Comments from readers:
IF GEORGE BUSH ISN'T the worse president since George Washington, I wish somebody would please tell me who was.
THIS IS A RANT for our Richmond County code enforcement department. You can't get a hold of them. I live in the Boykin Road area of south Augusta and we've got dilapidated houses where crackheads are hanging out. Abandoned houses that need to be tore down, and we've got perpetual flea markets that look like junk yards and different things in residential neighborhoods that don't go with the neighborhood. ... But you can't get a hold of anybody in county government because nobody knows what anybody else is supposed to be doing. It doesn't seem like anybody in Richmond County knows their job any more. I tell you this county needs an improvement big time. And you need to cut out all these guys, the big wheels, and get some people in there that actually know how to work, how to do their job.
A RANT FOR THE degenerate accused of raping a 75-year-old woman here in Augusta. I only wish there were laws in Georgia written specifically for this animal. If found guilty he should be castrated immediately and sent to prison for the rest of his sick, useless life.
THIS IS TO THE PERSON that was worried about the trains messing up her lunches and she thought they were done on purpose. The trains are not scheduled at a certain time. I know because I work for the railroad. We are lucky to have the train coming through here. We just get our load and come through regardless of what time of day or night it is.
THIS IS A RANT FOR George Bush. I think he has done wrong for sending the troops over to Iraq. It doesn't make any sense sending the troops over there to get killed. The U.S. needs to mind their own business. Iraqi people have always been war people and there has never been a quick fight; blood is always being shed. My dad was in the Vietnam War and I'm glad he made it back home. But I'm against sending soldiers over there.
I WANT TO SEND out a major rave to all of our musicians that play for churches in our area. I just wanted to say thank you so much. We appreciate you and love you. As members of the churches, we appreciate our musicians. I'm of the Baptist faith and I don't feel like there are primary or secondary musicians in churches. Just wanted to say that I feel all of our musicians are equal and I would hope that other churches would feel this way as well.
I HAVE A RAVE for the University Hospital nursing staff. I would like to thank them for giving me the best care after having surgery on Jan. 19th. They were superb and every need was met. I want to thank all the ladies that helped me in any way. University Hospital, you are No. 1 and always will be.
I AM SO SICK OF COLOR being brought into every crime. Yes, the rape victim was white and the criminal was black. But it was a horrible issue and color should have been the last thing that came up.
THIS RANT IS for Mandy Rhodes, the young lady accused of taking money from the courthouse. Sweetheart, you don't have to worry. I haven't seen a person that was accused of the same thing get any jail time. Just pay the money back. Cry in front of the judge that you was just having a hard time, you don't know why you did it. You won't get any jail time. They'll give you probation. Don't worry about it.
WHAT GOES ON with James Brown's family is not any of our business. But, however, it is going to be our business as long as we're made to pay for his funeral.
EDITOR, RANTS & RAVES: Since you have a variety of people of all walks of life with a variety of thoughts, please, do not take up so much space on one topic.
THIS IS A RANT to Augusta. First, the Augusta Exchange, we needed another grocery store, not an appliance store. All of the grocers in this area have gone. We need one desperately. Second, the garbage service is terrible and much too high. What is a senior supposed to do? Believe me, if I wasn't disabled and elderly I would move out of the city of Augusta.
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