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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-2-14

Hey everybody, let's just all call each other stupid. That always gets a good, healthy dialogue going. McDavis Hurrah! It's the Dawn of The Deputy. Trustees and believe. Neanderthals making a comeback in Athens county. I militarized the sheriff, but I didn't militarize the deputy. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-28-14

Properganderizing. No ticky, no laundry. Taking all that dodie off the mean streets. Who needs the Clean and Safe Halloween Committee? My dog's depression. The issues keeping you up at night. Success Street. Remain calm, all is well. Banana Republic. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-25-14

She's got everything she needs, she an artist, she don't look bad. Roundy boundy, hippity hoppity. I got the fever, and the only prescription, is another roundabout. Save the date, for Halloween. Diarrhea of the brain. Tea Party Ohio. Dog parks. Fraking, party of none. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-21-14

Break dancing down the street, occasionally. Stupid Democrats. The politicization of county offices. Computers. Halloween. Sports. Pot. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-18-14

Non-student shopping, whatever that means. Take me to the river. Drop me in the water. A big you're welcome, we were happy to do it! Unfriending your friends. Thompson's job. One locally-elected Republican. Desperation. The other foot, and the other shoe. When shall it drop? This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-14-14

A bounty to remember. Hey purse snatcher, you, uh, you sound like a pretty terrible person. The courthouse clock was struck by lightening during an electrical storm Nov. 12, 1955, the night of the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance. Push a poll. Coyote ugly. Street conditions. Sorry I'm not home right now, I'm walking into spiderwebs. You say you want a revolution? Well, we all want to change the world.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-11-14

Dog days of summer. Construction problems, the fair, yippee. Dirt on the hillside. The non-apology apology. That statue is getting 'spensive. More barking dogs. Bigotry. Nice digs. A little bit of Israel/Palestine. And those whiny whiners in the Athens Voice. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-7-14

A trip to Detroit, rock city. Enough with all the burning and poisoning of that cush cush. Blackburn's big britches. Ammo giving ammunition. Potholes on Cable Lane. Fair charges, in more ways than one. I'm angry, but I'm not sure why. Call it a Call Center. Running up the score in the race for GUV. Unemployment. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-4-14

Cats suck, mmmkay? Somebody has Lady Justice bound and chained. That ugly ol' armory. Doggie woggie poochie woochie. The locker rooms at the community center. Diamond-shaped intersections. The Great War. Taking a trip to Detroit. Sustainable is as sustainable does. Whatever happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer? This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-31-14

Hurray for the attendant at the Recycling Center! A grandstanding county prosecutor? Just say No to Hazing. No stinkin' apologies necessary. It's just about time for the Athens County Fair, and funnel cake! Why-oh-why-oh-why-oh, did I ever leave Ohio? That's a 'spensive roof! Barking dogs, ugh, again. This never dies. Rejoice! Just, y'know, because. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Commentary

The guns of August bring grim historical perspective

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration.

Commentary

Ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson. Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight.

Commentary

Branding, networking and syllabus day

By Alex J. McMillan

OK, first day of class and it's time to review the syllabus. A quick lesson:

• Your personal network can change your life/career.

• Building your network is intentional and you have more "networking events" than you recognize.

Commentary

James Risen, surveillance & Obama’s threat to journalism

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The Obama administration's espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

Commentary

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 years later after the bombs

Breaking the Sound Barrier

"I hate war," Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Commentary

Financially literate? Compare yourself to these stats

By Alan J. McMillan

Professionals from colleges all over America dedicated to building financial literacy among students on their campuses gathered at Ohio State University last week. The National Summit on Financial Wellness, organized by Ohio State University and Indiana University, was a huge success, if not ground-breaking.

Commentary

Ebola virus: The depressing economics of infection

by Gwynne Dyer

Ebola is a truly frightening disease, with a fatality rate as high as 95 percent (although the death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa is only 55-60 percent). At the moment, it is largely confined to a heavily forested inland area where the borders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea meet, though cases have already appeared in the capital cities of all three countries.

Commentary

A venerable Jewish voice for peace speaks out

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

Commentary

Overcoming the media blockade in the Gaza strip

By Amy Goodman

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago.

Commentary

The origins of war

by Gwynne Dyer

The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them seemed to have died in battle.

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

We recommend Todd Grace to replace respected judge

Athens County voters are fortunate in having their choice of three experienced local lawyers in the primary election for Athens County Common Pleas Court judge on May 6. We have looked carefully at the credentials, experience and demeanor of the three candidates, and feel that Todd Grace is the best choice.

Endorsements

We hope Trimble can get OK for improvement levy

We hope voters in the Trimble Local School District look kindly on the five-mill permanent improvement levy that will appear on the Tuesday, May 6, election ballot. The levy is for a five-year period.

