Georgia Says

Savannah (Ga.) Morning News on affirmative action:

Georgia and other states deserve latitude in coming up with ways to promote diversity on their college campuses and in other places of public life.

Enlightened people understand that world is far from colorblind. They also can understand and appreciate that there are different ways on how to best achieve that noble goal.

In a healthy democracy, one place to resolve such matters is through public debate — often followed by a trip to the ballot box.

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court provided proper guidance in that regard.

In a 6-2 decision, the court recognized that voters have the right to decide whether to allow or to mandate schools to grant special consideration to minority groups in the admission process.

A majority of justices didn't take a position either way on whether such favoritism was beneficial or hurtful. Instead, it ruled that states should have the freedom to make this call.

It's the proper decision.

The Supreme Court's action stems from a case in Michigan. Eight years ago, 58 percent of the voters there approved a constitutional amendment that prohibited state universities and colleges from giving applicants an edge because of their race or gender. Seven states have similar bans. However, 42 states have varying degrees of racial preferences in their college admission practices.

The 2006 amendment didn't sit well with those who believed modern-day favoritism was needed to erase past inequities. So they sued.

A federal court upheld the amendment, but then an appellate court struck it down. Then the case came to the Supreme Court. It reversed the appellate court's decision.

Institutions should be committed to diversity. It should be achieved through constitutional means, as the court recognized.

The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle on gun control:

Dr. Ben Carson probably is too smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful to ever be president in this day and age. For reasons known only to the masses, the American electorate seems to prefer sarcasm, snark and shrill simplicity from their national politicians.

But in a column for The Washington Times this week, the famed neurosurgeon surgically eviscerates the mindless drumbeat for gun control that erupts with the precision of Old Faithful after most national shooting stories.

Indeed, after a particularly bloody Easter weekend in Chicago, the knee-jerk reaction was for more gun control. The truth is, it was a bloody Easter in what some are now calling "Chiraq." But after the first quarter of this year, officials had trumpeted the lowest murder rate in the Windy City since the 1950s, and six straight quarters of decline.

And that's after Illinois became the last state to legalize concealed weapons.

That's more legal guns, yet less gun violence.

Dr. Carson makes an erudite and devastating case for legal gun ownership, noting that an armed citizenry may have prevented an overbearing federal government from escalating a confrontation with the Bundy family of ranchers in Nevada.

If nothing else, the federal government is guilty of wanton hypocrisy - as Dr. Carson notes, going after an American rancher with armed agents while embracing illegal immigration, and calling Mr. Bundy's supporters "domestic terrorists" when the Obama administration won't even say the same about radical Muslim Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 and injured 30 comrades at Fort Hood. An armed citizenry, as Dr. Carson points out, is absolutely essential to protect us from the whims of sometimes capricious overlords.

While lauding the restraint federal agents showed in the face of the armed Bundy supporters, Carson reminds us that, "The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.

Chicago weatherman Paul Konrad put it succinctly in a comment on Twitter: "44 Shot this Easter weekend with 8 murders. Seems to me that the problem isn't guns as the media and politicians claim. Seems like there is a problem with values and morals ..."

He's absolutely right.

But it's not a problem you can get at by seizing guns, as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $50 million to do.

Rather, what we need is smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful people in positions of leadership.

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