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Opinion


Election offers shot at better healthcare

Stephen DeMaura is the president of Americans for Job Security. He wrote this for InsideSources.com. As the country adjusts to the news of the new president-elect, the Trump administration and a new Congress have an opportunity to make some key changes to our nation’s healthcare system, and it is hoped for the better. For the last year and a half, American voters have been intently focused on...

Dylan’s Nobel Prize shows classifications no longer classify

WASHINGTON — There has been ferment among the literati since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Many say that however well Dylan does what he does, it is not literature. Dylan did not go to Stockholm Saturday to collect his prize, which the Swedish Academy says was awarded “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Well...

Lessons we can give to the world

The incessant volley of national issues presently raking across our land should not distract from the wisdom of periodically taking stock of metro Atlanta’s overall standing and situation. We believe a measure of introspection is a natural, year-end kind of activity – one that seems especially appropriate for the final weeks of an often-explosive election year. The Atlanta...

Region working toward addressing common challenges

Metro Atlanta has been on quite a journey. We have grown from a railroad terminus to become one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the country. In recent years, metro Atlanta has been on a journey of recovery from the Great Recession. It’s been a long road, but we’ve made significant progress. In the past year, the Atlanta region has added jobs and population at the...

Disagreeing with left-wing orthodoxy doesn’t make one ‘abnormal’

There’s a word you may be hearing more often in political discussions: “normalize.” It’s popular among those who refuse to treat Donald Trump as a “normal” president-elect with legitimate policies and positions, rather than some kind of irredeemable bigot. As a conservative who didn’t vote for Trump, I recognize there are reasons to be wary of him. But I&rsquo...

On the Record

Fervent hope of my elders poses difficult challenge

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I find myself burdened by the faith of my elders. They were generations of cooks and farmers, poets and laborers, of porters and housekeepers, soldiers and slaves, and they navigated a very different America. It was an America of signs barring entrance, and torture killings in the town...

Standing by support of students’ dreams

One teaches in an Atlanta-area public school with Teach for America and is an award-winning artist. Another is studying public health, focusing on strategies to help people prevent and manage chronic diseases like diabetes. A third is a math whiz who wants to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. And a fourth has interned with the energy company Exelon and is exploring a career in organizational...

Readers Write: Dec. 9

No! No! No to casino gambling! One only has to look to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to see just how bad casino gambling is for a city. Casino gambling was sold as a savior to the declining resort city. All casino gambling did was grease the skids. Atlantic City got worse because of casino gambling. Before casinos, people stayed in hotels and went out into the city to shop, see the attractions...

Trump’s election turns state legislators’ plans on their heads

ATHENS — Ballots were still being counted when it became apparent most Democrats had not seriously considered the possibility Donald Trump would win. Neither, it seems, had many Republicans. That was my main takeaway from the General Assembly’s biennial retreat here this week. Typically, one can find the rough outlines of a legislative agenda at this post-election event, which is geared...

Readers Write: Dec. 8

We will soon announce that we have driven ISIS out of some village that they had previously occupied. The residents will then, with great anticipation, return to their village. But what they will find is only a pile of rubble. Most of the buildings will have been destroyed by our forces. That “victory” is nothing for us to be proud of. The United States military should devote...

The Left pays no price for its many costly policy failures

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected. Something as personal as what doctor we want to go to has been taken out of our hands by Obamacare. What...

More ‘show votes’ to repeal Obamacare, but no actual plan

In an interview broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan put on a brave, confident face. The very first bill that he and the House will take up come January, he said, will be legislation that repeals Obamacare. In that same interview, Ryan promised that he and his fellow Republicans would not “pull the rug out from under” the many Americans who previously...

Readers Write: Dec. 7

The New York Times reported Hillary Clinton’s campaign will join Jill Stein’s effort to seek a recount in Wisconsin and possibly two other states. Judging by the media’s outrage and excoriation of Trump when he suggested he may not accept the election results, you would think the media would now be doing the same to Clinton? I guess the Times and others learned nothing...

U.S. needs better health care Rx

President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Price to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be read as a diagnosis that the deeply unpopular Obamacare law may well be considered terminally ill at this point. That’s politics. The voters have spoken. What remains as ever before is the dizzyingly complex – and costly – conundrum...

