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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-26-15

Raise the alarm! In a rare, almost newsworthy turn of events, nobody mentioned that the recent chilly weather is positive proof of the non-existence of climate change.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-23-15

Drug arrests and the new sheriff. Patting yourself on the back. Sundance nudists. More nudists. Everybody nudists. Animated judges. Obama phone. Swimming in Nelsonville. Legalize it. Mensa members. Development. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-19-15

There is a Sickness in Athens. Tearing down the building(s). Sacred crap and Rt. 33. Dilapidation. The war on drugs. Repent! Or not. The ol' OU Women's Commission. Questionable legislative action. B&B, yeah you know me. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-16-15

And now the brawlers of the auction mart Bargain and bid for each poor blotted note, Ay! for each separate pulse of passion quote The merchant's price. I think they love not art Who break the crystal of a poet's heart That small and sickly eyes may glare and gloat.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-12-15

Tiger got to hunt, Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, "Why, why, why?"
Tiger got to sleep, Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.
- The Book of Bokonon

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-9-15

John Denber. Billy Milligan. Kroger customers. Arts, Parks and Rec. All that negativity. Why stop at Union Street? And PUCO. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-5-15

Sentencing Pat Kelly. Doing the Contra one last time. When someone starts a sentence with, 'As a Republican...' More Pat Kelly. Billy Milligan and Leo. Multiple personality. John Boehner. And the case of the missing trousers. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

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.

Commentary

In Selma, memories of Bloody Sunday spur action today

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, demanding the right to vote.

Commentary

How long will oil stay cheap

by Gwynne Dyer

I'm in Alberta, the province that produces most of Canada's oil, and there's only one question on everybody's lips. How long will the oil price stay down? It has fallen by more than half in the past nine months - West Texas Intermediate is $48 per barrel today - and further falls are predicted for the coming weeks.

Commentary

Thoughts on Israel’s Netanyahu and Iran’s supposed bomb

by Gwynne Dyer

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has finally given his much ballyhooed speech to the US Congress, and the heavens haven't fallen.

Commentary

Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary. On a winter's day 245 years ago, in the year 1770, an angry crowd formed in Boston, then the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.

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.

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

Faculty members call foul on OU president's housing change

83 signatures as of Thursday morning

To the Editor: Ohio University has recently announced that it is reviewing the suitability of the traditional residence of the President on the Athens campus. This appears to be driven by the appearance of some bats...

Letters

Courts not competent to rule on community bills of rights

To the Editor: This is in response to Editor Terry Smith's column in The Athens NEWS Monday, March 16, 2015, titled "Court Rulings Suggest Athens Fracking Ban Is Indefensible."

Letters

Memories flood back about great old Athens bars

To the Editor: Some people are asking about some of the history of various uptown places during the '70s and '80s. Hello, Ivan from Swanky's; I did not know you were still around.

Letters

OU hemorrhaging financial gifts in wake of GLC shakeup

To the Editor: I have read with great dismay and extreme sadness your coverage of Ohio University's Global Leadership Center and its now erstwhile director, Dr. Gregory Emery.

Letters

Trustees appear to be losing whack-a-mole repair game

To the Editor: No one would want the Ohio University president and his spouse to reside in a house that poses a health and safety risk, which is what 29 Park Place seems to have become.

Letters

OU’s treatment of GLC director angers supporter and donor

To the Editor:

I have read with interest your recent coverage of Dr. Greg Emery and the OU Global Leadership Center. (This letter was addressed to The Athens NEWS, the Athens Messenger, and the OU Post.)

Letters

Consider supporting ‘possibilities’ for local people with disabilities

To the Editor:

I am writing The Athens NEWS again to try drumming up some support for the Possibilities project (and I'm getting lonely on Thursday evenings!).

Letters

Getting frack protection state amendment wouldn’t be easy

To the Editor:

Here are my thoughts on Terry Smith's "Wearing Thin" column in today's Athens News titled "Court Rulings Suggest Athens Fracking Ban Is Indefensible" (The NEWS, March 19).

Letters

‘Wearing Thin’ column didn’t take into account local law

To the Editor:

Last Thursday's "Wearing Thin" column by Athens NEWS Editor Terry Smith seems to misstate the legal basis for (and therefore the implications of) the Munroe Falls/Morrison Supreme Court decision. Rather than take my word for it, here's a statement by attorney Nathan Johnson, former Buckeye Forest Council staff attorney now on the staff of Ohio Environmental Council. Nathan wrote to me today, stating:

Letters

In column, NEWS editor missed some points about fracking ban

To the Editor:

Athens NEWS Editor Terry Smith, in his "Wearing Thin" piece of March 19, seems to think that Athens residents can't win in the fight against environmental pollution by the oil and gas industry, so we should just throw in the towel.

Readers Forum

Hypocrisy taints disgraced sheriff’s plea for justice

By Adam Bennett

Several years ago, on one of my many trips home to Athens from Columbus, I gazed upon a giant billboard alongside U.S. Rt. 33, between Nelsonville and The Plains. It caught my eye because looking back at me was the face of an old high school friend's father.

Readers Forum

Pool planning needs to stop before it goes off the tracks

By Todd Swearingen

On Jan. 21, a public meeting was held to discuss a new aquatic center to replace the aging East State Street pool in Athens.

Readers Forum

University should reconsider building’s destruction

By Bob Eichenberg

There are trends in planning and resource management that lend credence to the preservation of our built environment and discourage the demolition of buildings that still retain their structural integrity.

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.

Wearing Thin

Bats obscured the real story involving president's home

by Terry Smith

Over the past month, the "killer bats in the president's house" story has gotten unnecessarily mixed up with the "OU wants its presidents to live somewhere else" story.

Wearing Thin

Court rulings suggest Athens fracking ban is indefensible

by Terry Smith

Athens city officials should admit that the Community Bill of Rights/fracking ban approved by city voters in November doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of surviving a legal challenge. That being the case, they should quit pretending the amendment is defensible.

Wearing Thin

Considering perspective after a sojourn in SW Florida

by Terry Smith

Most folks on vacation in Florida post photos of their fun times – beaches, fishing, seafood, manatees, palm trees – to social media. Last Thursday as the sun rose over Siesta Key, I sat in a poolside motel room posting a notice on the Athens NEWS' Facebook page about the Level 3 Snow Emergency that had been declared for Athens County, nearly 1,000 miles north.

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.

 
 
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