I wonder if you read the article or just skimmed to the victim's name so you would know which direction to take your racist ramblings.
The sanitized version that made the cut at the ABH world wide headquarters omitted the fact that he did his undergrad work at the University of Tehran.
No joke. Fact. Yet omitted from print because to let the readers know the truth is too much to bear.
So read the facts and then decide how nefarious this situation is.posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:47
If it weren't for global warming, it'd be really cold.posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 22:59
Geez. You anti gun kooks want people to feel safe, to not feel the need for self protection? Then get the criminal element out of the picture.
Let's see. They all have records (juvie is sealed). They're on parole. Some may be awaiting trial on other soon-to-be dismissed charges. They'll get probation, for sure. High school (or middle school) dropouts. Not a one worked more than 40 hours all of 2013...........combined. No one has time for this nonsense when you got to put in 40 to 60 hours.posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 15:58
@grove600: Could you say that again. I don't think they're listening. The higher their ears, the less chance they'll hear ya. Scream, if ya have to.
I'm afraid that if I scream too loudly, I'll get banned.posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:43
As we all are, apparently.
"Customers, we don't need no stinking customers."posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:37
Please don't take any of this as personal. You're one of the best things the paper has going for them.
I think some of the problems stem from the price point and limited page views "per month", but mostly I believe it had to do more with the manner in which it was rolled out and touted by the upper management. It came across as arrogant. And management talked down to the customers (even if they were non-paying). You can't do that. Ever. And you can't do that where the paying customers can hear/read it.
You cited a plumber, so to keep things in that light, what if that plumber came and delivered a leaky product (typos = drips)? Would you, the consumer be happy with that? Willing to keep using that plumber? Yes, it's only a drip, and yes, you fixed it when it was brought to your attention. But you know, a little preventive attention to detail by the plumber goes a long way. Lets just say they tested the system and looked for drips instead of relying on drip testing software.
Deliver good drip free product and more people will be willing to pay for it.
Price is still going to be an issue and really, you couldn't have been making payroll on the subscribers. Your money makers have always been advertisers, be they commercial ads, obits, the classifieds or legals. That's the meat of the business. And that meat has gotten leaner over the years (many more places for advertisers to spend their money).
Subscribers should have been paying for the printing (paper, ink, pressman, and delivery). If the business model is too rely on subscribers (print or digital) to make payroll, then I'm afraid you're doomed. Especially with digital, there will always be someone willing and quite able to deliver equivalent product (complete with typos) for less, even free. Flipboard comes to mind. And it'll not be long before they have local news right down to my block of the hood.
So you have to compete. And the decision is what to compete for. Viewers/readers? Advertisers? Probably a balance, for sure. Advertisers want viewers/readers. Viewers & readers want content. And unlike one of the "higher ups" opinion, viewers and readers don't want ads. Oh, we know they're a necessity. We know they're there because we're there, and advertisers want to be where the consumers (potential customers) are. Yeah, there are a few, like my wife, that peruse every ad and every insert. But if you go 100% ads, you're doomed, and you know it.
So whaddya do? You go and alienate the readers? That's not cool. Then they (they being management, let's stick with blaming them) try to revamp the paper to appeal to a wider audience. They did that by adding more pages full of content that is, really now, let's be honest, meaningless to a good chunk of the readers. Please pass on that they need to cover the stock report. No, no, no, not the DOW, the prices of livestock at the auction barn sale last week. Surely there are some cattle farmers out there that would subscribe for that. My hometown paper growing up did just that, crops too. I bet they still publish those reports.
Boil it down: You've gotten away from what it was that made the local paper have value to the readers. And the readers have left because they don't see the value compared to what you're asking for access. Will management recognize that and take corrective action before it takes too big a toll?
Our subscription renews this month. My wife and I have already discussed not renewing the daily delivery we've had for a decade or longer. If anyone in management cares, it's because of declining content.
Oh well.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 19:59
Then don't pitch it as the cure-all that it's being pitched as.
[quote] there is no penalty for pre-existing conditions [/quote]
Yes, there is. They're just divvied up to the rest of us.
[quote] no co-pay for preventative health care [/quote]
Yes, there is. It too is divvied up among the rest of us.
[quote] financial assistance [/quote]
Again. Take the premiums, make the family pay some amount (maybe, in some cases), and divvy the remaining premium among the rest of us.
Y'all can "woo hoo" all you like, till the bill comes due.
Look, all you've done here is shift the costs off on people who have zero ability to control those costs. Taxpayers can not eat right and exercise for the diabetic husband/father. In fact, it somehow violates his rights to expect him to maintain his health better so as not to be a burden on society. That society remember, that's footing a huge portion of his medical costs. There's no benefit to them to do anything to keep total costs down.
