I highly recommend a new book by David Mathews, The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future, because it describes people like Terris Thomas in this opinion piece and what they accomplish in their communities. He says, "Civic relationships aren't just with friends and neighbors, they are the pragmatic working relationships we create with anyone who is needed in order to solve the problems that threaten everyone's well-being."posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 07:57
Thank you Editor Thompson,
I do think that all of our representatives should demonstrate a capacity to listen to multiple viewpoints on the important issues that matter to so many people. I personally have not met anyone so far who feels they are going to be harmed by the ACA. I do have family members with pre-existing conditions and others who have simply had a hard time affording insurance who will definitely be beneficiaries. I also personally know some individuals to whom Dr. Broun attended as a physician before he was a representative, and their stories are not ones that should make him proud. I think how he has been viewed as a legislator is somewhat aligned with how he has been viewed as a doctor.posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 16:19
Melvin Davis opens the Oconee County Commissioners meeting with a couple minutes of silence. That works. I don't sense anyone is offended. In a couple minutes of silence you can simply rest your mind, pray, meditate, or make a to do list. The silence works for me because it can serve everyone in a short time with no offense. We all need a little "quiet" in our lives. I find the quiet a lot more soothing than anyone's prayers.posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 08:06
Is this the best the Republicans have to offer? Can't they find someone of more integrity? He certainly hasn't done much to improve the economy in Snellville. It's beginning to look like Elberton with all the boarded up businesses.posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 07:52
Why not do what Melvin Davis does at the County Commissioners meeting in Oconee and allow for a few minutes of silence in which people who want to pray can pray, people who want to meditate can meditate, people who want to run over their grocery list, can think about their grocery list. In other words, everyone's private thoughts can remain just that.posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 08:00
Sad to think these students come from the University that is the home of the Institute of Ecology. Gene Odum would be so ashamed. It would be interesting to get some reports on the wild life (turtles and birds, e.g.) that die as a result of the trash. Also, what are the costs to taxpayers for the trash pickup on the beach as well as in Athens?posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 07:54
I was surprised to read that the ranking does not include the indicator of "good public schools." It does mention access to good higher education resources. People I've known representing businesses often mention the availability of excellent public schools. I do believe that many businesses avoid certain States (many in the South) because of the conditions of public education.posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 07:34
Votes to end the government shutdown
By Darla Cameron and Wilson Andrews, Published: Oct. 16, 2013
The House voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling late Wednesday night. The final tally was 285-144. All 198 Democrats voting were in favor, but most Republicans voted against it, by a margin of 144-87.
144 Republicans who still have the government shutdown if they had their wayposted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 07:09
Jack, many of us in Watkinsville will celebrate with you. We may be Republicans, but we are the original, traditional variety, not the soggy old teabags.posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 06:59
President Morehead understands that the University of Georgia is a landgrant institution and therefore in all areas of teaching, research, and service, there is supposed to be a focus on assisting people who live and work in this State. Earlier administrations did not understand this mission where there was far greater emphasis on helping themselves and their friends. President Morehead's personal annual gifts of scholarships is another indicator that he understands service.posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 06:46
Why am I reading this?posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:57
The statesmanship is with the women. It should more accurately be called stateswomenship. Ask John McCain.posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 07:04
I wonder when they go golfing if it is called a tee-party? Yes, why do true tea party folks keep accepting social security and medicare? You'd think they want to individually assume these responsibilities and lead the self-reliance, boot-straps pulled up initiatives.posted @ Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:38
If the teaparty can't do any better than they did last night in the House Vote, then forming their own militia seems rather ridiculous.posted @ Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:27
After reading these comments for over a year, I've learned the names of people who only make angry, hostile, inane comments, and I merely skip over them - it is very easy to do this type of "delete" - they get to vent, which I hope is psychologically beneficial for themselves, and I get to choose - an opportunity that comes with freedom in a democracy. I also make a point of never responding to them, because this is not a good use of anyone's time. I much prefer to read and consider the ideas of people who are not stuck in hatred. I may disagree with the unstuck people, too, but they have the capacity for informed deliberation.posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 07:43
