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Editorial Issue: Learning to reduce prejudice
Atlanta Forward

Editorial Issue: Learning to reduce prejudice

Atlanta's legacy, today's events and places like our National Center for Civil and Human Rights remind us of the need to teach against prejudice from a young age.

Readers Write: May 4

Braves’ trades yield ‘cut rate’ rosterThe Atlanta Braves are a disgrace to major league baseball and an insult to Braves fans.

Readers Write: May 3

Congress hasn’t worsened woes?I read with fascination a writer’s letter (“Congress at fault for middle-class woes,” Readers Write, April 25) responding to comments from Ted Cruz regarding “left-wing” policies.

Voices: 'Swinging London' observes 50th birthday

 Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version misspelled Pete Townshend's last name.LONDON — This year, 400 since the death of Shakespeare and 90 since the birth of Elizabeth II, is also the 50th anniversary of Swinging London, a time and place that produced the British Invasion rock bands, Georgy Girl and Darling, Twiggy and The Shrimp and the miniskirt.

Voices: Gender-neutral restrooms could be the answer

Another battle over bathroom rights is looming in Texas.Some Texas activists and lawmakers say they plan to introduce a bill next session that would bar transgender women from using women's restrooms.

Readers’ Write: May 2

Fare tax credit may pump life into streetcarI, apparently along with many more Atlanta-area residents, have never ridden the Atlanta Streetcar (“Is it worth your $1?

Readers’ Write: May 1

Progressives are on a roll latelyWal-Mart will soon only sell eggs from cage-free chickens, elsewhere men and women and in-betweeners can all share the same public bathrooms (just bring your own proof of gender, I suppose), and we soon won’t have those unsightly Confederate memorials to look at any longer.

‘President Trump’ is madness

After trouncing his GOP competitors in five primaries this week and pronouncing himself the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump celebrated by giving a lengthy, prepared address on how he would conduct American foreign policy as our president and commander in chief.

How school choice could actually save public schools

If you listen to most objections to school-choice programs, they really come down to money. Choice advocates talk about money for students; choice opponents talk about money for schools.
New laws limit your right to know

New laws limit your right to know

The right of Georgians to know about the workings of their government came under siege last month. In two instances, it was dealt serious blows.

Telling a story that must be shared

My wife Yvonne and I both grew up under the Jim Crow laws of segregation here in the South. This American apartheid system subjugated African-Americans to daily humiliation and shame.

EDITORIAL: Learning a better way

Even ageless lessons need to be re-learned periodically, or taught to some for a first time. That’s especially the case when the subject is the incessant struggle to ensure basic human rights for all.

Inclusion can be learned, should be practiced

Growing up in Northern Virginia, I enjoyed a comfortable, happy upbringing. I can’t say that it gave me a true understanding of or active appreciation for those who didn’t look, worship or live the way we did.
Bernie Sanders: The perfect socialist

Bernie Sanders: The perfect socialist

Let’s see: Money flows in small amounts from all across the country to a centralized bureaucracy which takes it, spends the bulk of it on propaganda to make people think things are going well, pays a small coterie of advisers very handsomely, pays everyone else far less, and winds up laying off about half of the peons because reality wasn’t as good as the propaganda.
About those claims the economy performs better under Democrats

About those claims the economy performs better under Democrats

People seeking work stand in line outside a job fair in Cobb County, January 2015 (Jonathan Phillips / Special) It’s an election year, so we’re hearing a lot about whether the economy performs better when Republicans or Democrats are in charge.

Readers Write: April 28

Classified documents are that for a reasonGeorge Will’s column (“Some classified knowledge shouldn’t stay classified,” April 17) leads me to doubt his sincerity.

Conservatives must choose true kindred spirit

The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him.

Readers Write: April 27

Covering up history is a big mistakeThe guest column by Gene Kansas (“Build on our history, not over it,” Opinion, April 16) hits a nerve.

Gov. Deal ought to veto guns-on-campus bill

Gov. Nathan Deal already knows what he ought to do about House Bill 859, the bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses in Georgia.

Readers Write: April 26

When businesses aren’t on right’s sideGuest columnist Ryan T. Anderson (“Liberals show hypocrisy on religious liberty laws,” Opinion, April 17), decries the threats posed by business and industry organizations in response to the various laws being enacted around the country in the name of “religious freedom.

Readers Write: April 25

RNC wants to stop Trump nominationReince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, keeps telling all of us, including the presidential candidates, that we should know their rules and they won’t change them to suit us.

Voices: A tree grows — and grows — in Ohio

Friday may be Arbor Day, but it’s always Christmas at my house.My boyfriend, Adrian, and I own a house built in 1929 that has a magnificent spruce tree in the front yard.

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I was supposed to write about something else today.

Important question for Bernie

After his convincing defeat in New York last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders trails badly in terms of pledged convention delegates.

Georgia burning budgetary candle at both ends

Sometimes, the problems you see coming a long way off are the hardest to solve.Everybody knows the baby boomers are retiring: a hundred a day, nationally, for the next decade and a half.

Studies, reports strike same notes through years

From Dec. 2015’s “Economic Benefits of Investing in Transit study,” sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Transportation Alliance: The Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is estimated to generate just under $1B (billion) per year in new transportation funding for road and bridge projects.

Readers Write: April 24

Trump proposal smells of hypocrisyDonald Trump plans to put a 25 percent tariff on Fords that are built in a new plant in northern Mexico.

