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Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - @The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Ah, I've never used the Kroger pharmacy at all. I also visit the eastside Publix, but not as often. Love the store. Can't afford it.
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Here's your customer service for you. After calling the pharmacy and getting no response, and then calling the store manager (who apparently has no control over the pharmacy), I am advised thusly.

Although I have called Wal Mart and posted the information above, which the entire world can verify, Kroger can only "price match" if I go to the store and stand there while they call Wal Mart. For some reason, Kroger can't just call Wal Mart without moi there, which at some level should be flattering.

The excuse is that I have to bring in my receipts to show how much I overpaid for the Kroger drugs, because apparently they have no record. And I own a bridge in Brooklyn.

Normally I would relish such an opportunity but right now I'm working a contract position in Atlanta, where I leave at 6:00 in the morning, and get home about 8;00 in the evening. Obviously everyone's time at Kroger is more valuable than my time.

It's just really apparent that despite the representations, no one in Kroger management gives a damm.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 21:14 by: The Oracle of t...

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - @Youmustbekidding: You must be kidding. Been using Kroger on the eastside for, heck, as long as it's been there. Nice folks, good service.
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By and large I like the eastside Kroger, spend several hundred dollars a month there.

BUT

Today I got really ripped off in the pharmacy.

I'm private pay (self pay), and I can pay for my own prescriptions. Today I got a couple refilled that seemed a little high, and so when I got home. I called the Lexington Rd. Wally World. The difference is not insignificant. I don't mind paying Kroger a little extra for the convenience, but more than twice is not "convenient."

Wal Mart was substantially cheaper. I called Kroger because I knew that they PRICED MATCHED local stores. I asked for a refund. I left a number, which I was assured would be called right back as soon as they called Wally World (as if they didn't already know). I even offered to give them the number to Wal Mart.

So like the tried and true, bathroom wall doggerel, here I sit broken hearted. Apparently Kroger doesn't care that they are ripping off a good customer. No call back.

Lest one thinks this is another internet "choking Doberman" story, check it out yourself.

Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor), 80 mg, 30 tabs, Kroger, $81.06. Wal Mart, $30.00

Diltiazem, 120 mg. Kroger, 30 tabs, $40.39, Wal Mart $22.38

Total difference $70.10 PER MONTH -- a lot of money for drive up convenience.

I shall follow up with some other apothecaries and report back.

Like I say, I'm use to paying for my own medical care, and getting ripped off doing it, but even us suckers have our limits.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 20:32 by: The Oracle of t...

Man accused in investment fraud with Jim Donnan to be sentenced

Apparently 12 jurors who actually heard all the evidence believed them, and that's what counts, isn't it.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:36 by: The Oracle of t...

Couple hospitalized after Athens wreck

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - She never had patients who actually hit the deer.
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Your point is generally well taken. But there was a woman who was killed in Oconee County several years ago when she hit a deer and it came through the windshield.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:20 by: The Oracle of t...

Couple hospitalized after Athens wreck

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - She never had patients who actually hit the deer.
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Your point is generally well taken. But there was a woman who was killed in Oconee County several years ago when she hit a deer and it came through the windshield.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:19 by: The Oracle of t...

GA board reinstates gun rights to convicted felons

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - @jtsim: No, you are not the only one.
I wonder if their voting rights were also restored in this process?
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Voting rights are restored automatically upon completion of their sentence.

Ergo, anyone who completed their sentence 5 years ago has been able to vote for 5 years without anyone doing anything.

What's interesting about this process is that the action of this Georgia Board does not necessarily restore the felon's rights to own or purchase a gun, which is controlled by federal law.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:40 by: The Oracle of t...

Kinnucan's holding grand opening today

Well, if you're going to go to all the trouble to give them a free ad, you could at least tell what they sell, make, do, or whatever.

