Opinion: Doctor sex abuse makes headlines again

The latest story on doctor sex abuse is particularly horrifying. In a sentencing hearing this week, dozens of young women detailed the terrible consequences of Dr. Larry Nassar’s abuse as a physician for USA Gymnastics, the organization that governs competitive gymnastics and trains Olympics gymnasts. Young women testified of abuse and molestation they experienced as young as six years old and...
The latest story on doctor sex abuse is particularly horrifying. In a sentencing hearing this week, dozens of young women detailed the terrible consequences of Dr. Larry Nassar’s abuse as a physician...


Opinion: Honesty is our job, even when the truth is painful

Opinion: Honesty is our job, even when the truth is painful

When the e-mail arrived early last week, I knew right away the sender wasn’t happy. The subject line said “Shame on AJC for irresponsible reporting.” So I steeled myself, and opened it. The writer was incensed by our coverage of the fire, power failure and ensuing mess at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. “So ATL has a power outage. No one was hurt. No one was killed. A lot of people...
Torpy at Large: Corruption at City Hall and MARTA: The daily double!

Torpy at Large: Corruption at City Hall and MARTA: The daily double!

Tuesday was seemingly Public Corruption Day in the Atlanta courtroom of federal Judge Steve Jones. In the morning, Adam Smith, the disgraced Atlanta procurement director, stood before Jones, dabbed his eyes and was sentenced to 27 months in prison  for taking more than 40 bribes — $1,000 a pop — over a two-year period. Then, after fortifying himself with some lunch, the same...
The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

The right is standing firm on reforming immigration, ending chain migration

No, a solution on DACA is not going to be part of a bill to keep the government running. Why would it? From Townhall: Why is the left willing to hurt American citizens by shutting down the government in favor of the issues of non-citizens? From Sens. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), David Perdue, (R-Ga.), and Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa): A bad immigration bill that doesn’t address chain migration would do...
A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

A year in and the left finds Trump as bad as they first thought

On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, some are left asking if we really saw what we saw with this president.   From Leon Panetta, CNN: The values of America do not solely rest in the person who is leading the country. From USA Today: A group of contributors grade the president on his performance on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration. From columnist...
Opinion: Memo to rural Georgia: Sorry, no

Opinion: Memo to rural Georgia: Sorry, no

Rural Georgia is in deep trouble, and the attention now being paid to its challenges by state leadership is long overdue. Lifespans are shrinking; jobs are disappearing. Rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open, and health-care professionals and the network they sustain are evaporating. The opioid epidemic is taking a heartbreaking toll, particularly among young men. Overall, Georgia...
Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

Will Democratic ideals get in the way of a fair decision for ‘Dreamers’?

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, will the left stick with their vision for immigration, or compromise with Trump for the “Dreamers” sake? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the choice the left faces. 1. Democrats hitch their party to immigrants From Bloomberg: The commitment to the issue of immigration is politically risky for Democrats, but now they must...

Opinion: What’s good for Amazon is good for the gander

Amazon this past week eliminated 218 cities from its HQ2 sweepstakes, and Atlanta wasn’t one of them. Instead, Atlanta made the 20-city “short list” of candidates still in the hunt for a $5 billion investment and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Celebration is not only premature but a bit unseemly. There’s a long way to go, and it would have been shocking had Atlanta not made this...

Opinion: Settling ‘Water Wars’ still best solution

Two, and sometimes three, states have been here before. This newspaper’s essentially written this editorial before. Yet the water wars continue with a latest round of courtroom maneuvering in the decades-long battle over the water system that supplies Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by Florida. Boiled to a bare essence...
Torpy at Large: Assembling ATL’s long-delayed south downtown dream

Torpy at Large: Assembling ATL’s long-delayed south downtown dream

The future of downtown Atlanta is at the intersection of Mitchell and Broad streets. Or it will be if German money has any say. It doesn’t look like much right now. Currently, the corner consists of a barber supply store, an incense shop and a vacant lot next to a candle distributor. In July 2016, a baby-faced development exec walked a couple of investors from Hamburg to the corner and let it...

