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Wednesday, April 15,2015
Wearing Thin

Presidential house issue warrants third-party probe

By Terry Smith
The stink arising from the Ohio University leadership's handling of the presidential housing situation has gotten so toxic that it's time to bring in a neutral party to conduct an in-depth investigation and clear the air.
Wednesday, April 8,2015
Wearing Thin

Scrappy paper survived 4 years, defying expectations

Exhuming the Morgue

By Terry Smith
In skimming through an old bound volume of The Athens NEWS, frantically searching for this week's edition of "Exhuming the Morgue," I stumbled upon the fourth anniversary edition of the paper, published April 2, 1981.
Wednesday, April 1,2015
Wearing Thin

Athens has a lot going for it, but college dating? Nada

By Terry Smith
Athens, Ohio, once again has hit it big for its social resources (you know, "resources" such as partying). In this case, the website datingadvice.com ranked our fine city as the ninth best college town in America for dating.
Wednesday, March 25,2015
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.
Wednesday, March 18,2015
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.
Wednesday, March 11,2015
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.
Wednesday, February 25,2015
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.

Sunday, February 15,2015
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.
Wednesday, February 4,2015
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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.
Wednesday, January 28,2015
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.
 
 
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