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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-17-14

"Restrooms and stairs are almost unmarked at Baker Center, but they do provide us college students with TV screen of directions for how to ride an escalator!" "Profuse and shi

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-14-14

More on that pesky old, pretty freking awesome Ridges buildings. What the heck are cat condoms? What the heck ya talkin' 'bout? What the heck ya mean? Mill Street parking. OU and how it spends its money. Suspended Pat Kelly, of course. Baby boomers, you're so in love with yourselves. And a little more Kelly, of course. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-10-14

How D.A.R.E. you not mention Jimmy Childs!?! Save The Ridges! At least the big building, sheesh. People breaking into cars all over Athens. Oh you and your precious Athens ain't all that great after all, apparently. Sorry folks, park's closed, moose out front shoulda told ya. Chalky sidewalks and voting. Staples surprises are an Athens NEWS staple! HiYo! East side v. West side, dog parks that is. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-7-14

Picking up trash in all the right places. Big boys get Tased. A new coach for men's basketball. Of course, our ever-present suspended sheriff. An old coach for men's basketball. When the power is out, stoplights are to be treated like stop signs, people. Jeesh. The Time Warner Cable blues. Asheville PUH-lease. And that thar' ol' Farmers Market's new hours. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-3-14

Showy dog park ceremonies. Hey lady picking up trash, I see you, I thank you, and I love you. Somebody in a red pick-up truck is the bully of the road on East State Street. United against tow company oppression. Jesus will not be mocked! And, of course, our ever-present Athens County... Pat Kelly. This is your voice Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-31-14

How Lowe can you go? Let me hear ya now, how Lowe can you go? Opera Scenes costs money. Locking women in the dorms. Tailgating, and not the beer and grilled food in the parking lot kind. Farmers Market crowded parking. The ODNR. Updating the Facebooks. What does Yes and No mean? The international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-27-14

Flying the flag. Plastic bags for Recyclemania. Say what you want about Walmart. Anything at all. Say it. Don't hold back. OK maybe hold back a little. Nevermind, don't. And don't throw away kids' lunches, ya heartless bastids. Columbus Road is wonderful. Dog park v. dog park: It's like Spy v. Spy, but with dogs. Actually, Columbus Road sucks, I tell ya, sucks! And finally, the business of business. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-24-14

Activists, please be sure to show your work, just write in the margins. Fifteen years on the Hocking Canal. The illuminati has come to Athens, kinda, sorta. People Power! Columbus Road today, Richland Avenue tomorrow. Malaysian Air. And actually, no sheriff stuff. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-20-14

Brick streets and bicycles: Follow the red brick road. Fluff Bakery and the donuts that they don't make. Apartments and parking garages. Opting out of electricity aggregation. The anti-bakery movement. The vagina tree. And I am the morning DJ on W.O.L.D! Playin' all the hits for you, wherever you may be. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-17-14

Texas Roadhouse and some bouncer named Dalton. The electrik Intertoobz strike again. Electrik cars, too. Anti-fracking? Well, applaud. Legalize it, out of empathy at least, ya bastids. Let the wine flow at Fluff. Seriously. Let it flow! Mar-etta. Wait, wait, don't tell me. That dog park is a mess. Perhaps some sort of fertilizer? Let me hear my felines sing, Gimme Shelter. And our ever-present sheriff. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Commentary

New role preparation – 4 steps for a great start

By Alan J. McMillan

Editor's note: We are running this column geared toward college students till the end of Ohio University's spring semester. The author, who lives in Athens, currently sits on the faculty at the Sche

Commentary

From Kabul to Cairo, the killing of journalists continues

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry in demanding the release of four Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. Three of them - Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - have just passed their 100th day of incarceration. The fourth, Abdullah al-Shami, has been in jail for more than six months.

Commentary

Warning: Boeing eliminates pensions; a lesson for you

By Alan J. McMillan

About a month ago the aerospace giant Boeing, announced that it was ending its defined benefits program (pension) and moving to a defined contributions program (think a 401k or similar). Two generations ago, pensions were common for American workers.

Commentary

‘Burn-to-Earn Ratio’ reveals your financial independence

By Alan J. McMillan

The quest for financial independence (aka, financial freedom) too often provokes more questions than answers. Ratios and advice are often complicated and lacking.

Commentary

Analyzing career choices: Welcome to the Filter of Five

By Alan J. McMillan

If successful job searches result in multiple offers (and they should), you might want some assistance in sorting through, comparing and prioritizing various choices.

Commentary

Climate science’s dire warning: Humans are baking planet

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for the planet and ourselves. 

