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Thomas: President must lead defeat of ISIS

[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?

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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

The Editor's Desk: Workforce-focused education may shortchange Georgia

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

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

The Editor's Desk: Workforce-focused education may shortchange Georgia

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

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

The Editor's Desk: More ideas on improving alternative transportation infrastructure

[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...

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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

The Editor's Desk: Some thoughts on alternative transportation

@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

Broun cosponsoring bill to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

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

Jim...

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.

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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

No waiver, but no worries, for Athens-Ben Epps Airport

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

Kingston is best choice for Senate

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

The Editor's Desk: Sharing the road is a two-way street

@proftom: Stay safe out there, proftom!

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

Today's editorial cartoon

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

The Editor's Desk: Credit where some credit is due

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

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

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Thanks, dahreese.

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

The Editor's Desk: CNBC ranking of Georgia not much to celebrate

[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...

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And, speaking of excrement ... .

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

The Editor's Desk: Vision isn't the problem in Athens

@PatrickD: Thanks!

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

The Editor's Desk: Vision isn't the problem in Athens

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

Galis: Parsing another Jekyll Island 'mandate'

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

Historic northeast Georgia Catholic church on 'Places in Peril' list

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

Thanks to all of you who pointed out the situation with the utility pole. I'll drive by there later today myself, and if the situation hasn't been addressed, I'll get somebody on it Monday morning.

posted @ Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 11:05

The Editor's Desk: Broun doubles down on denial

[quote][b]swimdawg68[/b] -

@AbidingDude: I wonder if Thompson will comment on this clown we have in the WH? His recent crap, VA, and now releasing 5 dangerous prisoners to free a deserter goes beyond belief. Of course history tells us where Thompson resides so don't expect any editorials with negative comments regarding Emperor Obama.

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Because the Athens Banner-Herald is a local newspaper, my columns focus on local and state issues. As far as national issues are concerned, I try to present a balanced set of viewpoints from people who know far more about those things than I do. Here, from just a couple of days ago, is a column disparaging Obama's management style: http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-06-02/charen-why-veterans-affairs-w....

I really, really, really wish you guys would get off this demonstrably false assertion that the Banner-Herald's editorial page is tilted one way or the other. While an individual day's newspaper might lean more heavily liberal or conservative, over time the page presents a full range of viewpoints. You know, it's kind of like the difference between weather and climate.

posted @ Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:05

The Editor's Desk: Scissors, zip ties transform campaign signs into birdhouse

@grove600: Dang it, grove! Now you've got the authorities interested in this, and they're bound to find out that it's a fiendishly clever money-laundering scheme. Thanks a lot, buddy!

posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 21:08

The Editor's Desk: Athens placed well as creative community

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

Athens has had the same level of creativity you cite here for at least the last 25 years, and the undercurrent has run much longer than that. If there was any correlation between a creative environment and economic development, wouldn't we have seen some effect by now?

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Not necessarily, KJ. The mere fact that Athens is a creative community won't in and of itself, create economic development. That aspect of life here has to be communicated to economic development prospects, which includes targeting enterprises -- technology companies, as one broad categorical example -- that employ people who want what Athens can, or could, offer, such as urban living, combined with lots of great places to hang out.

posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:24

The Editor's Desk: Athens placed well as creative community

[quote][b]The Eagle[/b] -

Thompson re your "But, inasmuch as those percentages are tightly grouped, we’re not doing too badly, and have a legitimate claim to promoting ourselves as a creative community while in pursuit of economic development opportunities." So the desire to be a seen as a creative community is more important to you than to be seen as a vibrant community for economic development and growth? Perhaps this explains the anti-business culture of the ACCG and the Athens elite.

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I think you missed the point, Eagle. The two aren't mutually exclusive, and in fact there is an argument -- not without its critics, certainly -- that attracting creative people to a community is an effective economic development strategy. Here's a link that looks at both sides of the argument: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/questioning-the-cult-of-the-creative-class.

posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:17

Confederate monument in downtown Athens safely in place again

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] -

I believe most pedestrians and drivers are focused on getting through the congested intersection without running into someone or something. Is the monument lit at night?

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Again, mpd0.59, I'm suggesting that if you park your car nearby and walk to the pedestrian island, there is plenty of room on that island to view all sides of the monument. And no, it's not lit at night.

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 13:48

Confederate monument in downtown Athens safely in place again

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] -

I hardly knew it was there. It should have been located where you can pause to look at it, not in the middle of the road where you're trying to dodge traffic.

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It's in the middle of a pedestrian island, mpd0.59. There's plenty of room to pause and look at it, and this time of year, it's not too hard to find a nearby parking place.

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:25

UPDATE: Reassembly of Confederate monument on East Broad Street in downtown Athens completed

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

Just in time for Memorial Day. Unless you like the one in April better...

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Yeah, KJ, we thought about that, which is why you'll only see this story online, inasmuch as we thought it was important to provide some information on the event as it was happening.

Our current plans are to do something later in the week for the print edition, which will, incidentally, include some comments from a media producer who is working on a piece on all 104 Confederate monuments in Georgia, and the ambivalent feelings in many of the communities who host those monuments.

posted @ Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 21:58

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