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Athens lawmaker keeping eye out for gun, malpractice bills

The last I looked, the majority of Georgians have stated that they want our elective officials to concentrate on education, healthcare and jobs. They do not want them to spend time on issues about allowing people to carry guns on campus.

If that is the case, then we might as well allow a third grader to carry a .25 cal to his elementary school.
If any of you have noticed, the various school shootings that have occurred over a period of time are not commited by people who are thugs as you wish to think.

Thinking that if you have people other than train law enforcement personnel to be allowed to carry firearms on campus will make it safer miss the most important point. What if the other person decides to carry explosives on school grounds. How many guns do you think will be able stop them before that person sets off the device, especially if they do not know they have such a device.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 11:19

Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

farmer ga explain to us on how this is tyranny?
1. Do you have coverage without using the exchange?
2. Have you been cancelled by any healthcare provider?
3. How you been denied care by any doctor or health facility?

If you do not fit in the above three areas, then what is the problem?
If you can walk in and pay cash for your healthcare needs each time, then you should not have a problem.

I am quite sure you are one of the few who have not read through the healthcare law. I have read portions of it, but I know it would take some time to read all of it, as well as fully understand the meaning. If you have not read the law, then how can you say it would not work?

You have even stated that the people are not going to be in a state where they see how their rates are climbing and their neighboring states lowered. To me that sounds like a good plan and not a bad one.

As time goes on, we are now seeing more and more people joining the exchange now that they worked out some of the problems. If it was so bad as you say that it is, then no one would have joined. Many would have defied the federal government.

Having a free market is good thing as long as there are checks and balances. Allowing free markets to do what they want put us in the situation we are currently end.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 17:31

Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

farmer ga you still fail to answer the question that has been posed to you. What program would you have in place of the ACA?

Your reasoning of allowing the states to do it, just shows how you miss the big picture.
No. 1 the states don't want to address the issue.
No. 2 we have had a free market for decades and still do.

So tell us how are you going to get insurance companies to stop raising their rates and get everyone insured as well without government intervention?

Just saying that the ACA is just a bunch of crap is not a good answer. Its just your opinion.
Saying to allow the states to do their own program is not a good answer either.
If you do not have an answer, then just say that.

And where does it say that you have to be a part of the exchange?
If you already have coverage, then you are fine. No one is forcing you to do anything.
You keep harping on this thing about allowing states to address this issue. What if certain states do and certain ones don't?
Do those states that don't address the issue discriminate against their citizens who do want a healthcare exchange?
Do you really believe that if rates continue to go up in states that choose not to lower healthcare rates, that people would continue to live in that state even though they see their neighbors in other states with greater lower rates? I believe you know the answer to that.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 16:01

Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

tee wee can you shows us any evidence that you are speaking on that the ACA was base upon lies and deceit?

farmer ga you did not answer the question that was pose to you. What would you put in place of the healthcare law?

Making the statement that this should be left up to the states is moot. The majority of the states over the years never wanted to address the issues of rising healthcare cost.
You have some states that are controlled by a republican governor who do not even wish to participate in the exchange and it has nothing to do with the law itself. They just do not wish to offend their core base.

Right here in the state of Georgia, the previous and current Insurance commissioners gave insurance companies approval to raise their rates. This has happen for the last six years and even before the healthcare law took effect. Why is that?
You would think that since republicans who are always stating how fiscial conservative they are with the people's money, that they would not allow insurance companies to continue to raise their rights every year.

And tell us this, why are insurance companies at this time telling the republicans to back down from this issue? You would think that they would be making the republicans continue to fight the ACA.

I guess its because the insurance companies are in a win-win situation. With the healthcare law they can make more money with more people signing up, or if the law is repeal by some chance, they can get the ones who fought to change the law the approval to raise their rates again.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 14:15

The Editor's Desk: Free lunches are wrong target for Kingston

simple man there are a number of students who pay a small reduce fee for their meals while in school, due in part of where their family income rest at on the scale. So that is what occurs even today. So what is your point?

We have people who work for the state of Georgia and they current salaries are less than 20 thousand a year. You can go straight to the state's website and see the various salaries for proof.
So if someone is making a very low salary in today's market, do you really think that they will have enough to cover all expenses.

Now we are on this thing about punishing the parents of the children who receive a free lunch during school hours. Sounds like a good ideal, punish people who are poor, throw them into debtor's prison and put their children to work. No money for the work, only give the children one meal a day. And everyone will be happy.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:14

The Editor's Desk: Free lunches are wrong target for Kingston

farmer ga its's actually spell lemonade and not lemonaid. I thought I would bring that out since you are one of the ones that seems to be quick to point out someone's spelling and sentence structure. Just playing with you, so don't take it to heart.
But on the subject at hand. I hope that you and some of the others realize that there are federal and state child labor laws that are in place.