Commentary

Ten essentials of preparation for a job interview

LearnEarnRetire: A $200K private college degree no Interview prep = no job offer

By Alan J. McMillan

A friend of mine whom I greatly respect was interviewing a recent college grad for his hot newly public company. The company offers high growth, great culture, equity and cash compensation for everyone, and a fun and energetic place to work.

Commentary

Building a personal network to amp up your execution

www.LearnEarnRetire.com

By Alex J. McMillan

Building your personal network, a key career advantage, is the process of building, nurturing and serving your network.

Commentary

Obama: The least transparent president in history

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government." So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. "Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government." Now, six years into the Obama administration, his promise of "a new era of open government" seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

Commentary

Thoughts on the recent loss of our son

By Bruce Mitchell, Athens NEWS Founder

In the midst of our sorrow over losing a son, I choose to remember the happiness in life that John experienced and the love and joy he brought to those around him. I hope you will join me.

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

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.

Endorsements

Vote Pat Lang for a moderate, energetic voice in Congress

We support Democrat Pat Lang's election to the 15th Congressional District, a convoluted and far-flung district that includes Athens County. Lang, the city of Athens law director, echoes many of the policy positions of our president, which is just fine with us.

Endorsements

Reward City Schools for cutting costs; yes on #20

We strongly recommend that Athens City School District voters vote yes on Issue 20, an emergency operating levy renewal that provides essential funding for school district operations and staff.

Endorsements

Obama gives us the best shot at solving nation’s problems

We believe it's imperative for President Barack Obama to be re-elected, and here's three compelling reasons why:

Letters

A decision for Hobby Lobby could be the right one to make

To the Editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard the Hobby Lobby case, which concerned an Obamacare-mandated requirement that employers provide free contraceptive drugs to their employees.

Letters

Beware Ridges studies designed to support a prior decision

To the Editor:

In reference to "Advisory Body Grills OU Officials on Plans for Ridges," the trial balloon lofted by Harry Wyatt - that it might not be cost effective to maintain or mothball Ridges buildings currently in disuse - is an attempt to bury decades of irresponsible property management on Ohio University's part.

Letters

League of Women Voters gets ready for May primary election

To the Editor:

The Athens County primary election is coming up on Tuesday, May 6. The League of Women Voters of Athens County has been preparing a Voter Guide, which will be printed in the Tuesday, April 22 edition of The Athens Messenger.

Letters

Campaign spending turning our democracy into sad spectacle

To the Editor:

Once again, our imperial Supreme Court has revised the First Amendment to the Constitution. Free speech now permits bribery. It is now legal to pay a bribe to elected officials and legal for elected officials to accept them.

Letters

Let’s join together and get pot legalization approved at ballot

To the Editor:

I feel that we need to get together about the issue of legalizing marijuana. It should be our right to smoke weed. Cheap Tobacco has a paper to sign for the right to do it - that is, if you are a voter.

Letters

VIP experience at Number Fest was nothing to celebrate

To the Editor:

To whom it may concern and Wiz Khalifa, I want to start off by saying I am a big fan of Wiz Khalifa, and my boyfriend is even more so. I bought him VIP tickets for 12 Fest for his birthday.

Letters

Sure wish government could handle the main thing – roads

To the Editor:

I'm glad we have a skate park, community recreation center and all kinds of "community outreach" programs, but have we lost sight of what government is for?

Letters

Extending unemployment is not a hand-out to moochers

To the Editor:

I met a gentleman seeking work the other day; let's call him John. The "work experience" section of John's resume boasted only a single job. He had spent his entire working life at Ormet Primary Aluminum.

Letters

No wonder public gets confused about food banks and pantries

To the Editor:

I am writing to clarify the misleading title of a recent Athens NEWS article about a local fundraiser. The article, entitled "Food Bank Holds Big Fundraiser," had nothing to do with the area's regional food bank at all, but rather a local food pantry.

Letters

Former Obama officials think fracking is great; so should you

To the Editor:

It is time to get fracking here in Ohio. Former Obama Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar this past February said that hydraulic fracturing is safe, and it is important for "the energy industry (to) work to convince the public that it doesn't pose a safety threat."

Readers Forum

Obamacare in Athens Co. isn't all it's cracked up to be

By Emily Morris

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the affordable insurance plan my family and I had happily and successfully used for the last four years was canceled.

Readers Forum

Don’t despair over climate change; we have options

By William Beale

Ahem, pardon me for interrupting your celebrations of the end of winter, but have you noticed, along with the record heat waves in Alaska and Australia, that the most recent report from the U.N. climate-change group says that for sure, the world is gaining speed toward the climate cliff, and unless it slows down RIGHT NOW, we are all gonna zip right off the edge and Aheeeee…...