This is a slow motion train wreck with a few of us up front screaming bloody murder. And while a few of you are blissfully in the caboose enjoying the scenery, the rest of the country is stuck in the middle along for the ride with no clue.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 16:21
And I'll add that if it comes down to losing a house or car -v- paying that monthly premium, the premium payment goes bye-bye. In a financial tight, people make decisions that run counter to the decisions you or some suit hundreds or thousands of miles away would make for them.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:03
Don't get too giddy Nancy. While the health insurance that taxpayers are paying for might cover the family medical bills, if they can't work because of an illness, they will lose their house, car, and other assets because health insurance does not cover their living expenses.
I once read that the most frequently cited reason for bankruptcy in Canada was medical/health reasons. And while they might not have one cent in medical bills, not having earned income, for as little as a few days for many, might be the start of financial ruin.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 09:31
It should be hosted by O'Looney. It'd be a blockbuster. And it can have opening music by a local band made up of members of the three bands that broke up the prior month.posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 23:24
because all but four of the stolen car’s tires had been flattened
Stop sticks got the spare?posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 23:17
Yeah Joe. You're the hardest working reporter at the paper.posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 17:44
ACC must rank way up there when it comes to paroled felons per capita. Atlanta & Macon surely must rank at the top.posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 14:57
Nope. No copy write infringement here. None at all. Even down to the type style.
I guess the panel of judges all drive Audi's.posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 16:14
I have to be honest here, I don't like it. It is too sharp, clean and, dare I say, reminds me of industry, not creativity. Of course, since this is the first I am hearing of this, after they have already picked a winner, and I really don't know what the parameters were, I guess my opinion is too late to matter. lol
I remember a story about it a few months back. I woulda thought someone could do better though. Maybe the artsy logos were too artsy. Anyone get to see the runner-ups?posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 16:09
Typical Walmart shopper.
You can scroll through the Wally world mug shots here: http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/
I'm sure "s"he's in there somewhere.posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 12:04
I don't know if I'll buy all that. Readers (subscribers mostly) and advertisers need to be listened to. They ARE the customers that the media gets revenues from. You can't afford to stop listening to the customers. And unfortunately, I believe that is what has happened. Cocoonism (management listening to themselves) is fatal for any business, and media is not exempt.posted @ Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 16:51
They "could" have a balanced budget every year, but....... no one wants to, or wanted to, make those decisions to make it happen.posted @ Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 16:27
EIEIOposted @ Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 13:06
Me thinks that if there were this national outcry to "eliminate paroled felons" from society, the crime rate would decrease by 72%. Seriously, about 3 in 4 stories in the police blotter involve "paroled career felons", yet as a society, we do nothing to rid ourselves of this menace, this threat to ourselves.. In fact, the DA, judges and parole boards just love to put known, proven, career, violent felons back into the societal mix. Why? Who the yell knows. (ooops, typo)
Now, everyone deserves a second chance. And I suspect that many a convict serves just one sentence for their crime and never has another felony run-in with the law again. But, those make up a fraction of the "customers" at the nations correctional institutions, the majority of which are repeat offenders seeing their second, third or more "tour" of the penal system.
And yet, those repeat customers of the criminal justice system (and why is it that criminals get justice, but law abiding citizens do not?), those repeat criminals get paroled time and again despite (or because) they show contempt for the laws and for society.
They are a threat to society, to their next victims, often in abuse cases their next victim is their previous victim. Yet "the system" lets them back out into society knowing full well, based on the individuals previous history, that they will victimize someone, again.
We're a smart society, yet we allow this to happen, again and again and again. We can do better. We deserve better. For ourselves and for the victims. I think we don't for fear that we'll violate the "rights" of the felon and we do so with total disregard and disrespect for the rights of the victims, past and future.
Maybe one day we'll grow a pair.posted @ Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 08:47
[quote] “We are very thankful that years ago Clarke County voted to fun a center for the arts. [/quote]
They said that? Really?
Seriously. Value please!!posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 15:21
They still haven't found the right balance between what their advertiser clients want (subscribers and readers), and what their subscribers and readers want (pretty much it's content). The print model does not apparently transfer easily to a digital format.
Me thinks they are trying to be something to many, and the result is that they are nothing to everyone.
ACCSD lunch menu is here: http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/offices.cfm?subpage=4385
Booking photos here: https://athensclarkecounty.com/1299/Current-List-of-Inmates-Clarke-Count...
Hunting & Fishing news here: http://www.gon.com/
Arts & Entertainment news here: https://www.flagpole.com/
There. I saved you $10 a month.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 23:05
You don't need ID to vote. You just say "No habla Republicano", and you get to vote.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 22:34
My guess is that next week we'll be reading where Hatcher used a hatchet to get even with the witness. Thanks to loose punishments in ACC, he'll get probation or community service, and a written and verbal "stay away" from his next victim. And yet, we all know he's going to get his revenge. Story breaking next week.
Kind of sad that this is the culture of so many.
@Joe: Where's the blurb about domestic violence?posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 19:59
Paroled, Career and Felon should NOT be pronouns.
Amputate his arms (he can't steal) and amputate his legs (he can't flee) and he'll be good for a door stop.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 19:42
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