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Opinion: Don’t mistake racism for politics

This three-day weekend celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is particularly poignant as it marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Fifty years ago, we were stunned into a pact to be a better people. Fifty years ago we decided we finally would embrace the simple foundational premise of this nation – that all men are created equal. There would be no second-class...


Opinion: Collaboration makes metro Atlanta national leader on water

For decades, Georgia’s neighboring states have engaged in legal battles with us over our shared water resources. Earlier this month, the issue reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by Florida that seeks to limit Georgia’s use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin. The stakes are high, and the legal issues are complicated...
Opinion: Doctor sex abuse makes headlines again

Opinion: Doctor sex abuse makes headlines again

The latest story on doctor sex abuse is particularly horrifying. In a sentencing hearing this week, dozens of young women detailed the terrible consequences of Dr. Larry Nassar’s abuse as a physician for USA Gymnastics, the organization that governs competitive gymnastics and trains Olympics gymnasts. Young women testified of abuse and molestation they experienced as young as six years old and...

Opinion: A year in, Americans are of two minds about Trump, both of them wrong

This week brought an update on President Donald Trump’s health from the White House physician. Trump is up 3 pounds from his last check-up but his “overall health is excellent,” said Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. He added that, at Trump’s request, he’d administered a cognitive screening test and confirmed, contrary to perceptions in some quarters, the president is not losing...

Readers Write: Jan. 18

“Junk mail” serves purpose at U.S. Post Office The letter “Stop subsidizing junk mail industry,” Readers Write, Jan. 10, claims that junk mail is subsidized. Perhaps junk mail may not completely pay its own way, but this mail is valued by the U.S. Post Office. This “junk mail” is given a low priority by the post office and is handled only after other mail is handled...

Opinion: Republicans must lead in upcoming abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in our country. The event has taken place every year since 1973 and will continue to take place every year until this disastrous and destructive decision is reversed. Those...

Opinion: We have a racist in the White House

For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told the world that they “do not recall” racist comments made a day earlier by President Trump in an immigration meeting. That lack of recollection seemed astonishing. In that meeting, Trump had dismissed all of Africa as “shithole&rdquo...
Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Nathan Deal has embarked on his final year as governor, so he is undertaking some rituals of the office for the final time. Such was the case this past week when he delivered one last State of the State address to legislators. For Deal, who warns he’s no lame duck but has a modest legislative agenda for this eighth and final year, it was largely a trip down memory lane. Or to adopt his metaphor...
Opinion: Moving beyond Rev. King’s dream

Opinion: Moving beyond Rev. King’s dream

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King was murdered one year to the day after one of his most politically incisive speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In that speech, King criticized American leadership for lacking what he termed, “true values.” He called for a “radical revolution of values,&rdquo...
Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!” His message to his fellow Republicans is pretty clear: Make...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among our customers, who clearly aren’t troubled by the loss...

Opinion: Help rural Georgians’ health and pocketbook

Lawmakers appear poised to try something new to help struggling communities in rural Georgia and our neighbors from Blue Ridge to Thomasville are no doubt glad to receive the attention. Ideas floated recently by a state House study committee range from expanding broadband access to paying professionals to relocate to rural communities. Here are three other strategies that will benefit Georgians across...

Opinion: Make 2018 a year of resolving unfinished business

Part two of Georgia’s two-year legislative session is under way. With fundraising for this year’s elections on legislators’ minds, expect a quick 40 days; the governor has already announced he will call a special session if Georgia becomes a finalist in online behemoth Amazon’s search for its next headquarters. Before legislators rush off, however, there is some important unfinished...

Opinion: Collaboration that fuels action

Georgia’s motto of “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation” may make a big comeback in 2018. That would bode well for this state, its people and its economy. The reality of a sweeping election year across Georgia could not overwhelm a strong vibe of “git ‘er done” pragmatism from key speakers last week at an event that’s historically been a curtain-raiser for a just-resuming...
Opinion: On presidential visits and long security lines

Opinion: On presidential visits and long security lines

I was in the security line Monday night outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium — a.k.a., the site of the Atlanta/Georgia Sports Curse Vol. LXVII — when the frustration began to mount for everyone. I spent a solid hour in the cold and light rain being pushed and pressed toward the metal detectors and Secret Service agents, and I heard about many others whose ordeals were even longer. A common theme...
Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility...
Opinion: Oprah for president? No thank you

Opinion: Oprah for president? No thank you

No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens’ calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they can find, eager to reach you and whisper sweet songs about your future. Pay them no heed, and none of your millions. The temptations are obvious: If you take a meeting, those consultants will tell you that if you want the Democratic presidential...

