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Athens mother jailed for newborn's murder

@gaylegayle: You made the observation that 30 or 40 years ago, single pregnant woman were carted off, only to come back childless. However, you have not made the connection that those living through that generation rejected the philosophy of secrecy so much so that they push their family members into keeping their children no matter what, fit or capable or not. As a result, we have had alot more distressed mothers who have committed unthinkable acts such as this.

posted @ Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 21:45

Cleaning woman linked to thefts in three counties

@Hawaii Five O: You seem to be implying that the reason, or at least the majority of reason for families to hire outside help to care for their aging parents need is because they choose not to be involved in their aging parents lives. Its a bit short sighted, don't ya think?

As a former caretaker and hospice assistant, I can tell you from a very personal and professional level that is very far from the reality and majority. Most people hire outside help because it is a necessity. When a single mother of two teenage children has one Alzheimer's father, and one dementia ridden, grand mal seizure, and broken hipped mother, things tend to get a little stressful and a helping hand is the only means to manage it all. When the single mother is diagnosed with MS and has a major health problem of her own, sometimes nursing home is the only option.

Often enough, services like this are NEEDED and not some lame excuse to blow aging parents off on someone else. And unfortunately hiring others automatically puts aging parents at risk for becoming victims of preditors like this. The problem is that the agency should have been diligent and checked the criminal history of this woman periodically and not just upon hire 20 years ago. And instead of crying foul against those who make the decision to hire help, you should be advocating those who do to make sure that the service is bonded and criminal records are checked periodically of all their employees.

posted @ Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 01:48

Macon working to live up to 'age-friendly' tagline

Macon is really graspin at straws on this idea. Tattnall Square park needs a little more than a facelift to make it a place seniors can spend time without being mugged, beaten, and meet the other main staples of town. Not unless they spend the money for rifle rent and open season pick offs.

posted @ Monday, August 20, 2012 - 01:55

Mixed martial arts fighter dies after bout

@dahreese: Actually, those who professionally train do enter bouts. To excellerate training, bouts are required. The majority of bouts are never taped live and the audience consists of family members and other fighters (watching is often learning). The reason for paid bouts... again, has absolutely nothing to do with those who pay to watch... is to first and foremost showcase, strengthen, and honor indivdiual skill. Secondly to financially support those who are in the bouts, their family, and trainers. Does the marketing get out of hand? Of course... but not because of the fights themselves, but the blood sucking leeches called managers.

posted @ Monday, August 13, 2012 - 16:18

Mixed martial arts fighter dies after bout

@dahreese: You are really missing the mark on what these fights are about. Of course, its viewed as a spectator sport, where often those watching have no fight skill set, or discipline that can allow to even comprehend what is required of an individual to enter the cage, much less be a victor. However, the fighters themselves have an extrodinarly high level of respect of others and are honoring themselves by testing and strengthening their skill set. They spend years training physically and mentally to achieve the ability that they expres, and they often come to the point that they have to fight someone else to know how to improve themselves further. While the rules of a fight are set to decide a winner or looser, and lives are at stake, the point being made through the fight has nothing to do with the spectators are expecting.

posted @ Monday, August 13, 2012 - 10:01

Homeless man swipes tunes from Athens Walmart for road trip

@mkultra27: I do realize that I just responded to you... and that should have suficed... however, I hadn't managed to go through all of the posts to read the rest of the spew....

You may not agree with the current military "agenda", and by some remote standard, I also may have to agree with you. Soldiers are taught to protect our land and freedom; even through politically motivated practices, that is a very handy and honorable service to even the likes of you. Because, despite all that you see wrong with the political motivations, its nice to know that you have neighbors that are willing to put their life on the line to protect this country and freedom of even those who seemingly don't see our purpose.

