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Opinion: Times change, our mission does not

The Book of Proverbs speaks to the estimable value of a good name. Seen in that light, there are sound reasons why Henry Grady and Ralph McGill are household names across metro Atlanta, Georgia and, really, the entire nation. Their work, and that of the newspaper they boldly represented – The Atlanta Constitution – has stood the test of time. The Constitution, long-ago combined into today&rsquo...


Opinion: Trump was outfoxed in Singapore

Opinion: Trump was outfoxed in Singapore

It sure looks as if President Donald Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore. Trump made a huge concession — the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong Un. Within North Korea, the “very special bond&rdquo...
Opinion: Trump does the diplomatic moonwalk

Opinion: Trump does the diplomatic moonwalk

Last fall, China proposed what it called a “double freeze” to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Under their plan, the United States would end defensive military exercises with its South Korean and Japanese allies; in turn, North Korea would end its missile and nuclear tests, but be able to keep its nuclear arsenal. The Trump administration immediately rejected the idea, with U.N....
Opinion: Opioids are public health crisis of our time

Opinion: Opioids are public health crisis of our time

Our nation is facing a severe epidemic: opioid abuse and overdose. This is the public health crisis of our time. Since 2000, this epidemic has claimed more than 300,000 lives and devastated even more families. Now it threatens to overwhelm communities in our country. One hundred fifteen Americans die every day from prescription opioids and illicit opioids like heroin and fentanyl. In 2016, drug overdoses...
Opinion: No checks or balances on Trump

Opinion: No checks or balances on Trump

“What is the point of saying that there was a spy in the (Trump) campaign when there was none?” asks U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, Republican of Florida and a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “You know what I’m saying? It’s like, ‘Lets create this thing to tweet about knowing that it’s not true.’ … Maybe it’s just to create more chaos...

Opinion: A time when ties did bind

Another sad remembrance of an eventful year occurred last week with the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. RFK’s murder was the third systemic-shock-by-murder delivered to the American way of democracy in less than five years, starting with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. A half-century later, the June 5 date of his brother Bobby’s death...

Opinion: RFK’s still a leadership role model for youth

At a moment when moral leadership is desperately needed in America and across the globe, we need to remember Bobby Kennedy and his style of moral leadership. Another American hero who was killed by a gun in 1968 at the age of 42, U.S. Senator Kennedy demonstrated the art of bringing diverse people together for the purpose of improving the nation, and he repeatedly expressed his great faith that young...

Opinion: Reporting that makes a real difference

On the front page about two months ago, AJC investigative reporter Alan Judd shared the tragic story of Lucretia Felder. The story was upsetting, complicated and hard to tell, but, as you see, it has a happy ending. And it was the kind of story you’d only find in your newspaper. The state of Georgia placed her in foster care at age two, and she’s spent almost her whole life as a ward of...

Opinion: Water legislation works for Georgia’s infrastructure

Addressing the nation’s infrastructure needs has been at the forefront of major policy discussions in Washington ever since the 2016 presidential campaign. The Trump Administration should be credited for raising the profile of this critical issue while taking bold steps to expedite the completion of critical infrastructure. As leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...

Opinion: Trump doesn’t act like an innocent man

Caught up in the bustle of their daily lives, a lot of Americans don’t have time to follow the intricacies of the Mueller investigation — the 17 indictments, the five guilty pleas, the search warrant against President Trump’s private attorney and of course the various attacks on the probe’s integrity launched by Trump and his defenders. The storyline has more plot twists and...

Opinion: Yes, elections have consequences

Over the past 16 months, we’ve all gotten a good idea of who Donald Trump is. We have seen his basic character and intelligence; we have witnessed how those traits manifest themselves in the presidency. We have seen how Trump operates, the quality of the people with whom he surrounds himself and the priorities that he chooses to pursue. What we have not witnessed yet are the consequences of...

Opinion: A City in Full? Not quite yet

Charlie Croker would struggle to fully recognize Atlanta these days. Even so, Croker, the 60ish developer and former Georgia Tech star, would find some familiar themes: Big dreams persist – they remain eternal, even if they come in smaller batches these days; the unabated thrum of race – but perhaps a more nuanced force now; traffic still sucks. It has been two decades since Charlie sprouted...

