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As UGA prepares for Missouri, Gurley gets a lawyer

Sadly, Todd Gurley and Dawg fans are learning that the pen is mightier than sword.

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 09:28

Latest Georgia polls show runoffs in the making

12 years of republican control of the state and the average Georgian is worse off. Georgia leads the nation in unemployment and denies health care to the most needy. We have fewer teachers, a crumbling infrastructure and no transportation plan. The wealthy business owners love the lower taxes but the rest of us are not doing so well. Run off Nathan Deal and David Perdue. Vote Jason Carter for Governor and Michelle Nunn for US Senate!

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 08:48

UGA engineering students hope flashy parade float is a winner

Sounds really nice! Hope the ABH will post a video and/or photos of the COE float and the other parade entries. Tough luck for all the students that worked so hard to get these ready for the festivities. Go Dogs!

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 08:42

Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

As reported in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia's unemployment rate has increased to 8.1 %

The average Georgian cannot afford four more years of Nathan Deal

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 09:13

Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

Nathan Deal gives tax breaks to his wealthy friends, and pays for it by cutting back on funding for education, heath care and social services while Georgia has the second highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.8% right in front of Mississippi at 8%. Our ethically-challenged governor cost the state 3 Million dollars to settle suits filed by members of the State Ethics Commission that he had terminated because they were looking into his campaign finance practices. Mr. Deal has made his money and could care less about the 100's of Georgians that are dying every year because he refuses to expand Medicaid to help the most needy among us. He won't accept the money from the Affordable Care Act for fear of losing big political donations from his wealthy donors and PACs. Not only would this Medicaid expansion save 100's of lives but it would help much needed rural hospitals stay open and boost the Georgia's economy by creating more health care related jobs. We cannot afford 4 more years of Mr Deal.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 09:04

Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

Before becoming governor, Nathan Deal left the US Congress to avoid prosecution for using the influence of his House seat for personal gain. Now as governor he rewards his wealthy business friends with tax breaks paid for by reducing money for education, health care and social services. He is content to let hundreds of Georgians die every year by refusing to expand Medicaid with money offered though the Affordable Care Act. Not only would this expansion save lives, but it would add 1000's of job to our economy and help struggling rural hospitals survive. Nathan Deal is a puppet of the wealthy and connected--and has no vision or concern for the average working Georgian trying to make a living. The voters of Georgia should not be fooled by Bad Deal again.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:31

Poll: tight governor's race, Perdue leads by 10

Who came up with the misleading "Perdue leads by 10" headline for an article that mentions tighter differences in the other polls. Should have been "Perdue worried as Nunn closes Gap" I would think that both the senate and governors race are pretty tight as the right is now on a campaign to suppress democratic voter registration in the state.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:47

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

Unfortunately, we live in a consumer age which promotes personal comfort and convenience over respect for our earth.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:03

New Kroger Marketplace opens today in Athens

Attention Shoppers! Get out to the grand opening and enjoy, because your tax dollars are helping to pay for this Mega Marketplace. ACC gave the developer bond funding and property tax reductions to "lure" this development to Clarke County. Could the ABH do a background story on the details?

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:04

Man faces drug charges after seen drinking tequila on steps of Athens apartment complex

I hope there is more to this story as it is a scary thing to think someone of legal age cannot sit on the front steps of a house or apartment on private property and drink alcohol. It would appear that the officers involved had no legal reason to approach the two men unless they were causing some type of disturbance. Even then an open container on private property shouldn't be cause for a further search. Are we missing part of the story here. or did the arresting officer overstep his legal bounds?

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 15:37

Future of Elbert County hospital in some doubt

Our bankrupt governor is happy giving tax breaks to his wealthy buddies while 100's of Georgians die every year because he is afraid to take the ACA money and expand Medicaid in the state. Not only would this action save lives, but it would also create 1000's of jobs and help keep our rural hospitals open. He's got state funded medical insurance for life so why should he worry about those in need.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 16:19

The Editor's Desk: And now, it's time to govern


Got to ask you for some background on your statement. I have the utmost respect for the work that Mr. NeSmith and Mr. Bailey have done both on the commission and in the community. Athens Rocks because of them! Mr. NeSmith, Mr. Bailey and Ms. Link have one goal which is to move Athens forward.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 17:35

Kingston remains hopeful following defeat


Yes! Yes! Yes! Good riddance! Kingtson reminds me of his buddy Eric Cantor who seemed relieved when he got upset the primary in Virginia. These obstructionists both have made their money and have comfortable lives ahead- provided with bullet proof pensions and gold-plated health insurance courtesy of us taxpayers. Not to mention the access to the deep pockets of their 1% friends. The system has been good to them while rest of us 99-percenters gut it out. Voters of Georgia insist on voting for charlatans on the right and don't seem to mind that it never gets any better.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:19

Dilworth: Recent hospital visit to Athens rekindled memories

One thing I hated about UGA taking over the Tocooa TV station was the end of 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

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