Opinion: New tax law may hold surprise for employers

Atlanta employers might be surprised to learn about one of the least publicized outcomes of tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), passed by Congress on December 20 and signed into law by President Trump, contains several obscure provisions that will directly impact employers and workplace law. One of the more far-reaching provisions is the paid leave credit. This aspect of the new law offers...
Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Legislative sessions have a particular rhythm. They start slowly, then pick up the pace as more bills are filed and vetted by committees. There’s a rush to the first deadline, Crossover Day. Then a short breather, and an even more furious sprint to the Day 40 finish. At the end there may be suspense. There are sometimes surprises, and often disappointments. But there are no cliffhangers. When...

Opinion: Airport working to prevent future power outages

As General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, I take full responsibility for our response to the power outage on Sunday, December 17. I know that the power outage affected thousands of people: travel plans were disrupted, and the experience was uncomfortable and frustrating for everyone involved. For this, I sincerely apologize. We take pride in being named the busiest and...

Opinion: Atlanta an epicenter of fight on HIV/AIDS: Progress made, more work ahead

Nearly 25 years ago, the AIDS epidemic was still at its peak. An HIV diagnosis was often considered a death sentence and the future was bleak. What was clearly needed, however, was compassionate medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and a commitment to identifying ways for them to live with this newly-identified disease with a focus on care that included empathy, dignity...
Opinion: Powering greater reliability

Opinion: Powering greater reliability

As inclement weather in recent years has made forcefully clear, if metro Atlanta truly wants to routinely perform on a global stage, it must have infrastructure worthy of a world-class metropolis. The spectacular December 17 electrical power meltdown at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dramatically suggested we’re not yet playing in that exclusive league. That episode shows we&rsquo...
Opinion: New book on Trump no surprise

Opinion: New book on Trump no surprise

Here is author Michael Wolff, digesting his time as a “fly-on-the-wall” observer in the Trump White House and after hundreds of hours of interviews with top members of the Trump presidential staff: That is the conclusion of senior people, people who interact with President Trump daily, who owe their jobs to Trump and whose personal success is dependent upon Trump’s success. They...
Opinion: The AJC’s legislative guide is your roadmap to state politics

Opinion: The AJC’s legislative guide is your roadmap to state politics

What can one person do? We asked that question 10 years ago in our Guide to the Georgia Legislature, focusing on individuals who learned the power of speaking up for what they believed in, whether to advocate for services for a special needs child or a cleaner, safer environment, or lower taxes. The conclusion was clear then and now. Anyone can help make our state a better place. We’ve been...
Opinion: Why the economy could save Republicans in 2018

Opinion: Why the economy could save Republicans in 2018

It’s always tempting to look ahead to the next elections, and the results from November’s contests in New Jersey and Virginia, and special elections in Georgia and elsewhere, have our Democratic friends licking their chops about this fall’s midterms. They’re right to be optimistic. Midterm elections are always difficult for new presidents, and the headwinds coming toward &mdash...
New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

President Donald Trump is a book genre unto himself. There's "Understanding Trump," by Newt Gingrich, whom Trump considered as a running mate; "Let Trump Be Trump," by former Trump campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie; "The Swamp," by former Fox News host Eric Bolling; and a forthcoming, yet-to-be-named book by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer...
Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Or, even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the news stories about Trump’s first 60 days were negative, compared to 20 percent in President Obama’s first 60 days and...
Opinion: The story isn’t about Trump, it’s about us

Opinion: The story isn’t about Trump, it’s about us

According to Playwriting 101, Act One of a play must introduce us to our cast of characters, to their strengths and limitations, and also to the setting in which they operate. A loaded gun — in some cases literal, but more often figurative — has also been introduced somewhere in the opening scenes, and now sits ominously on the fireplace mantel. I think that’s a pretty good description...
Editorial Issue: The best of Mike Luckovich, 2017

Editorial Issue: The best of Mike Luckovich, 2017

“You know, these mass shootings, they occur so regularly that it’s almost tough over time in coming up with ways to express myself to make a point. There’s no mystery why these killings happen. What’s so frustrating to me is that we could solve this problem with some sensible gun controls. The other Western nations, they don’t have this level of gun violence. But the...
Opinion: Assessing city’s progress and work that’s still ahead

