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Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-18-14

WOUB and Alzheimer's, mmmKay. Guns and ammo for the middle east. I hate Athens, but I'm staying! Pawpaw power outage. Lexus nexus. Disabled artsists unite. Common sense ain't too common. Local music. Solich's salary. And War. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-15-14

It's the blood bucket song that never ends. Red Tape, the most dubious of all the tapes. Ya don't have to go home but ya can't stay here. Expanding sewers. Damn, that's a high dam. Good books? The representation of a representative. Represent. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-11-14

Refill your hand sanitizer. "Don't drop the soap," isn't that an anal rape joke? The solemn responsibility of elected office. In what ways are Terry Smith and Jenny McCarthy alike? Freedom! The justice in prosecutorial success. More about lawyers, guns and money. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-8-14

Bike friendly. Death and taxes. And more taxes. Buckets of blood, buckets of tears, I got so many buckets, comin' out of my ears. No truck necessary. Money Manziel? Try Money McDavis. First Amendment! The sheriff and the deputy. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-4-14

Who likes short shorts? A double entendre. Recall election? Hocking College woes. City price gouging. Profits are up! We're just doing our job! Love your libraries. Give the governor a harrumph! The truth? You can't handle the truth. Fun in helicopters. Guns, guns, everywhere. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 9-2-14

Hey everybody, let's just all call each other stupid. That always gets a good, healthy dialogue going. McDavis Hurrah! It's the Dawn of The Deputy. Trustees and believe. Neanderthals making a comeback in Athens county. I militarized the sheriff, but I didn't militarize the deputy. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-28-14

Properganderizing. No ticky, no laundry. Taking all that dodie off the mean streets. Who needs the Clean and Safe Halloween Committee? My dog's depression. The issues keeping you up at night. Success Street. Remain calm, all is well. Banana Republic. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-25-14

She's got everything she needs, she an artist, she don't look bad. Roundy boundy, hippity hoppity. I got the fever, and the only prescription, is another roundabout. Save the date, for Halloween. Diarrhea of the brain. Tea Party Ohio. Dog parks. Fraking, party of none. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-21-14

Break dancing down the street, occasionally. Stupid Democrats. The politicization of county offices. Computers. Halloween. Sports. Pot. This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Athens Voice

Athens Voice 8-18-14

Non-student shopping, whatever that means. Take me to the river. Drop me in the water. A big you're welcome, we were happy to do it! Unfriending your friends. Thompson's job. One locally-elected Republican. Desperation. The other foot, and the other shoe. When shall it drop? This is your voice, Athens, cherish it.

Commentary

Why you go to college – does this sound like you?

By Alan J. McMillan

UCLA's CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) just released a survey on why students go to college. About 300,000 freshmen students from approximately 300 four-year colleges completed the survey prior to the start of classes.

Commentary

Senior year at OU? The horror

As the leaves begin to change colors and the summer heat slowly begins to dissipate, thousands of students at Ohio University will be settling in for what will be their final school year in Athens. The class of 2015 has been a part of some of the finest moments in the school's history.

Commentary

The climate marches on with big event Sunday in D.C.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

"Unjust laws exist." So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience." The naturalist and pacifist asked, "Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?" His answer was simple: "I say, break the law."

Commentary

Get ready for the symbolic ‘Internet Slowdown’ Sept. 10

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

This Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net's "Internet Slowdown," a global day of grass-roots action.

Commentary

Your top objective as you set foot on campus this fall

By Alan J. McMillan

Millions of you are on campus for the fall. Some of you are newly minted freshman, and many others are making your return from summer break. Interests, area of study and academic environments vary. BUT, you all share the same No. 1 objective.

Commentary

The guns of August bring grim historical perspective

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Guns of August," historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration.

Commentary

Ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson. Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight.

Commentary

Branding, networking and syllabus day

By Alex J. McMillan

OK, first day of class and it's time to review the syllabus. A quick lesson:

• Your personal network can change your life/career.

• Building your network is intentional and you have more "networking events" than you recognize.

Commentary

James Risen, surveillance & Obama’s threat to journalism

Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Amy Goodman

The Obama administration's espionage case against alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is expected to come to trial soon, six years after he was indicted. In addition to Sterling, also on trial will be a central pillar of our democratic society: press freedom.

Commentary

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 years later after the bombs

Breaking the Sound Barrier

"I hate war," Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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

Help our library system continue to excel; yes on levy

Athens County has a public library system that's the envy of southeast Ohio, and rivals in quality library systems in much larger metro areas. We can uphold that quality in the face of crippling budget cuts by the state, by passing the local library levy that's on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Endorsements

Senior services levy renewal has big payoff for small price

If there was ever a suitable use for taxpayer money, it's to pay for senior nutrition programs that help older people stay in their homes and live independently. That's why we strongly support the Senior Services Renewal Levy that will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Endorsements

We recommend Todd Grace to replace respected judge

Athens County voters are fortunate in having their choice of three experienced local lawyers in the primary election for Athens County Common Pleas Court judge on May 6. We have looked carefully at the credentials, experience and demeanor of the three candidates, and feel that Todd Grace is the best choice.