Opinion: Getting Atlanta’s new transit right

A new day for Atlanta transit has arrived, and with new leadership at city hall, the city has the opportunity to reconsider its transit direction to date. Fumbling along with the Beltline as its narrowly focused de facto transit planner and its mostly empty downtown streetcar as its only on-the-ground transit accomplishment, it’s time to get real. A transit system is about connections between...
Opinion: Efforts to combat congestion must continue

Opinion: Efforts to combat congestion must continue

Commuting in Atlanta remains a test of both will and patience. That holds true even in summer, which traditionally sees the departure from our roads of both big yellow school buses and many commuters who motor off to vacation destinations. Both traffic heat maps and automobile taillights still glow red for too long each day, bearing witness to the congestion that’s a hallmark of this growing...

Opinion: MARTA’s connecting people, creating communities

MARTA is in the midst of planning and executing its largest system and service expansion in well over two decades. Our mission is simple: connecting people and creating communities. Thanks to improved agency management and cost controls, our financial house is in order, and we have hundreds of millions in operating reserves. MARTA, the City of Atlanta and private development partners are preparing...

Opinion: GOP explicitly selling itself as the Christian party

In the eyes of many conservative Republicans, religion doesn’t get the respect and protection that it deserves. And by “religion,” they generally mean their own particular brand of conservative Christianity, which they believe is under assault. It’s a strange persecution complex, particularly in an era when their party controls every lever of governmental power — judicial...
A veteran’s recollection of war’s human toll

A veteran’s recollection of war’s human toll

Amory Speight was riding in the middle of the front seat of his mortar jeep, driven by Cecil Burnett of Lexington, Mo., and flanked on the outside by Andy Popkie of Dunglen, Ohio, when we blasted into the darkness of the deep pine forest near Blaufeldern, two-thirds of the way to Crailsheim, with all machine guns firing. We went into the forest very fast. We knew it was full of Germans because I had...
Opinion: Honoring soldiers’ ultimate personal sacrifice

Opinion: Honoring soldiers’ ultimate personal sacrifice

On May 28th, our nation will observe Memorial Day. This is a day for honoring, and remembering America’s departed soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. It is an opportunity for us to contemplate with a grateful heart the sacrifice of the fallen and to rekindle the memory of those whose service and sacrifice continue to keep America safe and free. More than one million American service members...

Opinion: Remembering selfless sacrifice, service

Another Memorial Day holiday weekend is in our midst now. It is a time for, yes, relaxation, fun or even plain old rest. As a people, Americans work more than hard enough to claim all of that. Our desire for recreation should not overshadow the true reason for the holiday — to remember and honor the long, continuing caravan of Americans who have died in military service to keep this nation free...

Opinion: The ‘Criminal Deep State’ lunacy

Donald Trump rode to political prominence by claiming that Barack Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen, dismissing documentation of Obama’s Hawaii birth as some international conspiracy hatched way back in 1961 to prepare for Obama’s illegitimate election as president some 47 years later. Seriously. That was the claim. Trump took that bizarre theory and sold it to millions of voters...

Opinion: Vets’ teamwork skills can help nation

As this primary season unfolds, hundreds of military veterans from both parties are running for Congress. We need them there, and by voting vet in these primaries, we can do it without asking Americans to cross party lines. Already we’ve seen a handful of veterans emerge victorious. In Tuesday night’s primary elections, former fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic contest in Kentucky&rsquo...

Opinion: Memorial Day’s much more than a holiday

Like so many holiday weekends, this is one of those times when folks are happy for a chance for some fun at the beach, on the water, in the mountains or just any place to get away from it all and rest. But few have any idea why they have the time off in the first place. Even if you know this is Memorial Day weekend, you may be wondering: what are we memorializing in this observance that began 150...
Opinion: Trump insists you believe the unbelievable

Opinion: Trump insists you believe the unbelievable

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed Tuesday that she was unaware of any intelligence finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections on behalf of Donald Trump. That’s quite odd. As DHS secretary, Nielsen is charged with election security and protecting the nation from Russian cyberattacks. Yet she is supposedly ignorant of basic, freely available information about the...
Opinion: Colleges are uneasy mix of ideology, donor dollars

Opinion: Colleges are uneasy mix of ideology, donor dollars

Thanks to a group of courageous and persistent students, George Mason University was recently forced to acknowledge that it had accepted millions of dollars from billionaire Charles Koch and other conservatives under arrangements that gave the donors input into several appointments at the university’s famously libertarian economics department. These arrangements violated traditional norms meant...
Opinion: South-North Korean summit is the way forward