Repealing ACA likely to cause harm

I am a moderate Republican, but I cannot support U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, as the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). There have always been arch-conservatives in Georgia who would do anything to win. But, with the election of Jimmy Carter as governor, that situation began changing for the better. Georgians were becoming more open...

Readers Write: Dec. 2

After election, toxic bigotry must be resistedWith “White-Nationalism” conferences, KKK parades, etc.

Readers Write: Dec. 1

A letter writer wrote to the AJC on Nov. 17 declaring that Harvard’s soccer team being punished for their sexually explicit and demeaning “scouting report” was a “war on men.” However, the real war on men is being waged by the letter writer and those who believe, like him, that masculinity boils down to a pornographic caricature of sexual power play. By limiting his gender...

Law and order agenda should take note of bipartisanship’s results

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump’s talking points on crime and punishment harkened back to an era of “tough on crime” campaign rhetoric that fueled the stump speeches of candidates like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Trump declared himself the “law and order” candidate and rang an alarm about a purported growing crime wave and chaotic inner...

Readers Write: Nov. 29

I just read Cal Thomas telling Democrats to “Deal with it,” Opinion, Nov. 21, when it comes to Donald Trump as president. He says Dems should give Trump a chance to see if his ideas work. Has Mr. Thomas been in a coma the last eight years? The Republicans have fought President Obama tooth and nail on everything since the day he was elected. They are now known as the Party of No because...

Support families by investing in them

Throughout the recent presidential election process, we heard a consistent theme - the economic pain felt by millions of working-class Americans. In red states and blue states, in cities, suburbs and rural America, too many of our working neighbors have been left behind. Many working families today earn less income. They confront higher costs for housing, healthcare and other basic needs...

Why so many of us will miss Gwen Ifill

Like other friends and fans of Gwen Ifill, I did not expect to be talking about her in the past tense. Not this soon. The groundbreaking, award-winning “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor died Nov. 14 in hospice care in Washington. The cause was endometrial cancer. She was 61. That surprised me. With her relentlessly youthful zest for life she didn’t look that old. Yet it was...

Readers Write: Nov. 22

In regards to Cobb County re-zoning case Z-98 (24 acres on Dallas Highway at Garrison Ridge), I fail to understand why Commissioner Bob Weatherford is actively campaigning to change the county’s long-term land use plan. He states that the large donations made by the law firm representing the developer to his political campaign would not bias him at all. However, his actions speak otherwise....

Analyzing the administration to come

If nothing else, the results of the Nov. 8 General Election have united America in a vigorous discussion of, and reaction to, the outcomes reached on ballot choices. That holds true even where’s there’s vigorous, vehement disagreement over the wisdom of decisions made by voters that day. The Electoral College victory of President-Elect Donald Trump continues to draw cheers, condemnation...

Democracy is working, changes should result

Democracy is working, but it didn’t start in Washington. It started here, back home in the states. We have seen a growing grassroots movement seeking change at every level of government — local statehouses, Congress, and now the White House. Many people are more motivated by big government’s lack of results than their own political ideology. Donald Trump shares our...

Deep skepticism about Trump’s motives remains

On the day after the election, while many worldwide were still in shock and disbelief, pundits did their best to portray the aftermath as being similar to all previous modern American presidential elections. Politicians and personalities praised the peaceful transfer of power that would inevitably take place and they commended President-elect Donald Trump’s call for unity as if...

Now’s time to take stand

While watching the results of the presidential election with my fellow Spelman College students, there were many tears. Many of us voted, but a faction told us they didn’t vote out of protest, saying they were fed up with both parties and the establishment in general. As a civil rights activist, I searched for words to inspire them after it was clear that Donald Trump won the electoral...

Target addiction to stem foster care crisis

It’s a tragic story that repeats itself daily in virtually every community across this country. Whether you live in a sprawling urban area or the rural countryside, the undercurrent of addiction not only is devastating the lives of adults and teens but is having a growing impact on innocent children. Consider this: The common thread throughout these cases and too many of others...

The Grand Betrayal of Trump voters picks up steam

The Grand Betrayal is under way: 1.) During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to halt the rise of drug prices that is helping to make health care so expensive. Initially, he talked of allowing cheaper drugs to be imported from overseas; later, he pledged to use the enormous buying power of the federal government to negotiate lower prices. “When it comes time to negotiate the cost of drugs...

