Opinion: Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now?
Families in Michigan will set an empty place at the table this holiday season in the wake of the mass shooting at Oxford High School in southeast Michigan that left four children dead and seven more injured. The deaths at Oxford last week came a little more than two weeks before the ninth anniversary of the […]
Opinion: Equality Act enshrines fundamental American values into law
It’s a momentous month for LGBTQ equality in Georgia. Earlier in the month, Augusta lawmakers voted unanimously to enact a nondiscrimination ordinance that will bring needed protections to LGBTQ people and other historically marginalized communities. Augusta is now the 14th municipality to provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. And just hours after the Augusta vote, […]
Grocery workers suffer the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace
Brian Mayer, University of Arizona; Melissa A. Barnett, University of Arizona; Mona Arora, University of Arizona, and Sabrina V. Helm, University of Arizona For The Conversation With the holiday season here, consumers are understandably desperate for a “normal” holiday season. For many, that includes big family dinners and Black Friday shopping sprees. Retail and service […]
JFK’s Thanksgiving wish: Be ‘humbly grateful’ for what brings us together
Fifty-eight years ago, on Nov. 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed this Thanksgiving proclamation. Little more than two weeks later, on Nov. 22, 1963, he lost his life to an assassin’s bullet during a trip to Dallas, Texas. America is as divided as it has been lately and Kennedy’s wish that the nation unite around […]
Bookman: Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief
There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]
Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines
If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]
Bookman: How far will GOP state lawmakers go to use threatened power to extend power?
Change occurs very slowly, and then all at once. Certainly, that’s been the experience of Republicans in Gwinnett County. The suburban Atlanta county that had long been dominated by the GOP has almost overnight become Democratic. In the space of four years, for example — just one presidential election cycle — the county commission has […]
Opinion: Victim notification needs action in Georgia
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Opinion: Time will not heal toxic-coal-ash sore
Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Listen. Do you hear it? Could be clinking cocktail glasses. Could be snickering. Could be both. High up—above everyday Georgians, in Georgia Power and the Southern Company’s ivory towers—I imagine multimillion-dollar executives are celebrating the squeeze they have on our state’s decision-makers. As Sherlock Holmes would say, “They don’t call it Georgia Power for […]
Opinion: Kids can finally get vaccinated. This is how we know it’s safe.
Back in June, with the prospect of my 8-year-old daughter returning to full-time, in-person schooling fast approaching, I took the opportunity to enroll her in the pediatric Pfizer vaccine trial. While there was only a 50% chance of her receiving the vaccine vs. a placebo, I figured that 50% was better than nothing. As a single […]
Opinion: We’re treating essential workers like they’re expendable, again
They slaughtered animals for us — practically shoulder to shoulder during a pandemic — so we could be carnivores. They cared for the elderly and then watched one after another of their patients succumb to the virus. They stocked the shelves of grocery stores and brought the food to our cars. They kept Amazon warehouses […]
Bookman: GOP’s Trump-lite Virginia win hard for Georgia Republicans to duplicate
The future of American democracy might have gotten just a wee bit brighter thanks to political news out of Virginia this week. Yes, Democrats got whipped soundly, losing a critical governor’s race in a state that Joe Biden carried by 10 percentage points just a year ago. That’s particularly ominous for Democrats in states such […]