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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-18-14

Bums bummin' on the highways. Church directory mind change. Speed bumps. No-brainers. Whirling dervish. Them's the facts, Jack. Gas in Athens County, and we don't mean flatulence. Bad news bears. The public tit. The building owners are the Deciders. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-15-14

This uptown funk gonna give it to ya. All I want for Christmas is peace and an end to poverty. The price of gas. No more whining. Torture is OK. Annoyed by annoyed white folks. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-11-14

A flatter, straighter Radford Road, with sewer. Laws that apply to everybody. Shop local. Shop Athens. Spoiled protestors. Paul McCartney's Christmas song, it stinks! Being arrested by APD ain't half bad. Christmas music on Court. Dennis Powell, you're my hero. Life's not fair and then you die. This is your voice, Athens, get used to it!

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-4-14

The late great Mr. Syracuse. The condition of things! Roads, specifically. Dangerous roads. Liberals and atheists, grrr. More dangerous roads. High fidelity, wi fidelity. Fooseball's the debil. Now bowl bids for you! This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-1-14

Directories are not just for churches, or don't have to be, ya silly goose. Ice cream! Getchur ice cream! The terrible (alleged) inconveniences of recycling. The war on Christians. Rape. Protests. Has the Intertoobz jumped the shark? Richard Syracuse. Bad pop on Court. Frozen. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-26-14

Women studies and grammar. Permanently close Union Street? Parking, logistics, buses, loading and unloading, fun stuff. Climate denialism, not just a shrinking river in Egypt. Dang that PC crap. Crocodile tears, crocodile rock! This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-24-14

Things change. Aww, SNAP. I drive upon a slip, when I slip you slip we slip. Venus in furs. Minecraft! No minefield. Anyway, Hocking. Special delivery: Thank you Charlie Rose. Everybody keep lying, or something. Uptown fire. No more fish and chips. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it!

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-20-14

Thanks for that, now give me more! Sign the petition not, Nelsonvillians. Sheesh City Council, there ya go messin' up again. Flashing signs, as opposed to sign flashers. Don't throw me down, Clark. We are all Union Street. Athens Pride. Depression. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-17-14

Civil War. The future of the U.S. military. Ohio Sportsuniveristy. Denial, not just a river in Egypt. Condolences. Rental permits. Baby, it's cold outside. Sitting on Richland Avenue watching the wheels go round and round. See you in May. Bike lift for Athens! This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-13-14

Hubcap chivalry. The useful information on the intertoobz. Veteran's parade blues. What in the sam hell do bicyclists want access to Columbus Road for, or something. U.S.A! U.S.A.! Directory schmectory. Hooray for separation of church and state!

Commentary

Can we talk? Constructive conversations begin by listening

by David DeWitt

Life brings us teachable moments, as individuals, as a society, as a commonwealth managing the responsibility of self-government. It's how we grow.

Commentary

Torture and the CIA: Move on?

by Gwynne Dyer

When somebody says it is time to move on, it means there is something deeply embarrassing that they don't want to discuss in public. President Barack Obama said that about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, published on Tuesday, about the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture in the years after 9/11.

Commentary

Fighting for the climate in the heart of the world

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

LIMA, Peru - Lima, the capital of Peru, has become a city of gustatory renown, attracting foodies from the world over to sample dishes from its famous ceviche to favorites from the Andean highlands.

Commentary

Amazing grace in Zimbabwe

Political dynasties tend to thrive mainly in very large democratic countries where name-recognition is a huge asset: think two President Adams, two President Roosevelts, and maybe soon a third Preside

Commentary

Hands up; don't choke

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment.

Commentary

Heavens are shaking in Ferguson, Missouri

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption." So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks

Commentary

Keystone pipeline, climate change and the cold weather

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

It was a dramatic scene in the U.S. Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people's climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed... at least for now.

Commentary

Tomas Young, Iraq veteran & anti-war activist, rest in peace

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side.

