Opinion


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: Heading toward better mobility

Opinion: Heading toward better mobility

The substantial heft of something whole can sometimes be hidden in and around its various parts. That’s an illuminating way to assess transit efforts at this point in metro Atlanta. It efficiently sweeps in public policy as well as pieces undertaken by local, county and state government to improve the speed and ease at which we can move around this big, congested region. The tally of active...

Opinion: The truth is not in him

After his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump held a rally in Minnesota in which he reveled in his alleged success. Among other things, he told the crowd, “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back.” The date was June 20, and what Trump told America and the families of the fallen that day was a lie. It remains...

Opinion: Bus rapid transit is right path for Atlanta region

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s Bus Rapid Transit plan for SR 400 is a breath of fresh air amid stale and misguided transit proposals for the metro Atlanta region. Unlike Atlanta’s costly, failing, fixed-rail Streetcar system – which MARTA plans to expand – Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles have the appealing appearance of light-rail cars but have rubber tires and travel on roads...

Opinion: Mobility, collaboration can pave way to state’s prosperity

Public transit is the talk of the town. Watching the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Lieutenant Governor – flanked by a truly diverse and bipartisan group of state and local leaders - was heartening to witness, as they announced an unprecedented multimillion-dollar investment in MARTA a few weeks ago. This announcement, which followed other major transit victories/investments in Clayton...

Opinion: Cagle explains our goober-natorial primary

Georgia’s 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary might better be described as goober-natorial. With its absence of policy discussion and cartoonish ads, it has been an embarrassment to the state, to the Georgia Republican Party and to those participating in it. Then again, I’m just a liberal columnist for those lying Atlanta newspapers, to quote the famous phrase. Of course I’m going...
Opinion: The quest for Amazon’s HQ2 continues

Opinion: The quest for Amazon’s HQ2 continues

Metro Atlanta remains in the running as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. The hubbub over potentially landing “HQ”2 and the up to 50,000 high-paying jobs it could bring here remains a super-tantalizing business prospect for this region. On today’s page, we offer a trio of commentary pieces (see links below) centered on the run for Amazon. One writer explores...

Opinion: Amazon win wouldn’t hurt city’s efforts on affordability, equity

Atlanta is unique among the cities listed as finalists for Amazon’s HQ2. For starters, we have the busiest airport in the world, the economic engine of the region that would dovetail nicely with Amazon’s delivery component. But we have many other cards to play. We are famous for our legacy of progressive diversity. We also have an unrivaled working relationship with our business community...

Opinion: Pursue Amazon HQ2 with care for interests of all Atlantans

Atlanta is among 20 finalists in the Olympian race for Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2. Civic stakeholders and economic developers are making the case for HQ2 in places like the Gulch downtown or the Aerotropolis redevelopment near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The region’s leaders are imagining where to house and how to transport the 50,000-plus jobs that HQ2 will create. Gov. Nathan...

Opinion: Students lobbying for Atlanta as ideal home of Amazon HQ2

Dear Amazon: We are writing to you on behalf of the over 600 students from 12 universities across Georgia who are excited and prepared to welcome Amazon’s HQ2 to Atlanta. We are Emory University students who came together to launch the #WhyAtlanta campaign because we believe Atlanta is the best location for your HQ2. We know that after multiple rounds of city visits you have collected a tremendous...

Opinion: We have no strategy on trade

Donald Trump is right about this much: China’s approach to free trade is unfair to the point of being predatory, especially on issues such as intellectual property and its refusal to let foreign companies compete fairly in the Chinese market. That said, however, Trump has so thoroughly botched efforts to address those and other issues that progress on these fronts has become almost impossible...

