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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-2-15

March days return with their covert light, and huge fish swim through the sky, vague earthly vapours progress in secret, things slip to silence one by one. Through fortuity, at this crisis of errant skies, you reunite the lives of the sea to that of fire, grey lurchings of the ship of winter to the form that love carved in the guitar.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-26-15

Bravo, road departments, bravo. Kelly's downfall. Number fest. Looking like idiots. Shoveling the walk. The late Mary Morgan. U.S. Government products. Don't forget your booties 'cause it's cold out there today. Reasonable sentencing. Big fish and little seas. A waste of crayons. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-23-15

Timely and effective snow and ice removal. Enforce This! Uphold and respect the law. Bye bye Harlan. Pulling in a salary while suspended. Make up your minds, Children Services. Tomcat basketball. No more climate. No way, no how! This is your voice, Athens, and Pericles shudders.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-19-15

Why and how cults exist. Keeping bricks clean in winter. Lynchings in Athens. Watch the heating bills soar. Rock bucket challenge. Cannibalism is so hot right now. Hate to say it, but not really. Fine job done. More on cults. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice – 2-16-15

Boy, it's sure cold outside. So much for that whole global warming theory. Before your heads explode, that's a joke, a real knee-slapper. Wouldn't it be funny if the guy who keeps writing that in "The Voice" is just kidding around?

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-12-15

I lie down in the shadow. No longer the light of my dream before me, Above me. Only the thick wall. Only the shadow. My hands! My dark hands! Break through the wall! Find my dream! Help me to shatter this darkness, To smash this night, To break this shadow, Into a thousand lights of sun, Into a thousand whirling dreams, Of sun!

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-9-15

I am the Poem of the Earth, said the Voice of the Rain. Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea, Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form'd, altogether changed, and yet the same, I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe, And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn; And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin, and make pure and beautify it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-5-15

Living under the law of an Abrahamic god. Chipotle. Little known past of South Court Street, at least to some. Buffer Zones not associated with DP Dough. Pertinent experience. Fluff. Baffled by City Council. Entitlement. Climate change denier deniers. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 2-2-15

The Church Directory. Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? The embarrassment angle, the MLK Day angle, the Islamic terrorist angle. Weather v. climate. Enviro extremists. Agnosticism, the Lord's name in vain. Sheriff Kelly's mistakes. Gag me. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-29-15

Somebody's been convinced America was founded as a theocracy, which couldn't be further from the truth. Another person doesn't like Sandy Plunkett's cartoon analogies. Another person is happy not to have to install solar panels. Another is skeptical about the Pat Kelly Trial, while another thinks it's cold outside. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Commentary

TV meteorologists, say it loud & clear: Climate change is here

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

President Barack Obama issued the third veto in his more than six years in office, rejecting S.1 (Senate Bill One), the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act."

Commentary

From demos to Podemos, popular uprisings in Greece & Spain

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

In ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, power derived from "demos," the people. Well, the people of contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years, and have voted to put an end to it.

Commentary

The flame of intolerance still flickers in Alabama

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Last week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that declared unconstitutional Alabama's ban on gay marriage.

Commentary

Civil rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House. President Woodrow Wilson sat down to watch D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation."

Commentary

Peak everything is coming

by Gwynne Dyer

Peak oil is so last year. Now we can worry about peak everything: peak food, peak soil, peak fertilizer, even peak bees.

Commentary

State of the Union: Let’s imagine something different

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Imagine if we did something different." Those were just seven words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

Commentary

With the tragic attack in Paris, what about the other Charlies?

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Last week marked the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet.

Commentary

My friend Ashley taught me well how to live with joy

by David DeWitt

As I get older, more and more often I recall Kurt Vonnegut's instruction to notice when we are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

Commentary

Climate deniers, like big tobacco, thrive behind a smoke-screen

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, "Smoking and Health." The report concluded, "Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action."

Commentary

Mark Udall can make history by releasing torture report

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week.

