Rants and Raves

Comments from readers:

IF MCG PRESIDENT Dan Rahn actually cared about Augusta and the students, then he would have built his new medical school at the old location of Regency Mall so the students would have enough room to park.

JUDGE EARLY SAID HE was fond of James Brown. I hope he will honor James Brown's wishes in his decision.

I HAVE A SPECIAL rave for our residents association in Goshen Plantation. They are constantly cleaning up the trash in our subdivision. They keep our roads safe by calling the sheriff's department to patrol our area, and thanks to the marshal's office for always enforcing the code.

A HUGE RANT FOR THE woman legislator in Atlanta who would not want to pass a law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving a vehicle. The reason is because she does it herself. It causes more accidents, and I can't understand how she thinks she's representing the people of Georgia.

THIS IS TO THE PEOPLE who say that it's OK for policemen to speed. Nobody is above the law. If a crime is happening, then the police officer should have on his sirens. Other people are driving also and their lives are in danger.

THIS IS TO THE PEOPLE bashing the person that wrote in about officers driving too fast for no reason. It is proven that some officers do abuse their authority. For example, a while back, an officer flew past me dashing in and out of traffic, going to Wal-Mart. And all he was doing was shopping. I was going there myself, and he just wanted to get there faster than anyone else because he could.

HALF THE TIME, I try to make a cell phone call and I dial 706 and the number. The operator tells me I have to dial the area code and I already did. Something is wrong here. I wish we could get this straightened out.

I WANT TO MAKE a rant for the people complaining about the Westview Cemetery. Magnolia Cemetery is just as bad. I spoke with someone in November about how they tore up my grandparents' grave at Westview and my dad's grave at Magnolia. I haven't been able to get in touch with anyone and do something about this yet.

I WOULD LIKE TO make a comment about the policemen speeding. I'm sorry, but I have to agree; they do. One passed me one day flying and I thought it was going to a call. I happened to see the number on the car and when I got down the street, he was at the gas station pumping gas. There was only a two- or three-minute lapse. They do drive recklessly. One came within inches of hitting me and my grandchildren in the backseat. I guess he was going to a call but he had no sirens or lights on and ran a stop sign. We need them, but they need to think about the public when they are speeding.

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE a rave to the Martinez and Columbia County fire department on Old Louisville Road. This is going out to John Franklin and Zack Brown. Late at night at around 1 a.m., I had a problem with my dishwasher and they were there in about three minutes. They had a technician come by this morning. My house could have caught on fire, and I want to thank them for coming out there quickly and being professional. They knew what they were doing and I appreciate it.

If you have an opinion, call the Rants & Raves line at (706) 823-3397, fax (706) 722-7403 or send an e-mail to newsroom@augustachronicle.com.