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Editorial Issue: Orlando shootings
Atlanta Forward

Editorial Issue: Orlando shootings

We offer insights into Orlando and what it means for America.

Britain’s welcome revival of nationhood

WASHINGTON — The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied made Leave’s case.

Time to fix Ga.’s health care provider shortages

Georgia needs a health care system that is sustainable. The state needs to focus on promising solutions to its health care crisis and not waste time gazing in the rearview mirror at missed opportunities.

Readers Write: June 26

Judicial system fails us yet againIn reference to “Deadly loopholes in DUI prosecutions,” News, June 12, it was certainly disheartening to read how our legal system has once again failed to protect the public from such an obvious tragedy waiting to occur.

Assassins can’t kill ideas good or bad

Last Saturday, someone tried to kill Donald Trump.You may not have heard about it. The story didn’t get much play, the attempt wasn’t well planned and the candidate was never in jeopardy.

Medicare, an effective program that needs expansion

I have been amazed at the number of negative Medicare-for-all attack pieces printed in various respected papers over the last few months, making me wonder why primarily liberal economists would be attacking a program that progressives have been trying to enact since Truman.

Krauthammer: The emptiness of Hillaryism

“I believe in an America always moving toward the future.”— Hillary Clinton, June 21 This was not the most important line in Clinton’s Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing.

Collins: Hillary gossip redux

I am so excited to tell you that we’re returning to the question of whether or not Hillary Clinton threw a vase at her husband in the White House.

Readers Write: June 24

Students must deal with disappointmentA high school in Texas prohibits National Honor Society scholars from wearing NHS stoles at graduation.
Eleven billion reasons the state is already funding transit

Eleven billion reasons the state is already funding transit

A GRTA Xpress bus leaves after picking up passengers at the Dunwoody Marta Station. (Branden Camp / Special) The state on Wednesday finally revealed the winners of $75 million worth of grants to transit agencies funded in last year’s budget.

Readers Write: June 23

Luckovich’s one-sided opinions get tiresomeI am a strong supporter of “freedom of the press.” However, too much critique of any one subject or person, can get very frustrating.

The irrefutable logic behind Medicaid expansion sinks in

Slowly, painfully, reluctantly, Georgia’s Republican leadership is coming to grips with reality.They can no longer deny that the state’s health-care delivery system is in crisis, particularly in rural areas that are already underserved by hospitals and physicians.

Readers Write: June 22

Killing the innocent condemned by IslamMy thoughts and prayers go to all the victims and their families affected by the shootings in Orlando.

Liberal, anti-gun bias still fails fact-testing

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades.
Democrats against due process

Democrats against due process

“What’s this ‘due process’ people keep talking about?” (Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) It turns out, the problem isn’t that Republicans won’t restrict gun sales but that Democrats insist on trampling due process.

Readers Write: June 21

Turning right on red not such great ideaLast week, Mark Arum of WSB radio listed some of the things to be aware of in Atlanta traffic.

Readers Write: June 20

Despite differences, we have right to lifeWhy do humans tend to destroy what they find different? Difference in and of itself means nothing.

Homegrown tests prevent state comparisons

When states began voluntarily adopting Common Core State Standards six years ago, one of the biggest incentives was the promise of a high, consistent baseline for student achievement.

Readers Write: June 19

Trump trying to score cheap political pointsThere he goes again. Donald Trump attacks President Obama for not using the term “radical Islam.

State focused on mechanics, quality of testing

Testing is always met with apprehension, and that’s only heightened when issues arise. I take the responsibility of overseeing testing seriously, and want to provide a look at the process.

Courage’s needed for Ramadan this year

Ramadan is here, and I am so excited about the opportunities that it brings. I am also keenly aware of the personal challenges that some might face and the courage needed to successfully complete the fast.

Collins: A pistol for every bar stool

The nation hasn’t exactly joined hands in a united response to the Orlando massacre. But since this terrible mass shooting happened in one of the most weapons-friendly places in the country, maybe we can at least all agree that having wildly permissive gun laws does not make a city safer.

Krauthammer: Trump is running as Trump. Surprise!

When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!

Testing milestone still elusive

The state considers the Georgia Milestones test an accountability lever; scores on the homegrown high-stakes exam can override a teacher’s judgment and negate a student’s efforts.

