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Opinion: Tax reform key to a prosperous future

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


Opinion: In Washington, power puts itself on display

Opinion: In Washington, power puts itself on display

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

Opinion: Hospice care helps make every day count

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

Opinion: Thriving communities embrace economic mobility

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

Opinion: The need for quality childcare

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

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

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

Opinion: Study and act on economy’s boosters

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

Opinion: A humble solution to what ails the nation

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

Opinion: Adoption month’s worth celebrating

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

Opinion: When partisan loyalty trumps moral clarity

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

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

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

Opinion: Dear Georgia Power: The answer is no

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

Opinion: Thank vets, and get to know them

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

Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2

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

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

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

Opinion: The GOP’s only cure for Trump

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

Opinion: Courtroom recordings should be public

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

Opinion: The real problem for Georgia GOP in 2018

A special election — actually, three of them — finally went Democrats’ way in Georgia. After the bonfire of the punditries that was their expensive bust in the 6th Congressional District, these successes are heralded as the omen of a blue restoration in state government. Republicans are right to be concerned about 2018, but not because of Tuesday’s results. Special-election...
Opinion: Lessons of 2017 elections aren’t good for Republicans

Opinion: Lessons of 2017 elections aren’t good for Republicans

There is no good news from Tuesday’s elections for Republicans. Locally, they lost a pair of state House seats in which just a year ago Democrats didn’t even bother to compete. They saw a pair of Democrats advance to a runoff in a state Senate seat previously held by one of the GOP’s gubernatorial hopefuls. They made no breakthroughs in Democratic strongholds. Even their lone candidate...
Congressional testimony shows liberals’ disdain for poor

Congressional testimony shows liberals’ disdain for poor

Last week, I testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, on HR 490, also known as the Heartbeat Bill. The bill, introduced by Iowa Republican congressman Steve King, prohibits abortion once the child’s heartbeat is detectable. I have been fighting for the last 30 years to protect the unborn, and I wholeheartedly gave my endorsement to this bill. In...
Opinion: Are mass shootings a ‘mental health problem?”

Opinion: Are mass shootings a ‘mental health problem?”

“This isn’t a guns situation,” President Trump said after the horrific slaughter in a rural Texas church. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level.” In one sense, that’s true. This long, depressing string of mass shootings should force us to acknowledge that there must be a cold romance in this evil, in evil so unthinkable and outrageous that a dangerous...
Opinion: Why a Ga. ‘Corporate City’ is great fit for Amazon

Opinion: Why a Ga. ‘Corporate City’ is great fit for Amazon

Jeff Bezos is known as a creative genius, taking a cardboard box and disrupting the world’s entire retail industry, making Amazon worth more than twice what the state of California spends in a year. But channeling Bezos’ plans for Amazon for the next 10 to 20 years takes bold vision. And Bezos is a very big thinker – now exploring everything from getting into pharmaceutical sales...

Readers Write: Nov. 7

Mueller wasting time probing Russia This entire, useless, Russia probe is a Democrat party smokescreen to divert attention from the real Clinton issues that need attention. Those charged were operatives for their own financial gain and had nothing to do with Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. GOP voters knew for certain who they were going to vote for regardless of political...

Readers Write: Nov. 6

Buchanan a bad resource for military strategy Pat Buchanan’s recent column (“U.S. looking at bad options after years of Mideast wars,” Opinion, Oct. 27) starts out well assessing the players’ goals. Assad (president of Syria) wants to stay in power at any price. Rouhani (president of Iran) seeks an uninterrupted flow of arms and influence from Iran to the Lebanon. Putin (president...
Opinion: Helping neighborhoods helps entire city

Opinion: Helping neighborhoods helps entire city

With a potentially transformative Election Day in Atlanta at hand, now is the time to make clear our expectations for our new mayor, city council and school board. New blood offers an opportunity for new ideas. Here’s just one. Most people don’t care about the city-wide crime rate; they care whether their street is safe. They don’t care about how the Atlanta Public Schools (APS)...
Opinion: Seeing all the parts as a whole

Opinion: Seeing all the parts as a whole

In a day when people tend to clump together around like minds or identical zip codes, it’s a refreshing change to see the Georgia Forward forum back on the scene, bringing together a variety of people around the idea represented by the nonprofit group’s very name. Georgia Forward’s mission is broad, yet simple — to help move past an unproductive construct that, somehow, there&rsquo...
Opinion: Working toward one Georgia will best boost state

Opinion: Working toward one Georgia will best boost state

Are there two Georgias? If so, Georgia Forward wants to bring them together. How else can we compete and thrive regionally, nationally or internationally? Georgia Forward has a successful track record for being a catalyst for cross-sector conversations. This nonpartisan nonprofit hosted its very first event – the Georgia Forward Forum – in Macon in 2010. At that time, I was part of the...

