Great column. I also remember reading and hearing from my grandparents how our "boys" were sent off to war in Europe during the "Great War", right in the middle of the deadly influenza outbreak of 1917 that killed countless soldiers and civilians. I recently remarked to a friend that I couldn't remember us being such a fearful nation as now, but we have had our ups and downs, I suppose. I once asked my mother, who was living in New York City at the time, and was in her 20s, how she coped during the great "War of the World" scare, as it particularly affected New York and New Jersey. She didn't even remember it, but then again, she had the memories of the Depression and World War II competing for bad memories, particularly as she was Jewish and learned of the atrocities of the concentration camps. Perhaps it's hindsight, but folks seemed to be hardier then. I'm almost 64, and have begun to succumb to the "when I was a kid" syndrome myself. Luckily, I don't have children, and my dog doesn't care that I protested in the 1960s.posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:01
[quote][b]MTBDawg[/b] - You have to win the Heisman first before you can get away with breaking all the rules. Jameis Winston / Johnny Manziel. [/quote]
Hey, Manziel got punished! He sat out a half a game!!!! Poor lad.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 15:02
@bobbidiboo: And again, and again, and again.
It was well said, however!posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 17:19
@TeeWee: Might it also be that agencies are so underfunded that they cannot do anything but go from full blown crisis to full blown crisis?
Why, too, don't we have a Surgeon General?
@proftom: It's always nice when little bits aren't cherry-picked for wanted results. Thanks for taking the time to post the rest.posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 06:30
@marshalld: Well said. Thanks.posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 14:09
Sounds as if some here are very much against increasing enfranchising the voting populace. Why am I not one bit surprised? It might enable some of the "others" to be able to vote, and we can't have that.
As for "a thousand dollars here or there", I've heard of private citizens who are willing to help Athens Clarke County cover their costs in the cause of citizen democracy.
As to "whining and complaining", I seems to me that I hear a lot of whining right here. Many nations have national holidays on voting day. Are they collectively nations of whiners?
Wusses on this thread, to be sure.
You're right on the facts, but facts don't matter to most who read the opinion pages here, at least not to the ones who post.posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 18:31
Thanks. It's always good to have a reminder of our history.posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 18:29
Of course they can protest in Ferguson and of course the Tea Party can protest.
I was raised a Jew, but when the American Nazi Party wanted to march in Skokie, Illinois, I was for that as well. Otherwise, why do we have a Constitution?
As for the Colorado School Board wanting to teach a "prettified " version of American History, look no further than to Dinesh D'Souza and his descriptions of slavery in "The End of Racism". According to D'Souza, slavery was cradle to grave social security, families were seldom separated, and, to quote him exactly:
“slavery appears such a relatively mild business that one begins to wonder why Frederick Douglass and so many other ever tried to escape” concluding, “In summary, the American slave was treated like property, which is to say, pretty well.”
Is this the example of the new Conservative example of American history?posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 19:42
@retiredandhappy: My understanding is that some of them are quite adept at stealing laptops.posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 19:26
@dahreese: We all are guilty of vitriol, but it gets each individual nowhere, and the nation nowhere. My generation was raised liberal; I went to college in the late '60s, but I can agree with much of what you write, because it is rational and well-thought out.
Sure, discourse is possible, but it takes time, thought and effort.posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 20:25
@dahreese: I was most likely just as guilty in issuing a condemnation of the "condemnations", but to list the names would have omitted many. I would hope that those who don't respond to all stories that: 1. involve African-Americans, 2. involve immigrants, legal or otherwise, 3. involve government, local, state, or federal, but mainly local and federal and 4. discuss climate change, with immediate scorn and vilification will realize that I don't include them in my statement.
If I have offended moderate posters, or (horrors, all) liberals, I do apologize. What I was tired of was the posts that treated the two categories I just mentioned as if they were less than American and not worthy of inclusion. Yes, that's hyperbole, but the level of vitriol has, at times, reached that stage. I'm sure you know that as well as I do. The beauty of this nation, and in microcosm, this town, was, I thought rational discourse. I truly no longer believe that.
I wonder if Mr. Hare truly believes that small cities, such as Athens, haven't been affected by being, in essence, drawn in half?posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 12:18
I know I put one plus on a quote that I regretted, and that I later added a comment.
Whatever way it went, I STILL don't see many apologies here, nor do I expect to.
Condemnation is what this comment section is all about, unless and until it is about something that hews closely to an exact held belief; the rest of the country and the world be damned.
Nice comments. Had it conflicted with Christmas, the comments would be different. Oh wait, Christmas is now a shopping day...nevermind.
The crass insensitivity on this comment site never fails to amaze me. I don't exactly agree that the game should be changed, but perhaps some of you might have some respect for others' . To compare the holiest day in the Jewish calendar to "national toe nail clipping day" is obscene.
You collectively seem to have the IQ of toads and the sensitivity of grass growing.
It might also help you all to remember that your Savior was a Jew, and as such followed the Jewish laws. Perhaps he clipped his nails, too.
[quote][b]AbidingDude[/b] - If memory serves, the president was warned that if he withdrew the troops too soon, this type of action could happen...maybe they covered that in one of the meetings he missed
If memory also served, a Status of Forces agreement was signed by one president, implemented by the next, at the behest of the Iraqi president. There is blame to go around on all sides. History did not begin in January, 2009.
Also, please check a source other than Fox News, something like Snopes. On the days Obama allegedly "missed" the meetings, none were held. Meetings were either in person (those he attended), or were given to him on paper each day. I assume he read them, just as I assume GWB read the one that began "Bin Laden determined to attack in U.S.". See, two can play this...posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 15:13
[quote][b]dahreese[/b] - The usual Christian comments.
Remember, this is the same crowd that is generally for execution before some people are even brought to trial. And so it continues...posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 15:06
Most of the negativists/naysayers never wanted to prevent construction of the Classic Center. They did, however, wish to prevent construction of an ugly Classic Center, and in this they were successful. Revisionist history is fun, but ultimately futile. There was opposition to the expansion, and a lot of that came from businesses behind the center, the very people that those here always claim to be on the side of.
Violence is down, but there's still the "hide under the bed crowd" that feels that everything that happens, whether it's a kid coming over the border (and, I might add, detained), an ebola patient, or ISIS is coming straight at them. Funny that Mr. Stossel is on Fox News. That's where that crowd generally congregates.posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 07:15
Thicker skin? Sure, don't worry about the insult, especially against the President. Maybe the bigger problem IS that no one really does understand that a genuine apology is warranted for a foolish action. We have also become a nation where everyone feels they can say anything and do anything.posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 07:12
Rap muslc is now the preferred choice of teens of all races. Should that loud thumping music be just cause for violence? In previous decades, jazz was loudly decried, as was swing, r&b, and rock and roll. Why did they become popular? In part because they DID annoy the elders. In many cases, it was the louder the better. To say that music in any way contributed to this crime is just wrong. Mr. Dunn contributed to this crime. If the music was too loud for him, he could have left, or moved his car.posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 07:06
Interesting that this story should appear today. I read an article yesterday that mentioned Georgia Republicans being "concerned" about the success of specifically Democratic voter registration drives. Coincidence? Hardly.posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 17:33
@TeeWee: Really? As of March, there was an agreement to do just that:
As for "other Eastern European countries", wouldn't it be incumbent on those countries to decide that for themselves? The sanctions weren't an easy sell to the Western European countries, since it was their economies that shouldered the burden.posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 17:22
Thank you for this. I thought I was going to have to start worrying about "blood moons".posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 17:08
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more