A snapshot of long-running state debate over transit

From the 2010 Final Report of the Georgia Joint Transit Governance Study Commission: The Joint Transit Governance Study Commission was created through the Statewide Regional Transportation Funding Bill, HB 277, with the expressed duty to examine the methodical development of a regional transit governing authority in Georgia through specific legislative proposals.

Leading by protecting the environment

From Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s first days in office, he has made sustainability a priority, which is reflected in the substantial and inspiring progress we have made in the last few years.

Readers Write: April 22

Tech coach’s views on golf ridiculousI was hoping to see the rest of the story today about Georgia Tech’s new basketball coach and, shall we say, his adverse feelings about golf (“Pastner says no golf for assistants,” Sports, April 16).
One reason sprawl has been good for Atlanta

One reason sprawl has been good for Atlanta

AJC Photo / Bita Honarvar There may be no dirtier word in today’s local lexicon than “sprawl.” The image it conjures — of shopping center after shopping center (excuse me, “strip mall”) separated from a four-lane by parking moats — is one our community leaders are eager to banish.

Readers Write: April 21

Ga. needs renewable energy not fossil fuelsThe state’s decision to halt the Palmetto Pipeline project is a great move for our environment and could also be a great move for our economy.
What is John Kasich doing?

What is John Kasich doing?

“Did you Torah scholars know Moses parted the Red Sea? Have you studied that?” (AP Photo / Steven Senne) It has been more than a month since Marco Rubio dropped out of the GOP presidential race.

Readers Write: April 20

Root of hike is likely distracted drivingI read with dismay James Salzer’s front page article “Insurance chief flags Allstate hike” on April 12 about the “consumer alert” Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens had issued with respect to the impending 25 percent auto insurance rate hike by Allstate.

Yes, the system is ‘rigged’ against Trump, Sanders

Donald Trump won the Georgia primary pretty easily, beating Ted Cruz back on March 1 by 14 percentage points and earning the pledged votes of 42 of Georgia’s 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Could GOP’s elite reject BOTH Cruz and Trump? Yes …

Could GOP’s elite reject BOTH Cruz and Trump? Yes …

“Psssst. Caption contest, anybody?” (AP) Would the Republican establishment — the Mitch McConnells of the world, in other words — dare to try to engineer the nomination of someone other than Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?
Could GOP’s elite reject BOTH Cruz and Trump? Yes …

Could GOP’s elite reject BOTH Cruz and Trump? Yes …

“Psssst. Caption contest, anybody?” (AP) Would the Republican establishment — the Mitch McConnells of the world, in other words — dare to try to engineer the nomination of someone other than Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?
Just what does New York mean for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?

Just what does New York mean for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?

New York: If they can make it there, they can … maybe or maybe not make it anywhere. New Yorkers head to the polls today, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton widely expected to win contests that will have much less impact than you’ve been led to believe.

Readers Write: April 19

Boycott businesses that litter with flyersGo through most any residential area in metro Atlanta and the dominant form of litter will often be advertising materials that were thrown into yards or stuck onto mailboxes.

Voices: Opening a window into Cuba

My flight was booked, the Airbnb room in Havana was reserved, and my itinerary was set for a one-week reporting trip to Cuba.

Readers Write: April 18

Isakson must step up on veterans’ issuesThe abysmal performance of the VA continues year after year (“VA in 7 states falsified wait time,” News, April 8).

A most-predictable fallout

The predictably negative national blowback from our fellow Southern states’ misbegotten steps into legislating morality in the name of religious freedom should remind all that the political axiom “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” does not always hold true.

Beltline should be example

In the last hours of the 2016 General Assembly, legislators approved a bill giving the city of Atlanta permission to seek an additional half-penny in sales tax for transit.

Readers Write: April 17

‘Personhood’ is a slippery slopeIf an embryo or fetus were legally a person, then how would a woman paying a doctor to terminate its existence be any less guilty of first-degree murder than she would if she were paying somebody to kill her husband?

How Lt. Gov. would engineer MARTA’s future

Perhaps no Georgia Republican has supported transit more publicly than Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Certainly, none who holds such a high office and aspires to a higher one.

Comments on religious freedom

From Mississippi’s “Protecting freedom of conscience from government discrimination act”: The sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act are the belief or conviction that: (a) Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman; (b) Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
Enjoying friends, food and thought

Enjoying friends, food and thought

About five years ago, I was fortunate enough to become a part of an extraordinary potluck group that has fed my soul beyond the delicious and savory food dishes we share every other month.

Liberals show hypocrisy on religious liberty laws

If it wasn’t for double standards, some liberals would have none at all. That seems to be the lesson from the past few weeks, where liberals have displayed three distinct forms of hypocrisy.

Build on our history, not over it

What’s more detrimental to the development of a city: tearing down something significant, or building up something regretful?
The #NeverTrump argument gets more precarious

The #NeverTrump argument gets more precarious

Beyond the sheer math of delegate counts, the core of the #NeverTrump argument among conservatives is that Donald Trump has peaked, that his delegate lead is the result of his early performance in a crowded field and that as things have gotten more serious, his candidacy has lost its momentum.
Donald Trump: Right question, wrong answer

Donald Trump: Right question, wrong answer

AP file photo Donald Trump has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today that hinges on this sentence: “Let me ask America a question: How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family?
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