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There has been a long debate in Athens County about the impact of including off-campus college students when calculating the county’s poverty rate. Athens County has the highest individual poverty rate in the state and has for many years. With Athens County being the home of Ohio University …

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As an Athenian who lives several miles outside of town away from public transport routes and who relies on an automobile to access Court Street, I appreciate the efforts to “keep vehicles moving” through the spaces for parking uptown (cover article in The Athens NEWS, June 20). However, I am…

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It is common knowledge that the public discourse in the United States, along with most of the world, is crumbling around our collective feet. (“The Athens Voice” in your paper is one such forum that is increasing the downward spiral in our conversations.) 

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To the outsider or newcomer, Athens, Ohio, is a quaint, rural, college town that values supporting local business, farmers and education. What is often overlooked in this county, however, is the population re-entering society from the criminal-justice system.

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Recently we have been reminded of how a gunshot can reverberate months and even years into the future. Two students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting decided they could take no more and ended their own lives.

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In response to the recent announcement by Damon Krane that he’s running for mayor, our current mayor, Steve Patterson, made a few claims to The Athens NEWS that don’t hold up under scrutiny. We expect our local news outlets to operate under a mandate similar to that of their national counter…

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As a white, female heterosexual from the Athens community who cares deeply about people who are marginalized by mainstream society, I have had the pleasure of extended contact with students through auditing classes and participating in campus events. Currently, I am alarmed about the directi…

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As each Athens City School District resident, parent, student and teacher becomes increasingly aware of the enormous economic, environmental and educational opportunities afforded by net-zero energy schools, invariably they ask why this district hasn’t made net-zero design and delivery a mat…

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I am a retired nurse and nurse practitioner of 40 years, and I was raised in Montreal, Canada, then moved to Southern California during a nursing shortage in the ’70s. I’ve lived in Athens since 1986.

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We are truly grateful for the continued support of education in the Athens City School District. Through this support, we have been able to further conversations on how our future buildings will serve the educational needs of our students.

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Ohio has the opportunity of a lifetime to impact outdoor recreation for generations to come. At stake are 60,000 acres of land that have been managed for wildlife and recreation for the last few decades. The AEP ReCreation Land, which is a vast stretch in eastern Ohio, comprising reclaimed s…

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Fresh from a trip to Saigon, I got a text the other night from a friend, and it included news that made me shake my head. While the news didn’t altogether surprise me, I thought it spoke to my feelings about Ohio University and its peculiar commitment to diversity, gender and inclusion.