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The Editor's Desk: Take deeper look at Georgia's business rankings

what do the ratings mean? they mean that businessmen like a "plantation" economy: low taxes on the wealthy, subsidized by higher taxes on the workers. and low wages for workers means higher profits for the owners.

but businessmen can't like georgia's "climate" too much--our unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

actually, more businesses have become alarmed by the fact that republican controlled states are in fact controlled by the tea party, and few businessmen are ideologues. north carolina and kansas are prime examples.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 16:34

Clarke school board adopts resolution critical of teacher evaluation plan

good news! i hope the board communicates with other school boards around the state, who may lack the spine to speak out on this important issue. the more the voices, the better. and i commend phil lanoue for renewing the discussion.

our legislature seems to be going out of its way, whenever we turn around, to destroy public education and make taxpayers pay for it (with transfer payments to private testing companies and others). they really do need to start over with a clean slate.

i hope phil lanoue and our uga school of education will begin to address more helpful alternatives to using standardized test scores as a way to compare schools and school systems. what happened in atlanta--which has become a national news feature--should be recognized as a cautionary tale.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:24

Longer Rice video features obscenities, spitting

i haven't seen the a.p. video, but if it's as described we now have another reason not to jump too quickly to conclusions (or to rely exclusively on outlets like tmz).

as described, rice and palmer are shouting obscenities at each other when palmer lunges at rice and spits in his face. is that true? if so, then i assume rice's response was an instantaneous unthinking one. not defensible but understandable. people (especially if one or both has been drinking) often behave in very unfortunate ways when provoked).

and another good reason (if we need one) why the open carry laws need to be re-thought: what if he'd had a pistol in his pocket? or if she did?

the fact is that many people act instantaneously in irrational, stupid ways in the spur of the moment. ask yourself, what would you have done when you were young, in a bar, say (and having had something to drink), if someone lunges at you and spits in your face? would you have reacted in a way you'd like to take back later?

that's why i think it was appropriate for both rice and palmer to have apologized for their behavior. from their perspective, it's a "good" thing that all they've lost is money (and their reputations).

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 15:15

Go back to drawing board on grading teachers, Lanoue tells lawmakers

quick said she based her vote for this awful state law "on data". what bunk!!

if quick is true to her libertarian leanings she will admit that the vote was a lockstep "pro-testing" vote that placed state bureaucrats and politicians even more in the business of education--which should be left to our school principals and teachers.

and the cost to taxpayers!!! regina, seriously, how can you support this wealth transfer from georgia taxpayers to private testing companies, that damages teachers, students, and everyone else (except the private testing industry)? stand up and start asking intelligent questions. lanoue is telling you the truth: the "data" you were presented is hokum.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 14:54

Georgia ethics commission fires director

i don't think we've heard the end of this story. do you trust our attorney general's office? should we?

how about the "senior officials" in deal's office?

why did the ethics commission determine so quickly to get rid of leberge?

bottom line, legerge's attorney claims leberge is a "whistle-blower". i think she'll be blowing that whistle again, and maybe this time our news media will listen more closely. ie: ethics allegations against deal?

will voters march lock step to re-elect our "challenged" governor?

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 14:42

Georgia system to grade teachers 'paralyzing,' Lanoue says

i salute phil lanoue's bringing this sad and serious situation to the public's attention.

and i encourage him, vernon payne, and the school board to solicit support from others in the state to begin to design litigation to force the state to come to its senses--and get the state for the most part out of our classrooms and leave education to principals and classroom teachers.

one of the problems is that the "education testing" industry has become too powerful, and too much money (ultimately taxpayer money) is at stake. deferring to the private sector will tend to have that kind of a result--to allow "money to talk" to the detriment of our kids' education.

we all have a role in asking every candidate for public office what his/her position on increased standardized testing is. the talk about "accountability" has the wrong focus--it should be on our politicians for their messing around with classroom education.

posted @ Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 13:49

Insurers to pay $11 million in Georgia rebates

let's face it: the evidence has proven that republican officials who have lock-step opposed obamacare, and have refused to expand medicaid, are the enemies of the people. all people. they elevate power and ideology above their duty to serve.

in fact, republican opposition to medicaid expansion in georgia should be the number one issue in november's election: that opposition has cost thousands of people, including children, health care coverage (and even in some instances, most likely, their lives), and is bankrupting rural hospitals.

i await with interest georgia press coverage of this issue during the coming months. will it be "fair and balanced"? or propaganda for those in office?

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 13:12

Dupuy: Bergdahl is latest GOP target for 'Two Minutes Hate'

i still don't understand how christians can support or follow the hate mongers. the only explanation i have is that they really don't read or understand or believe the sermon on the mount.

those who make (lots of) money by promoting hate and division and advancing policies designed to injure many americans and damage the country are despicable. they're certainly not christian, in any meaningful sense of the term.

this editorial is spot-on. the taliban apparently treated bergdahl better than our right wing fanatics have.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:15

Candidates Rachel Watkins and Melissa Link talk lessons learned on campaign trail, vision for commission

both candidates would make good commissioners. i hope the winner doesn't become a "go along to get along" commissioner or one too fearful to ask relevant questions.

with respect to the sniping at former commissioner carl jordan, jordan was one of the hardest working commissioners we've had. too bad he's not still on the commission. i think it's pretty funny when the most opinionated among us don't like it when others voice their opinions--if they conflict with ours.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:02

UGA fundraising sets record at $126 million

so, someone should inquire how much money the board of regents, who selected michael adams and continued him in office after the critical forensic audit, has cost uga.

we have to stop this "going along to get along" and refusal to ask questions among those in responsible positions.

virtually everyone predicted that donations to uga would pick up under jerre.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:25

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

i wonder how many republicans understand that the official republican line is against providing contraceptives. yes, think about it: that's how extreme the republican party is in intruding into personal lives: your corporate employer can choose to prevent your health insurance from paying for contraceptives.

libertarians--are you sure you really want to vote republican?

