Tee Wee, I agree completely but would suggest taking your logic a little further. Let's make all roads toll roads, since there are many that neither of us travel. Why should we be paying for maintaining other people's roads? Let's make them all fee based!posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 15:22
Pray we won't have Nathan Deal to kick around any more after November.posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 16:19
Interesting article. Let us all pray that Mr. Rodeheaver is correct in his assessment that generational change will eventually bring peace to that part of the world.posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 07:19
So when Mayor Denson talks about making "Athens Pop" or says that "Athens is about to Pop", what she is saying is that ACC is offering bond financing and tax incentives to corporations to bring business to our county. Bringing another Kroger to Athens is making our city pop? Perhaps Krogers will add a 5%-off day for people paying property taxes in Athens. Interesting that none of this negotiation seems to be public until after the fact. Maybe this is the way business it done these days but who is looking after the taxpayers? Curious if the Selig project was dependent on receiving a similar deal from ACC? And what other businesses are in line to be lured by development authority tax deals?posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 - 11:53
Thank you for writing this column on the workings of our Development Authority, which does seem cloaked in secrecy. It would be so helpful if Ms. Blackmon or the ABH Staff could write a more detailed piece about the process that lead to the Hyatt Hotels being offered this deal.
Why is it necessary for ACC to offer what are seemingly generous tax advantages to this private corporation to build a hotel in a prime location in Athens? Were other local hoteliers given an equal chance to negotiate such a deal? What are the specific monies involved--for instance is the property owned by the Classic Center and leased to the Hyatt Corporation, or is the corporation buying the property outright? Why is it that ACC feels that they need to offer these financial incentives on such a desirable property? I don't remember the Indigo being given anything to build on the old school board site which seemed like quite a gamble at the time. On the surface it seems like tour local people are being given a raw deal--were they given an opportunity an equal opportunity to build on the site?
Same goes for the building of the Krogers which Nancy Denson trumpeted as a first term achievement in the past election. Was it an achievement to offer a grocery store financial incentives to locate in our county? What sort of tax break are we giving Krogers? Are they getting a bond deal also? Why is it that tax breaks were offered?posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 - 08:15
Good vote by the Development Authority to deny the tax break. Wouldn't the the hotel be in one of the prime business locations in Athens next to the Classic Center? Why should the Hyatt be given this gift when the rest of the hoteliers in Athens play on an even field? Companies like Hyatt, Kroger, and Delta are doing well and should pay their own way. Delta has record profits yet continues to lean on the Georgia Legislature for tax breaks -- we taxpayers subsidize them to the tune of $30,000,000. Our conservative governor benefits also. Welfare for the richposted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:14
I think the article says that the art books had been locked up an office. Dunphy is moving them into a public space so they are accessible to all. Symbolically significant move in an effort to make the Lyndon House more visible and relevant to the community.posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 16:46
Good article. I thought it was strange when Mayor Denson used the building of the new Kroger as one of her first-term accomplishments in the recent Mayoral campaign. Your piece explains that she must have "lured" the business to the area by offering tax abatements. What is the process for offering these incentives in ACC? Are they always done in secrecy as with the Caterpillar project? Does seem curious that grocery store and hotel in downtown would need tax incentives to build. Who in the ACC government is responsible for approving the tax breaks?
Jack Kinston is so right, he's wrong. Gingrey, Perdue and Kinston, along with our bankrupt governor are tired, right wing republicans that would prefer to see hospitals close and Georgians suffer, rather than support universal health care and the expansion of Medicaid in our state. TThey worry about the size of the national debt but don't mind giving tax breaks to their wealthy friends. Vote Michelle Nunn in november.posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 08:01
Nathan Deal's election-year concern for the welfare of all Georgian's is comical. Underfund the DOT for a year to gain a few votes--good strategy. He could show real concern for our state by expanding medicare and creating 70,000 jobs in the process. Or by not raiding the teacher's insurance fund to balance the budget. Time for our bankrupt governor to return to private life in January, and enjoy his retirement. Vote Jason Carter in November.posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:09
Joel, have you zapped, or reset, the PRAM on your MAC? Several years ago at work, I had a problem with a drive not being recognized--the tech guy told me to try that and the drive came up. Resetting the PRAM is the one of the first of the easy fixes to try when the MAC has its rare malfunction.
