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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
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 14,2015
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.
Sunday, January 11,2015
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.
Wednesday, January 7,2015
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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