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what we really need is a route to Jacksonville, Savannah, Ft. Lauderdale or Ft. Walton

posted @ Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:58

Great--you've obviously spent a lot of time and resources on developing multiple formats.

Now all you need is content. It might also help to hire a proofreader and/or some staff writers who could get through an article without major mistakes in grammar, usage, or spelling.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:20

Great and compassionate effort by this young woman. Glad to see her not called a "girl" here as she was in the print edition headline today. As if you'd ever see a 28 year old man described as a "boy".

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 18:45

Okay, folks, this has nothing to do with today's particular editorial but everything to do with the print edition. Last week, I posted about the Food section being a waste of paper because of goofy editorial errors. This week it is much worse: did anyone at ABH bother to READ Linda Cicero's column before going to print??? It's so chopped as to be worthless, all the recipes noted in the question answers having been dropped. Except for one, possibly, which is inserted arbitrarily at the end of the column.

Meanwhile, I wonder what this would mean if translated into standard English: "...the Athens-Clarke County Commission voted Tuesday to keep qualify local election fees static for the 2014 ballot. The cost to appear on the ballot local office can run from hundreds to thousand of dollars..." No wonder newspapers are going out of business.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 12:11

Another epic spellcheck proofreading mistake on the front page: "Frost crystals cover the grown". Presume you mean "ground". Groan! You'd think it might be corrected by now online.

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:02

The print edition of the ABH makes me crazy: today they left out the heart of this article--gone--missing. Something like this nearly every week in the food section. Usually some critical line is left out in a recipe, or some essential instruction. I have to wonder: why do they bother? Astonishingly lackadaisical editing for a town with an award winning journalism school.

That rant off my chest (again), this article was both well written and informative. I'm glad the online version has the missing bits.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 00:33

The website that you've been printing the last several weeks (Meal packaging and delivery at/from Talmage Terr) does not link to a valid site.

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 18:44

"But que the pop artists" Fangirl: there's no such word as "que" in English, though it pops up a lot in Spanish. You mean "cue", meaning a signal or prompt for action (from the letter "Q" as an obsolete script abbreviation for "quando". Not to be confused with the noun "cue", a stick used in billiards, from "queue", a braid or line).

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:23

@MyraBlackmon: I cannot recall exactly where I saw the stat, but it was relatively recently in a breakdown of the legislature by educational attainment in an article about the the recent brouhaha over charter schools, in a respectable publication (not some wild online blog). I was shocked: it was not mere single digits. I, too, had thought lawyer was the default profession, but that perhaps was more of a 20th c. phenomenon? Many strange changes in the halls of power of late. I will admit to not spending hours doing my own research to verify.

posted @ Monday, December 9, 2013 - 23:45

Myra, your essay makes so much sense that there is little chance of it even being considered by our legislature. This is, after all, a state wherein a large proportion of said body has not even graduated from a high school.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 16:01

All the SEC schools should get together and peg athletic director and coach salaries to their academic counterparts, using all the saved moolah for academic excellence. Why should UGA scientists be doubled up in outdated labs while the sports teams have palatial facilities? And what would the coaches do about it? Quit and go teach social studies and coach at some high school? They'd still make a darn good living doing what they supposedly love. As for the argument that it takes a lot of skill or that they have special talent--I'm sure UGa could find someone who would be superb at the job and jump at the chance to make what the Provost does. You see the same argument in the inflated world of business CEOs who make fortunes even when they do long term harm to their companies, even as the US graduates ever more legions of people with business degrees. There is a lot of "talent" out there that doesn't need to make the income of a Renaissance prince to get the job done.

You might say the alumni will object. Well, if the alumni assn cultivated anyone but football obsessed ex frat boys, they might not only make more money but attract people who, while they enjoy the Bulldogs and college football now and enjoyed it while they were in school, don't live and die by it or require it to feel like they have a larger identity or belong to something. Many more people came here primarily for an education, strange as it may seem, and football was (is) about as prominent on their radar as the swim team is on most Dawg fanatics'.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 15:47

@Humbucker bob: exactly! UGa is currently hard up for money, while the athletic association has millions in the bank and sits around figuring how to spend it on ever more extravagant facilities

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 15:39

We remember dates that are personally important to us. Ask a black person if they remember where they were when MLK was shot or some college student who was working on RFK's campaign.