Kinnucan's isn't right up there with Wal Mart on the public consciousness.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:46 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @observer1948: Maybe the solution is to take in a specific number of immigrants, and offer in trade an equal number of the parasites we already have. We can start with Tent City. If the IRC will accept an equal number of the poor we already have, we should be glad to trade them for fresh immigrants who will hopefully become productive citizens. I think I'll forward my plan to the mayor for consideration.
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That's actually a great idea. Work it like a baseball trade -- 150 folks from Bethel Homes for 150 refugees to be named later.

Maybe just do a work around of IRC -- go straight to Iraq and offer them 150 from Bethel Homes for 150 malcontents.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 13:09 by: The Oracle of t...

State school board allows exemptions for bake-sale fundraisers

Odd, isn't it, that it's not “ an absolute overreach of the federal government” for the federal government to fund school lunch and breakfasts, but it is “an absolute overreach of the federal government” to say what food the schools can serve.

If local control is such a big issue, all the schools have to do is quit suckling on the government teat, and then they can serve what they want when they want -- which is what private schools do. They can serve them baloney sandwiches on white bread with a side of Cheetos, and a Moon Pie for dessert, every day

Of course, no politician in recent times has ever been embarrassed by the hypocrisy of stuffing federal money into his pockets while complaining about "them folks in Washington" and "their overbearing rules denying good folks like us local control."

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:58 by: The Oracle of t...

Bus driver cleared in fare issue

Further review showed that was actually missing was the other modals that make the center multi.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 20:45 by: The Oracle of t...

Man claiming to be Marine questions service of wrong Athens cop

Congratulations to Sgt. Gale for getting back on the street. I admire her perseverance and dedication. Keep up the good work.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 16:07 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - Should have thought of that before you concentrated all the public housing in the region in one community. [/quote]

That's not ACC's fault.

I'm not even sure refugees are eligible for public housing.

That information (including Section 8 (dumazz smiley, EIGHT)) would be an interesting followup.

Interesting that Jubliee Partners, which has a proven record of dealing with refugees, and integrating them into the community, seems to be out of the loop.

So can just anyone work out a deal with the federal gov't and plop down a bunch of refugees anywhere they want to?

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:42 by: The Oracle of t...

Family Dollar rebuffing Dollar General takeover bid

There will be rejoicing in households all across China.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:22 by: The Oracle of t...

Suspects in standoff with Athens police surrender

Good job, Joe, getting this out and online so fast.

Way to stay on top of things.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:37 by: The Oracle of t...

UGA student found passed out on park bench downtown

@La[quote][b]barryhollander[/b] - The lack of a name may have to do with him being hospitalized and will be charged later. And for fun, you can tell the students have returned. Go to the UGA police log and read the second table of, yes, public urination, arrests. Sigh. http://bit.ly/1mY3vjz
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When Joe Johnson does the police blotter, he typically does not name underage persons whose only offense is alcohol related. When he is not on duty, it's that policy is inconsistently applied, which seems to be unfair to the person named.

@LaMaReaRoja

You're exactly correct. The writing level at the ABH is pretty miserable given the venue.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:26 by: The Oracle of t...

Two people charged with burglarizing Athens convenience store to steal vodka

Since when did convenience stores start selling liquor? Maybe there's something else the police need to investigate.

If this place is selling liquor it has to close at all sorts of times, which it doesn't (election days for example).

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:53 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens man wanted for allegedly trying to run down police officer arrested

I'll bet he gets a really serious stretch of probation now.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 14:29 by: The Oracle of t...

An animal lover and a UGA vet school trailblazer

I have many wonderful stories I could tell about Dr. Maxwell.

I didn't realize she had just started her practice in 1972 -- that was when I first came to Athens and took my first dog to her. I think the bill was $20 and she let me pay it at $5 a month.

She did some wonderful things, far out of the ordinary, for my animals through the years.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 14:26 by: The Oracle of t...

