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VIDEO: Georgia Tech student's talk is Internet sensation

I saw on Morning Joe MSNBC that he used the speech from a coach at another school (with permission), then substituted GT as needed. So, he was nothing more than an actor. I'm not judging this guy, but I wish it had been original.

posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 09:08

Clarke County's Lanoue finalist for Ga. superintendent of the year

ATH are fortunate to have him. If you have met him and seen him in meetings, you would understand. His position comes with enormous restrictions, yet he continues to work and work and work for this town. BTW, he is not a member of the BOE, so he did NOT nominate himself. This man would not likely waste much time on the form.

His goal, as I understand it, is not to just graduate students, but to prepare them for their next step. If the schools just had more help from non-caring parents who discourage their kids from succeeding, the system would work even better.

posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 16:21

456 colonoscopy patients warned of infection risk

I would call it careless and lazy. Due to the amazing liability of not properly cleaning such an obvious tool, profit would lean toward cleaning. Plus, a liability insurance company might not cover this negligent act of stupidity.

Sadly, this may lead to people not having the test.

posted @ Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:48

Morehead names UGA chief of staff

One of the main reasons businesses fail is because the owner/President has to deal with too many details on too many issues. This is a major problem and I've watch good companies die because there is no one truly assisting the leader. (I'm not talking about the adm asst).

I suppose the professors could all do more upper management work to make sure they have the needs provided to teach. It takes an enormous amount costly support to to keep a professor's structure.

I don't work for UGA, but have given plenty of time overseeing and helping non-profits operate. Organizations must actually be organized.

posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 - 08:55

Athens-Clarke commission OKs smaller Buena Vista historic district

There is too much fear. If you are a landlord of one of the junk block house and need to add "safety lights" or replace a door, it's the same as before. If you need to maintain your house, its just as easy as before. If you want to build a modern "modern" style house - something like Pulaski has, this is very possible. If you want to build cheap low value, well this in not possible. If you want to erase physical history, well, not anymore.

I like seeing folks fight for their "wants", but this is not the end of development in BV.

posted @ Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 09:35

Snowden: Athens slightly off track with economic development

@cpom: It's not the public education they pass over. It's the public it has to educate. ATH has a huge society of sorry parents sending kids to school and not supporting them and hoping they say sorry like them.

posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 21:42

Link: Creative culture is key to thriving economy

@Anonymous Dude: Glad you mentioned Paris. Take away the art and historic buildings and you just have smelly sewers. Not much of an attraction. Even the skinny models would leave.

posted @ Friday, February 8, 2013 - 09:51

Athens United's Crain invited to train in England

For those of you not familiar with soccer, this is pretty big. Even though the Athens United program is a terrific club at developing talent, it takes real natural talent of grab the attention of the European teams. Good luck to this young player.

posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 12:34

'Sorority Girl Project' explores myths, stereotypes of Greek life

I do hope this project is truthful through her lens. Ms. Jones seems to have the right intention, but a couple of weeks will not show all details of something that has been going on for over a 100 years. Plenty of kids in the Greek houses have to work jobs to pay for school or extra money, or, yes even drinking money too. Each house is different, even if mostly white. Certainly not all republican. Damn sure not all rich.

Making friends is a good thing. Good people are good people whether they are in a sorority/fraternity or not.

I look forward to seeing this one, and glad to have Ms. Jones in my town.

posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 - 08:33

Fieldhouse first step in Prince Avenue Christian School building drive

Although I'm an advocate of public schools, I appreciate that PAC offers a great piece of the education puzzle for our community. We need options. Debt-free. Very impressive.

posted @ Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 08:32

From basement beginnings, Franklin's celebrates 50 years of business

2013 minus 50 = 1963.

posted @ Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 16:31

The Editor's Desk: You should go to tonight's downtown master plan meeting

I met with some of these folks and they are listening. It's not complete. Step up and try to help.

posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 17:53

Hostess to close, cites nationwide worker strike

@helligater69: Not likely, but to be clear, I don't like CEO's getting bonuses when other take cuts either. Creed is in all pay-scales.

posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 - 14:38

Hostess to close, cites nationwide worker strike

A real shame that greed can shut down a company. The union is the single greatest friend of China.

posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:40

Martin: Hard data needed on public art

Well written letter. I've read pages and pages... of statistics but can't always keep them straight so I would recommend going to a ACAC meeting or contacting the Chair. They keep up with all of that information.

From a business point of view, I know that beauty sells and attracts. I just have to figure out where to stop the funding of design,... I know that it way above 1%.

posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 17:59

ACC Commission to consider moratorium on Buena Vista development

@chockfullaquestions: The good news you are saying is that families are coming back to BV. Those concrete block houses and trailers you referred to can still be torn down if BV was a District. In fact, preservationist would be delighted for that to happen. Just because no McMansion has been build yet certainly does not mean never. Money headed north into BV, some of it bad.

My experience with HPC's is that if you do right with the house, you will get approve. If you want to build an addition with no windows or a forward facing garage - forget it. Not likely going to be able to glass in the front porch of the house either. These examples are in town in non-designated old neighborhoods now.

