Opinion: Poll shows most groups prefer state control of health care

The Georgia Capitol, not the U.S. Capitol, is where control over an issue like health care belongs. (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) In Tuesday’s post about the Graham-Cassidy health bill , I argued the biggest gain from passing the bill would be shifting more health policy out of the federal level, where it is destined to remain intractably contentious...
The Georgia Capitol, not the U.S. Capitol, is where control over an issue like health care belongs. (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) In Tuesday’s post about the Graham-Cassidy...

Opinion roundup from the Right: How good a hire was Manafort; Obamacare repeal plan; Trump and the U.N.

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at ‘hiring the best’ when it comes to Paul Manafort; the latest effort to repeal Obamacare and what President Trump means when he addresses the United Nations Here are some opinions from the Right.  From The Resurgent: Eric Erickson questions the president’s hiring skills as the investigation into Paul Manafort’s actions continue...
A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at ‘hiring the best’ when it comes to Paul Manafort; the latest effort to repeal Obamacare and what President Trump means when he addresses the...


Readers Write: Sept. 20

No justice in capital murder cases On Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., Georgia’s second execution is scheduled, involving Keith Leroy Tharpe, who was convicted of killing his sister-in-law back in 1990. The first execution this year was of J.W. Ledford Jr., convicted of the 1991 murder of his neighbor, an elderly physician. Ignoring the actual details of these capital crimes, what jumps out is the lag time...
Opinion: Millions lose insurance = wealthy reap millions

Opinion: Millions lose insurance = wealthy reap millions

They’ve already been burned once, twice, even three times, but congressional Republicans are once again staring at the red-hot griddle that is health-care reform, once again trying to summon the courage and egg each other on to touch it with their bare hands, as if this time it won’t hurt. It will hurt. The latest iteration, hatched by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen...
A Georgia Tech student dies in tragic confrontation with campus police

A Georgia Tech student dies in tragic confrontation with campus police

With a child now at Georgia Tech, I’ve been following the shooting death late Saturday night of senior computer engineering student Scout Schultz by campus police. The deadly incident occurred behind my son’s dorm on the west campus. My husband and I had driven past the site only a few hours earlier after a quick visit. This morning we learned from our son that...
Georgia Tech students rally around their campus and their police force

Georgia Tech students rally around their campus and their police force

Upset with the damage to their campus and its reputation by a vigil-turned-violent tonight, Georgia Tech students are in the midst of organizing a Tuesday morning clean-up of the protest area, including anti-police graffiti. And they also want to clear up a few facts. Students on social media tonight are blaming the vigil violence on outsiders, although at least one of the three people...
Georgia school chief: Governor’s accountability plan relies too much on testing

Georgia school chief: Governor’s accountability plan relies too much on testing

Not everyone agrees with the vision for Georgia’s education system submitted today to the U.S. Department of Education. Including Gov. Nathan Deal. Georgia was among 33 states facing a deadline today to turn in their school accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind.  Seen as an antidote to the overly prescriptive...

Readers Write; Sept. 19

Sheriff deserves praise for texting crackdown Big praise and kudos to our hands-on, awesome Sheriff Ron Freeman (“Forsyth targets texting, driving,” News, Sept. 10) for cracking down on distracted drivers. Texting and driving has truly gotten out of control and it’s about time this issue has been seriously addressed. I personally love seeing the signs posted throughout our county...
Opinion: Antifa are not folk heroes, they’re punks

Opinion: Antifa are not folk heroes, they’re punks

(AP) I understand the temptation — really, I do — but you can’t go around punching Nazis, not unless they try to punch you first. You also shouldn’t make folk heroes out of people who do go around punching Nazis. And yes, by that I mean antifa. They are by no means friends of liberty or democracy, and in fact they endanger the very values that they profess to try...
Opinion: The national debt hits the big 2-0 (trillion)

Opinion: The national debt hits the big 2-0 (trillion)

One of these men only increased the national debt. The other one is looking no better so far. That’s bipartisanship in contemporary America. (Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) I failed to bring your attention last week to this grim milestone (from CBS News ): The news is pegged to the debt-ceiling increase, because that&rsquo...

Readers Write: Sept. 17

A better DACA compromise is possible Perhaps there is a compromise to be found for the DACA people as well as some illegal immigrants. First and foremost, there is a legal process for entering this country. All who enter illegally should understand they have no legal right to stay, or protest deportation. However, for those brought here illegally by their parents, they should also accept responsibility...
Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes on how Donald Trump’s push for a border wall comes at the expense of other actions that could deter illegal immigration more, why push for single-payer health care will hurt the Democrats and how Republicans can craft an effective tax plan.  From The Patriot Post: “If Democrats were smart, they’d let Trump build whatever...

