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School leaders react to governor's takeover proposal for failing schools

Why should parents and administrators trust Governor Deal and the state of Georgia to take over any schools? I certainly don't trust either Deal or the state to know anything about education needs! Past performance of cutting budgets and increasing tests as well as the teacher evaluations being put into place should show that Deal knows next to nothing about education. I suspect that "friends" of his stand to gain with the changing to charter schools.
And, as someone who lived many years in New Orleans and knew that system well, I really advise that if Georgia is going to look to Louisiana for answers that close scrutiny be given to that charter school system. There are many questions about it.
Since voters get to have their say on this, I really hope that we are given lots of honest information so a wise decision can be made.

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 - 14:27

Today's editorial cartoon

This cartoon just plays into the misguided idea that climate change is not really occurring because places still get cold in the winter. I don't think that ignorance, especially dangerous ignorance, should be encouraged and therefore I object to the printing of this pretty stupid cartoon.
I asked someone who lives in Augusta if the newspaper is really as conservative as it appears from the editorials and cartoons that the ABH runs frequently and I was told that it was indeed. Glad I live in Athens.

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 11:57

Local news stories of the year

I have nothing against Todd Gurley or UGA football, but truly, if the Todd Gurley saga was the most important news item in Athens in 2014 then I think our priorities are pretty pitiful. Surely, something else must have happened that might have mattered to more people or that helped more people or will influence the future more. Something else might have been more appropriate for #1 place. No? That is really too bad for Athens, then.

posted @ Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 16:50

Charen: Democrats not good in fatherly role

This is one of the worst editorials I have read in a long time. It does not even deserve comment but thankfully others have commented well. (well, with the exception of snarkydude, of course.)

Oh yes, let us go to war with North Korea again…this time over a movie! War, the republican answer to everything. Torture worked? Not according to most people. Now if you want to believe Cheney….then not much to be said.
Head Start has been very successful and school lunches are sometimes the only meal a child gets….yes, maybe some are fed who don't need to be, but that is what happens when you try to help people. Something republicans don't know a lot about…helping people.

Yes, democrats gave us social security, medicare, civil rights….these may have had bipartisan support (enough to get passed, anyway) but they came out of democratic administrations. And these programs make me proud to be a democrat. This woman is not a political analyst, she is just a biased mouthpiece for the republican point of view.

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 14:25

What Others Say: Religious liberty legislation is unnecessary waste of time (Savannah Morning News)

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - And what is wrong with a business owner being able to cite their religious beliefs? Why do you thing that would discriminate against anyone? How would that deny people services?
Just because someone doesn't believe what another person does doesn't make it discrimination.
[/quote]

I suppose it depends on what you mean by "cite". I doubt the writer of the editorial meant that the business owner was going to stand up and say "Oh by the way, my religious beliefs say that gay marriage is wrong but that does not matter, I will sell you flowers for your wedding anyway"…..no, it becomes discriminatory when the florist refuses to sell the flowers to a gay couple. Wouldn't that deny service?
Good editorial and I hope the legislature is listening. Georgia does have a lot of problems to address and religious stuff should not enter into the discussion.
I am not holding my breath, however.

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 14:13

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

Thank you, Mark Farmer. Mr. TImberlake's letter makes me wonder if he attended any of the Thursday night lectures that were offered at UGA last fall, lectures given by scientists with much more expertise on the subject than he can claim. I am not a scientist so I prefer to believe those who are scientists, thank you.
People who are quick to agree with Timberlake are those who simply don't want to accept climate change, either finding it too scary or too expensive to deal with or too beyond their abilities to understand. I can appreciate that, I would love to have it discredited. It is extremely frightening and extremely sad. I weep for the creatures who will become extinct because we have done this to the planet and are too slow in doing anything to change it. But denying that it is happening as the arctic ice melts and sea levels rise is going to be disastrous for all of us. Put down your security blankets people and listen to the people who are studying what is happening!

