This is a very well written article. Thank you for looking at the broader effects of what looks like a passive issue. We have a very questionable group looking after our well being.posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 12:05
We need to put public funded elections on the ballet for the next major election. Any honest politicians want to sponsor that? It's time to make the public media do the job they were given the privilege of doing: report the news, not spreading political propaganda from either corporate party. We have a greedy corporate system that has taken the private citizen out of politics and made voting a joke. Further they have divided the country, neighbors, friends and families with hate and blame on the other party. Political contributions and lobbying may be legal, but in reality are immoral and corrupt. No thanks to the Supreme Court of the United States here. We have let our country and children down. It's time to step up and fix it. Is there something in our water or food that makes people stupid and lazy?posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:40
@barryhollander: What would you expect from the authors of Citizen's United?
"Money is free speech." Lobbying applies to corporations. The same act by a private citizen with most any elected or appointed official is called bribery. This group flushed Webster down the toilet and if there's a problem with anything in government they change the name of it. This won't change until people insist on getting money out of politics. Years ago we voted against public funded elections. Now it's time to insist on them. We should spend more time writing our Senators and Congress people and demand it. The idea that who has the most money wins public elections is a sick reality. Limit all of them to $500, including the presidency and let the public media earn their right to broadcast by covering debates on issues among qualifying candidates. Media bias would cost the right to broadcast. Bumper stickers and yard signs should be history or designed and made by the individuals that display them.
"Study: Erratic TV violence ratings fail parents"
They fail society, the children, common decency and simple logic. Do people not see the connection between violence on TV, in movies and nut-box games with the daily news, which is FULL of violence.
I think this is a great article. It's about corporate doublespeak, otherwise known as smoke and mirrors, or b.s. It's much like the special option taxes that place more burden on people who can't afford much or any property. Then there's the "Fair Tax" which is extremely fair for those who have already redistributed the wealth of the lower classes to themselves. Sadly, it seems most of Corporate America actually thinks it deserves everything it has and more. I'm sure some of it does. Perhaps the news media could find us a few laws passed in the new century based on morality rather than legal greed.posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 12:22
@retired and happy: "Sounds like the cellular industry is still paying this guy."
Those are my thoughts exactly. This is how he became chairman and who made that decision."Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate." Note, unanimously confirmed by the Senate. The President and the entire Senate have all been lobbied? When did they last agree on anything? When the Supreme court re-defines words like bribery, this is one of the many results. This is a petty problem compared to the overall effect of "money is free speech". What is legal no longer has anything to do with logic, morality and an improvement in living conditions for the people. These kinds of decisions are causing much of the civil unrest in this country and the violence that accompanies it.
Cobb County Braves? That's going to do a lot for the team. Turner Field is even a newer stadium than the Georgia Dome. Stupid waste by stupid people. It is past time to take the corporate bribes out of politics. Are politicians all crooked and/or stupid? Can one of them stand up for the people?posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 09:31
"The House Small Business Development Committee has been holding meetings across the state to hear about regulatory challenges people and businesses face."
"House Speaker David Ralston says regulatory challenges continue to be some of the leading issues facing small businesses."
Which is it Ralston? Are you concerned about people or businesses? So far the issues are land reuse, development and assisting real estate brokers. Let's make way for more growth in Atlanta as it now has access to all the water in Georgia.
Metro Atlanta is 137 square miles in size. Including the other 90% of the Atlanta population living in the sprawl, I estimated the total area to be approximately 2500 square miles. That's mostly concrete, asphalt and black roof-tops. This has been really good for real estate and land development. This has directly been affecting our weather in Clarke and surrounding counties for at least ten years. Watch the radar as storms approach the Atlanta area and dissipate over the black hole.
When you hear these politicians, with glazed over eyes, talking about growth, watch what they're growing. They're not growing anything that improves our quality of life. Crime, poverty, violence and ignorance are growing. As they attract business with tax breaks, our taxes go up with special option taxes and 'special fees.' Don't call it what it is. Call it what sounds good. Lobbying sounds better than bribery. Has anyone tried lobbying a state trooper lately?
We need to get rid of this generation of politicians, get rid of lobbying and get money out of politics. It's time to return to representation of the people by the people. Business will thrive without corruption.posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 - 10:24
What's this? Something positive?posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 10:15
“It’s going to be able to service the industrial area, Athens Technical College, and of course, the residents,” he said.
