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Home » Articles »   By Athens NEWS Staff
Wednesday, June 16,2010
Letters

Have courage and support local art programs like Kennedy Mus.

To the Editor:

The painter Henri Matisse once said, "Creativity takes courage." Like Matisse, I believe that it takes bravery to be an artist and even more bravery to view art. I'm writing to ask people of Athens " not just OU students " to be courageous in supporting the arts programs, more specifically the Kennedy Art Museum.

Art programs offer beauty to participants but can also provide a chance to further education. "Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections" says that art plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language and social-emotional development. In these ways alone, it's clear to see that art encompasses a broad spectrum of education and is essential for anyone looking to expand their minds.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Letters

Voinovich supports bill that will increase our dependence on oil

To the Editor:

As the oil spill disaster continues to pour oil into the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Sen. Voinovich, D-Ohio, voted on Thursday, June 10, for a misguided bill that would have increased Ohio's dependence on oil by more than 42 million gallons in 2016, and cost consumers billions at the gas pump.

The U.S. Senate thankfully rejected the proposal, introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and backed by Big Oil, which would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil as well as other common-sense actions to reduce America's dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Commentary

Iran: The Sanctions charade

By Athens NEWS Staff

The mountain labored for a year and a half, and finally gave birth to a mouse. On June 9 the U.N. Security Council agreed on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, for its alleged attempt to build nuclear weapons, that will cause Iran no grave inconvenience. But that's only fair, since the crime of which Iran is accused has not been proved either.

In November 2007, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies contributed to a National Intelligence Estimate saying that Iran had stopped work on nuclear weapons in 2003. It was a bureaucratic preemptive strike, intended to head off real air strikes against Iran by the Bush administration. And even now, the U.S. intelligence agencies haven't changed their view.

In March 2009, the director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, and the Defense Intelligence Agency's head, Lt-Gen Michael Maples, told Congress that Iran did not have highly enriched uranium for bomb-making and had not made the decision to produce any. They also testified that Iran's missile program was not related to its nuclear program.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Arts and Entertainment

Singer/songwriter night at FPR

By Athens NEWS Staff

The Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County is hosting a singer/songwriter night on its concert stage this Saturday night at 8.

The show will feature Mary Gauthier and Darrell Scott with each performing a set of music with the possibility of some collaboration as well. Both artists are respected Americana music performers, and both have newly released CDs that are garnering a good deal of attention.

Scott is an American singer/songwriter as well as a multi-instrumentalist. His new CD, released May 25, is entitled "A Crooked Road."

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Ask the Advice Goddess

Lame excuse to spend night makes for concerns

By Athens NEWS Staff

I met a nice man (so I thought) who lives about 40 miles away. On our second date, we had drinks in my neighborhood. He drank too much, and asked to hang at my house so he wouldn't drive under the influence. I didn't like this because I'm used to guys using this ploy for sex, but he said if I didn't let him in, I was making him drive drunk. I grudgingly allowed him in, and he immediately started making moves on me. Eventually, I tried to send him home, but he said he was still in no position to drive, so I kicked him out early in the morning. What were my obligations here? Every man I asked said I shouldn't have risked letting him in. As one said, "Better a strange drunk on the road than a strange drunk in your home, where he could rape you." I have yet to ask a woman who can give me a definitive answer; they're all as conflicted as I am. " Manhandled

If a stranger comes to your door and says, "I'm too drunk to drive home," you don't say, "No problem, I'll make up the bed!" Yet, this guy's a near stranger, one you didn't want in your home " even before he took the post-date sex ploy to a remarkable new low. Yeah, forget the usual lame lemme-in tactics like "I'd love to meet that cat I've heard so much about!" or "Mind if I use your bathroom?" No, it's "Mind if I cause the fiery death of a family of five?"

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Local NEWS

ARC co-chair applauds job-creating OU incubator

By Athens NEWS Staff

A recently appointed federal official visited southeast Ohio for the first time Tuesday to tour the Ohio University Innovation Center, where he got a feel for how the center creates both jobs and income for Athens County and the surrounding region.

Established in 1983, the OU Innovation Center, 340 W. State St., is a business incubator. Earl F. Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, said he paid a visit to Athens as part of his initiative to make sure that all of the money spent by the commission is "an investment in the economic future of Appalachian families that will generate a return for American taxpayers."

In Athens, the center has been able to help jumpstart 14 businesses and has had a history of successful job creation in the Appalachian region. That, along with support from OU, has helped create its good reputation, said Gohl.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Arts and Entertainment

Music to grace College Green again

By Athens NEWS Staff

The "Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series will present five free concerts this summer, beginning Wednesday, June 23, and each consecutive week until Wednesday, July 21. Each of these outdoor concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the College Green adjacent to Ohio University's Memorial Auditorium.

The "Under the Elms" Concert Band, or "Communiversity Band," is comprised of university faculty, students, and alumni, as well as community members from Athens and surrounding communities. The ensemble rehearses one night a week prior to each performance. The music director and principal conductor of "Under the Elms" is OU's director of bands, Andrew Trachsel.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Campus NEWS

OU gets $1.5 million in grants for composting, solar

By Athens NEWS Staff

Ohio University has been awarded $1.5 million for energy-efficiency projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The money will come from two grants. The first totals $1,088,571 and will be used to double the university's current compost initiative through the purchase of a new composting unit, a 1.4 gallon solar thermal and a 31.1 kilowatt solar electric system and waste-oil burners.

The second grant is worth $432,000 and will be used to install a 61.1 kilowatt solar electric system on campus at the Lausche Heating Plant.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Local NEWS

School program provides kids with yummy summer nutrition

By Athens NEWS Staff

For students who attend the Trimble and Federal Hocking school districts, summer means a few things " freedom, sun and, for some, a sticky situation.

More than 65 percent of these students receive free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches during the school year, according to the Athens County Children Services Board, causing some families to search for ways to both stretch their dollars and fill their pantries during summer vacation.

Last year, the combined efforts of Trimble Elementary School Principal Mary Mitchell and Carrie Shaw, a social worker for Trimble and the ACCSB, produced an even stickier solution: providing families in need with all of the fixings for peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches.

Wednesday, June 16,2010
Local NEWS

Bike adventure ready to roll into Athens next week

By Athens NEWS Staff

Beginning next week, the Athens' stretch of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway will be rolling with more than 2,500 cyclists participating in the 22nd Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.

Local organizers have spent months preparing to host Athens' two-day leg of this weeklong event that begins and ends in Logan, according to a news release.

According to GOBA, its riders come in all ages, shapes and sizes and reside in over 40 states, as well as other countries. Riders cover approximately 50 miles a day, and many ride at a leisurely pace, taking in the sights along the way. Athens is their mid-week stop, with cyclists arriving from Marietta throughout the day on Wednesday, June 23, and departing for McArthur on Friday.

 
 
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