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Blackmon: Community is key for charter school system

This column seems full of idealistic, general, feel-goodism rhetoric. Schools don't align with "neighborhoods" any more like they did in the 50s. Kids in a single neighborhood today may go to one of 4-5 different schools with private schools being very evident in some neighborhoods.

Maybe you are talking about schools near Projects where most of the kids in the projects go to the same school because they have no choice. Given this, it's not clear what a "community partnership" is any more. I've never seen a neighborhood "partner" with a school. If there are examples of this, list them and describe what it is they do. Usually, involvement is done by some few people who feel committed to do so.

If parents (both parents) would take responsibility for their children, this need for communities to "raise" children would not be an issue. Life is too busy, stressful, and complicated today for people to play roles as "communities" just to help the schools. Practically speaking, that is. Everyone "supports" the schools -- but it is not clear what is being asked for here in terms of "partnerships."

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 14:10

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

Sharpton and Jackson are the two main black divisive leaders in America. They tout victimization and only pay lip service to reform within the black community. Blacks in America need new role models -- positive, professional, accomplished blacks -- not two jokesters like Sharpton and Jackson who only show up to create more division. They create more "negatives" than positives when they show up on the scene.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 08:27

Nackerud: Nothing to fear in refugee resettlement

The issue isn't "fear."
The issue is that Athens cannot absorb more low income, unemployed people. We can't keep up with the ones we have now.
Plus, once a city shows a willingness to take refugees; hold on, you will get more for sure.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 08:22

Legendary UGA tennis coach Magill, 'greatest Bulldog of all time,' dies at 93

Just curious: is Loran Smith still on the UGA or Athletic Assn payroll? I see the Macon paper has an article about him. Loran seems to travel the world and write columns from the British Open and elsewhere. Is he still getting a salary and travel reimbursement? Like I said: just curious.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:39

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

Street "justice" cannot prevail in this situation. It doesn't matter how the (biased) people on the street think. The only thing that should determine this are the facts and the evidence and the law.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 09:46

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

It is WRONG to send refugees to a county without that countie's agreement and consent. End of that discussion.

The previous comments about Clarke County being a mecca for the poor seeking social services is right on target. Clarke is the haven for social services in Northeast Georgia.

Yes, let's have Oconee County build some public housing and provide social services. Right now, Oconee is the epitome of white flight while all the "diversity" (socio-economically) is left to Clarke. When are Clarke officials going to wake up and realize this is the source of the poverty and overworked educational/healthcare in Clarke.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:22

What Others Say: Militarization of police is worrisome (The Orange County Register)

Law enforcers today face the same unmanagable environment that teachers do in the public schools -- uncivil and sometimes outright criminal behavior. I feel for them. It's like they are in some uncivilized society where people don't know how to behave. That's what is driving them towards their more aggressive approach.

I'm sure they would be happy to ride around in their cruisers, take coffee breaks, and eat doughnuts. But, no longer in some places in America. They have to fight to stay alive. We don't pay them enough to put their lives on the line every time they encounter thugs.

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:35

Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

@maxcat07: You may believe that but most of Atlanta is shaking in its boots.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 19:56

Obama says after 9-11, US 'tortured some folks'

I don't think this kind of torture is out of sync with our values as much as it is embarrassing to get caught. Torture of war criminals has been around since time began. Countries just don't like getting caught doing it and being exposed.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:28

Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

With all due respect to these missionaries, the U. S. should NOT be importing this deadly disease into America. The missionaries understand what they are getting into when they work in W. Africa and any containment facilities for treatment should be built THERE not in other, non-infected countries.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:20

US doctor with Ebola 1st en route to Atlanta

This is misguided compassion -- bringing ebola virus into the U.S. I feel for the missionaries but they know what they are getting into when they go to west Africa. The CDC, or somebody, needs to build the containment facility in the country where these diseases are prevalent. Not subject Americans to ANY risk by voluntarily bringing someone into this country.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:16

Athens boy facing reconstructive surgery following dog attack

I have a friend who always defends pit bulls claiming they are no more dangerous than regular dogs. Yet, 9/10 to the time you read about pit bulls attacking their owners or others. How can people be in denial. Any family that has a pit bull should be held responsible for whatever that dog does. They ought to be required to buy special insurance.

There are too many peaceful, non-aggressive breeds out there to put up with this risk.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:13

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

@barryhollander: The point is we do not know whether she provoked him or not. She may have. The writer was speaking generally that sometimes provocation does take place. He did not say it took place in this instance.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:10

Nunn memo leak becomes attack fodder for political junkies

This woman is riding on her father's name. Other than that she really isn't an attractive candidate. She comes from a non-profit background; we don't need another one of those in Washington. They don't understand bottom lines.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:08

EPA says cutting coal use might save lives

The liberal whack-o''s now control the EPA. What do you expect them to say?

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:50

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

The political correctness police are at it again. Trying to destroy a man's career because he spoke what everyone knows is true.

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:48

Grimes: Trading Broun for Hice in Congress would be trading thorns for scorpions

This is a highly biased, skewed, absurd column. A person in your position should not be spewing such politically-charged, bias reporting -- even in an opinion column. I think you are out of touch with reality.

The taxpayers in this country, those of us who DO pay the taxes, are exhausted from carrying the weight of the non-workers. The Dems want to make the problem worse by adding to the "taker" roles. Well, that has to end if this country is to survive.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:17

The day has arrived: Will Josh Murray win 'The Bachelorette'?

Kind of takes the fun/surprise out of it when you get inside info and tell who wins!

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:21

Georgia's new education metric designed to show student progress, or lack of it

Here we go again. Trying to recreate the educational wheel. Educators keep thinking they need to try NEW and DIFFERENT when the "old" methods from decades past would work the best.

The one thing I've noticed about education professors -- they are always trying to come up with something new and different when ideas from the past worked plenty well and still would.

So sad.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 09:13

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Fast food was never intended to provide a living wage. It's a starter job. Get some experience and training and move on folks. Higher wages will drive the fast good industry out of business.

Further, most fast food workers I observe just do simple, clearly defined functions and many of them have bad attitudes. Not aimed at pleasing the customer.

posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 09:57

Towery: Republicans could face serious challenges this year

Seems to me that the Dems face more challenges than the Repubs. Where is the article on that?

posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 09:53

Athens to become home to increasing number of refugees

Well, they can add to the already high poverty rate we have; with too many people on welfare and depleting social services. They should fit right in lining up for free benefits that the rest of us cannot provide enough of fast enough.

Then, they can register to vote and vote for more, generous politicians who just want their votes. What a match!

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:09

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

Wait until the library faces the maintenance and replacement of these public computers. It will be a staggering cost.

I thought libraries were to loan out books and provide research books to customers. This goes way beyond what they ought to be doing. Soon they'll be asking for a budget increase.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 09:29

Army: Bergdahl 'looked good' after returning to US

Bergdahl is a deserter and should be dealt with according to military justice. For the president to negotiate with terrorists is absolutely appalling. Every day we have soldiers dying for our country. To let terrorists free just to "release" one captive deserter will destroy U. S. foreign policy.

posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:09

Obama delaying on immigration despite Cantor loss

It is appalling what the U. S. administration is allowing to happen -- children entering the U.S. without parents? This is totally absurd. The federal government cannot become the "parent" for illegal alien children.

These children should never be allowed to cross into U. S. without proper parental accompaniment and citizenship papers. The U.S. taxpayers should NOT absorb this responsibility just because the president allows or encourages it to happen.

posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:06

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