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:12

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

@jtsim:

Well, I was being honest about my source. However, I get a lot of information on Facebook that comes from factual sites, not people posting opinions. So, your comment is not valid.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:54

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

Actually, swimdawg68 did not write the above note about MSNBC, I wrote it in a reply to swimdawg, but somehow it got posted wrong. Apologies to swimdawg as it certainly does not reflect his opinions!

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:52

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @Libralady: Who did the study? They? NPR? MSNBC?
[/quote]

That is a legitimate question and I wish I had the answer. Perhaps one could google it. It was not NRP or MSNBC as I recall. I had read about it two different times on Facebook. There was another study that said that Fox gave misinformation about 65% of the time (and that may not be the exact percent) and MSNBC gave misinformation at around 45%. (It might have been lower or higher, but in the 40s). I watch MSNBC a lot but I watch it knowing that it is not pure news, it all has a political slant. Fox on the other hand claims to be "fair and balanced" and it claims to be news. That is my gripe with Fox because it obviously favors the right but won't admit it.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 18:47

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

@swimdawg68:

No, although you, being a Fox watcher, no doubt, would like to believe what you are saying, they actually did studies which showed that people who watch Fox were much less informed. Sorry to pop your balloon.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:44

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

When I read this letter this morning my first thought was "What a smug guy this is!". The tone of the letter is just so condescending as to make me cringe, but there is some truth in it.
Certainly Michael Brown was no "gentle giant". He was, in fact, a small time thug. He did steal the package of cigarettes and shove the store clerk and he was probably strolling down the middle of the street. Not someone I would want to know, frankly. But, the writer is saying that Brown deserved what he got from the police and there I disagree. Being a small time thug does not mean you should be shot and killed. No one (not even Mr. Carter although he seems to think he does) knows what went on that day, except for the policeman. But we do know that Mike Brown did not have a gun. We do not know if he tried to get Wilson's gun or if he "charged" Wilson….which I doubt, frankly as I don't see why anyone would charge someone who was shooting at them. But, he was not armed. He did not deserve to die for stealing a package of cigarettes. Black people think he died because he was black and I understand that conclusion. What I don't understand is the gloating and condescending attitude of Mr. Carter.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:40

Farmer: Climate change is all-too-real phenomenon

Thank you, Mark Farmer, for all your efforts to educate the public. We ignore what you say at our own peril.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:16

GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama

The republicans have no plan but to scream and shout and fuss and blame Obama for everything from Ebola to bad weather. Lawsuits, impeachment…the list goes on and is incredibly childish and a waste of time and money. Getting very tiresome!

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 - 11:13

Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

Good for Brittany Maynard's mother! The vatican needs to keep out of the personal affairs of others! No one is telling the vatican that they have to commit suicide if they are facing a death of pain and disability and until that happens, they should just keep quiet. To call what this brave young woman did "reprehensible" is totally lacking compassion. One might have expected better of the vatican but I guess they are too full of their own pompous righteousness.
Their pronouncements mean less and less, with the exception of the new pope, who seems to have more compassion than any of his colleagues in Rome.

posted @ Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 14:32

Today's editorial cartoon

I doubt many of you know much about the ACA. It has many good parts and some that need to be changed. People who had pre-existing conditions and could not get coverage are now covered and that is good. Personally I prefer a system like Canada but until that day comes (and it will) I am glad we at least have a start on offering coverage to everyone.
I really got on here to once again express my dismay at the choice of political cartoons by the ABH. Lately the cartoons have been very disrespectful of the president and not at all sophisticated…just childish attempts at humor. The one on Saturday that made fun of climate science was totally irresponsible. The climate is warming, deny at your peril. Reputable scientists now agree on that. So why publish a cartoon that will just bolster the few that still hold out that it is not happening. Like I said last time I complained about the political cartoon choice, I have a hard time renewing my subscription now, it will be even more difficult the next time it comes up.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 15:52

