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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-23-14

Single and not so ready to mingle. Garbage cans everywhere. Ban the burning of hydrocarbons! Always look a horse in the mouth. Loving Hocking College. Suicidal, and deeply conservative, deer. Making sense. Ebola. The lifespan of dogs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-20-14

Has Michael Vick invaded the Athens Voice? Climate Change and that dodie yodie. Deerly departed. You filthy, smoking rats. Garbage in, garbage out. Feeding the homeless cats. Ya load 16 tons, and what do you get? Forest for the trees. The racism card. And rape culture. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-16-14

Drilling, baby, drilling. Sexy nurses. Homeless cats. Kitten mittens. Speeding on East State Street. The local PoPo. Hazing in athletics. School testing and voting. Want some cheese with your whine? I love this community! This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-13-14

Loose gravel Rt. 33 blues. Homeless bike path cats, aww. Dogs with shortened life spans? Blue spray-painted hearts creeping onto walls around city. Support for Judge McCarthy and Debbie Phillips.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-9-14

Outsider art galleries. The right wing agenda. Jill Thompson's re-elections. The arrogance of Cutler Hall. Independence, FREEDOM! Hocking Technical College. Senate Bill 5. The Armory. The Athens NEWS doing serious journalism, seriously? And the Garden of Eden. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-6-14

Paintchur garbage can. Why buy a cat when there are so many around for free. Jill Thompson is doing swell. Where should drug money go? Ebola. Lizard people. Ring around the rosey. Party politics. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 10-2-14

Armored trucks. Parking. The "A" is for alternative. Good Karma. More about parking. Hocking enrollment. Sheriff vehicles. Towing. Auditors and auditing. Athletics and academics. Viva La Athens NEWS. Power. Trash and litter. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-29-14

The Athens NEWS, poised to get nuttier. Failed progressive ideas. Haters gon' hate. Well wishes. Apparently, some local newspaper got sold, what is everyone talking about? Fracking! Things to appreciate about Athens. Crazy talk. Bikes. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-25-14

Parking downtown, or uptown, or, whatever. Things to love about Athens. The Sheriff's Office. Green bucket challenge. Mr. Baggs, you're somebody's hero. Stinky bugs. Nuisance laws. Buckets of blood. Holidays. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice (9-22-14)

Taking a shot at ammo; more Marzec and bloody buckets; tight turns at the new roundy-bout; City Council getting heavy-handed about trash, and a whole discordant chorus of Voices.

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

Commentary

A force more powerful than Jefferson County, Colorado

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Don't make history a mystery" read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colorado. High school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as "JeffCo," have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district's Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Commentary

The ongoing trends – global warming and global warring

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Commentary

Just ended, a climate week to change everything

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

Commentary

Why you go to college – does this sound like you?

By Alan J. McMillan

UCLA's CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) just released a survey on why students go to college. About 300,000 freshmen students from approximately 300 four-year colleges completed the survey prior to the start of classes.

Commentary

Senior year at OU? The horror

As the leaves begin to change colors and the summer heat slowly begins to dissipate, thousands of students at Ohio University will be settling in for what will be their final school year in Athens. The class of 2015 has been a part of some of the finest moments in the school's history.

Commentary

The climate marches on with big event Sunday in D.C.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Unjust laws exist." So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience." The naturalist and pacifist asked, "Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?" His answer was simple: "I say, break the law."

Commentary

Get ready for the symbolic ‘Internet Slowdown’ Sept. 10

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

This Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net's "Internet Slowdown," a global day of grass-roots action.

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 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.

Endorsements

We support the right to protect local water; yes on 7

We support a "yes" vote on Issue 7 on the Athens city general election ballot Nov. 4. This ordinance, if passed, will seek to ban shale oil and gas drilling in the city, as well as related activities such as deep injection wells for fracking/drilling wastes.

Endorsements

David Pepper; he will serve justice, not ideology or party

We enthusiastically endorse David Pepper as Ohio Attorney General in the Nov. 4 election. Pepper is a smart and energetic candidate of integrity who will upgrade an office that's been vulnerable to special interest and political influence under incumbent Mike DeWine.

Endorsements

Help our library system continue to excel; yes on levy

Athens County has a public library system that's the envy of southeast Ohio, and rivals in quality library systems in much larger metro areas. We can uphold that quality in the face of crippling budget cuts by the state, by passing the local library levy that's on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Endorsements

Senior services levy renewal has big payoff for small price

If there was ever a suitable use for taxpayer money, it's to pay for senior nutrition programs that help older people stay in their homes and live independently. That's why we strongly support the Senior Services Renewal Levy that will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Letters

Kasich’s second term would be a disaster for Ohio and its people

To the Editor:

Gov. John Kasich thumbs his nose at Ohio voters. He assumes they are so poorly informed about his record that they'll fall for his glossy ads that paint a deceptively benign picture of this administration.

Letters

Longtime township trustee says Thompson deserves re-election

To the Editor:

I served more than 22 years as a Township Trustee and 10 years as the president of the Athens County Township Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association, and I had contact with Jill Thompson for all of the years that she has been in office. I never worked with a more professional, qualified and dedicated public official.

Letters

Dennis is the perfect candidate for filthy rich and corporate elite

To the Editor:

Let's say I had myself a fancy job finding just the right people to make into political candidates that will help line the pockets of some big, rich corporation. I would look for someone that will agree to remove those pesky regulations that are meant to protect citizens from monopolies, or protect public resources, such as water, air, soil, or forests from the reckless pursuit of profits for big city shareholders.

Letters

Rep. Phillips has been a champ for SE Ohio’s working people

To the Editor:


This letter is in support of re-electing Debbie Phillips as the 94th District state representative. Debbie has a record of standing up for the working people of southeast Ohio. She was a champion of all public employees in turning back the anti-union Senate Bill 5.

Letters

There’s no good reason to replace Judge McCarthy

To the Editor:

The Athens County Common Pleas judge's race is non-partisan. That means a person's party is not supposed to matter.

Letters

Thompson has excelled during her tenure as county auditor

To the Editor:

I have had occasion to interact with our county auditor over the past few years and would like to comment about her re-election. Jill Thompson has always been available, friendly and informative when asked questions concerning real-estate taxes, reappraisals, and most recently the changes in our homestead reduction tax.

Letters

Picky trash enforcement seems like monumental waste of time

To the Editor:

I love living in Athens because it is not one of those gated community with lots of CC&Rs telling us how to paint our houses, what not to put into our yards, or how to dress our children. So I was surprised to get a warning from Athens City Code Enforcement that my garbage can was "visible from the street."

Letters

Herman Carson will make a fair and reasonable county judge

To the Editor:

I wish to express my support for Herman Carson as Athens County Common Pleas judge. I have known attorney Carson for more than 20 years. He is extremely intelligent and has extensive and varied legal experience. He is an honest and fair man.

Letters

Let’s say something good about Gov. Kasich! OK, never mind

To the Editor:

Let's discuss Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Letters

Troubled Hocking College needs all the help it can get right now

To the Editor:

It is time for everyone to rally in support of Hocking College.

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

Readers Forum

Wonder what’s the purpose of Labor Day? Read on...

By Ted Linscott

Another holiday weekend has come and gone. To most people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, or the beginning of football season. 

Readers Forum

Burst the Bobcat bubble

By Gary Goosman

Here it is. Another fall term in the heart of Appalachian Ohio. As with so many new school years, there will appear multiple editorials directed at Ohio University students encouraging them to wander outside the realm of academia to experience Athens County and the surrounding area.

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.

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.

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.

 
 
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