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@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Oracle, I trust that the eyewitnesses posting here have helped correct your faulty understanding with regard to the presence of crossing guards. One thing that may be contributing to your confusion, particularly during this time of cold weather, is that the crossing guards, rather than standing continuously out in the cold, may be parking their cars in the adjacent corner of the bank parking lot and sitting inside them until children need their services in the crosswalk.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:02

@Jerry NeSmith: Thanks, Jerry -- and you should also thank Howard Guest, who tracked down the photos, and who worked with the Army to get Staff Sgt. Jones back home.

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:46

@Oistrakh: Oops! Old habits die hard. It's 'today' because the story appeared in Saturday's print edition, but as you note here, it's on the website on Friday afternoon. My bad.

posted @ Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:19

@mpd0.59: Yes, if 65 percent of the people in the neighborhood approve it. The payoff, I guess, is that your $10 buys you the security of knowing that your street won't be blocked by parked cars in the event of an emergency.

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:13

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] -

So Jim my good man:

How about a few quick words on why my post was deleted?

Is any criticism of the ABH now not allowed?

I certainly didn't violate any terms of service.


I don't know, Oracle. I'm not the only person here with the capacity to delete posts. I didn't see yours before it was deleted, so I can't venture a guess as to why it was taken off the board.

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:49

Just a couple of quick words to add some perspective here.

First, no online commenter has been summarily chased off. All commenters who have been removed were removed for violating the terms of service agreement to which they consented in signing up at OnlineAthens. For the most part, those removals were made on the basis of personal attacks, most often in the form of threatening or racist language.

Second, in many instances, people who have been removed from commenting were removed on the basis of being reported to us by other members of the online commenting community.

Third, making a 'public' announcement of a commenter's removal -- most often via my Facebook page, however 'public' that might be -- is designed to let readers know that we are serious about policing the online comments.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:46

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] -

@Jim Thompson: I thought the headline writer was an anonymous, never to be named ghost at the ABH. You mean all along it is you? Well, blow me down. Ghost Laughing out loud


Just for the editorial page, nowheregirl. I'd do it for the rest of the paper, but taking out the trash consumes a lot of my time each day.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:19

@nowheregirl: Done and done, ma'am.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 09:20

[quote][b]TMKvetch[/b] -

Really? @Jim Thompson: Do you allow name-calling by the anonymous commentariat still? Or is it only when they are your friends?


No name-calling that I saw, TM. While cyou299 certainly might have meant "tool" in the pejorative sense of "fool" or "cretin," it could also be read in the more straightforward way of being an implement used for work. When there's any doubt, I let the content stand as written.

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:28

@proftom: Well said, proftom. Thanks for distilling both sides of the argument so well.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:18

@Kwijibo Junior: Smile Your point is well taken, sir!

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:16

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] -

"Helping to build a community where the wide use of transportation alternatives serves to unclog roads and helps create pleasantly paced mixed-use neighborhoods could make Athens the kind of place that is more attractive to economic development prospects"

Go ahead - ask the ADDA or the C of C about closing College Square and removing some other parking places to create a more pleasant Downtown experience, and incidentally encourage walking around...

I'll just wait over here...


It's kind of a "chicken or the egg" thing, I think, KJ. Maybe if vehicular traffic was reduced through more viable alternative transportation options, closing off College Square and reducing on-street parking in downtown Athens would cause less heartburn among the folks you mention.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:09

@barryhollander: Yeah, I saw the data late last week, Barry, but was trying to tease out the role that UGA ridership, however measured, played in the ranking. If we don't do a news story on the numbers, I'll probably address them on the editorial page at some point.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:23

[quote][b]cornish531[/b] -


The substance of this piece is about medical marijuana. Because he is history and will have no impact on Congressional action on the matter, I am curious about why you chose the Paul Broun, Jr. caption? Just trying to better understand what goes into the decision making of a reporter.


I'm not sure I understand your question. If you're talking about the photo caption, it was simply taken from another story on Broun, to accurately reflect the circumstances under which the photo was taken. If you're suggesting that Broun won't have any impact on congressional action on the bill, it's still possible that the bill could come to a vote before Broun's term ends, and he could, therefore, have some influence on whether it becomes law. If I've missed your point entirely, let me know, and I'll try to respond more directly to your concerns.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 13:54

I'm no expert, but I believe that the problems for an EAS carrier with connecting to Atlanta include acquiring code-sharing and gate-access agreements with major carriers. It's easier to get those agreements, and from the EAS carrier's perspective, to afford them, I think, in Charlotte or Nashville than in Atlanta.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:34

Pardon, if you will, my guffawing and the self-administered head slap as I take in the fact that an array of pseudonymous commenters are expressing some concern about the authorship of something appearing in the digital media. Any unsigned item on an editorial page can be taken as the view of the newspaper, usually expressed in words written by the editorial page editor. In the print edition, this endorsement is identified as an editorial; I'll change the headline here to include that word to keep some of y'all from having to reach for the smelling salts.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 13:15

@proftom: Stay safe out there, proftom!

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 09:22

Just so there's no confusion as to why THE WATCHDAWG was banned, I'm reprinting his comment here in full:

"No Uncle Sam don't throw it in the fire something that ugly needs to be shot
as big as those calf's are on the Heffer it would take forrrrrrrrever to burn that thing."

So, THE WATCHDAWG is banned for threatening to kill someone. It'll be interesting to see if the Secret Service takes any interest in this particular threat. Let us know, will you, WATCHDAWG? Heck, I might even cover the dry-cleaning bill when you mess your pants as the black Suburban pulls in to your driveway and a couple of guys with weapons knock on your door.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 09:12

[quote][b]dahreese[/b] -

("Last Wednesday's installment" was excellent).


Thanks, dahreese.

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:02

[quote][b]Eastville[/b] -

One can't but wonder at the self loathing which drives the political left to despoil even the best news--especially this most excellent news. One can't help but be reminded of monkeys and that beast's fight to resist change with weapons of its own excrement.
Cheer up, Jim, the world will suck again, tomorrow...


And, speaking of excrement ... .

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 09:49

@PatrickD: Thanks!

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:28

As a postscript to today's Editor's Desk, I've just learned that there is an initiative, now involving three Athens-Clarke County commissioners, to study the Lexington Road corridor. Great idea, I think!

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 08:55

My apologies, Leon. I should have been far more careful in editing the column, and, regardless, should have let the full version, rather than the edited version, run online.

Just so readers know, the version appearing above now is that full version.

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 10:00

I hope everyone noted the short biographical sketch at the end of the article.The author is a Clarke County public school student. And yeah, I did some editing on the piece, but most of it was just moving things around a little. Ms. Hayes did a great job thoroughly researching the story, talking to sources, and writing.

posted @ Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 22:21

Thanks to all of you who've pointed out the situation with the utility pole. I'll drive by there later today myself, and if it's still and issue, I'll get soembody on it Monday morning. In the meanwhile, though, I'd ask that, instead of posting staff members's mugs and phone numbers here, you actually pick up the phone and call one of us, or send us an email. Unless, of course, you're more interested in self-righteous whining than in actually getting something done.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 11:10

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