This is from the computer's Finder Help menu
Reset your computer’s PRAM
A small amount of your computer’s memory, called “parameter random-access memory” or PRAM, stores certain settings in a location that OS X can access quickly. The particular settings that are stored depend on your type of Mac and the types of devices connected to it. The settings include your designated startup disk, display resolution, speaker volume, and other information.
Note: To print these instructions, open the Help Viewer’s Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) and choose Print.
Shut down the computer.
Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
Turn on the computer.
Immediately press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
Continue holding the keys down until the computer restarts, and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
Release the keys.
Resetting PRAM may change some system settings and preferences. Use System Preferences to restore your settings.
No one can live, or much less have a family, on the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour--particularly without benefits which is standard for that level of job. Amazingly the Georgia state minimum wage is only $5.15 an hour! Good for Seattle and all other communities and states that are doing the right thing for their people.posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:17
[quote][b]zerodog[/b] - Throughout U.S. history, the well-being of its citizens has been driven by the profit pursuits of large U.S. corporations and smaller businesses. The profit pursuit can degenerate into lawlessness and needs to be regulated to avoid slavery, child-labor, fraud, etc. However, viewing profitability in a negative way guarantees more layoffs and a further decline in citizen well-being.[/quote]
You have summed up why the government provides a safety net. During these times of unprecedented profits and extraordinary wealth, taxes on the wealthy should return to Clinton era levels.posted @ Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:40
Wow, that is great news! The Lyndon House should thrive under Dunphy!posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 15:49
Our bankrupt governor resigned from his US House seat in 2009 to escape the pending investigation into his use of the office for his own gain. He gets caught in an ethics investigation in Georgia and wants to change the law! Voters of Georgia we got a Shady Deal in 2010 -- Vote Jason Carter in November/posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 18:05
Are you writing for the American Enterprise Institute or the Koch Brothers? You got one thing right, the wealthy have much more money than you or I. I don't think that people are necessarily jealous but are more worried about having their basic needs taken care of and getting health care. Perhaps you are positioned in life and don't need to worry, but there are many out there who work as many hours as some of those 24/7 executives and still are not sure that they will have money through the month. The rich have always had more, but conditions have been much more favorable to the average worker particularly when Clinton was president and the wealthy paid more in taxes. And with current trend of record profits and salaries, the wealthy should be taxed more.
Our bankrupt governor Nathan Deal, gives a few crumbs to the poor and middle class while doling out millions to his wealthy buddies. He has refused to expand Medicaid, worked against universal health care, doesn't believe in a higher minimum wage and is looking to balance the state budget by contributing less to state workers insurance--retirement funds are next. He likes to talk about economic growth in the state but wages and jobs remain stagnant for the majority of Georgians. Nathan Deal does not deserve a second term. Vote Jason Carter for governor in November.posted @ Monday, May 26, 2014 - 07:31
Jim, you should be congratulated for making the ride from the Eastside 4 out of 5 days last week. That is not an easy ride particularly over the bridge on College Station Rd. I met a guy a few months ago who works on campus and has commuted by bike from the eastside for over twenty years. He seemed pretty nonchalant about it but, certainly a remarkable record. Here's to the hardy--the rest of us complain about parking!posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 18:02
Sidewalks are the bike lanes in Athens, particularly on busy streets like Prince Ave, Milledge Ave and Lumpkin. I rode my bike for 30 years but gave it up when the Commission officially adopted the state law that keeps bike riders over 12 off the sidewalks. While I understand the spirit of the bike groups that would have riders assert their rights to be on the streets, I don't like odds, and now do all my cycling on a stationary bike at the Y. Perhaps Mayor Denson and our local delegation could act to persuade the law-makers in Atlanta to give us local control over our sidewalks allow for their use as bike lanes again.posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 08:01
No one wants their taxes raised, but the money for road maintenance must be found or our highways will continue to deteriorate. I don't want to pay more for gasoline but it really seems like raising the gas tax is the easiest and most painless way to go. The money has got to come from some source. and would much rather pay an extra nickel or dime per gallon than to see more toll roads, a usage fee, or a broad-based transportation tax like several regions of Georgia passed last year. Why create more bureaucracy and give our politicians another pile of money to lust after. Raise the gas tax and be done with it.posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 07:24
