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Galis: 'School choice' argument doesn't make sense

Leon, you clearly do not believe in the inherent value of choice since you say " the libertarian view that it isn’t the competition that’s the core value they’re promoting, it’s the choice. Choice is of such surpassing value, they might argue, that maximizing it is worthwhile whether or not any competition results." My sense is that while you would deprive parents of educational choice for their children you do believe in the inherent value of diversity and that diversity is worthwhile unto itself at any price no matter the consequence. The liberal mind.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 07:35

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

Hey Jim, perhaps one positive measure of the performance of elected leaders should be how few plans they approve, how few ordinances they pass, and not approving any actions that raise taxes! By my measure they are improving according to what you report! Just a thought. Cheers

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 20:32

Blackmon: Improving education is simple question of will

@MyraBlackmon: so are you saying we are spending lots of money on non-proven solutions? When per capita spending has steadily increased while performance has been flat or declining for decades that merits the term systemic failure but perhaps in your world that is success.

posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 20:07

Blackmon: Improving education is simple question of will

Myra, I admire your passion. But why does every argument you make in every article you write always come down to yoir belief that spending more money will solve the systemic failures of public education? Your argument seems to rely on equating "will" to us being the wealthiest nation in the world and therefore we should spend more money!

posted @ Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 07:23

Hill: Health care law brings down insurance rates

@JanetEHill: so it appears your answer to my question is yes that you do support cx my Heath insurance policy and me having to pay 2x or more for coverage I do not need. I guess your customers will be pleased to know you believe in theft of other people's money and that government bureaucrats know best.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 21:25

Hill: Health care law brings down insurance rates

Janet: So I assume you think that it is ok then for me or my employees to have our policies cx and Obamacare plans that provide services I do not need or want to cost 2x to 3x more so you can write this article?

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 07:51

Healthcare navigators in UGA tradition, Morehead says

@PatrickD: you sound like someone on Worthy's staff at UGA or in the President's office who spins out a press release anytime the UGA Navigator Program is criticized.

posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 07:53

Healthcare navigators in UGA tradition, Morehead says

President Morehead, you assert as the basis and justification for UGA administering the Navigator Program that this effort is just a continuation of the UGA tradition of providing unbiased information to the public. So can we assume these Navigators tell citizens that Obama lied and they cannot keep their physicians and health care plans and that they will not save $2500 a year in premiums? Those are unbiased facts. If you want to convince us then I challenge you to do the following: identify the names of all navigators and their compensation, post all HHS and UGA developed navigator training materials on a UGA web site with not restrictions, and identify the performance measures being used to assess the effectiveness of the program. To your statement that UGA does this sort of thing all the time...please tell us you really did not mean that you will continue to get UGA embroiled in pushing such contentious and politically charged Obama policies. Hopefully you and Worthy have learned your lesson and you tso are looking for a tactful retreat. Go Dawgs!!!

posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 21:08

Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education

@myra blackmon: conservatives who agree with you about what? What do they agree with? Myra, I cannot speak for all who do not affirm you, but it is far from clear what you are actually advocating when no matter where you begin your argument you always come back somwehere in your articles to talk about money and professional educators knowing best. I am pleased you at least publicly stated you do not agree with Obama's education policy which among its tenants is being against vouchers for low income families who are trapped in intercity schools...I.E. the District of Columbia. Quite an admission cor a liberal. If $ are not the silver bullet and these so called schools of education that produce failed theory as their product are not the source of solutions, then why is it hard to understand tax paying parents, grand parents, and legislators looking for better approaches outside the sandbox that is now at four decades old. Maybe they, meaning taxpayers and legislators do not get it right every time, but those professionals in charge of education and who have presided over the imposition of social policy that has destroyed the family and traditional values have been at it relentlessly for decades to create the mess we have now. Instead of criticizing legislators and parents who want choice and change, why not turn your passion toward challenging the ivory towers of professional eduction that contributed to the problem and think out of the sandbox. Have a good day.

posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 19:38

Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education

@myra blackmon: conservatives who agree with you about what? What do they agree with? Myra, I cannot speak for all who do not affirm you, but it is far from clear what you are actually advocating when no matter where you begin your argument you always come back somwehere in your articles to talk about money and professional educators knowing best. I am pleased you at least publicly stated you do not agree with Obama's education policy which among its tenants is being against vouchers for low income families who are trapped in intercity schools...I.E. the District of Columbia. Quite an admission cor a liberal. If $ are not the silver bullet and these so called schools of education that produce failed theory as their product are not the source of solutions, then why is it hard to understand tax paying parents, grand parents, and legislators looking for better approaches outside the sandbox that is now at four decades old. Maybe they, meaning taxpayers and legislators do not get it right every time, but those professionals in charge of education and who have presided over the imposition of social policy that has destroyed the family and traditional values have been at it relentlessly for decades to create the mess we have now. Instead of criticizing legislators and parents who want choice and change, why not turn your passion toward challenging the ivory towers of professional eduction that contributed to the problem and think out of the sandbox. Have a good day.

posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 19:38

UGA navigator program tries to avoid controversy

At some point individuals must be accountable and responsible for being educated abut their choices making life decisions. Worthy is just acting as an instrument of the Nanny State. Given the lies upon which the ACA is based and the significant negative impacts to most citizens, I wonder what Worthy and her troops are actually telling people in these sessions. Perhaps she should be forced to make public all training materials and information they use to " counsel" people. After ll she is a state employee using tax payer $. How about it Worthy?

posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 08:24

Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education

[quote][b]craptastic[/b] - @The Eagle: Even after being presented with statistical evidence from governing.com, she will not admit that there is no relationship between higher spending and better education. [/quote]

Yes you are online! The is no amount of logic or evidence that will cause a liberal to actually think before they invoke emotional arguments that never solved any problem...which by the wa they are not interested in doing.