Prosecutors get third conviction in 2012 burglary in which elderly Athens homeowner was murdered

Joe:

The headline writers aren't doing you any favors. My first impression was that this was the third trial of the same defendant. Couldn't remember anyone who had two previous trials, so my first reaction was WTH?

Notwithstanding that, good story, and good job of filling in the details of the other defendants.

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 17:23 by: The Oracle of t...

Banjo player hit on head by underage drinker

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - .
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You do know that I get to see what you deleted, don't you?

Guess you missed the discussion last week with Joe Johnson, who I'm guessing was off for the weekend.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 08:52 by: The Oracle of t...

Banjo player hit on head by underage drinker

Once again the ABH demonstrates its totally inconsistent policy toward publishing the names of underage drinkers.

I'm sure that Ms, Kearney's parents are so proud, and she can look forward to the results of future possible employer's Google searches.

Besides, I thought she was an "alleged" underage drinker.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 22:04 by: The Oracle of t...

Hood, prosecution asks judge to reconsider using Elbert County jury in Athens murder trial

I haven't looked at the demographics, but I'm thinking that Baldwin County would provide a similar jury -- heavy college presence, heavy state employee presence, probably a good average income because of those, logistics of getting the jurors here not too complex and outside of Athens news coverage zone.

Similar thoughts for Bullock County, (Statesboro).

Here's Baldwin County

The racial makeup of the county was 54.17% White, 43.38% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,159, and the median income for a family was $42,736. Males had a median income of $31,227 versus $22,718 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,271. About 11.80% of families and 16.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.80% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 15:45 by: The Oracle of t...

Galis: Media wrong on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision

P.S. What the Hobby Lobby decision provides is a sound constitutional basis for single source insurance, funded by the federal government.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:38 by: The Oracle of t...

Galis: Media wrong on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision

[quote][b]djrb4[/b] - As to we poor women being prevented from getting all the contraception we want from our employer- why does no one remind folks there is the Health Dept clinics who provide all forms of contraception at little or low cost (based on income). When did the employer or anyone have to violate their ethics and religious beliefs to provide health care?
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What everyone overlooks is that Hobby Lobby will not affect one female employee of Hobby Lobby ONE BIT. These employees will continue to have whatever coverage they have had in the past.

The Supreme Court based it's opinion on the fact that the federal government had already demonstrated (through it's treatment of religious non-profits) that it (the gov't) could reasonably accommodate the beliefs of the employers by ordering the insurance companies to provide the contraceptives without charging the employer for the coverage. SCOTUS made it clear that the Hobby Lobby rationale could not be extended to other areas where the government had not already demonstrated such reasonable accommodation, which is why it (SCOTUS) was not anticipating a flood of insurance.

Contrary to some of the more hysterical (check the root word) protestations, not ONE employee will be denied access to ONE FDA approved contraception. No trips to the free clinic, no unwanted pregnancies, no unwanted contraception methods, NADA.

As some of the more reasoned commentators have pointed out, by ordering the insurer to provide the coverage, the cost of doing so will, of course, being included in it's rate base, so HL will end up paying for the coverage at least in part.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:36 by: The Oracle of t...

Blackmon: Stop talking, start acting on making education a priority in Georgia

Myra, as usual, presents a well written and thoughtful piece.

My issue with converting a whole system to charter schools is exactly what are the specific goals. Every time I ask this question, I get "freed from rules, more freedom, blah, blah." It converting to a charter system going to increase the graduation rate, literacy, SAT scores? Clarke County already spends more per pupil than any comparable system in Georgia, so what is it going to spend the extra $1 million on, and for what purpose. If it's just another million down the same rat hole, what's the point, except more overpaid administrators and empire building.

And here's the real question. In the real world, if you roll out a new product line and it goes down in flames, you lose your job. So if this charter system conversion doesn't work, are the superintendent, school board, and administrators going to resign? Of course, being as there are no goals, it will be hard to judge what are the results, other than spending more money for the same miserable results.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:21 by: The Oracle of t...

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