Rants and Raves

Comments from readers:

THIS IS A RANT FOR THOSE who think it's OK for the Dixie Chicks to accept money for a performance, then use that venue to make a political statement. When you buy a ticket to an entertainment venue you expect to be entertained, not to be subjected to the performer's political opinions. No one has the right to push his or her own political views on anyone else unless it has been made clear in advance that the performance will be a political forum.

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO get anything done online, go to the library on Greene Street. As I write this, the woman to my left is constantly talking to the two men standing behind us, both of whom are talking to her. The security guard is nowhere to be found, probably sitting up front on his perch. If the perfume doesn't get me out of here, the fear caused by two big men looming over me will.

I WAS THINKING about the James Brown statue and memorial downtown on Broad Street. Instead of a jukebox to "play when you pay," how about a sound system built into the stage, which plays I Feel Good at the press of a button or at timed intervals? Just a thought.

THIS IS A RANT TO the Dixie Youth in Columbia County. Fifteen-year-old ballplayers were turned away because they did not have enough teams for a season. Understandable that some years players are fewer. But these players could have been told that Martinez-Evans Little League had space for them. New teams would have been developed to accommodate. Now instead you have some kids not playing baseball at all. This is terrible. I know there is some sort of Dixie Youth/Little League rift, but sometimes you have to put the youths first. Isn't that why we do this?

MY WIFE IS AN ASSISTANT to a couple of people, and I hear of the actions of those she assists every day. So I send out a big thank you to all secretaries and assistants on behalf of their non-acknowledging bosses. If it were not for secretaries and assistants, the bosses would not be able to play golf on company time.

THIS SHOULD BE BROUGHT to the attention of the county engineer so that corrective action may be taken. Is there any way that the traffic signal at Gordon Highway and Dyess Parkway can be regulated so traffic can move at a normal pace and does not have to wait on the left-turn signal when there is no left-turn traffic?

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