Commentary

Bookman: Celebrate loosening of purse strings to study gun violence

BY: - December 19, 2019

‘Tis the season for celebration, so let’s celebrate: For the first time in more than 20 years, Congress has agreed to finance research into one of the leading causes of death in the United States, a killer that takes more than 100 American lives a day and almost 40,000 annually. Now, $25 million isn’t much […]

Consumer Reports: Georgia Power is planning an unfair fee hike

BY: - December 17, 2019

It’s one thing to pay for extra. Express lanes. More TV channels. An extra scoop of ice cream? But we shouldn’t have to pay an extra toll for access to something we need. A fee just to enter your local grocery store? That would seem unfair. So why do we put up with this kind […]

Bookman: Georgia’s anti-abortion law might shift debate to political arena

BY: - December 12, 2019

For decades, conservative state legislatures have passed anti-abortion bills that they knew would never go into effect because under the Roe v. Wade ruling, such laws were considered a violation of a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. Legislators and governors paid no political price for such actions because it was, in effect, a consequence-free vote, […]

Bookman: It took guts for Kemp to openly defy Donald Trump

BY: - December 5, 2019

It turns out that Gov. Brian Kemp is a bit of a gambler. To be honest, he might also be a little smarter and braver than I had credited him for being. After all, it takes guts for a Republican governor to openly defy Donald Trump these days, and that’s what Kemp has done. Trump […]

Bookman: An unaccountable Donald Trump is dangerous in the extreme

BY: - November 26, 2019

Donald J. Trump used the power of his office to blackmail a foreign ally into undermining a political foe here at home. Nothing in U.S history approaches that abuse of presidential power, yet the gravity of the charges apparently does not matter. The overwhelming evidence proving those charges – the sworn testimony, the emails and […]

Speak up to keep Georgia from getting short end of Medicaid stick

BY: - November 22, 2019

It’s time to tell state officials it’s not right to require poor people to punch a clock for their health care. Gov. Brian Kemp’s six-city road show to sell his skinny version of Medicaid expansion wraps up this week. Nearly 500,000 uninsured Georgians could get health coverage if the governor expanded Medicaid income eligibility. Just […]

Bookman: Velocity of Georgia’s swing from red toward blue is stunning

BY: - November 21, 2019

In deep-red Louisiana, the Democratic incumbent just won re-election as governor despite an all-out effort by President Trump to defeat him. In deep-red Kentucky, a Democrat just beat the Republican incumbent for governor, again despite intervention by Trump. In 2016, a Democrat was elected governor of North Carolina. Last year, Alabama elected a Democrat as […]

Bookman: Trump support with Old Georgia leaves New Georgia impatient

BY: - November 14, 2019

With historic impeachment proceedings now underway in Washington, Georgians appear to be deeply torn both about the job performance of President Trump, his re-election and whether his actions in Ukraine justify investigation and perhaps removal. According to a new poll conducted by the University of Georgia for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 54% of Georgians say they […]

Battlefields around the world are finding new purpose as parks and refuges

BY: and - November 11, 2019

By Todd Lookingbill and Peter Smallwood University of Richmond/The Conversation The horrors of war are all too familiar: lives lost, homes destroyed, entire communities forced to flee. Yet as time passes, places that once were sites of death and destruction can become peaceful natural refuges. One of the deadliest battles fought on U.S. soil, for […]

Bookman: Lifeline for struggling rural hospitals not in Kemp’s plans

BY: - November 7, 2019

The limited Medicaid waiver program proposed this week by Gov. Brian Kemp is a sorry excuse for doing almost nothing. At its best, it can extend health insurance to 50,000 Georgians while leaving 10 times that number eligible but uncovered. The problems with Kemp’s approach are no secret. Similar “work-based” programs in Indiana and Arizona […]

Bookman: If you base your defense of Trump on the facts, you are doomed

BY: - October 31, 2019

This is not a complicated situation, although some would prefer that we think so. In fact, it is alarmingly simple: Ukraine is our ally, a country that wants to join us in the ranks of free democracies with market economies. Yet Ukraine is under constant attack by Russia, and to maintain its independence Ukraine desperately […]

Sunshine Laws apply to state officials’ open meetings training, too

BY: - October 29, 2019

The Georgia Department of Education board is set to get together Nov. 7, and this time around the public can expect compliance with the state’s Open Meetings Act. That might sound like a low bar to clear for a department with the largest budget of any state agency. Parents, teachers, students — indeed, every Georgia […]