Opinion: South-North Korean summit is the way forward

History was made on the Korean Peninsula on April 27, 2018 with the summit between President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The agreement between the two leaders at the Peace House at Panmunjom was more fruitful than expected and paved the way for the denuclearization of North Korea as well...
Opinion: A small-minded, cold-hearted nation

Opinion: A small-minded, cold-hearted nation

Earlier this month, the Trump administration ordered 56,000 Honduran refugees out of the country no later than Nov. 4, 2019. Those who do not leave on their own will be hunted down and forcibly deported. Those affected by the order have been living and working in the United States legally since 1998, when Hurricane Mitch devastated their homeland, killing 7,000 and leaving as many as 1.5 million people...

Opinion: Greater choice will mean more Ga. graduates

When one Georgia child in five is not graduating high school, it’s a distress signal. Not everyone is destined for college, but those dropouts’ untapped potential represents a loss of economic opportunity and, potentially, a taxpayer burden. Too many consider this an education funding problem. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement issues a “Financial Efficiency Star...

Opinion: Smart investment in schools benefits us all

Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia lawmakers recently agreed to use a state budget surplus to increase our state’s investment in education by about $186 million for FY19. It’s the first time since 2002 the state has fully funded the Quality Basic Education formula. According to the latest Census Bureau data on nationwide student expenditures, Georgia ranked 38th in per-pupil spending. This move...

Opinion: Boosting prosperity through graduation

Four years ago, 148,520 teens began as freshmen at Georgia public high schools. The latest state enrollment data reveals 115,927 of them persisted and will earn their diplomas this week. So, where are the other 32,593? Likely on their phones or their parents’ couch. Unfortunately, they’re not on a path to success. Yes, some of the missing moved out of state. But most dropped out, as indicated...

Opinion: EPA’s Pruitt helping set the world right again

EPA head Scott Pruitt recently made a surprise trip to an elementary school in remote middle Georgia, and his pronouncement could have a profound impact on the energy portfolios of the future. Here’s how. By declaring biomass carbon-neutral, Administrator Pruitt returns the agency to its pre-2010 position and brings the United States in line with the European Union and California. After all...

Opinion: Two Georgias, but only one new governor

Georgia Republicans are obsessed with guns — guns guns guns guns guns — and they’re downright terrified of immigrants. Also, guns. That’s certainly the impression left by the campaign commercials being aired in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Those ads were created by political consultants paid to know their audience, on behalf of politicians competing to lead their party, and...

Opinion: Treating addiction makes for safer society

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the Second Chance Act, and President Trump recently memorialized the event by declaring Second Chance Month. This important change in public policy resulted from the efforts of courageous members of Congress and other like-minded justice reformers who believed that incarcerating certain offenders, again and again, was incredibly inefficient — both...

Opinion: Farm bill puts families, farmers, food banks at risk

The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote soon on a new Farm Bill that would add dramatically to the 42 million Americans currently living in households without consistent access to food. The bill takes a dull axe to SNAP, the nation’s food stamp program, making massive unfunded and unproven changes that will put Georgia children, families, seniors and veterans in harm’s way...

Opinion: Can’t you hear that ‘ka-ching?’

“Ka-ching!” That’s the sound made by coins pouring out of a slot machine that just paid off big time, and Sheldon Adelson knows it well. Las Vegas Sands, the casino company owned by Adelson, last month reported that its first-quarter net income jumped by a remarkable 179 percent. Most of that gain came as a direct result of last year’s huge corporate tax cut, touted by Republicans...

Opinion: Political pothole slows infrastructure drive

It’s a slogan whose pithiness is exceeded by its expressed truth: “The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.” That’s a fitting message for National Infrastructure Week, and especially so given the precarious, if not dilapidated, state of too much of this nation’s public framework that all of us use daily. Roads, bridges and other transportation...

Opinion: Making America’s infrastructure great again

The circus that is today’s Washington is detracting from one thing that the president and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on: America’s infrastructure is in disrepair and overdue for a tune-up, if not an overhaul. While the main priority for U.S. infrastructure is maintenance, there are 10 projects — from New York to Denver, Phoenix to Las Vegas — that deserve a...

Opinion: Ga. well-positioned for President’s infrastructure plan

This week is National Infrastructure Week. There will be events across the nation to bring awareness to the critical state of infrastructure conditions and the need for investment. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is focused on improving both the state of good repair of our infrastructure and investing in mobility enhancements to our transportation network in order to facilitate growth...