Today's editorial cartoon

I frequently find the political cartoons published in the ABH to be of poor taste but usually just mutter to myself and let it go by. However, today even my husband commented on this one and he is usually more tolerant than I am. This cartoon is just so disrespectful to the president as to be totally out of line. It is immature and certainly does not have any subtle humor or a valid political point to make. I am a loyal subscriber to the print version but each time I renew, I find it harder to justify why I am doing it. This cartoon and the other just plain stupid political cartoons (in favor of either side) will go down on the "con" list when next I have to renew.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:16

Timberlake: Global warming is political, not scientific, issue

I would not expect an economics professor to be an expert on climate change although he is surely entitled to his opinion on the subject. But this letter to the editor speaks as an expert and obviously, while he may be an expert in economics, he is not one regarding science. I am not an expert on this subject either so I read and attend lectures and try to learn as much as I can. I am grateful that experts in science like Mark Farmer are willing to take the time to step up and present the facts in a way that the rest of us can understand.

posted @ Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 20:02

Mitchell: Climate change is bad science

More articulate writers than I have already pointed out where Martha is wrong on her assumptions that what she learned on Fox was gospel. I can only add the advice that she stop using Fox for her source of information on any subject but especially for science. Fox is a source of much misinformation and has been documented.
I suggest that she attend some of the open to the public lectures at UGA that have addressed climate change from many aspects. She could learn the truth.
I wish she were correct that there is more sea ice and there are more polar bears than ever but she is not. My heart breaks for the polar bears and what humans have caused for their habitat and quality of life. I get furious when I continue to read of people being given untruths, as Coleman is doing, and believing them because it is easier to believe a lie than do accept the brutal truth.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:22

Guilty verdict in Georgia peanut trial should send warning

Good to hear this! When the "bottom line" becomes more important than the safety of your consumer then you have turned evil and deserve to go to prison.

posted @ Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:44

Teen with Down syndrome represents ninth-graders at North Oconee homecoming

Beautiful young woman and a very proud looking father. Congratulations, Grace
and dad, both.

posted @ Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:39

Intruder gets into White House

@butterflyink21:

And of course you assume immediately that the secret service does not respect their boss because you don't respect the president. Well, I doubt that is the problem.

posted @ Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:37

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@TeeWee:

You really think you have more accurate information than Dr. Farmer, an expert in this field? Sorry, but your kind of "head in the sand" mentality is on the way out. More and more scientific research shows that the climate is warming and we are already seeing the affects of that. You should have attended the lecture, you might have learned some facts.
As for extinction of species, I much prefer to act now to hang on to the species we have, such as the polar bear, penguin, puffin than sit around waiting for a new species to evolve. By that time, if we do nothing, we too will be gone. The sad thing is, we will deserve to go extinct because of our greed, but the other animals and plants that are on this planet, and many of them have been here before humans , have done nothing to deserve to be destroyed.
Unfortunately for us and those that come after us, we humans are motivated by money and comfort. Are we willing to give up cars or at least have limits on gasoline? Are we willing to pay high taxes on all fossil fuels? As long as climate change remains politicized there is no hope for this planet.
Your statement is true that the earth has been hotter and colder but it has never changed at the rate it is doing so now. If we can slow it down by using less fossil fuel then that is what we should do.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:15

Athens boy facing reconstructive surgery following dog attack

@Yellow Dog:

You are getting negs but what you write is very realistic. The dogs should have been neutered and spayed. The Athens Area Humane Society, at their Spay-Neuter center on Mars Hill Road offers low cost neutering and spaying. Hopefully this family will take advantage of the service for their female dog.

