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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.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-28-14

False equivalency, Sheriff Kelly, drug rings, East State Street, diamond-shaped intersections, the community center, donation and stupid democrats. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-24-14

One-way traffic. Radford Road. Barking dogs. Heroin. Roundabouts, diamonds-shaped interchanges, criss-cross applesauce, jump, might as well jump, broken thumbs and police officers, and health insurance. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-21-14

Those shelter dogs have some great friends. Anti-smoker propaganda. What's Athens County have to do with the price of bread, or Meigs County, for that matter? Sheriff Kelly. Barking Dogs. Ukrainian blowback. "All or nothing," ?!? And more barking dogs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-17-14

How's about somebody publish bike guidelines, who could do a thing like that? Pedestrian safety at Clippinger, animals on ramps, who's planning to be the Pawpaw queen, time to chill, the problem with science, or something, scientific consensus, and a whole lot of absurdity. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-14-2014

Ohio Rt. 682, what's the harm of growin' that dodie in Chauncey, telling taxpayers what to do, what to eat and how to feel, those downtrodden rental apartments, ciggy butts in the drive through, landscaping, the Taco Bell waiting line and McDonald's, this is your voice, Athens cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-10-14

Talk about endless barking, you people won't stop barking about barking. What do I mean, "you people"? I mean you people who keep barking about barking, natch. ANYwhoozle, Bobcat Lane, nobody seems happy in Athens, the Middle East, dogs, dogs and more barking dogs and back to Bobcat Lane. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-7-14

Why we celebrate our independence, and when. You objectify me, I objectify you, we objectify each other, all the day through. Ammunition ammo. Fire trucks and Bobcat Lance. Why is Pat Kelly getting paid? Barking dogs, again, of course. OUPD. And something about taxes and bridges, or something. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 7-3-14

Barking dogs seems to be just about the only thing on the minds of ye fair Athenians this issue. A dog bark here, a dog bark there. You got your hoosker-do's and your hoosker-don't's. A little yapper and a big ol' grumbler. I don't know what the H I'm talking about any more. Barking dogs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 6-30-14

Bark like a dog for me. Bark like a dog! Athens County Democrats, it's been a long time. George W. Bush's crappy paintings. Being agnostic. Cruising parking lots, cruising together. Dogs bark, it's normal. East side, watch out! You've got a bark narc. Public farting. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

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.

Commentary

The return of the Caliphate, from ISIS to the ‘Islamic State’

by Gwynne Dyer

"Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day," said Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, announcing the rebirth of the Caliphate in the broad territory between Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq.

Commentary

Border children don’t speak English but they know hate

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas.

Commentary

Nomads of the digital age

By Amy Goodman

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions. Governments, militaries, corporations, banks: They all stand to lose the control they exert over society when information they suppress runs free. 

Commentary

Almedalen: A Swedish export the U.S. should emulate

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

VISBY, Sweden - Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen (pronounced ALL-meh-DAH-len).

Commentary

The Egyptian counter-revolution will not be televised

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as "farcical." Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were charged with fabricating news footage, and thus supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted from power in a military coup a year ago and labeled a terrorist organization.

Commentary

Today it’s a summer job; tomorrow it’s a reference

By Alan J. McMillan

We are in the midst of summer. A lot of students are working. Many are in jobs that are not internships in their potential future field. Plain and simple, millions are working to sock away some money.

Commentary

Heed the voices for peace amid the tragedy of Iraq

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

It didn't take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.

Commentary

Children on the run: The deepening immigration crisis

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn't know where to keep them.

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

It’s a mystery why Rep. Johnson voted no on reducing prez power

To the Editor:

Last Friday, our elected representative to the U.S. House, Bill Johnson, voted against a bill to recover his own authority to deploy troops in Iraq. Since 2001, the authority to deploy troops has been invested in the president by the law enacted at that time.

Letters

The reignited Israeli-Palestine conflict brings to mind some passages from a certain book’s ‘revelations’

To the Editor:

I am circumcised, so you could say I have skin in this issue and don't need to be called anti-Semite. President Obama had his once a year Ramadan dinner with Muslims, and had the audacity to invite the Israeli Ambassador to give a speech to the dinner guests who were mostly all Muslim. The speech's main theme: "Israel has the right to defend itself."

