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Editorial Issue: A nation's unrest
Atlanta Forward

Editorial Issue: A nation's unrest

An incessant march of violence across U.S., world redoubles need for listening to others of goodwill, as well as action.

Reporting on an historic week

CLEVELAND – Daily breakfast gatherings serve as a rituals for delegates to a national political convention, and Georgians in Ohio got a taste of the ritual last week.

Trump’s dangerous delusions

For almost 70 years, Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty has been the cornerstone of American national security policy.

Readers Write: July 24

GOP ignores voters at their perilListening to the voters back home has become a lost art for many Republicans whenever they gather at the State House.

A victim of policing for profit long before his death

He was a major revenue source for the local government, and he’s not alone. When Philando Castile was pulled over for the traffic stop which would end his life, it would have started off as a familiar experience.

Black Lives Matter is no Civil Rights offshoot

During a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas in response to the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, no one expected the protest would end with someone shooting five police officers dead and injuring nine more.

Heeding others’ voices

This summer has proven to be a rough ride — one that shows no sign of smoothing out anytime soon.

Kyle Wingfield: Rethinking skepticism of Donald Trump

CLEVELAND — A Republican I know wrote this week to voice his disappointment in my “doom and gloom approach” to the GOP’s purported unity around its presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Readers Write: July 22

France attack is latest in our world warEight years after we elected the president who was going to “heal the nation” and bring us “hope and change,” little has changed that isn’t for the worse.
Is there an exodus of teachers out of DeKalb?

Is there an exodus of teachers out of DeKalb?

My AJC colleague Marlon Walker reports more than 900 teachers resigned during DeKalb school Superintendent Steve Green’s first year on the job, which may be the largest exodus the district has ever seen.

Voices: Time to come together over race

  Our American family is experiencing turmoil we have not seen in a generation. Two weeks ago, a tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were killed and 7 more wounded, closed a disturbing week that began with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castille.

Readers Write: July 21

Atlanta needs a no-smoking lawSince the 1960s, we have known that smoking is harmful to those who smoke.

Readers Write: July 20

Respect for unborn life needed for peaceAll lives matter. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Recently, I was driving my daughter on Lenox Road when we chanced upon a Black Lives Matter protest.
RNC 2016: Melania’s Michelle moment caps off mediocre Monday

RNC 2016: Melania’s Michelle moment caps off mediocre Monday

Melania Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday. (Eric Thayer / The New York Times) CLEVELAND — When I was in college, a friend of mine had a fraternity brother they nicknamed Can’t Get Right because, well, he couldn’t.

Readers Write: July 19

BLM is necessary in the U.S.I cannot bring myself to utter the “All Lives Matter” cliché because it simply is not true.
RNC 2016: Johnny Isakson on America’s role in the world

RNC 2016: Johnny Isakson on America’s role in the world

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Jan. 18. (Jonathan Phillips / Special) CLEVELAND — The theme for Monday night’s program at the Republican National Convention is “Make America Safe Again,” and the speeches will include messages from retired Lt.

Readers Write: July 18

U.S. should admit problem with racismWith the unfolding of events last week, it seems that racial tragedy is regularly a topic in our news.

GOP addresses police-community relations

Relationships and empathy. One begets the other. Both have been in short supply in a country driven to despair this month after deadly shootings by, and then of, police officers.

Cleveland becomes Trumpland

In a lighthearted column last July, I tried to imagine what Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 GOP convention might sound like, never really thinking that we would have to witness such a thing in real life.

The travesty and tragedy of teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES — The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied.

Police are not the big problem — we are

This is not about the police.At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African-Americans and the law.

Readers Write: July 17

America needs strong leaders once moreHere’s an example of common sense that Washington should heed: The flight attendant before every flight advises that, should the airplane lose cabin pressure, the oxygen masks that automatically drop from the overhead compartment should first be placed on yourself before you try to help someone else.
A childhood innocence frayed

A childhood innocence frayed

“Mommy, I’m only going to play with brown kids, not white kids.” My heart and my head hurt instantly when my 4-year-old daughter made this statement earlier this week.