Let's not forget the investors who live elsewhere. As the world is rapidly over-populating, let's make sure we get our fair share of the growth. The future is in retail.posted @ Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:02
@hardrocker: "Is there an honest politician out there????" There are probably more than we give them credit for. The last paragraph above is promising. The supreme court is wrong. Lobbying with money or things that cost money is bribery. The only way to get money out of politics is to have state funded elections (a necessary travel budget only) with no donations and no candidate's money involved. That gets rid of bumper stickers, media adds, billboards and a whole bunch of other crap that brings name recognition to the ignorant majority. It's time our public media served their most important purpose and earned their broadcasting/publishing rights with more public debates on real issues. That would be informing the public so they are not ignorant. Then the majority of the citizens would rule, instead of who has the most money.posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 10:53
“They are a great charity, but I must avoid any appearance of conflict of interest,” Echols said.posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 14:35
@Curls: Thanks for saving me the time and saying it better than I would have. I particularly agree with your statement about professional educators and politicians. I believe the School of Education should be limited to a Masters program only where they certify students already holding a degree in an academic subject. The undergraduate program treats Education as a subject and it's graduates (certified public teachers) continue to mostly bore young children, with their lack of knowledge and passion for the subjects they teach. Politicians should be limited to lobbying only, where they could still get rich, but do less damage. There are exceptions in the field of education and politics, but they are few. I know of two personally after teaching 30 years at UGA and living in Oconee County for forty years. One had a doctorate in education and one was a former county commissioner.posted @ Monday, September 2, 2013 - 11:31
I recall one recent gov. program that loaned up to $30,000, collateral free, to help start up small farm operations. This is very encouraging and very necessary. With the number of unemployed and the interest in small scale organic farming it serves two purposes: more locally grown quality food, which will be increasingly important and also reduce unemployment and welfare. If the gov. is going to give away our tax money, it should be to create jobs and a healthier culture, rather than more welfare and cheap plastic food. The above proposal is counter to this states support of small farms in their start up program. Pork should be better and cost more if compared to the price of other inflated necessities. Best get at regulating those. Seems like a little support for some new farmers and the ones who stuck out the governments interfering is a better deal than more big pig farms on the nearest creek.posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 18:24
Does Gary Black lobby himself now? Let's remember him next election. These are the types of de regulation that are destroying small farms. We need more small farms not more large farms.posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 13:08
Totally disgusting. When they should be jailed they get more benefits than factory workers.posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:41
@TJS: Thanks.posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 16:28
I don't recall there ever being a problem for the public to use those spaces until the city tried to hog it all and put parking meters there. ACC has totally screwed up parking in Athens and is hurting every business downtown. Simply greed eating $hItH#&ds with another fee for the people.posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 12:23
Why is this not lobbying? Is lobbying restricted to corporations and politicians?posted @ Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:43
@gman129, "Everyone who enjoys the freedom and services from our state and nation should help pay for them." I agree and further, those who have benefited the most financially should pay the most financially, For years I've been trying to figure out how the wealthy got the splost taxes passed when it was obvious they kept property taxes lower. That's the $18,000 average tax break with the Fair tax for the wealthy. That gets picked up by adding tax to a lot of people who already can't afford basics. So the splost tax scheme worked as it was always for a good cause like education, at least until we needed better public tennis courts for those of leisure. So now they call the "screw the poor" tax a fair tax. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it's a big step backwards and might be the final straw in the class war. Is money so important to the rich they would risk the consequences of that? Thanks Kathy for your comments.posted @ Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:11
@ E.J. "A benevolent king/queen would almost be better." It would be a lot better. This country needs to forget about financial bankruptcy and concern itself with moral bankruptcy. When the leaders are thieves and make the laws where do you go? I will vote for anyone in any party that accepts no money from anyone. I think the majority of American citizens that can or will read would do the same thing. Sadly that's a minority in America. Politicians work extra hard to keep it that way. Journalists are either ignorant or with them. The most nauseating thing I've ever read, which occurs over and over are news reports that X-A$$ Holy has raised the most contributions and is leading the race. Why is that not reported as X-A$$ Holy has received the most bribes?posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 16:46
@Historically-funny. Isn't that against God's will? We need more people for more growth: more war, more disease, more poverty. more crime, etc.posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 10:03
@10-8 10-41 Good Question. I have Firefox with a Mac OS 10.6.8. This could be the same twit that designed the purple box with free advertising for Google, Facebook and Twitter that pops up and disappears every 10 seconds or so in the top corner of the monitor. Does anyone know? How about you Joe, since it's the writer's credit line that does the white bar?posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 09:39
"The Georgia Dome was completed in 1992 at a cost of $214 million (US), which came from the Georgia General Assembly, making it one of the largest state-funded construction projects in state history."
"In 2006, the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority announced a $300 million renovation to the Georgia Dome."
"Architect Heery International; Rosser FABRAP International; and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS)
Project manager Barton-Malow
Structural engineer Weidlinger Associates
General contractor Beers/Georgia Dome Team"
The above information is from Wikipedia.
Compare that to the Super Dome history, also from Wikipedia.
"Plans were drawn up in 1967, by the New Orleans modernist architectural firm of Curtis and Davis."
" ... the final price tag of the stadium skyrocketed to $165 million."
I believe the original estimate for construction was 43 million dollars and the Super Dome was first used in 1975. It is nearly forty years old and survived Katrina.
After a 300 million dollar renovation in 2006 the Georgia Dome needs to be scrapped?
Seems to me the architect, project manager, structural engineer and general contractor have some serious explaining to do along with committee members that approved this project. After only 20 years they may still be on the same committee waiting to approve the same architect and crew to build the new one. They have a billion dollars and no site? I'm happy to see some people objecting to public funding of this recreational project during the current economic environment. The argument "it will bring in money" is worn out, as that was the reason to build the first Georgia Dome.
I would like for the FCC to determine what percentage of our phone and internet fees pay for the storage of our private information beyond our personal needs and reduce everyone's fees accordingly. These companies sell that information to anyone with a dollar, who in turn further invade our privacy. This needs to be corrected as our government also charges us for snooping on our private lives.posted @ Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 09:40
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more