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Editorial Issue: Transgender Bathroom Use
Atlanta Forward

Editorial Issue: Transgender Bathroom Use

Society should be able to reach a reasonable solution as to where transgender kids use the bathroom. We should have more important things to vex us.

A WWII vet’s two certainties about war

Excerpted from former Atlanta Constitution Editor Eugene Patterson’s remembrance of a nearby fellow soldier killed in action during World War II as published in the book, “The Changing South of Gene Patterson.

Honoring sacrifice, selfless service

The Memorial Day holiday weekend, as it always does, offers wide opportunity to recognize and be thankful for the sacrifices of those Americans in uniform who’ve paid the ultimate earthly cost to maintain the freedoms we enjoy — and even take for granted far too often.

Readers Write: May 29

Japan should apologize for WWIIFor the first time ever I agree with Leonard Pitts on something (“Should America apologize for Hiroshima?

Gov. Deal evaluates Trump phenomenon

The question on many elected Republicans’ minds these days is how to respond to the Trump phenomenon.

Public hospitals serve us all

In pediatric medicine, there is a condition among infants called “failure to thrive.” Premature birth, infections, and an inability to absorb nutrients are common causes for why some infants do not grow as well as they should.

Readers Write: May 27

Harvard’s admittance of student was just In his letter on May 22 “Undocumented student not more deserving,” the writer argues that an undocumented student’s legal status made her less “deserving” of acceptance to Harvard than the thousands of other applicants who were rejected and happen to be U.

A trait of leaders then and now

I’ve heard the story many times in many forms since I arrived in Atlanta more than five years ago. A history lesson that has surprising relevance today.
Feds finish proposed regulations for new education law

Feds finish proposed regulations for new education law

The U.S. Department of Education has finished putting meat on the bones of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the legislation that superseded the No Child Left Behind Act and its heavy emphasis on state standardized tests.

The decidedly not Trump-tastic results of Georgia’s primary

Ever since Donald Trump grabbed the GOP by the throat, people have been asking whether this repudiation of the Republican “establishment” and so much party orthodoxy was an aberration or the new normal.

Readers Write: May 26

With overtime, U.S. should also raise wagesThere are roughly 122 million people employed full-time in the U.
Auditors: How was Hillary’s email use wrong? Let us count the ways

Auditors: How was Hillary’s email use wrong? Let us count the ways

(AP Photo / Richard Shiro) Well, well, well … from the Associated Press: “Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found.

Readers Write: May 25

Businesses’ moral double standards aboundWith pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s recent announcement that it has imposed strict controls on its drug sales to prevent — on moral grounds — any from being used for capital punishment, is this withholding of their products from some (though not most) buyers really any different in principle than the recent backlash against religious liberty bills that would benefit businesses wishing to limit the sale of their products or services from prospective purchasers with whom they also disagree on moral grounds?

Dry Rot in academia fuels single worldview

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech.

Readers Write: May 24

A farcical question on TAD planDear DeKalb Schools Superintendent Green:You started your guest column (“We’re investing in students, not in developing property,” Opinion, May 15) asking if I would make a costly investment in a deal that won’t fully pay off until 2050.

Readers Write: May 23

Accidents make Gulf sale a bad ideaThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering a five-year plan to sell off 92.

Readers Write: May 23

Accidents make Gulf sale a bad ideaThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering a five-year plan to sell off 92.

My Opinion: Bathroom battles open another divide

All right-thinking people want to protect children — especially our own. That instinct explains much of the passion, even anger, around the debate over which bathrooms or locker rooms should be available to transgender kids.

Voices: Powerful advocate for breast cancer survivors dies

      Jody Schoger understood what it meant to be isolated.Schoger once described how she “curled up like a turtle” in her hospital bed while fighting the life-threatening infection that followed surgery for breast cancer in 1998.

Symbols always evolve over time

Despite many promises to myself, my thoughts drift again to 1996.Maybe it’s the impending end of an era: In a few months the Braves will vacate the stadium built for the Olympics, permanently altering an important emotional link to that amazing time.

Helping schools ensure civil rights for transgender students

From the U.S. Justice Department’s “Dear Colleague” letter on transgender restroom use: Schools across the country strive to create and sustain inclusive, supportive, safe, and nondiscriminatory communities for all students.

ATL better than Detroit … barely

Metro Atlanta’s middle class is shrinking faster than the Braves’ chances of winning the pennant.OK, that’s an exaggeration.

