Representative Jason Spencer's claim that "Obamacare is a train wreck destined to crash" is a sad commentary on the pathetic state of republican policy today. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, benefits many, and is not going away. As several commenters have already written, the right has no apparent agenda except to work to keep affordable care away from those that most need it. Why is it that these representatives believe they are working for the people of our state when so many suffer under their lack of leadership? Time to vote these clowns out of office.posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:47
Well put Mr. Yarborough. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has rolled out a great new Legislative Bill Tracking website which includes a prediction as to the bill passing. HB 875 has a 40% of passing--posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:22
Mr. Smith did a great job on the design. The logo is clean, simple, graphic and will work well to brand products coming out of Athens. Think of it reduced down on a CD cover or some other product.
It may look somewhat like the VW logo but also has references to the "AT" logo for the Appalachian Trail and the venerable "peace sign".
The link below illustrates historic logos as they have evolved through the years. Fascinating.
Mr. Kingston is worried about people working for their keep, yet he and his buddies in Washington do nothing and continue to get a paycheck. When he points his finger, three are pointing back at him.posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 09:55
Less than a week before Christmas--strange time to wax on about the self-serving Eugene Talmadge.
"Perhaps Herman Talmadge best described how Georgians felt about his father when he said that a third of the people would follow his father to hell and a third of them wanted him in hell. Eugene Talmadge's belief in negative government and his bitter opposition to the New Deal did little to improve the material well-being of Georgians during his governorship."
excerpt from the
"New Georgia Encyclopedia"
I saw one of these recently being ridden by an electrician who was doing work at a local business. At first I thought it was a "bicycle built for two" that had been converted to a single rider, but the owner said it was a cargo bike from Ben's Bikes. The three wheel industrial bikes have been around for ages (remember Bob Russo's at Rocky's) but never seen a two wheel version. Really cool that he could load his tools onto his bike and pedal to the job site.posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:43
This is a heavily edited version of a great story by Bill Torpy that appears in the Atlanta Journal Constitution today. Unfortunately many interesting details are missing. The moderate and handsome Sanders was so well liked in national political circles, he was being considered as a possible replacement for VP Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 presidential race. Closer to home he went to UGA and played quarterback for the the Dogs. Maybe the ABH could post the complete versionposted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:20
Mr. Grimes thank you for reasoned commentary.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 08:55
Mr. Thompson thanks for the excellent explanation. I should have realized that precinct lines don't matter now that we have electronic voting and the card can be programmed as necessary. I voted early for the last presidential election at city hall which is not in my precinct--never thought about being out of my district.
Also, appreciated your article. Did anyone really ever come up with a good explanation as to why Mr. McKillup forced the change onto our community? Doesn't make much sense to extend city districts out to the borders of the county. It does seem that under the new plan, rural areas have less of a voice without the added input of a super commissioner. We will get some idea of whether the new districts give a boost to minority representation when the registration deadline comes in March.posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 16:14
Below is a link to the ACC website to a map of the new commission districts approved in 2012.
I assume that each each new district is represented by a different color and numbered in its corresponding white box. The legend says the blue dotted lines are precinct lines but they don't conform to the districts. For instance precinct 3B encompasses parts of new districts 9,7,3 and 2. Do we vote in precincts not in our district, or are the dotted blue lines representing old district lines?posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 09:37
Michael Thurmond, the featured speaker today, has written two books relating to Black history in Georgia. "A story untold: Black men and women in Athens history" was published in the 1970's with a second edition brought out in 2001. Interesting book which is available at the Regional Library or through Amazon. The second is "Freedom: An African-American History of Georgia, 1733-1865" which traces the struggle of slaves seeking freedom in Georgia.
In the words of Martin Luther King, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 09:11
This project would have been a traffic nightmare--certainly worse than anything we see in Athens now. If Selig suggested routing westbound Oconee st. traffic onto Foundry and expected drivers to turn left at the Flagpole corner to get into town, it gives you a sense of how they were straining to get this project to fit in. I've made that turn a few times and have always held my breath. Imagine if 1000s of cars a day were to try it.