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

Contrary to anti-oil/gas column, democracy is prevailing in Ohio

To the Editor:

First, I would like to point out that this opinion piece ("Wearing Thin," Feb. 26) was so over the top anti-development in Ohio that it was almost laughable. If readers accept this premise, they must approve of principles that support anti-democracy, anti-free market capitalism, anti-jobs, anti-increases in tax revenues, and anti-development in general.

Letters

Historic Bingham House not being properly cared for

To the Editor:

I'm writing this letter to voice my concern about how our historic Bingham House on Richland Avenue is being maintained.

Letters

Citizens raise concerns about racism allegations at college

To the Editor:


As Black History Month comes to a close, there seems to be a continued attempt by the Board of Trustees and administration of Hocking College to sweep a serious charge of discrimination under the rug.

Letters

New federal vets secretary fits firmly in a dubious tradition

To the Editor:

• 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975).

Letters

Retired judge a credit to justice system and his community

To the Editor:

It is not uncommon to say, when one loses the contributions, talents, experience, and presence of an outstanding individual, something is, indeed, lost. That's the case with the retirement of long-time Athens County Common Pleas Judge L. Alan Goldsberry. Collectively, we say that we have lost something of great value.

Letters

State continues to ignore high court rulings on school funding

To the Editor:

It seems every time there is an election there is a new or renewing school levy on the ballot. Being a member of a local school board, believe me, we do not enjoy having to place levies on the ballot, but the state has left us no choice if our local schools are to continue.

Letters

OU should change priorities regarding historic buildings

To the Editor:

The January 22, 2015 article in the Athens Messenger regarding the possible "razing" of the President Street Academic Center (PSAC) is still sticking in my crawl. To even consider tearing this historic building down shows the lack of vision on the university administration's part. The 38,800 square foot building is centrally located on campus and has a striking architectural design.

Letters

Clarification necessary when it comes to minors and intercourse

To the Editor:

In my 11 years of practice in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Athens Medical Associates Ob/Gyn, I have come to understand that many patients, parents and others are confused about what constitutes lawful vs. unlawful sexual activity for minors.

Letters

Ditto on letter suggesting ways to make Radford Road safer

To the Editor:

I very much appreciate Randy Mace's thoughtful consideration and ideas that could help save lives on Radford Road. I too have lived on Radford Road for more than 40 years. I live in the speed-up area and often have seen a car pass another near the intersection of Ervin, Baker and Radford.

Letters

Be careful with words when reporting education sex abuse

To the Editor:

I am writing with concern regarding the tone of the coverage by The Athens NEWS on the arrest of Isaac J. Thomas on four counts of sexual battery. As vice-president of SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation), my concern is over the language used in the headline of the story on Jan. 27, 2015: "Athens High Teacher Arrested for Alleged Affair With Student."

Readers Forum

Cops and the mentally ill – problems and solution

By Tom Walker

I should preface what I am about to say by stressing that I am not a cop-hater. To the contrary, I am proud of my late father, a forensic scientist/Massachusetts State Police captain.

Readers Forum

Child Advocacy Center responds to recent teacher incident

Recent events and media attention surrounding the prosecution of an area high-school teacher for sexually abusing a student have prompted a response from the staff at the Athens County Child Advocacy Center.

Readers Forum

SOPEC puts forth bold energy plan for Athens County

By Brennan Howell

If you're looking for a bold plan to address the biggest energy problems facing people today, the place to look is not in Columbus, Ohio, or Washington, D.C., but in Athens County, Ohio. Several southeast Ohio governments, officially organized as the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council or SOPEC, have joined together and created a plan that will lower electricity prices, create jobs and produce more renewable energy.

Readers Forum

Athens rec official explains planned city pool project

By Andrew Chiki

I normally am not inclined to respond to comments on websites but I would like to take a moment to address some questions and concerns voiced in a recent online comment on www.athensnews.com.

Readers Forum

ACFAN: 198 of 199 public comments on K&H3 oppose the project

By Athens Co. Fracking Action Network

A public comment period for a new Athens County injection well came and went while OU students were on break and many community members were away on holiday, according to a news release from the Athens County Fracking Action Network.