A young man like this probably wouldn't make it out of basic training to see the value either, although, it would unknowningly do him a world of good.

posted @ Friday, July 27, 2012 - 23:11

Homeless man swipes tunes from Athens Walmart for road trip

@mkultra27: I have to agree that a prayer maybe required... however, I suspect this guy isn't suffering from "bad luck." Self inflicted problems is more like it. And I can also only suspect that someone who makes the decision to steal some "tunes" for a little walkabout while trying to find more opportunities isn't attempting to find the opportunities he has to earn and put an effort into... which would explain his situation a whole lot. Twenty years old is young enough to turn his life around, but old enough for those who have attempted to get him on the right path to give up on investing on someone who evidently hasn't bothered in investing in themselves.

posted @ Friday, July 27, 2012 - 22:51

Key possibly used in Athens burglary

@YoMang: Actually, if they are RTO's, the customers are fully responsible for the property and are encouraged to have rental insurance for instances like this.

posted @ Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 01:53

Troops march in San Diego gay parade - in uniform

Quite frankly, I don't care what people do behind close doors, nor do I care if they are open about it or not. However, I strongly opose gays walking in a pride parade with their military uniforms on. One's sexuality should not be a part of that uniform... gay or straight. Glorifying our right to our sexuality should not be placed above the objective of maintaining that freedom.

posted @ Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 11:07

Study confirms women are smarter

@mrbigboy: If I am not mistaken, higher education and level of intellegence does equate to how well we take care of our bodies. Not that I necessarly agree that is always the case, but the majority of reasoning behind that statistic.

posted @ Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 23:06

Man sucks woman's toe at Walmart, bolts from store

I'm pretty sure if I fell that, I would not call the cops to report my gullability.

posted @ Friday, July 13, 2012 - 13:44

Teen gets an illegal tattoo

@1hutch: Maybe you need to dig a little deeper into military history because tattoos are extraordinarily common on all generations of our veterans. You may also want to check your cultural background. More than half of society has had some sort of marked rite of passage, where doing so is a symbol of pride and respect of our body and life. Your value doesn't give you an elitist pedestal.

posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 09:45

Teen gets an illegal tattoo

@Pinetree0: Your comment was pretty foul there. I do recognize the issue with juvi's getting tattoos and the stigma that obviously some people, like yourself may see in association with a tattoo. However, people like me, who served in the military, and are branded in pride with our veteran status would take offense to such commentary. Mine was created after I broke my combat offers nose in a field exercise... the officer was a little annoyed with the fact that a 144lb female was in the military to begin with... much less a 144lb female who could carry a 175 lb man out of harms way and break his preditor's nose at the same time.

You may want to rethink your sterotyping just a tad. Granted, there is a stigma that comes with tattoos, and if done by a teenager who just thinks its too cool to have one, then obviously there is a recourse based on your judgment. However, not everyone who gets a tattoo scream TRAILER PARK. There are people like me who have marked memories of service to our country, pride in affiliations other than gangs, and memorable marks that signify something so much more than just a tramp stamp judgment like yours can justify.

posted @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 22:47

Grand jury indicts Athens woman for Piggly Wiggly caper

@Georgia Girl: I can only suspect that the individual that is behind the camera is a male, and she, as any other border/sociopath who changes their demenor to manipulate others, is putting on a show for favoritism only.

posted @ Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 23:24

Athens-Clarke police seek to strengthen case against serial stalker

I knew a guy like this, and Joe is right... they seem to have absolutely no ability to control their actions and have extrodinarly strong compulsive tendencies. On one hand, they probably do have some sort of mental health issue that could be controlled through medication, therapy, and all that jazz. However, those who are criminally insane, or at least criminally intent rarely are reformed and need the three strikes and you have life law like Texas has. The guy I knew continued to esculate as well, even with prior and sever sentences. Now he is serving 25 to life.

posted @ Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 08:51

Piggly Wiggly bacon thief withdraws bail request

As criminal intent as she is, I suspect she was going to post bond for this instance until it was discovered she had another warrent out for her arrest.

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 07:14

Athens man stole lottery tickets, cashed in the winners

1 lottery book use to be 300 dollars. If the tickets were 1dollar tickets, there would be 300, if they were ten dollar tickets... there would be 30, etc. Three books is 900 dollars... however, if there were tickets that were cashed, that value goes up significantly.

posted @ Friday, June 8, 2012 - 14:21

Athens-Clarke pulls funding for feral cat program

@aamilton: One reproductively active cat can produce approximately 2-3 litters of kittens a year... and can produce 100 or more in her lifetime. One cat a week means you only catchin one out of two cats created... I said that the neutering program only pacifies the problem... as in, only slows down the reproduction rate, but does not, nor will it ever stop it because not all cats can be caught.

