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School bus drivers could lose health insurance in state plan

@eastsider99: Hmmm....and where in this article did it say this was a proposal from the governor's office?

Unfortunately....and I say this because I have several friends driving busses specifically because of the insurance......the trend in the business world is to eliminate any benefits to workers considered "part time" (less than 30 hrs per wk), rather than face the requirements of Obamacare. This is just one more consequence of this ill-advised law. Get used to it, or repeal it and replace the law with something that will work better in the real world marketplace.

All of you who think everyone should have health insurance, and who think coverage should be "affordable" (cough, hack) or "free"'re part of the problem here. In the private sector, insurance and other benefits are not normally provided for part-time workers. Bus drivers and others have been getting a gracious gift primarily based on tradition. Economic realities may force that tradition to end. Why should the state continue to subsidize the health insurance of one group over another?

This is just one more example of why liberalism does not work. Liberal policies do not take into account the realities of the economic world. They believe that if they say "it should be", that whatever idea they have concocted will work, and it isn't usually that way at all. Somebody.....somewhere.....has to write a check. There ain't no free lunch.

The real reality is that without the cheap(er) insurance, the pay isn't much of an incentive for someone to take on that responsibility and put up with those little snot-nosed kids, so we'll be looking for people to drive buses if this goes through.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:41

Two people wearing t-shirts depicting alleged Athens murderers escorted from Cedar Shoals High School

@butterflyink21: I'm very old, and my parents would have killed me for doing anything that embarrassed them in any way. Several times, I thought they were going to do just that.

School leadership can only do so much, as you say, and they don't have the time, nor is it their responsibility to parent these children who get no parenting at home. Despite that, they do have a responsibility to maintain order on school grounds and at school functions. If they see something that could potentially cause an inflammatory situation (and we know wearing shirts like that would), they have a responsibility to take action and do something to prevent a situation from taking place, or from getting any worse than it already is. I think they made the right call on this one.

The actual shame is that we have so many people who cause these types of problems. I'm old enough to remember when this would not have happened, in a black school or a white one. I remember the story of a principal in a neaby county who whipped a young man for violating policy. When the young man's father came to complain, the principal told him that "not only had he heated up this man's son's ass, if the father didn't like it, he'd beat his, too."

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:52

Georgia deputy says Bible study prompted firing

I'm sorry, but a deputy's job is not to counsel inmates on anything. His job is to maintain order at the jail, or wherever he is posted. If he feels called to try to spread the gospel to prisoners, he needs to resign his position and become a minister. People might get their backs up about what I say, but the same folks would raise hell if he were teaching the Koran in jail.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:45

GDOT plans to ease delays at SR 10/Barnett Shoals intersection

They should eliminate left turns on to the bypass from Lexington Rd, and eliminate left turns coming off the bypass on Lexington Rd. Bulldoze tent city, and add an entrance ramp that exits Lexington Rd from the right hand side, and have a cloverleaf type of exit off the bypass so that vehicles can enter Lexington Rd from the right hand side of the road as well.

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 15:04

Harrop: Stop excusing non-voting millennials

All right....where do I start......

"Many of these folks spend their leisure hours marinating in the glow of Fox News Channel, where they are told what exemplary Americans they are and how younger people without jobs or savings are basically bums. The median age of the Fox News viewer is almost 69. For Bill O’Reilly’s show, it is 72."

Do you mean those folks who have already spent the last 50 years or so WORKING and PAYING TAXES and FIGHTING WARS so that these precious millenials could have the life of luxury they're used to, playing their X-boxes and such? THOSE older Americans?

And Ms. Harrop thinks that the mainstream media is "grown up" reporting? I guess if you want to have the Democratic party propaganda line fed to you between weather reports, maybe.

The only way that these "millenials" will get out and vote is if the President offers them a bunch of freebies to be paid for by the taxes of those already working? And they STILL don't go vote? Got a clue yet?

Those "millenials" who really want to work are working....somewhere. They may not have that "dream job" or the "dream house" or that "dream car", but they're working somewhere. Those who don't want to vote probably don't want to do anything else except have life handed to them on a silver platter.

Us "older conservative voters" who "sit and bask in the glow of Fox News" (which I don't, but I don't believe a word coming from the major networks) would collectively like to tell Ms. Harrop to kiss our collective, royal, ruby red.......