Opinion: Learning about state has broad benefits

Since the Georgia Forward Young Gamechangers’ inaugural class in 2012, I have been inspired by the consistency of leadership in action demonstrated by bright and talented professionals from across all sectors of our great state of Georgia. I count it an honor to now be a part of this legacy as a member of the Fall 2017 Young Gamechangers class, especially as the program embarks upon its five-year...
Opinion: Federal tax reform could have ripple effect in Georgia

Opinion: Federal tax reform could have ripple effect in Georgia

Republicans unveiled their long-awaited federal tax-reform bill Thursday, closing loopholes and reducing rates across the board. There’s much work left to do, but it gets the ball rolling on one of the GOP’s last chances to enact a major piece of legislation before next year’s midterm elections. It should also give renewed momentum to an update of Georgia’s tax code. If you...
Opinion: Evidence of collusion is substantial

Opinion: Evidence of collusion is substantial

“We’ve been saying from day one, there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated this week. Sanders is flat-out wrong. She is wrong not as a matter of interpretation, but as a matter of documented fact: We do have evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. It isn’t conclusive evidence; it may not even be convincing evidence...
Opinion: On Plant Vogtle, Ga. needs to protect consumers, not corporate profits

Opinion: On Plant Vogtle, Ga. needs to protect consumers, not corporate profits

Over a decade ago, our nation decided to pursue more nuclear power generation. Two reactors were to be built here in Georgia at Plant Vogtle in Burke County and dozens more across the country. We supported that effort and those investments for a number of reasons. But what we did not support was providing corporate welfare to big power companies and unfairly picking winners and losers for our energy...
Opinion: A clean break in Atlanta, and a low-SALT tax code

Opinion: A clean break in Atlanta, and a low-SALT tax code

Too many topics, too little time to get to them all. So today I’m taking a page from my predecessor, Jim Wooten, and giving you a Thursday free-for-all:An attorney for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed assures the public there was nothing illegal about Reed’s steering thousands of dollars raised last year for a transportation referendum to the campaigns of seven City Council members loyal to him...

Readers Write: Nov. 2

Patriotism is citizens’ unspoken duty The letter-writer of “Forced patriotism is unnecessary,” Readers Write, Oct. 26, is not only ridiculous but also quite unpatriotic. I served 24 years in the U.S. Army and I feel like I have the right to contradict the letter-writer. If he doesn’t want to show respect for our flag and all it represents, then perhaps he should search out...
Opinion: Free U.S. tax code from special interests

Opinion: Free U.S. tax code from special interests

A big tax bill is all it takes to see how perverse and dysfunctional our government has become. Why are the halls of Congress now crawling with special-interest lobbyists looking for opportunities to carve out some new benefit, or to protect existing special interests in the tax code? The objective of the tax bill Republicans want to piece together is noble. Make the code more simple, logical and...
Opinion: Can our “wild west” Congress ever reform Obamacare?

Opinion: Can our “wild west” Congress ever reform Obamacare?

After grand pronouncements by our President, Trumpcare has failed, hopefully for the last time. Little wonder, with the folks that were assigned by Trump to conceptualize and sell it to the politicians and public. The now-disgraced former Secretary of DHHS heads this list. Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been on numerous news shows over the last few months since the House...
Opinion: The cynicism behind health-care sabotage

Opinion: The cynicism behind health-care sabotage

Open enrollment for Obamacare coverage begins Nov. 1, and already experts are warning of trouble. After years of decline, the number of uninsured has begun to rise, and as many as 1.6 million additional Americans will drop out of the program in 2018, many because they will no longer be able to afford it, according to Wall Street analyst S&P Global. The Trump administration deserves much of the blame...
Opinion: From Fox, scary news for the GOP

Opinion: From Fox, scary news for the GOP

If you’re a Republican, the scariest thing that you’ll see this Halloween season is the Fox News poll released this week. According to the poll, President Trump’s job-approval number dropped four points, from 42 percent to 38 percent, in the last month. It is down 10 points since February. In the last month, it has dropped precipitously, from 68 percent to 56 percent, among white...
Opinion: Georgia leads in innovative land conservation

