Latest development in Forsyth school book ban saga ‘heartening’ for students and libraries

BY: - June 1, 2023

Librarians, as well as many classroom teachers, may consider their summer reading lists more optimistically following the release on Friday, May 19, 2023 of Forsyth County Schools’ Resolution Agreement to address issues raised in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) related to a hostile environment based on sex, […]

Bookman: Can Georgia’s brand of conservatism survive the GOP’s rush toward extremism?

BY: - June 1, 2023

The future of the Republican Party is being fought out right here in Georgia; you can already see the battle lines forming. But it will be years before we know the outcome. The usual setting for that intra-party struggle would be the upcoming presidential primary season, which is when parties traditionally define themselves and establish […]

Bookman: From Clayton County to Buffalo, Biden is right about white supremacist terrorism

BY: - May 18, 2023

In March, a U.S. judge here in Georgia sentenced 48-year-old Larry Foxworth to 20 years in federal prison for firing multiple gunshots into two late-night convenience stores in Clayton County. Foxworth’s shooting binge wasn’t an act of random violence. It also wasn’t personal. It had a purpose, a motivation, an ideology behind it. “Foxworth told […]

Here’s how reporters should cover Trump’s 2024 campaign

BY: - May 8, 2023

On the evening of Jan. 6, 2021, CNN personalities tried to interpret for viewers across the world what had transpired that day in the nation’s capital. “I would just like to remind our viewers that President Trump now for years has referred to journalists as the enemy of the American people,” anchor Jake Tapper said, […]

Bookman: Georgia GOP chair’s lack of regret over 2020 election denial dangerous

BY: - May 4, 2023

Until the last few years, I did not fully comprehend our human capacity to delude ourselves, to insist on believing what we wish to believe, regardless of evidence or logic, and regardless of the damage that the delusion might do to ourselves and to others.  Having seen some things, I’m now sadder, perhaps wiser. Definitely […]

The unconstitutional consequences of a prosecutorial oversight commission

BY: - April 24, 2023

From former Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson’s meddling in the Ahmaud Arbery case to the public corruption convictions of former prosecutors Dick Donovan in Paulding County and Mark Jones in Columbus, cases of prosecutorial misconduct have made headlines across Georgia in recent years. So, it may seem like the Georgia Legislature’s passage of Senate […]