This is a very useful opinion piece because it illuminates the claims about America's exceptionalism. Are we exceptional? If we are, how are we exceptional? Do we want to be exceptional? I think we can identify many ways to be admired that our country is exceptional and many ways to abhor where we are exceptional as well. We are exceptional in the number of people incarcerated, numbers of mass shootings, and lack of physicians in rural communities compared to other democracies. We are exceptional in the number of institutions of higher education, television,cinematic and musical recordings, and popular concerts. Neil Postman proposed "We Are Amusing Ourselves to Death." Some might argue we are exceptional at doing this.posted @ Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 06:56
So John, would weighing these sins on different scales be theological deliberation? I think your opinion piece is the most accurate description of the conundrum that I've read so far. Maybe our society should be balkanized - some people who don't want to help anybody could live in the South and be governed by Nathan Deal; people who want to consider the needs of other people who are very similar to themselves could live in the Midwest, and people who would try to be of assistance to everyone else could live on the coasts? Those who are completely confused could live in Alaska. Instead of the red States and blue States we could divide into warm-hearted and cold-blooded. What do you think?posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 - 08:50
Some other good news is that increasingly the boomers will retire which will mean job openings for younger people. We need some new posters with Uncle Sam pointing at us saying, "We need YOU to retire." Also, I imagine in our land of competition we are going to see some new higher education opportunities that will be quality lean and mean operations that can provide excellent study programs at costs that don't land young people in piles of debt. There are thousands of credentialed, qualified scholars willing to teach online or in non-marbled, ivory-towered facilities. We have public policy challenges, to be sure, but with creative entrepreneurs, we can turn this big ship around.posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 07:23
John Lewis has exemplified courage his entire life. Too many so-called leaders in Georgia strive to be politically-correct rather than authentic. He is a stellar role model for not only young people, but for all of us.posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 07:01
John Lewis has exemplified courage his entire life. Too many so-called leaders in Georgia strive to be politically-correct rather than authentic. He is a stellar role model for not only young people, but for all of us.posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 06:59
If we alum could mark our contributions for student scholarships and be assured we weren't paying for more layers of administration, that might change things. Too many assistant this and associate thats, who don't even teach. I didn't want to contribute to Michael Adams penthouse in the new Russell Library for example. Thank goodness the regents wised up. Dr. Morehead is far more student oriented. This will help.posted @ Friday, September 27, 2013 - 19:46
I really regret that I cannot attend this. Will someone who does ask him what he thinks of Gary Taubes' ideas as presented in his book Good Calories/Bad Calories? Then post his answer. I think Taubes challenges some of this man's research very impressively.posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 07:51
So what was the average indebtedness in 2010? Do you have that figure? The reason I am asking this is because when credit started tightening up noticeably in 2008, my question was this: would people who were forced to discontinue their pathetic spending habits make a permanent adjustment in their lifestyles or when some access to credit was restored, return to their old bad habits? Another way of saying, can folks learn?
I personally don't like to think of taxes being used for anything where adults are making bad decisions such as pointed out in this piece. If an adult decides not to wear a motorcycle helmet and ends up in the emergency room, I don't think tax dollars should be spent to try to put this person back together.posted @ Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 07:22
I agree with your assessment of conspicuous consumption. We definitely for all kinds of reasons - moral, environmental, psychological, financial, etc. don't need all the stuff. The challenge is to consider the consequences if people actually stop buying stuff they don't need. More job loss, for one thing. Some people now buy storage unit space to store their extra furniture and other stuff. I personally think the recycling you describe is a good idea, but not enough people participate to put a dent in the accumulation of unnecessary things. I would like to encourage a lot more conversation of the topic of conspicuous consumption in our society.
Summary: North Oconee's Kawon Bryant was named the Region 8-AAA Offensive Player of they Year. North Oconee's Kawon Bryant was named the Region 8-AAA Offensive Player of they Year. Elbert County's Mecole Hardman was the Player of the Year. Hart County's Sean Harper and Morgan County's Tevin Waller were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Here's the rest of the All-Region team: Harison Puder, North OconeeKyle Vaughn, North OconeeTate Adcock, North OconeeJL Banks, North OconeeCole Coker, North OconeeIndy Wilson, North OconeeBradley Glenn, North OconeeBrackin Smith, North OconeeXavier Harper, Jackson County read more
Summary: Nearly 80 players from two dozen high schools will participate in the FCA All-Star game on Friday. Nearly 80 players from two dozen high schools will participate in the FCA All-Star game on Friday. The game will be played at Clarke Central at 7:30 p.m. The West team will be headed by honorary head coach Billy Henderson and assistant head coach Jeff Herron, The East team will be led by honorary head coach Ray Lamb and assistant head coach Michael Gunn.