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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-21-15

Getting dangerous, unauthorized, and overcrowded. I love a parade. Unique and wonderful venues. I'm gonna rake and hoe, I'm gonna make my garden grow. Good night, and good luck. Don't call us. Don't even think about calling us. This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it, or consider yourself dangerous, unauthorized, and overcrowded.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-18-15

I came to Ohio in a swarm of bees. Kevin Costner. Inconveniences. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Making Halloween disappear. You've got to pick a pocket or two, boys. Nightmares. Who could ever find any fault with Fox News? Dumb things. Pittances. Disgust and revulsion. This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it or Kevin Costner will pick your pocket.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-14-15

Fixing potholes. Letters of support. Crossing a line. This is not 'nam, Smokey, there are rules! Many hours spent gathering furniture. One hand washes the other. I must concur. Summer in Athens! This is your voice, Athens. Cherish it, or we'll send somebody out to fix your pothole.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-11-15

The wrong side of history. Spring Fest. Who's that man in the big chair at commencement? Traffic islands in the sun. Denying the deniers. A set-straight record. Blowing the deal. A dry Athens County. Summertime and the living is easy. Painting into a corner. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it or you'll be on the wrong side of history.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-7-15

Treated water. Special dilemmas. A sham and a shame. Just what are the costs of Number Fest? The destruction of forms. Plus, it's now Summer in Athens, you scamps. I'm gonna soak up the suuuuuuun. Gonna tell everyone to lighten up... This is your voice, Athens, cherish it, or I'll be sending you a special dilemma.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 5-4-15

Forever Young. Join forces! A sad state of affairs. Uptown Athens, you're a filthy mess. Go wash your dirty face. Smoke and no fire. The Athens NEWS' pht balance. OU athletics. And, hello to you. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-30-15

Forget the light, skate and destroy. Pass the jogger, skate and destroy. Snap it back, skate and destroy. Sunday Morning, praise the dawning, it's just a restless feeling by my side. Well I've heard there was a secret chord that David played and it pleased the Lord, but you don't really care for music, do you? It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift, the baffled king composing Hallelujah.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-27-15

I got your daylight savings right here! Kent State. Mohammed's radio. The preezy. Fickle fracking. Homage to digging coal. Getting rough. Cutting down on the garbage. Zero problems. All the positives. The Blame Game. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 4-23-15

Ban it! Fixing stupid. No deposit back for you! Living up to obligations. Suposably. Chaos, pronounced with a Chay. He's a witch! He turned me into a newt! Constant crybabies. A goofball, but not a Total goofball. Housing-Gate. Always angry Athens County. Fix the roads. Frack Fest. You shall be revealed! Better have that spring bod ready. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

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.

Commentary

Has the American dream come to this? Living to age 18

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"What do you hope to accomplish with this protest," I asked a 13-year-old girl marching in Staten Island, New York, last August, protesting the police killing of Eric Garner.

Commentary

Celebrating a century of women working for peace

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace. Britain denied passports to more than 120 women, forbidding them from making the trip to suppress their peaceful dissent.

Commentary

Recently on Capitol Hill, special delivery for the plutocrats

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service.

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."

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

Vote Cochran, Swank & (Rantane or Kotses) for City Council

With six candidates running for the three spots for Democrats in the May 5 primary election for at-large Athens City Council, we had a difficult endorsement decision. All six candidates bring significant assets to the table, with most boasting extensive, diverse and applicable experience and well-thought-out ideas.

Endorsements

Vote yes on Issue 1 for Children Services

The Athens NEWS fully supports Issue 1 on the countywide ballot next Tuesday. The 10-year 3-mill renewal for Athens County Children Services will preserve a sizable portion of local funding for these vital services.

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.

Letters

Let’s worry about important stuff rather than old guy at courthouse

To the Editor:

For the past few months, I have noticed that the big American flag is no longer flying, the one located near the Rt. 33 northwest-bound East State Street exit in Athens (near Applebee's restaurant). 

Letters

Better efforts necessary to rid area of invasive honeysuckle

To the Editor:

There are few things more inspirational than a walk through our forested hills on a spring day.

Letters

5-year OU athletics strategic plan gets edit from letter writer

To the Editor:

In a recent article in the "Ohio Compass," the Ohio University Athletic Kingdom (AK) presented a new five-year plan that deserves our attention.

