s a chance to make up a day of instruction. My challenge to you...
The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

The right wonders where the media is on Clinton, the FBI and President Obama

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at ties between the Obama administration and the mess at the FBI and Justice Department.Opinions from the right:Media Ignoring Ties Between Clinton Campaign & RussiansFrom The Washington Post: The Democrats need to get past the Russian collusion story. Scandals Claiming a Lot of Bodies at FBI and JusticeFrom Investor's Business Daily: Why has the media...
What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

What is the left to do about immigration? Maybe take a step back for the time being

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Programs, immigration and what Democrats should be focusing on. From The Los Angeles Times: We need to stop violations of the Fourth Amendment by ending the use of warrantless detainers. From Politico: Democrats should wait to cut a deal on DACA. From Real Clear Politics: The speaker of the House needs to take...

Opinion: Is U.S. being sucked into Syria’s war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. On Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran’s hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter. Israel...
The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

The left wants to know how that populist agenda is going

What happened to Trump’s promises to populists? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Guardian: A populist wave can be turned back. Here’s how you can do it. From The New Republic: Trump is not realigning anything. He’s throwing bones to the middle class and steak to the rich. From The Washington Post: Trump was never a friend of the working class...
The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The right wonders when the government will start treating us like grownups

The Democratic memo should be out, and we should see everything that was used to produce that memo and the Republican one. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The thing we have to do is open up the process to the light of day.  From The National Review: Keep Mueller’s investigation honest by opening another one. From the Journal-Times...

Opinion: President Trump, how is this immigrant a danger?

President Donald Trump suggests that the aim of his crackdown on immigrants is to “defend Americans” from “savage,” “worst of the worst” intruders who kill Americans or at least are “dangerous criminals.” What does Trump’s crackdown look like in real life? In Lawrence, Kansas, the other day, immigration agents handcuffed a beloved chemistry professor...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 14

Ending harassment requires true equality With all the news reports on sexual harassment, I was wondering if it worked both ways. Valentine’s Day commercials show one jewelry store after another, advertising their goods. Almost all are geared towards men buying expensive diamonds for that “special” lady in their lives. I have not seen one commercial suggesting women buy their men...
Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

Some on the right fear the coming midterm elections; others aren’t losing sleep

A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at where the Democrats stand as we edge closer to the midterm elections. From columnist Salena Zito: If the Democrats expect to be the change party then Nancy Pelosi has to go. From USA Today: The GOP is so far afield that some Republicans are hoping for a Democratic win in November. From Fox News: Are the Democrats celebrating a little too early when it...
The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

The left warns Trump dismisses women at his own peril

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns President Donald Trump that his attitude toward women will be the thing that takes him down. From columnist Juan Williams: Why are the GOP’s top stars providing cover for a president who has no past ties to the party? From The New Yorker: Trump’s bag of tricks will be useless when women decide they have had enough of him and his lack of empathy and...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 13

Amazon quest needs point person The Georgia people working on the Amazon bid remain tight-lipped (“Government spending,” AJC, Feb. 4). We know Georgia has a vast array of incentives in its arsenal. We know the state Department of Economic Development has the matter well in hand but won’t reveal any specifics. Gov. Deal is obviously a key player, and the state Legislature is ready...
The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

The left asks what lengths the GOP will go to protect Trump

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the dossier, the dueling memos and why the Republicans are OK with trashing the FBI. 1. In Trump they trust From columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.: You won’t believe the FBI, but what President Donald Trump says is golden? 2. The Russians, the dossier and the memo From The Ashland Daily Tidings: What do you do when one party acts as an enabler...
The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

The right looks at Hillary Clinton’s role in launching the dossier

A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the role Hillary Clinton’s campaign played in the investigation of Russian interference in U.S. elections. 1. Clinton fingerprints all over FBI's Trump investigation From The Federalist: Three pieces of information the FBI used to surveil Carter Page can be linked to the Democrats. 2. Scandal deepens for Hillary and Obama The Las Vegas...

Opinion: The anti-Porter conspiracy

I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary. Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek; the other had phoned 911 when he allegedly punched through the glass of her front door in an effort to break into her house. She obtained a protective order against him. Well...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 11

More than one side of speech worth protecting State Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr. introduced Senate Bill 339 to ensure constitutional protection for speakers on campuses whose “conservative” messages are interrupted by students with opposing positions. SB 339’s trading one party’s “free speech” protections for another’s throttles students’ speech in favor...

Opinion: The question Trump failed to answer

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one. Indeed, it was likely more difficult in its way than anything April Ryan or Lester Holt has ever asked him. But then, they’re only adults. Ava Rose Olsen is 7 years old. As anyone who has experience with human beings of that age can attest, no one asks more pointed...

Opinion: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you. Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He...
The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

The left looks at the intel the White House had on Rob Porter and asks why he was still there

Accounts of abuse at the hands of Rob Porter were known to Chief of Staff John Kelly. Why didn’t he do something about it? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The Washington Post: Which man’s integrity are we talking about here – Rob Porter’s or Gen. John Kelly’s? From Vanity Fair: Is Kelly so tone deaf he can’t react to the claims (with photos)...
The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

The right asks how the FBI can justify its faith in the Steele dossier

New allegations about the Steele dossier and its origins should have people asking the FBI to explain its methods in the case. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The Federalist: When did President Barack Obama know about the Steele dossier? Why isn’t the media asking that question? From The Washington Examiner: What caused the FBI to rely on uncorroborated information...
Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

It didn’t seem to fit in President Trump’s State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: “As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.”...
Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Do you remember back when everybody thought John Kelly was going to calm down the Trump White House? Stop laughing. Although it has been another wow of a week, hasn’t it? We had one top administration official, Rob Porter, resigning over claims of domestic abuse regarding two ex-wives. Kelly defended Porter as “a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional” shortly before a picture...
The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

The right is waiting for the FISA scandal shoe to drop on Obama

Will it be former President Barack Obama who sees more fallout from the FISA memos? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From Townhall: What happened to the press and progressives who used to take on Washington corruption? From The American Thinker: Who would have thought that the “what did the president know” moment would refer to President Barack Obama.  From...
The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

The left wonders why immigration reform has become so divisive

What will immigration legislation look like when it gets through Congress if it ever does get through? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: The path forward is clear – pass a bill taking care of the Dreamers, then handle take on comprehensive immigration reform. From Jorge Castaneda: If you want Mexico onboard an American immigration plan you...

Opinion: Nunes duels the Deep State

That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud. To persuade a FISA court to issue a warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page, the FBI relied on a dossier produced by a Trump-hating British spy, who was using old Kremlin contacts, while being paid to dig up dirt on...

READERS WRITE: FEB. 8

Trump should tackle climate change Recently, President Trump stood in front of Congress and applauded the spirit of Americans who withstood devastating natural disasters and horrible acts of violence in 2017. He boasted of the rise in the stock markets and new tax cuts. He emphasized “choice” and “pride” in America. Yet the greatest threat was left unmentioned: unharnessed...
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