Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Couple of things

- Now, is it just me, or is Greene County sheriff Chris Houston taking this whole thing too lightly? 'He was just trying to warn them?' Dude, he shot a man for getting too close to his fishing lines. You don't shoot someone as a warning. Hell, you don't shoot at someone as a warning for something as minor as guarding your fishing lines.

- Regarding the Oconee County alcohol ordinance, I don't really have an opinion. Well, I do in that I think they should permit the sale of beer and wine in restaurants, but I mean that it's important for that community to determine what's best for its residents. You know, it's called local control ... what the Georgia General Assembly refused to let you do.

- Speaking of alcohol ordinances, Athens-Clarke County is pitching some of the possible new regulations regarding serving alcohol to the bar owners and, not shockingly, some of them don't like it (including, not shockingly, Sky Hertwig). I don't like the concept of setting a minimum price at all, and I've got some concerns about buying only two drinks at once ... partially because that ain't gonna do anything. If Little Billy wants to knock a few back, he's going to find a way to get his 14 beers. The latter, again, wlll largely affect only the overwhelming majority of bar frequenters who do drink responsibly and are coming to simply buy the next round for their table. As far as the doorman being 21, I'm OK with that though I do think the workforce realities could pose some problems. Training classes for doormen, coupled with stiff penalities for businesses which serve underage individuals, seem to be a better approach. That way it's less regulation and instead puts the onus, rightfully, on the business owner.

- Go. Dawgs.

- And, ah yes, in typical Atlanta Hawks fashion ... they got the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft ... which is, forgive me, almost worthless this year with two remarkable prospects in Greg Oden and Kevin Durant waiting to be taken with the top two selections. Just go ahead and take Levi Stukes and be done with it.

- The new branding process offered by the Athens Area Visitors and Convention Bureau is coming under fire. Personally, I don't think it's as bad as everyone is saying, but I'm also not crazy about it ... particularly the tagline. I do, however, favor Jeff Snowden's proposal from a few years back.

- There's a nice little discussion about the 10th Congressional District race going on at Peach Pundit.

- Finally ... congrats to Xon and his wife Katie on the birth of their son, Bradley Davin Hostetter. Eight pounds! That's a sturdy little fella!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Greene County Sheriff's laid-back attitude MAKES that story.


11:35 AM  
Blogger Adrian said...

The biggest single problem with underage drinking in my mind is the prevalence of fake IDs. Getting one is practically a right of passage -- they're really that common. So why not bring more attention to that problem? What can we do to discourage fake IDs?

2:14 PM  
Blogger hillary said...

Lower the drinking age to 18?

3:38 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

Anybody know why we don't have licenses to pour around here? Where I'm from you as an individual lose them for a period if you serve the underaged.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Polusplagchnos said...

Perhaps, Johnathan, protecting one's fishing lines is more important when that is your livelihood. I think, and I cannot remember where, I once read about someone who rode around with another older someone and together they stole fish out from those lines. Maybe it was a Flagpole article? Anyway, one of the threads of the story was how important these lines are to local people. It's not a casual "time off from work" fishing, but something more serious and territorial.

But, yeah, kudos for the sheriff for telling it as he saw it.

Also, apparently Blogger hates Opera.

4:37 PM  

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