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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!

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-10-14

Glad Thompson won, is someone. Out of touch with the Athens County electorate, you are. In a tizzy about Israel-Palestine, the progressive activists in OU Student Senate have been. Trying to find a parking space and seeing Sheriff's Office deputies parked along Washington Street, someone did. Print only opinions you agree with, you do. This is your Yoda voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-5-14

Chevys and levies. The Farmers Market. The Athens NEWS' recommendations suck! The Athens NEWS loves taxes, or something. Kudos. Student Senate hath no mandate. Stop making peeps jelly on the Facebooks. Another useless book, the phone one. Cafeterias. War on coal. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 11-3-14

Great Halloween artwork deserves praise. Ohio U and the MAC just can't compete. Officers seem to have been out-to-lunch when that guy shot into the air during the Halloween party. Mysterious cash flow in Athens County. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-30-14

No tiki, no laundry! And no sewer either. Show us your cans! Jack Frech has been Frech-ing phenomenal. Surveillance this! Mayer does not miss Halloween, not one bit. The problem comes. The finger pointers v. the finger smellers. S**t that don't stink, too much. And the disease of gullibility. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-27-14

Jolly Tim Pirate. The judiciousness of Judge McCarthy. Overdue at the library. Trash cans, trash cans, everywhere. No parking, free parking, red parking, blue parking. Yolan Dennis, climate change and marijuana. The Ohio turnaround? Hardly. And the Rage Stage. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

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.

Commentary

Election resulted in major progress on minimum wage

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Elections in the United States are all about money - lots of it, increasingly from untraceable, "dark" sources. Ultimately, though, history is not made of money but of movements.

Commentary

The Republicans' profane attack on the sacred right to vote

By Amy Goodman

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. 

Commentary

Ebola czar? How ’bout we get an actual surgeon general?

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination - at least so far.

Commentary

Oil: Blindsided by technology

by Gwynne Dyer

"The price of oil will hit its floor and it will rise again," President Nicolas Maduro assured Venezuelans, whose shaky economy depends critically on a high oil price. "Venezuela will continue with its social plans. Venezuela will move forward."

Commentary

With Ebola, we need medical boots on the ground now

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, "Should we put boots on the ground?"

Commentary

Texas strips women of their health and rights

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

SAN ANTONIO - In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of mile

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

Letter: Hopefully, some of our love and caring can help out stray cats

To the Editor:

I was so impressed with the letter to the editor written by Shelley Lieberman in the Nov. 17 paper. I was so saddened by the death of that precious mama cat trying to get her babies to a safer or warmer place.

Letters

Contrary to Mudsock, recycling exceedingly easy in Athens Co.

To the Editor:

I was shocked to read this claim about recycling made by Dennis Powell in a recent (The NEWS, Nov. 17) Mudsock Heights column: "Athens County has embraced recycling, but has made it strikingly inconvenient."

Letters

Lobby the commissioners to not take down Church Directory

To the Editor:

You may have seen the recent "brouhaha" about removing the long-standing informational directory from the outside wall of the Athens County Courthouse, as this news has been in both local and Columbus news media.

Letters

Paper shouldn’t waste so much time on Kalman’s dumb agenda

To the Editor:

The Athens NEWS should cease providing Mr. Kalman with a forum to present, and indeed a vehicle with which to promote, another idiotic agenda. Last year at this time, Kalman disrupted the Veterans Day ceremony with his effort to draw attention to himself and a veterans cemetery in California that has a Christian symbol in view.

Letters

Special favors for athletes at OU deserve Swiftian treatment

To the Editor:

Recently there has been much disgruntlement expressed by faculty and students about two aspects of the Athletic Kingdom's budget: 1) the proposed and expensive Sook "Student-Athlete" study facility; and 2) the special treatment given football players before a home game, that is, overnight in a local hotel, dining and entertainment.

Letters

Mid-term election a mixture of tragedy and dark comedy

To the Editor:

I wasn't a theater critic but I am now, after the recent mid-term election. Although overall the show was a tragedy, it had its comic, fantastic side, too. Is it true, as reported by one website, that the man most likely to become the head of EPA is a climate denier?

Letters

Losses from the West Union St. fire are more than just physical

To the Editor:

I had the pleasure of going to graduate school at OU and later living and working in Athens and Meigs counties from 1975 to 1984.

Letters

Everybody’s religion, or lack of, should be treated equally

To the Editor: It is perhaps true, that by repeatedly placing a sticker with the text of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment on the county courthouse Church Directory, I was acting in a manne

Letters

Posting church information is not any part of county business

To the Editor:

A county's purpose does not include providing display space for information like the Athens Christian Education Committee's directory or Eliot Kalman's postings. Our government officials should not waste our tax money trying to prove otherwise.

Letters

Fond and sometimes blurry memories of Union Bar & Grill

To the Editor:

Heartbreaking… So many memories survive the fire at the Union Bar & Grill. Back in the '60s and early '70s, you'd tell an out-of-town friend to meet you "at The Union" and they'd assume you meant the Student Union (the old Baker Center).

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.

Readers Forum

Athens folks, smell the roses in the here and now

Clichés are the pits, aren't they. Fossilized remnants from the past, carriers of tenacious metaphors, too easy to discount.

Readers Forum

Performing music deserves fair pay and conditions

By John Borchard

On behalf of my fellow musicians (and artists in general), I'd like to provide a bit of community education regarding the procurement and maintenance of musician services. I've been a musician for 51 years, most of those spent in the Austin, Texas, and Athens, Ohio communities, and the majority as a professional musician.

Readers Forum

Stand Up for Marzec and the beleaguered Palestinians

By Damon Krane

Megan Marzec clearly stated her position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It speaks volumes about her opponents that they'd rather silence her than attempt to argue against that position. From th

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.

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.

 
 
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