Food for Thought and Eating It, Too
While America watched and wondered during the blackout, a rather interesting evening was unfolding at the club
. Preceding the show headlined by Helios Creed
was a launch party for the new Athens alternative paper The Athens Weekly News
, launched by former Flagpole
"political editor" Brad Aaron and longtime citizen Tony Eubanks
. The new publication, a single 11"x17" yellowish sheet folded and printed on four panels, has a cover price of $1, but for tonight the premiere issue's copies had a red "free copy" stamp printed on them, to promote to the public.
The online edition is expanded beyond the modest inaugural print copy in that it has this very good op-ed piece
from the local GOP guy about the silent but threatening trend of rental registration, recently outlawed by the state of Georgia to no deterrence of the Athens/Clarke County commission, which even now attempts to change a few words and blatantly defy state law, feeding a process that can only lead to greater oppression of property owners and struggling renters alike.
Anyway, it was nice to see the excitement and hope of a new enterprise celebrated by its supporters. The event was catered by Uncle Ernie's Clayton Street Deli on Broad (I am not kidding), which brought a large number of cold meat and cheese sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, about 30 of which were left over at the end of the night and became mine own inheritance.
I thought it neat that all this free food should become mine, as I have very little politically in common with affluent suburban liberals, but such is life in Athens and an example of why disagreement should never get in the way of fellowship...