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Shots fired at Dekalb County elementary school

@ppensyl: I agree the illegality isn't working, since it said he's a convicted felon and should not have been able to get a weapon.

posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:02

Experts say colleges must adapt

I think most people don't realize the huge strides being made in "online" classes. This is not the multiple choice, mind numbing options that pioneered it, but video conferencing and interacting with brilliant professors. It shouldn't be an either or, but using technology to cut costs where it makes sense. If a brilliant professor could lecture to thousands of classrooms around the world, and maybe some of those are actual classrooms with teaching assistants in person,(or have an option to go it solo from home for a cheaper rate), think of how many more people could receive an amazing education for a fraction of the cost?

posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 - 13:11

Johnston: Ask former 'customers' how to improve public schools

Well stated article. How about instead of everyone slinging insults and stereotypes at each other, we look at all available information. Part of getting to that information is asking input and opinions from all involved. Teachers, administrators, "experts", current and former parents, etc. There are market data and research companies that have this down to a science, so there are ways to do it. Maybe if information was collected anonymously we would actually learn something that could be used to improve the system. For those decrying "school choice", it already exists. Unfortunately it only exists for those with enough money to exercise that choice.

posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 07:46

Commission signs off on economic development department

A large group of people gave up hundreds of hours of their time to review the economic development situation and make recommendations. They receive them and then proceeded to do exactly the opposite. And they wonder why people are fed up and frustrated?

posted @ Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 12:29

Gunman's mother kept trials of home life hidden

If this boy was 20, had these issues most of his life and his parents had the means to get him help, it is crazy that they didn't( if, in fact, that is the case). Being a parent is/should be about doing what is right for your child no matter how that matches up to your opinion of how your life and child should be. Having children is as much a responsibility as a blessing and putting your head in the sand is at best harming your child. I have enormous sympathy for everyone affected, but have a hard time with those feelings toward his parents, or remaining one. Intervention and real help might not have changed this outcome, but you're going to have a hard time convincing me.

posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 - 11:37

Herschel Walker to open pub and grill in downtown Athens

@grove600: Where Doc Chey's was.

posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 17:18

Tant: Country paralyzed by perfect storm of partisanship

Also, most republicans and libertarians want a limited government, not no government. That would be the anarchists.

posted @ Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 08:44

Tant: Country paralyzed by perfect storm of partisanship

I wouldn't be so quick to want a "popular vote" or a full democracy. Another term for it is rule of the mob or majority. If the revolutionary war was put to a democratic vote, we'd still be part of Britain. If the right to vote for minorities was a straight up majority, would they have a right to vote today? Part of the benefit of the representative democracy, or republic that we have, is that we are not run by the whims of the majority. The majority vote still comes through but is tempered by having to wait. In spite of all the griping about the electoral college, the only times we have had a split where the popular vote was different than the winners of the electoral vote, is when the popular vote was incredibly close. Not exactly an overthrow of public opinion.

posted @ Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 08:42

Athens woman gives birth to own grandson

@Abbesays: looks like it was!

posted @ Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 13:09

Athens home invasion suspect killed during early Monday police chase

@Pat: I am sure that everyone celebrating this result, or at least most, are sad to see a human being end up being as depraved and dangerous and this man was. However, once someone has repeatedly endangered the lives of others over several years, I do not think it unreasonable or sick to rejoice that they are gone. What if instead of a tree that man hit a car with a family in it and killed them? What if one of his robberies became more violent and he killed the next victim? Are you really distraught over the result of this man's own actions?

posted @ Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 08:07

Police make four weekend arrests for Athens robberies

@wearedoomed: So unnecessary and likely to get you banned.

posted @ Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 07:54

Police make four weekend arrests for Athens robberies

Great work by our police department. I'm also glad to see people fighting back against their robbers!

posted @ Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 07:53

Conservatives try again to lower health costs by minimizing lawsuits

How about just demanding doctors and hospitals report mistakes, complaints, etc. This is a great article on the positive effects of transparency: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044462010457800826333444135...

posted @ Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 07:06

Fort Valley to raze Coca-Cola building over objections

@ATH1: Have you considered that a historical building does not pay the tax bills or insurance bills on this property? If the community isn't willing to, or can't, afford to share in the cost of the building, why should the landowner be expected to lose money to "preserve" it? I'm not saying it's necessarily a good thing for the building to be torn down (haven't seen it, don't know the details on what it would have cost to renovate and reuse), but there is a huge cost in preserving buildings that most people don't realize. In addition to the renovation cost and finding a business to fit the old style building, you have to account for all the money lost in taxes and insurance while you figure all of that out. It's a big risk that should be born by the whole community if they're set on making it a priority. Most people love historic buildings......until they see the cost required to preserve them and realized they have to pony up and not just make someone else shoulder that burden.