Readers Forum

OU History Department proud of its Africa involvement

By Aaron Sarr

This year, Ohio University's African Studies Program is celebrating its 50thanniversary. The university developed a tradition that I might call a "cradle" for Africanists: it is a place with excellent faculty that provides training to students pursuing advanced study in Africa.

Readers Forum

Connecting the dots: Field notes from the Fayetteville, Ark. shale

By Christine Hughes

A couple of weeks ago, a group of public-health advocates, including several from Ohio, visited the Arkansas shale fields to witness the impacts of fracking on rural communities there.

Readers Forum

Take Back the Night just one important event in full week

By Sarah Fick

Each year, April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and each year, the first week of April is designated as both Take Back the Night Week and International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

Readers Forum

Men don’t need to reclaim the night; they already own it

By Devin Aeh

I was 16 years old when I attended my first Take Back the Night march. It blew the lid off my little hillbilly brain and made me feel something I had never felt before. I didn't have a word for that feeling then, but I have come to know it as empowerment.

Readers Forum

High Fest House shamed us all with rape culture sign

By Adam R. Bennett

I am a proud son of the city of Athens and Athens County. Though I have spent the last seven years of my life living in a multitude of different areas, I have never shared an affinity for another place quite like the affinity I have for my hometown.

Readers Forum

Russia and Ukraine – just what’s at stake in standoff?

By Aaron Brown

Now that the bellowing about a renewed "Cold War" has somewhat subsided, what can we really determine about the state of U.S.-Russian relations after Vladimir Putin's recent muscling into Ukraine?

Readers Forum

Margaret Creek assessments neither accurate nor transparent

By Jane Unger

It may have been done following the letter of the law, but does that make it morally right? I'm talking about the recent reassessment of the Margaret Creek Watershed. None of us likes paying taxes, but I don't begrudge any of our local entities to whom my hard-earned dollars go, the money they need to operate for the residents of Athens County.

Readers Forum

Thoughts on snowflakes, fingerprints & dads

By Jim Konkoly

It's often hard in this frequently confusing world to know anything with 100 percent, absolute certainty. For example, who would be the best choice for our next president: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Hillary Clinton?

Wearing Thin

Suspended, indicted sheriff needs to butt out

by Terry Smith

"It has only taken three days for this new administration to destroy what we took five years to build." – Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly

Wearing Thin

Municipal beatdown: Which is best, Athens or Asheville?

by Terry Smith

I've been hearing about Asheville, N.C. for a long time now, and the one thing people keep saying is that Asheville is "like a big Athens." My curiosity piqued, I decided to put that statement to the test on a visit last weekend to Asheville.

Wearing Thin

19,000 Utica wells in Ohio and they still might not get this far

by Terry Smith

The Ohio State Geologist's position is in the news again, nearly two years after a former state geologist got fired at least partly for not keeping his superiors at the ODNR apprised of a new Utica shale map that his office had developed.

Wearing Thin

Avoid getting arrested during the spring vagina* (street) parties

by Terry Smith

Just what you need, some old dude telling you how to avoid getting arrested during an Athens spring block party. On the other hand, you probably would listen even less to some young dude telling you these things.

Wearing Thin

New poll shows Ohio turning blue over social issues

by Terry Smith

The latest Quinnipiac University Poll has some very interesting results when it comes to hot-button issues in the state of Ohio.

Wearing Thin

You can’t regulate an industry you’re sleeping with

by Terry Smith

The controversy enveloping the Gov. Kasich administration over a leaked memo from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has morphed into a full-blown scandal.

Wearing Thin

With fracking, stronger regulation and taxation a better way than full-on bans

by Terry Smith

Deep injection wells for fracking wastewater and chemicals are the redheaded stepchild of environmental issues. It doesn't seem like there's any reason not to support efforts to close operational injection wells, or to block proposed well permits.

Wearing Thin

Sheriff Kelly must go

Crime-fighting efforts will suffer while he battles charges

by Terry Smith

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly should resign immediately so he can focus on his defense against a 25-county criminal indictment handed down in Athens on Friday. And more importantly, so Athens County can begin to put Kelly's polarizing and corrupt administration behind it.

Wearing Thin

Jersey guv either a terrible manager or a dirty rat

by Terry Smith

For a long time, I've been concerned about the growing polarization in our nation's politics and governance. Being a moderate liberal, I tend to blame the Tea Party faction in the Republican Party, though no doubt, some on the left are also guilty of treating politics as a team sport rather than a sincere effort to find truth and solve problems.

Wearing Thin

C’mon, Ohio attorney general, the suspense is killing us

by Terry Smith

All last week, we kept hearing that the grand jury called to hear evidence regarding a state investigation into Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was convening for perhaps the last time before issuing a report on the investigation.

 
 
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