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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-29-15

Somebody's been convinced America was founded as a theocracy, which couldn't be further from the truth. Another person doesn't like Sandy Plunkett's cartoon analogies. Another person is happy not to have to install solar panels. Another is skeptical about the Pat Kelly Trial, while another thinks it's cold outside. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-26-14

This gift called life. Old v. New. Ban the dude? Historical preservation. Using the pool. Abortion protests. Supporting equal marriage rights. A congregation of atheists. Wearing purple. Hurray for retroviruses. Bravo to Sandy. And Get a Life, dude. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-22-15

Abandoned mobile homes. Judge Bennett. Women in Athens, and how they feel. Bobcat Buckeyes and Buckeye Bobcats. Guaranteed tuition. Mild winter. Urban Meyer. Ban Yerian! This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-19-15

Hug a Cop! Silly mini-roundabout. Backlash, it's like backwash, but more lashy. Partially torn-down mobile homes. A good guy, that Bennett was. Falling boulders. Zen. We all drink milk because the baby can't eat steak. Shakespear. The Buckeyes. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-15-15

Swanky wanky's. This joint was so hip it was hep. More Swanky's. Jeez, you people seem to have really enjoyed this place. Break out your dictionaries, it's time to play "weather" v. "climate." AEP was quick on the draw with power outage response. Satellite TV. Climate change and cold weather. Balmy today. New features. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-12-15

Put some Swank on it! Sticky foam and ghastly ghouls. Revised plan for shirt stores. The physical address of injection well sites. Enough is enough! We'll just cover whatever y'all tell us to, mmmkay? Flat earthers ride again. Real Women of Appalachia... can't afford entry fees. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-8-15

"I'd like to suggest that The Athens NEWS start a pet advice column. Like dogs and cats and birds… I don't think we have any experts that we can turn to ask simple routine questions, and

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 1-5-15

Fire damaged buildings. Why must Athens County be the dumping ground? Cancer stats. More fire damaged buildings. More cancer. More injection wells. More fracking. 2015 is gonna be terrible. Rewriting history. And the church's mission to help the poor. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-29-14

Kelly in uniform. Bringing down the Intertoobz in North Korea. Swilling moonshine on a Sunday morning. Christmas makes me sad. Commies in malls. Marxist in the White House. Venture capitalists. County and city planning. We wish you a Merry Christmas. The price of gas. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 12-22-14

Somebody give me a speed bump. Silly climate change denier, whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis? Disease masks, I mean, disease masks? What the H? Talking to Cuba is way more supportive of torture than, y'know, implementing a specific torture program, apparently. Redistricting. And I'll have the Cuban, please, extra pickle. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

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.

Commentary

With the tragic attack in Paris, what about the other Charlies?

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Last week marked the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet.

Commentary

My friend Ashley taught me well how to live with joy

by David DeWitt

As I get older, more and more often I recall Kurt Vonnegut's instruction to notice when we are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

Commentary

Climate deniers, like big tobacco, thrive behind a smoke-screen

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, "Smoking and Health." The report concluded, "Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action."

Commentary

Mark Udall can make history by releasing torture report

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week.

Commentary

While Obama did right for Cuba, don’t expect too much

by Gwynne Dyer

Here are four reasons why President Barack Obama's decision last week to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba was a good idea.

Commentary

Obama and the start of the end of the Cuban embargo

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

Commentary

Can we talk? Constructive conversations begin by listening

by David DeWitt

Life brings us teachable moments, as individuals, as a society, as a commonwealth managing the responsibility of self-government. It's how we grow.

Commentary

Torture and the CIA: Move on?

by Gwynne Dyer

When somebody says it is time to move on, it means there is something deeply embarrassing that they don't want to discuss in public. President Barack Obama said that about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, published on Tuesday, about the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture in the years after 9/11.

Commentary

Fighting for the climate in the heart of the world

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

LIMA, Peru - Lima, the capital of Peru, has become a city of gustatory renown, attracting foodies from the world over to sample dishes from its famous ceviche to favorites from the Andean highlands.

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

We can do a better job of energy conservation and clean power

To the Editor:

It's no secret that climate change is a pressing issue in sectors of both national security and environmental preservation.

Letters

Best of Athens respondents need to learn about Burr Oak

To the Editor:

I was recently enjoying reading The Athens News, "Best of Athens 2015" when again I was disappointed to learn that Burr Oak State Park was given no mention in the "Best Place to Take a Hike" category.