Opinion: Assessing city’s progress and work that’s still ahead

As I leave office after two terms as the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, I am proud of the fact that our city is in its best financial shape in 40 years. By achieving pension reform early on, we launched a turnaround that, eight years later, continues to inspire unprecedented growth and prosperity. It enabled us to increase our cash reserves from $7.4 million to more than $200 million today; elevate our credit...
Opinion: Hyperlocal focuses on news outside your doorstep that’s worth knowing

Opinion: Hyperlocal focuses on news outside your doorstep that’s worth knowing

Sometimes the definition of news is as simple as whatever is happening right now — from outside your doorstep, from Washington, D.C., from half way around the globe, from outer space. Technology has stitched together mankind in ways previous generations could have never imagined. These days, all news is local, immediately available and shareable. This is mainly due to social media, which in...
Opinion: An unexpected and inspiring Year of the Woman

Opinion: An unexpected and inspiring Year of the Woman

It didn’t feel like this on Jan. 1, did it? But 360-something days later, 2017 has turned out to be the Unexpected Year of the Woman. A shocker, yes. Because remember, 2016 was supposed to be the official, glass-shattering Year of the Woman. Hillary Clinton made history as the first female major-party candidate for president. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson became the first woman to head a U.S...

Readers Write: Dec. 31

Georgians must keep pressing to stop wasteful spending I enjoyed Tim Echols’ analogy using the new Star Wars movie to make his case why ratepayers should be grateful to have the opportunity to pay billions more for a power project that has already cost billions more than was contracted (“Finishing Plant Vogtle is best path for Ga.,” Opinion, Dec. 23). Borrowing from older Star Wars...
Opinion: Hurry up and get here, 2018

Opinion: Hurry up and get here, 2018

2017 is all but over and, as of this writing, the world has not ended. Given the many dire predictions made this time last year, as Donald Trump was preparing to enter the White House, that’s no mean achievement. Life as we know it — the shared, American consciousness — definitely changed this past year, perhaps forever. Whether for good or ill depends on your perspective, though...

Readers Write: Dec. 29

Muslim groups’ gathering in Atlanta troubling Last weekend, metro Atlanta was the site of a convention for two controversial Muslim groups, the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society. ICNA began in 1971, as the American arm for Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami, an organization linked to the Taliban. MAS started in 1993 and federal prosecutors dubbed it &ldquo...

Opinion: Trump’s top 10 achievements make an impressive list

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done - for both good and ill - is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics and supporters that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency. Some are so blinded by their hatred of Trump that they refuse to acknowledge the good he has...

Opinion: Trump gets real About the UN and its hypocrisy

Following the U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s bold speech to that body following the vote, Haley has announced that the 2018 budget for the U.N. will be cut by $285 million. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States contributed $10 billion to the U.N. in 2016...

Opinion: Tough times for liberals means it’s time for them to toughen up

Liberals are at a loss. The U.S. president, who turned out to be more vile and duplicitous than they even had imagined, may or may not be indicted within a year’s time. Meanwhile, Congress is run by conservatives who, spurred by the greed of their donors and the fears of their base, are growing ever more comfortable telling blatant lies, preparing cover-ups and counter-narratives and overhauling...
Opinion: Finishing Plant Vogtle is best path for Ga.

Opinion: Finishing Plant Vogtle is best path for Ga.

If you are parent like me, you have probably been with your kids to see the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi film that debuted recently. Believe it or not, Georgia and the Jedi Order have a lot in common, and it has something to do with nuclear energy. Here is how. While Luke Skywalker is not the very last Jedi, he is the end of the traditional Jedi Order — at least as we have known it. And so...
Opinion: Honesty is our job, even when the truth is painful

Opinion: Honesty is our job, even when the truth is painful

When the e-mail arrived early last week, I knew right away the sender wasn’t happy. The subject line said “Shame on AJC for irresponsible reporting.” So I steeled myself, and opened it. The writer was incensed by our coverage of the fire, power failure and ensuing mess at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. “So ATL has a power outage. No one was hurt. No one was killed. A lot of people...

Opinion: Why joy in politics is in short supply

Joy to the world. Please. I realize the entire world is not the political one, but in those precincts there is precious little mirth these days. The happy warrior is an endangered species. This joylessness is more a feature of those obsessed with politics than of actual practitioners. Social media and comment threads, marches and public hearings — these are meeting places for those who thrive...