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 19:02

Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education

@cornish531: well said. She has no rational response to the argument you present. She is consistent in her mantra of more $ and greater control of schools by the same so called liberal education professionals who enabled the now decades long decline in the performance of public schools.

posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 16:32

The Editor's Desk: Cutting through haze of marijuana survey

Jim, in looking thru the haze...it is interesting that those who want to decriminalize it and thereby incentivize its increase use are many of the same people who want to make smoking cigarettes illegal...even e-cigarettes that produce water vapor! If cigarettes are to be banned because of adverse health effects what about pot which impairs cognitive capabilities and lowers the IQ! But why worry about being consistent in our policies...cheers

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 21:35

BLOG: Athens mayoral candidate Tim Denson releases campaign platform

Just another lefty...higher taxes, more free stuff, less law enforcement, make Athens a magnet for illegals, anti-business...do we need to know anymore!

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 19:40

BLOG: Athens mayoral candidate Tim Denson releases campaign platform

Just another lefty...higher taxes, more free stuff, less law enforcement, make Athens a magnet for illegals, anti-business...do we need to know anymore!

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 19:40

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

@MyraBlackmon: Myra I have never doubted your sincerity...and here comes the proverbial but...you seem brainwashed by this idea that providing greater funds to eduction will make all well. This is thw bottom line to all your arguments. The question you should ask is why is there no correlation between per capita $ increases and > education performance? Perhaps you should channel your passion into root cause analysis rather than continually making the same old more $ argument. Cheers

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 22:09

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

Schools at a breaking point? Perhaps yes but not because of funding. The law of holes says when you are in one quit digging. With education performance flat or declining for decades while per capita spending has continued to skyrocket...there is no evidence that spending more will increase educational outcomes. If schools are at a breaking point could it be because of bloated education bureaucracies, non-valued added curricula that does not emphasize the basics but rather is driven by liberal ideology and every new school of education fad, abandonment of merit for self- esteem....it is about time those who continue to push for more $ least the law of holes and look for real solutions.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 18:08

Young: Political correctness is problematic path

Right on target! The ethos that made this country great ha Ben under assault by so called education professionals now for over 40 years and yet many still cannot fathom why the outcomes for students in government schools is so consistently low. Hey Myra, did you read this article?

posted @ Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 08:57

Blackmon: Children are community responsibility

@MyraBlackmon: perhaps I missed something but your article and line of reasoning sure leads to the conclusion that you are not for a cultural change to reassert the primacy of individual (parental) accountability and responsibly. As long as we have a culture that devalues the life of a child, enables parents to blame others for their failures this cycle will continue, and destroys individual competitiveness and award for merit... Nothing will change.

posted @ Friday, January 3, 2014 - 20:11

Blackmon: Children are community responsibility

Myra, you seem to be saying based on the title of your article, that because we should not talk any longer about bad parents and there is no definition of good parenting then the default position is that children are a community responsibility (AKA government). If you really want to have this conversation, then lets begin with the erosion of the American ethos over decades due to the assault of progressives who seek radical change that empowers government over individual rights and the consequences. We have now devolved to a state of political correctness where any assignment of individual responsibility and accountability is viewed as hurting someone's feelings and is to be avoided. We have a culture which teaches children they have no value since they are not viewed as worthy of life and where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up so there is no value in merit. I could go on for pages but you should get the drift. Lets really talk about what has actually changed in our culture that needs to be reset. Otherwise, you are just advocating for greater government control over the lives of children. Have a good day.

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 15:52

Athens-Clarke officials hash out weaknesses, strengths of community while plotting future goals

I note that these ACCG leaders did not list as one of their weaknesses their anti-business attitude and regulations. Seeking the approval of first community activist is a sure recipe and signal of continuing their anti-business philosophy.

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 08:30

Blackmon: Legislature isn't place for curriculum decisions

Myra, after decades of declining national educational performance while per capita spending has soared why should we continue to defer to these so called education experts? Why do you put your faith in these same experts? You want to free teachers to teach what kids need, but you forget that it is the education bureaucracy with its left liberal view of the world that is making that judgement and look where that has gotten us? I am pleased you do acknowledge that there are many problems with Common Core, but the solution is not to turn things over to the education experts.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 07:47

The Editor's Desk: Here's how to read editorial on Nunn

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Barrow is a carpet bagger who lives in a trailer that he pulls all over Georgia to find a district he can run in where he can get people to,fall for his Nunn-like spin of being a moderate. If he really was a moderate or a conservative he would be an imdependent or a republican. He has no track record of voting against Obama in tight votes. He says one thing but votes another way when his votes are needed by Pelosi. Why would someone who is truly a moderate or conservative stay in a party that has shifted so far left of what dems in the Kennedy era stood for...unless they support the leftist views of Obama?

posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 21:11

The Editor's Desk: Here's how to read editorial on Nunn

She is taking her tactics from those of her master, Lord Obama, that were used to get him elected...talk about one America not a red or blue America, sound like a moderate and not a far leftist, sound reasonable...not extreme...there is no such thing as a conservative or moderate democrats...the Democratic Party is the Leftist Party....what public positions has she taken that are different than Obama's? None. So Jim why are you falling for this charade by Nunn?

posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 20:06

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