Endorsements

Vote yes on Athens City School District's income tax renewal

Residents of school district will be voting

The Athens NEWS strongly supports Issue 2 on the ballot in the Athens City School District. This is a simple renewal of an already existing earned income tax, and won't increase taxes.

Endorsements

Yes to electric aggregation

We strongly support Issue 2 on the Athens County ballot and Issue 3 on the Athens city ballot. The measures, in each case, would authorize the local officials to negotiate an aggregation contract for residents and small commercial customers to purchase electricity.

Endorsements

McSteen, Bart and Cochran for at-large City Council

In the May 7 Democratic primary election for three Athens City Council at-large seats, we recommend the election of three challengers, Michael McSteen, Michael Bart and Jennifer Cochran. All three will bring thoughtful and fresh perspectives to City Council.

Endorsements

Endorsement Wrap-up 2012

Here's a rundown of all of our endorsements in the Nov. 6 General Election. The original, full versions of these endorsements can be found at www.athensnews.com. Pull down the "Editorial" menu to find "Endorsements."

Endorsements

Elect three Democrats to GOP-lopsided Supreme Court

In the three races for the Ohio Supreme Court, we urge Athens County voters to lend support to the three Democrats running for election on the overwhelmingly Republican court.

Endorsements

Hoover will provide energy, experience as appeals judge

We support the election of Marie Hoover, a Portsmouth Democrat, to the Fourth District Court of Appeals. This district includes Athens and 13 other southeast Ohio counties.

Endorsements

Issue 1 is unnecessary; vote no

For the Ohio ballot issue that hardly anyone knows anything about, State Issue 1, we urge a no vote. It's probably enough reason to reject something as important as this if you're unsure of its meaning or consequence. But in this case, there are good reasons to say no.

Endorsements

Chmiel has the edge in county commissioner race

The Athens NEWS supports Democrat Chris Chmiel in his campaign for Athens County commissioner. The seat is now held by Mark Sullivan, whom Chmiel defeated in the Democratic primary in March.

Letters

Homegrown ISIS traitors don’t deserve to be called Americans

To the Editor:

I for one resent the fact that the media keeps referring to and repeating the phrase "Americans killed fighting for ISIS." These are not Americans. They are Americans once removed. They are traitors. They are the lowest form of scum on the earth.

Letters

Person who returned cane helps retain hope in the world

To the Editor:

This is a "Thank-You" note to an unknown thoughtful and kind Athens area person for turning in my "stability waking cane" to the Walmart Customer Service department on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Letters

Teacher proud of former student now running for school board

To the Editor:

In my eight years as a high school teacher, I have had the opportunity to teach many talented students. Thanks to social media, I am lucky enough to see what happens to some of my students after they leave high school - their college graduations, travels, careers, weddings, and even kids.

Letters

Library levy a small price to pay for continuing great service

To the Editor:


This November, for the first time ever, the Athens County Library system is running a ballot levy. Many people don't realize that our library system - including Albany (Wells), Athens, Chauncey, Coolville, Glouster, Nelsonville and The Plains - is 100 percent state funded, and that over the past five years, the state has cut library funding by 23 percent.

Letters

Food Cupboard struggles as advocate for the hungry passes

To the Editor:

The Nelsonville community lost a gentle though mighty spirit this past week: history teacher, principal and minister to the hungry Mr. Robert Sheskey.

Letters

Liking the newer and nicer look of the Convocation Center

To the Editor:

I'm loving the cleaned up, spruced-up look of the Convocation Center. Thanks!

Letters

FitzGerald better than Kasich when it comes to key issues

To the Editor:

While the coming election in November is many weeks away, now is the time to examine critical issues, including the war that has been waged by our governor against the public education system.

Letters

If you take energy aggregation, you lose consumer protections

To the Editor:

In response to Mr. Wilkens' letter in Thursday's edition, I just want to point out that if he paid attention to the last line of my letter, I'm not really concerned with aggregation. I was merely criticizing my electrical provider.

Letters

Trip to Ferguson an eye opener for local African-American teen

To the Editor:

On Aug. 19, my parents and I drove to Ferguson, Missouri, to join the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown the previous week. Brown was only two years older than I am, and he got shot for no apparent reason.

Letters

Electric aggregation will lower your monthly energy bills

To the Editor:

Community Choice Aggregation is a tool that allows communities to pool their buying power to save money and control their energy destiny. It is the primary mechanism that communities have to deal with the deregulation of the electric industry.

Readers Forum

New Athenian recounts her top 10 favorite Athens things

This is a list of my 10 favorite things about Athens after living here for one year. It's just a way to share some known and not-as-well known treasures about Athens with others who are recent arrivals.

Readers Forum

ALS Ice Bucket Miracle is not a new phenomenon

By Bernhard Debatin

We now know that the bucket challenge worked amazingly well and that it has done phenomenal things for an orphan disease like ALS: $23 million in three weeks for a charity that usually needs four months to collect the same amount.