Opinion: Trump has no real Iran policy or knowledge of nuke deal

Back during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump told an audience of conservative American Jews what they wanted to hear: If elected president, “My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” “I’ve studied this issue in great detail — I would say actually greater by far than anybody else,” Trump bragged, a claim that drew mocking laughter from...

Opinion: Stone Mtn.’s is a shared history, heritage

On April 23, 2016, the natural serenity of Stone Mountain Park was rudely disrupted by a racially charged confrontation between white supremacists and counterprotesters. Unbeknownst to those who gathered in the park that sunlit spring afternoon, Russian operatives were leveraging the divisive history of Stone Mountain to foment controversy and dissention. According to self-proclaimed Lost Cause adherents...

Opinion: Seeking opportunity in discordaround Confederate monuments

In an America where roiling anger is a new national pastime, it can seem that counterproductive confrontation has stomped into rubble old societal building blocks of civility, respect and collaboration. That’s certainly the case on a myriad of current issues that divide us into predictable camps that are often hostile to differing views. What’s more astounding, and indicative of the deep...

Opinion: Hamas is responsible for violence in Gaza

Palestinians have died in the violent riots instigated by Hamas every Friday since March 30 at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Israel laments the deaths of these and all Palestinians and seeks to avoid all conflict, including this last confrontation. However, to better understand these events, one needs to ask the who, what, where, when and why behind the riots. Who? The riots are preplanned...

Opinion: Trump revealed by those he picks

The best gauge of a leader’s character, competence and intelligence is the quality of people whom he chooses to surround him and act on his behalf. As proof of that assertion, I offer up the example of Donald J. Trump. Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, withdrew this week after uniformed, military subordinates told congressional investigators...

Opinion: GOP businessman sees benefits of bullet train

The Texas Bullet Train got a big boost recently with a federal environmental report that pushes forward the North Texas-to-Houston passenger line. This state-of-the-art, high-speed train will provide an eco-friendly option for traveling between two commercial powerhouses. The Federal Railroad Administration’s draft environmental impact study said the project is being designed to protect natural...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 20

Father’s Day proves value of, need for dads Fathers on the fringe did not see their kids on Father’s Day, and many will wish they did. Many deserve a second chance or amnesty at least on this one day. Kids from father-absent homes are much more likely to carry guns and deal drugs than their peers living with fathers. Mothers and children acknowledging these fathers on the fringe might...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 19

Climate-change criers sing redundant tune Well, yet again! Redundancy is one thing, but enough is enough. Month after month, the AJC publishes letters from the same group of writers, many Citizens Climate Lobby members, pushing their carbon fee and dividend mantra (“Maria’s toll shows need to cut emissions,” Readers Write, June 8, and “Md. flood shows our climate vulnerability...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 18

Climate-change criers sing redundant tune Well, yet again! Redundancy is one thing, but enough is enough. Month after month, the AJC publishes letters from the same group of writers, many Citizens Climate Lobby members, pushing their carbon fee and dividend mantra (“Maria’s toll shows need to cut emissions,” Readers Write, June 8, and “Md. flood shows our climate vulnerability...

Opinion: The lesser cruelty on immigration

Let’s start with the easy part. The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, delivering them into a bureaucratic labyrinth while their fathers and mothers await trial or petition for asylum, is the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far — and you can tell exactly how wicked by observing how unwilling White House officials are to defend...

Opinion: Can Republicans and Dems reach compromise on immigration?

Rep. Kevin Yoder has two daughters, ages 2 and 4. A busy schedule of political obligations requires the Kansas Republican to be separated at times from those precious little people. It’s a feeling many parents know. Those two girls were on his mind recently when we spoke by phone to discuss the fates of thousands of would-be immigrant children who have been physically yanked from their parents...

Opinion: Singapore summit was a historic snooker

The headline writers adore the word “historic.” It was ubiquitous in reporting on the April meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. Kim shook Moon’s hand and then guided him over the military demarcation line to step onto North Korean territory. This prompted swoons. If that was a bona fide gesture of peaceful intent, time will tell. In the meantime, let’s assume it was...

