OPINION: The Justice report on Ferguson police cleared the officer but condemned the system
The Justice Department report describes a patchwork of municipalities that have become predators, trapping residents in a web of tickets, fines, fees and warrants in order to raise revenue. Police officers and municipal judges are employed as collection agents, and police departments such as Ferguson’s — lacking diversity, proper training and accountability — are prone to swagger and profiling.
FEATURES COLUMN: The pre-smart phone days were simpler
There are some things about the past I can do without — picking cotton, no air conditioning, no indoor plumbing, and 50 minute sermons — but there is something to be said about the times my generation enjoyed.
Solutions to the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school.
OPINION: New Jersey officials offer to settle with Mobil at $225 million
Gov. Chris Christie has balanced New Jersey state budgets without raising taxes while cutting corporate taxes through accounting tricks, raiding contingency funds and other gimmicks.
OPINION: Philadelphia Catholics are excited about the pending visit by the pope
This upcoming visit by Pope Francis comes at a time when American Catholics have had their beliefs challenged by the Obama administration, which seems bent on punishing companies and groups that object on grounds of conscience to abortion, birth control or other highly charged matters.
OPINION: GOP is split between Spines and Brains
Bipartisanship flamed up briefly after Republicans took over the Senate, but is flickering now.
OPINION: Voter ID laws are designed to cut at edges of the right to vote
Conservative Republicans label their campaign — which centers around strict voter ID laws — “voter integrity,” as if it’s a righteous project designed to uplift democracy. It’s just the opposite: It’s designed to block the ballot for a few voters, mostly poor and black, who are inclined to support Democrats.
OPINION: It looks more and mor elike the deck is stacked against the average working person
You can imagine how the average unemployed Californian feels when he reads that the state Employment Development Department in Sacramento has hired citizens of India to process Golden State unemployment claims.
OPINION: President Obama has narrowed U.S. demands on Iran to its nuclear ambitions
As Obama has avoided direct confrontation with Iran to preserve the viability of nuclear talks, Iran has been busy destabilizing the Middle East, replacing us as the major power and threatening our allies. And those allies have taken note.
OPINION: A kind word or thoughtful deed can have lifelong impact
I’m sure you can name those that have made a positive difference in your life. If so, I hope they are still around so that you can tell them in case you haven’t already.
OPINION: What did the U.S. learn from the Vietnam War?
March 8, 1965 was the date that the first 3,500 U.S. combat Marines were dispatched to South Vietnam, and I wonder if any of us (isolationist, interventionist or in-betweener) have learned the right lessons over the past five decades.
OPINION: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shown shown what a modern-day leader can do
Seventy years after World War II, Japan is moving toward becoming a “normal” nation that operates its own military.
OPINION: A history of generosity can become an expectation of benefit
Tanzania has a strong economic growth rate, recently recalculating its gross domestic product upward by 32 percent, near the low end of middle-income status. But the foreign share of health care spending is growing, while government spending — as a percentage of the total health effort — is declining.
OPINION: Rudy Giuliani contends the president is failing to talk about the good things about America
Rudy Giuliani feels unloved. And he suggests you should feel that way, too, thanks to a compliment deficit from our cheerleader in chief. I think it’s about … the dangerous way in which politicians, and many of their constituents, mistake flattery for love.
OPINION: A few flakes make D.C. bureaucrats call for office shutdowns
I love how snow disrupts daily life — particularly in Washington, D.C.
Letters to the Editor
- DUANE DAVIS: Congress squawker has faulty memory
- LYNN CHAVARRIA: Pharmacy employee goes extra miles
- GLENDELL COLEMAN: Young adults shut out on jobs
- WALT SPECHT: Smart phones, Internet dummy down Americans
- CHRIS CLARK: Georgia Quail Hunt showcases South Georgia
- BILL BATES: Prisoners live free on backs of taxpayers
- PHILIP COLSON: Measles epidemic started at same time of flood of illegal children and adults
- RUBY BRITT: Marriage is defined by the Bible
- WALT SPECHT: Wild hogs seem to be taking to deer bait
- DUANE 'BANJO' DAVIS: American farmers most productive in the world
- T. GAMBLE: Airlines should ground safety spiel
- CATHERINE RAMPELL: Markets on the right side of history
- CARLTON FLETCHER: Government plans to take on tobacco, cellphones
- MICHAEL GERSON: The virtues of the smoke-filled room
- DARREL EALUM: Georgia voters will have final say on Opportunity School Districts
- EDDIE SEAGLE: Easter lilies take center stage
- KEVIN SPROUL: Administrative assistant keeps Dougherty Sheriff's office running smoothly
- LORAN SMITH: Marvin Griffin brought color to the governor's mansion
- RONDA RICH: Being a proper Southerner takes some real work
- CATHERINE RAMPELL: When gray meets brown
- Thumbs Up - March 30, 2015
- EDITORIAL: Senate trying to fix a problem that does not exist
- Thumbs Up! March 9, 2015
- EDITORIAL: Fractures painful, but they do mend
- Thumbs Up!
- Scammers add stress to tax season
- Thumbs Up! Jan 26, 2015
- Thumbs Up! Jan. 19, 2015
- Time is now to address Georgia's transportation needs
- Another year, another scam