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Ciné chief: Big theaters edging out little guy on art house films

Why should they have to wait? Why play second fiddle to Ga. Theatre Co.?

posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 21:37

Farm workers discuss plight, protest

Wow, what a load of racist bigots, the lot of you.

1. Because someone's native language is Spanish doesn't make them illegal.

2. The penny a pound doesn't go to the workers. It's a premium paid by the wholesale buyer upon delivery. But like any product sold to your favorite grocery store, that wholesale cost goes to pay the distributor, the farm owner — and then the worker. So imagine your employer getting a $2,500 bonus from a client...and then handing you a $50 bill. Honestly, you idiotic commenters disgust me.

3. If you think it's such an awesome life, then I dare you to quit your cushy job and do it. Tomato pickers make, on average $10,000/year. They don't receive benefits and don't receive the same basic legal protections afforded to most workers. Slavery, rape and child labor are rampant in this line of work.

If these people came through speaking Polish or Dutch, would you react the same way? When is it OK that we deny people basic human dignities? You should all be ashamed of yourselves. It's like a middle school locker room gone haywire.

posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 00:08

DA clears Athens solid waste chief of wrongdoing for scrap metal sale

@mpd0.59: OK then, I think his aptitude for fact-checking is tragic.

posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 18:57

DA clears Athens solid waste chief of wrongdoing for scrap metal sale

@TheOtherSide: Actually it wasn't The Red & Black that broke the story, it was the Banner-Herald that wrote the story
There is no such story written in The Red & Black. If you are going to say a publication ruined a man's life, get the publication's name correct.

posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 13:10

Sun Trust development hits small milestone with plans submission

[quote]How can you say they have success when they haven't even leased their first apartment? Building it doesn't mean everyone will come.

At least they're building it. It's a lot more successful than what Selig's accomplished.

posted @ Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 22:04

Sun Trust development hits small milestone with plans submission

Wow, look at all the armchair developers in our town, who all know EXACTLY how to build a successful residential/commercial development. Sheesh. All you do is complain about how this city supposedly makes it difficult for development and new business, and then here's a story about someone having success and all you do is rag on them.

posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 16:25

Athens mayor declares Thursday 'Don't text and drive day'

I would think this day should be every day. . .

posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 - 17:53

Hundreds gather in Athens at 'Justice for Trayvon' rally

Athens Banner-Herald commenters are the worst.

posted @ Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 17:09

Other jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

@Long Sufferer: He's not guilty, none of us are innocent.

posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:16

UGA student seeks $2 million in lawsuit over use of Facebook photo

So she's suing because a school official used her photo without permission. Did the Banner get her permission to run the picture? I know it's part of a lawsuit and the picture is a piece of the court file which is public record, but still, she seems to be litigious.

posted @ Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:38

Clarke school chief must reconsider decision to allow controversial book

ONE set of parents is upset about ONE paragraph and so EVERYONE suffers for it? Now that is offensive.

posted @ Friday, June 14, 2013 - 07:28

Athens-Clarke commission OKs smaller Buena Vista historic district

Congratulations to the neighbors who won this battle. It's good to have people who stand up for what they believe in.

posted @ Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 08:51

Map for Buena Vista neighborhood's historic district ready for commission

Oh, right -- because the nearby historic neighborhoods of Boulevard and Cobbham have truly suffered as historic districts, what with all those deteriorating properties and low home values.

And Carrie, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Just look at the developers who work almost exclusively in historic districts, complaining about all the "regulations" on their way to the bank to deposit their profits.

posted @ Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 17:30

Georgia rep. says controversial rape comment 'partly right'

The Medical College of Georgia must be so proud

posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 - 14:46

Oconee sheriff boycotts gun dealer over gun ban to public

Way to support a Georgia company, sheriff. Not.

posted @ Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 00:07

Athens Housing Authority receives tax credits for Jack R. Wells transformation

Wow, you're a lovely human being.

Although you probably refuse to believe it, but there are people who live in public housing who do go to school (even attend UGA), don't rob their neighbors, and are productive members of society. Did you even read the article? The first phase of the project is housing for seniors. Seniors! Those mooching, crime-infested old people.

