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School administrators show preference for Carter

"School administrators show preference for Carter".

Well duh! With the promise of more money in their coffers, why not?

".....but the audience of administrators seemed more interested in the spending than the concern of higher taxes." Enough said.

Until these "administrators" begin to show better results deriving from the spending already in place, any increases should be met with a resounding NO.

After decades of increased spending on education, the only results we see are lower graduation rates, lower test scores, and those who do manage to graduate high school, not being able to enter college without remedial courses, or obtain a decent job, because many cannot manage to string two sentences together coherently.

Our public schools are failing, there is no doubt about that. However, it isn't because of a shortage of funding. It's because of a shortage of motivated students who sincerely wish to learn, and a shortage of parents who are involved and care about their children's education. That's something no amount of money can buy.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:31

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

@Jerry NeSmith: "The job market hasn’t grown this fast since the Clinton administration."

This is somewhat of an oxymoron, considering that as late as August 22nd, Janet Yellen stated that "the labor market has not fully recovered", using that as reasoning for the Fed not reversing it's current policies. If the job market is indeed growing faster than it has in decades, the question is, just what constitutes a full recovery?

It would seem that much of what economic recovery we have seen the last six years, has been based on the billions of printed dollars the Feds have released into the economy. I can only assume they are scared to death of what will happen when that ceases. They are not alone.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:32

The Editor's Desk: Sept. 11 isn't day for political manuevering

Sorry, I just don't see it that way.

Everyone, whether politician or ordinary citizen, should be able to openly reflect their feelings regarding the events of 9-11. I saw nothing in the words of any of those mentioned in the op-ed, that screamed "elect me".

Their statements reflected many of those I saw posted by friends and family on Facebook. Despite the passage of thirteen years, the wounds inflicted that day are still raw, leading many to openly express their emotions. I sincerely hope that the continued passage of time will not suffer to silence us all.

Silence does speak volumes, however, of all days, I believe this day should not be one where we keep quiet, especially knowing that there are those in the world who would love to see the atrocities of 9-11 repeated. Never let them believe that we have forgotten.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:54

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

". . . . it’s only proper to ask why this president, in particular, isn’t getting credit for a substantial bull run."

Perhaps it's because it isn't his policies that have led to a bull market, but the policies of the Fed over the last years, pumping money into the economy, and keeping interest rates artificially low. It will be interesting to see what happens, if, or when, they stop these practices.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:26

Janay Rice breaks her silence, describes situation as ‘horrible nightmare’

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,”

Is this woman serious? This was a nightmare of their own creating. As the old saying goes, "When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas".

Sadly, this isn't unusual in domestic violence cases. Most victims refuse to prosecute, and continue with the cycle of violence until one or the other ends up dead. As for the children involved, unfortunately, in many cases, the cycle of violence is passed on. Sad.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 14:06

Longer Rice video features obscenities, spitting

@barryhollander: I agree that domestic violence is not something to be joked about or taken lightly.

In that same vein, lets hope that Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the head of the Democratic party, who recently accused Gov. Scott Walker of "giving women the back of his hand" and "dragging them around by the hair", has watched this video, and now knows what her vile description actually looks like.

Considering that black men and women suffer the highest rate of domestic violence, perhaps she should begin chiding those in her own back yard, who are among the biggest Democratic supporters.

Using domestic violence as a metaphor in an attempt to score political points, should also be reason for an apology on air, I suspect. "Except, sadly probably not".

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:55

US job growth drops to 142K, slowest in 8 months

@Duke Briscoe: Nice Try. However, think back to when the Democrats had control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

They passed a billion dollar "stimulus bill" that stimulated nothing. That revenue was supposed to create jobs by providing revenue for "shovel ready" infrastructure projects. When that didn't happen, the President joked that "shovel ready projects were not as shovel ready as we expected" Not funny.