Meanwhile, does anyone ever do editing at the ABH???? Everyday, in almost every article, something such as this (today):

"unselled" produce
cops were "laying" in wait (I have never seen "lie" and "lay" used correctly in the ABH)

posted @ Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 11:00

@jtsim: it's not about being uncomfortable with what other people believe (believe what you want, pray with people who think like you, pray whenever you want--silently where appropriate), it's about imposing your system of beliefs on others in venues where unrelated civic matters are decided. Right now in our history, it's about the waning political and cultural hegemony of white evangelical Christians who don't like it that they are not automatically in charge any more. They behaved with a heavy hand towards others when they were on top and are afraid they will be treated the same way when they are not, despite contrary evidence. Two bits of scripture to ponder on this subject: "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" and "When you pray don't make a big public display like hypocrites, but seek out a private space ("closet")"

posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:08

What you and most people don't seem to get is that this is not about religion, it's about power. It's about saying very gently but firmly that "we are in charge here".

posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 10:58

Oh, the humanity! One's heart bleeds for these millionaires. College Presidents could nip this whole completely out of control world of college football that has developed only in the last 50 years by deciding among themselves to peg the Head Football Coach's salary to, say, the Provost's or a Dean's, Asst. Coach's to Professor's salaries. What else are these guys going to do--run a grocery store, sell insurance? Sure football is theoretically a money-maker for the school (though last time I looked it was the Athletic Assoc. that was sitting on millions), but I think people would still go to games and totem-identify (if they need that sort of thing) with the Bulldogs if it was just a game again.

You might say alumni wouldn't give as much. Well, I for one would like to see alumni relations revolve around something besides the Dawgs. I enjoyed them while I was here and enjoy following them now, but it was tangential to why I was at UGa and tangential to my life now.

posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:00

Reminds me of the late 19th century, when Muscular Christianity was in vogue and the Forward March of Christian Civilization rode out on the coat tails of the British Empire to enlighten all those unfortunate brown and black folk.

Vestiges of this still linger in a pious tragicomic way: Every year in the ABH there will be a story about a group of prominent Athenians who swan off for a week to some safe, already Christian country (never, say, Sudan or North Korea) on "missions" to poach souls from another brand of Christianity (that they have made grudging rapprochement with here in the USA for political reasons) and to do a bit of volunteer work with strings attached. Warm fuzzies from the understandably grateful natives who are, after all, getting a well or a school out of the deal. Then home again to Aren't-I-special-look-what-god-has-done-for-me affluence. Meanwhile, the cost of the air tickets alone would probably keep the local homeless shelter open all winter. Alas, no photo ops there with winsome peasant children.

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 13:22

@soybean7: "ó cup at a time"

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 13:16

This pompous letter ("poppycock"?) would be right at home in the late 19th century. No wonder the ABH is the only Morris paper (only just) making money. Marketing genius: make a declining group your target market to the denigration or exclusion of much of the rest of the population and expect ad revenues from companies that don't want to do the same. As ridiculous as the so-called "War on Christmas".

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:17

Once again I read a recipe in the ABH spoiled by a typo at a critical point. Bad enough in the print edition, but one would think it would be corrected by now online

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:11

I keep waiting for a Banner Herald story which lays out in a simple chart showing vendors, what plans are available in this part of Georgia, and how much they cost. We could pick one we liked and negotiate with our vendor from there and work out the subsidy, if applicable.

It would also be useful if there were an article about how to get in touch with any of the Advocates that are trained to smooth the process that Georgia is trying so hard to keep from doing their jobs.

The Morris Company would seem to be part of that neo-con effort to insure the ACA fails.

posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:36

The "conservative" meme of increasing "dependence" on government needs to be challenged. It's no more a "dependence" (in a bad way) on government to expect it (us) to do with our taxes what we've told them to do than it is to "depend" on your broker to pay your annuity when you retire. That's what taxes are for. Or would Ms. Charon prefer the rosey-glass view of the good old 19th century, the one with slaves and a large, unstable poor population: the world of sharecroppers and tar paper shacks, early death, rickets and scurvy, crime and violent revolutionary movements. The world where it was easy to make money on a near-virgin continent with no thought of cleanup or consequences. Sure there was the Currier and Ives world of the houses that line Milledge Ave, but that was not the story of most people. Of course every Conservative I've ever met fantasizes that they were the ones holding the magnolia, not the one being caned or doing the caning.

posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:10

"It was buffeted by fierce loyalty and strong convictions"

I think the word Mr. Coltrain intended was "bolstered", as "buffeted" means "being beaten continuously".

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:19

So just last week I read the Athletic Assn has $78 Million in the bank. They could fund this with their hands tied behind their backs, as well as, say, endow 10 or twelve professorial chairs or a slew of scholarships--from the interest alone. What are they saving it for? To drive football coach salaries further into the stratosphere? Who's the dawg here?

posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 17:09

Michael Reagan is an outstanding example of why we have historically rejected the idea of a hereditary aristocracy.

posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:15

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