We all know that there are a number of people who are untruthful and make false statements in reference to obtaining free/reduce lunches. No one disputes that. But that number is very low. Deal with those individuals in the proper manner.

Its easy for some of us here to make the comments that we are making especially when we know where and when our next meal will be. Kingston is making these comments and yet if it is true, than he himself is receiving a free lunch on the government. That he is on welfare, due to the fact that he receives a government check. And please don't tell me that he works everyday for his check. Judging from the low ratings that congress has gotten from the public as well as not passing a budget for the last five years. From some of your own standards, it seems that they need to be the ones who ought to be sweeping the floors.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:28

US Rep. Kingston says poor students should sweep floors for lunch

athens rottweiller you and kingston just don't seem to get it. So are you saying that a child that is in the pre-k program and who receives a free lunch from the school, should mop and sweep floors? And we wonder why Georgia is at the bottom when it comes to education. Its not the children who have the problem here, its the adults. Just look at the thought process here.

We think that if a grade school child who is unable to pay for their meal(Drunk at school, should be made to work in order to eat. So tell me smart people, if they are spending their time cleaning the school, then when do they do any class work?
And what message do we send out here. Do we tell the other kids that as long as you can pay for your meals you are superior to the ones who can not pay.

I am still trying to figure out on how some of you got this ideal that the poor do not have any good work ethics. Do any of you really believe that just because someone who does not make a lot of money does not work hard?
Do you think that only people with money have a better work ethic?
Some of your lazies people are the ones who have money already made for them. They never had to work for it, It was just passed down to them.

As the old saying goes "don't judge a book by its cover". Open the book up and get its true meaning before passing judgement.

posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 18:01

US Rep. Kingston says poor students should sweep floors for lunch

Just because a child receives a free or reduce meal at school, does not mean that they do not come from a good home. A number of children who are part of the school lunch program come from homes that have two parents, but may be struggling financially for reasons no one here may know.

Some of you here seem to be upset about a child receiving a meal at school and why is that? Have we as a society become this heartless?

It cost on a average between two to three dollars for a child to have at least one meal at school. Most of us spend more than that when we go to a vending machine.

We got kids receiving the Hope scholarship, even when their parents make a lot more (some making six figure salaries) than what the scholarship was intended for. And at the same time, they do not even play the lottery. Should those kids be made to sweep floors as well?
I do not know why some wish to continue to pick on certain groups. I hope that none of you think that this makes you feel superior over others. It really shows how little you know.

I wish Kingston had made his comments directly to the people he was targeting instead of at a location he felt safe making the comments.

posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 16:30

Grimes: Is it time to increase federal minimum wage?

farmer ga once again it seems that you miss the entire points of the article. Your assumption to this piece is that government should stay out. That's far from the truth. Government needs to stay on top of private companies. If we allowed private companies to do their own thing, then a number of companies would only pay what they want to their employees and not what the employee is truly worth. Companies would go back to making people work more than 16-18 hour days, but only pay them for 4-8 hours. If government had not stepped in, then maybe we would not have child labor laws, safer work conditions and other items that corporations would not had done if not for the government.

Many corporations have gone overseas to purchase their items from country's that do not have laws that favor an employee. Do you think those companies even care? Do you even think that those same companies even care if those employees receive a far salary?
Government needs to stay on top and work along side of the private sector, but not in the manner you think it should be.

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:30

Fast food workers in Georgia to rally for higher wages

grove600 the above statement that you are making is base upon assumptions and you know this how?

You know that many employees who work in fast-foods are part-time, which means that they do not get paid for 40 hours.
You also know that many of these same employees do not get health, dental or any retirement from these businesses. Which means that these same businesses are not on the hook for those expenses.
So tell us again on how these businesses are losing out?
These same companies have been raising their prices for years, but employee benefits have not risen with those prices.

These businesses have reported record profits each year even when the economy went south. And we see how they continue to open new stores.

Are you saying that these employees are receiving fair earnings?
As I have said many times before, if you think it is so great, then you work for that pay and in those conditions and come back and tell us how wonderful it is. And please don't tell me about what you and others did when you were younger, if it was ok then, than why did you leave?

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 17:27

US economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd qtr.

Any growth here is better than no growth at all. Why some of you here have to put a negative spend on this is amazing.

You have economist on both sides who can not agree on the same thing. Some say the US economic growth is for this reason and another group is saying its this reason.