Opinion: Thoughts toward ending America’s ‘Water Wars’

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court tried to end not one but two interstate water wars. One, between Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, argues that New Mexico has violated a 1938 agreement by over-pumping groundwater, while the other, between Florida and Georgia, argues that Georgia’s breakneck development has slowed the flow of water to its downstream neighbor. The common theme is that...

Opinion: Collaboration makes metro Atlanta national leader on water

For decades, Georgia’s neighboring states have engaged in legal battles with us over our shared water resources. Earlier this month, the issue reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by Florida that seeks to limit Georgia’s use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin. The stakes are high, and the legal issues are complicated...
The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The left just wants a DACA deal done and finished

The fate of thousands of Dreamers should not depend on the political whims of the members of Congress and the president. From the Orlando Sentinel: Both parties need to step up their game on DACA and avert a government shutdown. From Cleveland.com: Message to party leaders – both Democrats and Republicans will be blamed if there is no DACA deal and the government shuts down. From the St. Louis...
Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Opinion: Deal still sees education as Georgia’s biggest challenge

Nathan Deal has embarked on his final year as governor, so he is undertaking some rituals of the office for the final time. Such was the case this past week when he delivered one last State of the State address to legislators. For Deal, who warns he’s no lame duck but has a modest legislative agenda for this eighth and final year, it was largely a trip down memory lane. Or to adopt his metaphor...

Opinion: A year in, Americans are of two minds about Trump, both of them wrong

This week brought an update on President Donald Trump’s health from the White House physician. Trump is up 3 pounds from his last check-up but his “overall health is excellent,” said Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. He added that, at Trump’s request, he’d administered a cognitive screening test and confirmed, contrary to perceptions in some quarters, the president is not losing...

Readers Write: Jan. 18

“Junk mail” serves purpose at U.S. Post Office The letter “Stop subsidizing junk mail industry,” Readers Write, Jan. 10, claims that junk mail is subsidized. Perhaps junk mail may not completely pay its own way, but this mail is valued by the U.S. Post Office. This “junk mail” is given a low priority by the post office and is handled only after other mail is handled...
The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

The right is urging Trump not to give in on the wall

President Donald Trump needs to hold firm to his call for a wall across the country’s southern border whether there is a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or not. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From the National Review: Democrats should give Trump the wall in exchange for a DACA deal. They can always take it back if they win back the House. From columnist...
On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

On the left, the deal for the Dreamers should be the only thing that matters

Should you care about giving in on a wall if those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals get to stay in this country? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Los Angeles Times: Fixing DACA has become a fight to cover both parties sins when it comes to illegal immigration.   From U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-Texas): Forget the wall, put all that money...
Torpy at Large: Feds send message in Atlanta bribery case: Own up. Or else.

Torpy at Large: Feds send message in Atlanta bribery case: Own up. Or else.

Adam L. Smith graduated from Morehouse, Yale and Georgetown Law, so we can stipulate that he’s no dummy.  Crooked, yes. But not stupid. Smith was the city of Atlanta’s corrupt procurement director, specializing in the procurement of bribes from people wanting to do business with the city. When he got a whiff of a federal investigation, Smith did what any graduate of the School of...

Opinion: We have a racist in the White House

For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told the world that they “do not recall” racist comments made a day earlier by President Trump in an immigration meeting. That lack of recollection seemed astonishing. In that meeting, Trump had dismissed all of Africa as “shithole&rdquo...
Torpy at Large: Yet again, GA war on drugs shoots itself in the foot

Torpy at Large: Yet again, GA war on drugs shoots itself in the foot

Every now and again, the war on drugs gives us a flash of good old-fashioned absurdity and even some ham-handed hostility. For the latest chapter in that saga, let’s go to Cartersville, where scores of people at a house party were arrested and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. COLLECTIVELY, that is. A houseful of people were arrested — and it turns out there was...
Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

Left wonders where we go on immigration after Trump’s vulgar comments

On Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned, in vulgar terms, according to reports, why the United States allows immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa to come to the United States. A roundup of editorials Friday dissects Trump’s words on immigration, and where the conversation goes from here. (Note: These editorials contain crude language.) 1. Why Trump can’t understand...
The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