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:55

'Comply, then complain' guidance offered at Athens forum on police and community relations

I can't remember any instance of someone getting snatched out of a car and having their ass handed to them when their only action was complying with the instructions of the officer when those instructions were given. If someone has such an example, please share it here.

This ain't Mayberry anymore, and our biggest problem ain't lockin' up Otis Campbell when he ties one on. We expect our police to be vigilant, and they are trained to be observant and to notice things that are out of the norm. We also expect them to stand between us and any number and type of dangerous criminals. We expect them to make split-second decisions that could save a life. We expect them to be trained in life-saving measures, and get there in the nick of time. We expect them to be professional at all times, in the face of often unbelievable abuse and provocation. For all of this, we pay very little. They deal with the absolute worst segment of our society, every day, every hour.

I've had several interactions with police. Most were caused by my lead foot or my lack of desire to wear a seatbelt. (Both problems I have cured.) That officer who approaches my car doesn't know if I'm dangerous or not. He has to be able to react quickly if I am.

If someone has a beef with police, you can bet it's because of one of the following:
a. they shot their mouth off when they should have remained silent.
b. they didn't quickly comply with the officer's instructions.
c. they wanted to have an attitude with the officer.

This isn't rocket science, people. There is no racial component here, either, although some would like to include one. If you smart off to a cop, if you run, if you resist, if you fight're going to get your ass beaten. If you pull a weapon and do not put that weapon down or if you act in a threatening manner, you're more than likely going to get shot. If you get shot, there's a damn good shot you're going to die. It's cheaper on the taxpayers to send a crime scene clean up crew out than it is to pay your hospital bill. Aim high.

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:33

VIDEO: Palestinian stabs 11 passengers on Tel Aviv bus

Tell me more about that peaceful, loving religion of Islam.

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:06

Two people wearing t-shirts depicting alleged Athens murderers escorted from Cedar Shoals High School

@butterflyink21: I agree with your last sentence 100%, however, the school leadership has a responsibility to see to it that discipline and order are maintained not only in the classroom, but at athletic and other events as well. If wearing clothing items that could incite violence or controversy is a problem, then they did the right thing. Everyone has freedom of speech and expression, but you still can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater.

posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:21

Free tuition is excellent public investment

Besides...the author says "the details of Obama's plan haven't been worked out entirely..." Let's think about the last time we heard that, and how well it turned out.

Do you think.....just once....that this man could have something concrete in mind before he goes and promises people something he may or may not be able to deliver? You can go to college in exchange for work right now. Join any branch of our military. There's a work-study program that will do the country some good.

I guess that one just slipped the president's mind.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 17:04

Free tuition is excellent public investment

@AbidingDude: But, we have the best politicians money can buy.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 16:56

'Comply, then complain' guidance offered at Athens forum on police and community relations

I disagree. If you are stopped by a police officer, you have attracted his attention in some way. I can't think of a single instance where someone was killed because they did what the officer asked, when they were asked to do it.

That officer doesn't know if you're an axe murderer or the Pope when he approaches your car. Just exactly how difficult is it to sit there with your hands in view, and say "yes, sir" and "no, sir"?

Furthermore, if you run, or become combative, or shoot your mouth off, you know you're in for a rough time. Why would you not expect that?

IF you're going to sell dope, how hard is it to spend some of those dope dollars and make sure your headlights, taillights, and tag lights are in working order on that $500 car of yours? If you're going to walk up and down the street dressed in fishnet stockings in an area known for prostitutes (even if you're a man), are you surprised when you are challenged for ID? If you're carrying a TV under each arm and a central air unit on your back, do you not expect to be questioned? In most instances, when someone is stopped and a confrontation ensues, they are doing something that they should not be doing. It isn't hard to stay out of trouble, if you WANT to stay out of trouble.

As far as the number of black officers on the force, nobody is standing in the doorway turning them away. If you're black and you want to be a cop, go for it. If you're black and want to be a teacher, go for it. No one is telling you that you can't get hired.

My personal opinion.....those that complain about poor treatment from the cops probably deserve everything they got, and in some cases, more.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 16:52

Teen facing felonies for assault at Cedar Shoals-Clarke Central basketball game

Where is the Equalizer or that dude from Person of Interest when you need them?

