Editorial roundup: Georgia | Miami Herald

Brunswick News. February 25, 2022.

Editorial: An internal bill would be a win-win solution for refugees and the state

When someone is willing to put their life on the line to help your cause, it’s only right to offer them a helping hand when they need it. Georgia did this when America withdrew its troops from Afghanistan while refugees who supported American troops and opposed the Taliban regime were resettled in the state.

Today, the Georgia General Assembly is considering a bill to help these refugees succeed in their new homes.

House Bill 932 would remove the one-year residency requirement that generally applies to students who moved to Georgia from out of state when it comes to qualifying for fees in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state.

The bill’s lead sponsor is Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock. He defended the bill Wednesday before the House Higher Education Committee.

“These refugees … worked with our military, primarily in Afghanistan,” Cantrell told the committee, according to Capitol Beat News Service. “These people want to be Americans and live their dream.”

Cantrell’s bill did not come out of nowhere. He chaired a legislative review committee last year that looked at ways to strengthen the state’s economy by optimizing how foreign-born residents — who make up 10% of the state’s population. State, according to Capitol Beat – contribute to it.

Cantrell told the committee that the state has more jobs than people and that it makes no sense to place “artificial limits on these people to be educated and become productive members of society.” .

The bill seems like something Republicans and Democrats under the Gold Dome can agree is a worthwhile initiative. Atlanta Democrat Betsy Holland said it was a “common sense” solution.

There are several positives that come with the legislation. Cantrell is right that the state should do what it can to remove the guardrails that can prevent or delay people who want to learn, work, and help their new home contribute. Help wanted and hiring signs are always easy to find across the state. Georgia still needs workers, and anything that helps reduce the cost of higher education to help students not be so burdened with student loans after graduation is a good thing.

But it also goes beyond helping the economy. These refugees risked their lives and those of their families to help our soldiers fight an oppressive regime. The least we can do as a state is help them start their new lives in America on the right foot.

We hope that the whole of the General Assembly will see the economic and human value of this bill.

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Rome News Tribune. March 1, 2022.

Editorial: There can be no room for bigotry or hatred, especially among our representatives

There can be no room for hatred and bigotry if our communities and our nation are to truly thrive, and we cannot allow our elected representative to engage in any activity that promotes these ideals.

US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, our representative in Congress, recently appeared as a guest at the America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, an event hosted by Nick Fuentes, a person who has been described as a white supremacist by the ‘Anti-Defamation League. .

Fuentes made headlines for publicly making anti-Semitic comments and denying the existence of the Holocaust, as well as opposing women’s suffrage.

After speaking at the event, Greene posed for a photo with Fuentes – but when asked about his AFPAC appearance and his relationship with Fuentes, Greene denied knowing him.

“I’m not going to play the guilt-by-association game where you demand that every conservative justify everything said by anyone they’ve ever shared a room with,” Green tweeted. “Nor will I turn down the opportunity to speak to 1,200 young patriots from America First because of some offbeat remarks from another speaker, however unsavory I find those remarks.”

Let’s be clear when we say that Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic language are not just “inappropriate language”. They’re not just “disreputable”.

For a member of Congress to speak at an event hosted by and then pose for a photo with someone the Anti-Defamation League describes as a white supremacist sends a message. It emboldens those who subscribe to these beliefs.

In the past, we have criticized Congresswoman Greene for what we believe are outlandish antics aimed more at propelling her stardom than representing her district. She uses her national platform for personal advancement and fame rather than focusing her efforts on the work she was elected to do.

We do not say this willingly and do not take this issue lightly. His antics have embarrassed a district that deserves and is fully capable of producing better representation.

And now she chooses to speak at an event whose organizer is a white supremacist but says she is not guilty by association.

It’s hard for us to imagine Congresswoman Greene getting a call from any event inviting her to speak and casually accepting without knowing anything about it. Our tax dollars pay for the staff in his office and rest assured that his schedule is carefully planned and his speaking engagements are not simply agreed upon without any research being done prior to his appearance.

If her story wasn’t enough of a deterrent, Fuentes casually compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Nazi despot Adolf Hitler, before she spoke.

“(They say) Vladimir Putin is Hitler and they say that’s not a good thing,” Fuentes said at the same event Greene attended last Friday. Then he tried to laugh it off “I shouldn’t have said that.”

Add that to the chants of Putin’s name coming from the crowd during Fuentes’ speech as Russia invades Ukraine without provocation.

She has used her voice as a Congresswoman to travel across the United States repeating claims about voter fraud and focusing much of her energy on the treatment of those held in Washington DC jail on charges stemming from of the January 6 Capitol riot.

But what about us? Where is our voice here in the 14th arrondissement? We do not have it.

So we’d like to say that – as a news publication that caters to Floyd and surrounding counties, as a company that has a wonderfully diverse customer base, and as people who are proud to live in a community filled with different people from different backgrounds and different beliefs — we condemn any statements or beliefs based on hatred, racism, bigotry and prejudice.

We are not so naive to think that hate, conspiracy theories and bigotry do not exist even in our highest positions of power. But Congresswoman Greene’s actions and statements seem to simultaneously embody and embolden all of these traits.

Ever since she began her candidacy here, the question has arisen whether these beliefs are truly sincere or just a political tactic for advancement and notoriety, but that question became moot when she took over for represent the 14th congressional district.

Rep. Greene has the ability to use her Capitol presence and considerable social media presence to do good and work for positive change in the 14th Precinct.

We implore him to use that voice for the unity of the American people. Unfortunately, we don’t expect any changes anytime soon.

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Dalton Daily Citizen. March 1, 2022.

Editorial: Greene speaking to a white nationalist group deserves a universal reprimand

In just over a year, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has gained a national reputation — for all the wrong reasons.

Greene, whose 14th congressional district in Georgia includes Whitfield and Murray counties, consistently peddled conspiracy theories and pushed misinformation during his time in Congress and before taking office. His rhetoric has been anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and offensive to the LGBT community, among others.

On Friday, Greene took her show to Florida where she addressed a gathering of white nationalists at America’s first political action conference. The event was led by Nick Fuentes, “described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist trying to push the Republican Party to the far right,” according to the Associated Press. During the rally, participants applauded Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine.

Greene claims she was unaware of Fuentes’ views. “I don’t know Nick Fuentes,” Greene told a CBS reporter. “I’ve never heard of him. I have never seen a video. I don’t know what his views are, so I’m not aligned with anything controversial.

His claims of ignorance are laughable. Within seconds, through an Internet search, Greene could have easily learned everything she needed to know about Fuentes’ views.

Instead, through his press office, Greene released a statement on Sunday that doubled his appearance before the white nationalist group. She didn’t apologize.

Some Republicans — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. – chastised Greene for speaking at the event, with McConnell saying, “There is no place in the Republican Party for white supremacists or anti-Semitism.”

We can never denounce his appearance enough. White supremacy and anti-Semitism have no place in our country, and these insidious opinions in no way represent the people of the district that Greene represents.

So far, Greene has suffered little from his transgressions. In February 2021, she was removed from her congressional committees for her inflammatory comments. Twitter permanently suspended his personal account in January for spreading false information about COVID-19.

Republicans who have empowered Greene through their inaction, and those who have encouraged his inflammatory remarks, must break their silence and speak out. Beyond that, party officials must take a tougher stance against anyone who espouses bigoted, prejudiced or xenophobic views. Ultimately, the responsibility to hold Greene accountable rests with us — the voters.

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