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Improve congestion? A second perimeter is one of the few road fixes that might make a difference in Atlanta, but GDOT took the politically safe route, and cancelled the Northern Arc.

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 16:50

I hope this effort goes forward. There are many war refugees worldwide in these times, most just needing peaceful places to resettle their families. Not sure which is more knee-jerk: the mayor's opposition (comparing refugees to homeless street people!) or the IRC's haste in withdrawing its proposal. Other than Denson, no local officials quoted actually opposed the effort (just the timing). In an earlier ABH article, local officials actually called it "an incredible opportunity" and said "This is something we can handle."

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 16:32

OK, so there's too much testing. Yes, "No Child" was badly designed. BUT has anybody noticed that US schools are WAY behind other democracies, especially in science and math? Certainly not the education schools (sponsors of this guy's talk) who have failed, decade after decade. Certainly not the teachers' unions, who put the interests of even incompetent teachers far ahead of students. Certainly not the excuse-makers: "It's the parents' fault"… "It's poverty" (which is tantamount to saying poor kids can't learn). "It's the tests"… "Local control!" (Local control is the problem, not the solution!)

These are hard questions, and there are no easy answers. We have entrenched "educators" (in teachers colleges, in school administration, in unions) who have lost sight of what education should be. At least the reformers are trying.

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 16:07

Why charge Raposo with murder? He was one of the victims, and tried to save his friend.

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 15:13

Presumably the DA (Mr. Mauldin) is charging him with a felony in order to get him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor? But such tactics essentially turn the justice system into an instrument of intimidation.

posted @ Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 16:25

posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 18:07

posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 18:07

Are wildlife bridges an answer?

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:51

Why couldn't Mr. Huffmaster have photographed this unusual spider and left it alone, instead of putting in jar like a stupid child, resulting in its death?

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:13

It's terrorism that Americans are constantly wetting themselves over.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 15:16


posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 09:53

Outrageous waste of these mens' lives and tax money (and abuse of judicial authority) to imprison them for so many years for nonviolent crimes of possession.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:16

Having NO strategy would be a big improvement from longstanding US strategy, which is to support Mideast tyrants, while making enemies of any grassroots opponents. But don't hold your breath… the new strategy will be same as the old one, and about as counterproductive.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:07

@OCCountry: If you don't have a problem with immigrants, only with their status, perhaps your problem should be with the legislators who pass the laws. Anything can be illegal, if a bunch of fatcat lawyers/politicians say it is. Lots of drugs are illegal, but it doesn't stop anyone from getting them… hell alcohol was once illegal too. Teaching a Black person to read was once illegal… yet various pointless US wars and actions have been 'legal'… government spying on you and me is 'legal'… you should look a little deeper and make up your own mind...

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 13:22

Just wondering, @TeeWee: Whats' your gripe with the immigrants? Have they harmed you?

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:28

There is no excuse for running over someone in broad daylight.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:05

Headlines are never written by the reporters who write the articles, and it is not unusual for them to carelessly mis-state what's in the article.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 19:40

Athens/Clarke county has already accommodated MANY immigrants without inordinate problems (and who work hard, often at jobs that natives don't want). Sounds like many of these new refugees will be escaping dangerous conditions in other places. I hope that with good planning America (and Athens) can give them a new start.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 19:35

The rightstream media has turned "liberal" into a bad word, and even sensible policies once supported by Republicans are now denigrated as not being "conservative" enough. "Conservative" has come to mean reactionary… people are mad, but don't understand who to be mad at… and big business is happy to use those people as pawns.

Given that, it's understandable that a progressive (liberal, moderate, sensible, take your pick) candidate can't expect to get elected on her actual positions… and is tempted to appear as something she's not. But that strategy of standing for nothing, never answering accusations, etc. has been tried by the Democrats for years. It has failed, and until Democrats start arguing against the lies and take on the corruption and special interests head-on that drive the fake-"conservative" machine, nothing will change.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:38

Georgia needs a resurgent Democratic party that will stand for something and counter years of accusation and misinformation from the rightstream media.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:25

Glad this case is being prosecuted.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:17

Watergate was epic drama, with new revelations coming out week by week… as a result of the Washington Post's astute coverage. The system worked… but how sad that, 35 years later, no one even denies that Congress and regulators (not to mention at least one political party) are in the pocket of wealthy industries… how sad that, despite Vietnam, Americans still send their sons to useless wars on the whims of 'leaders' … that today, not only Nixon's enemies but potentially every phone and computer in America is wiretapped by the government… and saddest of all, that nobody seems to care.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 15:33

They could sell visual easements to billboard companies, instead of giving them away as a free boondoggle. And how about a cost-benefit analysis for all road projects? Road money is not wasted on the few bikes, trails, and sidewalks that are built… it is wasted on expensive road projects, like the $15 million project to replace the stoplight at Loop 10 / Olympic Drive with overpasses. This intersection is not even congested….

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 15:17

Obama is a socialist. Obama is a lawless power-grabber who wants to destroy America as we know it. Obama is trying to take away our guns. People who say such things live in their own ignorant world, abetted by the well-paid whiners and blamers on talk radio and TV, and by right-wingers who don't want any discussion of America's REAL issues...

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:52

As police forces go, Chief Lumpkin runs a good one. He once told me he tries to hire officers with "a sense of service, not a sense of adventure", and that's why there are rarely accusations of brutality here. He's an Athens native who was willing to arrest his own son, and the Athens police seem to get their man more often than not.

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:07

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