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The Editor's Desk: A lot to like about Georgia

Your editorial makes me think of all the things people say about "exceptional" - if we all sat in a room we indeed like the comments above could think of things we love about Georgia - geographical diversity, international crossroads, Southern cooking, whatever. We can also identify (with facts) some serious challenges to life and living here. If we are a mature people we should address our shortcomings and come together in a civil manner to talk about improvements The people of Georgia for example, cannot possibly be satisfied with the recent reports of performance by our youth on math assessments. If we want people here to enjoy careers in the STEM professions they have to have high math skills. I think most of us if we are honest know we need some new endeavors to improve public education, our transportation infrastructure, criminal justice system, public health, and children's welfare. The public and our leaders, however, must have a will to enable such improvements.

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:04

Broun seeking donations to retire campaign debt

“What I did in my campaign was such that virtually every other candidate began parroting what I was saying,” he said. “... They all said that they would do what I have done.” Paul Broun

Believing other people are parroting you sounds like a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder.

posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 07:58

Yarbrough: Athens is heaven on earth

Yes, we very much need investigative reporting, people wiling to speak truth to power, a stomping out of political correctness, belief in an informed public, and a sense of humor to smooth out all the edges. Carry on, Dick Yarbrough

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 07:47

Tant: Remembering 50th anniversary of Penn slaying

Let's also remember the children of Lemuel Penn. Every Father's Day must bring such deep sadness. Their father, an educated man serving his country, was violently killed by Klansmen who saw him ride through Athens in a car with another Army personnel who was white. 1964.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 08:12

Towery: Cantor's loss due to losing touch with voters

It's wonderful to see arrogance backfire and also to have some outcomes that show that it may take more than lots of money to win an election. I hope we will see more signs of a waking citizenry who will not allow themselves to be taken for granted by the high and mighty K Street crowd.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:17

Newt Gingrich backs Jack Kingston in Georgia Senate race

Once in a while someone I trust tells me that Newt Gingrich is really a very intelligent man. Then he does something like this, and I am reminded of the truth about his intellect.

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 07:25

Leon - yet another brilliant analysis by you. Yes, I think the two fears you pose are accurate - fear of the loss of local control for some, and fear of the loss of revenue for others. I think a third fear is fear of losing "political" righteousness- "our side losing." I'm glad you honed in on the topic of accountability, and I think you got that right, too. The lenses through which people consider "accountability" are the same applied to the concept of "evaluation" generally. Some think about evaluation as negative; others positive. The negative thinkers see evaluating anything as a road to "gottcha". The positive thinkers see evaluation as a way to understanding how something is working or not, and whether there is a need to consider any alterations in practice that are beneficial to our society. As long as the mood in public education accountability is to "get teachers" or administrators, we won't see progress and more and more and more outstanding people won't enter this profession or continue to practice. This is sad news for our democracy.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:23

Leon - yet another brilliant analysis by you. Yes, I think the two fears you pose are accurate - fear of the loss of local control for some, and fear of the loss of revenue for others. I think a third fear is fear of losing "political" righteousness- "our side losing." I'm glad you honed in on the topic of accountability, and I think you got that right, too. The lenses through which people consider "accountability" are the same applied to the concept of "evaluation" generally. Some think about evaluation as negative; others positive. The negative thinkers see evaluating anything as a road to "gottcha". The positive thinkers see evaluation as a way to understanding how something is working or not, and whether there is a need to consider any alterations in practice that are beneficial to our society. As long as the mood in public education accountability is to "get teachers" or administrators, we won't see progress and more and more and more outstanding people won't enter this profession or continue to practice. This is sad news for our democracy.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:21

As a feminist I support equal opportunity for women in society. I am grateful for the women and men who worked to assure women the right to vote, run for public office, and participate fully as citizens in a democracy. In my lifetime I have been happy to see professions like medicine, law, pharmacy, engineering, and so many more open their doors to intelligent and capable women who have studied and succeeded alongside their male colleagues. I hope we will see increasing numbers of women in the United States choose to run for political office and participate more fully in the governance of our country locally, Statewide, and nationally.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 08:08

The Editor's Desk: Broun doubles down on denial

Why is his web site still up for the Senate race? One person told me that next he wants to run for Isakson's seat. Say it isn't so.

posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 22:49

Tant: Some suggestions for summer reading

I recommend Otis Brawley's How We Do Harm.

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 09:00

Galis: Debunking the 'two Athens' argument

Polarizations and Divisiveness are a lot more exciting to news junkies than beige blurs.

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 08:57

Tea party stirs Georgia GOP runoff after primary loss

Why is Paul Broun's website for his Senate Campaign still "up"? Do people continue to send donations?

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 08:48

Hiring of state health official for N. Georgia rescinded following gay, religious comments

What's his problem with Catholics?

posted @ Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 08:14

Rep. Paul Broun’s son arrested on drug charge in Athens

Paul Broun's lackluster performance in the Senate race has nothing whatsoever to do with his son's behavior. Falling in the polls, fading into oblivion are entirely of his own making.

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 08:10

Kingston, Perdue take flak during GOP debate

Paul Broun is fading . . . . almost invisible.

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 08:04

Nunn attacked in her only debate

Michelle Nunn did not speak to Oconee or Clarke Democrats although invited (she did speak with students at UGA). The sad part is that she/her staff didn't have the courtesy to send their regrets. Also for Oconee she was invited to send materials about her campaign even if she couldn't attend - but nothing was sent. Disappointing.

posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 - 07:59

Georgia ranks low in health study

Read Otis Brawley's The Harm We Do for part of the answer to why we are in this predicament. We also have a Chamber of Commerce cult that wants to encourage retirees to move to Georgia (obviously to bring their money here), but who do not address the other part of the equation which is to say when the older people development alzheimer's, dementia, and other ailments we don't really have adequate resources for services these people can afford. So, an SOS Message on May Day is Vote.

posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 07:49

Memorial honors 26 at UGA who died

Certainly, we must also remember the loss of Dr. Tom Dyer.

posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 07:43

Towery: Tea party has changed Republican Party

I personally hope the primary elections result in a Broun Out.

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 08:04

Batteries, light bulbs, but few laptops at electronic recycling

I am very grateful for this service.

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 07:40

Man carrying gun in holster prompts scare at park

Brought to you by the Georgia legislature and Governor Deal and the NRA, and the worst is yet to come.

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 07:35

UGA research shows how retirees strengthen Georgia’s economy

I think some of the people who work in gerontology and public health have a different view of what happens when a lot of retirees move to Georgia. They argue that we don't have the resources to provide the care they need. Many develop alzheimers and dementia, for example, and we don't have enough healthcare facilities to serve them. If you talk to people in our area who are attempting to find home healthcare they can afford for elders, you will learn that the needs are many, and the resources few.

posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:52

Gov. Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights in Georgia

Thanks for running this story. He won't speak in the debates, and we will speak as we vote.

posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 - 20:11

Gov. Deal to skip televised debate

When a person wishes to hold a public office but not face the public, this is a signal of their estrangement from their constituents. A public debate should be seen as an opportunity to tell the public what is on your political agenda, how you differ in your approach to issues from your opponents, and how you intend to prioritize what you think matters in the office you are seeking. Hiding from or avoiding the public should be of tremendous concern to voters.

posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:36

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