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It is not often that I agree with an editorial in The Chronicle, but the editorial on July 14 is very accurate in describing what's happening with the young folks in the Augusta area and I guess everywhere else. If they're not given punishment that will make them understand that something happens because of the things they do, they'll keep on doing it.

I watched the "throwdown" with Bobby Flay and Very Vera, and it was quite obvious who cooked which cake. Bobby's was two layers, and Vera's was three. They even made the comment that Bobby's was more moist than Vera's. But what mayor is going to let an outsider come in and win when the local is clearly there to win and look good for the city of Augusta. I don't think it was a fair contest. I think Bobby should've won, considering his cake was more moist, even though it was not the traditional frosting. I think Vera won because she's an Augusta native and the mayor was one of the judges.

This is a rant for the person who compared Barack Obama to Jackie Robinson. Seriously? You're comparing a baseball player to a president? The job descriptions are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Just because the first black ballplayer turned out to be one of the best of all time certainly does not mean that the first black president will turn out to be one of the best.

Why do most candidates travel and spend, all the while saying nothing of substance? Just because somebody flies into Augusta for a few minutes won't make him or her a good leader.

South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheehan released tax records that show his income jumped from $74,641 to $372,509. Ain't it amazing that his law firm suddenly started raking in the big bucks only after Sheehan got into the Legislature?

I would like to applaud and congratulate Dr. Wayne Frazier, his staff and Glenn Hills High School for putting children first and making AYP. Great job - keep up the good work.

The elderly folks of Ervin Towers on Laney-Walker are losing their bus route. It is their only access to the doctor, shopping and productive lives. Now the commission is cutting their route and they have to walk several blocks over treacherous railroad tracks in the 100-degree heat. We are talking about people in their 80s and 90s.

Two of Kathleen Parker's columns recently published in The Chronicle resonated particularly with me. One was her wonderfully perceptive article about Harper Lee's tone toward the South of the 1930s in To Kill a Mockingbird. In her other column, concerning physical threats by Muslim extremists against cartoonists, Ms. Parker defended free speech in general by saying, "We even extend freedom of expression to the evil and stupid, figuring it is better that hate and ignorance be exposed in the light of day than that they go underground to fester and breed." Well said. Thanks, Chronicle, for publishing that.


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