Readers Write: June 17

Right-wing columnists’ heads must be spinningIt is obvious that the 2016 presidential election will be one for the ages.
House GOP tries new approach to beating back poverty

House GOP tries new approach to beating back poverty

Rep. Tom Price speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, February 2013. (AP Photo) America’s longest war — 52 years and counting — has long been gauged by the munitions deployed rather than the ground gained.

A new Republican battle plan against poverty

America’s longest war — 52 years and counting — has long been gauged by the munitions deployed rather than the ground gained.

Readers Write: June 16

U.S. Women’s lawsuit nothing but greed grabThere are three fundamental reasons the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team should not receive pay equal to the Men’s U.

Readers Write: June 15

Legislators to blame for tuition hikesTo the letter-writer from June 9 who said that universities should be ashamed of themselves for raising college tuition so much that some students are choosing to prostitute themselves in order to pay for their education: she should talk to her state legislator.

Readers Write: June 14

ACLU director should have more fortitudeIn recent articles about Maya Dillard Smith resigning as ACLU Georgia director over the organization’s position on transgender people being allowed to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, she asks, “How comfortable are we supposed to feel as people” and stated that her two younger daughters were visibly frightened because three 6-foot tall women with deep voices were in the bathroom.

Wingfield: Resisting terrorists’ assault on American character

Three months ago, after a different mass killing by ISIS loyalists, President Barack Obama made a claim about the limits of the Islamic State’s ability to harm us: “Groups like ISIL,” Obama said, using a different name for the group, “can’t destroy us, they can’t defeat us.

Readers Write: June 13

Senate GOP lets down votersIt is disgusting but should not be surprising that the Senate GOP has dropped plans to “defund Obamacare” as published in the June 8 edition of the AJC.

Oceans battered by climate change

Memo to environmental activists: It’s the oceans, stupids.This summer, people will flock to beaches to swim, surf, wade, boat, fish, sunbathe, or even fall in love.

Readers Write: June 12

Ali’s draft-dodging marred his legacyThere is no doubt that Muhammad Ali was one of the best ring fighters ever.

A mother’s view of transgender equality

Fear of the unknown can be a pretty powerful driving force. Not many Americans know someone who is openly transgender, and right now a focused debate over transgender equality is leading to a lot of fear and misinformation.

Voices: The rise and fall of Kenneth Starr

The Dec. 28, 1998, cover of Time magazine shows the bespectacled image of Kenneth Starr alongside then-President Clinton with the headline, “MEN OF THE YEAR.

Readers Write: June 10

Trump has moved GOP to ‘hope and change’This past Sunday, I listened to several of the Sunday morning talk shows.

Readers Write: June 6

Atlanta’s leaders would condemn DealLast Sunday’s opinion column by Kevin Riley (“A trait of leaders, then and now,” Opinion, May 29) examined the traits of great leaders of Georgia’s past to favorably compare them to the stand made by Georgia’s governor against the Religious Liberty Bill.

Readers Write: June 9

No excuse for uptick in tuitionHaving read the article about the young woman who prostituted herself in order to attend college because of exorbitant tuition costs (“Website: ‘Sugar daddies’ for college,” News, May 30), every college president should hide his face in shame.

Georgia GOP wrestles with ‘ifs’ of Trump’s candidacy

AUGUSTA — The central question of the 2016 campaign wafted through the halls of the Georgia GOP Convention last weekend as distinctly as the conditioned air: Is it more important to think like a Republican or to vote like one?

Personal responsibility should never be out of fashion

Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working for their own livelihoods.

Readers Write: June 8

License plate debacle a poor use of courtsA lady who is a baggage handler at Atlanta Airport was on her way to a church yard sale to raise money for homeless women at 7:30 a.

Readers Write: June 7

Driver’s fine of $1,590 is an injusticeI was completely shocked to read about Ms. Ford’s experience with the municipal court in Grantville (“Dirty license plate leads to $1,590 fine,” News, June 2) — mostly because I did not formerly believe that there was a court that was more of a nightmare than that of the city of Atlanta.

Editorial: Using young energy, ideas

It’s neither an exaggeration nor wishful thinking to say that much of a community’s future is in the hands of its talented young people.

Dividing lines grow into chasms

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham warned his Republicans colleagues four years ago, but his warning clearly was not heeded.
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