Commentary

Obama gets a welcome breakthrough on climate change

by Gwynne Dyer

When news got out that U.S. President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping had reached an agreement on climate change, the American blogosphere lit up with negative comments.

Commentary

Despite statements by Gorby, there’s no new Cold War

"The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that it has already begun," said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union and the man who inadvertently administered a mercy killing to Communism in Europe.

Editorials

NEWS wins awards at newspaper confab

From the Publisher

By Jane Means, Publisher

With approximately 1,000 award entries and 160 publications represented, at The Athens NEWS we're giving ourselves a pat on the back for fetching seven national awards at a recent newspaper conference in Washington, D.C. Our honors range from ad awards (including Larry Dawg House's Weenie Wednesday "actual size" ad) to editorial awards (such as Associate Editor Jim Phillip's coverage of the Sheriff's election last fall).

Editorials

Missing records in engineer's office a scandal that could cost us

Editor's note: This editorial was written before the news broke today about old county records being dumped at the landfill, at the sheriff's direction.

When newly elected Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden took office in January, he didn't expect a seamless transition. The primary election battle the previous spring had been especially bitter, and the entrenched Democratic incumbent who lost his seat, Archie Stanley, and his staff had taken it as a personal affront that anyone, especially a fellow Democrat, would challenge Stanley's 32-year reign in the Engineer's Office.

Editorials

Correction

The Athens NEWS article in Monday's issue about the Ratha Con comic/sci-fi/fantasy convention incorrectly identified Sam Berlin as the event "organizer."

Editorials

Correction

A story about a protest at the Athens Farmers Market that ran in Thursday's edition included quoted remarks incorrectly attributed to Angie Starline of Starline Organics, a vendor at the market.

Editorials

Don’t believe us about the sheriff? Read the transcript

From the Athens NEWS Editorial Board

Since The Athens NEWS ran its endorsement of Republican sheriff's candidate Steve Kane in our Oct. 18 issue, we have become even more convinced of our choice (despite getting chewed up quite a bit over it by supporters of Sheriff Kelly).

Endorsements

Athens NEWS Endorsement summaries, fall 2014

Following are summaries of all the editorial endorsements that The Athens NEWS made during this fall election season. Each endorsement summary has a link to the full endorsement.

Endorsements

Say no to 4 more years of Kasich’s slanted leadership

We urge our readers to vote for Ed FitzGerald for governor of Ohio next Tuesday. Or just vote against incumbent Gov. John Kasich, if you can't explicitly support FitzGerald.

Endorsements

Put quality public servant on state school board: Hagan

For the sake of continued investment in and dedication to public education, we recommend the selection of Robert F. Hagan in the race for the 8th District member for the Ohio Board of Education.

Endorsements

Protest the system & support progress; vote for Wharton

We enthusiastically support Scott Wharton in his race to unseat Republican Congressman Steve Stivers in Ohio's 15th District.

Endorsements

We urge county residents to vote yes on Issues 1, 5 & 6

For the good of our community, we recommend "yes" votes on three countywide tax issues - Issue 1 (the TB clinic levy), Issue 5 (for emergency medical services), and Issue 6 (developmental disabilities). (We already endorsed the library and senior meals levies, Issues 2 and 4.)

Endorsements

Yes, actually, we do need a watchdog in the courthouse

We urge Athens County voters to choose incumbent Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson when they go to the polls Nov. 4. As auditor for the past 14 years, Thompson has done a good job monitoring the expenditure of public funds by other county officials and departments, while professionally serving the everyday needs of county residents.

Endorsements

Southeast Ohio needs Phillips’ leadership more than ever

We strongly recommend the re-election of state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, for a final term in the Ohio House. Phillips will be term-limited after she's re-elected to another term representing the 94th House District.

Endorsements

We pick McCarthy for common pleas judge

We urge Athens County voters to retain George McCarthy as Athens County common pleas judge. While McCarthy's opponent, Herman A. Carson, is a seasoned and quality lawyer who would make a good judge, we've been impressed by McCarthy's performance since taking over for longtime Common Pleas Judge Michael Ward in May 2013.

