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What Others Say: Corporations aren't same as citizens (Los Angeles Times)

"Corporations are composed of people whose lives and fortunes are affected by government policies and whose rights can be violated by government overreaching; the same is true of other types of businesses, as well as unions and other associations."

Corporations are property, not "composed of people" but owned by people. Property has no rights. People have rights, including the protection of the property from government over reach and due process for property seizure or search.

The Bill of Rights has historical roots in the concept of inalienable rights. Inalienable rights are given by God, or the Creator or the natural order of things. Only people have inalienable rights.

Corporations are human legal constructs. Rights are limited to the people who own that property, not possessed by the property itself.

posted @ Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 08:14

Five commissioners, Athens-Clarke mayor begin terms

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - It will still be the same type of housing with the same type of crime but it will sound nicer in the police blotter.[/quote]

Properly managed and programmed mixed income housing developments have proven to be effective in reducing crime, increasing employment, improving educational outcomes and other benefits,

But mixed-income housing is not a panacea and requires more than bricks and mortar to bring about significant change:

Brookside is based on already successful mixed-income developments in the region, so its design and management are based on experience with this type of housing. It almost certainly will be a safer, better place to live than its predecessor. We will see the degree of other benefits over time.

posted @ Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 07:52

Georgia is national leader in solar power

"Georgia’s abundant sunshine, coupled with the business strategies of Georgia Power and the state’s electric power cooperatives, have combined to make the state a national leader in solar energy, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols told a small gathering on Monday in Oconee County...Echols said Georgia is the nation’s 'fastest growing solar state.'"

I would like to see that data that makes Georgia a "national leader", unless being "the fastest growing" is all it takes to be a leader.

posted @ Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:41

5 things about Americans' slipping sense of duty

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - I can't remember the last time I read a hard-news article on a local issue prior to it's being raised at a Commission meeting.[/quote]

Nor can I. I can also remember significant and interesting Commission decisions that went completely unreported here. (Did the reporter read the consent agenda, understand the issue, watch the video, or have something better to do?)

Without that weekly alternative rag, we would have virtually no reporting of local news and issues.

posted @ Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 11:20

Grimes: Hopeful signs that 2015 will be a good year

[quote][b]writer2011[/b] - I still think we get a more "fair" coverage of Obama and the libs on Fox News than on the mainstream media which I mentioned.[/quote]

We will simply disagree on that opinion.

posted @ Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 19:30

5 things about Americans' slipping sense of duty

"The young are even less likely to feel citizens ought to know what’s going on, despite having unprecedented amounts of information at their fingertips."

Could their response be the result of the fact that it is easier to remain informed, so the perception of "duty" is diminished?
Or could it be the result of too many choices of information sources?
Or could it be that our news media has become less informative (less reliable, less objective) and more politically biased, in one direction or the other, depending on the source?

posted @ Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 19:26

"A major contributor to this trend has been the assault on marriage and other institutions by the Baby Boom generation. "

What an over-simplification this is. The symptoms he describes are signs of the decline of the American middle class. The cause of that decline is a longer discussion.

posted @ Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 08:35

Sikora: Climate-change deniers rely on specious arguments

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - I believe that the current leadership of the left, which controls the Democratic party, will manipulate science and anything else to achieve their goal of reducing American economic and military influence in the world.[/quote]

Now who is making climate change a political issue?

What better way to reduce American economic and military influence in the world than to attack another nation with trumped up reasons, de-stabilize a region, and sanction enhanced interrogation techniques?

posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 19:53

Sirkin: U.S. needs tech skills of European workers

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - I would like to more effort placed on keeping those that come to the U.S. for education in STEM fields to stay here and contribute rather than just go back to their home countries.[/quote]

So it seems. Our universities are brimming with Asians getting educated in medicine, computer science, engineering, etc., who then are not allowed to remain in the US to contribute to our economy. They return home and compete with the US. Many have said that these folks should have a work visa stapled to their diploma when they graduate from a US university.