Readers Write: Nov. 15

I can honestly say to all Trumpites that you certainly did not elect the lesser of those two evils everyone was jabbering about going into this latest American election fiasco. They’re getting phonier and phonier every four years, aren’t they? The election of Donald Trump will go down in American history as the start of the biggest, baddest and rotten reality show ever. Everyone who voted...

Writing history’s never-ending first draft

Just between us, I’ll let you in on some secrets about election night in a newsroom, insights that were true of the AJC’s newsroom last week. Journalists are citizens, just like you, and so they tend to care a lot about things like elections and the direction of our country. So there’s always plenty of excitement and tension around big races like the presidential contest and important...

Drill sergeants’ mantra still holds true

Army Basic Training Drill Sergeants wear a special patch. It has a rattlesnake surrounding a torch encircled by thirteen stars under which it reads “This We’ll Defend.” The patch signifies the Army’s pledge to defend the United States. Drill Sergeants wear it because they are charged with guiding recruits through transformation from civilian to Soldier. With this...

Readers Write: Nov. 11

Veterans need connections with employersVeteran’s Day is an important time to recognize the significant contributions U.

How we got to President-elect Donald Trump

Half of the country woke up Wednesday despondent. One of our major parties faces a devastating, decisive vote of no confidence from a divided country. It’s just not the half of the country, or the party, a lot of people were expecting. Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America. He won without the support of many on the right — yes, myself included — and...

Trump’s alarming success and Clinton’s undoing

Just days ago I was in Ohio. I was talking to Republicans, and this was the refrain I kept hearing: Donald Trump is throwing this election away. He has no real campaign here. No get-out-the-vote operation. No ground game. Nothing that signifies or befits a truly serious presidential candidate. These Republicans thought that he’d win the state — barely. But they didn’t think that...

Readers Write: Oct. 10

White fear is a powerful thing. Brazen, yet subtle enough to go undetected by poll predictors. To think that the majority of the citizens of this nation do not consider Muslims like me Americans, is disheartening but not defeating. I will make an effort to smile at every face on the street, to hold my head up high. This is how I will help extinguish that fear of differences between fellow human beings...

Readers Write: Nov. 8

Lost in the swirl of drama around the presidential election, a trifecta of global climate agreements came into being this past month. It got little attention but deserves more. The Paris Climate Agreement (195 countries, signed in December but entering into legal force this October), the Kigali accord limiting the ultra-potent greenhouse gas chemical coolants called HFC’s (170 countries) and...

Elections system is secure, not ‘rigged’

Election Day is almost here and everyone knows it. November 8th is equally controversial as it is highly anticipated. For most Americans, the mechanics of elections are rarely considered until they are standing in the voting booth. During a presidential election, questions arise and many grow concerned with the logistics required to conduct a secure election. These inquiries are valid...

Civic duty is strong msg. to Kremlin

For the first time in the history of our country - in this year of 2016 - our American Democracy is under attack by an external power using a completely different means of attack – specifically cyber attacks against our system. U. S. intelligence agencies, both civilian and military, have concluded that the Russian government is actively tampering with databases in our democratic...

After the vote: What's needed?

By Wednesday, our choice for the next President of these United States should be known to the world. A free people will have once more spoken powerfully on Nov. 8. Thereafter, the ugly political scrum that was Campaign 2016 will begin to recede toward history. Good riddance. And a raggedly torn, harshly divided nation will await the first moves of its next commander-in-chief. The new...

Moving past angry elections

Thanksgiving gatherings after bitterly fought election seasons tend to be a little dicey. Let’s admit it, not all thin ice can be chalked up to global warming. But a little restraint and decorum can usually see families safely through the rituals of togetherness without someone pulling down the temple. The national myth, after all, is about very different neighbors sitting down...

Is FBI reopening of email debacle Hillary’s Watergate?

After posting Friday’s column, “A Presidency from Hell,” about the investigations a President Hillary Clinton would face, by afternoon it was clear I had understated the gravity of the situation. Networks exploded with news that FBI Director James Comey had informed Congress he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email scandal, which he had said in July had been...