I am very sorry that this happened, sorry for Jeremy and his family and also sorry for the dog that was killed. This did not need to occur. I hope before the family elects to get another dog to scare away possible threats, they think long and hard about it.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 11:18

Grimes: Trading Broun for Hice in Congress would be trading thorns for scorpions

Okay, no snarkiness from me either.
My memory is not great for going back several years to search for times the president has included ideas from the GOP so I will stick to recent events. Obamacare, for one. If President Obama had his way (and we liberals had our way) the health care plan would have been very different. It would have been a single payer plan, insurance companies would not have been so involved, and there were other options that liberals and the president wanted. But, if it had a chance of passing, it had to be a compromise and it is. Obamacare began as a republican plan but as soon as it was taken up by the president and the democrats it became a socialist plan to do away with our health system. So now we have a plan that helps the uninsured, especially those with preexisting conditions, and that is very good, I think, but it is not the plan that I would have liked. I don't want to debate the merits of the ACA, I am just using it as an example of compromise.
Another is the stimulus package. The president wanted a much larger stimulus but congress would not pass it so we got a smaller one. Later, economists said that with more money, recovery would have been quicker.
And just lately the bill passed to provide money for the border but it had to include more border patrols and the national guard that Texas wanted. Those provisions were compromises, as far as I can tell.
At the moment the republicans refuse to bring up the appointment of a Russian ambassador for a vote even though at this point in time we could probably use one. Why is that? When I think of the republican behavior, especially in the house, I just see them trying to obstruct everything President Obama has tried to do. They have even stated that their main job was to defeat the president. I think that was McConnell.

The coming to grips of the democrats after the Gore/Bush affair is not the same. President Obama won by a clear margin, Bush really was given the presidency by the Supreme Court. That is harder to accept. If I recall correctly, when the votes were finally counted, I think Gore actually had the most. As for racism, I am sorry. You won't convince me it is not there in how people feel about the president. Granted it is not the obvious racism that you are talking about. No one would say "the president cannot drink at the white only fountain" or that he has to "sit at the back of the bus", but it is a racism on a much deeper, gut level. At some level there are people in this country who just don't think a black man should be president. When President Obama was running the first time, I was working for him and I was sickened to receive emails that were ugly and very racist. I read blogs where he was called all sorts of racial slurs. I got an email from a "friend" in which a photo of Michelle Obama was compared to a photo of a monkey…and my friend denied it was racist. Sick. Those things, those words, still happen today. I know that when Bush was president those things went on as well, ugly bloggers saying he was stupid, etc. but when the comments are racial, there is a difference.

I am not totally in favor of all President Obama does and says. Mostly I would have him stand up to the opposition and do more. I thought he would be a real friend of the environment but he has been very cautious. I don't think he has fought hard enough against the republicans in congress. He is a very smart man and I don't see him as a fighter when sometimes it takes a fighter. I think he prefers to intellectualize about everything when I would rather see him get mad and get tough. You are right in that he has not been entirely upfront but when things like Bengazi get so blown out of reality, I cannot really blame him for avoiding blame. And truthfully, for the most part, I don't know what is factual and what is not much of the time. Frankly, I don't think other people do either. I do think he is a good man and a family man. It makes me mad when even the most simple thing, like Michelle's trying to improve school lunches (and heavens knows they need it, we have a nation of obese kids and adults) hits opposition. At some point I just think it is all very, very personal.

Thank you for your comments, they did make me think. I am truly sad about our country, I want it to move forward and not be so mired in dissent. But, I just don't see that happening anytime in the future. I will be voting for Hillary (or maybe Elizabeth or Joe) in 2016 but even if a republican wins, I don't see things getting any better. I think discord is so ingrained in our politics that it will be many years before anything changes. I hope I am wrong!

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 15:39

Grimes: Trading Broun for Hice in Congress would be trading thorns for scorpions

@snarkydude:

I could never convince you that President Obama has made many attempts to work with republicans, going way back to when he first became president in 2009. I truly don't think the republicans could never come to grips with the fact that he was elected over John McCain and then over Mitt Romney. So, I am not going to waste time trying.

However, you are right about the IQ remark. It is a snotty attitude and I apologize. I have a very difficult time accepting that people will vote for those who deny science or who want to make their political decisions based on religious views, those attitudes I equate with a lower IQ but that is not fair, I agree.

I have been absent from Online Athens for awhile and now, unless I can figure out how to get back on (and I do have a print subscription) you may not have to put up with me in the future! Wink Hope I can figure it out….I have missed all of you!

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:15

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