Large additions can be added on as well. I see them doing it all up and down the district streets - Including the my street.

You make reasonable points, and few people want more rules. I get it. I like the rules in my district now and they are proven all over the US.

posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 01:15

ACC Commission to consider moratorium on Buena Vista development

Well, nobody likes to be told what to do, even if it's the right thing do. New construction does not have to be similar to the district. Modern design is allowed downtown and in other historic districts. Oh, and if a person under 21 tries to buy liquor in that store you mentioned, is he served.

All of this is serious business and the govt should always try to do better. Citizens should have a voice for sure.

posted @ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 14:23

ACC Commission to consider moratorium on Buena Vista development

I appreciate the ACC trying to get it right. The middle class working family played a real part of the history of Athens, and these houses reflect the lifestyle of these people. Many of the houses have been torn down already, and thoughtless cheap junk houses replaced them. This junk can be demo'd and replaced with more appropriate homes suited for today's family. In fact the HPC would appreciate that sort of improvement. Owners can add on to historic houses, paint them any color they like,... Read the guidelines or actually go to a HPC meeting and learn for yourself how 94% of the applications are approved. Oh, and @signoff, there will not be a giant spike in taxes. Many will actually gain a tax freeze and historic designation brings stability so property values do not drop so fast in bad times.

posted @ Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 09:49

Athens officials need more time to consider historic designation

I live in a Local Historic District and it is really no trouble unless the owner tries to do something that will damage the historic integrity of the house or neighborhood. Physical history is important. Many of these old homes contain evidence of past ways of living. WIndows, steps, roofing,...

Don't kid yourself thinking that you have freedom with your property now outside these districts. There are plenty of restrictions to make sure citizens are protected. This country is not about "screwing you neighbor". It's about "protecting your neighbor."

Property values increase. The article said 95% of applicants are approved or with some changes. I've seen huge additions added to the back of houses on my street so apparently that's OK too. I've also seen house saved and renovated that had been partially burned.

I've been involved in a small amount of building and one thing for sure, this forces your contractor to get the details hammered out up front rather than later with an OOPS added to your bill.

Buena Vista has a lot of rental houses. One thought is to just let that neighborhood continue to deteriorate. Was the lower middle class really important to the history of Athens anyway? Apparently the HPC believes the middle class contribution was important. This town was not only home for the Cobb's, Lumpkin's, Grady's and other giant home owners with streets named after them.

The neighbors came to the HPC and asked for this designation. Looks like there were plenty that don't want it as well. I guess that's called politics. I'm glad the M&C want to take a hard look at this beyond the houses and include the people. The HPC is not allowed to do so.

As a capitalist, I want my investment and town to increase in value. As a conservative, I want things to remain solid and steady. Resources should be reused and preserved. I can still paint my house any color, build a porch and add bathrooms. When I get old, a ramp can be added, just not forever hideous.

posted @ Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 09:21

Martin: Athens should focus on fundamentals

@King Minos: I never mentioned poverty although I did misspell pour as poor. Sorry lazy parents are often poor though and not because of lack of jobs. I'm with you on the fact that poor families can raise smart kids. Absolutely.

Also, many kids are good students, but want a trade education rather than college. This is becoming very acceptable and encouraged.

posted @ Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 00:17

Martin: Athens should focus on fundamentals

Clarke has an excellent education system. The problem is that it is the only system in town that has to welcome ALL children. When more than 50% of the student don't care and their parent really don't care, the test scores and fancy ratings drop.

Welcoming ALL is a good thing, and overall, the kids behave in class. But don't let the low achieving community standards that poor into the heads of these kids from home manipulate your thoughts about to schools here in ATH. Take the top 50 grads and compare to other schools. Public or Private. CCSD is very impressive.

I do think the schools could be more strict with the bad kids. (Use the My House My Rules deal). Too much PC and fear to guide strongly is only harmful to the kids. They need direction. They don't get it outside the building.

posted @ Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 09:33

Despite petition, Normaltown residents bid farewell to old oak

Is this a spec house he is building then selling? Is it being built for the home owner? Whoever said or OK'd in a contract, "build the house this way" is the one who pulled the trigger on the tree.

posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:39

Blackmon: Charter issue too important for inaccurate discussion

Parent involvement helps in ALL cases. There are SO MANY SORRY PARENTS in Athens, but the CCSD must allow them in the doors.

Until we fix patents, this will always be the case.

CCSD is well run with one of the best Superintendents in the US.

Charter - Fine with me, but let's make these Charter companies go to each county and sell the concept. What is good for Clarke is not good for ALL counties.

posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 20:46

Pitts: Voting laws keep Jim Crow alive

I'm really getting tired of this type of writing. Calling such "Jim Crow" is crazy. No felon can vote. Right or wrong - NO felon.

posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 20:33

Yarbrough: Charter issue is 'David and Goliath' battle

The state should support/help the local system. If they claim the LOCALS simply can't handle it, then come down and help us LOCALS do it better. Don't push us aside. BTW, we are ALL LOCALS.

posted @ Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 10:35

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