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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

Ga. settles with 3 ex-ethics commission employees

This is why Ethics Commissions need to be free of government influence. Is it time to elect Ethics Commissions? We elect public service commissioners.

This has never been done, of course, but who else can begin to hold government officials and elected officials accountable without undue influence?

Just something to think about.

posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:57

What Others Say: No way to gauge Obamacare's economic impact (The Augusta Chronicle)

An article in today's WSJ argues that in 10 years there will still be 40 million uninsured and that is 10% more than today. Once the insurance companies have a couple years of experience under their belts, they will be increasing rates and the true impact will be then felt. People will be dropping their insurance because they cannot afford it.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/stephen-t-parente-the-short-unhappy-life-...

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:57

Georgia gets $1 million grant to boost college success

When students don't graduate on time, 9/10ths of the time it's their own fault. They drop courses, take light loads, change majors and engage in other delay tactics.

Throwing money at this problem is not the solution. It's parents holding their children accountable for not doing the above.

posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:44

Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

The Taliban are laughing (at Pres. Obama) all the way to the bank. They beat the US once again. What fools we are to enter a deal such as this one. And, the more we find out about the deserter we got in return, the worse it sounds.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:01

Oconee man reports theft of $7,400 cash from home

74 $100 bills would be easy to take and conceal.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:59

Oconee man reports theft of $7,400 cash from home

@cwillocks: At least hide the money.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:57

Commissioners OK budget

Could ABH give us a more thorough coverage of the budget. Summarize it and publish key points. That would give the average citizen some idea what is going on. Thanks.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:54

Moynihan: 'Performance perversity' explains problems at VA hospitals

There is an article somewhere titled "On the Folly of Rewarding A and Hoping for B." The VA proves the point. Reward systems matter. And, if you don't watch carefully those being rewarded will figure out what they have to do to make themselves "appear" worthy of rewards. Their incentive system was clearly dysfunctional.

Let's face it folks. The reward system at the VA was strongly skewed towards denying vets service or putting them off. Until this changes nothing will change. By all accounts, they have the money it's just a matter of managing it effectively. Don't throw more money at the problem expecting that to solve it. It won't.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:51

Johnson: Whatever happened to Whatever It Takes?

Thank God someone cut off funding for this giveaway program. The primary benefactors were social workers and social work consultants. Try solving some problems without federal government giveaway money then you can claim some success.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:25

The Editor's Desk: Broun doubles down on denial

What will you do when you don't have Paul Broun to kick around any more? Move on. You can discuss this issue without disparaging him.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 08:23

Athens Regional chief information officer resigns

Thanks to the doctors who wrote complaining. We have our own VA Obamacare crisis here -- technology, among other things, that doesn't work.

Obviously, the rush to implement this new computer system without properly training everyone - is a classic management mistake. Too bad it occurs when people's health is at stake.

posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 - 08:43

McManus: Sadly, VA scandal fits Obama narrative

This writer is correct, the president is a terrible manager. Furthermore, he doesn't even have the wisdom to employ good managers.

That's because he is in over his head. He doesn't know where to begin except in his quest to redistribute income and improve the lot of poor people at the expense of those paying for it. This strategy is doomed to failure.

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:57

Drennen: Athens isn't bike-friendly town

Bikers in Athens create considerable danger for themselves. I've seen many of them totally ignore traffic signals and take liberties they should not take.

Furthermore, Athens is not pedestrian friendly either. Pedestrians also create problems, especially in the downtown-campus area when they ignore crosswalks and jaywalk wherever they happen to be.

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:53

The Editor's Desk: Thoughts on cycling in Athens

In my years of observation and experience, the bikers are among the worst offenders of the traffic laws and this is especially true as you get closer to town. They ignore red lights and act like they are walkers free to jayride whenever they want.

If bikers want to be respected on the road, they TOO need to follow the traffic laws and not assume they can "go" whenever they would like.

Having said that, we do need to be very vigilant and respect the bikers and their presence on the roads.

posted @ Monday, May 26, 2014 - 14:31

Seattle aims to lead nation to $15 minimum wage

@mike59: They want $15 and hour and then a 20% tip too. Good luck.

posted @ Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 13:29

Seattle aims to lead nation to $15 minimum wage

This is so ludicrous one does not know what to say. Leave it to Seattle to go the way of other failed cities who try to deny the law of supply and demand. Remind me not to visit there again -- can't afford it.

posted @ Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 13:28

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