Oh, you do know that AHA isn't costing our local government any money, and this project will end up completely changing the Pauldoe neighborhood, right? Just curious.

But heaven forbid there be affordable housing for people in our community who get paid minimum wage and can't afford $600 per bedroom, per month, for an apartment with a rooftop pool. Oh no, the "real world" apartments are progress. Good ol' American progress.

posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 - 02:46

Deal: Georgia won't create health care exchanges

I'm just curious what Gov. Deal pays for his insurance plan

posted @ Friday, November 16, 2012 - 18:03

Residents free of fear in former North Place neighborhood

Just to set the record straight among certain commenters, but Bethel (as well as Rolling Ridge) are owned by a company in Atlanta. They are not owned or managed by the Athens Housing Authority.

Several other notorious -- and also low-income -- apartment complexes are also privately owned, such as apartments along Vincent Drive and Sycamore Drive.

posted @ Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 14:51

Athens couple agonizes over kidnapped child

@roebling: Woah. Easy there, bucko. All those statistics you're citing have everything to do with children who grow up in poverty and NOTHING to do with children who grow up in a household that can spend upwards of $80,000 trying to protect them.

Your anger at the situation would best be served looking at the impoverished populations of Clarke County, and providing some structure/guidance to the many unwed fathers who are contributing to poor, broken families. This family, while broken, is a completely different case.

posted @ Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 23:10

Broun questions jobs report

I guess he'd be happy if it showed more Americans were out of work. I'd be happy if he was.

posted @ Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 08:46

Red & Black publisher apologizes to student journalist by letter

@LinaryKingdon: You are absolutely spot-on about all of this. There are many nuances that aren't reported. Friends of mine who were there tell me this kid was demanding from the start, assuming he had every right to set up his camera in a private place of business. He also was told, several times, that he was to stay downstairs with the rest of the media while the meeting with prospective students was going on -- and then everyone would move outside for a formal statement. Instead, from what witnesses have told me, he ran up the stairs, when a staff member's back was turned, and hid behind a wall to start filming. The kid shouldn't have been manhandled but he also crossed the line. If he presses charges, it seems he can also be charged with trespassing.

posted @ Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 08:59

Police announce reward in armed robery of Baxter Street pizza shop

There should also be a look out for the extra b in robbery in the headline

posted @ Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:11

UGA prof studies childcare costs and the stimulus' impact

Are you people freaking kidding me? Do you have NAY IDEA how much it costs to get quality childcare in this area? Because we paid $185/week for ours. and that was at a mid-range facility with subsidized rent (paid for by the church). With two incomes for college-educated parents, that's still $740 each month spent on childcare, nearly what we paid for our mortgage. When compared with our incomes, that's nearly 20 percent -- and we're solidly middle class.

And to think that people are "having kids they can't afford" or whatever poppycock you're selling, that's completely not true. There is not one woman who says to herself, "Gee, I think I'll have another baby so I can get on food stamps..." You're completely forgetting that there are THOUSANDS of middle-class families who have had their incomes cut due to getting laid off, and often when they do find another job, it's for a fraction of what they were making. Yet childcare costs are the same.

So while all you right-winders just looove to cry foul every time someone says "subsidized," in this case it's helping middle-class families afford the "American dream" of owning a house and having a car and paying for groceries, all while leaving their child in a safe environment while they go off to pay the bills. Those families end up paying taxes and supporting our economy, rather than staying home and drawing another government check because they can't afford childcare.

posted @ Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 21:04

Firefighters need to respond more to medical emergencies, grand jury says

The hospitals pay a combined $400,000 to subsidize ambulance (911) calls. National has been able to run a business making money off non-emergency transports, so why couldn't the county?

posted @ Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 14:22

School accounting falls short, grand jury says

Ane before you all jump on the gub'ment counting its money correctly, shall we first turn to the recent Barclay's scandal, which involves several banks in the U.S., too, and the fact that they've screwed millions of people out of trillions of dollars? Oh, but they're in the private sector, so it's all good.

posted @ Friday, July 6, 2012 - 08:59

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