Endorsements

We hope Trimble can get OK for improvement levy

We hope voters in the Trimble Local School District look kindly on the five-mill permanent improvement levy that will appear on the Tuesday, May 6, election ballot. The levy is for a five-year period.

Endorsements

Vote yes on Athens City School District's income tax renewal

Residents of school district will be voting

The Athens NEWS strongly supports Issue 2 on the ballot in the Athens City School District. This is a simple renewal of an already existing earned income tax, and won't increase taxes.

Endorsements

Yes to electric aggregation

We strongly support Issue 2 on the Athens County ballot and Issue 3 on the Athens city ballot. The measures, in each case, would authorize the local officials to negotiate an aggregation contract for residents and small commercial customers to purchase electricity.

Endorsements

McSteen, Bart and Cochran for at-large City Council

In the May 7 Democratic primary election for three Athens City Council at-large seats, we recommend the election of three challengers, Michael McSteen, Michael Bart and Jennifer Cochran. All three will bring thoughtful and fresh perspectives to City Council.

Endorsements

Endorsement Wrap-up 2012

Here's a rundown of all of our endorsements in the Nov. 6 General Election. The original, full versions of these endorsements can be found at www.athensnews.com. Pull down the "Editorial" menu to find "Endorsements."

Endorsements

Elect three Democrats to GOP-lopsided Supreme Court

In the three races for the Ohio Supreme Court, we urge Athens County voters to lend support to the three Democrats running for election on the overwhelmingly Republican court.

Endorsements

Hoover will provide energy, experience as appeals judge

We support the election of Marie Hoover, a Portsmouth Democrat, to the Fourth District Court of Appeals. This district includes Athens and 13 other southeast Ohio counties.

Letters

Local Zionist says he stands with the good people of Gaza

To the Editor:

As a Jewish alum of Ohio University, I find myself in agreement, but only in part, with OU Student Senate President Megan Marzec's pretense that she's "standing with the oppressed people of Gaza."

Letters

If anything, OU was rude to embattled Student Senate chief

To the Editor:

While I admire Editor Smith for writing about his personal feelings in Thursday's "Wearing Thin," to blame Megan Marzek for being rude and showing a "lack of respect" reveals a bias in favor of the university administration.

Letters

Local video links climate change to Martin Luther King Jr.

To the Editor:

This Sunday, organizers of the Peoples Climate March in New York City are fervently hoping for the largest rally yet to occur on the climate issue - in advance of a United Nations event that President Obama will be attending.

Letters

Rep. Johnson doesn’t believe in local workers for local projects

To the Editor:

To me. it seems fair that when the federal government has a construction project that they should hire local workers.

Letters

When talking about Israel, follow these nine simple rules...

To the Editor:

In the interest of furthering a discussion, permit me to submit the following listicle on Nine Ways Not to Talk About Israel:

Letters

Why on earth does park ‘n ride not have security cameras?

To the Editor:

I want to tell a true story of complete and utter idiocy. I own a 2010 blue Kia Forte. It was vandalized on the morning of Sept. 9, 2014.

Letters

Marzec’s action follows a grand tradition of local protest

To the Editor:

As a person with some Native American heritage, I see many similarities between the plight of the Palestinians and what happened and still happens here in America to Native Americans.

Letters

The truth hurts, so if the shoe fits, wear it.

To the Editor:

Four F-16 fighter jets attacked the USS Liberty spy ship sailing in international waters. The jets dropped napalm and strafed the deck, knocking out all communication equipment, killed 34 sailors and injured 174.

Letters

Israel, by its actions, no longer holds the high ground on morality

To the Editor:

As a teenager, I constantly read books about the Holocaust and Israel, itself a teenager at the time. My heroes were Jewish heroes. They nourished my notions of idealism and courage in the face of raw power.

Letters

President reaffirms OU’s commitment to free expression

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

The events of the past week have been very difficult for many members of our community as well as our alumni and friends. We have witnessed how engaged our students are, and how deeply they commit themselves to issues that are important to them.

Readers Forum

Athens folks, smell the roses in the here and now

Clichés are the pits, aren't they. Fossilized remnants from the past, carriers of tenacious metaphors, too easy to discount.

Readers Forum

Performing music deserves fair pay and conditions

By John Borchard

On behalf of my fellow musicians (and artists in general), I'd like to provide a bit of community education regarding the procurement and maintenance of musician services. I've been a musician for 51 years, most of those spent in the Austin, Texas, and Athens, Ohio communities, and the majority as a professional musician.