Each of you can feel a certain way if you wish. If you wish to be negative then that's fine. But for me, if this means that more people are putting money in their pockets and businesses are hiring than that's a good thing.

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:38

US economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd qtr.

use2b are you feeling ok today? It's amazing how you keep coming up with all these different conspiracies that Obama is using to fool the american people.

I thought that with the economy growing, that's a good thing. Why do you make it out like it is so bad. .

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 18:21

Fast food workers in Georgia to rally for higher wages

friendlyfire as always, it seems that you and a few others keep missing the main points.

If you can go do your research a little more, you will see that in 1997 Krystal's settle a lawsuit to current and past employees for 13 million for the practice of making employees get off the clock, but kept them working without compensation.

1998 the Carrols Corporation which operates 524 Burger stores settled a lawsuit for 2.8 million dollars for harassment of employees who complained about low wages, hours worked and sexual harassment on the job.

In 2008 a franchise owner in Pennsylvania and the McDonald's Corporation are currently in federal court for the practice of having employees accept their pay on heavy fee laiden debt cards.

Do other type of practices occurr in various fast-food companies, I am quite sure it does. Should they happen? The answer to that is no. But no matter what, companies are going to continue to exploit the hourly worker as long as they can get away with it. And if they are got, so what its only a fine. They passed that cost back on the consumers by raising their prices. So next time post facts and not something you know nothing about.

Regardless of what you think of the people who work in this line of work no one should be treated wrong.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 16:35

Fast food workers in Georgia to rally for higher wages

I am still trying to figure out on how some of you can come up with the claims that you are making about people who work in the fast-food industry. What numbers are you basing your facts upon that all the workers are uneducated, how too many children, are lazy and every other thing that you can think of.

I don't know if raising the hourly rate to 15 dollars an hour is going to pass, but let's be real about this, can any of you live on mininum wage?
As we all know fast-food prices have continue to rise over the years, but employee salaries have not. So why are companies charging higher prices if it is not for employee salaries?
We all know that many employees who work in fast-food do not work 40 hours a week. A high number do not get healthcare or retirement benefits, but yet the fast-food industry always reports record profits each year. So where is all the money going?

If you think that firing all the people who want more money is the answer, then let's see how many CEO's of these companies will be behind a grill flipping burgers.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 12:31

The Editor's Desk: Here's how to read editorial on Nunn

farmer ga can you tell us on how you are basing your statement that if Nunn wins the election she will vote the way that she is told to vote.

The women has not been elected to anything at this time and you have already got her going with one group.

If memory has it correctly, Zell Miller was picked by a democratic governor to fill a vacant Georgia senate seat. When he got to Washington, I don't remember him voting for the democrats on every issue.
Just because a person belongs to a particular party, it does not mean that they will vote every time along party lines.

You are correct in one part, there are those who wish to keep this country didvide, but there are others who refuse to allow this country to be didvided. That's why this country still exist even today, due to the efforts of others who refuse to split this country apart.

posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:39

The Editor's Desk: Here's how to read editorial on Nunn

eagle, can you tell us how did you arrive at the conclusion that this article is about Obama and not Michele Nunn? Where in the editor's write up does it state that Obama is running for the US Senate seat here in Georgia?

The voters here in Georgia are going to take a long look at every candidate that will be running for office. I don't think it will be an automatic win for any and all candidates this go around. Unless a candidate is not facing any opposition, those who are, will need to step up their game.

Voters are looking for new faces in the crowds. They have became tired with the same old individuals to vote for each time.
The political climate is changing here in the state again. The voters don't seem to care for any of the hardliners on either side. If there is a fresh concept or ideal that the voters feel comfortable with, then they will more in likely embrace that, then to hold on to something that will not work.

posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:10

Carter touts education as reason to elect him governor in Athens speech

friendlyfire I am so glad that you even know how to post a comment, let alone worrying about who spell checks or not. I never worry whether a person who posts a comment correctly uses the right words or a proper sentence. As long as I got an ideal of what they are saying, then that is all that matters. I hope that didn't hurt your brain too much.

snarkydude why are you hung up so much on a persons race? Are you saying that people of color are the ones who do not posses the capability to be well educated.
No where in my earlier comment does it state that I was offering any excuses. But let's not ignore the facts. For the past 12 years this state has continue to cut funding towards education. That's not a myth, but a true statement. Because of those cuts, we have received the rankings on education each year at a low level.
We are losing quality teachers each year due to those funding cuts. If a teacher knows that they are facing furlough days or additional cuts, or larger class sizes, then why would they remain in the educational field.
And again why do you think that people in middle or higher class families are better educated. The drop out rates in those groups are just as high as any other group. And why is that? If you come from nicer surroundings, then everything should be a piece of cake.