The truth is, much of that revenue went to solar energy companies who later went bankrupt. Other projects were hamstrung by elaborate government regulations, and millions of dollars of that revenue went for projects totally unrelated to job creation. Do we, to this day, know exactly where all this money went, and how many jobs were created from it?

The best thing "government", no matter which party controls it, can do to further job creation, is to get it's foot off the necks of those in the private sector, who are the real job creators.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 09:44

Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

@nowheregirl: Agreed! I miss a lot of the old posters, even ones I disagreed with. . I can understand their absence, however. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. Wish I had your ability to "keep it simple". With all the pent up frustration over events of the day, I just keep rambling on. You have a great day also!

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:04

Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

@dzogchen: "nowheregirl" is correct. President Obama's approval, or disapproval ratings, are a direct result of his actions or in-actions, whether domestic or foreign. If you have been paying attention, today's critics of the President's policies cross political lines.

"Anyone else here old enough to remember when even Republicans agreed that politics should end at the nation's border?"

I've been around a while, so I think I can effectively challenge that statement. Whether it was WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, The Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, the breaching of our borders by illegals, or any other conflict the U.S. has been involved in, there has always been political discourse, angst, and criticisms leveled, and used against, whatever President was in power at the time. Foreign policy, whether during peace or wartime, has always been a huge political issue to all Americans.

You either have a very short memory, or you have deliberately chosen not to remember.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:19

Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

@cyou299: I don't make it a habit of giving minuses to anyone, however, labeling the fight we find ourselves in "a game" is a bit much to stomach.
Anyone who considers the threats from the Islamic State Group ISIS a game, has his head buried so far in the sand, it would take a bulldozer to remove it.

Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Roger's, though from different political parties, are both heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. They receive daily briefings and threat assessments on danger levels posed by this. and other terrorist groups, and have access to information ordinary Americans do not have. When they speak, I listen, as should we all.

There is a "defined enemy", and it's name is Islamic Terrorism. We must fight it where and when we find it, else we have more than just bridges crumbling. We ignore it at our peril.

As the anniversary of 9-11 approaches, and we mourn those lost on that terrible day, we should also consider the horrendous events that occurred, a wake up call as to just how dangerous it is to ignore this now " defined enemy."

One need not be blind not to see it, just ignorant to deny it.

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:23

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

I'm not hear to argue Mr. Farmer's opinion that the world is on "an unprecedented brink of extinction", but only to question why this piece is labeled "breaking news", and appearing under today's "latest news", when it has been appearing in this paper since Friday.

Can you say "overkill"? I believe after five days, everyone has had a chance to read it, and form their own opinion, pro or con.

I realize the day after a holiday can be a slow news day, but I find it hard to believe it is that slow.

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:47

Harrop: Social media's promise falling flat

For once, you and I are in perfect agreement. Well said!

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:06

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

I understand there is a quandary here as far as bombing in Syria is concerned. Do we want to go after the enemy of our enemy? That's a valid question.

The problem is, they are our enemy also.. That has become clear from their threatening rhetoric, and the brutal beheading of an innocent American citizen, and the threats to do the same to others held captive by them.

Is waiting until they "poke their heads into Jordan or Turkey", both American allies, before we "play B-52 whack-a-mole", a good strategy? The longer they are allowed to move unfettered, the stronger they become. If the bombing strategy in Iraq worked well, and "sent them running like kicked dogs", doesn't that tell you something?

I honestly wish I could believe that President Obama has a strategy for dealing with ISIL, but I have my doubts. Watching them grow stronger through recruiting and financing over this last year, and witnessing the President's waffling over how to deal with the growing threat, doesn't give me much hope.

"Terrorism is going to happen. We have seen and will continue to see that taking the fight to them does not slow them down."

The only response I have to this statement is this: It's a good thing President Roosevelt didn't take the advice of those who felt this same way, and were opposed to the U. S. entering the European theater, in World War II. Otherwise, we all might be speaking German now.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:53

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

@TMKvetch: " Let's see what he thinks when ISIL is knocking on the door of his palace."