Opinion: Holiday seasons then and now

The apex of another Christmas holiday season is almost upon us, proving that another year has quickly sped by. This weekend has been consumed with the usual frenzy of last-minute shopping, cooking and preparations for time-honored holiday festivities. Mail trucks and parcel delivery vehicles are zipping to and fro, helping Santa complete his appointed rounds. This time of year is also a period for...

Opinion: A Christmas reflection on a troubled time

This column appeared in The Atlanta Journal of Dec. 25, 1942: WASHINGTON — There isn’t much that can be said appropriate to the Christmas season this year. It doesn’t seem to fit this time. You almost wonder if it isn’t an insult to Santa Claus to have him wandering around. You would want to tell the old fellow to stay away except for the very small children who haven&rsquo...

Opinion: What is the real message of #MeToo?

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari was, if not “3,000 words of revenge porn” (Caitlin Flanagan’s phrase)...

Readers Write: Jan. 22

Perdue on wrong side of history It is now clear that U.S. Sen. David Perdue has no intention of separating himself from the racist attitudes on immigration that President Trump recently articulated. That is because Trump represents Perdue’s own attitudes and positions. However it may appear to him at this moment, history teaches us clearly that Perdue is on the wrong and immoral side of history...

Readers Write: Jan. 21

Nonpartisan committee needed for districting maps News about gerrymandering seems to be everywhere … in the AJC, on radio and TV. A decision of the federal court in North Carolina overturned maps because of extreme partisan gerrymandering. Two cases currently before the Supreme Court involve Republican gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Democratic map-rigging in Maryland. Georgia has its own problems...

Opinion: Journalists must give light; public can find its way

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they’d be less likely to do so with impunity. Well, in the...

Opinion: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one...
The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

No, a solution on DACA is not going to be part of a bill to keep the government running. Why would it? From Townhall: Why is the left willing to hurt American citizens by shutting down the government in favor of the issues of non-citizens? From Sens. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), David Perdue, (R-Ga.), and Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa): A bad immigration bill that doesn’t address chain migration would do...
A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, some are left asking if we really saw what we saw with this president.   From Leon Panetta, CNN: The values of America do not solely rest in the person who is leading the country. From USA Today: A group of contributors grade the president on his performance on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration. From columnist...

Readers Write: Jan. 19

Perdue’s dodge on Trump comments cowardly I hope Georgians of all parties, races, and faiths give our junior Senator Perdue a figurative “whack upside the head” for his evident lack of backbone in objecting to President Trump’s “(expletive) countries” comment. Saying he did not hear it in a small meeting where almost everyone else acknowledged the comment in some...
Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, will the left stick with their vision for immigration, or compromise with Trump for the “Dreamers” sake? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the choice the left faces. 1. Democrats hitch their party to immigrants From Bloomberg: The commitment to the issue of immigration is politically risky for Democrats, but now they must...
Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

Why is the left ditching the DACA compromise?

It looks like a plan that would have allowed “Dreamers” to stay in the United States is off the table for the moment. Why are Democrats backing away from a compromise that would help those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. 1. Here’s why Democrats are sabotaging the DACA compromise ...
The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The fate of thousands of Dreamers should not depend on the political whims of the members of Congress and the president. From the Orlando Sentinel: Both parties need to step up their game on DACA and avert a government shutdown. From Cleveland.com: Message to party leaders – both Democrats and Republicans will be blamed if there is no DACA deal and the government shuts down. From the St. Louis...
The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

The right is ready for DACA as long as there is a strong border behind it

Is diversity really what we want in the United States? Plus, a look at DACA from a Dreamer’s perspective and from the governor of Florida. From The Citizen Times: A DACA recipient argues his case for a deal to keep Dreamers in the U.S. From Florida Gov. Rick Scott: How can someone be against securing our borders in this day and age? From the National Review: Exactly what kind of diversity makes...

Opinion: Trump, meet a hero whom you maligned

In 1885, a poor, uneducated 16-year-old boy arrived in our country from Germany at a time when immigrants were often looked down on by affluent Americans. This boy was ambitious and entrepreneurial, and, despite language problems, he earned some money and then traveled up to the Klondike during the gold rush to operate a hotel that became notorious for prostitution. He prospered, and today his grandson...

