Thursday, September 06, 2007

Couple of things

- Adding to the vast number of folks who think the Glenn Tax may not be the best idea, Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's got plenty of questions about it. This is good to hear, but also part positioning on his part on behalf of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle who is lining himself up for a run at the governor's seat in 2010.

- In the same article, Perdue reaffirms his commitment to bring a medical school expansion to Athens-Clarke County (also good), and please note that Augusta is getting so desperate that they know want to tear down a public housing project to make room. Related to that, Dave Barbee resigned from the Augusta Housing Authority, and, even though they say his positions don't reflect theirs, the state GOP is more than content to let him keep his leadership position.

- I took some exception to Elton Dodon's statements at a recent rally, and, judging by the comments, so did a few other folks.

- Ultimately, I don't think we have enough political clout to land the bio-defense facility ... but don't worry, that ain't stopping folks from playing the NIMBY card.

- For those interested, a new podcast for The Cover Two.

- OK, well, kind of. I mean, I think raising the age to 21 was a little silly, and your example clearly illustrates that. However I think we have to be clear about some things here ... if we're trying to stop outrageous criminal behavior, police background checks are obviously the way to go. If our aim sincerely is to merely curb underage drinking, then police background checks won't do a whole heck of a lot. I still argue that a 21-year-old UGA senior with a clean record is just as likely to let in four underage buddies as a 19-year-old UGA sophomore who has an underage possession under his belt. There isn't some magic quotient that enables us to determine who is and who isn't going to let someone in. Obviously we shouldn't be employing sex offenders as doormen, but don't we already have some sort of system in place to notify us of who they are?

- A little bit of a response to Hillary's points on the neighborhood budgetary initiative.

- Peach Pundit's favorite actor-turned-politician (for the moment at least) makes it official. How serious is Fred Thompson? So serious that he shows up on The Tonight Show rather than engage in a substantive debate on the issues of the day with his opponents.


Anonymous Chuck said...

After keeping afloat for years on the sea of stupidity that is the Athens-Clarke County Corruption, it looks like Kathy Hoard finally sprung a leak in her dinghy.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous dave_in_athens said...

Dr. Lee specifically addressed the differences between animal-health science practices in England vs. the US. He used the example of the foot and mouth outbreak to illustrate that the NBAF facility would be a TREMENDOUS advancement in safety and technology from that suspect facility in England. He brought a faculty member who had specifically worked at the lab that started the F&M outbreak in England. She described a facility built in the 40's!! with NO modern containment equipment or personnel precautions. Night and day difference from what is proposed with NBAF.

Every "concerned citizen" group vocalizing and letter to the editor questioning this project is a bullet in Trent Lott's gun. It's going to take a miracle to get this thing here, vs. MS or TX where they are crawling over themselves to attract it. They KNOW the benefit a facility like this would bring to their community. In Athens, once again, we can't see the forest for the trees.


11:49 AM  
Blogger Snowden Tatarski said...

We already have a BCL3 on this campus. It's not in a field either. We have got to get past this stupidity.

4:58 PM  

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