How Did We Get Here?

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It’s 2016. We are 40 days from the Presidential election. So, how did we get here? As a country, we’ve abandoned hope, we’ve given in to fear, and we’re seemingly okay with it all. A long time ago, the ideals of the American Dream went away. They were replaced by people “knowing what’s better.” They promised to fix the ills of society by giving them the ability to plan what you and I do. As with any social change, it began with something small, limiting an act in the interest of “common sense,” or “safety,” or “the future.” Once empowered, they used fear to drive public opinion to ...
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Charter Passage Won’t ‘Move Needle’ For Most Students

This was originally published in the Marietta Daily Journal yesterday. Choice. It is a beautiful thing. We choose which car to buy, what shirt to wear, or which cereal will be swimming in milk for breakfast. This election cycle, Georgia voters will decide whether we amend our state Constitution to allow the state to authorize and fund “special schools” that are not approved by the elected school boards serving local communities. Unfortunately, most voters will not delve into the language of the authorizing resolution or discuss with legislators the intent of the amendment they voted f...
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Which America Do You Want?

This was originally published yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With great fanfare, Atlanta officials unveiled a new video surveillance center at a news conference last week. Atlanta police Chief George Turner expects the “cutting-edge technology” of the cameras to allow police to “stay one step ahead of lawbreakers.” But it does not appear that city leaders who approved this “video integration center” in July did their homework on costs or supposed benefits of the cameras or the accompanying surveillance. A grant of $2.6 million of taxpayer funds from the Department o...
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