Endorsements

Support improved pool and park facilities; yes on 8

It makes good sense for Athens voters to lend their support to local Issue 8 on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Informally called the "parks and rec levy," Issue 8 will renew the 0.1 income tax levy from 1996 that built the Athens Community Center.

Endorsements

We support John P. O’Donnell for high court

We urge our readers to elect John P. O'Donnell to the Ohio Supreme Court in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Letters

It’s time to say enough with the no-can-do attitude

To the Editor:

Perhaps the most dismaying outcome of the recent election is the confirmation of a tragic shift in America's paradigm. We have confirmed that we have shucked the "can-do" attitude that has fueled our nation for a bicentennium, and have instead taken "no-can-do" as our platitude.

Letters

Please help OU alum detained in the United Arab Emirates

To the Editor:

I ask for the help of residents of the Athens community, especially those who knew Dr. Amer Alshawa and his wife, Emel Inal, former residents of Athens for 17 years and Ohio University alumnus. Amer received a doctorate at Ohio University and his three children were born here before moving to Istanbul for family and business reasons.

Letters

Church directory harkens back to more tolerant time in history

To the Editor:

As a Christian and retired Clergyman, I'm getting wearied about that terrible "illegal" church directory on the Courthouse lawn! Of course, it was never needed! People of faith have always been able to find others of their tradition and their various Places of Worship.

Letters

Incidents of excessive force by police prove need for justice

To the Editor:

In the past few months, we have heard story after disturbing story of unarmed black males being killed by police. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker and Tamir Rice are all black males who have died as a result of police violence since July 2014.

Letters

Oil industry spokesman gets it wrong about local fracking ban

To the Editor:

The comments by Shawn Bennett in a recent interview published in The Athens NEWS on Dec. 8 seriously misrepresent the problems and dangers that the fracking industry presents to the residents of Athens and neighboring counties.

Letters

At Hocking College, faculty are the thread that holds it together

To the Editor: Although I was pleased to read that Hocking College is rethinking some of its original plans in order to continue to comply with accreditation requirements for specific programs, I

Letters

We’re better off with religion being separate from government

To the Editor:

It wasn't that long ago that the majority burned people at the stake for believing the Earth is not the center of the universe.

Letters

Student mayoral candidate says he’ll represent all the people

To the Editor:

My name is Andrew Looker, and I wish to be the next mayor of Athens. I am a student here at Ohio University and currently work at the local Walmart. For the time that I have lived here, I have come to love the city of Athens so much that I want to improve it.

Letters

Letter writer had a mighty and absurd struggle with race issue

To the Editor: I will now attempt to discuss race relations in the United States in less than 600 words, a fool's gambit. But I want to follow Tracey Maine-Clark's diatribe against non-white people with some letter-to-the-editor fodder of my own.

Letters

Democracy doesn't count for much in Athens County

To the Editor: Since when in this country do we let the minority dictate to the majority what is offensive and lawful. 

Readers Forum

How marching band taught me to love football

By Jan Spring

The longest marching band season in the history of Athens High School has just come to an end with the OHSAA Division III football game against Toledo Central Catholic. Where the football team plays, the band follows.

Readers Forum

Our leaders should aid growth of wind energy

By Nate Lotze

Though our mild summer and relatively cold fall may make it hard for Ohioans to believe, 2014 is on pace to be the hottest year on record for the planet, according a recent U.N. analysis.

Readers Forum

Radford Road fatality draws attention to government failings

By David Pritchard

The Athens NEWS articles last month concerning the death of a Radford Road, Athens, resident while picking up his mail Nov. 21 points out a failure of our government agencies at all levels.