Opinion: Remember what unites us as Americans

It begins with words that ought to be familiar to every American, regardless of political creed, the opening words to what has become our mutual heritage: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws...
Opinion: Reflecting on duty, violence and values

Opinion: Reflecting on duty, violence and values

On Thursday afternoon last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newsroom staff gathered for one of its honored rituals. Two of our colleagues were retiring. And we were in the middle of the newsroom to send them off with gifts, memorable stories, tears – and, of course, plenty of food. David Gibson and Rhonda Cook each spent decades at the AJC. Gibson was known as one of our sharpest editors...

Opinion: The time of choosing is now here

If you want to understand how Donald Trump sees himself and his place in the world, he’s quite willing to tell you. It’s one of the few topics on which his word can be trusted. For example, when news broke this week that 81-year-old Anthony Kennedy had finally decided to retire after 30 years of service on the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially altering the court for a generation, here&rsquo...

Opinion: Unrest’s part of unending march toward a more-perfect union

This column appeared in the July 4, 1968 combined edition of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. “I turned to neither book nor pamphlet while writing the Declaration (of Independence,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. The principles and language of John Locke’s “Second treatise of Government” and of Locke’s “Essay on Human Understanding” were so...

Opinion: Doubling down on democracy, freedom in midst of war

This Editorial appeared in The Atlanta Constitution July 4, 1943. It is peculiarly fitting that in this year, 1943, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, should fall on a Sunday. It is highly significant that our people, in vast majority, plan celebration of that day by rededication in the present fight for freedom and in the continuing struggle for a more perfect democracy. Such a rededication is...

Opinion: Freedom, liberty are an ever-evolving ideal

The approach of July 4th naturally brings forth concepts of liberty and the struggle to give it form via a new nation representing that Spirit of ‘76. The precepts and history that gave birth to these United States of America are worth reflection this holiday week and beyond. One point sometimes obscured by everyday life is that strife and protest — and even upheaval at times — are...

Opinion: Boosting philanthropy’s reach, power

For many, the U.S. economy is hitting the mark: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, inflation is stable, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation’s history. Here in Atlanta, our regional economy is booming. Thousands of new jobs, tens of thousands of new residents, and a diverse...

Opinion: State has no excuse for meddling in airport

Since its inception, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been the invention and creation of the City of Atlanta. City leaders envisioned it; city taxpayers funded it; city workers built it and run it, and the state as a whole has prospered immensely as a result. Under city ownership, Hartsfield-Jackson has served more passengers than any airport on the planet for 20 consecutive years now...

Opinion: Teen’s prepared voices can be powerful in a divided age

Just over two months after March for Our Lives saw hundreds of thousands of people rally for safer communities, teens from Parkland to Chicago have rallied to demand change and action for everything from safer schools to registering to vote. These young people have shown us we don’t have to wait to make a difference – everyone, no matter what age, is empowered to raise a voice and create...

Opinion: Researching coping strategies for PTSD

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America maintains a database of “Personal Stories of Triumph.” It’s a curated collection of stories about how people have suffered anxiety, depression, OCD, and/or trauma-related disorders — yet coped and triumphed. If you’re looking for a little lift, it’s worth checking out. One of these is the story of a woman named P...

Opinion: Lawsuit to rule ACA unconstitutional will aid Georgia, U.S.

As Attorney General, I am committed to upholding the rule of law with each decision I make in order to protect the basic principles upon which our nation is founded. It is in keeping with this commitment that I have joined a multi-state coalition challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a terribly flawed law that has left Georgians with skyrocketing insurance premiums and dwindling...

Opinion: Trump border policy as child abuse, and a path to justice

What would you do if you learned that a daycare facility was holding your children inside a room with concrete floors surrounded by chain-link fencing, i.e., inside cages? The answer is obvious: you would do everything in your power to rescue your children. But, we imagine you would do more than that. We imagine you would do everything you could to make sure that no other child came to harm from the...
Opinion: Public health challenges affect us all

Opinion: Public health challenges affect us all

Even in an age when years seem to grow increasingly more eventful, public health issues still find a way to charge to the forefront of public opinion. That’s no surprise, given that their effect is felt far and wide, and even universally at times. >> Opinion: Opioids are public health crisis of our time It’s hard to ignore, for example, that misuse of the class of drugs known...

