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Grimes: Ukraine isn't worth life of single U.S. soldier

@dawgette: Not counting the thousands others whose lives have been disrupted due to injuries, PTSD, etc.

posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:30

Today's editorial cartoon

@cyou299: Many complain about a 'socialist takeover' of this country, but really the plutocracy has already taken it over. The Roberts court has ensured the victory is complete.

posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:28

Pitts: Has racism been factor in treatment of President Obama?

@franklingrady @Used2baFreeCountry: Used2Be is not a racist, from what I can tell from all his posts. He is fervent in his beliefs, but is not racist.

posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:22

Has racism been factor in treatment of President Obama?

@barryhollander: I tend to agree with you. It is hard to really know or determine how much of the criticism has a race factor included. Some of the criticism is deserved, as would be for any president, but some of the examples that Mr. Pitts point out are definitely race associated.

posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:19

Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email

I wonder if there is not more to this... perhaps they were looking for an excuse to can her and just used this one. I've seen similar things done before.

posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 - 08:14

Blackmon: An Easter prayer for love and forgiveness

Nice story Myra. Wish this type of thing were done more often (and wish I had though of doing this more when my son was growing up).

posted @ Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:47

Rapid toxicity test in the works at UGA

What a contrast with this article talking about the positive work of the EPA with the one about the GOP Senate hopefuls stumbling over each other to brag about working to the EPA.

posted @ Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:34

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Great news

posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 - 08:34

What Others Say: Climate change is already a fact of life (Miami Herald)

The morons here are those that buy into the Koch Bros. and others who are fighting the science to safeguard fossil fuel profits or just ideology.

I don't think a comparison of the Biblical flood and climate change are the same.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 23:18

Grimes: More equitable tax structure would make America a better place

"One essential change should be taxing capital gains at the same rate as income earned by the sweat of the brow, which was done until a few years ago."

Agreed. Even Warren Buffet thinks so.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 07:59

Jones: Watching political ads can be fun

But in the case of our local Congressional campaign for GOP nomination, it is mostly a case of "Frick and Frack". They all sound the same. Why pay for ads that sound like all the others?

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 21:42

Grimes: More equitable tax structure would make America a better place

Thank you Mr Grimes for pointing out certain issues with our societal structure.
Sorry "Used2B" but it appears he was not advocating for socialism but rather a practical rethinking. Not all is ideological black and white.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 21:38

Blackmon: 'High-stakes' testing at a low point

Perhaps some who pushed for intensive testing had good intentions but misguided. I would rather be working with a student who knew how to think, rather than someone who plugged and chugged the textbook answer.

Others who pushed for testing were ideologues.

posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 22:11

UGA profs' pay ranks last among peers

Would be interesting to see a similar comparison of average salaries over the years for the administration. Recall the year that Michael Adams got a $25K raise in about the same year that staff and faculty were putting up with furlough days and negative raises (in terms of higher mandatory contributions to teachers retirement, etc.)

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 08:22

Today's editorial cartoon

The role that Dick Cheney had in pushing the U.S. into the war in Iraq and then the subsequent billions of no bid contracts that his former firm Halliburton received has all the trappings of a major scandal.

The cost of $3 trillion does not include all the hidden social costs of lost lives, disrupted families and careers, PTSD, etc. The war for profit in Iraq I believe was a major factor why this country still has trouble recovering from the financial crisis.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:39

Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - "rule of law" is Old Testament"
"act of love" is New Testament.
Which one represents your Christian values? [/quote]

Obviously the "prominent Christian conservative in Iowa" does not understand it.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:35

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

@Jerry NeSmith: Jerry, I guess what I meant was that one commissioner would get the support of another in advance of the meeting to place an item on the agenda. In other words, it takes two to get an item placed, not just one.
just a thought.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:19

The Editor's Desk: Voter registration notification another 'Athens moment'

@marshalld: Good reply. Not all who live in public housing are "career indigents"; admittedly there are a portion who are.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:16

What Others Say: Get troubled military personnel the help they need (The Albany Herald)

We are now paying the additional hidden costs of two wars, one unnecessary and one drug out way too long.

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:08

Dupuy: Call for truce in hypocrisy wars

[quote][b]drdonna[/b] - However, I think that hypocrisy is part of the human condition, and really cannot be assigned a political party. It rears it's ugly head in every profession, race, creed, nationality, and in both genders. I'm sure it's equally prevalent in the gay and straight communities. Hence the saying,"Do as I say...", which I doubt has much to do with political party affiliation in the US[/quote]

So true. Hypocrisy abounds on the left and right.
When I first saw the headline, I was hoping for a good centrist viewpoint and ideas expressed; the author name is written in smaller type and I did not see this until later when I realized it was from a one-side viewpoint.

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:18

On heels of $700K lawsuit, Deal wants overhaul of ethics agency

@marshalld: Well put.

Allow me to boil this article down to one sentence.
"I got caught, so we will change the rules to help obfuscate the situation more while making it look like we are doing something about it."

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:13

The Editor's Desk: A do-nothing mayor and commission?

Jerry NeSmith forgot to mention the recently mentioned study about long term planning for Atlanta Highway/Wet Broad St. There are a number of issue that need consideration, and not all of them involve raising taxes.

"Ideally, a single commissioner should have that right, although it’s certainly possible that allowing individual commissioners to put an item on an agenda would make meetings too unwieldy. Perhaps some middle ground, like allowing more than one commissioner, but less than seven, to get an item on the agenda, might be workable."

I would think that any commissioner should have the right to bring an item up on the agenda, but perhaps that motion must be 'seconded' by one more commissioner.

posted @ Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 08:10

Voters to decide if privatizing dorms can be win-win-win

More shell games from our esteemed leadership in state gubberment.

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 21:37

Jones: An interesting week for Republican candidates

[quote][b]marshalld[/b] - Only losers, the citizens of Georgia will once again elect people who put self above serving.[/quote]

Actually you mean party or ideology. For some it is not about self as they think they are actually defending the 'real' America.

Similar issue go on from the ideological left. Just that (especially around here) the ideologues on the right are so dominant.

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 20:21

Sanders: Spreading misinformation all that's left for Obamacare opponents

There are some issues with the ACA that should be fixed and its implementation has not been the smoothest or best. But we forget the reason for developing this program in the first place, that being the far too many who had limited access to decent healthcare, mostly due to cost. The development of the ACA was an ideological struggle from both ends.

It is a sad commentary today that many work not toward helping refine and correct problems in the ACA but to do anything they can to prevent its implementation. One example being those that worked to pass a bill in our illustrious state legislature with language 'forbidding' UGA from spending money to fund the healthcare navigators that were intending to help people work their way through the process.

posted @ Monday, April 7, 2014 - 09:00

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