Fervor of anti-OSD campaign is inexplicable

Five million dollars. That’s how much teachers unions have spent to defeat Amendment 1. It’s enough to make you ask: Why? It isn’t to protect “local control,” and not only because nearly all the dough for opposing the state intervention in chronically failing schools has come from outside Georgia. Even under the Opportunity School District, at least 96 percent of public...

Gov. Deal selling his school plan through deception

The cynical and brazen deception behind the effort to sell Georgia voters on Amendment 1, the so-called Opportunity School District proposal, is something to behold. In fact, I’ve really seen nothing quite like it. You can see that cynicism on the ballot, where the Amendment 1 preamble promises that it will improve failing schools “through increasing community involvement.” You also...

Readers Write: Oct. 28

To the letter-writer lamenting the loss of Southern culture: My friend, I feel your pain (“Southern culture going way of dodo,” Readers Write, Oct. 20). But the following must be said: While we love our traditions we must part ways with veneration of the Confederate flag. Let’s love and preserve positive Southern character. Let’s not ignore, though, the facts of history. That...

Readers Write: Oct. 27

Paul Krugman and Mona Charen, both contributors to your Balanced Views Opinion page, have adopted the siren call of liberalism by parroting the same garbage we’ve heard all along: Raise taxes on top incomes to reduce inequality and accuse Trump of having character problems. Clinton is appealing to voters who welcome her call to end inequality by shifting income from successful individuals to...

With MARTA tax, there’s a lot of wait and see

One of the remarkable things about this election year is that a referendum on expanding MARTA has drawn so few remarks. You would think a bid to raise taxes by $2.5 billion over the next four decades would prompt some debate, or at least some raised eyebrows. Yet the absence of any organized opposition is noticeable. It’d surely be different if the issue were on ballots outside Atlanta. But...

The Left’s promotion of the ‘masses’ is never what it seems

Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left. Their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing. When Barack Obama referred to ordinary working people as people who are “bitter...

When being on-site is risky work

In the dying sunlight the moment for the deadly hurricane was arriving. Jeremy Redmon, one of our best reporters, sent me a few images of the water rising steadily toward my house on St. Simons Island. As some of you may remember, in the days as Hurricane Matthew lumbered angrily toward Georgia, I wrote in this space about my anxieties over my house and the wondrous 100 miles of Georgia coast in the...

‘Yes’ vote will give poor kids better odds for success

Rural Georgians, either through geography or ideology, often feel isolated from “metro-urban Georgia,” as well as alienated from the legislative decision-making process. Why? Because there are so few legislators in these areas who are able to make a significant impact on rural-related legislation. Conversely, issues affecting metro areas of the state are usually foreign to...

OSD plan should come with sprinking of fairy dust

On Nov. 8, voters will be asked to amend Georgia’s constitution to allow the governor to create a statewide school district, called the Opportunity School District (OSD). On the ballot they will see words to make them believe that Amendment 1, if passed, will “fix” schools that are allegedly failing, increase community involvement, and improve student performance. It...

Analyzing mixed results, potential of Ga.’s charter schools

Editor’s note: A much-longer version, complete with links to Apperson’s research Depending on which ad you’ve seen, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District is either a white knight coming to save public education or a headless horseman coming to pillage the state’s most vulnerable communities. I feel comfortable saying that frankly we don’t...

Study guide to charter schools vote

It’s no surprise that nearly all Georgians agree on the importance of improving K-12 education for students at the most risk for sub-par performance. That’s generally where agreement ends, though, as the campaigns both for and against Amendment 1 plainly show. The measure, if approved by Georgia voters, would use a Constitutional amendment to create a state Opportunity School...

Readers Write: Oct. 21

You’re absolutely right, Michelle Obama. Trump’s behavior cannot be ignored. And neither can your sanctimonious hypocrisy. You have welcomed into the White House entertainers whose depraved behavior and lyrics have degraded and demeaned women for decades. You have honored them in the eyes of your own daughters. You have made Beyoncé and her ilk role models. The country is sick of...

Readers Write: Oct. 19

I understand that some Georgians do not like Hillary Clinton. I am not one of them. I have admired and supported her for 30 years. I think she is a very intelligent, gracious, good, accomplished and highly competent individual. I agree with President Obama that she is the most qualified individual to ever run for the office of President. We do not have a religious test for office-holding in this country...