The right cautions Trump not to give away the store with DACA deal

Members of Congress are working on a program to address the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Will the GOP be better served to focus on a wall along the country’s southern border, or reforming chain migration? A roundup of editorials Friday looks at DACA, the wall and immigration reform. 1. If Trump will deal, Dems should, too  From The Detroit News: The...
Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!” His message to his fellow Republicans is pretty clear: Make...
Opinion: Moving beyond Rev. King’s dream

Opinion: Moving beyond Rev. King’s dream

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King was murdered one year to the day after one of his most politically incisive speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In that speech, King criticized American leadership for lacking what he termed, “true values.” He called for a “radical revolution of values,&rdquo...
Opinion: Don’t mistake racism for politics

Opinion: Don’t mistake racism for politics

This three-day weekend celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is particularly poignant as it marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Fifty years ago, we were stunned into a pact to be a better people. Fifty years ago we decided we finally would embrace the simple foundational premise of this nation – that all men are created equal. There would be no second-class...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among our customers, who clearly aren’t troubled by the loss...
Why are we giving Wolff’s book the time of day?

Why are we giving Wolff’s book the time of day?

The right wants to know why more people on the left aren’t calling Wolff out on his assertions about President Donald Trump. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From The Washington Post: Wolff’s book is too messy to take seriously. From Newt Gingrich: Is Trump mentally unfit? The left wants you to think so, but their erroneous claims have damaged any chance they...
Should the left be encouraged by news of retiring Republicans? Maybe not so much

Should the left be encouraged by news of retiring Republicans? Maybe not so much

Democrats are excited at the growing number of Republicans who have said they will be retiring from the House. But are the numbers looking as good as they seem? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the issue. From columnist Susan Estrich: The problem Democrats could have is the same one they had in 2016 – underestimating who likes Trump and why. 2. How Democrats Can Avoid Wiping...

Opinion: Collaboration that fuels action

Georgia’s motto of “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation” may make a big comeback in 2018. That would bode well for this state, its people and its economy. The reality of a sweeping election year across Georgia could not overwhelm a strong vibe of “git ‘er done” pragmatism from key speakers last week at an event that’s historically been a curtain-raiser for a just-resuming...

Opinion: Make 2018 a year of resolving unfinished business

Part two of Georgia’s two-year legislative session is under way. With fundraising for this year’s elections on legislators’ minds, expect a quick 40 days; the governor has already announced he will call a special session if Georgia becomes a finalist in online behemoth Amazon’s search for its next headquarters. Before legislators rush off, however, there is some important unfinished...
Torpy at Large: What Reynoldstown’s 50-50 split says about ‘One Atlanta’

Torpy at Large: What Reynoldstown’s 50-50 split says about ‘One Atlanta’

During and after the mayoral election, one kept hearing references to “One Atlanta,” a sense that no matter how divided we are as a city and a society, we can all pull together with one common purpose. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms mentioned it in her inaugural address, a reference to a divisive, yet extremely close, campaign that had some precincts up north going 90-1o for Mary Norwood,...
Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Deal: Georgia has ‘talent, transit and logistics’ to land Amazon

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that metro Atlanta has the “talent, transit and logistics” to land Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it could bring. His statement Thursday came shortly after Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada...
AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

AJC poll: Georgians have positive outlook on Deal, state’s direction

Georgians have a dim view on the broader direction of the nation and President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. But when it comes to state politics, voters have a much rosier outlook.  An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows a majority of registered voters – 53 percent – give Republican Gov. Nathan Deal favorable reviews in his final year in office...
The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

The right reminds Democrats that ‘deferred’ doesn’t mean it lasts forever

A judge in California has ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in place while legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program are litigated. The right says it’s time for anyone who came into the country illegally to leave. A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the right:1. Time's Up for 'Temporary'...
The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

The left thinks a government shutdown is coming and it is on the Republicans to stop it

No one wins in a government shutdown, so why is it always on the table? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. 1. Commentary: A government shutdown would be a loser for Democrats From CBS: If the government shuts down, it will be the Democrats who lose. 2. It's on Republicans to stop a shutdown From Sen. Bernie Sanders: Can Republicans really think a government shutdown...
The right likes the wall, but not at the expense of everything else

The right likes the wall, but not at the expense of everything else

A conversation about immigration, DACA and government funding will take place at the White House today. Is President Donald Trump’s wall going to be an impediment to compromise? From MassLive.com: Mr. President, don’t waste time and effort on the border wall, it's useless. From The San Diego Union-Tribune: A physical wall will stop no one, don’t waste the money we need for other...
The left likes Oprah Winfrey, but is she the one to be the next president?