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 14:06

What Others Say: Senate Democrats' interest in campaign finance reform merely political ploy (The Augusta Chronicle)

so, yesterday "what others say" was from the savannah republican rag--filled with falsehoods, as usual--and today you give us the blathering of the augusta republican rag.

if abh were a person, it would be ashamed of itself for these associations.

do you really endorse a goal of rendering newspaper readers completely ignorant? sure, rush and sean and red state and drudge make lots of money doing this, but i doubt newspapers can.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 13:59

Christina's world? Maine. Wyeth world? Chadds Ford

"christina's world" is popular--that's its "sin" from the point of view of a lot of contemporary art critics and curators--who lavish praise on things the vast majority of us wouldn't allow in the house.

wyeth's work is mostly very good, very evocative, and certainly worth seeing.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:42

What Others Say: Special counsel needed for IRS probe (Savannah Morning News)

this editorial is flaming rubbish, filled with falsehoods. abh should be ashamed to be associated with the savannah morning news. it's about keeping your readers ignorant and hoping they remain loyal republican voters.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:37

Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Georgia ballot

no true libertarian (i was one when much younger) could possibly support today's republican party (my parents were republican and raised me to "like ike" and even support richard nixon--this was before i became a libertarian).

that's why, for example, rand paul tends to scare many orthodox republicans, who have incorporated authoritarian social views into the republican platform. so anyone who claims to sympathize with libertarian views and nevertheless votes for an establishment republican today--just hasn't been listening objectively.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:31

Today's editorial cartoon

the ignorance and hypocrisy of these repubs can't be overstated. why would anyone believe them? heck, why does the press report their views? going into iraq based on lies, resulting in deaths, loss, chaos, etc., shouldn't that be regarded, even by repub voters, as disqualifying?

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 15:12

Group challenges Ohio ban on campaign lies

the constitutionality of a "false speech law"? this group wants the right to "speak falsely"?

actually, i'd like to read the law in question. if the law purports to give courts the ability to enjoin false speech before it occurs (ie, issue a prior restraint), then there really is an interesting constitutional question: can a prior restraint prevent in advance speech known to be false?

but if the law instead seeks to punish, or provide damages for, false speech after it occurs, then there should be no issue. in fact, i'd like to see laws like that all over the place, making it easier to sue people for lying factually and materially about candidates for public office.

posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 16:56

Athens-Clarke Commissioners OK Steve Martin for county auditor

"grandstanding"? what a grotesque remark from someone who has a representative job to do. please stop this "go along to get along" attitude and seek real solutions to our community's problems.

let's have a few more people on the commission who are willing to ask pertinent questions.

the only reason to support what could be called "cronyism" is that it's only for a short period (i hope), but that short period will include an audit of leisure services, which should have been done by now.

posted @ Friday, June 20, 2014 - 14:14

UGA student arrested for driving away while his Jaguar was being booted

i hope commenters here understand that this is the kind of person for whom our republican party is trying its best to carry the bags. people with a sense of entitlement who want government to help them but who also want to pay less in taxes. people who will vote to re-elect nathan deal and elect jack kingston. just speculating, of course, but the hundreds of dollars in unpaid parking tickets is a perfect metaphor for republican policy.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:06

Negative ads air again in Georgia Senate race

these guys are fools, but let their negative ads flow. we need another "nunn" in the senate representing our interests.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:57

Deal calls Carter opportunist on education budget

our ethically challenged governor has no credibility.

his decision to refuse medicaid expansion in georgia is "governmental malpractice", which will damage thousands of georgians, many local hospitals, and taxpayers throughout the state, while taxes we georgians have paid are siphoned to other states.

a "true" governor would have ignored the screeching from his lock-step colleagues, consumed by hatred of all things obama (even when they are actually republican initiated policies), and dismissed the talk radio chorus of entertainers as shills for the ultra wealthy.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:54

Egan: Jekyll Island should be affordable

as always, "follow the money". jekyl island developers and republican pols.

i agree with the above comments: jekyl island should be kept affordable to most georgians.

posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 13:42

Jones: Many economists support state income tax cap

the "economists" you refer to are radical right wingers who carry bags for the ultra rich.

if we reduce taxes on the wealthy, who do you think will pick up the slack? georgia's income tax already is absurdly regressive--my daughter earns less than half what we do but pays more in state taxes because of the various exemptions already on the books.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:19

Obama longs to break out of White House bubble

reagan? such short memory. you mean you want to arm the iranians? or help saddam gas his people?

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:15

Lawsuit filed against credit reporting giant Experian

my only question: where have other states, including georgia, been in challenging the practices of and harms caused by credit reporting agencies? a pro-business bias should not prevent our state agencies from protecting our citizens.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:11

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