Doctors crossing line should face swift, strong sanctions

We are raised to have the ultimate respect for those in the medical profession. The idea of a doctor harming a patient comes as a surprise to most people, let alone one being charged with sexual misconduct.

First, do no harm

Despite popular belief, “First, do no harm” is not in the Hippocratic Oath. What is firmly therein is this: “Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

Readers Write: July 15

We must do more to curb distracted drivingMark Arum’s column on road traffic deaths is very disturbing.
Sorry Hillary, but there’s no such thing as ‘free’ tuition

Sorry Hillary, but there’s no such thing as ‘free’ tuition

Hillary Clinton while Bernie Sanders endorses her in Portsmouth, N.H., July 12. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton this week, but not before she endorsed a key bit of Sandersism by proposing “free” college tuition for 8 in 10 American families.

Readers Write: July 14

World leaders must step up to fight ISISOnce again we find ourselves in “times that try mens’ souls” to borrow a quote from Thomas Paine.

Barack Obama and the resurgence of race

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, defenders of segregation had a stock explanation if some of the local Negroes began to get a little rambunctious.

Readers Write: July 13

Clinton too careless to be presidentThe FBI said Hillary Clinton or members of her staff were “extremely careless” in the handling of classified information; there were 110 emails which contained classified information, some which were “top secret!

Readers Write: July 11

Will should know money buys influenceRecently, the AJC reported on a study that showed how even a gift of a slice of pizza from a pharmaceutical lobbyist affected the prescription practices of doctors.

All the nominees enablers

A couple of weeks ago Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, sort of laid out both a health care plan and a tax plan.

Republican delegate agonistes

Let’s say you’re one of Georgia’s 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention, bound soon for Cleveland.

Newt and The Donald? Yes please!

“I spent a little bit of time in politics,” a grinning Newt Gingrich reminded a Donald Trump rally in Ohio this week.

Newt and The Donald? Yes please!

“I spent a little bit of time in politics,” a grinning Newt Gingrich reminded a Donald Trump rally in Ohio this week.

Readers Write: July 10

KKK using Adopt-A-Highway for publicitySomething is wrong with our state’s Adopt-A-Highway program if the Ku Klux Klan is allowed to participate with its name on a state sign that credits that organization with keeping a roadside free of litter.

On the Record

Texas Gov. Mike Abbott, in an open letter to The Dallas Morning News: In the coming days, there will be those who foment distrust and fan the flames of dissension.

Guide girls toward technology studies

We know that American girls are avid consumers of technology – almost three in four have smart phones, 88 percent have desktops or laptops, 62 percent have tablets and 70 percent have gaming consoles, according to the Teens, Social Media and Technology Overview, released by the Pew Research Center.

Krauthammer: Comey: A theory

Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material.

Readers Write: July 8

Clinton will not make fools of us allSo, the FBI didn’t want to bring charges against Hillary for crimes that put other politicians in jail.
Ron Clark and other educators: Duty to speak out in police shootings

Ron Clark and other educators: Duty to speak out in police shootings

The back-to-back police shootings of Philando Castile, 32, in St. Paul, Minn., and Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge are prompting responses from the education community, including National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García and Ron Clark, co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

Readers Write: June 7

U.S. must be proactive, innovative on jobsIt would be beautiful thing if all the jobs that have moved offshore would come back home.

It’s up to voters to return Hillary Clinton’s guilty verdict

Let’s be perfectly clear about what FBI Director James Comey did not do Tuesday:He did not exonerate Hillary Clinton for her exclusive use of a private email account, hosted on an unsecured server in her home, while serving as secretary of state.

Pondering what’s worth celebration or scorn

There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America.

FBI: Clinton email system was mistake, not criminal act

“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday morning, bringing an end to Republican hopes that Hillary Clinton would face criminal indictment for mishandling her email account while serving as secretary of state.
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