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You have violated the guidelines. There is nothing respectful about your response. Calling a person "drunk" on kool-aid and "spouting platitudes" violates the guidelines in a number of ways. Why don't you just address the cartoon without disrespectful comments on what others say.posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 19:59
The cartoon and the underlying issue demonstrate that the president does not understand entrepreneurship and risk taking. To be sure, all entrepreneurs have a societal set of circumstances which they did not create; however, entrepreneurs are able to create and build something in this context and others are not.
The basic objection that many have is that the president has acted like it was no big deal that some entrepreneurs have facilitated the creation of our great economic system (they are the makers and the president is too obsessed with redistributing wealth to the takers). He is emphasizing collective responsibility to the detriment of individual responsibility.
The president has gotten things out of balance. Without the makers the takers have nothing to take. So, you don't want to diminish the initiative, vision, and risk taking of the entrepreneurial class if you want the business sector to grow which benefits everyone. I applaud the initiative and success of those who build organizations and products/services because they also create jobs for everyone.posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 14:49
Running red lights at that intersection IS a serious problem. Happens everyday all day. Hard for police to enforce if they are not there.
Speeding on Timothy Road is out of control. It is hard to impossible for cars to pull out of neighborhoods along Timothy Road.
I would much rather see the police monitoring these two sites than trying to catch speeders on Sunday morning on the Atlanta Highway while people are trying to go to church.posted @ Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 08:50
Presidents Davison and Knapp put UGA into the big leagues. All President Adams had to do was not botch it.posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 08:47
House arrest for stealing $200,000? Usually, a theft of this magnitude sends you to prison for years. She got off light in spite of her health. Probably they didn't want to have to fool with her.posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 08:42
@The Eagle: This comment is on the mark. Thanks for communicating such an important point to them!posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 07:42
@grove600: The same should be true for banks and other investment businesses. They should not be allowed to pass off the results of their bad choices to taxpayers, yet reap the rewards if their decisions make money.
We have got to put an end to privatizing profits but making public the losses.
AMEN!posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 23:13
@Abbesays: I agree with you as long as the government doesn't find some way to conclude they are "too big to fail" if it comes to that and then bails them out. They should lose whatever they lose and no taxpayers should be put on the hook for their failure. That's the way it was before government started intervening.posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 23:11
@mpd0.59: That was no smack down, that was an expression of a difference in opinion which is what these postings are all about. Anonymous is not correct in assigning this change of his position to situational ethics. There are pro-life supporters on both sides of the political aisle. There has been a major change in his beliefs due to a conversional faith experience to which he has alluded. I can certainly understand that.
As for my work status, no one on this list reveals who they are or what they do. That's what anonymous means. I wouldn't guess you are an astronaut planting an American flag on the moon just because of your avatar. It just doesn't matter. Let's stick to the issues.posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:12
@Anonymous Dude: The article we are discussing was published just to embarrass him. We already knew he'd changed his mind on that issue so that was not news at all. It was just one more attempt to put him in a negative light by piling on every time something came up.
Changing your mind on a major issue, especially after a major faith conversion experience which he has alluded to, is not situational ethics at all. It's more of a miracle. But, if you don't believe in miracles you would not understand. And, who could possibly say he would do that for political reasons? That is an absurd allegation. Sounds like he has lost support because of the change than gained support - based on the postings here.posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:03
Congress is significantly to blame here because they never craft enforceable regulations. JPMorgan may get off because they don't have laws good enough to enforce. Allowing banking-types to gamble with monies that have implications for taxpayers and other stakeholders needs to be reigned in.posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 08:35
This article is one more attempt by liberal writer Blake Aued to cast McKillip in a negative light. Why don't you name the group in the headline - Ga Right to Life. Oh, no, you frame them as anti-abortion just to put your slant on things. Too much emphasis on the negative. The primary negative here is that you don't support him. Anyway, it is not news that Right to Life is supporting him. That is consistent with his stance on things. No news here just an attempt to inflame his opponents.
Why don't you write an expose on his opponent? We have seen nothing highlighting or questioning her values-based opinions on things.posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 08:31
Obama is a flip flopper up there with the best of them -- whichever way the political winds are blowing at the moment is what he supports.posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 08:24
This discussion is not about science; it's about world view. You either want to protect the unborn or you don't. Obviously, the medical community has different opinions on this. Cline is reflecting her world view as much as her science. This is okay since this is an opinion column.posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 08:22
May 13, 2011, 3:52 PM
Dolan Reasserts Traditional Definition of Marriage
By PAUL VITELLO
Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, on Friday added his voice to the growing debate over legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, telling readers of his blog that the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman “is hardwired into our human reason.”
“To tamper with that definition, or to engage in some Orwellian social engineering about the nature and purpose of marriage, is perilous to all of us,” he wrote on his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age. “If the definition of marriage is continually being altered, could it not in the future be morphed again to include multiple spouses or even family members?”
Archbishop Dolan, the spiritual leader of 2.5 million Roman Catholic New Yorkers, presented his view — and official Catholic doctrine — just as advocates on both sides have begun intense lobbying over proposed legislation that would make New York the sixth state in the country to recognize same-sex marriages.
He said that Catholic doctrine teaches love and respect for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, and he strongly rejected the notion that opposition to same-sex marriage was a form of bigotry.
“Nonsense!” he said. “We are not anti-anybody; we are pro-marriage. The definition of marriage is a given: it is a lifelong union of love and fidelity leading, please God, to children, between one man and one woman.”
A spokesman for the Empire State Pride Agenda, a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group that supports legalized marriage between people of the same gender, declined to comment.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:57
From the article: Students who are upset about HOPE cuts — as well as laws cracking down on illegal immigrants, requiring drug tests for welfare recipients and banning late-term abortions — planned to turn their backs on Deal as he spoke to graduates, according to The Red & Black student newspaper.
If this is the attitude of the graduates, they lose my support. Maybe when they are over 30 they will change their minds like most people do. But, as for the HOPE decision, this is not really controlled by the governor. These are lottery monies and they run out. Cuts have to be made. Get real.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:25
@HankRearden: You responded to mpd0 better than I could have. Thanks for saving me the time.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:20
I'm shocked at how pricey Walgreen's and CVS have become since they built their huge stores on the corner. They are consistently a dollar higher on every $5 at least and often more. Give me Walmart anyday (except when all I want is convenience, which is seldom).posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:13
@HankRearden: How utterly sad that such a sizable voting bloc has remained firmly chained to the Democrat plantation of government dependence and grievance politics.
This is such a great observation that it deserves highlighting and repeating. If there ever was a biased, discriminatory group, it's blacks blindly voting for the largess of those promising them the most and this is the democrat party. The facts support this.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:10
Why are virtually all the photos of graduation in the ABH, and also posted in the photo galleries, of women? (I agree they are more attractive, but let's be fair about things). I guess the women are taking over the world.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:06
Actually, it is Obama who is shooting down traditional marriage.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:03
The ABH should publish a story unveiling the truth about the firing of Allison (even though I never saw any improvements under her reign).
It should also explain why it let other long time quality people go such as Don Nelson awhile back. The business section has gone down hill since he left.
People just mysteriously disappear and we are expected to just "accept it" without an explanation. That is not the way of TRUTH and TRANSPARENCY.posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:59
@OcCoCitizen: I agree. The development will increase traffic not relieve it.posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:16
The band did the same things frats do. Only they crossed the line. They were unlucky. All such hazing should be suspended.You never know when someone will die.posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:14
This sounds like a good move to merge the two.posted @ Friday, May 11, 2012 - 08:36
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more