Readers Forum

Citizens likely did have impact on USFS fracking decision

By Bob Sheak

David DeWitt's article, "Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne anyway," may leave the reader with a false impression.

Readers Forum

Local activist reports from Yazidi refugee camps in Iraq

By Peggy Faw Gish

The cry for help from minority ethnic groups in northern Iraq, threatened by the militant forces calling themselves the "Islamic State" (IS), is being heard by people and governments around the world.

Readers Forum

An egg-bound democracy? Reflections of a gentleman farmer

By Tom Walker

Retired from over four decades as an OU political scientist, I now have the opportunity to spend time talking with and learning from the sheep and chickens on our little Rt. 13 farm.

Readers Forum

Reflections on Hiroshima, Sadako, Origami cranes, Article 9

By Charles Overby

Here at the 69th anniversary of the 1945 nuclear bombings of Hiroshima [Aug. 6] and Nagasaki [Aug. 9] I feel moved to briefly reflect on four items – [1] these bombings, [2] Sadako, [3] Origami paper cranes, and [4] Article 9 – hopefully in a somewhat connected way.

Readers Forum

The eyes have it

By Michael Barr

The Supreme Court's 5-4 tortured decision in the Hobby Lobby case concerning contraception could be considered the Lawyers Full Employment Act of 2014.

Readers Forum

Athens aggregation can lead state on clean energy

By Gary "Spruce" Houser

A global threat with the power to break down our civilization should be causing all people to join hands in common cause.

Readers Forum

Let's join forces and make next year's Fab 4th the best ever

By Clyde Baker

I applaud the interest and concern expressed in last Thursday's edition of The Athens NEWS and agree wholeheartedly with the ideas about expanding and improving the Athens Fabulous 4th parade.

Readers Forum

Our nation and the making of a failed state in Iraq

By Tom Walker

It annoys but does not surprise me that our national media are placing most of the blame for the current implosion of Iraq on Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki. The U.S. - always the good guy - is portrayed as trying frantically to get Al Maliki to behave - to create an ethnically inclusive government.

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.

Wearing Thin

Don’t make me apologize for mourning Robin Williams

The death of comedian and actor Robin Williams Monday to an apparent suicide hit me hard, and judging from the heavy response on Facebook, I wasn't the only one.

Wearing Thin

If pot laws are like speeding laws, I’m Timothy Leary

by Terry Smith

My colleague, Dennis Powell, author of the weekly column, "The View From Mudsock Heights," agree on a lot of things, including a shared outlook on what's amusing in life.

Wearing Thin

Am I outraged about the planned East State interchange? Not so much

by Terry Smith

When it comes to matters involving streets and traffic, everybody seems to be an expert. Not just an expert, but the sort of snooty, dismissive know-it-all who ridicules and dismisses anyone else who might have a differing opinion, even if that person actually is an expert.

Wearing Thin

Famous writer-professor, now passed away, taught me well

by Terry Smith

It doesn't seem that long ago. An eager would-be literary lion (and OU Bobcat at the time), I was granted permission to take English professor Daniel Keyes' exclusive senior-level creative-writing course. When I took the course at Ohio University in 1977, Keyes, who passed away June 15 at the age of 86, was an established and renowned author.

Wearing Thin

OU once played an active role in serving student beer drinkers

by Terry Smith

Ohio Brew Week is here again, and that means your humble editor's annual column that has some tenuous connection to beer. I'm very glad that Athens doesn't host an annual Ohio Scissors Week, Candle Week, Shoe Week or Toilet Week. Those columns would be very difficult to write.

Wearing Thin

Why shouldn’t city muzzle obnoxious barking dogs?

by Terry Smith

"This is bulls---, dogs bark; it's normal. They're supposed to, so what are we supposed to do, have their voice box removed? Jesus. Dogs bark. Annoying neighbors need to just get over it."

The above is an online comment in reaction to our story last Thursday about Athens City Council considering levying fines against owners of excessively barking dogs.

Wearing Thin

How did your dad help make you the person you became?

Fathers Day 2014

by Terry Smith

Father's Day is always a good opportunity to reflect back on your relationship with your dad, provided you had one who was around as you were growing up. For me, it's also a chance to try to underst

Wearing Thin

No more ‘green stuff’ for Ohio

by Terry Smith

We heard a lot of high-sounding rhetoric coming from the Ohio General Assembly and Governor's Office last week after Senate Bill 310 – the aggressive rollback of the state's "green energy" program – was approved in the Ohio House on a near straight party-line vote (53-38).

Wearing Thin

Democracy appears powerless to stop energy slide

by Terry Smith

There's a scene in the classic John Hughes comedy film, "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," where our heroes (played by John Candy and Steve Martin) are careening down a divided highway headed in the wrong direction.

 
 
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