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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-20-15

I love dogs too. Speed limits. Draw, you cur. Knowing when it's time to go. Stop picking on poor Dr. McDavis. Any good news? Smoke it if you got it. Family safety. Chill pills. Separate but parallel tracks. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-16-15

A mural home companion. Thousands of screwdrivers. Putting clothes over your naughty bits. The mind, a wonderful servant, terrible master. We are shocked, SHOCKED. Horsepower and horse sense. Who's up for breakfast? Firearms and Fireballs. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-13-15

Winter, come back! Talkin' to myself, cryin' out loud. Arrest me now, or lose me forever. Up in that Radfordified air. Alabama of the Midwest. Campus carry. Honesty will get you everywhere. Crazy is as crazy does. Safety first. How many guns kill people each year? The loopy fringe. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-9-14

"Four extra lots on Coventry… Why do OU presidents need so much privacy? And if the lots are as unbuildable as they reputably are (wet, slip-prone soil, with lots that have failed to sell

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-6-15

Going batty. Tuition is too damn high. We're going off-roading! Conceal that carry, soldier, adjust that cap, and tuck in those pajamas! Our House, in the middle of Our Street! Wake up, c'mon, get happy. Bummers in the afternoon. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-2-15

My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay
It's better to burn out
Than to fade away
My my, hey hey.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 3-30-15

You hand in your ticket And you go watch the geek, Who immediately walks up to you, When he hears you speak, And says, “How does it feel To be such a freak?” And you say, “Impossible” As he hands you a bone. Because something is happening here, But you don’t know what it is, Do you, Mister Jones?

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.

Commentary

Open veins, healing wounds, in Latin America

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro at the seventh Summit of the Americas, held this year in Panama City.

Commentary

Personal-safety trainer weighs in on concealed-carry on campus story

By Cheryl Cesta

The premise and "pragmatic solution" offered by Abe Alassaf in his April 2 letter to the editor suggesting that "the key to eliminating sexual assault on Ohio University's campus is allowing concealed carry of firearms," as well his comments and quotes in the article regarding rape culture, protests/rallies and speakers on campus is short-sighted and offensive.

Commentary

Capital punishment in America: A dead policy walking

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Commentary

The Middle East: Iran is back

by Gwynne Dyer

"This (Arab) nation, in its darkest hour, has never faced a challenge to its existence and a threat to its identity like the one it's facing now," said General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the ruler of Egypt.

Commentary

Hate doesn’t pay any more today than it did in 1930 Indiana

Breaking the Sound Barrier

The date was Aug.7, 1930. The place: Marion, Indiana. Three young African-American men were lynched. The horror of the crime was captured by a local photographer.

Commentary

University VP clarifies OU position on 29 Park Place

By Steve Golding

In response to recent feedback and concerns, I'm writing to provide clarity related to 29 Park Place and the broader topic of presidential housing.

Commentary

Sgt. Bergdahl et al: the costs of war, the price of peace

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and "misbehavior before an enemy."

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.

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

Headline has unenviable task of introducing a very short poem

To the Editor:

There once was a landlord named Wharton

Letters

Joan Kraynanski will provide leadership and experience

To the Editor:

I support Joan Kraynanski for Athens City Council. Her experience on the Board of Zoning Appeals has been exemplary. 

Letters

Candidate’s explanations about engineer’s office not reassuring

To the Editor:

Mike Canterbury claims in last Thursday's edition that he did not destroy, rearrange or misplace any of the Athens County Engineer's office records before Jeff Maiden took office. He also claims he did not say he would "make things as difficult as possible" for the Jeff Maiden administration.

Letters

OU faculty members sign on to plea for Housing-Gate investigation

To the Editor: As concerned faculty, we endorse Athens NEWS Editor Terry Smith's call for a third-party investigation into the propriety of recent negotiations between Ohio University administration and local proprietor John Wharton (The NEWS, April 16).

Letters

Carrying concealed firearms not effective sex-assault prevention

To the Editor: In regards to the April 9 article entitled "Guns & Campus Rape," there were some important aspects of the issue that were not mentioned.

Letters

Number Fest no fun for local business and others impacted by unruly crowd heading toward event

To the Editor: Let me add to what will most likely be a chorus of outcries against the "Number Fest" that has consumed our fair town of Athens. Besides the usual drunken mobs of students

Letters

Cover article contained many liberal myths about guns, CCW

To the Editor:

How disingenuous can Athens NEWS reporter Sam Schooler get with her attempt to paint CCW (concealed carry weapons) as causing crime (The NEWS, April 9)? As a group, statistically, licensed CCW holders commit fewer crime than nuns!

Letters

Help persuade state to quit funding for-profit schools

To the Editor:

Here we go again with our leaders in Columbus inequitably funding our public schools versus for-profit charter schools. Everyone realizes that a large part of the funding that comes from the state to our local public schools is dependent on school enrollment.

Letters

University position in fighting tenure suit quite disturbing

To the Editor:

Your April 9 story on Ohio University's response to Tim McKeny's discrimination suit was disturbing on two levels. First, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. McKeny on a project geared toward providing local elementary school teachers with new strategies for teaching math skills.

Letters

TBTN organizer explains why march open to anyone this year

To the Editor:

A week of events for Take Back the Night began this past Monday, April 13. Since October, I and the other members of the Student Senate Women's Affairs Commission have been holding open forums to discuss what the events should look like, and whether the march should be open to anyone who wants to march.

Readers Forum

Why the McDavis bat problem is not simply about bats

By Bernhard Debatin

Apparently, the presidential residence on 29 Park Place is in need of renovation, as are many other buildings on campus, and it has a bat problem, as do many other OU buildings. A visit to Glidden, Ellis, Clippinger or Morton, to name just a few facilities, shows how run-down the physical infrastructure on campus is.

Readers Forum

College sports are changing

By Grafton Conliffe

Revisiting the issue of Ohio University's desire to build an athletic academic center, I asked my friends, many of whom attended multiple colleges and universities, what they had needed to complete their courses and graduate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 
 
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