Rants & Raves

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All of this reorganization of Augusta city government is a con job being put over on the taxpayers. The city government is trying to make it look like they are saving $1.5 million from eliminating positions. They are rehiring the same people at higher salaries. The group of commissioners who object to reorganization are needed in this scenario so that there will be turmoil and confusion. As long as we have conflict, then taxes can be raised and both groups can point fingers at each other. Sounds a lot like Republicans and Democrats bickering with each other and then the taxpayer ends up being hurt, just like always.

Rant: Obama Administra­tion Education Department's decision to "bail out" Morris Brown College for misappropriating $9.6 million. The perpetrators get off paying $500,000. How many pre-K kids are now denied this benefit by budget cuts would have been helped with $9.6 million to this private school?

A rave to Bill Kirby at the Augusta Chronicle. I always enjoy reading his articles and his style of journalism -- wit, humor and down-home writing.

My child came home and informed me that a substitute teacher/coach at Hephzibah Middle placed a child on the wall and called her stupid because she could not remember the date and then made another child do push-ups for being stupid. How are we to build self-esteem in our children if the grown-ups in charge are continuously knocking it down? Some people have no business working with our kids.

I am saddened that Frank­lin Graham has gotten into the fray about President Obama's declaration that he is a Christian. It doesn't help the cause of Christ and is not the right Christian pastoral influence on government. His father learned this hard lesson after his fiasco with President Nixon.

This is a rant for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Another accident on Mike Padgett Highway. Until you people start enforcing the law and writing some tickets, it's going to continue to be a death trap. I followed a Richmond County policeman up Highway 56 today. I was doing 65 and couldn't even keep up with him. He turned onto Brown Road, as I did. I lost sight of him. I went up to the Pine Hill Grocery and, lo and behold, there he was, buying lottery tickets. So how can you expect to stop the accidents and slow people down if you're not obeying the law?

It's not the highway. It's not the truck drivers. It's the people who don't want to wait. They pull out in front of these trucks. If they took the phones out of their ears and paid attention and quit pulling in front of these tractor-trailer trucks, it'd be a lot better on Highway 56.


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