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Ponsoldt: Mayor slowing progress in Athens

I think the mayor has done a reasonable job. This letter can be interpreted differently depending on how "progress" is defined. I would rather have government "do nothing" than to "do something stupid." I have not heard any ideas constituting "progress" that would be desirable in which case maintaining the status quo might be viewed as a desirable course of action.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:11

Today's editorial cartoon

Out of desperation, the union movement is grasping at our students to help perpetuate what is gradually disappearing on its own - the union movement. Unions simply don't fit in today's world driven by global competition. It is sad to see this movement touching our students in this way.

posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 13:47

Judge allows admitted Athens cop killer to act as his own attorney

We have spent too much time and money on this man. Isn't it bad enough that we will have to fund his living for the rest of his life? No telling what all this will cost the taxpayer in the name of protecting his so called rights.

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:16

Dupuy: Right-wingers don't believe in free speech

Tina is so out of touch with reality it's amazing ABH or anyone publishes her writings.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 09:09

Towery: U.S. Chamber backs foolish political strategy

The Chamber does what all non profit organizations do, they fight for their own self interests. All of them do this, from right to left; so it's nothing new. You may disagree with their position, but this is what they do.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 09:07

Obama calls for restoring unemployment benefits

The president's plan will not work. The taxpayers cannot continue to fund unemployment benefits indefinitely. These were intended to be short-term help not a long-term solution. Him asking for more is an admission of his failure to stimulate the economy the way he promised and led everyone to believe. His policies have, in fact, made things worse not better.

posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:25

Economic recovery leaving poor behind, report says

The poor will ALWAYS be behind until they get their act together and start making economic contributions to society and themselves. There is NO way government (we taxpayers!) can keep them from getting behind. It is too big a burden on everyone.

posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:21

Skimpy health law plans leave some "underinsured"

This article and the comments reveal what a bad deal Obamacare was and is from the very beginning. Hard to believe "anyone" is "better off."

posted @ Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:17

State officials take lobbyist gifts before new rules

Lobbyists and politicians are cut out of the same cloth: irresponsible greed.

They don't know how to do what is right, only what benefits them personally. It's a sad, sad, system.

posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:12

The Editor's Desk: No 'SuperZips' around here

Not surprised there are no super-zips in our area given income levels and cost of living data. No big story here.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:37

Couple plead not guilty in alleged rape of Athens 10-year-old

I can't believe ABH put photos of the people "charged," i.e., innocent until found guilty, on the front page.
I can't believe ABH put this story as it's lead on the first page.

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 09:53

Wisenbaker: Athens Dems to host town hall on Affordable Care Act

Crisis management, "circle the wagons," let's all pull together, we need to support our "leader," -- none of this will work. We may have a revolt on our hands from the people this act was intended to help! Plus others. Everyone is getting screwed over.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:56

The Editor's Desk: Listen to all your constituents, please, Rep. Broun

If writers would spend time in their columns offering a critque of the Affordable Care Act, we would all be better off.

This vendetta by the ABH against Broun is so transparent as to be boring now. Where is your objectivity? Gone with the wind?!

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 09:20

The Editor's Desk: Listen to all your constituents, please, Rep. Broun

@swhitney: Count your blessings. This will change!

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 09:18

Athens bus fare hike hearing turns testy

Everyone should pay "whatever it takes" to run the bus service, especially those who use it. Transportation, like housing is not FREE in America and everyone should foot their own bills. If the bus system is not economically defensible, it should be eliminated not subsidized further.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:26

Police: Foul play not suspected in UGA student's death in Athens

Reporter: give us more detail on how the police can rule out homicide or the involvement of others. Sounds fishy the way it is written

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:22

Morehead invested as UGA president with pomp and circumstance

Jere will do a good job, I'm sure, but we do need to eliminate these medieval ceremonies as if he were being crowned King. This sends the wrong message to those who don't "understand" universities.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:19

Occupy Athens member Tim Denson to run for mayor

You cannot eliminate poverty and distorted income distribution in Athens Clarke as long as we are an open center to free public services. There are not enough free services you could offer that could ever stop poverty in Athens.

We need to move in the other direction -- reduce the number of free services. Then, these folks will have an incentive to take care of themselves, or move on to some other city that thinks it can solve the poverty problem.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:17

Schwarz: America fooling itself with outdated poverty line

I don't buy the argument presented in this "opinion" article. Like others, it seems to me to be an argument to start giving tax-payer paid economic benefits to families earning $40 k instead of the traditional poverty line. This redistribution of wealth would bankrupt the country. As previously said, this would create the same kind of problem we already have with social security -- more people receiving it than are paying for it.

Get a life. People need to take care of themselves not have me and you do it through our taxes.

posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:19

Today's editorial cartoon

This comic strip doesn't understand the Tea Party. They, unlike those they criticize, do not beg for handouts.

posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 12:25

Trinity Baptist hosts rally to reach Athens teens

This is an outstanding youth rally planned. God speed to you all, especially Levi Smith, the organizer.

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 08:56

Richt says he's 'going to fight until it's over;' Dogs fall out of polls

Our losses show what losing five key players can do to a team. In spite of that, we have played pretty well.

posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 - 10:11

Leubsdorf: More governmental impasses ahead

Political impasse is what you get with the most divisive administration in history.

posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 - 10:09

Muslims face dehumanizing prejudice in U.S., scholar says

The professor is giving us a swath of self serving propaganda. I have no idea what Lee Shearer's motives are other than his left leaning bent. How about telling the other side of the story for the front page?!

posted @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 09:15

Deal reached to avoid default and open government

I would vote to send all incumbents home. But, it wouldn't take too long to grow a fresh bunch given the perverse incentives we've created for politicians. You think they are in D. C. looking out for OUR interests? No way, Jose. They are primarily focused on their own well being, status and power.

We have created a monster in D. C. As long as they can exempt themselves from everything they pass for the "masses," there is no hope for progress.

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 14:37

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