Opinion: A cruel and very telling indifference

Often it’s just a detail, a seemingly small thing, that turns out to be most revelatory and most damning. In the case of President Trump’s policy of separating parent from child at the border, the detail that tells all involves the difficulty of trying to reunite the hundreds of families that were split apart under the now-abandoned program. The administration has no process by which to...

Opinion: Assessing trauma’s role in chronic stress, suicide

The alarming increase in suicide rates in the United States over the past two decades is unprecedented and beyond disturbing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released research reporting “suicide increased by 25 percent across the United States from 1999 to 2016 and a shocking 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016.” The American Psychological Association...

Opinion: Masterpiece court ruling shows need for Ga. religious liberty law

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, questions arise about how the case will affect efforts to secure religious-liberty protections in the states. In Georgia, where the controversy has revolved around passing a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and protections for faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies...
Opinion: Who do you believe, Donald Trump or Donald Trump?

Opinion: Who do you believe, Donald Trump or Donald Trump?

It can’t be easy to keep believing all the things that the Trump faith requires you to believe these days, particularly when they so often contradict each other. For example: 1.) According to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, “we don’t have a policy of separating families at the border.” Also, according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump...
Opinion: The attack on your health insurance

Opinion: The attack on your health insurance

Soon after the passage of the Affordable Care Act — quickly dubbed Obamacare by its opponents — the number of Americans without health insurance began to drop significantly for the first time in decades. In states that allowed the expansion of Medicaid, such as Arkansas and Kentucky, the rate of uninsured fell by half or more. For the first time, millions of Americans who had never had...
Opinion: A must-see if you love or hate the NYT

Opinion: A must-see if you love or hate the NYT

Your feelings about The New York Times are no mystery to me. Emails deriding the Times – and its evil twin, The Washington Post – were regular fare with my morning coffee before I retired in March. The complaints generally went as follows: “How dare you have a story by the New York Times? They hate Trump and produce fake news. How dare you?” I believe I responded to each complaint...
Opinion: Notable words from Atlanta Constitution editors

Opinion: Notable words from Atlanta Constitution editors

In speaking to the toast with which you have honored me, I accept the term, “The New South,” as in no sense disparaging to the old. Dear to me, sir, is the home of my childhood and the traditions of my people. I would not, if I could, dim the glory they won in peace and war, or by word or deed take aught from the splendor and grace of their civilization — never equalled and, perhaps...
Opinion: Peace is a continuing casualty of border attacks on Israel

Opinion: Peace is a continuing casualty of border attacks on Israel

As a child growing up, the land of Israel was sacred. Every year in Tu Bishvat (Jewish holiday of the New Year of Trees) , we went to plant trees. This initiative was done by the JNF (Jewish National Fund) to forest Israel, and plant more trees. If someone managed to harm this togetherness of nature, it was seen as a negative thing. To have a fire was seen as the worst. In the past few weeks, Israel...
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: Putin speaks code. Does Trump understand?

Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, Trump reportedly instructed Don Jr. to claim that he and the Kremlin-linked lawyer had “primarily discussed a program...

Opinion: The GOP’s War on the Poor

Four years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, House Republicans led by Paul Ryan issued a report declaring that war a failure. Poverty, they asserted, hadn’t fallen. Therefore, they concluded, we must slash spending on the poor. Last week, Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a new report on poverty, recognizing what most experts in the...

READERS WRITE: JULY 22

Liberals, media blinded by anti-Trump hatred The unhinged anti-Trumpers and in-the-tank disgraced media are like rabid animals; nothing will satisfy or tame them. If Trump had punched Putin in the nose on camera, hugged him tight or bowed down to him as Obama did before the Saudi sheik, any of those actions would have been roundly excoriated. Just as recently as the last administrations, when they...

