Commentary

Bookman: Potential indictments of former president not created equal

BY: - March 23, 2023

Let me ask a question, purely theoretical:  Should the justice system treat a former president of the United States just as it would treat any other American citizen?  As long as it’s just theoretical, the obvious answer is yes, of course. As Americans, we have no kings, no untouchable royalty. We are all equal before […]

We’re all paying for Georgia Power’s mistakes. But we shouldn’t have to.

BY: - March 19, 2023

As the saying goes: More money, more problems. With Georgians having to pay more money for their utility bills, financial challenges and utility disconnects are becoming increasingly common statewide. And a major cause of those bigger bills? Plant Vogtle. These increases in utility bills aren’t because Georgia families are using more electricity. Many of these […]

Bookman: Another year, another school voucher bill to funnel public money to private schools

BY: - March 16, 2023

State Sen. Greg Dolezal argued on the floor of the Georgia Senate this month that his school-voucher bill offers students and parents a way out of low-performing public schools. It does not.  Furthermore, it is not intended to do so. Like most voucher proposals, it is an attempt to funnel taxpayer money out of public […]

Senate Bill 215: Invisibility cloak for public employees

BY: - March 12, 2023

Well intentioned, but not thought through. That’s Georgia Senate Bill 215, the Harry Potter invisibility cloak for Georgia’s government employees. The legislation is well intentioned because it is aimed at providing a little sense of security to public officials like judges and prosecutors who may have made some enemies along the way. It might also […]

Bookman: Marjorie Taylor Greene ascends in GOP because of stupidity, not in spite of it

BY: - March 2, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene is an idiot, and idiots, as a rule, aren’t interesting people. They aren’t interesting because their idiocy overshadows all other aspects of their personality. Greene is more an exemplar of that rule than an exception to it. Nonetheless, in their wisdom, the voters in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District have elected Greene as […]

Jimmy Carter will be irreplaceable

BY: - February 28, 2023

What could have been my toughest UGA assignment turned out to be the easiest.  My task was to get all seven 1970 Democratic gubernatorial candidates to participate in a political forum, and then I would moderate the event. My top targets were former governor Carl Sanders and Jimmy Carter, a peanut-farming former state senator from […]

Georgia’s Youth Want Equitable School Funding, Not Attacks On Our LGBTQ+ Friends

BY: - February 23, 2023

I grew up in a trailer park. When my mom lost her car, we had to walk over an hour every week to the grocery store. When we couldn’t afford to pay the utility bill, my family and I had to live without electricity in the cold. Numerous students in my district faced the same […]