Opinion: Georgia leads in innovative land conservation

Considered by many as a founding father of wildlife ecology and land preservation, Aldo Leopold believed “conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves in the public interest.” The conservation movement he helped inspire is now debating the appropriateness of those rewards when the land is owned by a real-estate partnership. I labor on the front...
Opinion: Fast-moving technology requires regional response

Opinion: Fast-moving technology requires regional response

It seems like science fiction: Self-driving vehicles that can be summoned on demand; autonomous transit shuttles that whisk commuters along “smart” corridors that optimize traffic flow; and connected cars that communicate with each other to avoid collisions. Technology is advancing quickly, and experts say this future may actually be close at hand. In a sign of things to come, autonomous...
Opinion: Driving toward the future

Opinion: Driving toward the future

As fans of old science fiction know, humankind has a less-than-stellar record at pinpointing what tomorrow holds. Yet Shakespeare had it right, too: “What’s past is prologue.” The leap of wristwatch phones from comic strips to reality proves that. Which makes pondering the future of transportation intriguing — and risky. Many times, people — and governments — come...
Opinion: Don’t forget consumers on road to autonomous driving

Opinion: Don’t forget consumers on road to autonomous driving

While there is much uncertainty around what the future of the auto industry might bring, one thing is glaringly clear: self-driving and electric vehicles are coming. It seems like a daily occurrence that a major car manufacturer announces plans to go all-electric or ramp up development of autonomous technology. However, many companies seem to be forgetting one major factor, which will ultimately drive...
Opinion: Driverless cars are the future, but Ga. law could delay it

Opinion: Driverless cars are the future, but Ga. law could delay it

Those of us who called Atlanta home in 1990 — when the world’s great cities openly mocked our bid to host the Centennial Olympic Games as a threadbare offering from a ramshackle town — recognize a similar stirring across our city today. Then as now, something transformative is underway, and the pace of it is almost staggering. But for all the promise of tomorrow, all the landscape-altering...
Opinion: Final chapter in a tragic story

Opinion: Final chapter in a tragic story

It was an odd and awkward reunion in Courtroom 8A in the Fulton County Justice Tower on that recent Friday afternoon. As the hearing scheduled for 3:30 approached, the groups gathered in separate corners of the courtroom; some nodded an acknowledgement to others while others ignored each other, still cast in the roles designed for us by circumstance. We were here for the last chapter of a tragic story...

Opinion: Is America up for a second Cold War?

After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries will have become hated but ancient history...

Readers Write: Nov. 24

Cherrypicked data used to justify pay hikes I have to shake my head at the recent AJC article showing how the State Commission on Compensation has recommended very generous pay increases for lawmakers and high-ranking state officials “Georgia panel recommends pay hikes for lawmakers,” News, Nov. 9. This is while law enforcement, administrative, and many other state employees all have to...
This Thanksgiving, here are 5 myths about American Indians

This Thanksgiving, here are 5 myths about American Indians

Thanksgiving recalls for many people a meal between European colonists and indigenous Americans that we have invested with all the symbolism we can muster. But the new arrivals who sat down to share venison with some of America's original inhabitants relied on a raft of misconceptions that began as early as the 1500s, when Europeans produced fanciful depictions of the "New World." In the...

Opinion: Billionaires desperately need our help

It is so hard to be a billionaire these days! A new yacht can cost $300 million. And you wouldn’t believe what a pastry chef earns — and if you hire just one, to work weekdays, how can you possibly survive on weekends? The investment income on, say, a $4 billion fortune is a mere $1 million a day, which makes it tough to scrounge by with today’s rising prices. Fortunately, President...

Readers Write: Nov. 23

Players dishonor flag for kneeling I was in the Army for three years, our son is still in the Army with 20-plus years. Another son was in the Army for 10 years. Our daughter was in the Marine Corps, and our son-in-law retired from the Marine Corps. Our grandson was in the Marine Corps for four years. All of these people were in harm’s way or willing to go into harm’s way to protect your...
Opinion: This is a lawless administration

Opinion: This is a lawless administration

(AP) Six weeks ago, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security completed its investigation into the agency’s disastrous handling of the first travel ban announced by the Trump administration. However, in an extraordinary and unprecedented step, the Trump administration won’t let that report become public. In a letter to members of Congress this...