Opinion: A quisling and his enablers

This is not a column about whether Donald Trump is a quisling — a politician who serves the interests of foreign masters at his own country’s expense. Any reasonable doubts about that reality were put to rest by the events of the past few days, when he defended Russia while attacking our closest allies. We don’t know Trump’s motivation. And we may never find out: If he shuts...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 17

Liberals only see one type of lack of diversity Uh oh! Call the PC police on the South Fulton police! The AJC story (” ‘Black Girl Magic’ rules in South Fulton courts,” June 13, Metro) extols the positive impact of having zero racial and gender diversity in the leadership of South Fulton’s police department and court system. Apparently, “It’s a seemingly rare...

Opinion: High school learns censorship doesn’t work

Here’s an axiomatic truth: If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something. That predates the internet, as any former teenager who ever hid under the covers listening to “Louie Louie” with the volume down can surely attest. We are talking about a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If censorship didn’t work then on something...

Opinion: ERA began as a farce but has ended in tragedy

Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. Today’s advocates of a musty fragment of the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment, are demonstrating that something that begins as farce can reappear as tragedy, because abuse of the Constitution is tragic. With Illinois slouching toward bankruptcy, its Legislature...

Opinion: On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, he said, was to be assassinated during the seventh-inning stretch at a game at Nationals Park. He wanted to die in what he once called “my...

Opinion: ‘A jet-setting Jesus? I’m not seeing it …’

An absolutely true news item: Trying to explain why he asked worshipers to buy him a $54 million private jet, TV preacher Jesse Duplantis said: “I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.” A few months from now, at the headquarters of Dassault Aviation in Paris...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 15

Small biz owners right to have backed Trump In response to, “From the departing, an attack of courage” (Opinion, June 10), what we have here is another serving of liberal hogwash. Jay Bookman, like all the other misguided column writers of the left, has nothing of import to offer other than the tired old argument that we should have voted for Hillary Clinton. Bookman and others would have...

Opinion: Trump’s North Korean fantasyland

WASHINGTON — One of the costs of the Trump Era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is seen through the prism of whether you are for or against the president. Consequently, criticism of Trump is regularly assumed by his supporters to be rooted in bad faith. The retort to any judgments against his statements or his policies typically begins with &ldquo...

Opinion: Behind Trump’s anger and exasperation

At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.” In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank. “Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 14

‘We the people’ see through liberal media elites Ninety percent of news coverage is negative toward President Donald Trump. Dinesh D’Souza made a truthful negative movie about Barack Obama, and he was put in jail. During Obama’s reign, conservatives were targeted, which the national news media chose to ignore. News media elites have ignored Trump’s successes, but seem...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 13

Trump should ditch Obama-era drug leniency President Trump has gone from advocating the death penalty for drug dealers, to pardoning a drug dealer. When Colorado legalized marijuana, instead of putting an end to Colorado’s violation of federal law, then-President Obama said he was watching the experiment. That experiment has grown into a drug nightmare, as well as an increase in marijuana-related...

Opinion: Diversity and inclusion harm

In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. This obsession with diversity and inclusion is in the process of leading the...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 12

Writer’s leftist racial paranoia unfair to cops In a recent Sunday AJC, we were treated to a letter writer who claimed the Georgia State Patrol perpetrates racial profiling on drivers who are people of color (“Georgia, its police should realize Civil War’s long over,” Readers Write, May 27). I was born in the Northeast, but have lived in the South (South Carolina and Georgia)...

Opinion: Grim trends in good times

In the United States in the years after the Great Recession, pessimists had a lot of material to work with. Economic doomsayers looked at the stubbornly elevated unemployment rate and discerned a depressing new normal, in which technological and social change had rendered many Americans simply unemployable, and stagnation loomed ahead. Social pessimists looked at the disarray in working-class culture...

Opinion: Spade life and suicide resonate with women

Twelve hours after news broke that Kate Spade had taken her own life, the store that bears her name in the city where she was raised displayed a message intended to be as effervescent as the designer herself. A single blush pink rose lay on the sidewalk space outside the glass doors of the closed store on the Country Club Plaza, a fabled outdoor shopping district in Kansas City. The rose was silk...

Opinion: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker’s case

“Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases. In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker declined the request of a same-sex couple to decorate a cake for a reception celebrating their marriage in Massachusetts...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 10

Cowardly leaders too afraid to handle Trump Where are our leaders? Our democracy is in peril because of the actions of our president – his moral standards and lack of support for the institutions of our government – and the lack of actions by our political and business leaders. Much blame needs to be placed on our news folks for giving Mr. Trump a PR platform and not presenting effective...

Opinion: Shame on Google for treating the U.S. military as evil

WASHINGTON — Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 Google employees who signed a letter urging the company to cancel Project Maven and promise to never &ldquo...