posted @ Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 10:12

Film crew expresses thanks to Athens

@paper: If someone is so excited to have their house in a movie that they WANT to let them use it without any other form of compensation, why would YOU have a problem with it? It's not your house, you don't own it, it's not your decision. If it was an "unfair" deal all they had to say was, no thanks. These are adult homeowners and business owners, not children.

posted @ Monday, August 27, 2012 - 10:03

Health care costs going up for teachers

@Logical: What lies? First, I never said we didn't need to change the system. We do. However, in spite of your rant, your colonoscopy was paid for, your son's care was paid for, and most importantly, both of you got the care you needed upfront. I am NOT arguing that you should have to have gone through all that trouble to get it covered (I've had similar problems in different ways), but you did get the care and it was covered as promised. As for your deductibles and premiums they are much less than mine, so don't think I don't feel the pain there (and I'm healthy!). The system of employer based care rewards those working for large corporations and punishes entrepreneurs and individuals. Discounts go to the larger and are made up by premiums on the individuals. If everything was individual based, or conversely, individuals could band together for group discounts, that would help immensely. Being able to compete across state lines would bring competition to the monopolies within states. Actually allowing people to purchase a health insurance plan that DOESN'T cover things like maternity, office visits, well visits would make available catastrophic care for the young and healthy at a reasonable rate. There are many things that can and should be done, even some contained in Obamacare, but the other 2,000+ pages in the law contain enough bad, unintended consequences waiting to happen that it will be crushing. If we could try each item or idea separately, see what it is, what it means and implement them individually, then the ones that have horrible consequences could be identified and undone. When you lump this many "grand ideas" that are expensive and change the entire structure of a major part of the economy into one massive bill, it's a recipe for disaster. The alternative is not "do nothing", it's "know what you're doing and do it deliberately and thoughtfully."

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:28

Health care costs going up for teachers

@nelson: This is not an attempt to be a smar**s, but a real question. Where do you get obamacare as responsible for the 2%, but not the 7.5%?

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 07:57

Health care costs going up for teachers

@Walter Becker: Other modern first world countries are in huge crisis due to entitlements such as healthcare, so to make a blanket statement about saving money is just not correct. Second, you have to factor in the quality of care, speed of access to care, and number of cutting edge developments in medicine that come out of the U.S. as opposed to other countries. While those improvements cost money, I think most people would be all for a higher cost of care if it meant finding a cure for cancer as opposed to low cost and no cure. Finally, your hypothetical situation about the person in Canada has a few problems with it. First, a person in retirement that has a home and wealth to pass down would not lose everything if they have health insurance. Just as a person who gets in a car wreck and kills someone accidentally will not "lose everything" if they have insurance. That's why it's called insurance. So let's say they're irresponsible and don't have it and this scenario happens. Yes, their financial life is in turmoil but they still get the care! Why should this wealthy, or even just comfortable, person not suffer the consequences of their irresponsibility in SOME way when other people with less money are responsible and pay money every year for insurance?

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 - 07:56

Athens Economic development task force begins finalizing recommendations

@jrgarland: I share your reservations. IF, this is to be done, some, if not all, of these other authorities should be eliminated or shrunk and the funding for the new committee should come from funds re-allocated from the existing authorities. The last thing we need is yet another authority competing with existing ones and adding more requested funding. At minimum, this should be a zero sum game of restructuring.

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 09:51

Tallassee and Whitehead roads intersection to get roundabout

My concern is not a roundabout, but to make sure it's a REAL roundabout that is big enough to function as intended. Have you seen the "roundabouts" in the boulevard area? Those are more like a big obstacle that makes things more difficult.

posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 09:30

Wisconsin gunman exhorted other white supremacists to act

@harrumph: Potential is there for sickos...period. The Nazis were the socialist party of germany but I wouldn't attribute those sick qualities to all socialists. You start making extreme generalizations and you're going to diminish any potential "real" arguments you make and get yourself branded as a hater.

posted @ Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 13:49

Wisconsin gunman exhorted other white supremacists to act

@RightIswrong: Don't you think that's a little overboard? Your statement suggests anyone conservative is a racist mass-murderer. Disagree.....vehemently if necessary, but this is not helpful.

posted @ Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 13:08

70-year-old man charged with looking at child porn at Oconee library

Glad to see the consensus on this one.

posted @ Monday, August 6, 2012 - 19:43

Police: Wanted man kills himself after chase on Athens' Westside

So glad this ended without anyone else, besides the convict, getting hurt!

posted @ Monday, August 6, 2012 - 19:39

Funt: Conservative women flaunt sexuality on TV

@Logical: I don't believe that a woman should have to dress like a nun and hide the fact that they are a woman in order to be taken seriously. To me, women like you, who denounce those solely based on how they choose to be dressed or express themselves phyically, do more harm to the women's movement then the chauvanists. Argue their points, quotes, whatever, but to lump women together based on how attractive they are, and then suggest that any attractive woman is obviously just there as a tool for a wiser man, is offensive.

posted @ Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 18:31

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