The usual Republican ignorance.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:54
This is not a new scam.posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 20:14
@OCCountry: "The real issue is why did people go to driving a bus for insurance instead of the pay. The answer is that it is very cheap. Drivers and other state workers pay a much smaller share of the cost of insurance than those of us in the private sector. The answer is not to end the coverage, but to shift more of the cost to the drivers and all other state workers over a period of 3-5 years where their share of the cost is on par with the private sector. This will ensure that people are able to keep their insurance, while protecting the tax payers from escalating cost."
Rather than complain about how and why the drivers get their health coverage, why don't you just get a job as a bus driver?posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:29
[quote][b]eastsider99[/b] - And people actually voted for Nathan Deal, smh
Seeing as how Georgia seems to always rank near the bottom of the scale in public education, do you suppose those people represent the best educated in the state?posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:24
[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - I can see the slogans now..."two bread-bags for every child". [/quote]
"Two bread bags" is too 'liberal'. Conservatives can cut costs and save the taxpayer 50% by making it only one.
And since plastic bags are slowly on the way out (it will take a few more years for the California law to get to this side of the country) if you let your paper bag get wet and holes get in it, well, you should have taken better care of it.posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:28
"The notion that Republicans should “prove they can govern” sounds high-minded, and so arguments to the contrary can come across as cynical."
More like factual.
"That task is to devise and promote an attractive conservative agenda to place before the voters. Unlike governing the country, that’s an achievable goal."
If you want a 'conservative' agenda.
Such an agenda is 'protective' of the status quo.
Not an agenda that moves anything forward for the average 'Joe Citizen.'posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 09:21
There has never been a time in public education when there weren't problems in the classroom; too crowded, under funded, under staffed, poverty, able and unable learners, motivated and unmotivated learners, local politics, national politics, administrators who are administrators because that's where the money is, good old boy members on the boards of education who may or not know about/understand the money issues but not the teaching issues, and ex-perts who have all the answers.
"They believe that
"teaching must be transformed from a "largely under-qualified and trained,
"bureaucratically controlled semi-profession
"into a true profession with a distinctive knowledge base,
"framework for teaching,
"well-defined common terms for describing and analyzing teaching at a level of specificity and strict control."
After 33 years of teaching in public education, and as a parent whose five children all graduated from public education, and one of those with a PhD in education, pardon me while I barf.
Oh! And blame it all on the "sorry" teachers.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 16:16
[quote][b]leongalis[/b] - @dahreese: The "anti-reformers" know who they are.
Perhaps they do, and perhaps you do.
But that's a wide accusation that throws a cloud over those supposedly "anti-reformers" and your article.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 14:30
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Quite frankly, in Georgia, and perhaps other states as well, it is too easy to become a school administrator.
By that I mean the following; no one should become a school administrator until he or she has had a least TEN years experience in the classroom - and I mean the CLASSROOM.
Let's have some proved successful experience in the CLASSROOM before becoming an assistant principal.
At 'least' FIVE proven successful years as an assistant principal and to continue to teach at least ONE class during those FIVE years before becoming eligible to become a full principal and after those TEN years, then be eligible to become a superintendent.
As to a state superintendent, if one is going to be appointed, let one be chosen/appointed from a pool of superintendent applicants already working in this state.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 14:12
Leon, seems to me there is a little dancing around going on here.
just who are these "anti-reformers" you're speaking of?
Are you talking about a handful of classroom teachers and administrators; the majority of classroom teachers and administrators; a handful of school boards or just a few school boards?
I need a little clarity here, please.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:38
We can't have such young people getting elected.
Young people are idealistic; untrained in the "game"; the older "game players" would be thrown out on their butts.posted @ Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 11:44
@yeti: "Do you not think the people who voted to put you in office have the intelligence level to decide if the public should be able to by a beer on Sunday? "
I doubt he would give a straight answer that in an open forum.
And certainly not in writing to this newspaper.posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 17:41
The partial lyrics of a Bob Dylan song, "The white politician preaches to the poor white man, 'You got more than the blacks, don't complain'."
As long as a man can be fooled into looking at what's wrong with everybody else (especially that those with less are after whatever he posses), he never realizes what a mess he, himself, is in.
And in this country, my country, the right-wing mainstream media does a great a job of controlling the minds of conservative Americans.