Letters

Still don’t see any evidence that activists are ‘soft’ on natural gas

To the Editor:

I do not know of any advocates or activists for renewable energy who would claim that natural gas is cleaner than coal. That's the point of my letter. It's not cleaner than coal, as activists and renewable energy advocates know unless they've been asleep for five years.

Letters

Area highways should warn slow drivers to keep to the right

To the Editor:

I just have one question for the ODOT officials: Why is there not signs along U.S. Rt. 33 toward Columbus or U.S. Rt. 50 East toward Parkersburg that say: "SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT."

Letters

Just love the off-road trail on Richland Avenue in south A-town

To the Editor:

As a 22-year resident of Athens, I must preface this letter by saying I love this town; I have traveled extensively from coast to coast, and I honestly can't say I'd rather live anywhere else in this country (at least anywhere I could afford to live) but that's by the by.

Letters

Lifetime emissions of natural gas worse on climate than coal

To the Editor:

Your recent OU pipeline story contained a misleading statement about climate impacts of natural gas. No activist I know considers natural gas clean, as claimed by your reporter.

Letters

Staff and faculty at HC stand up for LGBTQ community at college

To the Editor:

It has recently come to our attention that the LBGTQ community at Hocking College has been subjected to several incidents of discrimination during the past year.

Letters

Sen. Sanders gets this historian’s vote for president of the USA

To the Editor:

Recently, we the people of Ohio received very good news. I have already endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president with a $50 contribution. 

Letters

Fifth-graders show concerns about issues, with letters to editor

These letters were written by fifth-grade students of Kellie Trout in The Plains Elementary. Trout is a graduate student in education at Ohio University, and is completing a professional internship at The Plains Elementary. 

Readers Forum

One can oppose gay marriage on principle, without bigotry

A March 30 "Athens Voice" submission posed several questions to Christians who object to same-sex marriage. The questions were reasonable enough, if somewhat sour in tone, but the writer already had an answer for each of them: bigotry.

Readers Forum

Celebrating Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

By Warren Hayden

It is time to celebrate. Come join the celebration at noon on Wednesday, May 13 at the Athens County Courthouse. Get a piece of cake and sign birthday cards for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Readers Forum

Local business owners call for increased interaction between City Council members and constituents

By Jason Kopelwitz

My name is Jason Kopelwitz and together, my wife (Jessica) and I own and operate Fluff Bakery and our newest venture on Athens' west side, the West Side Wingery. This letter has spawned from my experiences and the endless anecdotal evidence that I can no longer continue to ignore.

Readers Forum

If you have a good argument, don’t sabotage it with snark

By Brandon Jaeger

The April 16 letter in response to Sam Schooler's April 9 piece about Carry and Conceal laws vis a vis campus rape, headlined "Cover Article Contained Many Liberal Myths About Guns, CCW," contained this line: "…your 'Che Guevara is great' poli-sci class while sipping a latte." Really?

Readers Forum

Ballot measure would call for 100 percent green energy

By Gary “Spruce” Houser and John Knouse

The city of Athens has provided notable leadership in addressing numerous kinds of issues. In the arena of energy, the solar array at the Community Center still appears to be the largest municipally operated solar system in the state.

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.

Wearing Thin

A reminder: We do have guidelines for ‘The Voice’

by Terry Smith

I'm taking this opportunity to remind readers about our guidelines for "The Athens Voice."

Wearing Thin

Events law’s effect on biggest city event remains unclear

by Terry Smith

What's the difference between the verbs "plan," "sponsor," "sanction" and "organize"? And why should we care?

Wearing Thin

Athens has more than one law in its anti-fracking arsenal

by Terry Smith

With its aggressive efforts to keep oil and gas drilling, and related injection wells, from occurring within its limits, the city of Athens has drawn a lot of recent attention, not just locally but nationally as well. But that attention may be focused on the wrong law.

Wearing Thin

An old Athens story: Terrible landlord vs. terrible tenants

by Terry Smith

Well, this is embarrassing. My old friend, Tom Bennett, unearthed the letter that he received in July 1976 from our then landlord in Athens, informing us that we were not welcome to return to the same house for Ohio University's fall quarter, less than two months from then.

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.

 
 
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