OPINION: Once there's a new federal program, it's only a matter of time before it's abused
The Commerce Department’s inspector general issued a report that found 19 paralegals within the Patent and Trademark Office were given so little government work to do that they “watched television, surfed the Internet, used Facebook, performed volunteer work for a charity, washed laundry, exercised at home, read books and magazines, shopped online or cleaned dishes.”
OPINION: The criminal justice system costs too much and accomplishes too little
The United States has 5 percent of the global population but a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
OPINION: In America, you are not tainted by the sins of your parents
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, gives protections to children here alone and not from Mexico or Canada. One protection is not sending them back to their country of origin immediately — instead giving them access to an immigration hearing with an advocate and counsel.
OPINION: The criminal justice system reeks of institutional racism and a plethora of human prejudices
The troubling racial disparities do not absolve the looters, the rioters, the thugs who have attacked police and damaged property since protests began. There is no excuse for criminal conduct; moreover, it detracts from legitimate gripes with the police.
OPINION: More than half of those surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act
Obamacare is dropping in popularity, even with Democrats, after more people have personal experiences with health care under the law.
OPINION: Full of joy on the outside, Robin Williams apparently was tormented inside
Many people misunderstand clinical depression. They think because someone has wealth and fame, or circumstances better than others, they should be happy, or at least content.
OPINION: When an unarmed person is killed by police, the police have the burden of proving it was justified
The killing of Michael Brown is not primarily a symbol, an example or a wake-up call. It is a specific human tragedy, on a specific street, involving a serious factual dispute. It is the reality that matters most: the deadly struggle over a gun or the murder of a man with his hands in the air.
OPINION: Experiment ends with foreign policy collapse
In the absence of stabilizing American leadership, the Middle East has become a regional Sunni-Shiite proxy war in which the most radical and ruthless thrive.
OPINION: Low expectations may be the key to happiness
Research indicates that when your expectations are low, you are much more likely to exceed them, which will make you happy. Likewise, when your expectations are too high, they are less likely to be met, which will make you unhappy.
OPINION: Neighborliness has evolved into leaving people alone
Individual choice certainly has big advantages over a rigid collectivism. But solidarity sure beats impulsiveness, self-involvement and fragmentation.
OPINION: The divide between haves and have-nots is growing
The United States is not held together by a common religion or language or ethnicity, but by its promise of equal opportunity for all.
OPINION: While the economy has had some recent bright spots, indications are the future will be troubled
The damage that has been done to Americans’ net worth is not anything that can be fixed in a year or two.
OPINION: Nixon was not brought down; he committed political suicide
President Richard Nixon thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules were different for Republicans.
OPINION: Most Americans now disapprove of their own U.S. representative
The GOP talks a great deal about family values, but what, pray, is it willing to do to ease life for parents trying to make a living and do right by their kids at the same time?
OPINION: Republicans appear to be halfway there in gaining control of the U.S. Senate
Solving the country’s problems requires, above all, turning the Republican Party back into a political enterprise willing to share the burdens of governing, even when a Democrat is in the White House.
Letters to the Editor
- TODD HANNON: GICAA serving private school needs
- AARON LOVETT: Congress ignores obligation to notch babies
- BABS HALL: Group helps people cope with loss of loved one to suicide
- NADINE M. MATHIS: America should not spare the rod
- WARREN D. GRANT: God is not the one who is arrogrant
- BETTY NEW: Albany missed chance to honor Alice Coachman Davis
- ELEANOR DAVIS: Residents the losers in bankruptcy case
- NADINE M. MATHIS: Parents abdicate their responsibilities
- JOHN BRYANT: Gas pump prices redistribute wealth
- EDWARD SCHWEIKERT: Traffic light needed at Oakland on U.S. Highway 82
- T. GAMBLE: Incentives make voting a win all around
- SOWELL: Random thoughts on random topics
- LORAN SMITH: Spirits lifted across the Atlantic
- RONDA RICH: P.R. work comes too late
- CARLTON FLETCHER: Time has come for a closer look at ADICA
- TOM PURCELL: When telecommuniting doesn't actually 'work'
- THOMAS: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson
- STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Consensus forming on criminals
- TINA DUPUY: Children seeking asylum find apathy
- DAVID PRISANT: Skate park lease out of line with ADICA's duties
- Thumbs Up - Aug. 18, 2014
- Thumbs Up! Aug. 11, 2014.
- Phone scammers are mining for new victims
- Thumbs Up! Aug. 4, 2014
- The problem with the federal government is user error
- Thumbs Up! July 28, 2014
- Dougherty School System technology initiative a good investment
- Election surprises erode trust in democracy
- Federal courts take opposing views on ACA subsidies
- Thumbs Up! July 21, 2014