Readers Write: May 22

Fredi Gonzalez was sacrificial lambA few thoughts about Fredi Gonzalez being fired. There is a school of thought that says that he was doomed to failure in managing the Braves.

Changing VA’s culture of corruption

Two years ago, the nation watched in horror as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait-time scandal unfolded at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
Overtime pay rule: Another attempt to override the weak economy

Overtime pay rule: Another attempt to override the weak economy

People seeking work stand in line outside a job fair in Cobb County, January 2015. (Jonathan Phillips / Special) The Trump phenomenon, with its rejection of so much center-right orthodoxy, has made a number of people wonder if traditional Republican economic policies are irrelevant to many Americans.
It’s now official in my view: 2016 Georgia Milestones are a mess

It’s now official in my view: 2016 Georgia Milestones are a mess

I think we can officially declare the 2016 Milestones a mess, something teachers knew a month ago: From the Cobb Schools website: CCSD Cancels Milestones Retest in Grades 3, 5, and 8 Due to State Delay Returning Results The Cobb County School District continues to wait on the Georgia Department of Education to provide student results to the district and local schools.

Readers Write: May 20

States should seek more independenceThe federal government has threatened to withhold some money that North Carolina normally gets if the state does not accept one of the administration’s policy opinions.

Readers Write: May 19

Clinton not stealing the election from SandersThe front page story on May 11 (“Another win for Sanders”) about the West Virginia Democratic election results told an interesting tale of Senator Sanders winning elections, but Secretary Clinton maintaining a delegate lead due to mysterious “super delegates.

Readers Write: May 18

Corporate lawyers created tax loopholesI really appreciate the AJC article (“Companies go overseas, save $100B,” Business, May 11) which summed up corporate tax-dodging in the U.
Gov. Deal enters school bathroom fray, accuses feds of overreach in transgender guidance

Gov. Deal enters school bathroom fray, accuses feds of overreach in transgender guidance

Gov. Nathan Deal today issued this statement in response to the Obama administration’s directive to school systems on how to accommodate transgender students in school restroom questions: “The Obama administration’s directive, recently announced by press release, to local school systems regarding accommodations for transgender students has generated confusion and controversy among parents, students and school officials.

The robots coming for your job

Because this election season has been hijacked by a huckster and turned into a ratings-driven reality show, we’re not talking — at least not in serious terms — about what’s really happening to jobs in this country.

Same old DeKalb? Sure looks like it

If I were a resident, taxpayer or parent in DeKalb County — and thank goodness I’m not — I would have grave concerns about the competence of the school board and superintendent.

Readers Write: May 15

Georgia wages war against vulnerable citizensNow in Georgia you can’t get food stamps if you don’t have a job and you can’t get health-care coverage if your income is below $15,000 annually.

EDITORIAL: Empowering prosperity is The Atlanta Way

The impasse between a prominent developer and the DeKalb County School District shows how reaching common ground around a potentially good deal for all sides can elude even well-intentioned parties these days.

Readers Write: May 17

Sex not cause of most hot car deathsA recent letter-writer (“Change of venue a smart move,” May 6) opines that sex addiction affects memory and judgment and “we need to know whether whether a child died because of his parent’s sex addiction, or a desire to murder his own child.

Readers Write: May 17

Sex not cause of most hot car deathsA recent letter-writer (“Change of venue a smart move,” May 6) opines that sex addiction affects memory and judgment and “we need to know whether whether a child died because of his parent’s sex addiction, or a desire to murder his own child.
Educator, teach thyself

Educator, teach thyself

DeKalb County school officials apparently think the best way to maximize revenue from the site of the former Doraville GM plant is to leave it like this.

Krugman: Trump and Taxes

This seems to be the week for Trump tax mysteries. One mystery is why Donald Trump, unlike every other major party nominee in modern times, is refusing to release his tax returns.

Billye Aaron a big hitter when it comes to advocating for women

Ever had one of those moments where you wonder what the heck you’ve been doing with your life? You meet someone who seemingly has saved the world in one way or another and you start to question yourself or your career, where you are in life, where you aren’t?
Who Paul Ryan should endorse: A more assertive Congress

Who Paul Ryan should endorse: A more assertive Congress

“What was that you used to say about executive overreach, Democrats?” (Win McNamee / Getty Images) The most important thing Paul Ryan said after his much-hyped meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday had nothing to do with endorsing the GOP’s presumptive nominee, or with talking Trump into supporting the conservative ideas that the candidate has said aren’t necessarily part and parcel of the party.
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