What worries me, is what happens when ISIL is knocking on the door of our palace, which they have vowed to do.

I'll readily admit I'm no expert on the chaos that is the Middle East, but it seems President Obama has no strategy for anything, any where in the world. Experts tell us, it isn't a matter of if they attack in the U.S., but when. Waiting until after the snake strikes, rather than killing it before, doesn't seem to be much of a strategy.

I will agree with you on your assessment of the UN and NATO. They are a joke. If all that is going on in the world today hasn't forced them to "do their jobs", then it is evident that they aren't going to. The question then becomes who will?

The U.S. is the largest contributor to both these agencies. Perhaps stopping our incessant funding of these do nothing entities, would help to extend our own forces and finances.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:30

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

“we don’t have a strategy yet”

I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that he doesn't have a strategy to stop these terrorists, or that he is openly telegraphing that fact to them. Nice going Mr.President.

"While some officials have indicated the process would be fast-moving, the president suggested a longer timeline Thursday."

I can't imagine how frustrating it is for those officials who know the immediate danger ISIS presents to the U.S., having to stand by and watch while he completely disregards their advice.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:47

Gandelman: President's golfing is no big deal

@Kwijibo Junior: You misunderstood. My comment was not directed at you, but at "marshalld", in reference to his post: "Remember, after the murder of over 3,000 Americans we were told to " go to the mall".

Sorry for any confusion.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:25

Gandelman: President's golfing is no big deal

@marshalld: Indeed he did, and taking it out of context, as you have done, makes it sounds callous. It was, however, part of President Bush's broader message that we should go about our daily lives, vigilant, but without fear, and that hovering in our homes would only send a message to those responsible for 911, that they had won. Taken in context, it wasn't such a bad message.

Getting back to the topic at hand, which is the President's passion for playing golf, under any and all circumstances, I say why not?

We all tend to want to do the things we are best at. He is best at playing golf and campaigning. Not so much at being the leader of the free world. He is just as disengaged in the oval office as he is on the golf course. To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, "What difference, at this point, does it make?", other than we are paying the price for his disengagement.

The main thing that bothers me, is his almost "in your face" attitude toward those Americans, of both political persuasions. that find his behavior a little unseemly, and his disengagement a lot frightening. I remember well his admonition to Republicans during a meeting over his proposed "stimulus plan". "Elections have consequences, and I won" This has been his attitude throughout his presidency. For one holding so much power, such an attitude can be dangerous.

He is, however, right about elections having consequences. As we continue to witness the daily consequences of his, and his fellow Democrat's policies and positions, I hope voters will take his words to heart when they go to the polls in November and in 2016.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:48

Nackerud: Nothing to fear in refugee resettlement

"As well, it is important to note that political refugees tend to do well in progressive environments like Athens."

Progressive being the key word here. I think the above sentence answers the question of why ACC was chosen in spite of the fact that it is among the poorest counties in the state, with one of the worst performing school systems in the state, and whose social services agencies are stretched to the max. How much more "progressive" can we afford to get?

"I believe Shea Post, executive director of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, got it right. “This is something we can handle,” Post remarked confidently."

Does this mean that the approximately 150 refugees will be housed in the Athens Area Homeless Shelter? If not, where will they be housed? I hope she is as confident when the temps here this winter fall below freezing.

I agree with "observer1948". Fear is not the issue here. We probably have less to fear from these people, than we do those already living here. However, what happens long term? What happens when the touted "supports" from the Federal Government and the IRC run out, which if previous reporting is true, will happen in about six months? What then?

I also agree with "Kwijibo Junior". "If they can tend bar, they'll be fully employed"

Where are the jobs for these people? If we are going to continue to be the magnet for those non, or low skilled, can we at least attempt to bring some sort of industry and manufacturing jobs here that would provide decent jobs that these people can be trained for?

