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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....
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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

The Editor's Desk: How not to serve in elected office

Yeah well…meanwhile our more "acceptable" legislators have passed paranoid and punitive crime bills that have caused Georgia to lock up more citizens than just about anywhere in the world… are balking at any kind of standards for public schools, while our students are far behind in international rankings… offer no resistance when our governor rejects health care for the poor as being just not right for Georgia… slice and dice our voting districts to keep extremists and political manipulators in office (while many citizens go unrepresented in Congress)… insist that drunks in bars need to be armed…

If only all the bitterness of our legislators were aimed at solving real problems… rather than always looking for someone to blame...

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:40

Athens man sentenced to prison for DUI crash

@NewYearNewBeer: But in this case, no one was killed. "The driver of the other car suffered a broken wrist, seven fractured ribs, a severe laceration to her left knee and various other injuries." Serious injuries but apparently not life-threatening.

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 17:07

Athens man sentenced to prison for DUI crash

Eight years in prison? This is the sort of sentence people get for murder… were there previous convictions that could justify such a sentence?

posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:39

Husband and wife team pull Bonnie & Clyde type robbery in Athens

Talk about having a bad day! Great story...

posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 15:51

Gentiva opens new hospice inpatient unit at ARMC

My family has used Gentiva for in-home rehab when my mother fell and broke her arm. They were pretty good to deal with and the people who came out to the house were very good.

posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 15:38

US Attorney hosting prisoner re-entry summit

But the point is that ex-offenders, even tho they have served their time, then have a terrible time finding legitimate jobs. Even tho most are non-violent offenders… That could make them more liable to re-offend, couldn't it?

posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 15:32

Rein in security agencies, UGA expert says

Amen. Even if present NSA people are not misusing the information, abuses are sure to occur eventually... blackmail, spying on celebrities , friends, relatives...political vendettas, etc. J. Edgar Hoover did it, and they named a building after him. But we should be ashamed of such government overreach, not encourage it. "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." (Benjamin Franklin)

posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 07:40

Gun bill to be re-introduced without campus-carry

Let's take the Second Amendment whole: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This is obviously an outdated justification for unfettered access to weapons that no one really needs and that threaten public safety. Can we instead debate where the line should really be drawn?

posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:12

Deal campaign reports $4 million in contributions

So who's shelling out all that cash to Nathan Deal? Here are the facts left out of the story:
http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00002610&cycle=C...

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:03

Athens tattoo shop owner to take on Denson in 2014

Give the guy a chance... but I must say I'm tired of candidates who say "cut the fat!" but don't say where... running without a platform is not serious politics...These candidates always come out of nowhere, haven't been involved in local politics or community groups, don't know the issues (or how government works). More's the pity, I say...

posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 13:01

UGA sustainable food program seeks grad students

Humans face off against zombies on UGA campus this week

Nothing new here. I once sought to take classes in Education at UGA, until I realized that Aderhold Hall had been taken over by the undead.

posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 13:30

State revisits interbasin transfers, worries environmentalists

Such reservoirs are probably unnecessary. We got thru the recent drought (the first since the 1930s, and unlikely to recur again for decades) without any problems. But politicians love big projects as much as they hate long-term planning for sustainability, and government is oriented to the squeaky wheel... not to mention profits for investor friends... In this case, both bondholders and developers will get their piece.

posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 13:07

Georgia adopts $5 charge on subsidized phones for poor

The wonder is that the phone companies can make money at $10/month for cell service, yet can get away with charging most people far more! But as for the Obamaphones, they will probably just be discontinued in Georgia now that companies must bill for the $5 fee.

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:57

Man threatens to jump off Prince Ave. bridge

Boy, just look at today's ABH stories: on the Colorado theatre shootings, Newton school shootings, some guy in Georgia killing his own family... a Boston marathon amputee... and people are saying the government has no place in mental-health treatment? Are Americans crazier, or is just all the guns? Why should government not serve its people? Am I missing something here?

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:42

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