Readers Write: Oct. 14

It is very interesting how the hypocrites of the world come crawling out of the woodwork every time a bit of dirt is uncovered about someone in the public eye. There is not a man alive that has not made a vulgar remark in a private conversation about a woman at some time in his life. I’ve done it, followed by pang of conscience, and have heard countless others from all walks of life do the same...

Program for Atlanta’s homeless men shows work really works

What if I told you we could move scores of homeless men at a time from the streets to self-sufficiency, without taking funds from existing social services, at a cost that’s a fraction of what we spend to serve them now? And then what if I told you it’s already happening, right here in Atlanta? There may be no more unsung success around here than Georgia Works, a privately run program for...

Readers Write: Oct. 13

I have a couple of questions about the Opportunity School District. Those supporting it have faith that the governor can fix schools. If the governor knows so much about fixing schools, why doesn’t he share that knowledge with the Department of Education so they could fix schools, or he could share it with us so we would know what we’re voting on? If he’s relying on creating charter...

The Trump-Putin alliance undermines our democracy

We know for a fact that the government of Russia and Vladimir Putin is blatantly interfering in this year’s presidential election, most notably by hacking into and strategically releasing the emails and computer files of Democratic organizations and campaign officials. There has been no equivalent targeting by Russia of Republican organizations or the Trump campaign. It’s also easy to...

Trump tape reveals little, confirms all

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” Donald Trump said in a videotaped apology released Friday night. But those sexually brutal words captured on tape do reflect who Trump is. That’s what makes them so damning. And if they come as a shock or even a mild surprise, then you either haven’t been paying attention, or for political reasons you have...

Hoping nature’s fury abates

Early Tuesday morning, I felt the first mild rush of anxiety. I was crossing the causeway from St. Simons Island to the mainland on the way back to Atlanta. You need to see these marshes in the early autumn light. In the sunrise the marsh grasses stood bright green with occasional hints of gold. Herons and egrets worked the muddy banks. These marshes inspired poet Sidney Lanier to verse 138 years...

Why black colleges still matter

I was selected as Clark Atlanta University’s fourth president in February 2015. I am deeply honored to have been asked to lead this internationally recognized epicenter of African-American higher education as its new chief executive officer. The University’s pivotal position among the landscape of American higher education is well-documented and celebrated. I inherited a...

Democrats so eager to bash Trump, they hit their own (good) tax policy

I know a lot of people don’t like Donald Trump. I don’t care for him, either. But it is unclear to me exactly what they think he should have done differently regarding his income taxes. By now, you’ve probably read or heard about the New York Times’ story, based on a leak of one portion of one year of Trump’s tax returns. The Times reports that Trump in 1995 claimed a...

Readers Write: Oct. 6

Donald Trump is considered to be smart because he has made a fortune in the business world. Intelligent people gain wisdom as they go through life, and after filling for bankruptcy once, a wise person would evaluate what went wrong and make appropriate changes to prevent it from happening again. Not so with Mr. Trump! He allowed his company to fail on four separate occasions, losing several fortunes...

SEC football, elections and gerrymandering

With the SEC football and election seasons in full gear, we are reminded that competitive sports and representative democracy are two of the ingredients that make America a great nation. Unfortunately, unlike the sports arena, the general elections have a serious lack of competition due to a process called gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is a practice used by the majority party in state...

Readers Write: Sept. 30

I could’t help but notice that when male police officers shot and killed unarmed suspects, including even a child, they remained protected by their brothers in blue. When a female officer did the same thing, charges were filed against her almost immediately. The problem with racism in our country is in the news every day, but when sexism raises its ugly head too, it is largely ignored. I strongly...

Readers Write: Sept. 29

The letter writer’s (NASA’s data is not the whole picture,” Readers Write, Sept. 20) attempt to deny man-made global warming — in part based on the theory that urban heat islands have distorted the surface temperature data — is misleading. Some of the largest increases in surface temperatures over the last two decades have occurred in the Arctic, Siberia and the Amazon...

‘Favors’ to blacks do more harm than good

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, “I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.” Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students,...