Opinion: Sing it, Rhiannon

Here’s a beautiful song, written originally by Roebuck “Pops” Staples of the Staples Singers back in 1965, performed in this brand new version by the great Rhiannon Giddens. I make it a rule not to post political material on my Friday music post, and in this case I’m assuming that after 50-plus years, neither the song nor its message remain controversial...
Opinion: ‘Amnesty Don’ betrays his base

Opinion: ‘Amnesty Don’ betrays his base

(AP) Well, well, well …. After campaigning for months on an angry, “deport ’em all” theme, President Trump reached a broad if still undefined deal Wednesday night with Democratic leaders in which he will support amnesty for some 800,000 illegal immigrants brought here as children. They will get legal status. They will get work permits. They will also...
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. Congress re-wrote the law last year, and President Barack Obama quickly signed it, downplaying the emphasis of test scores as an accountability tool for schools. The federal education...

Readers Write: Sept. 18

Pope should stick to his day job Pope Francis said President Trump is not “pro-life” because he does not support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Pope has a habit (no pun intended) of regurgitating “fake news.” Constitutional lawyers state that DACA is unconstitutional. To make it right, President Trump said, “he was ready to sign any constitutional legislation...

Opinion: Young minds, hands key to ending labor shortage

The building frenzy that has changed Atlanta’s skyline and neighborhoods in recent years has been accomplished by general contractors who’ve quietly struggled to find adequate labor supply. The common perception is that once Atlanta’s behemoth projects – like the new stadium developments – finish, labor will become more available for other local projects. However, what...
New report: School police officers need better training so girls of color feel safe

New report: School police officers need better training so girls of color feel safe

A report released this morning examines the rise of school-based police officers, their latitude in deciding whether to send students to the principal’s office or juvenile court and the consequences to girls of color. Today, police officers — known as school resource officers or SROs —  are common in public schools. Nationwide, there are more...
If red talked to blue, and blue just didn’t get it

If red talked to blue, and blue just didn’t get it

“As a Republican, I gotta say, I’m sick and tired of this media obsession with Russia and Comey. It distracts from all the real work, all the progress that President Trump is making toward Making America Great Again. It’s just not fair, he’s not getting a chance.” “I know, but if people really knew all the promises that he’s keeping, all the good work that&rsquo...
Opinion: Is Trump a ‘white supremacist?’ Well …

Opinion: Is Trump a ‘white supremacist?’ Well …

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stood at the podium at the White House briefing room, with the White House logo behind her, and pressed for the firing of an ESPN host who had dared to criticize President Trump on Twitter. That’s pretty extraordinary.  I can’t think of another president or administration ever using the power of the presidential...
Opinion: Analyzing local firm’s big missteps

Opinion: Analyzing local firm’s big missteps

About a week-and-a-half ago, Equifax, the credit reporting and data security firm that is one of Atlanta’s leading companies, announced that it was a victim in one of most significant data breaches ever. And then things got even worse. First, the breach itself apparently exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses of 143 million people in the United States. Those...
2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year: We need to show students what scientists, engineers do

2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year: We need to show students what scientists, engineers do

Georgia 2017 Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel delivered a lively speech at a Tedx event in March that became accessible online this week. You ought to watch it. A Douglas County high school science teacher, Bethel discussed how few students go on to major in science in college. As a teacher, he realized we can’t make kids believe they can become engineers or scientists without...
Torpy at Large: Operation Irma — Chainsaw gangs and the yearning to help

Torpy at Large: Operation Irma — Chainsaw gangs and the yearning to help

Not long after Irma’s gales tore through the area, residents of the Medlock Park neighborhood took to Facebook to send out calls for the Chainsaw Gang. Now, the Chainsaw Gang isn’t necessarily a true gang, with initiation rites, matching jackets or hand signals. It’s simply some guys looking for an excuse to fire up their saws and chew into wood. Modern urban life on the outskirts...
The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how young Americans leaving the G.O.P. can help Democrats at the polls, the numbers behind Trump’s voter fraud claims don’t add up, and why the RAISE act is not the solution to America’s immigration problem. From USA Today: “Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia have a plan, endorsed...
The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes why Republicans shouldn’t make a deal with Democrats on DACA, why Trump’s nomination for the administrator of NASA is qualified for the position, liberals are having ‘red pill’ moments which are enlightening them to the lies of the alt-left. From The Hill: “President Trump’s decision to wind...

Opinion: Revisiting Ga.’s storm protocols

Last week’s deluge of stormy weather seemed to dig two lines of disparate, yet related, thought across Georgia. One was that, overall, things could have easily been much worse. This, even while damage from Hurricane Irma was substantial in spots – and near-catastrophic in places like Glynn County. Given that tough reality, much of Georgia is thankful that the damage was not more widespread...

On the Record

From Gov. Nathan Deal’s Sept. 10 executive order: Whereas: Due to the size of the storm, all of Georgia may be potentially impacted, regardless of Hurricane Irma’s exact track; and Whereas: The network of rural roads may be rendered impassable throughout the state of Georgia, isolating residences and farms from access to essential public services; and Whereas: All Georgia citizens need...

