Comments from readers:
THIS IS A RANT AGAINST everyone who has absolutely no respect for anyone. There are so many funerals where I see people not only flying by, as though they don't know what is going on, but even getting in the middle of the procession. That is the rudest thing in the world, and I think it should be a crime. People who do this not only have no respect for others but must not have any for themselves either.
BEFORE YOU BRING UP bad things about James Brown's past, sit back, take a deep breath and think about all the things you have done. As a matter of fact, take the time to write them down, then go ahead and try to badmouth someone else. You all bring up negative things as though you are saints.
THIS IS A RANT to the North Augusta post office for flying the flag upside down last week. A flag flying upside down is a signal of distress. Maybe somebody should look into the distress going on at that post office.
I JUST WANT everyone to know that even though we may not want to understand others, we have to learn to. We all must learn to work with everyone and get along. You shouldn't forget where you come from and give joy and love in the process. When God sees this, he will continue to be as good as he is and make a way somehow for us all. Do the right thing in God's name, and he will bless you.
WHY SHIP MORE soldiers to Iraq when a cheaper and safer possible solution is to ship them one big bomb?
I MUST DISAGREE with the person who said Michael Jackson had no business at James Brown's funeral. Yes, MJ has had legal problems, and, yes, he may have done some immoral things, but what does that have to do with James Brown? I'm not a Michael fan, but I must admit his speech about how he idolized James Brown since he first saw him on TV when he was a little boy was the only speech that was not sounding like a call for a racial battle. Some of the things the other men said had absolutely nothing to do with James Brown. (For example: Dick Gregory joking about not looking for Osama bin Laden.)
JAMES BROWN WAS an entertainer, not a politician. Why should the cost of his funeral be the responsibility of Augusta? He apparently has plenty of money in his estate. Use that money, not mine.
A RANT FOR MR. DALLAS and the Brown daughters. You barred Tomi Rae and James II from their home and excluded them from funeral planning. Now you want to condemn Tomi Rae for her behavior. How rational would you be if you had received the same treatment?
I FEEL EVERY 18-year-old male who's not blind, deaf or crippled should be made to join our military. Peacetime as well as wartime.
A RAVE FOR outstanding customer service I received at the Mullins Crossing Chick-fil-A.
A RANT TO THE AUGUSTA Commission for cramming the drag strip idea down our throats. I am a 26-year resident of Richmond County who happens to be an avid drag race fan and an occasional participant. I would love to see such a facility, but only if operated by a group totally independent of the Richmond County government.
A RAVE FOR our security department at Doctors Hospital.
IT IS MY HUMBLE opinion that Woody Merry and his like cause more problems ... than good. They cause discord; they bring no unity to the city.
A RANT TO the cigarette smokers at Augusta Tech; you are really trashing the campus by throwing your butts on the ground.