Readers Forum

Stand Up for Marzec and the beleaguered Palestinians

By Damon Krane

Megan Marzec clearly stated her position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It speaks volumes about her opponents that they'd rather silence her than attempt to argue against that position. From th

Readers Forum

Wonder what’s the purpose of Labor Day? Read on...

By Ted Linscott

Another holiday weekend has come and gone. To most people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, or the beginning of football season. 

Readers Forum

Burst the Bobcat bubble

By Gary Goosman

Here it is. Another fall term in the heart of Appalachian Ohio. As with so many new school years, there will appear multiple editorials directed at Ohio University students encouraging them to wander outside the realm of academia to experience Athens County and the surrounding area.

Readers Forum

New Athenian recounts her top 10 favorite Athens things

This is a list of my 10 favorite things about Athens after living here for one year. It's just a way to share some known and not-as-well known treasures about Athens with others who are recent arrivals.

Readers Forum

ALS Ice Bucket Miracle is not a new phenomenon

By Bernhard Debatin

We now know that the bucket challenge worked amazingly well and that it has done phenomenal things for an orphan disease like ALS: $23 million in three weeks for a charity that usually needs four months to collect the same amount.

Readers Forum

Citizens likely did have impact on USFS fracking decision

By Bob Sheak

David DeWitt's article, "Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne anyway," may leave the reader with a false impression.

Readers Forum

Local activist reports from Yazidi refugee camps in Iraq

By Peggy Faw Gish

The cry for help from minority ethnic groups in northern Iraq, threatened by the militant forces calling themselves the "Islamic State" (IS), is being heard by people and governments around the world.

Readers Forum

An egg-bound democracy? Reflections of a gentleman farmer

By Tom Walker

Retired from over four decades as an OU political scientist, I now have the opportunity to spend time talking with and learning from the sheep and chickens on our little Rt. 13 farm.

Wearing Thin

Student Senate prez had the right, but was she right?

by Terry Smith

Here's a hodge-podge of "Wearing Thin" observations about Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec's "Blood Bucket Challenge," though not all of them congeal into a coherent whole.

Wearing Thin

A 9-year-old with an Uzi – what could go wrong?

by Terry Smith

Stupid, spectacularly so. That's the only conclusion any sane person can have about the Aug. 25 accidental shooting death of a firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl he was showing how to shoot an Uzi submachine gun.

Wearing Thin

Back to college: It doesn’t get any better than this

by Terry Smith

It's been 41 years since I came to Athens as a freshman, and I still remember the jubilant excitement of plopping down in this glorious college town.

Wearing Thin

Don’t make me apologize for mourning Robin Williams

The death of comedian and actor Robin Williams Monday to an apparent suicide hit me hard, and judging from the heavy response on Facebook, I wasn't the only one.

Wearing Thin

If pot laws are like speeding laws, I’m Timothy Leary

by Terry Smith

My colleague, Dennis Powell, author of the weekly column, "The View From Mudsock Heights," agree on a lot of things, including a shared outlook on what's amusing in life.

Wearing Thin

Am I outraged about the planned East State interchange? Not so much

by Terry Smith

When it comes to matters involving streets and traffic, everybody seems to be an expert. Not just an expert, but the sort of snooty, dismissive know-it-all who ridicules and dismisses anyone else who might have a differing opinion, even if that person actually is an expert.

Wearing Thin

Famous writer-professor, now passed away, taught me well

by Terry Smith

It doesn't seem that long ago. An eager would-be literary lion (and OU Bobcat at the time), I was granted permission to take English professor Daniel Keyes' exclusive senior-level creative-writing course. When I took the course at Ohio University in 1977, Keyes, who passed away June 15 at the age of 86, was an established and renowned author.

Wearing Thin

OU once played an active role in serving student beer drinkers

by Terry Smith

Ohio Brew Week is here again, and that means your humble editor's annual column that has some tenuous connection to beer. I'm very glad that Athens doesn't host an annual Ohio Scissors Week, Candle Week, Shoe Week or Toilet Week. Those columns would be very difficult to write.

Wearing Thin

Why shouldn’t city muzzle obnoxious barking dogs?

by Terry Smith

"This is bulls---, dogs bark; it's normal. They're supposed to, so what are we supposed to do, have their voice box removed? Jesus. Dogs bark. Annoying neighbors need to just get over it."

The above is an online comment in reaction to our story last Thursday about Athens City Council considering levying fines against owners of excessively barking dogs.

Wearing Thin

How did your dad help make you the person you became?

Fathers Day 2014

by Terry Smith

Father's Day is always a good opportunity to reflect back on your relationship with your dad, provided you had one who was around as you were growing up. For me, it's also a chance to try to underst

 
 
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