And yes I am doing more than just making statements. I have on many occassions have voluntary my time and services as a sub-teacher. As a tutor. Took children on field trips to educational locals. Served as a coach for various sports.
I do not care about a persons race, economic background, religion or other factors. If a child needs a hand, I will be there.

From what I am reading from your post, it appears that you are the one that is not doing too much of anything to improve the educational system here in Georgia.

posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 17:27

Carter touts education as reason to elect him governor in Athens speech

It seems to me that having a well educated state would mean more high end paying jobs. What company would not want to relocate or create jobs in a state that they know would have the people that they need.

All I see on a national level are the rankings that the state of Georgia continues to post each year. Out of fifty states Georgia ranks between 46-48 each year.

If we put the effort and the money towards a better educational system here in the state, then we as a people we have the capability and the knowledge to create our own jobs for our citizens.

posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 12:07

VIDEO: New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

boris what does race have to do with this issue? This issue that the police investigated was on the line of domestic violence.

emperor this matter has nothing to do with Jesse or Al. Did you take the time to read the entire article.

It appears that the two of you are so stuck on skin color, that each of you seem to ignore the true facts of the case.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:17

Augusta Chronicle: Russian satellite deal would be dumb and dangerous

used2b has does this weaken the country? We have just as many intelligent gathering devices above and on the ground in the Soviet Bloc than they have here.
Ever heard of NATO?
We have both civilian and military personal and equipment in Bosnia and Kosovo, both in the Soviet region.
The Soviets have been spying on the US even before WWII and it is not going to stop.
Are you and the editor of the Augusta Chronicle that afraid?

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:45

VIDEO: New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

Let me see if I understand this. Zimmerman was not official divorce from his wife, because she served him with papers while in jail. Zimmerman is or at least was living with another female during this time. So much for a person who a number of people on this board who thought he had such high moral standards.

As far as I am concern, the issues of his previous trial are over. The jury made their decision on that case. Its over with.
What I have an issue with is his problem with females. It seems he has no problem begin violent towards them. And I am not saying that someone can not push your buttons at times, but a true man would walk away from any encounters with a female before they become violent.
He allowed his wife to get arrested and then sentence and she was helping him. In his mind it was ok for her to go to jail, but not him.

It was good that he did make bond. It would have been too expensive to house him. The sheriff would have had to keep him in isolation and away from the general population. If Zimmerman can not hold his own against a 17 yoa and two females, then he must certainly would not been able to handle the crews in jail especially since he would not had a gun by his side.

posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 10:18

Former president's grandson to seek Georgia governor's seat

I don't remember Jimmy Carter ever causing this state to go broke. As a matter of fact I don't remember any democratic governor causing this state to be broke. I wonder when did all the state's financial woes began?

Look, everyone has a right to seek public office. Whether they win or not is a different story, What I think most of you are worried about is that this Carter will appeal more to the younger voters as well as the independents and moderates.
There will be a huge turn out in 2014 among the voters. Usually during mid-terms voter participation is very low, but I think this go around the numbers will be different. So a number of elective officials may have something to worry about.

posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 15:37

Borrower, Georgia bank executives sentenced in scheme

I thought they said that only the poor and illegals cause this country to go broke.

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 17:17

Today's editorial cartoon

simple man it seems that you answered your own question for yourself, but I will try to make it easy for you.

Due to America receiving many of its products overseas, cost has gone up over the years. People's salaries have not been able to keep up with the rising costs and there are fewer jobs to be had here in the US. We are still funding two war fronts which are costing this country billions of dollars every month.

We have military families who are receiving public assistance. Are you saying that we need to cut them off?
There are many who are the "working poor". You can not do much on low wages.

As I have stated before, its easy to talk when you know where your next meal is coming from, but I would like for some here to change places with those who are in need. Come back and tell us that you still feel the same way after a certain amount of time has passed.

snarkydude stop foaming at the mouth like you always doing. Many people do not have the means to get to a large scale market like some are able to. Most have to shop at whatever stores that are close to them in their areas. Yes some do abuse the cards, no one disputes that, but the majority do not. Please stick to facts and not something you are making up and don't use that same old tired line "I know some people who do that".

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 17:15

Today's editorial cartoon

simple man since you seem to want to throw out all the numbers here, then you must know how the economy tanked in 2007. That might be a good reason for the high numbers. From 2002-2008 we saw a increase number of american jobs leaving these shores to go overseas for cheaper labor, that might be another reason for the high cost in the program.

so simple man don't be so simple minded, you know why things are the way they are. So don't use half statements. State all the facts.

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:53

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