Opinion: Spare me your shock at Trump’s sellout to Putin

“Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked …” —The Chicago Tribune “U.S. lawmakers of both political parties reacted with shock …” —Voice of America “Some of Mr. Trump’s own advisers privately said they were shocked …” —The New York Times “Shocked?” Really? After almost...

Opinion: Our ‘America first’ president put America last in Helsinki

America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a useful, illuminating event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely associated with such Democratic national security stalwarts as Sen. Henry Jackson and former Sen. and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, was...

Opinion: Trump isn’t first president to cozy up to Putin

WASHINGTON — The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which is one of the many reasons President Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed so insane. Trump is trying to do something that both of his immediate predecessors tried to do: turn over a new leaf with Russia. They both failed, and so...

Opinion: ‘Sort of a double negative’

It is an unfathomable proposition that the day would ever come when America could rightly question the loyalties of its own president, but that is precisely where we have arrived. Donald Trump’s “Surrender Summit” with President Vladimir Putin of Russia was such a disloyal, traitorous display that it boggles the mind. Russia attacked our election in 2016. Russia. Moscow did it to...

READERS WRITE: JULY 20

Trump did ask re: meddling, Putin said ‘no’ So Donald Trump was told to ask Putin about Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. Well, Trump did ask, and Putin denied any involvement. Putin kind of chuckled when asked because he knows the Democrats are dividing the country over these fake accusations. This is the time to show the world any evidence of Russian involvement. But there is...

Opinion: Two cheers for democratic socialists

WASHINGTON — “Socialism has known increments of success, basic failure and massive betrayal. Yet it is more relevant to the humane construction of the twenty-first century than any other idea.” With those words, the late Michael Harrington began his book “Socialism,” published in 1972. In his day, Harrington was often called “America’s leading socialist.&rdquo...

Opinion: Trump calls off Cold War II

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future...

READERS WRITE: JULY 19

Ditching SAT is more dumbing-down of education As part of its justification for dropping the SAT essay requirement for admission, Princeton University says it “aims to alleviate the financial hardship placed on students” (News, July 7). What a joke. Tuition, room and board at Princeton averages approximately $65,000 a year. Eliminating the SAT requirement will save applicants the $17 essay...

Opinion: We may be able to get this man off death row

The horror began with a nighttime home invasion and the stabbings of a white family, and was compounded when sheriff’s deputies arrested and framed a black man for murder. That’s my view, and now after 35 years, the wheels of justice in California may finally be creaking into motion. I last wrote about the case two months ago, and there’s a hopeful development: Gov. Jerry Brown seems...

READERS WRITE: JULY 18

Trump’s on a roll of notable victories The hysteria over asylum-seeking immigrants has been washed away by a flood of victories for President Trump. First, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker who refused to make a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same-sex couple. Next, the court upheld President Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries. Lastly, the court ruled that non-union...

Opinion: Our rules of the game — U.S. Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His Legacy as a Gay Rights Hero.” The New York Times’ editorial board said about a second...

READERS WRITE: JULY 17

Separated families a result of lawbreaking parents Some choices are inconsequential. Other choices are more consequential. Those of us who listen to the news are aware of the consequences of choosing to break the law. When parents are caught breaking the law, any children they may have are taken away by Child Protective Services. Every separation is a tragedy. It is a too-common occurrence in our...

Opinion: Documenting my father’s route to becoming an American

On the dining room table before me is a rumpled piece of paper, barely bigger than a sticky note. It is the reason that I exist. The “Alien Head-Tax Receipt” recorded the fare paid by my grandmother at what was then called the Mexican Border District. To me it’s precious, like the companion she had with her that day — my then-infant father — as she crossed from Mexico...

Opinion: After Kavanaugh, the deluge

In the second year of his presidency, Donald Trump has become more and more willing to act Trumpishly rather than deferring to the official wisdom of his party. But with his second Supreme Court nomination, notwithstanding all the head-fakes and reality-television atmospherics, Trump has demonstrated that he’ll take his Trumpishness only so far. It’s one thing to blow up the G-7 with trade...