Letters

EPA’s CleanPower plan doesn’t go nearly far enough on energy

To the Editor: I agree with the letter, "GOP Congress Needs to Take a Step Away From Climate Denial" (The NEWS, Jan. 26) but according to the scientific community, we need Congress to th

Letters

GOP Congress needs to take next step away from climate denial

To the Editor:

There was a vote in the U.S. Senate last week regarding climate change and its causes. An overwhelming majority agreed climate change is not a hoax and poses a serious threat globally. Although there was consensus on the occurrence of climate change, senators were divided on the actual causes of the issue, specifically whether it is ultimately caused by humans or not.

Letters

Let’s start linking social justice to monetary reform in the U.S.

To the Editor:


We cannot address any of the dysfunction describing our government, monetary policy or society without the heading: Multi-national corporate power. Large corporations rule the world, not we the people.

Letters

Skin is like a grocery sack; its color doesn’t matter a bit

To the Editor:

We went to the grocery the other day, and at checkout they put everything in a sack. If you think about it, the only good thing about the sack is that it keeps all the good stuff together. It is just like people.

Letters

There’s some very good reasons to build a sidewalk on Rt. 682

To the Editor:

Due to recent and potential increases of pedestrian traffic, I would like to propose that a sidewalk be built on Ohio Rt. 682 between West Union and University Estates Boulevard (approximately 1,500 feet). This would allow for the safety of walkers and joggers on this short span of 682.

Letters

Letter writer correct about need for ‘Citizens United’ reforms

To the Editor:

I agree with John Howell's letter asking the people of Athens County to help overturn the Supreme Court's case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010).

Letters

Let’s uphold church-state divide in our community

To the Editor:

Vietnam veteran Rudy Primel of Albany, tried to trash our efforts to bring the Athens county courthouse, and the commissioners who control it, into compliance with the U.S. Constitution regarding "church-state" requirements espoused by Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and others.

Letters

Thanks for good explanation of Charlie Hebdo cartoon decision

To the Editor:

Thank you, Terry Smith, for articulating your opinions about the Paris massacre in your Jan. 12 "Wearing Thin" column.

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.

Readers Forum

Coverage of local rape case reveals victim-blaming culture

By Sarah Fick

I am writing in response to the comments made by Athens attorney Susan Gwinn reported in an article by David DeWitt and printed on page 8 of your Dec. 11 edition, titled "Details Emerge in Rape Case."

Readers Forum

U.S. & Cuba: Ruminations of a grumpy old Latin Americanist

By Tom Walker

Forgive me, but over a half century of visiting, researching, teaching and writing about Latin America has given me a different take on Cuban-U.S relations than one might garner from U.S. Government spokespersons and our "patriotic" national media.

Readers Forum

State must say no to another injection well in Athens County

By Loraine McKosker

It seems that Athens County has received a holiday gift that will continue to keep giving… Another injection well permit has been submitted to Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Oil and Gas Division by a Parkersburg, West Virginia company called K&H Partners LLC.

Readers Forum

Visit to September festival unleashed 1,000 silent stories

By Bethany N. Bella

"They're disposable," the woman with the gray, curling hair says to me as a wooden drum beat steadily in the distance, the fire's smoke rising high, "disposable people."

Readers Forum

How marching band taught me to love football

By Jan Spring

The longest marching band season in the history of Athens High School has just come to an end with the OHSAA Division III football game against Toledo Central Catholic. Where the football team plays, the band follows.

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.

Wearing Thin

Top 10 wishes for 2015, some serious, some not so much

by Terry Smith

Here are 10 things I'm hoping for in 2015. I'm leaving out the obvious things (world peace, eternal wealth, immortality, Cleveland pro sports championship, a great new season of "True Detective"…).

Wearing Thin

Merry Christmas to you, and have a happy ‘Wearing Thin’

by Terry Smith

It's the holidays, and if I don't get these rancid opinions out of my system, I'll be eating Tums on Christmas morning.

Wearing Thin

Thoughtful holiday shopping can start right here in Athens

by Terry Smith

Wow, that was a dumb question. Our "On Court Street" feature on Monday asked five students where they intend to shop for Christmas presents.

Wearing Thin

Deep thoughts on four entirely unrelated things

by Terry Smith

It's the holiday season, and I've been scatterbrained lately. Not sure if there's any connection between the two, but it does give me an excuse to write a scattershot column.

Wearing Thin

Story of music professor’s death drew massive response

by Terry Smith

In this modern era of fast-moving Internet news, web administrators can gauge reader interest by looking at page views.

Wearing Thin

Forget the ‘blood bucket’; students should vote locally

Ohio University's Student Senate boosted its relevance by a quantum leap earlier this semester just by doing something, anything, that generated ample local and outside interest.

 
 
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