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Athens police arrest three suspected gang members

The reason these apartments are always in the news is because the owners or managers rent to anybody, and don't care. Managers who evict people for drugs and bad behavior maintain a decent and safe environment for other tenants, and taxpayers don't have to spend money for constant policing… and parents don't have to worry so much who their kids are hanging out with.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 13:47

Gefter: Physics classes may be just the place for rebellious teens

One of the best pieces I've seen on ABH editorial page.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 13:16

Murdoch's Fox makes bid for Time Warner

Regulators are asleep at the wheel, or such mergers (which create monopolies) would not be allowed.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:45

Athens airport to lose commercial passenger air service subsidy

Taxpayer subsidies are by no means ending. The Feds continue to sponsor numerous multimillion dollar runway improvements etc… check out the proposed transportation plan, which is now up for comments and includes airport as well as many road projects planned for the upcoming years...

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:54

Hice, Collins debate in Watkinsville for 10th District seat

Amen. All these GOP crazies live in their own world. They think they are the forgotten majority, that's going to 'save' America… from what, I'm not sure. And in Athens, like so many other places, they've finagled the voting districts to keep the rest of us from being represented… either in Atlanta or DC.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:07

Rusk: Link is terrific choice for Athens-Clarke commission

I hope Rusk is right. Some of her public comments at commission meetings have been accusatory and uninformed.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 14:22

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

I'm not sure why bicyclists, whom I have seldom seen run red lights etc, must constantly defend themselves against accusations of illegal driving… Why would a bicyclist, being so vulnerable, take a chance on such actions? I certainly don't when I'm riding, and I haven't noticed others doing it either.

On the other hand, I see drivers do stupid and illegal things every day. Who gets the most tickets… drivers or bicyclists? How about some facts to back up the accusations?

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 14:19

Athens cyclist running red light complains about citation

Not sure which is more embarrassing… this woman's ridiculous sense of entitlement, or the groupthinkers at the bar willing to cheer her on...

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 18:37

Madison, Clarke, Jackson schools look good in economist's analysis

The graph is at (scroll down till you find it). It's also interactive… you can see county-by-county results by clicking on individual counties, for example.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:45

Blackmon: Government must be open about tax abatements

Just a few observations:
--Classic Center director Cramer has said that, to attract conventions, it's important to have a hotel connected to the convention center. (Still, there is one right across the street that was built without taxpayer subsidy.)
--Maybe we "pulled the rug out from under" the hotel developer, but realistically no developer makes a full commitment (especially where politics is involved) without having something in writing (and they didn't).
--Could a private developer be chosen thru bidding (with the developer who requires no subsidy (or lowest subsidy) getting the opportunity?

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 13:46

Record low river flows show need for improved water planning

Not sure why Mr. Georgakakos would not want to discuss possible solutions… wouldn't that be his job? But the simplest and most obvious is water conservation. It is also proven… it worked well during the recent multiyear drought. Still local elected officials, always allergic to anything that hints of scarcity, shun conservation and pretend to 'solve' local water problems by building yet more (very expensive) reservoirs with borrowed money...

posted @ Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:04

Dorfman: Raising minimum wage is no free lunch

Seems strange for a professional economist to spend his time attacking the minimum wage, in an era when curbs on monopoly capitalism have gone unenforced, when jobs have been offshored by the thousands as a result of the economic arguments in favor of international "free" trade… when computer automation raises the question of whether future economies will even be able to supply jobs to most people… how about a look at larger issues, Mr. Dorfman?

posted @ Monday, June 2, 2014 - 09:49

The Editor's Desk: More on the Athenian divide

The only difference between residents who cross Lexington Road on foot, and those who cross Prince Ave… is that the Prince Ave. residents are more articulate and organized. In politics, it's the squeaky wheel that gets greased...

posted @ Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:38

Parker: America needs new strategic vision

What a confused article, that seems to have no point and take no positions, except to criticize the president. C'mon, ABH, run better stuff...

posted @ Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:27

Drennen: Athens isn't bike-friendly town

Great article.

Actually bicycles have always been used AS TRANSPORTATION at which they excel, and by adults, requiring far less expensive infrastructure than automobiles, and without the self-defeating space requirements of fast-moving cars. Roads can carry many more people on bikes (and even on foot) than in cars. Until recently in China they were about the ONLY way to get around for most people (they also don't pollute our air!)

Athens bike activists have mostly opposed separate paths for bikes, instead advocating for shared lanes. I always thought this was a mistake (because it limits bike use to diehard riders) and fortunately it seems to be changing.

The writer puts her finger on it when she says that in NYC, "no one is flying through the smaller neighborhood streets, because there just isn’t clearance." Despite the constant loud chorus of hidebound traffic "engineers" and short-sighted businesspeople who shun medians, crosswalks, bus stops, etc… the places that are actually good for business are those places (like downtowns and malls) where people CAN GET OUT OF THEIR CARS and WALK! This is what makes successful commercial districts… slowing down traffic isn't bad for business… it's GOOD for business...

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 13:53

Camp: Religion is path to transformation

Plus (I would add) physical activity like walking, exercise, yoga… which helps balance body, mind, and spirit...

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:36

Family of dead prisoners tell Georgia lawmakers about rise in inmate deaths

No one from Corrections attended the hearing? Says a lot, sadly…

I don't understand either how prisoners get phones, but wouldn't lining the buildings with foil or screen make it impossible to use them?

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:28

Husband and wife indicted for Athens Waffle House heist

@hang em high: Probation wasn't the only "punishment"… it's IN ADDITION to serving time for serious crimes like his…do you really think convicted bank robbers are only sentenced to probation…???

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:44

Former Newton County deputy gets 5 years on federal gun charge

"Throwing the book at him" and ruining his career for selling a bit of pot...

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:23

Griffith-Girtz: ABH opens doors to readers, comments

What happened to Nick Coltrain, who covered local government?

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:20

Husband and wife indicted for Athens Waffle House heist

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - Another case that illustrates how well probation works....

Another fear-based, irrational response that illustrates why we end up with so many over-reactive, expensive, and ineffective policies from our politicians… Actually probation often works well...

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:04

Overeating a worse addiction than smoking?

At one time, there was some debate or 'shaming' about cereal companies selling sugary cereal to children. Apparently they won that debate… cereal aisles are full of candy-like cereals that really have no nutritional value. (Better to add fruit and yogurt to whole-grain cereals!)

Some of our brightest people (even educated in psychology) have gone into "marketing"… that is, manipulating people to buy things for all the wrong reasons. When people take the path of least resistance, the marketeers and profiteers call the shots. There are lots of problems (and solutions) but for a start: TURN OFF THE TV !!

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:31

Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

I am continually amazed at the high prices routinely charged at Lowes and Home Depot...between them, they have pretty much eliminated the competition.
On the other hand Tractor Supply co. has impressed me with its good deals...

posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 20:23

Black newspaper dynasty gives way to new guard

Does no one edit these stories?? "An important roll"?? "too loosen the reigns"???!

posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 19:51

Towery: Cutting U.S. military funding may prove to be ill-advised

President Eisenhower's warnings about the "military-industrial complex" have come to pass… and Americans don't seem to care that we have become (in the eyes of much of the world) a militaristic power. The military budget has been bloated for decades, driven by profiteering and political unwillingness to ever say "no"…. expensive new planes that even the military says they can't use, are developed and built on the taxpayers' dime because congressbums want the jobs in their districts...

posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:28

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