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So long as the emphasis is on wealth transfer and not on enabling the citizenry there will continue to be emphasis on wealth transfer and no value added for the ordinary citizen. Admittedly, the top on tenth of one percent of American households are fabulously wealthy. That hasn't changed in over a hundred years. What has changed is the labor market. We are no longer (and haven't been for decades) an industrial society, the society which allowed minimal education to enable a good lifestyle. Blame unions or blame corporations as your bias demands, but a service economy doesn't put much more than rice and beans on the table. And emphasis on getting a college degree in today's educational environment simply replicates what a high school diploma used to require, and enriches only the academic class. The slope is very slippery and getting steeper, and wealth envy won't solve the problem. Put rigor back in K-12 education, celebrate entrepreneurship instead of demonizing success, and put pride back into the work ethic.

posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 19:44

This is yet again off the mark by miles. As Curls indicated above, this is little more than an initiative for lower cost paper mills. It is employment training supported in large part by taxpayers, with real education, i.e. STEM, a hoped for side issue. I've taught in two-year colleges and I can guarantee you that the problem is in the K-12 system, not the colleges. The first two years of college have become clean-up for high school. Why, why are we spending so much money, time, and angst blazing away at the symptom and making nice with the disease because of perceived "cultural components" or we might need to fail a few students or worse, allow discipline and sanctions in classrooms.
The net result will be a less qualified workforce, not more, and also a greater divide between haves and have nots. This is stupid to the core.

posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:37


I know it seems a bit beyond the your personal self-control, but taking a smelly airline seat-mate and applying that to making a simple-minded political statement is right there with the majority of uber-liberal political argumentation. School-yard name calling trumps legitimate debate any day. At least by this isolated test, you're in the running for liberal left-wing office. Good luck.

posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 15:52

I look at this site maybe once a month, and each time I am surprised a little less that Athens continues to be overtaken in every way by surrounding counties. Presenting this story as a lead is precisely why the Banner Herald is laughable. The fact that it is accepted as appropriate for public discussion speaks to the reason ABH is still in business.

posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 07:06

In other news today: Paula Deen, a successful and self-made entrepreneur, is pilloried for at some point in the past saying successful and attractive African American. Today's top rap song ("She Don't Put It Down Like You") uses language and words and situations that are beyond crude, anti-social, and misogynous, including using the Paula Deen word, yet they aren't even criticized let alone pilloried. The point is, until the (majority) responsible and upstanding Black community speaks and acts openly and forcefully this cult of viewing thug behavior and rejection of education and leading a contributing life will continue. School problems are a symptom. The disease is one neither the educational community nor the white community can cure alone.

posted @ Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 16:30

@grove600: Point taken. Nonetheless, the three requirements, age, citizenship, and residency, just aren't "undue" in any sense. In fact, they are totally "due" in every sense.

posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 20:56

From the article, "Now, I’m no legal scholar — nor am I staking out any particular position on an acceptable voter identification protocol, except to note that such a protocol shouldn’t impose an undue burden on a prospective voter... "

Well, the BS alarm is clanging away, at least for the second part (first part clearly true). The ABH is clear in its positions ad nausium. How about this: For every Athens Democratic vote, someone recruits a non-citizen opposition voter and registration etc. is illegally put in order. That would make it as though no Athens vote were cast at all, regardless of the validity of the Athens voter. That's the issue here. Every illegal vote cast, of whatever stripe, cancels an opposing legitimate vote therefore the legitimate voter is rendered of no consequence whatever.

As to the "undue burden" argument - what is undue about finding some time over several months before an election to go to a publicly available place, by free transportation made available from many different sources, and getting a free voter ID. It is true that in very rare cases the document requirements can be difficult to comply with, but the law mandates that such cases be offered the resources of the state to obtain compliance. In short, the privilege of the vote has no address requirement (so long as one lives in the concerned area), no financial or property benchmark, no gender or ethnicity requirement, no party or religious affiliation to be satisfied, no requirement of education or information level - In short, one must simply prove one's age and citizenship. Undue burden? BS.

posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 15:24

All these cars are very much in the experimental category, but marvelous nonetheless. Weaning the world off the oil teat will be a long process involving much more than cars, and in the near term we need to develop US oil and natural gas resources. Just as example the US passenger fleet is over 250,000,000 vehicles. Add to that how many commercial vehicles, boats, planes, various types of equipment, etc., and we have at least a generation's worth of petroleum powered vehicles to phase out while we move on to a better propulsion system. It makes no sense at all for us (US) to continue to be controlled by external oil and gas production when we can do it right here in North America. Anybody remember the Carter years and petrodollars and how a few Arab sheiks nearly brought the US economy to a halt? These days we have many more sheiks plus several countries lining up for the opportunity to make the United States and the developed world into a third world country. And oil is the weapon. Produce at home while we perfect a better system.

posted @ Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 13:58

Wow. Quite a paean to the glory of the struggle. Very well written considering near total myopia.

posted @ Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 08:47

Myra, I agree with your premise, but "organizations funded by Rupert Murdoch and the Waltons"? Really? You say keep the politics out of it and then make a clearly biased play without elaboration. Sensible people recognize the morass and bitching pit public education has become, and Politics on all sides is directly to blame. The money has become the surrogate for your left wing and my right wing. I know of a case in which the "new and revised" issue of a $129 textbook had exactly one page changed from the previous year, and that change was inconsequential. The same text was similarly revised the following year for another $129 each. That's just the local classroom illustration of the issue you describe. It's no longer about education, but about the money and the political and social outcomes. Pitiful.

posted @ Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 08:36

Re this article: Where's the beef? The last paragraph (minus grammatical mis-steps) should have been the first, followed by a hint or two as to how an optimization strategy can be pursued. And a hint to Morris Publishing - qualify your writers and inclusions by something other than promoting subsidiaries.

posted @ Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 08:15

Dr. Ferguson is an established authority on many things, among them money and economies. He was giving an influential talk to people of influence on matters important to current and future economics, and the only reason the world knows he said word one is that he commented about homosexuality. Pitiful. How stupid we are assumed to be that we are considered perfectly capable of understanding the world-shaking power of private relationships, yet information on the present and future of the economy and political gamesmanship is, well, just a bother. Maybe the true sham is that if we really were given the relevant information, the political game would be blown.

posted @ Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 07:58

The solution is really so simple - marriage for man-woman situations, and civil unions for homosexual situations. At a legal level, marriage is purely a contract allowing access to certain civil benefits. Let both sides have what they want: Preserve the title "marriage" for man-woman relationships so that traditional marriage is recognized. Title homosexual arrangements as civil unions and allow those couples access to the same contractual privileges and obligations. Businesses have been doing this at an internal level for years. And, allow churches who wish to remain traditional to do so without prejudice or sanction. But wait, that takes the mud-slinging advantages out of it. And there's an election (always) coming up. How silly, I wasn't thinking.

posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 - 19:07

THIS story should be the lead article. Stop headlining the dregs and convictions and speak to the positive. Just by accepting their job, these men and women agree to do just these sorts of things whenever they're called for. That's hero stuff from the git-go.

posted @ Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:03

"An estimated $20 billion in sales taxes go uncollected annually by out-of-state online merchants." The use of "...sales taxes go uncollected..." is interesting. Does it say that $20B worth of on-the-books taxes are being scoff-lawed or that the writer (and editor) have a bias toward internet sales taxation? Some interesting questions: Who pays a given state for the cost of collecting and forwarding the tax collected on internet sales originating there? What Federal Interstate Commerce Commission implications are within this and what levy will that entail? How transparent will/should this national tax collection system be? What will be the state/local depository destination for the money and what will be the use restrictions, and who decides? Etc., etc. And not to mention, what's the balance between the cost of collection and revenue realized? Nothing like the details.

posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10:31

The only reason for comment on this article is to comment on the abysmal-ness of the ABH and its editorial decision making. Whether articles are presented as written or are as the masters edit them I don't know, but what's published is too often barely above "news or our pets" on small-town radio. Little wonder that circulation is dropping faster than a weighted safe. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Athens actually had a newspaper.

posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10:03

Small-mindness remains alive and well in north Georgia, on both political extremes. President Obama is about as "center-left" as Rand Paul is "center-right." President Obama is an angry man, intent on effecting America's comeuppance. Many agree with him, and therefore agree with his policies. I don't. America's success as an economic and political banner carrier is unparalleled in world history. We certainly need to pay attention to our mis-steps, but it baffles me how so many can be so uncomfortable with our successes. Being successful used to be a feather in one's cap. How and why did it become a black mark to work hard, be responsible, and be successful. Many have done it, and have lifted others less capable and less energetic along the way. That's how it should be. There is no such thing as equality of outcome simply because there is no such thing as equality of input. Only a dictatorial governments can demand equality of outcome, and that can last only as long the producers remain willing to be bled dry. Why not concentrate on bringing the lower levels up rather than damning those who produce the economic and social strength.

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:48

You all can't be serious. China as a leader in anti-polution? Carbon tax? China is completing something like a coal-fired power plant a week. How has China done sticking with the Kyoto agreements? They have essentially told the world to shove it. This is pap, and it's sad that so many are willing to use it as fodder to vilify the US. For instance, if US greens are successful in defeating the Keystone pipeline, economics will likely send that Canadian oil to China where they don't give a serious flip about Kyoto or anything else besides industrial advancement. The oil will be burned, carbon emissions will net out the same, and we (the US) will think we have "sent a signal" to the world. Nonsense. We will yet again show the world what saps we are. Build the pipeline, and press on with research on electric or other alternative energy transportation methodologies. Don't play China's game. Remember, the world has something like a 20-year forward investment in fossil-fuel vehicles. Not everybody can run out and buy a Tesla. The transition will exist forward from any given day, and must be accommodated. We can lead or we can continue to be saps.

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:23

@NiUnPasoAtras: To Whatever in the world all that means/signifies: These comments show no intellect or solution-oriented thought whatsoever. That's what's "So sad!" From the Monday morning quarterback seat, it is true that much was mis-handled and it apparently continues to be mis-handled. That being said, I remember President Bush, when asked whether he thought (then President-elect) Obama would continue in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying that, "When he knows what I know he'll stay." Looks like that came true. Just remember, we don't know what they know. And, parroting sound-bite commentary doesn't = informed constructive comment.

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:01

Some of the best fried chicken outside my momma's kitchen. Congratulations!

(And, note to Andre Gallant and his editor - this is embarrassing. If you insist on insufficient space for an interesting article, at least include minimum relevant information.)

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 06:39

Interesting. Just to make sure that all shoes are offered an opportunity to check for fit, not long ago I was in a line for service at a fast-food place and a thirty-something black man was in the line ahead of me. He backed up and accidentally stepped on my foot. He turned and reflexively said, "Excuse me, Brother." Immediately followed be a scowl and, "Huh. You ain't no Brother!", and he shoved by me. We have built, through many means credited to both sides, two societies. Both have to give.

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 19:33

Just as a thought - liberal paranoia about efforts to keep the minorities in their place aside - it would seem to me that the minorities referred to (generally assumed to be liberal-speak for black Americans) would be the strongest supporters of proving your right to vote. Who else has had to fight so hard to get that wonderful privilege. Why should they not be at the head of the line going all out to protect it form abuse?

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 19:17

@hardrocker: Aside from shouting, please support your position that "... private and religious schools are reeking (sic) havoc on the chances for students in the public schools ..." While you're at it, please look up "reek" vs "wreak". Your shouted blather reeks as it wreaks disorder.

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 18:57

So, let's see... Who's the real man - Is it Tarrentino or Heston? Who represents real men - Is it the NRA or is it the Hollywood FX team? The problem is cultural, not mechanical. What in the world is to be expected as a societal norm when we outlaw the showing of a female nipple, and then glorify splashing blood and gore.

posted @ Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:23

This cartoon simply points up the absolutely dysfunctional idiocy we accept as a federal government. Hard-line left-wing and right-wing lunacy seeking political advantage and aggrandizement has created a Beltway group that can't talk to each other except with simplistic criticism designed for soundbites. And many (most) fall for this balkanization and parrot along. The gridlock and national ill-will created will be years in recovering. And it will continue so long as We the People continue to accept being led down the low road.

posted @ Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:47

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