I was at the rally and agree with JP..
For me it was a very sad moment. When one of the main issues of the day is the cost of higher ed and the lack of jobs available to grads it seems to me that alienating students who are not part of the rally was very short sighted. These are potential recruits to the movement and the conflict was a very big turn-off for those who just wanted a photo to remember their experiences at UGA. I felt ashamed by the short sighted, mis-directed, confrontational behavior.
I am a very radical supporter of the occupy movement and feel that what happened was not called for.
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Rep. Regina Quick, R-Athens, was one of two local delegates to score less than an "A+" in the Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative score card. She and I played phone tag Monday when I was reporting the story and I wasn't able to get her comments in a timely fashion. Instead, she sent over this statement Wednesday morning and she did not mince her words. (Links and italicized portions are my own; otherwise, it's as she wrote it.) Dear Friends: read more
The committee opted Tuesday night to put off deciding on the ordinance until, at the earliest, its next meeting. Of note: The Athens-Clarke County attorney highlighted that the proposed times are, in essence, placeholders for the commission to change or keep as it pleases. Full text of the Use of Public Right-of-Ways ordinance draft is below. read more