Readers Forum

Wimpy U.S. media didn’t get Charlie Hebdo’s mission

By Lyrr Descy

The Athens NEWS is one of many American media outlets that fail their audiences and the memory of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists by not publishing their work. Its timidity, masquerading as decorum and statesmanlike prudence, perpetuates the meme that the cartoonists were doing little more than lampooning Islam just to be provocative, and were sometimes "blatantly racist."

Readers Forum

Local agency plans to continue advocating for the poor

By Arian Smedley

With 2014 behind us, it's time we look ahead to what 2015 has in store for Ohio's poor. Based on what our elected officials and opinion-makers are saying, this year is bound to be an interesting one.

Readers Forum

Coverage of local rape case reveals victim-blaming culture

By Sarah Fick

I am writing in response to the comments made by Athens attorney Susan Gwinn reported in an article by David DeWitt and printed on page 8 of your Dec. 11 edition, titled "Details Emerge in Rape Case."

Readers Forum

U.S. & Cuba: Ruminations of a grumpy old Latin Americanist

By Tom Walker

Forgive me, but over a half century of visiting, researching, teaching and writing about Latin America has given me a different take on Cuban-U.S relations than one might garner from U.S. Government spokespersons and our "patriotic" national media.

Readers Forum

State must say no to another injection well in Athens County

By Loraine McKosker

It seems that Athens County has received a holiday gift that will continue to keep giving… Another injection well permit has been submitted to Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Oil and Gas Division by a Parkersburg, West Virginia company called K&H Partners LLC.

Wearing Thin

GOP legislators, justices sleeping with oily interests

by Terry Smith

The citizens of the great state of Ohio are drowning in oil, and not in a good way. If anyone had any doubt that the oil and gas industry is the tail wagging the Ohio government dog, it should be put to rest by the state Supreme Court's outrageous decision in the Morrison (Munroe Falls) vs Beck Energy Corp. case on Feb. l7.

Wearing Thin

Sheriff's downfall no big surprise

by Terry Smith

I'm not one to celebrate the fall of anyone, including someone for whom I don't hold much respect. So upon viewing those photos of our former sheriff, Pat Kelly, being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, defeated to the core, I felt no wave of euphoria. No intoxicating buzz of satisfaction.

Wearing Thin

Chipotle margaritas won’t make a big splash uptown

by Terry Smith

It just doesn't wash - the idea that allowing customers at an uptown Athens Mexican restaurant to drink alcohol will result in more drunken behavior and police calls in that part of South Court Street.

Wearing Thin

Marijuana proposal could leave Dispatch, others in the dust

by Terry Smith

Reading an editorial in the Columbus Dispatch Sunday, I got an eerie feeling of déja vu. The piece was an alarmist and school-marmish critique of a newly proposed ballot issue to legalize marijuana sale, production and use in Ohio, both medically and recreationally.

Wearing Thin

In filing appeal, ODNR suggests safety’s not a concern

by Terry Smith

A drama playing out in a small Northeast Ohio city - featuring one state agency squaring off against another - could have consequences for communities across Ohio that want the ability to limit deep-shale drilling within their borders.

Wearing Thin

One can mourn Charlie Hebdo without embracing it

by Terry Smith

In the aftermath of the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris Wednesday, I had an old acquaintance wonder why The Athens NEWS didn't follow the path of many European publications and run some Charlie Hebdo political cartoons in memoriam and solidarity.

Wearing Thin

With no local fracking, why is it still big local news?

by Terry Smith

Here we are three-plus years after the first big fracking scare swept Athens County in the fall of 2011, and no horizontal hydraulic fracturing for gas or oil has occurred here.

Wearing Thin

Top 10 wishes for 2015, some serious, some not so much

by Terry Smith

Here are 10 things I'm hoping for in 2015. I'm leaving out the obvious things (world peace, eternal wealth, immortality, Cleveland pro sports championship, a great new season of "True Detective"…).

Wearing Thin

Merry Christmas to you, and have a happy ‘Wearing Thin’

by Terry Smith

It's the holidays, and if I don't get these rancid opinions out of my system, I'll be eating Tums on Christmas morning.

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.

 
 
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