Trump displays the temperament of a (sore) loser

“I have a much better temperament than she does, you know,” Donald Trump said Monday night, referring of course to Hillary Clinton. The audience laughed, which is rarely a good sign. But he plowed on. “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not know how to win.” But based on the evidence that was...

Readers Write: Sept. 27

Miracle Mile … seriously? Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta between 10th and Ponce has become a war zone. There are now nightly vehicle drag races, open drug sales and prostitution, extremely aggressive panhandlers and drug addicts harassing people. Something beyond the usual “welcome to Midtown” response would be appreciated. What can we do as concerned citizens and investors...

Big test ahead for struggling Ga. schools

At least both sides agree on a big thing in the at times-shrill debate over whether to create a mechanism for state takeover of struggling schools. Proponents and opponents of the Opportunity School District idea concur that Georgia’s failing schools need help – now. Georgia voters should not forget that when considering the politics-versus-policy arguments over whether to...

Bold action on failing schools best option for gaining results.

On Nov. 8, voters in Georgia will be asked a question that has the potential to change K-12 education in our state for an entire generation of children. Question 1 will read, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student achievement?” Voting “yes” would allow for...

Experience shows danger of state takeover of shaky schools

I am opposed to any state takeover of local schools, no matter what it is called. For me, the state of Georgia’s effort to take control of 27 DeKalb County schools — and schools elsewhere — is déjà vu all over again. When I became superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools in 2011, my team and I found ourselves in a desperate fight for survival and...

What to do about rising suicide rates

A recent report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights increasing suicide rates in the U.S. across all ages and genders. The overall suicide rate grew 24 percent from 1999 to 2014. A key finding of the report is that, while suicide among adolescents and young adults is growing and is among the leading causes of death for those groups, suicide...

Readers Write: Sept. 23

After being married for 30 years to one of the many thousands of incredible Georgia public school teachers, I see firsthand how hard they work. And I’ve come to realize that public schools always seem to get the short end of the stick. Public schools are the first place budgets are slashed when they should be the last. And that public schools, their teachers, staff and BOEs are constantly scrutinized...

Readers Write: Sept. 16

Reading “Marietta Pension Saga has a twisted ending,” News, Sept. 8, I conjured up the same scenario happening so easily in a third world country or Russia.. The city of Marietta, Putin-like in its bullying and stomping on human rights, has told Janet Kosper that an inhumane technicality takes precedence over her survival needs and that her husband’s 20 years of loyal service are...

Climate change isn’t a Chinese conspiracy

One of Donald Trump’s 100 wackiest ideas is that climate change is a hoax fabricated by China to harm the United States. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive,” Trump once tweeted. He later said, unconvincingly, that he had been kidding about China, but he has emphasized that he does not believe in climate...

Readers Write: Sept. 15

The news on Hillary Clinton is absolutely astounding. Just when I think I have heard it all, I am taken aback by a new revelation. When the FBI investigative findings were published, the fact that she didn’t know that “C” meant confidential or classified material was absolutely ludicrous. One would assume that being in politics for 25 years, including senator, and Secretary of State...

Self-driving cars will uproot old travel ways

The future arrived Wednesday. In Pittsburgh, of all places. Wednesday marked the debut of self-driving cars working on behalf of Uber, the fast-growing ride-hailing service. Only four such vehicles were working the streets, and each had two people in the front seats ready to take control if something went wrong, but their presence was a watershed moment. Between them, autonomous vehicles and the so-called...

Why the OSD makes school control more local, not less

All politics is local, and that goes double for school politics. But just what does “local” mean? Georgians are going to have an argument about that word between now and the November referendum on the proposed Opportunity School District. A great logomachy over localism, if you like. The OSD, if approved, would allow the state to take control of public schools with failing grades for at...

Comments about the Newton proposed mosque

“As a result of the County’s quick and efficient review of our zoning ordinances, I plan to vote in favor of lifting the moratorium at the special called meeting on September 13,” District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz said. “Newton County is rich in diversity and hospitality, and we are happy to see residents of all faiths and backgrounds live and worship together in our community...

Let’s have honest conversation about Newton Co. mosque

In 2005, Imam Mohammad Islam began to lead his congregation through soft-spoken prayers in Doraville. Now in his ’90s, the imam in Covington has worked for years to meet the zoning requirements to build a cemetery and mosque for Muslim worshipers to honor their deceased family members in the area. A few weeks ago, the firestorm began when the county placed a moratorium on the mosque...

