I have never understood how supposedly fiscally conservative voters could think that electing a bankrupt was a good idea. I understand that sometimes bad times happen in business and people cant pay their debts on time, but a bankrupt to lead our state financially should have been a nonstarter.posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 10:54
@Webbty. While in college, I worked for a law firm that employed Burrell Ellis as an attorney. That was twenty years ago, and I really don't know much about him now. I can say, though, that he was very intelligent and presented himself very professionally any time that I'd ever seen him. I know this is throwing pearls before swine, but don't you think you guys on here would come off as more intelligent if you could think of a descriptive other than thug for every black guy.posted @ Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 17:40
On the surface, this seems like the same sort of stunt that Paul Broun pulls to get the constituency of Oconee County behind him. I guess it works on you guys out there.posted @ Friday, January 4, 2013 - 15:39
double post. sorryposted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 18:47
@ppensyl: Which priveledges do you have to get drug tested for? I could be wrong but I call B.S.posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 - 18:47
I did not go to the meeting so am speaking from ignorance here but I was a member of the Morgan County planning commission for some time. If an area is shown on the future land use map or zoned as mixed use, that usually doesn't mean just any mixed use development may go in by right. Mixed use developments usually have to go through the planning process and be approved based on the developmnet's plan. Also they can not usually differ from the approved plan once approval is granted. So activists calling for a rezone may not be accurate. I don't believe your neighbor can petition to have your property rezoned. For a mixed use not to be approved, a rezone should not be necessary just a denial of the development plan.posted @ Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 13:55
@keepitsimple: No, I don't. Also, and this is not a dig at you, we will never see eye to eye on this. Here is why. You assume that people who live in Pauldoe like criminals while in your neighborhood they don't. I think that people are people and that you will find good and bad people in every neighborhood. Even though you probably live in a nice white neighborhood like me, there are criminals there as well. They just look and act nicer so you never know.posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:30
@keepitsimple: I thought I answered, but I was not clear. I think that law enforcement should always be in place for everyone in all neighborhoods with no need for a special budget for Pauldoe. I think that when the government spends money, the rules should be followed. This would apply to Pauldoe or to bidding on road projects. I also think that this redevelopement would be good for Athens.posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:20
@keepitsimple: Criminals should be always be removed or punished no matter where they live, even in your neighborhood or mine. That should happen whether they change Pauldoe or not. I guess I am trying to address the ugly racial comments that always appear on this board. Most of those posting know nothing of anyone really living in Pauldoe. Its just more of the same welfare/ghetto/thug talk. And most of it stems from racism and ignorance. Can we not elavate the discussion a little?posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:02
I know about 10 people who live in Pauldoe. They have jobs, cars, tvs, shoes. Not very nice jobs, or cars, or clothes but they seem like regular people to me. They are just not very well educated and have what I would consider little money. I'm sure there are criminals there as well. There are probably tax cheats, thieves, child molesters and drunks in my neighborhhod too. Wonder if those of you who are so violently opposed know anyone in Pauldoe?posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 - 09:38
What did his parents expect saddling a kid with a name like Pete. These repeat offenders and serial criminals should be required to change their names to something society will accept like Darchavious. Did I get the typical racist comment over names correct? Or did I get it bacwards?. Or does that kind of comment only go with other types of crimes? Never can get it right.posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 - 08:55
@skull: Ok. I'll try to explain it again. Carter was the president in 1980 and for 19 days of 1981. Reagan was the president during most of the eighties, including the periods of highest unemployment and poverty. Blaming Carter for Reagan's early problems is fine, if that is what you want to do. Logic would dictate, then, that Bush would take the blame for Obama's early mess. It would also be logical to believe that it may take a little longer to dig out of this mess. I think the issues are more complex than Carter vs Reagan or Bush vs. Obama. I'm just pointing out the silliness of this partisan finger pointing, especially if you are using different criteria for similar situations so your guy looks better. No need to reply to me. I am done and going back to work.posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:15
"The overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent, from 14.3 percent the previous year, and the rate from 2007-10 rose faster than for any similar period since the early 1980s "
hmm. Who was president in the early 1980's? Could it have been the great Reagan? As in "I'm a Reagan conservative"
It takes a while to turn the ship around, even with voodoo economics. But, Obama should have fixed it all in 10 months.posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 10:50
I think the writer is correct here. The American version is much more civilized looking than the Continental way of eating. As if Europeans don't have time to set their knives down and must shove it in with two hands. I personally think Europeans who eat like this look barbaric and Americans who eat like this look both barbaric and pretentious.posted @ Monday, August 29, 2011 - 13:09
[quote][b]Username Required[/b] - MLK would be so proud of the culture that his race has imbraced.
I for one am proud of the education you obviously received.posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:18
"Class envy always rises when the economy lags"
So now Warren Buffet suffers from class envy. I can not overexpress how ridiculous it is to bring up "class envy" every time someone thinks that the tax rates on some income brackets should be reexamined.posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:52
Wow - for a change we get a bunch of racist comments on this board. I know, I know, I'm the one who said the word racist. I hope none of you cats are the ones in charge of hiring anywhere.posted @ Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 11:36
@BummerDude:" You are finally starting to understand the TeaParty. We offer our lives, fortunes, and honor to maintain our freedom and resist Government tyranny. Politics has been mostly about who can take the most money from other Americans. It is what you look for in every debate. It is all you understand. Give up your freedoms in return for other people's money (security).
Long live the Tea Party!!!!"
(as a note: that was intended as sarcasm)posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 - 09:13
@Ross: Okay, just because I see the inequity of those who buy our congressmen paying 1/2 the tax rate of the hard working middle class does not mean I have wealth envy. This type of silly propaganda is what is wrong with our country. I merely pointed out the type of "loophole" Grove couldn't seem to understand. Apparantly though, tax rates, (I guess even a flat tax rate) is not good enough for you. Maybe we should all pay the exact same dollar amount in taxes. How bout $18k. If the McDonald's employee doesn't make that much throw him in jail before he touches your bicycle.posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 13:31
@grove600: Uh, loopholes that allow the wealthiest 400 Americans to pay 18% income tax while I pay 35%.posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:07
double clickposted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 09:26
@grove600: Yeah, white convictsposted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 09:26
@keepitsimple: Actually the Reatta was a different kind of Buick. A pretty cool car in its time and kind of retro cool now like a DeLorean. I doubt they sold more than 20k or so so probabably didnt steal it to chop it.posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 09:23
I have children at Prince Avenue. As I understand it, there is an unusually small senior class this year. I believe that all seniors and the few non seniors taking some select AP science classes are being issued the iPads. This is "third hand" from my child so there is a chance I have it wrong.posted @ Monday, July 25, 2011 - 08:48
@Hardscrabble: Your post made perfect sense but there is absolutely no reasoning with any of these hardcore posters. If Jesus Christ himself descended from heaven, produced many miracles and then said the same thing you have just said, these posters would go on with the same inane propaganda. Seriously imagine the real people posting these type of responses. I have no doubt that 95 percent of them are bitter old men with nothing to do all day and not much real sense. You would probably not debate them in real life but somehow it seams that a reasoned argument may change the tone on here. It will never happen.posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:12
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more