Opinion: Trump, tariffs, tofu and tax cuts

According to early indications, recent U.S. economic growth was full of beans. No, seriously. More than half of America’s soybean exports typically go to China, but Chinese tariffs will shift much of that demand to Brazil, and countries that normally get their soybeans from Brazil have raced to replace them with U.S. beans. The perverse result is that the prospect of tariffs has temporarily...

Opinion: What the cave boys teach us about abortion

Twelve boys and their adult coach trapped in a dank, oxygen-deprived cave in Thailand riveted the world’s attention for two weeks. Why, people ask at times like this, are we so focused on these individuals when half a million Rohingya refugee children are in danger of starving on the Bangladesh border, or when 400,000 Yemeni children are severely undernourished? The answer is drama. We saw images...

READERS WRITE: JULY 15

ITP Amazon HQ2 win would worsen already-bad traffic Regarding “The quest for Amazon’s HQ2 continues” (Editorial, July 8), each morning I see live TV news broadcasts of endless rows of vehicles creeping along the freeways and, in some cases, not moving at all. Their destination is Atlanta and its environs. A simple observation says Amazon’s placement in the heart of Atlanta...

Opinion: Is Trump correct Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional?

WASHINGTON — The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, however, not sufficient evidence. Consider the debate between two serious people who have immersed...

Opinion: Tired of having to explain ourselves

For barbecuing. For selling bottled water. For napping in a dorm. For mowing a lawn. For smoking. Perhaps you recognize the list. If not, be advised that it represents a few of the slew of recent high-profile episodes in which police have been called out on black people for reasons so trivial, nonsensical and stupid as to beggar belief. These incidents, many captured in cellphone video, have resulted...

Opinion: The center is sexier than you think

Enough about the Freedom Caucus. Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America. They’re flamboyant players in our political debate, but they’re extremes: More politicians — and most Americans — occupy the expansive territory in between. That’s where the pivotal races in 2018 are being fought. And if Democrats take back the House, it’s where any legislation with...

Opinion: Vulnerable Democrats should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay united, Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next associate justice is assured. And no one is praying harder for Republican unity than the three...

READERS WRITE: JULY 13

Protesters should pay for pain, costs they inflict Here we go again: Some self-absorbed “protester” has disrupted a segment of America to bring 15 minutes of fame to their cause – in this case, on our nation’s most sacred holiday and on one of our sacred monuments. The nitwit climbed the Statue of Liberty and displaced thousands of peaceful visitors who had paid to visit the...

Opinion: Is a Trump Court in the making?

If Mitch McConnell’s Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party. And the lamentations on the left are surely justified. For liberalism’s great strategic ally and asset of 60 years, the judicial dictatorship erected by Earl Warren and associates, may...

Opinion: Hypocrites for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Be prepared for a festival of hypocrisy, evasion and misdirection from supporters of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Begin with the idea that because Kavanaugh is qualified, well-educated, intelligent and likable, senators should fall in line behind him. Sorry, but Senate Republicans have already demonstrated that none of these characteristics matters...

READERS WRITE: JULY 12

Politics-playing Atlanta mayor wrong to target ICE There is a growing movement that wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement supposedly because they separate families at the border. This theme is seen in the Atlanta mayor’s executive order regarding ICE detainees. Here is the rub: ICE has nothing to do with separating families at the border; that is done by Customs and Border Protection...

Opinion: To hackers, we’re Bambi in the woods

If you’re worried about terrorism, here’s a bigger threat to lose sleep over: an all-out cyberattack. Suddenly, the electricity goes out at the office. Cellphone networks and the internet have also gone black, along with subways and trains. The roads are jammed because traffic lights aren’t working. Gas stations can’t pump gas. People can’t reach loved ones. Phone systems...