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 16:28

Free tuition is excellent public investment

@proftom: Why make college tuition free when these kids don't even get out of high school....even with the ridiculously reduced requirements we have in place now?

It isn't a question of money. It's a question of where we spend the money. Fifty years ago, you had one classroom, and one teacher. Today, you still have one classroom, and one teacher (maybe a parapro). The growth in education spending has been in technology (needed), buildings (sometimes needed.....I think the CCSD has torn down buildings that were very serviceable), and in administrative positions and salaries (not necessarily needed). If we took some of the resources spent on consultants, coordinators, and other administrative positions, and spent that on classroom positions, don't you think MAYBE we could teach little Johnny how to read?

Any day out of the classroom hurts a child. We have administrators whose contracts restrict the district's ability to lay them off. Who are we trying to help here....the child, or the administration? We pay a very comfortable six-figure salary plus benefits for a superintendent. Do you think we could find someone within the district who would do that job for half that salary, and devote the other half to elementary instructors who specifically concentrate on reading and math skills?

We're spending plenty of money. We're just spending on the wrong things.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:53

Athens woman reports nude photos on website

I'm glad I did all my stupid stuff before the internet came along.

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:47

Students turning away from teaching profession, enrollment figures show

@writer2011: abso-freakin'-lutely on target.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:27

Obama to pitch middle-class economic plan in annual address

Make no mistake. The Democratic party is not going to do anything to help the middle-class, upwardly-mobile taxpayer. If you're not in a victim group whose support can be bought with money from government programs, or in the elitist class who benefits from lawmakers bought off, regardless of party, you're out of luck. If Obama's lips are moving, he's telling a lie.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:58

Highlights of Obama plan to tax wealthy

That $500 tax credit won't help anyone. That's two flat-screen TV's. If you want to help someone, reduce their over-all tax rate. These clowns harping about minimum wage should just eliminate all withholding except social security and medicare on anyone making under $25000 per year. (They get it all back anyway when they file their return).

The government doesn't need to ask for any more money until they learn how to spend what they have more efficiently. Why penalize someone who wants to pass on their estate to their children? Isn't that what most people work have something to leave their kids? This is nothing more than an attempt by Obama and the Democrats to stick the knife into the people they claim to hate.....but watch for "exemptions" for people they like. Class warfare politics at its best. Without victims, the Democrats would not survive.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:49

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] -
10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan
by Alex Seitz-Wald Posted on February 5, 2011

The first words in the Wikipedia description of "": " is a liberal blog...."

Can you come up with an unbiased source for your response?

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 13:47

Students turning away from teaching profession, enrollment figures show

@Cedar2GSU: I insinuated nothing of the kind. I stated the fact that there was an achievement gap that existed between white and black students when integration was first started, and that gap still exists today.

You are correct that race is not the cause. The cause is the culture that exists in low income communities, and the failure of government programs to change it. If it was just race, why do poor whites also achieve at a lower pace than more affluent students? My point.....which you failed to that we are not doing enough to help these students achieve (and behave) at a more acceptable level, and the primary reason behind this failure is the culture of political correctness that has been forced on our schools.

Students from low-income families are doomed to repeat the cycle, unless we can get them educated to a point that they can move OUT of the ghetto and get a good-paying job. Making excuses for poor behavior won't change that behavior. Pointing out the problem, and putting into effect solutions will change the outcome.

Many of these kids grow up in single-parent homes. Many fathers are absent, and like it or not, a good father figure or male role model is vital, especially for young men who want to become productive adults.

We need to re-direct the culture of the welfare state, to the end that participants eventually leave the programs as successful, self-sufficient adults, and we can best do this by seeing to it that we change the outlook and performance of the young people while they are students.

Using the excuse of past slavery only exacerbates the problem. How long are you and others going to continue to complain about something that happened 150 years ago, and use it as an excuse for poor performance today? Name one other ethnic or population group IN THE WORLD that was enslaved and still uses that as an excuse 150 years later. It's been 50 years since the Civil Rights act was passed. Very few people in the working public today ever experienced the Jim Crow era. If they did, they're in their 70's now. Jim Crow laws and slavery are not an excuse to under-perform today.