The left likes Oprah Winfrey, but is she the one to be the next president?

Oprah Winfrey as president? Some are excited at the prospect of someone who could deny Trump a second term, but Democrats should take stock of who they back to lead the party. From The New York Times: Let’s take a step back here. The reality is, we don’t need another celeb.  From ABC: An Oprah presidency would not be good for Democrats who must find a seasoned leader. From NOLA: Oprah...
Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Opinion:The early litmus test for this year’s session

Legislative sessions have a particular rhythm. They start slowly, then pick up the pace as more bills are filed and vetted by committees. There’s a rush to the first deadline, Crossover Day. Then a short breather, and an even more furious sprint to the Day 40 finish. At the end there may be suspense. There are sometimes surprises, and often disappointments. But there are no cliffhangers. When...
The right is happy to see two senators leave; wishes some in the FBI would

The right is happy to see two senators leave; wishes some in the FBI would

Not many conservatives are morning the news of the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah). On the other hand, the passing of Al Frankin, (D-Minn.), couldn’t be better news. A roundup of editorials looks at the two  departures and hints that more would be welcome. From columnist Ann Coulter: Franken was not given the chance to fully defend himself, but he should be used to that. It&rsquo...
Georgia governor wants clean adoption bill ‘as early as possible’

Georgia governor wants clean adoption bill ‘as early as possible’

Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to swiftly pass a measure to update Georgia’s adoption laws without a controversial “religious liberty” provision when they reconvene Monday to start another legislative session. “I do think it will have a high priority within the General Assembly, and I certainly support the clean bill,” he said. “Hopefully, they&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: New mayor, new council prez, new independence? Hope so

Torpy at Large: New mayor, new council prez, new independence? Hope so

Inauguration day is kind of like opening day in baseball — no matter how good, or bad, a team is, they all sit there at 0-0 with hope springing eternal. On a brisk Tuesday afternoon, Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, a woman who evokes the power of Black Girl Magic as a victory theme, a force that uplifted an underdog candidate to heroic heights. That is an...
The right is wondering why liberals are staying quiet when it comes to the protesters in Iran

The right is wondering why liberals are staying quiet when it comes to the protesters in Iran

This past weekend saw groups of protesters take to the streets of Iran, calling for political, social and economic reform. Where are the voices from outside of Iran offering support? From Fox News: Iranian women area risking their lives to fight for equality. Where are voices from the left to support them? From the New York Post: Some on the left say we should do nothing in light of the protest. That...
The left warns that we would do well not to inflame passions in Iran

The left warns that we would do well not to inflame passions in Iran

As Iranians once again fight for social and economic reform, perhaps the best thing the U.S. can do is watch and wait. That includes the president staying away from Twitter. From The Guardian: The protests are a test for President Hassan Rouhani. Is there a chance the country could see reform? From The New York Times: Mr. President, your comments are less than helpful to the Iranian protesters. Quit...
How to talk to your child about Donald Trump

How to talk to your child about Donald Trump

Word to the wise, parents. Your kids are watching you more closely than they are watching Donald Trump. New York Times writer Sarah Lyall’s piece this week about how parents are dealing with the Trump factor with kids had made the rounds in political and parenting circles. Name calling, mentions of body parts during debates and generally discussions about bullying are popping up left...

Donald Trump's KKK and Communist China problem

Let’s review the weekend Donald Trump had: 1. He danced around his receiving support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, later blaming a “bad earpiece” for the reason he was able to repeat Duke’s name to host Jake Tapper but unable to say he didn’t want their support. (Click here if you're on mobile) Yes, on Friday Trump had disavowed Duke’s support. Which...
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