Readers Forum

Thanks owed to those who work & volunteer in hospice

By Hannah Ticoras

As I prepared to write about my experiences as a hospice volunteer for an Athens NEWS Reader's Forum, I was boarding a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Readers Forum

West Union fire underlines importance of fire safety

By Lt. Dan Riley

As many are aware, a fire broke out and spread through many buildings on Athens' West Union Street early in the morning of Nov. 16. The fire spread rapidly through the businesses and apartments, leaving a lot of damage behind, and students without homes and belongings.

Readers Forum

Uncle Sam lit fuse on current ‘problem’ of child immigrants

By Tom Walker

Big countries can be very destructive. The U.S. is no exception. The nightmarish mess in the Middle East today is largely a product of our behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we don't have to look that far afield to see the cruel impact of U.S. interference.

Readers Forum

Help DD Board continue to provide necessary services

By Autumn Brown

You walk into a local grocery store. You notice that your bagger has a disability. He works diligently and after neatly sorting, he hands you a bag with a smile and a glow of pride telling you, "Have a nice day."

Readers Forum

Please vote for the Renewal Levy for the seniors Meals on Wheels

By Robert Sowers

The upcoming Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels renewal levy is such a significant event I felt the real-estate taxpayers of Athens County should know exactly what they are paying for.

Readers Forum

Hocking president says he was forced out over racial issue

Self-titled: 'In His Own Words...'

By Dr. Ron Erickson, Ph.D.

I write this letter to share my personal experiences during the recent events that have unfolded at Hocking College. It is offered with the hope that the campus and community will have a more comprehensive understanding from which to draw their own conclusions.

Readers Forum

OU Parking Service offering tuition-free degree in B.S.

Never let it be said with a straight face that Ohio University doesn't bring a great deal to the tables of Athens city and county.

Wearing Thin

Thoughtful holiday shopping can start right here in Athens

by Terry Smith

Wow, that was a dumb question. Our "On Court Street" feature on Monday asked five students where they intend to shop for Christmas presents.

Wearing Thin

Deep thoughts on four entirely unrelated things

by Terry Smith

It's the holiday season, and I've been scatterbrained lately. Not sure if there's any connection between the two, but it does give me an excuse to write a scattershot column.

Wearing Thin

Story of music professor’s death drew massive response

by Terry Smith

In this modern era of fast-moving Internet news, web administrators can gauge reader interest by looking at page views.

Wearing Thin

Forget the ‘blood bucket’; students should vote locally

Ohio University's Student Senate boosted its relevance by a quantum leap earlier this semester just by doing something, anything, that generated ample local and outside interest.

Wearing Thin

If there really were a ‘war on coal,’ I’d say 'sign me up'

by Terry Smith

What I wouldn't give to never again hear the obnoxious and insidious term "war on coal." It's been all over regional TV during the campaign season that ended Tuesday with the General Election.

Wearing Thin

Hocking should appoint panel to examine racism charge

by Terry Smith

It's difficult to know where to start with regard to the recent troubles (OK, Troubles deserves a capital "T") at Hocking College. The ugly, convoluted situation has become a caricature

Wearing Thin

Our endorsement process remains the same... for now

by Terry Smith

The first thing I thought about after learning that The Athens NEWS had been sold to Adams Publishing Group (APG) Media of Ohio was how does the sale affect our endorsement schedule for the 2014 General Election?

Wearing Thin

Student Senate prez had the right, but was she right?

by Terry Smith

Here's a hodge-podge of "Wearing Thin" observations about Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec's "Blood Bucket Challenge," though not all of them congeal into a coherent whole.

Wearing Thin

A 9-year-old with an Uzi – what could go wrong?

by Terry Smith

Stupid, spectacularly so. That's the only conclusion any sane person can have about the Aug. 25 accidental shooting death of a firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl he was showing how to shoot an Uzi submachine gun.

Wearing Thin

Back to college: It doesn’t get any better than this

by Terry Smith

It's been 41 years since I came to Athens as a freshman, and I still remember the jubilant excitement of plopping down in this glorious college town.

 
 
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