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Dilworth: Recent hospital visit to Athens rekindled memories

One thing I hated about UGA taking over the Tocooa TV station was that ended all the wonderful local programming that they produced. Does anyone remember the Billy Dilworth call-in request country music show on Saturday nights? Wonderful stuff. Remember the February night when the roads were icy up there, and a State Patrol Officer picked Billy up and brought him in, so the show could go on? You can't script that stuff. Real life on screen before the advent of reality TV. Loved the friday night show, "Under the Lights"?, which recapped High School football action and scores. Forgotten the hosts' names but loved their homegrown passion for the High School game. Quite a contrast to ESPN but much more informative and entertaining. Fewer commercials too! Times change, and all, but a tragedy that the station could not survive and their local programming is only a memory. Billy, if you see this, we loved watching you and pray for your good health!

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:05

Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat

Rachel Watkins was the candidate of the wealthy and comfortable in the Boulevard and Cobbham neighborhoods. People supporting her were not so much positive about Rachel as they were negative about Melissa Link. Rachel ran a "front porch" campaign and seemed to expect the influence of her connected friends to get her elected. She is a fine person and good neighbor but Melissa has more experience, cares more deeply about the issues , and was hands down the better choice. I look forward to Melissa's progressive voice representing District 3 for the next four years!

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:13

Former residents of Pauldoe gather for reunion, remember the good times they had as a community

Ms. Burkhart, Thank you for the update on the renewal of the Jack Wells Housing Project. Sounds like Mr. Green and family are an inspiration to many. Below is a link to more info on his beliefs and success.

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 07:58

Stossel: Limit highway funding to highways

Stossel was a decent reporter years ago when he started out at ABC. Sad to see him sink to the level of the fear-mongering, right wing line of reporting that makes him and his friends at Fox News millions in salary. Life is good for him. He has no problems getting around on public transportation in NYC, why should tax dollars be spent so others can enjoy the same benefits? Funny that he neglects to mention that state and local taxes are used to support the very system that he enjoys. The old right wing mantra, were doing fine, forget everyone else.

"In fact, herding people into denser urban areas sounds suspiciously like something that makes life easier for the bureaucrats themselves. It was a popular idea with communist planners in Romania and North Korea. Mass transit and “planned spaces” appeal to the bureaucratic mind."

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:20

UGA's Stefan Eberhard photographs microscopic worlds

Back in the 1990's a professor in Florida was selling neckties using imagery from an electron microscope. According to the article did very well

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 14:16

Tant: Time for loud voices in America

Ed, great column. Interesting comments on the war in Viet Nam. The only way our country will deal with its war mongering tendencies is to reinstate the draft. There is no doubt that the threat of being drafted and sent to SE Asia was a motivator for many who protested.

Seeing the series on CNN about the sixties bought up Dr. Luther King's strong statements against the war. Our nation suffers in a vacuum of moral leadership lost when King was assassinated.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 22:19

Editorial: Kingston is best choice for Senate

@Jim Thompson:

I agree completely that the Newspaper should not allow anonymous commenting.

There is no way to burnish the record of a man that has spent the past six years obstructing government in Washington and working against the best interests of the people of Georgia. Michelle Nunn will bring better times to our state.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 13:55

Kingston is best choice for Senate

Seems like whoever wrote this piece should take credit for it. Somebody did a slick job on the ABH readers--So many glowing generalizations about our friend with the eternal Facebook smile. Actually sounds like it was written by a business strategy group rather than the newspaper.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:21

Kingston is best choice for Senate

This piece is unsigned, is it by default the opinion of the Banner Herald? Or Jim Thompson? If either of the republican candidates cared about the people of Georgia they would be working for middle and lower class tax reform, health care for all and the creation of jobs. Their idea of a platform is giving more to the rich. The best choice to replace Saxyby Chambliss is Michelle Nunn.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 07:26

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic


Who do you support in the 10th race?

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 07:21

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic

I assume commenters are banned for foul language or "inappropriate statements" but would nice to have some idea why their privilege has been taken away. Also, why is it that comments "disappear" at times--happened to one I made a few days ago on the highway trust fund- the day after the article was posted. Digital glitch, or online editor at work?

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:33

Clayton residents to vote on tax to fund MARTA

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

Democrat Jason Carter seeks new probe of Deal ethics complaints

Pray we won't have Nathan Deal to kick around any more after November.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 16:19

Yarbrough: Former Georgia military commander optimistic about Iraq over long term

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

Blackmon: Government must be open about tax abatements

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

Blackmon: Government must be open about tax abatements

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

Proposed hotel tax break fails to pass Athens-Clarke development authority

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 rich

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 08:14

New Lyndon House supervisor wants to improve center's visibility


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

Blackmon: How should we use tax abatements?

Myra Blackmon,
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?

posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 08:50

Phil Gingrey endorses Jack Kingston for Senate

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

Gov. Deal suspends gasoline tax increase

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

New Apple Mac, mobile features coming this fall

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.

posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 07:18

Seattle City Council panel OKs $15 minimum wage

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

Grimes: U.S. economy getting no help from business sector

[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

New supervisor hired at Lyndon House

Wow, that is great news! The Lyndon House should thrive under Dunphy!

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 15:49

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