The Armstrong Dobbs property is an historic site in Athens which should be developed with some regard to the use that proceeded it. Not that all the structures on the property deserve saving but a creative developer could devise some theme or plan to pay respect to what came before. Selig has no interest in Athens other than to bring Atlanta bulldoze-down-and-build development to our town and make money on it. That's their business model and it didn't work out for them this time.posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 09:17
The property is in a valuable location and will be developed. Hopefully by someone who will respect the historic charter of the existing buildings and site, And Hopefully they have more in their tank than to scrape the site clean and build "le grande commercial sterile structure" with faux historic highlights and have the gall to say they are contributing to the community. Don't you find it quite laughable that the only gesture that Selig could make in deference to their total denuding of this property was to say that they would save the brick from the warehouses and use it in the new construction? Goodness gracious! We don't need outfits like Selig in Athens unless the stay on the perimeter of our city. Even then I would keep a wary eye out.posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 21:37
The project was too big and didn't fit comfortably into the space. And talk about dreary knockoff, sort of historic, architecture. Awful stuff that would have blighted our city for the next how many years. Does anyone disagree that it would have created a traffic nightmare in that part of town. How many more student apartments and shops can the downtown area support? Selig made a wise business decision after reflecting on occupancy projections and the cost of money and said "let's get the hell out of here". . Maybe the owners of property will have to come down on their asking price or subdivide. I know that there are creative developers out there that can give Athens a project that will truly integrate and make our community proud. An Atlanta development set down in the middle of Athens just doesn't get it.posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 20:07
It's hard to judge if the sentences are "fair" or not, but feels like they got the easiest ride they could for the charges they faced. No doubt it pays to have a good team of lawyers to represent you. If they are smart, they will embrace their good fortune, rehabilitate, and put this mistake in their past. The good news on the taxpayer side is that we don't pay the money to house them in a "real" prison while they would be doing the hard time.
On the other hand, our legal system is stacked against minorities and the poor. As a society we are wasting money and destroying lives by warehousing those-in-need in our prisons. For profit prisons depend on conviction and incarceration to keep their bottom line healthy.posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 09:15
Go Glads! Great job by the team and coaching staff. Stampede those Red Elephants back to Gainesville next friday.posted @ Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 07:55
I am lucky to have Medicare and supplemental insurance through my job, but health care is still hardly "affordable". A big problem with the Affordable Care Act is that it does't go far enough in eliminating the costly markups and price fixing under our current "insurance-industry-run" health care. With the support of the right it could have done more to address that issue--an opportunity lost.
ACA is a blessing for the many who need insurance. It will also work to keep inflating premiums and copay costs down for the rest of us. It will be tweaked and improved in the coming years as the tea party furor dies down, and our leaders get back to the business of keeping our people and country strong.posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 - 08:49
The right can't win a national election so they will do anything they can to destroy the power of the presidency. "If don't get our way, we will shut the government down, default on the debt, destroy our economic system, and take you with us" A sickening sideshow which our House representative and Senate candidate Paul Broun is a an often-quoted promoter. Moderate republicans and business leaders recognize the insanity of this approach and will prevail in the end. Even the villainous Koch brothers who spend millions to promote their right wing agenda have started to back away from this idiocy. The Tea Party and their friends find themselves stuck out on a ledge and may well fall off.posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 08:15
The Dodgers were pounding the ball last night. Awful lot of pressure for a rookie to go out and face such a powerful line up. Our pitching is thin with the loss of Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy. I have a feeling the Braves will tie it up and bring the series back to Atlanta.posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 07:31
Before he became Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal resigned his seat in the US House to avoid a special prosecutors's investigation into his using his office for his own financial gain. Perhaps our bankrupt governor will be forced to resign from the governorship as the ethics investigation unfolds. Would be a good move for him and the people of Georgia.posted @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 23:34
Thank you for writing this article Mr. Gallant, sounds like a very eye-opening presentation. Yes, home grown tomatoes are the BEST but, hard to produce in the backyard garden more than 3-4 months out of the year. Whose labor then, provides this wonderful fruit the rest of the year? We depend on these workers to do the tough, back-breaking work that no one else wishes to take on and they deserve a living wage and health care to boot.posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 07:46
Great piece Mr. Drier. Mr. Cruz's antics show how extreme and out of touch the far right is.posted @ Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 07:50
Clever scheduling on Congressman Broun's part. An hour long "meet and greet" at the Cracker Barrel doesn't give him much time, or space, to field questions about the serious issues facing our nation.
As a congressman Mr. Broun enjoys the benefit of a lifetime, guaranteed, affordable, health insurance plan, while he and his party waste our time and our tax-payer dollars working to stall the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act. It is time for the voters of our district to elect a representative who works to provide affordable health coverage for all citizens, It is time for our country to catch up to the rest of the wealthy industrialized nations in the world.posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 07:38
Last year our mayor took the side of longtime ACC employees by advocating for them to keep their free health insurance benefit that was grandfathered in when the city and county consolidated. Her position was that the long-employees were "promised" that the benefit would continue until they retired and that ACC shouldn't go back on that promise. I think she was overruled in the interest of funding other much-needed programs, but long-time employees still have their health insurance and pay a very modest amount for that vital benefit. It is a sad state that ACC has chosen now, to kick the retirees to the curb. Our government has become like any corporate entity that doesn't mind throwing its retired employees to the wolves if it will help to balance the budget and keep the taxpayers happy. Too bad we have our insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens and governor Nathan Deal doing all they can to spite our President and keep health care out of the reach of our most needy citizens. In 2014, We need to elect people to those positions that are working for us. Until then, don't get sick.posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:51
We are the richest nation in the world--every citizen of every age deserves affordable and accessible health care. As long as we elect those that work against our best interests, the rich will get richer and the rest of us will not be able to afford our medications.posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 08:03
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