Readers Write: Jan. 17

Litter disrespects entire communities You know the idiom about the canary in the coal mine? Miners would carry caged canaries down in the mine tunnels. If hazardous atmosphere was encountered, the canary would show symptoms before the miners, serving as a warning sign for their safety. Could it be that litter is our canary in the coal mine? Throughout the Atlanta area, but especially around my home...
On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

Should you care about giving in on a wall if those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals get to stay in this country? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: Fixing DACA has become a fight to cover both parties sins when it comes to illegal immigration.   From U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-Texas): Forget the wall, put all that money...
The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

President Donald Trump needs to hold firm to his call for a wall across the country’s southern border whether there is a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or not. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From the National Review: Democrats should give Trump the wall in exchange for a DACA deal. They can always take it back if they win back the House. From columnist...

Readers Write: Jan. 16

Phone bans don’t reduce car crashes Recently Smyrna enacted an ordinance that would criminalize using a phone while driving. Initially, I thought it was a good idea. There is frequent criticism in letters to the editor and in local radio and TV stories about drivers talking and texting. This legislation made me “feel good.” This legislation has made others feel good too. It&rsquo...

Opinion: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen embryos. In 2014, they divorced. Now they are embroiled in a legal battle over what should become of those &ldquo...

Readers Write: Jan. 15

Remember King not as toothless icon The best tribute we can pay to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory is to not make him a feel-good, toothless icon. In his lifetime, many whites viewed King, not as a paragon of respectability, but as a dangerous radical. While resolutely nonviolent, King believed that creating the “beloved community” required disrupting an unjust social...

Opinion: ‘Fire and Fury’ is book we got, not one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order. Unfortunately, Wolff...

Opinion: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today&rsquo...

Readers Write: Jan. 14

Energy alternatives needed in Georgia Georgia Power’s incompetence is well-established. They owned and maintained the switching gear which failed and burned, causing an 11-hour power outage at the world’s busiest airport on Dec. 17. Per Plant Vogtle, the cost of the nuclear power plants at Vogtle will nearly double from the first projection of $14 billion to $25 billion by completion....
Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

On Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned, in vulgar terms, according to reports, why the United States allows immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa to come to the United States. A roundup of editorials Friday dissects Trump’s words on immigration, and where the conversation goes from here. (Note: These editorials contain crude language.) 1. Why Trump can’t understand...
The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

Members of Congress are working on a program to address the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Will the GOP be better served to focus on a wall along the country’s southern border, or reforming chain migration? A roundup of editorials Friday looks at DACA, the wall and immigration reform. 1. If Trump will deal, Dems should, too  From The Detroit News: The...

Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week. Now, we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all the young Dreamers...

Readers Write: Jan. 12

President should stick to word on immigration Having heard him in Tuesday’s open meeting with congressional leaders focused on immigration policy, it is alarmingly clear that President Trump is having great difficulty keeping a continuous train of thought on inflicting another immigration amnesty on Americans who trusted him on the issue. President Trump should seek guidance from candidate Trump...
Why are we giving Wolff’s book the time of day?

Why are we giving Wolff’s book the time of day?

The right wants to know why more people on the left aren’t calling Wolff out on his assertions about President Donald Trump. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Washington Post: Wolff’s book is too messy to take seriously. From Newt Gingrich: Is Trump mentally unfit? The left wants you to think so, but their erroneous claims have damaged any chance they...
Should the left be encouraged by news of retiring Republicans? Maybe not so much

Should the left be encouraged by news of retiring Republicans? Maybe not so much

Democrats are excited at the growing number of Republicans who have said they will be retiring from the House. But are the numbers looking as good as they seem? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From columnist Susan Estrich: The problem Democrats could have is the same one they had in 2016 – underestimating who likes Trump and why. 2. How Democrats Can Avoid Wiping...

Opinion: What is America’s mission now?

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should...

Readers Write: Jan. 11

Charity without compassion a facade A picture on page A4 of the AJC on Jan. 4 shows a sack of USAID flour for sale on a street corner in Gaza City. I’m left to ponder our generosity in giving food to those who advocate for our destruction, and the irony that they accept it. And then I wonder how many other places in the world do we deliver free sustenance to a distribution system, presumably...
The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

A judge in California has ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in place while legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program are litigated. The right says it’s time for anyone who came into the country illegally to leave. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the right:1. Time's Up for 'Temporary'...
The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

No one wins in a government shutdown, so why is it always on the table? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Commentary: A government shutdown would be a loser for Democrats From CBS: If the government shuts down, it will be the Democrats who lose. 2. It's on Republicans to stop a shutdown From Sen. Bernie Sanders: Can Republicans really think a government shutdown...
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