1. Nancy a unifying figure? Depends on who you talk to.
2. Tim lied to the poor minority community for votes? Where does that come from? Nancy's supporters stayed home because she had it in the bag? I don't think Nancy believed she had it in the bag, and I don't believe her supporters did either.
3. Without the Flagpole….. What do you have against an inquiring press? If you believe the Flagpole distorted Nancy's views maybe you don't know Nancy. I got three or four mailings from Nancy during the campaign, couldn't turn a corner without seeing a mega-sized sign urging her re-election, and noticed several of her online ads. Maybe if Tim had half the money she raised, maybe if he could have sent out one slick mailer, he could have closed the gap.
A commenter pointed out in another article, that that in real numbers only 15% of Athens voters of Athens voted for Nancy (60% times 25% voter turnout equals !5%) with about 10% voting for Tim. This is hardly a mandate from the people of Athens. In fact if you consider that not all eligible people even bother to register to vote, she won the mayor's race by getting only 8-10% of the potential electorate of Athens. Sad state of affairs.
I respect Tim Denson for running, and giving the people of Athens a choice in this election. He may not have been right about every issue but he did speak for many people in Clarke County and ran an impressive campaign in spite of being out spent by 10-1. There is no doubt that our Mayor was put on the defensive by Tim's campaign and that benefits us all. Perhaps Nancy will realize that yes, there is a way to make the bus system work without cutting service. Perhaps she will embrace the Downtown Master plan and the Green Building ordinance. Perhaps her refrain of "No we can't do that" will become "Maybe we could try this…" Now that the election is in the rearview mirror let us hope we don't have four more years of the same.posted @ Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 01:22
Good point about the voting numbers. They are even worse when you consider the number of people that don't even bother to register to vote. Perhaps the political editor can supply the numbers, but our Mayor for the next four years was elected by 8 to 10 percent of the potential voters of our fine city.
I admire and respect Tim Denson for running and giving the people of Athens a choice in this election. Way to go Tim! He may not have been right about every issue but he did speak for many people in Clarke County and ran an impressive campaign in spite of being out spent by 10-1. There is not doubt that our Mayor was put on the defensive by Tim's campaign and that is good for everyone. Perhaps Nancy will realize that yes, there is a way to make the bus system work without cutting service. Perhaps she will embrace the Downtown Master plan and the Green Building ordinance. Perhaps her refrain of "No we can't do that" will become "Maybe we could try this…" Let us hope we don't have four more years of the same.posted @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 17:06
Broun, Gingrey and Kingston---Farewell! Our republican friends in the US Congress have voted consistently to decrease benefits for Medicare and Social Security and increase the eligibility ages. Our bankrupt republican governor follows the party line by refusing to expand Medicaid and raiding health insurance funds to balance the budget. All this while continuing tax breaks for wealthy corporations. The voters of Georgia have a clear choice this November--vote Michelle Nunn.posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 - 07:23
Checked the donation site but it is no longer activeposted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 07:54
Tim Denson, has a full time tech job and is a homeowner in Clarke County. He is married but don't believe he has any children.
Nancy has raised a record $100,000 for her re-election, mostly from developers and area businesses. Tim is running his campaign on 1/10th of the money--Not able to afford over-sized side banners or colorful mailings but has a dedicated staff and getting his message out by canvassing neighborhoods. Athens for All!posted @ Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 11:18
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more