Opinion: Government tussle: Who’s the worst?

The other day Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief and well-known candidate for Worst Person in Washington, tossed some reporters out of a public conference on water contamination. Way to rehabilitate your image, Scott! Pruitt has been in a long-running battle with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the title of most terrible Trump minion. (Now, of course, we’ve also got John Bolton. But this is a holiday...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 8

Torpy dead wrong on his immigration conclusion A recent column by the AJC’s Bill Torpy on the front of the Metro section falsely referred to me as an “anti-immigration activist.” The widely known truth is that for the last 15 years I have proudly fought for sanity in immigration and enforcement of American immigration laws. That effort is easily and succinctly described as &ldquo...

Opinion: Boehner’s Right — It’s Trump’s Party Now

“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party,” John Boehner told a Mackinac, Michigan, gathering of the GOP faithful last week. “The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old party’s pulse, for the Bush-Boehner GOP may not just be napping. It could be comatose. Consider. That GOP was dedicated...

Opinion: Why dialogue matters — even in the Trump Era

WASHINGTON — If President Trump’s survival tactics depend upon dividing the country into warring camps, does this mean his opponents have an interest in bringing the country together around shared purposes? If the answer is “yes,” then those seeking to replace Trumpism with something better have to discover ways of engaging with voters whose choices in the last election differed...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 7

‘Balanced Views’ opinions now skew anti-Trump I applauded when the AJC reformed the opinion page to include “Balanced Views.” For a time, you actually included conservative views from conservative writers. I would read both sides of an issue, congratulating you on a balanced presentation. More recently, opinions on the left are largely anti-Trump tirades, while on the right...

Opinion: An American 13-year-old, pregnant and married to her rapist

Dawn Tyree was 11 years old when a family friend began to molest her. A bit more than a year later, she became pregnant from these rapes, and her parents found out what had been going on. But they didn’t go to the police; instead, they found another solution. “It was decided for me that I would marry him,” Tyree recalled. So Tyree, then 13, was married to her rapist, then age 32...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 6

Columnist right to call out Trump’s bigotry I was shocked at the reader’s letter calling Leonard Pitts a racist for pointing out Donald Trump’s bigotry (“Pitts’ ongoing liberal bigotry reflects badly on AJC,” Opinion, May 22). To deny Trump’s bigotry is to ignore the facts. Donald Trump created the birther movement, a blatant attempt to deny our first black...

Opinion: Past versus present Americans

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching their 70s were in school during the 1950s and early ’60s. Try this question to any one of those 50 million Americans who are 65 or older: Do you recall...

READERS WRITE: JUNE 5

Liberals, media whitewash Obama administration’s failures President Barack Obama had nothing to do with the growth in the economy that we are seeing with President Donald Trump in office. The economy barely squeaked by in Obama’s eight years, but it survived because our capitalistic system can’t be destroyed by collectivist socialist ideas. Obama tried his best to destroy the greatest...

Opinion: The Baptist apocalypse

Among Trump-supporting religious believers, the long odds he overcame to win the presidency are often interpreted as a providential sign: Only God could have put Donald Trump in the White House, which means he must be there for some high and holy purpose. The trouble with this theory is that it’s way too simplistic. Such a God might, for instance, offer political success as a temptation rather...

Opinion: Why can’t Homeland Security think straight on racial violence?

Who comes to mind if you hear that the government wants to track “violent, terroristic acts that were driven by race-related extremist ideologies.” The white nationalist thugs who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Va., perhaps, carrying torches as they chanted vile threats to Jews, African-Americans and Latinos. Nope. You’re focusing on the wrong race. You just don&rsquo...

Opinion: The plot against health care

On Wednesday, Virginia’s legislature voted to expand Medicaid, accepting a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Around 400,000 people will gain coverage. The politics of the move aren’t hard to understand. Virginians overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion; last fall, Democrat Ralph Northam won the governorship by a landslide after a campaign largely focused on health care. But wait...

Opinion: Children, ‘animals’ and immigrants

Maybe you’ve seen the video of the hero the French have dubbed “Spider-Man.” When he saw a toddler dangling off a fourth-story balcony, he scaled the exterior of the Paris building in about 30 seconds to save the child. Turns out Mamoudou Gassama was a newly arrived illegal immigrant from Mali. A grateful President Emmanuel Macron made him a French citizen a day later. So, does that...
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