Professor Nackerud and others are welcome to call my opinion disappointing, cynical, unchristian, etc., if they so choose. I call it reality. This county has gone above and beyond doing it's part as far as social awareness is concerned. The real question here is when is enough, enough.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:19

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

“The State Department has seen this type of community reaction before,” McCrary said. “This is nothing new for them. They understand the difference between elected officials and community hospitality. They’ll see that Athens is supportive of refugees.”

Translation: This is a done deal folks, get ready for it. The State Department has spoken.

I have always been under the impression that it is the elected officials that make the decisions for the community based on what is best for it's citizens overall. I can't remember a time when "community hospitality" played any part in dealings with the Federal Government on any level.

It doesn't matter to the IRC or the State Department what ACC Government officials, or the citizens it represents, want, or believe they can afford to absorb. It would seem, from the gist of the above article, they have made up their minds, and it's simply a matter of when, not if. Apparently you can't say no.

I don't know what criteria the IRC uses when picking a community in which to relocate migrant people, but I would be willing to guess that it's communities which have a number of social service agencies already in place, ready to step up when that "six month" period of federal assistance runs out. Clarke County fits that description perfectly.

"If you build it, they will come".

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:44

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

@marshalld: "But I forget, this is Georgia, where those with power and influence get what they want and others, like Clarke County, will be used to provide services they cannot afford."

Could you possibly clarify this statement for me?

Are you saying that Clarke County has no voice in what social services it provides? If other counties can say NO, is there any reason why we can't do the same, or is it more the case that those who hold "power and influence" within our own county, have allowed us to be used?

I recall a recent article in the ABH recounting Gov. Deal sending a letter to the President expressing his outrage over the Federal Government sending illegals into the state without his knowledge. Is this the case with the IRC, or does it coordinate with the State on where these people will be sent?
Do we not have the legal ability to refuse to accept these dependent migrants from other countries?

This is an important issue, affecting all citizens of this county, that have a lot of unanswered questions attached to it. It would be nice to see an in-depth article by the ABH attempting to answer some of them.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:44

UPDATE: Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

“From a social services perspective, we are struggling to meet the needs of our community,” Broyard said. “But we want to welcome new members.”

How much sense does this statement make?

Clarke County is among the poorest counties in the state. Our schools are among the poorest performing in the state. Do we seriously wish to add to that? We have become a mecca for those seeking social services, begging the question of just how much poverty one county should be expected to absorb.

"..... all the support they need in the short term is provided by the IRC and the federal government, including language and literacy education, she said."

The emphasis in this statement being "in the short term". What about long term? What about the effect on jobs, schools, public safety, the economy and the citizenry as a whole?

I applaud Mayor Denson's opposition to this resettlement plan. My only hope is that her opposition to it, as well as others who agree with her, isn't just short term, but long term and permanent. Enough is enough.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:22

Protesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case

@crankyyankee: Excellent point.

Those who have attempted to brand this community as racist, based on discrepancies in black civic or police representation, should do some research. So serious an accusation should not be made lightly, but backed up with facts and figures.

If there have been qualified black applicants for police positions who have been rejected for no valid reason, or if black candidates have been prevented from qualifying and running for public office, then the accusers have a valid point. If not, their accusations ring hollow.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:04

Following journalist's beheading, another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

@barryhollander: I don't go along with name calling by anyone. However, the capture of Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni, and cameraman Olaf Wig, in Gaza in 2006, who were held in captivity for two weeks before being released, has not stopped those who continue to refer to this news outlet as "Faux News".

While you are perfectly free to show your outrage, at least don't do it selectively.

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:14

Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

@nowheregirl: Bless your heart, could it have been ya Mama and em? LOL

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:12

Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

I'm reminded of the story where two ladies are seated next to each other on an airliner. One is from the South, the other from the North.

The Southern lady, in an attempt to make conversation, asks the other, "Where y'all from"? The Northern lady smugly responds, "I'm from where we don't end a sentence with a preposition." The Southern lady sweetly replies, "Oh, pardon me, where y'all from Enough said!!

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:07

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