Letters

Hate McDavis campaign? Never heard of it.

To the Editor:

In a recent letter to The Athens News published July 21, 2014, from Dr. Francine Childs, professor emerita of African-American Studies at Ohio University, I was surprised to read of a long-running "Hate Roderick McDavis" campaign.

Letters

McDavis continues to shine even during HateMcDavis campaign

To the Editor:

There has been a "Hate Roderick McDavis" campaign since the Ohio University president's arrival on campus in 2004. Since my arrival 40 years ago, I have never seen such a negative campaign waged against an Ohio University president.

Letters

Headline for Humans v. Zombies story glibly mentioned Ukraine

To the Editor:

The headline on the July 14 cover story about Humans vs. Zombies last weekend that referenced the Eastern Ukraine conflict was in poor taste.

Letters

Consider a plan that would impose a fee on CO2 emissions

To the Editor:

I sympathize with advocates in your community's efforts to have the federal EPA take over oil and gas regulatory primacy from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (The NEWS, July 9).

Letters

Powell’s arguments would appear to work against his case

To the Editor:

I see at last what Dennis Powell is saying about climate change (Mudsock Heights, The NEWS, July 14).

Letters

Congratulations to the OU Heritage College

On July 9, 2014, I had the privilege of meeting the inaugural medical school class at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin. I look forward to meeting the remainder of the "Class of 2018" at the Heritage College White Coat ceremony later this month on the Ohio University campus in Athens

Letters

Good local police need to know we appreciate their work

I have always admired and respected those police officers from all agencies who risk their own safety and put their lives on the line for us everyday. There is no higher calling than to serve, protect and sometimes sacrifice yourself for your fellow man. These are the officers we look up to and depend on to look out for us.

Letters

Frequent letter writer identified incorrectly in letter headline

EDITING ERROR: The original title given to Mr. Coffey's letter, ("Letter From Local Atheist Was Insulting and Just Plain Wrong," July 10, 2014) incorrectly represents me, Eliot Kalman, as being an atheist.

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.

Readers Forum

Our nation and the making of the failed state in Iraq

Good examples and cruel tactics transferred from Cold War Central America

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.

Readers Forum

Understanding the new crisis going on in Iraq

By Peggy Gish

Yes, I am deeply concerned about the expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) take over in Iraq. After living and working in Iraq with a peace team before, during and since the 2003 U.S. invasion, I am sad for the increased suffering the Iraqi people will have to endure.

Readers Forum

Think public school teachers have it made? Think again

Several years ago I wrote this article for The Athens NEWS, and since we seem to have a whole new generation of people who just don't seem to get this concept, I thought I should update it and submit it again for their benefit.

Readers Forum

Athens County ‘ban fracking’ activists back to old tricks

By Shawn Bennett

If there is one place in Ohio where the spirit of the 1960s is still alive, it is Athens County. While the rest of the United States has moved on from that period of time, there are still those in Athens who believe doing things like chaining yourself to fences is a perfectly sane action to take when things don't go your way.

Readers Forum

Ohio needs to support feds on carbon rules

By Brennan Howell

On June 2 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an historic move in the release of their draft carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.

Readers Forum

OU prof recalls shooting down ‘Zero’ during WW II

70th Anniversary of D-Day Friday

By Tom Walker

I grew up in Wellesley, Mass., beginning seven decades ago. There, as a young boy during the Second World War, I witnessed an event that apparently has haunted my subconscious mind ever since: The fatal crash of a fighter plane in which British pilots had been training.

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.

Wearing Thin

‘Right-to-work’ is actually just a right to freeload

by Terry Smith

As we reported last week, one issue that's likely to be aired in the Ohio House race between state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, and Republican Yolan Dennis, of rural Washington County, is right-to-work legislation.

Wearing Thin

Ohio poised to slide into the dark on its energy policy

by Terry Smith

The state of Ohio is poised this week to continue its willful slide into backward, reactionary energy policy, with a state Senate Committee expected to approve an amended Senate Bill 310.

Wearing Thin

First the cassettes go over the side, then the LPs, CDs?

by Terry Smith

The other day, I finally threw out my beloved collection of music cassettes. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, and makes me wonder what other music and keepsakes I can jettison from my life without much stress or angst.

 
 
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