Why Trump is the man we need

It has taken us 15 years since the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, but finally, in the person of Donald J. Trump, we have the leader that we deserve, a leader who reassures us that he alone can solve this problem, who tells us that he knows better than the generals and pointy-headed foreign-policy experts how to deal with ISIS and other iterations of Islamic extremism. It’s a relief...

Honoring first responders honors 9/11 as well

It has been difficult over the past few weeks to turn on the television without seeing the fallout from a particular NFL star’s refusal to stand during our National Anthem. While I understand this is his Constitutional right, one man’s actions do not reflect the attitude of a grateful nation. Many people in the entertainment world like to equate the NFL season to a 16-plus-week war, where...

Readers Write: Sept. 9

Big profits doesn’t lead to better serviceThe news that a second major airline, British Airways, has had global check-in system problems is to say the least disconcerting.

FBI documents paint damning picture of Clinton’s dishonesty, ineptness

Would you rather have a dishonest president or a clueless president? Electing Hillary Clinton will give us at least one of those. The latest piece of this awful jigsaw puzzle comes from the FBI’s (mostly) declassified summaries of its probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. The documents were released last Friday afternoon, a pre-holiday...

Readers Write: Sept. 8

An airport map on GPS might have averted the crash of Comair 5191 (“Decade after crash, some pilots still fly in dark,” News, Aug. 29); but a more fundamental, low-tech solution was at hand. Before takeoff on an instrument flight plan, it is an essential and longstanding procedure to ensure that your magnetic compass and heading indicator agree before advancing the throttles. A quick check...

When Trump tells us the truth, we should believe him

Now it gets real. The frivolities of summer are behind us. Kids are in school, vacations are over and Election Day is less than two months away. The polls are tightening and the presidential campaign has begun in earnest. For a lot of voters, this is when they really start paying attention. And one of the things they ought to be curious about comes to us out of Florida, where the politically bizarre...

Readers Write: Sept. 7

A letter writer reaches an odd conclusion in his letter to the editor (“Krugman helps writer decide vote,” Readers Write, Aug. 26). Noting columnist Paul Krugman’s many credentials, he goes on to say that Krugman’s description of Donald Trump is almost “locker-room vulgarity.” Apparently, words like dishonest, ignorant, immature and egomaniac are now “vulgar...

Statistics can be misleading, dangerous in hands of liberals

Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds. Household income statistics are an obvious example. When we hear about how much more income the top 20 percent of households make, compared to the bottom 20 percent of households, one key fact is usually...

Readers Write: Sept. 6

In reference to “Sewer problems threaten DeKalb’s growth,” News, Aug. 26, has DeKalb County’s water and sewer department just torpedoed development of the GM Doraville site? If the county’s sewer system cannot support redevelopment of a comparatively small project like a former Denny’s in Dunwoody, how can it support a multi-acre live-work-play project that the...

Readers Write: Sept. 5

For many of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer — of family vacations and long days by the pool. It is a signal that the days of carpooling, Little League and homework are about to commence. While often regarded as a day for one last barbecue, Labor Day should be about celebrating the contributions of all working people. We make America run. From nurses and teachers to firefighters and construction...

Readers Write: Sept. 4

America has not yet found its strong woman to lead our country. Hillary Clinton is strong, but not in truth. That glaring deficiency keeps showing itself in ways, stripping away esteem. We know how strong women are as leaders as we have seen or read about Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi. They stand out in history. When we find such a strong woman in our midst, she will become president...

Ideology is little help to the sick

If you’re a middle-aged Georgian, the odds that you’ll live to age 75 have improved a bit over the past decade. But if you’re white, middle-aged and live in rural parts of the state, it’s another story entirely. According to statistics kept by the state Department of Public Health, the chance of premature death among that demographic group has risen by 13 percent since 2005...

Trump’s EPA: Making America gasp again

Many people voted for Donald Trump because they believed his promises that he would restore what they imagine were the good old days — when America had lots of traditional jobs mining coal and producing manufactured goods. They’re going to be deeply disappointed: The shift from blue-collar work is mainly about technological change, not globalization, and no amount of tweets and tax breaks...
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