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):
cops were "laying" in wait (I have never seen "lie" and "lay" used correctly in the ABH)
@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 - 10:08
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 - 09:58
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 - 11:00
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 - 12:22
@soybean7: "ó cup at a time"posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:16
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 - 11:17
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 onlineposted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:11
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 - 10:36
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 - 11:10
"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 - 09:19
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 - 16:09
Michael Reagan is an outstanding example of why we have historically rejected the idea of a hereditary aristocracy.posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 09:15
"his khaki and polo workplace isn’t causing a raucous." I think André means "ruckus", which can be raucous. I always enjoy his articles because of the constant misinterpretation of idioms that often make them so unintentionally hilarious, especially when he's trying to write in that "I'm so hip" style.posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 20:50
The author can't seem to make up his mind about where rights come from--the consent of the governed or God (a term used by 18th c. philosophes and in the founding documents in a general sense, much like Nature, rather than in some theologically defined way). The Constitution in any case doesn't grant rights, it invokes them, makes them explicit and defends them. This was new at the time.posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:19
A university is also not a factory. Shift work, anyone?posted @ Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:37
The governor and legislature like to moan about waste, but they love to hand out those state contracts to their campaign contributors. It's staffing the damn things that doesn't make them any money. And in what universe did they think all that low-bid construction was going to be maintenance free?
And the trouble with putting business people and politicians in charge of the regents is that they often don't seem to have any idea about what education IS. Clue one: a university is not a job training facility. Check out the university's motto. Oh, right: it's in Latin.posted @ Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:35
@leongalis: Athens has a large, vibrant and diverse population, of whom many have high educational achievement and experience of the wider world, with disposable income that should make local advertisers salivate. Instead, the ABH seems to feel the demographic they should target is...Elberton.posted @ Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 14:09
I went to school here back in the Pleistocene and retired here 6 years ago. I have yet to hear anyone say anything good about the ABH. Most seem to take it for the obits and such local news as can be gleaned between the lines but hold it, nose held, at arm's length and mock the pervasive grammar, spelling, and usage errors; the paragraphs that stop mid-sentence; the basic journalism errors (it was good to read that Ms. Carson's killer was re-sentenced, but to what and how long?); the obsession with sentimental stories involving fundamentalist Christianity; political cartoons and guest columns seemingly chosen for the low price of their syndication fee; garden features often irrelevant to our climate; feature writers focused on boy bands and barbeque to the exclusion of almost all other cultural activity; and the strange priorities (Oconee high school dweeb sinks a basket, gets a full page color picture and write up. Local wins a Fulbright and gets a paragraph with no photo on page two).
There might be more newspaper subscribers if more effort went into the newspaper's content and presentation. Try articles appealing to local adults (who might actually subscribe) rather than trying to seem cool and loading up on student-slanted stuff (they won't be subscribing in any case). From the editorial page, one gets the feeling Jim Thompson spends the whole day randomly surfing the internet.
As for the comments: yes, it can be wearying to scroll through the trolls who seem to feel God has anointed them to impart their profound insights after every article and as repost to every other comment. One soon recognizes them for the losers and cranks they are and can just skip over them. No need to eliminate them. It keeps them off the streets.posted @ Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 13:09
Another view is that the whole "kosher and kosher for Passover" certification process is a happy face slapped on an extortion racket. Yeshivas graduate far more rabbis than there are congregations to support them. By making companies pay big bucks in fees to have their products "certified" and display the little symbols or risk boycott, these guys can make a living. Sweet. Nothing wrong with eating kosher, it's just that making the process so elaborate (you can't tell salsa doesn't mix meat and milk on your own?) has become a real moneymaker.posted @ Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:46
I love it! The people who are so dismissive of Leviticus when it comes to tattoos are the same ones who thump it as carved in granite against gay people.
Truth told, most Bible quoting is just verse out of context decoration for whatever the fears and passions of the moment happen to be.
@Abbesays: Oh, please. 5 points via the Macon Hwy. You must be new here.posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 - 08:54
Oconee county clearly owes most of its prosperity to Athens-Clarke County, much as ring suburbs act as parasites on the cities that drive their economies elsewhere all across the USA. Highly paid folks move to archaic, tiny jurisdictions with low property taxes (fueled here by intense unplanned and "big box" development at the county line that feeds off of Athens), while leaving behind the problems that their taxes would be used to ameliorate: low wage workers at the source institutions (UGa, Hospitals, etc), descendants of former manufacturing now outsourced, and vast tracts of UGa land off the tax roles. Why Oconee and not some of the other neighboring counties? Closer proximity to UGa, Athens' better neighborhoods, and Atlanta.posted @ Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 11:57
@Used2baFreeCountry: The state only requires church corporations (secular legal entities) to provide complete insurance, including birth control, to their secular employees. Churches don't have to teach that birth control is okay for their members, and no one has to believe in or take advantage of that birth control if they don't want it. It's not different than if you hired a Jewish person as your church bookkeeper--you wouldn't be able to impose celebrating Easter on them.
Don't confuse however your church teaches about marriage or your beliefs about marriage with the very concrete legal contract called marriage by the state. Part of the pain for southern conservatives is that they grew up in a world where everyone was Methobapterian with similar experiences, beliefs, and expectations, or they were invisible. Now they live in a wider world. So what if your neighbor doesn't celebrate Halloween or puts out lights for Diwali? Relax, it's not as horrible as you are afraid it is, but you might have to think.posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:41
@Ferrol Katz: sounds more like he is a narcissist with a persecution complexposted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:32
Winder-Barrow's Micah Weathers finished fourth in the freshman race at the Foot Locker South Regionals. Weathers' time of 18:50 was the 14th fastest of Georgia participants across eight girls divisions.
Summary: When I went on an assignment to do a story about a K-9 training class in Oconee County on Tuesday, I never thought I?d experience a dog attack. When I went on an assignment to do a story about a K-9 training class in Oconee County on Tuesday, I never thought I?d experience a dog attack. But after some prodding by a couple of deputies, I put on the ?bite suit? dog handlers use to protect their bodies while training their K-9 partners. Actually, I was helped into the thick, stiff garment. At best, my attempts at walking seemed like the stiff movements of a robot from a 1950s movie. Our photographer, A.J. Reynolds, donned one as well and he actually seemed upbeat for the opportunity to face one of the dogs. read more