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The Editor's Desk: Accommodating cyclists might be good economic development move

Well, like any other "economic" development" initiative, there needs to be a balance between the money spent on accommodating bicycles (and to not discriminate, uni-cycles and tri-cycles, for those who ride that way), anyway, a balance between the money spent and the money received. In other words, what is the return on the investment of taxpayer funds? And please, be realistic with the expectations, no flights of fancy, pie-in-the-sky talk. Real numbers that should result in real dollars to the economy. And then, is it worth that expenditure, or should it go to education, health services, or to fill other needs in the existing set of community services.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:55

Blackmon: Charter system option will foster sense of community

Like a lot of things "government run" the school "system" is too top heavy. Buy that I mean there are too many federal and state folks deciding how, what, when and where your kids learn, if they learn at all complying with the directives from above. What schools need to be is bottom heavy, with lots and lots of parents, teachers and the local school admin making the decisions on educating your own child. How can anyone in DC or Atlanta know what the children need in Clarke, Madison or Oconee? They don't. They build a generic box and cram all the kids into it. Period. Get rid of the top level for starters. I doubt anyone can come up with one good thing the federal school dictators have thunk up in recent years.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:16

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

There goes the dollar menu. Expect $3 (or higher) menu.

Econ 101. I know you didn't listen in that class, but you'll learn the basics soon enough. Someone will always try to beat you. Someone will fill the demand for a good meal at a reasonable price. Same for the worker. Someone will always be there to take your $15 an hour job away from you for $14. And someone willing to take away their $14 an hour job for $13, and so on and so forth till we're down to the current minimum wage which is artificially higher than what the market for wages accepted will go to without regulation.

Now, you can't help the product, that's on your employer. But you can improve the level of service. And as has been mentioned, improve your level of service, and you'll have people begging you to come work for them, and it might even be your current employer.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:53

Worst of recession over, outlook bright, Morris CEO says

"Things are looking up" ..... except for the people and businesses you reneged on when you filed bankruptcy. Do the right thing and go back and repay every one of them for the goods and services you used and agreed to pay for. No, you don't have to, but it IS the right thing to do ..... since you know, things aare looking up and all.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 21:31

Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

And so it goes.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:59

11-year-old tries to fight Athens officers

This is a oft too frequent view of "the system" at work, creating future hoodlums, criminals, murderers and the like. The system won't allow the type of remedy that most of us have endured as children, the very same types of remedies that we levied against our children, and they against our grandchildren. The system doesn't care, maybe even revels in the thought of future troublemakers that keep the system necessary, or so we're told. The parent, far too often just the one, doesn't care and most likely doesn't know how to implement the levels of correction necessary to allow a child to "see the light", to amend their ways, to know what's wrong and what's right. Nope. We'll read about this kid off and on for a decade or more, then wonder how the system went so wrong when the story turns violent, felonious, or fatal. GASP!!!! Someone should have done something. Well, we're not allowed to spank someone elses unruly child, even if they so desperately need it.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:45

Athens teen arrested for robbery 2 months after release from prison

Naaaa. It'll cost us a police officer's life before they get serious with this guy, and that'll be several years from now, tens of thousands of dollars in theft losses and property damages later, more on medical care to mend up his victims.

Nope, he's a HOOD in the making.

But hey! Can't discriminate or violate this hoodlum's rights, even as he violates the rights of everyone in society.

I suspect he'll get a double dose of probation. That'll learn him.

The system breeds these types. All hail to the system.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:32

Athens cops filmed for CMT reality show responding to report of dancing naked man

This is reality TV where the biggest a-hole gets to be famous, if only for a second. They don't need no stink'n permit to be a-holes.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:06

Athens cops filmed for CMT reality show responding to report of dancing naked man

Athens. Ya gotta love it. Free freak show nightly.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:49

Fights break out at Bethel Midtown Village

Ya gets what ya pays for. Pay for low income housing, lots and lots of low income housing, and you attract - low lifes. Not that they all are, but it only takes a few.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:59

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - the police dept. has more majors, generals, aide-de-camps, and Kentucky Colonels than at any time [/quote]

Don't forget the Corporal-Captain. Hawkeye promoted Radar to that rank so he could go to the O club.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 22:19

Winter Storm Drama And Fixing The Oscars

@Joel: Don't turn into a ghost like all the other press types before you. The 5 of us would love to hear from you again. Good luck in your new job. Drop us a "by" line.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:47

Two Dollar General stores open Saturday in Athens

With inflation comes $2 general stores.

The days of the 5 and 10 are long gone.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:44

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

In my neighborhood we pool our monies and provide ourselves with security. It's called a county, and taxes.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 14:35

American teen beaten in Mideast back home in Florida

So?

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:32

Ukraine: Recordings show rebels shot down plane

I bet he played golf too. Putz.

And yes, it's "game on". I imagine there's a heightened state of readiness on all the military bases world wide.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:04

Macon commissioners concerned over Georgia gun law

When it isn't given to them, they go take it. Cuts out the middle man, if you know what I mean.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:22

Macon commissioners concerned over Georgia gun law

Seems the Detroit police Chief gets it. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140716/METRO01/307160034/1409/METRO

Craig said he doesn’t believe gun ownership deters criminals from attacking other criminals. “They automatically assume another criminal is carrying,” he said. “I’m talking about criminals who are thinking of robbing a citizen; they’re less likely to do so if they think they might be armed.”

We're safer, not because we carry, but because the unknowing criminal doesn't know if we are or are not.

Now, to one of the points in the article, if the user of the public building (ie: the civic center) wants to ban weapons - and be 100% responsible for that decision - then so be it.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:02

What Others Say: Obamacare-insured numbers overstated (The Augusta Chronicle)

Let's see how many people are on the 6 o'clock news screaming that their refund isn't as big as they need it to be, because they had to repay part or all of their obamacare premium assistance credits. Yes, the insurer gets the credits, but you have to pay them back to the IRS if your income is higher than when you lied to get the lower premiums.

Just wait. The verdict is still out on this one.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:56

All day, every day, Athens-Clarke Library computers keep patrons connected

[quote][b]mike59[/b] -

@jtsim: sarcasm or truth?

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That you have to ask......... just damn. Cause that means it could be true. You'd believe it to be true. Because stranger things have happened.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:47

Family leaves Athens restaurant without paying

I don't pay for meals at Peking either.........oh wait......I don't eat at Peking's. The foods not worth going to jail over.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 22:13

Athens attorney argues that immigration detainers are unconstitutional

All three of them?

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 15:21

Mother of 2 makes NFL cheerleading squad at age 40

Proper stories have pics:

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 15:17

Athens man armed due to death threat

It "fell out" while his pants were down?

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 13:23

Athens children beat, burn snake

[quote][b]kayron4[/b] -

Future serial killers.

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Fruit Loops? Or Coco Puffs? Or generic oatmeal.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:40

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    Summary:  Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more

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    Winter storm drama

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