Opinion: A politics built upon raw outrage

NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series. The first was published Wednesday. Both pieces can be found at http://wp.me/p51neo-1U1 Modern technology, including social media, has compromised the proper functioning of Congress. The Founders intended members to use their own judgment and wisdom rather than blindly follow public opinion, but fewer and fewer in Congress dare to do so. And that&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: Cleland’s fight to make peace with ‘The Vietnam War’

Torpy at Large: Cleland’s fight to make peace with ‘The Vietnam War’

Max Cleland said he tried to talk his friend Ken Burns out of making his opus on the Vietnam War, which will premiere Sunday night. “This series is going to kick up dust,” Cleland told the filmmaker. “How can you deal with Vietnam without getting people pissed off? It will split the country again.” Cleland’s torn body represents the absolute folly of that war —...

Opinion: Lowcountry Ga. dodged a bullet with Irma

Editor’s note: A longer version of this editorial appeared on savannahnow.com last week: Savannah and coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry dodged a bullet as Hurricane Irma, which only days ago brought death and destruction to the Caribbean and parts of Florida, delivered a diminished and glancing blow by the time it reached south Georgia. Instead of direct hit, the area suffered...

Opinion: UGA game offers winning life lesson for Americans

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — Check out most any list of the most hated teams in all of sports, and somewhere near the top you’re bound to find Notre Dame football. Like the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Fighting Irish are one of those squads that, with its national following and history of success, is reviled by most everyone else. So when I and about 30...
In first interview, Cherokee teacher explains why she asked students to conceal ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts

In first interview, Cherokee teacher explains why she asked students to conceal ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts

When River Ridge High School math teacher Lyn Orletsky instructed two boys in her pre-calculus class to turn their “Make America Great Again” T-shirts inside out to conceal the slogan, her motivation was not political, she said. After teaching five years in conservative Cherokee County where nearly three out of four voters endorsed Donald Trump in November...

Readers Write: Sept. 15

Hold Pentagon responsible for waste Thanks for the article about the GOP’s frustration over the deal Trump made with Democrats tying a three-month raise in the debt ceiling to hurricane relief “Senate OKs $15B aid measure,” News, Sept. 8. You have highlighted the conflict between ensuring that those who are struggling from tragedy get the support they need on one hand and the importance...
Opinion: Math, science skills matter to military and Georgia’s cyber economy

Opinion: Math, science skills matter to military and Georgia’s cyber economy

Sandra Carraway is the superintendent of the Columbia County School District. Col. Todd Turner is the garrison commander at Fort Gordon. In this joint column, they discuss the school district’s efforts to deepen math and science skills in preparation for the growing cyber economy blossoming in Augusta related to Fort Gordon. Fort Gordon houses the U...

Opinion: What’s missing from Atlanta’s City Design

Recently I wrote skeptically about the notion Atlanta will add nearly a million new residents within the next couple of decades, tripling the city’s population. A few days after that column ran, the city unveiled a blueprint for handling the influx. Timing is everything, you know. The plan almost two years in the making has a plain name (“Atlanta City Design”) but it’s hardly...
Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how private citizens are leading the relief effort behind Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Trump and Congress quietly abusing the Constitution, and how Hillary Clinton doesn’t get George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ which she references in her new book. From Investor’s Business Daily: “But the...
Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

A roundup of today’s editorials includes an op-ed about universal healthcare from Bernie Sanders, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites, and how Steve Bannon’s intellectual reputation is a charade.  From The New York Times: “This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee...

Readers Write: Sept. 14

Employers have right to restrict speech In “Does freedom of speech extend to all,” Readers Write, Sept. 6, a letter-writer questioned why freedom of speech does not apply to Colin Kaepernick. It’s quite simple. When an employee is paid by an employer, that employer has the right to set rules regarding that individual’s appearance and behavior. Employers may establish dress...
Opinion: The Groper ain’t The Gipper

Opinion: The Groper ain’t The Gipper

(AP) Washington Republicans continue to rally around the only idea that seems to unite them these days, which is the prospect of major tax cuts. But they have a problem or two to overcome. First, they still don’t have a bill, and generally speaking, it’s hard to pass a bill unless you have a bill in the first place. They also don’t have a plan on which to...
Hot on the Right: Trump’s in danger dancing with Democrats; could the new Amazon headquarters find its home in Atlanta

Hot on the Right: Trump’s in danger dancing with Democrats; could the new Amazon headquarters find its home in Atlanta

Here’s a roundup of editorials including Trump’s latest deal with Democrats causes a stir, remembering the 9/11 attacks and not to let our guard down.  From The Washington Examiner: "If, as a voter, you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump's your guy." From GeorgiaPol...
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