READERS WRITE: JULY 11

‘Clean’ energy push will prove costly for Atlanta “City seeks more time to review energy plan” (Metro, June 28) is a response to an ill-advised May 1, 2017, Clean Energy Resolution by the City Council to have Atlanta government powered by clean energy by 2025, and the rest of the city by 2035. Clean energy is defined as solar, wind, moving water and biomass. Atlanta officials...

Opinion: Shooting ourselves in the foot

The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of cheddar sells for $3.64. Canadians pay $3.99 for a 1-pound container of yogurt. In Washington, D.C., you can get...

READERS WRITE: JULY 10

Dems have role in lack of bipartisanship, too E. J. Dionne’s column, “Partisan high court has no taste for checks, balances” (Opinion, June 29), reminds me of the old saying, “Our suspicions of others are aroused by our own actions.” When the Democrats are in power, did they ever show any bipartisanship? When the Supreme Court vacancy occurred with 10 months remaining...

Opinion: Church now delivering on promises about clerical abuse

To even casual observers of recent news about the Catholic Church, it’s clear that a new day has dawned. Finally, after decades of stalling, denials and civil lawsuits, Catholic dioceses seem to recognize their accountability for the criminal behavior of pedophile priests. Consider the case of retired Bishop Joseph Hart. The former prelate of Cheyenne, Wyo., now 86 years old, could face criminal...

Opinion: Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘cult’

When Notre Dame law professor and possible Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was nominated for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, her affiliation with a religious group called People of Praise raised red flags. It was some sort of cult, they implied. Sen. Dianne Feinstein famously reproved the nominee by intoning that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.&rdquo...

Opinion: Trump’s taking us from temper tantrum to trade war

Harley-Davidson, the famed manufacturer of “hogs” — big motorcycles — made headlines when it announced that it would be moving some of its production out of the U.S. in the face of the growing tariff war between America and the European Union. And Donald Trump made more headlines when he lashed out at a company “I’ve been very good to,” accusing it of having...
Opinion: Biden’s Thurmond eulogy shows how our politics has regressed

Opinion: Biden’s Thurmond eulogy shows how our politics has regressed

Long before Joe Biden became vice president, the then-lesser known U.S. senator eulogized one of his colleagues, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. Biden, a northeast liberal Democrat, was asked by Thurmond’s family to speak up for the reformed segregationist. He shared intimate and surprising details of a three-decade friendship. Biden touched on everything he thought to be good and virtuous...

Opinion: Some professions are more than professions

This one feels different. And what does it say about this country when one has seen enough mass shootings to become a connoisseur of them? But yes, what happened last week in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis does feel different. It feels too close for comfort. Part of it is that a colleague lost his brother and that a friend of mine says a friend of his knew another of the...

READERS WRITE: JULY 8

Trump’s driven this independent into the Democratic camp President Trump is destroying the United States by changing EPA policy and allowing the dumping of wastes that pollute our waters; withdrawing from the Paris Agreement; taking immigrant children from their parents and placing them in cages; reducing the Affordable Care Act so that health care is increasingly expensive; and lying to us...

Opinion: Does awful summit with Kim hint at awful meeting with Putin?

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” — Donald Trump, June 13, 2018 “North Korea is upgrading its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, new satellite imagery analysis suggests.” — The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2018 WASHINGTON — As the president prepares, if this time he does prepare, for his second summit, note all that went wrong...

Opinion: Democrats are powerless to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Democrats are desperate to block the president’s nominee — but are powerless to so. They have no one to blame but themselves. Let’s take a moment to recall the sordid 15-year history of Democratic miscalculations that brought them to this point. The Democrats&rsquo...

Opinion: Trump’s rage junkies

It is truly a confounding time to be alive, to be an American. We are watching as a president of the United States openly lies, fabricates and exaggerates while two-fifths of the population cheers him for it. He spurns our allies and embraces our adversaries and people shrug. He, his congressional allies and his propaganda arm are waging open warfare on the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an effort...
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