Most of America was poor, broke and hungry during the Great Depression, black and white together. You don't see people who grew up during that period of recent history using it as an excuse to do nothing. They remember it, and they all committed themselves to never being hungry and poor again......but they knew (again, both black and white) that getting an education was paramount to getting out of poverty.

I expected the first comment to be one like yours. I'm not afraid to identify the problem. That's the first step toward solving it. Quit using race and slavery to legitimize bad behavior and poor performance. Opportunity exists for those willing to embrace it, and race isn't a factor anymore. If it was, we wouldn't have a black man in the White House.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 13:38

Pitts: Religion isn't exempt from free-speech issues

I agree with Pitts on this one. If Muslims are offended by Charlie Hebdo, don't buy the magazine.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 13:00

Durham: Laugh with 'Four Broke Guys' to help young black men

This article shows an insight by someone who has been through hard times and made it to the other side. I commend him for his honesty, and for his efforts to bring change to the lives of others. I may not be able to make the show, but I will gladly donate the cost of a ticket to the show for someone who doesn't have the funds to go.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:50

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

@cyou299: better than the "trickle up poverty" espoused by the left. Remind us again how well the middle class has done under Obama. Remind us also who his biggest donors were/are. Remind us how Obamacare has caused premiums for the middle class to rise. Remind us......

Ronald Reagan gave us the biggest economic boom since right after WWII, and that boom lasted well into the Clinton years, because your hero was too busy trying to get laid to change anything. All we've heard from the socialists that now control the Democratic party is "income inequality". I guess their version of "equality" is where everyone has the same amount of nothing.....except for their favored elite.

Tell us again how Hillary Clinton was "dead broke" after she received an $8 million book advance. We all need a good laugh today.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:29

Man punched in drive-thru of Bojangles

@OCCountry: Put the car in reverse, and do some REAL damage.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:22

Two people wearing t-shirts depicting alleged Athens murderers escorted from Cedar Shoals High School

@eastsider99: It is the culture. If you were raised differently, then your parents made a choice to not let you be part of that culture. What do you think "lifestyle" and "upbringing" are? I know that not everyone who lives in the "projects" participates in this culture, but many do...enough so that it affects the lives not only of those who are part of it, but it affects the lives of those who come in contact with it.

The statement that "you were raised different than everybody else" is proof enough that the culture exists. I watched this culture being created. It did not exist in these numbers or in this form prior to the Great Society programs which became effective in 1965. We didn't have a problem with this large-scale disrespect of authority until the Vietnam War era. We didn't have generations of people sitting around on their asses waiting for the next month's check. I'm not part of it, but I can damn sure give you a timeline of how it got here.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:15

Students turning away from teaching profession, enrollment figures show

I'll go one further, especially on MLK day: school integration as it was practiced in the 1960's and 1970's has been an absolute, dismal failure. Nothing was done to try to close the achievement gap between black and white students then, and nothing is being done now. Political correctness forbids anyone being realistic and admitting that kids from low income homes, many of whom are black, are not up to speed with their more affluent counterparts, and nothing is being done about it.

Discipline went out the window with desegregation, because school officials then were afraid of starting a racial incident. Nobody would discipline black students, so they couldn't discipline white students. The result has been this zero-tolerance nonsense, which forbids a child to defend himself if he is attacked, and punishes the student who is attacked in the same manner as the attacker. One only has to look at the nonsense at both local high schools to see this.

Anyone who points out these glaring facts is called a bigot, racist, or worse. Is it "racist" to expect parents to teach their children to behave in a civilized manner? Is it "racist" to expect parents to have their children in school, prepared to learn, and to encourage achievement? Just a few decades ago, Clarke County was the school system that people fought to get their children in to, and now, the reverse is true. People move to Oconee or other surrounding counties to get their children OUT of Clarke County schools.

On MLK Day especially, we need to remember that he and others fought so that all people could have equal OPPORTUNITY. He didn't say anything about living your life on the government dole. We can continue to spend unlimited money, blame teachers, build fancy palaces.....but until we change the culture of generational dependence in this country, this problem and the others associated with dependence will not go away. NONE of our programs stress self-sufficiency and economic independence, and none of them are geared so that the recipient eventually ends up as a self-suporting individual.

The question is the same as it is with terrorism: when is the problem going to get bad enough for us to simply call it what it is, and do something about it? (Maybe if John Kerry can send someone to sing to the teachers, it will help).

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:09

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