As big a problem, in my opinion, is that our technical schools are not teaching the skills that are needed by their local industries. Coordination between the courses offered and the skills needed at the local level is the exception, rather than the rule. To land a big employer, tech schools often go to great lengths to include teaching the skills that employer will need if the employer will pick a nearby location to build a plant. But evidence that those same schools work to teach skills that existing employers need in their region is scant.

posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:26

Sikora: Climate-change deniers rely on specious arguments

@Ross: Says you.

Others say global temperature is up 1.4 degrees F since 1980; arctic ice is decreasing 13% per decade; sea level is rising 3.17mm per year. Ocean acidity has increased 30% (caused by absorbing CO2) since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Spend 15 minutes at this site, please:

97% of Climate Scientists Agree

posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:14

Grand Ole Opry's Little Jimmy Dickens hospitalized

posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 - 08:02

Johnson: Faith is reason and revelation

Well done, Jessica! Indeed.

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:07

Huckaby: Let your light shine in the new year

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - You'll have to throw away all your mixed-fiber clothing, and keep stones handy for the adulterers.[/quote]

Just stick to the New Testament, and you will be fine.

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 09:59

N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack

This just in: US State Department responds to N. Korean insult with "I know you are, so what am I?"


posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 09:52

NeSmith: Zoning can be 'ounce of prevention'

Some see zoning laws as infringing on their property rights. Others see zoning laws as protecting their property.

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 07:47

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

[quote][b]swimdawg68[/b] - Finally some facts that make sense.[/quote]

Where in your response are any "facts"?
Prof Timberlake should stick to economics.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:50

Allen: Drop in divorce rate doesn't necessarily mean marriage is in recovery

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - I think that many of the social problems that we face as a nation are because too many homes don't have a mother and a father.[/quote]

It is difficult to say which is the cause and which is the effect. It is certainly a spiral.

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 - 16:08

Singer Joe Cocker dead at 70

RIP Joe.

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 - 15:31

Remains of Athens man who died in World War II bomber crash to be interred at Oconee Hill Cemetery

We honor and remember Charles J. Jones and many others for their brave service and sacrifice to our country.

(Thanks for publishing this, Jim, especially the photos.)

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:07

Carolinas politicians get payouts from lender

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - In ACC, hiding money from the public is acting “at all times in the best interest of [one's constituents] and with the highest ethical standards”[/quote]

What are you talking about?

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:19

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - Surely Dr. Park is aware that hatred of America was widespread long before George Bush came on the scene?[/quote]

Was that hatred as widespread before Bush then as it is post-Bush? I think not. In my experience, Europeans were grateful that the US used its power wisely, but feared that political forces in the US could eventually use that power unwisely. That was their opinion during the cold war and even during the first war against Iraq in 1990-91.

They tell me that the second Iraq war beginning in 2002 fulfilled many of their fears.

There is nothing scientific about my opinion (nor yours).

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:14

'Unbroken' may be broken in Japan, still divided over war

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - So the Japanese politicians want to downplay their war history[/quote]

Sounds familiar.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:41

Composting now measured in tons on UGA campus

The Office of Sustainability is not only making a difference in how UGA processes waste, maintains its grounds and manages energy and water, it is engaging students as leaders in these efforts. What a great program this is.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:37

Thomas: Report on CIA will help America's enemies

"And America will again be diminished in the eyes of some while the Taliban, al-Qaida and ISIS "

Cal believes that revealing the truth about the behavior of those acting in the name of the US should not be revealed because it will make us look bad to our enemies?

By not revealing the truth to the public, only our enemies will know the truth, and we will wonder why they hate us.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 07:33

Stossel: Fossil fuels improve life on Earth

A feel good piece using the rear view mirror to steer the way ahead, completely ignoring the facts, such as acidification of the oceans caused by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"Fossil fuels are a little bit like antibiotics" is true. If the world uses antibiotics too liberally, we get "super bugs", infections immune to antibiotics.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:40

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