Readers Write: Nov. 22

Moore allegations are politically motivated GOP leaders want the Republican candidate and front-runner Roy Moore to step down because of alleged sexual misconduct that supposedly happened 40 years ago. Why was not this alleged misconduct by Moore brought to light years ago? This I believe is definitely politically motivated. Money in this country is a major motivator. The Justice Department should...
Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

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

Readers Write: Nov. 21

Moore innocent until proven guilty What has happened to America? Judge Moore has been vilified, ostracized and convicted on unsubstantiated charges of molesting a young lady some 40 years ago. What happened to “innocent until proved guilty?” I have no knowledge of the validity of these charges, nor does any of those who are demanding that he withdraw from the race. I don’t have a...

Readers Write: Nov. 20

Cost overruns should be born by partners To say Georgia Power and its partners are not responsible for monstrous Plant Vogtle cost overruns is, at best, delusional “Vogtle delays and cost overruns not our fault …,” News, Nov. 10. When private companies or individuals make investments that happen to go sour, they pay a price except in this case of crony capitalism. Vogtle cost overruns...

Opinion: Alabama rolls toward a high-stakes skirmish

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9. He was born in May 1954, 13 days before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. He...

Opinion: You’re not worried enough about judicial appointments

You are not worried enough. Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don’t belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you’ve spent the last year worrying as much as you know how. There has certainly been no shortage of things to worry about: white supremacy,...

Opinion: “The works I’ve done ….”

We lost the great Sharon Jones a year ago tomorrow, after a long and heroic battle against cancer. Before her departure, however, the Georgia-born Jones left us with this, a cut off her new, posthumously released album “Soul of a Woman.” In an interview shortly before her death, she referenced her fondness for a gospel classic, “May the Works I’ve Done Speak ...
Opinion: A humble suggestion to improve our politics

Opinion: A humble suggestion to improve our politics

AP File Photo / J. Scott Applewhite Angels do not govern men, a fact we face more and more often. The U.S. Senate this week alone featured one member who may face an ethics investigation (Robert Menendez of New Jersey, whose corruption case ended in a mistrial ), one member who asked for...
Opinion: Power, its uses and abuses

Opinion: Power, its uses and abuses

(AP) Out of frustration, I asked Twitter this morning to serve as my open-source assignment editor: My Trump era dilemma: Do I write about the outrage of someone with Trump's history of sexual harassment gloating about Franken's downfall? Or about the fact that in this "middle class tax cut," the middle class gets $1 for every $9 that goes to rich and corporations?...

Readers Write: Nov. 19

Defense of Roy Moore shameful, sick I’m appalled by the shameless, hypocritical depravity of Alabamans defending Roy Moore. It’s pointless to appeal to their humanity and decency because they have none. These “values voters” will support any scum-of-the-earth demagogue who feeds their twisted fantasy of replacing our Constitutional government with a fundamentalist theocracy...
Opinion: Tax reform clears a major hurdle, faces another

Opinion: Tax reform clears a major hurdle, faces another

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) applaud with their fellow House Republicans during a news conference following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Big news out of the U.S. House just now: House passes GOP tax...
Opinion: Is this the best you have, Alabama?

Opinion: Is this the best you have, Alabama?

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

Readers Write: Nov. 17

Cagle: Local leaders should work with ICE In his Nov. 9 column, Bill Torpy takes issue with my fight to make sure Decatur hands over criminal illegal aliens to federal authorities, “The real reason Cagle is on Decatur’s case.” He argues Georgians shouldn’t worry about the presence of criminal illegal aliens in our state because “native-born Americans are three times as...

Opinion: Reining in the rogue royal of Arabia

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours. Pledging to Westernize Saudi Arabia, he has antagonized the clerical establishment...
Opinion: The GOP makes stupid promises

Opinion: The GOP makes stupid promises

(AP) The Republicans keep telling themselves that current political problems are caused by their failure to keep promises to voters. I think it’s even more basic than that: Their current political problems are caused by the fact that their promises suck, and the American people understand that they suck. For example, in poll after poll, Democrats now hold a 10- to 15-point advantage...

Readers Write: Nov. 16

Wingfield right about party’s ‘old agendas’ Kyle Wingfield’s column (“Tuesday’s elections offer no good news for Republicans,” Opinion, Nov. 9) on recent election results nailed it in one sentence. “Both parties are generally guilty of working on old agendas with marginal near term benefits.” An example is the GOP’s feeble attempt at tax...