It only takes one person out of a neighborhood of 100 to let a cat or two loose and walla, you have a stray cat population gone wild. I actually live in a good neighborhood with a majority of responsibile pet owners....

You seem to have your blinders on when it comes to the health of these cats as well, because the majority of strays I have seen are unhealthy to some degree. They are territorial, and often fight and have injuries. They get hit by cars, have respitory infections, and a host of other problems. Ferral cats are among the most diseased creatures in any community, whether you realize it or not.

And you don't seem to understand that I do think that having something like a neutering program helps, but again, it doesn't resolve the problem, and the amount given to financially support the program is not substantial enough to do so as well, even if everyone who has the right intentions takes advantage of the program. Mind you the reason for the cut is because not enough people are taking advantage of the program and no significant progress has been made to curb the population of the stray cats in the area....

posted @ Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 12:50

Athens-Clarke pulls funding for feral cat program

@aamilton: I think you may want to evaluate your position in this. Ferral cats are often diseased and malnutritioned. While killing the things may seem heartless, is keeping them in a condition of disparity better? What about all the other cute and furries out there that are impacted by the environmental impact of ferral cats?

The other problem you have to consider is that the neutering program only pacifies the problem. It slows the reproduction of the cats, but does not stop in. They continue to populate and the problem continues to grow, and introducing a food source attracts them by the hoards.

@ciakitty: What makes you think that I don't trap them and turn them in when I can? I started detering them some time ago and have had decent luck in the form of a very large dog. While my dog is afraid of fireflies and wouldn't hurt them, her scent is a formidable deteriant. However, I have noticed a decline in the health of the squirells on the property who seem to be very aware that my dog is not as scary as she looks... which I have to think is contributed by the cat population here. But with my property and animal, I can't get a cat in a trap to save its life even with sardines or Super Supper.

posted @ Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:00

Athens-Clarke pulls funding for feral cat program

We have feral cats around our property and over the last year or so the population has grown. Having a program to at least neuter them would help control the population; however, I agree it isn't the solution either. It mearly pacifies the problem. Most of the cats in this neighborhood are thin, gangly, and sick. As big as an animal lover as I am, I don't agree with the ferral cat colony idea because colonies promote disease and a poor quality of life for the cats, their prey, and anyone around them.

posted @ Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 09:16

Athens-Clarke pulls funding for feral cat program

We have feral cats around our property and over the last year or so the population has grown. Having a program to at least neuter them would help control the population; however, I agree it isn't the solution either. It mearly pacifies the problem. Most of the cats in this neighborhood are thin, gangly, and sick. As big as an animal lover as I am, I don't agree with the ferral cat colony idea because colonies promote disease and a poor quality of life for the cats, their prey, and anyone around them.

posted @ Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 09:16

Georgia education officials to travel to China

@friendlyfire: You may want to check some of those statistics for the communist nation regarding the quality of their education. I do realize that it is a socialist/communist country; however, they test well above American students in comprehension and retention of what is learned despite having a similar education system. They are doing something right even when we don't agree with their political system.

I also have to mention that I don't believe that having a more cultural diverse society should be used to excuse the decline of our educational standards or practice. It is not a comparison of aples and oranges... Americans have just grown accustom to making excuses after we have failed ourselves to continue our bad behavior.

posted @ Friday, June 1, 2012 - 19:33

Georgia education officials to travel to China

@1sanctimoniousplaya: Hopefully they are no there for that and are actually there to take a few pointers to improve our education system. There is a marked value in their society’s investment in the education of their children.

posted @ Friday, June 1, 2012 - 08:26

Man hears shots, jots down vehicle’s tag ID

@bigdawg51: Keep in mind that not everyone takes a news article at face value and does a little more investigating before commenting... like reading the published police blotter that states the guy said it was a white guy driving.....

posted @ Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:45

Two men bitten by unrestrained dog

@hack: As a responsible dog owner, I'd say charging me to keep a pet is an assinine idea. It is already an expensive proposition to own a dog, and those that take good care of their animals devote the financial and time expense required to care for the pet. Why don't we get permits for our unrully kids while we at it.

Reality is there are jerks in the world that won't take care of their pets, and just as they won't make sure that the dog gets rabbies vacines, they won't get a permit to keep a dog either. It just will make it harder for everyone else that does right by them.

posted @ Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:43

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