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Allen: Problem at southern border too complex for slogans

This is indeed a complex problem. Like most of the complex issues we have, most Americans resort to simplistic opinions based on their own political beliefs.

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 08:10

Blackmon: Charter option makes sense for Clarke schools

Thanks Myra for looking into this in more detail. My gut feel was the same as your and this helps confirm it.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:45

Westneat: Pledges make Congress dysfunctional

The pledges are designed to feed the ideological few who dominate the primary process of this nation. This exists on both sides, but seems to be dominated by the ideologues on on the right.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:43

FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant

@Used2baFreeCountry: you really need to get out more or at least get better information sources.
This whole issue of R-22 was not the doing of the EPA but rather from the Montreal protocol from the late 1980's based on real science about the affect of chloro-fluorocarbons on the ozone layer.
Since you do seem to have a tendency to post links on this board, perhaps take the time to look this up and see that this is/was a real issue and not some ideological fight.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:39

Democrat Carter again asks for investigation

@maxcat07: May not happen here. Recall the special tax break given to our former illustrious Gov. Perdue. That slid off life water from a ducks back and he got elected again.

One way to help fight this is to hope that eventually we end up with a two party (or more) system again in the state.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:32

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - I'd say in the case of President Obama's tenure, a more appropriate description would be "Lost Decade".[/quote]

We are indeed part of a lost decade (actually decade plus now), but it was not only the lack of leadership from Obama that contributed to this. It was started with the poorly led Bush Jr. administration that dragged the nation into an unnecessary war and has been continued by the partisan gridlock we have with ideologues on both side of the aisle that fails to address the problems we have.

Many people are both parties are responsible, but of course no one responsible will own up to it. We the people are ultimately responsible for electing the ideologues.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:54

Ga. considers exemptions to school food standards

Allowing exceptions for fund raisers seems to be an obvious case for exceptions allowed.

Some complain about federal overreach on setting nutritional based guidelines, but it does appear that Michelle Obama's campaign is having some impact as the percentage of overweight kids has decreased slightly since 2010.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:47

NeSmith: If you snooze, you lose track of the celebrities

I prefer to take the attitude about most of these 'celebrities' that was expressed long ago in the Crocodile Dundee movie of the 80's...
"Doesn't know, doesn't care".

Far too many people know more about who's who on American Idol but could not even recall the name of the Congressional representative or point out the location of Ukraine on a map. A sad representation of our society.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:43

Today's editorial cartoon

@TeeWee: Allow an interpretation. The little kid with the 'play toy' rocket launcher represents the Russian supported and trained separatist rebels in the Ukraine.

I really hope that there can be a good independent investigation into this, and if Russia were found to be complacent (such as providing the sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system) then I would hope that the world community would be able to find appropriate punitive measures. Beyond those of just targeting individuals in Russia.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:39

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

We don't really need another person causing embarrassment to this region. Whatever your beliefs regarding faith and religion, people might want to consider that. I am afraid that Mr. Hice is likely to be like another Paul Broun Jr..

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:05

Democrat Carter again asks for investigation

@marshalld: True, but the odds of the state AG actually following through with an investigation like this in an election year are: Slim and/or none.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:40

Gilmore: Supreme Court's recent term 'devastating'

[quote][b]prophet[/b] - This article is pure, left-leaning, so-called "progressive" ideology. This writer is out of touch!
[/quote]

Ideologues on both sides tend to seem out of touch when viewed from the other side or from a centrist position. Out of touch is a subjective viewpoint, usually only used to describe someone who has a position that differs from one's own.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:52

Taking their business elsewhere: Best Buy latest to leave Clarke for Oconee

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - This is a leason to Clarke County. Companies will not pay higher takes just to be on Atlanta Hwy. At some point traffic becomes a liability and not an asset. The poor planning during the growth of the late 1980-1990's is now coming back to haunt the county.
[/quote]

Living near that "Gwinnett County wannabe" area of Oconee myself, the traffic is certainly becoming an issue there as well.

I agree that navigating the Atlanta Highway area around the former Best Buy is a mess if you are trying to turn left on there. If the state paid for Oconee to put in that road, which I am sure cost a good bit, surely they could consider whatever comes out of the planning for around Georgia Square Mall.

Taxes may be lower, but I suspect the lease rates are higher for those new facilities (at least maybe after any initial teaser rates go away).

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:34

Wendel: This year's World Cup truly captured Americans' attention

Great to see the worlds game take hold even more in the USA.
I love both versions of "football", but given the choice would take Futbol/soccer.

Even here in the football passion filled Southeast 'soccer' is taking root.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 22:58

Zimdars: A sensible Republican voice on health care

Reading through the AAPS website, they sound like a group of physicians that have certain ideological beliefs close to Paul Broun. Nothing wrong with that and within their 1st amendment rights except if their support is touted as representing all physicians, which is what Broun tried to do.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:42

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic

Duplicate post deleted ....

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:07

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic

@nancy30683: If you read both Mr. Bernand's article and your post here I think there is a lot of agreement between you two.

I am pretty much in the same position as Mr. Bernhard. The GOP left me, I did not leave the GOP.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:06

What Others Say: Threat to sue president shortsighted (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

This whole issues is an example of stupid ideology trumping doing what is good for society. Boehner is pulling a political stunt that will play well on Fox News but not have any impact overall.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 19:47

The Editor's Desk: Sharing the road is a two-way street

@TMKvetch: You speak like the polarized society we have. "Most people" includes you and those that watch the same news channels and believe the same as you as being the normal. All else are perceived as "the others" and "the bad guys". The ideology gives you blinders of your own.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 19:41

The Editor's Desk: Sharing the road is a two-way street

Good points Jim. I don't think the original article mentioned if alcohol was involved. That might explain some of the stupid actions.

Off to go ride into work today on my bike ....

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 07:48

Perdue, Kingston talk Common Core

Reading these two ideologues talk, it reminds me of the old John Kerry gaffe. To paraphrase:
"I voted for the Common Core Standard before I voted against it."

Agree that federal government has not helped some aspect of eduction, but Perdue and Kingston offer no real solutions only mindless drivel aimed at throwing red meat to the other ideologues that tend to vote in the primaries.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 07:34

Leubsdorf: Models of bipartisanship not likely to gain traction

Lots of things have probably contributed to this trend of gridlock, but those that buy into the concept that compromise is a dirty word is perhaps the biggest reason.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 07:08

Lanoue: Charter option will give Clarke school system increased flexibility

[quote][b]cornish531[/b] - @The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald:
I encourage you to read up on charter schools. One good feature is that they are accountability driven. Based upon my read, answers to the information you desire are in the formulation process.
[/quote]

This will be interesting to see how it plays out. The idea of conversion is worth considering. Of course it won't please all who go on and on about babble but offer nothing of consequence save worrying about cost.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 22:06

Alexander: Community Platform will improve local health care

It will be interesting to see how this organization fares over the coming few years.
Lots of good ideas, and a whole lot more positive contribution to to world that those that spout off "Repeal!" all the time with no answers on their own.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 21:58

Blackmon: Even with questions, deeply grateful to be an American

Well said Myra.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 21:56

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