Opinion: God should sue Roy Moore for defamation

For decades, one of the most sanctimonious moralizers in U.S. politics has been Roy Moore, the longtime Bible-thumper in Alabama who crusaded against gays, transgender people, Islam and “sexual perversion.” Moore suggested just this year that the 9/11 terror attacks were God’s punishment because “we legitimize sodomy.” He has said homosexuality is “the same thing&rdquo...
Opinion: A grave threat to the republic

Opinion: A grave threat to the republic

(AP) For weeks, President Trump has openly, publicly and energetically pressured the Justice Department to prosecute his political opponents, specifically Hillary Clinton. He has also expressed considerable anger at his handpicked attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for so far refusing to carry out those wishes. “The saddest thing is that because I’m the president...

Readers Write: Nov. 15

U.S. should follow Australia’s lead on guns Once again, an American has used a rapid-firing assault rifle to kill a lot of people in a short period of time. That is what assault rifles are designed to do. There is no logical reason Americans are allowed to possess assault rifles. Possession of assault rifles should be prohibited. Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association has cast assault...
Opinion: Roy Moore and the ‘binary choice’

Opinion: Roy Moore and the ‘binary choice’

Harvey Weinstein should’ve run for president, or at least Congress. Let me explain. Weinstein is by most accounts a despicable man, a Hollywood mogul who stands accused by a slew of women of using his position of power to get away with sexually harassing or assaulting them over the years. He has no business running doughnuts from the pastry...

Readers Write: Nov. 14

Five Points Station needs serious work There are so many exciting redevelopment projects underway and planned for downtown Atlanta, especially on the long-neglected southwestern corner. Building off the momentum of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the potential of these new developments to completely transform the area into a vibrant, diverse and walkable economic engine is coming to fruition piece by piece...
Opinion: An answer for Ga. Power

Opinion: An answer for Ga. Power

(AP) More than a decade ago, our good friends at Georgia Power conceived the idea of building two new nuclear reactors — the first to be built on U.S. soil in a generation — at its Vogtle site outside Augusta. Georgia Power recruited the partners it needed from electric co-ops and city utilities around the state. It convinced its obedient servants at the state Public...
Opinion: The Georgia GOP’s real problem going into 2018

Opinion: The Georgia GOP’s real problem going into 2018

A special election — actually, three of them — finally went Democrats’ way in Georgia. After the bonfire of the punditries that was their expensive bust in the 6th Congressional District, these successes are heralded as the omen of a blue restoration in state government. Republicans are right to...

Opinion: Maybe GOP is now the party of louts and dunces

Just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that the Republican Party had thrown in the towel on maintaining any sort of Donald Trump-free identity. Sen. Jeff Flake announced that, rather than defy the Trump-supporting base in Arizona, he would not seek re-election. He followed Sen. Bob Corker’s path. Sen. Ted Cruz, who, in a different universe, had stood tall at the Republican convention in Cleveland...

Readers Write: Nov. 13

“Technological” weapons not limited to guns Jay Bookman acknowledges in “Are mass shootings a ‘mental-health problem?’” Opinion, Nov. 8, that such shootings may have a mental-health component, but he’s decided that aspect can’t adequately be addressed, so just take away the tools from everyone that a mentally deranged (or evil) person might feel the...

Opinion: Why are we OK with mass shootings?

I hate mass shootings. Everybody hates them, of course: innocent death, fathers, fiances, best friends, and sons snatched violently away, sudden carnage crashing ordinary days. But I hate them for an additional reason. When things like this happen, you see, it’s my job to have something to say. And I’ve got nothing. More accurately, I’ve got nothing left that I haven’t already...

Opinion: GOP tax bill represents a disconcerting raid on endowments

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill — a 1.4 percent excise tax on the endowment earnings of about 70 colleges and universities...

Readers Write: Nov. 12

Mass shootings a problem of moral anarchy In a somewhat rare occurrence, I agree with Jay Bookman (“Are mass shootings a ‘mental-health problem?’” Opinion, Nov 8) to a degree. He writes that these mass shootings are not a mental-health problem, so a mental-health solution will not work. We agree on that, and we agree in principle that the solution should be related to what...

Opinion: We need a little, or a lot, of this ….

Nobody does pickin’ and grinnin’ better than the comedic genius and acclaimed bluegrass musician, Steve Martin. Escort us out of this awful week, will ya Steve? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyHipL45pwM&w=492&h=307]
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