Thanks to that same publicity machine, I have never known a time in this, my country, when there wasn't a terrorist at the door and ready to attack us just any minute.posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 07:07
We aren't going to get rid of radical Islamist any more than we are going to get rid of the idea of the myths of "free economy" and "trickle down economics."
And when it gets down to it, what business do we have in any of those countries anyway, especially since they've made it plan for years they do not want us there?
Couldn't be control of their natural resources, could it?
Nor are those in the Middle East ignorant of the history of the duplicity of the U.S. as it has supported one dictator after another in order to suit its own corporate interests.
You can't have "Enduring Freedom" on the one hand and support dictators on the other.
As Bob Dylan sang about the American people and the American soldier, "They're only a pawn in their game."
The Congress has learned NOTHING from our defeat in Vietnam and our losses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In fact, the Pentagon, too, seems to think that all it has to do to win a war is to shoot at random and blow things up via drones.
We have lost those wars, and Afghanistan, because we refused to understand the cultures of those countries - the subtle differences between their religious beliefs, the family connections and disconnections between/of their various tribes, the histories of their own tribal wars.
If you want to win the hearts of people, if you want to establish "Enduring Freedom" do something for them like establishing hospitals, access to healthy water, food, roads, electricity.
Even the Taliban has recognized that.posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 16:33
@snarkydude: "The refusal of the administration to leave troops in Iraq opened the door for ISIS to walk back in, and start a war using the equipment we left behind, and their annoucement of a withdrawal date in Afghanistan will give the Taliban the same opportunity there."
For all of his faults, Obama inherited these wars - unlike your GWB - he didn't start them/Iraq.
And I will not dispute the issue of democrat, Charlie Wilson, getting us involved in Afghanistan in the early 1980s.
Announcements or no announcements, how many more American soldiers do you want to die in either of those places?
And for what reasons?posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 13:11
@snarkydude: I agree that not sending anyone to represent the U.S. was a big screw-up.
However, your points, A. and B. send no such messages.
Rather, they are wishful hopes, on your part, nothing else.posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:19
The problem within public education is tradition- that public schools attempt to do more than they should be required to do.
It is the public schools own fault that it has allowed the ills of young society to remain forced upon it.
True, the schools cannot teach students who are not in the classroom.
True, students are safer in the classroom than on the street or left alone at home.
True, we do not want students running on the streets and breaking into homes and cars.
But it should not be the responsibility of the schools.posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 19:50
It isn't the White House, Congress, the Pentagon or Wall Street.
Public education is the backbone of this country.
"I appreciate the exchange between Mr. Galis and Ms. Blackmon, because they both do their homework."
Ditto.posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 14:50
“We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war,” Ivins wrote in the Jan. 11 column. “We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ’Stop it, now!”
Molly Ivins (Her last column).posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 18:26
@snarkydude: "Radical Islam is not a religion. Radical Islam is perverting a belief system, which is using this religion as a cover for a group who wants to dominate the world, and force others to adhere to their lifestyle and beliefs. I feel sympathy for people who practice the Muslim religion, just as I feel sympathy for Baptists who cringe when someone gets on TV and says tornadoes happen because it's God's wrath against gay people.
"If moderates of any faith do not want to be lumped in with the radicals, they must loudly proclaim their disapproval, and actively work against those who want to commit murder in the name of religion."
Hey, hey, hey!
I'm proud of you!posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 15:15
[quote][b]crackerjack[/b] - Would it help for local Muslim communities around the world to be more active in exposing Islamic extremists within their mosques and be more vocal in denoucing them ??
You don't see any Baptist, Methodist, christian religion radicals running around killing folks in the name of their faith !!! [/quote]
Let American Christians lead the way by exposing and protesting unnecessary wars and protesting the use of the U.S. military for grabs of natural resources in other lands.posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 15:12
@FanaticalModerate: Our fanatics are just as bad as anyone else's.
They only differ in the methods of killing.posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 15:09
The right-wing domestic terror plot you didn't hear about this ...
On another note, the ABH has printed quite a few conservative editorials lately from the far right wing, Augusta Chronicle. (Although I did like the editorial yesterday written by their editorial cartoonist, Rick McKee. And I like his cartoons whether I agree with them or not).
I can't remember whether I read it in the AC or saw a video of it, but the Islamic community there contributes a great deal to the Augusta community and have made it clear they do not support 'radical Islam.'
It wouldn't hurt if both papers would print more of the contributions of their respective Islamic communities.
Could we hope conservatives might learn something from such efforts?posted @ Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:02
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more