People "drive for the conditions they encounter"? Apparently not. If they're encountering inept design of roads and traffic signs, they would slow down, stop following too closely, stop making bad turns into traffic, not force other cars to wait for them when they try to make a turn they missed or their huge car is sticking out from a middle turn lane, change their excessively-bright headlights, etc. Most "accidents" are not accidents at all. They are crimes caused by reckless people.posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 13:07
Perhaps someone who's half-literate such as yourself.
The cop who takes pictures on people's property when there on an unrelated matter is a jackass.posted @ Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 21:08
Second blake66's comment above. Do you have copy editors at all? You have to at least try...posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:48
The notion that a Whole Foods would be better is, overall, a mistaken one--though perhaps true in a limited way. Whole Foods is as ideologically-driven as Wal-Mart, though obviously not nearly having as much effect. I prefer grocery stores that are just grocery stores, thank you very much, not right-wing political movements.
So, you Selig lovers who just can't pushing that minus button over and over, sorry, but some of us aren't hypocrites. I sometimes shop at Wal-Mart myself, but I'll go to five different grocery stores in the same week sometimes---the point being, I don't want any such large project in that spot. Even Blue Heron probably would've been a disaster. We've got two large apt./condo. buildings that aren't filled, the newspaper building has been a joke for more than two decades now, and--looking a little farther out--tons of new housing developments in East Athens that are eyesores at best, future slums at worst.
Perhaps Eldridge could suggest churches pay what they would pay in property taxes if we didn't exempt them, if that's his concern. But of course that's not politically correct among his crowd. Also, what of the studies showing the negative effect Wal-Mart has on employment? As I've mentioned here before, this store will just put others out of business.posted @ Monday, February 6, 2012 - 20:53
How interesting that the Banner-Herald publishes this story and not any about the idiotic responses of the police there, or the Mayor of Oakland complaining about all the money that has been spent unnecessarily imprisoning protestors and beating them up. Though she's not a right-winger, presumably taking a reactionary position in the U.S. means you have difficulty understanding that the things you want the gov't. to do cost money, and someone has to pay for it.posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 17:53
Traffic concerns are being ignored by many of the commentators both pro and con--though perhaps not the officials involved, thankfully. To the extent they are involved, that is--don't ask that new mayor to do anything that requires a full work day. The historic building is the coffee roasting plant--as well as the houses back there which will eventually get destroyed. Also, many tourists would disagree quite strongly with your perception of the city's image. That said, I differ from many who otherwise agree with me on this issue in wanting restrictions on the number of alcohol licenses in a given area. And the broad goals for downtown that the city has put forth--those which Blake refers to constantly--were pointless. It's better just to stop things from being done, because most ideas like this are a disaster; even the Bottleworks project, which from an architectural and preservationist perspective was ideal (not going to get that again, Athens) isn't filled and doesn't quite fit in as well as it should. These huge projects should at least be kept in the suburbs, distant suburbs preferably. They are still built with cars in mind, but based on a lie that they're not--the "walkable, sustinable" argument. Wal-Mart? Sustainable? Are you insane?
So you're suggesting that we're going to have lots of people living downtown who don't have cars who aren't students? Really? Anyone who wants to live in downtown Athens when we have many affordable homes available (near better grocery stores than Wal-Mart, by the way) and you can drive across town in 10 minutes is just living out some sort of fantasy that could easily be deflated by going to live in a large city. Please, Wal-Mart supporters, go live in walk-up apt. in a real city. See how long you last.
How hilarious that the "hippies" and "hipsters" or whomever are those who not suffering from severe delusions.
webbty80, we don't have Stop and Shop, Pathmark, or Shop RIte b/c those are northeastern chains. That part of the country is far more densely populated. You know what most people in "decent" urban areas do? They go to small markets--one for produce, one for meat, and so on. They might have small versions of the stores you mentioned, but ideally not ones that require tearing up an entire part of downtown and creating a traffic hell hole there. You'll look out for yourself until you have to go to the emergency room, or send your kids to school, blah blah blah... same old B S.posted @ Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 01:47
That's well and good, but your comments don't exactly respond to what I was saying. I said non-students, thus students do not shop there. Hopefully that was clear to all those who know rudimentary English. OK.
Also, as "Green" suggests above, the store isn't great. And I did say you can probably get better food at Wal-Mart. So if you're upset by the inclusion of "probably," then say so. Otherwise, again you're just not reading well.
The point is that supporters of the Wal-Mart downtown are offering bad arguments in favor of it. "Eventual Habit" your comments only suggest the value of putting this new development on North Ave.! Sounds good to me. Many of the problems of this proposed project downtown would not pertain there.posted @ Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 20:32
So many complaints here about the petition, and such a large number of individuals expressing strong contempt for those opposed to the Wal-Mart... Gosh, maybe all the fake signatures were done by the kind of psychopathic right wingers we see on this message board?
Anyone ever consider that this place will just put the Piggly Wiggly on North Ave. out of business? You can probably get better food at the Wal-Mart, but still if that happens one of the excuses the angry "conservatives" are giving for supporting the Wal-Mart is gone: more non-students live within walking distance of Piggly Wiggly than they do of the Armstrong-Dobbs site.
Also, why do right-wing loons focus so much time on striving to show how others are hypocrites, when they are blatantly hypocritical themselves? You don't care about the gov't. helping the poor, right? So why should the gov't. ignore traffic concerns, the effect of this development on tourism and the city's image, the destruction of historic buildings, all for the sake of a small number of individuals without cars who would be able to walk to this Wal-Mart? Also, do you really think the thousands of suburbanites on the east side who currently aren't paying much attention will enjoy the effect this has on traffic?
Finally, when did the petitioners claim to speak for all of Athens? If you don't want the gov't. to be effected by this movement against the Wal-Mart, get involved yourself. Stop being lazy jackasses. Besides, generally speaking, the well-to-do are more involved in politics and give more money to campaigns, and in turn are directly catered-to by politicians to a greater extent. But still you nutty right wingers keep on whining...posted @ Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 18:04
Not sure about that 25-years stat... I had thought it was built in the mid-90's... but perhaps my memory's fading. If the Golden Pantry's staying, the drawings on the church's site are awfully unclear. And the note about the church's "campus" extending to the intersection with Pope St. is certainly worthy of elaboration.posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 22:56
Yes, it's dead for those who listen to crap artists who make crap albums that aren't good all the way through. Go watch TV now. Thanks. Bye.posted @ Friday, August 12, 2011 - 16:56
The USA is the greatest terrorist bomber of them all.
This is indeed a waste. With all due respect to the police chief, he's clearly in over his head here. Jefferson has a notorious history with regard to its police force and government, and this area is the last thing he needs expertise in. And moreover, he's wrong about what's needed to deal with terrorism. Remember the Minnesota agent who let her superiors know about the mysterious individuals learning how to fly, but not land, planes? And the lack of communication among bureaucracies in the "underwear bomber" incident? We already have the apparatus and knowledge to stop terrorist attacks. We just don't make effective use of it. Instead, the right wing just talks about expanding government power and destroying civil liberties, arrogantly putting on a stoic mask of duty and wisdom. They're full of themselves.posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:43
And by the way, what on earth does O'Looney hope to accomplish by insulting an entire city?posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 13:09
This is a bad idea. I was going to vote for Frye. Not now. Move the Sports Hall wherever... don't care. But the Music Hall should stay in Macon. What's wrong with the state subsidizing it? It's a museum, and a library. You don't tear up museums and libraries because Republicans would prefer to direct gov't. money to their friends or because fake progressives in Athens engage in endless pointless booster-ism re: their music scene.posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 13:08
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