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THIS IS a rant for the person who spoke about building low-income homes in the South Augusta area. Some of us raised our children the right way, so you should think about that. We are not all the same when it comes to the stereotypes.

TO THE LADY WHO voted against the Sunday alcohol sale as a woman and a Christian: Does she know that Jesus turned water into wine?

BUSH URGES PATIENCE on war effort. While we are being patient there are sons, brothers, husbands and fathers dying over there. We should get out. If the bad guys take over and threaten world peace, go over there and blow them off the face of the earth.

I WANT TO SAY to the parents out there of toddlers and small children, hold on tight to your children. Hold them in your arms and never let them leave your sight.

TO THE COMMISSIONERS and people, lets not get James Brown all tackied up. I think a good idea would be to get a museum with all his outfits and things in there. Let's think about that.

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE James Brown's statue look cluttered. The ideas are just too much and even though it may bring people to see it, it's just unnecessary. That area is going to be so overcrowded with people going all in the street and it's just not necessary. We have shown that Augusta is proud of him and I think that we have done enough. Maybe a museum would be nice but that's about it.

WHY SHOULD SOME crook like Charles Walker be granted bond and walking the street, while innocent people sit in jail by crooked judges that were just making a name for themselves? They deserve to be turned free but not Charles Walker.

BEFORE ATKINS AND Howard became Richmond County board members, their children attended private school. But now they attend C.T. Walker. I guess that's one of the privileges that comes with the job, because my children have been on the so-called list for years. Either get another school or start being fair, because this was very questionable.

MY 20-YEAR-OLD son, who just got back from Iraq, was arrested St. Patrick's Day for underage drinking. You mean to tell me you're old enough to go fight and die for your country but you can't come back and drink a beer and celebrate? My God!

IF TERRORISTS ARE MESSING with our food supply, they got me. My dog and cat are my comforters, and peanut butter is my comfort food.

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bone
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bone 03/24/07 - 06:14 am
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re underage drinker arrested:

re underage drinker arrested: yes, your son did his duty as a soldier. then, police officers did their duty to uphold the law of the state of GA. aren't you happy that this is a country where laws are enforced objectively and dispassionately, regardless of who or what you do? be thankful that your son has the opportunity to experience the price of freedom: we have a social contract with our government by which we give up some rights in order to receive benefits. underage drinkers often cannot control their alcohol consumption and tend to resort to binge drinking, which is a major problem in countries with lower age limits. i doubt your son was drinking a single beer to celebrate his return from iraq.

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pops1 03/24/07 - 06:32 am
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very nicely put, bone. and

very nicely put, bone. and very much agreed with.

Reality
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Reality 03/24/07 - 06:40 am
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I think that the drinking age

I think that the drinking age should be dropped to at least 19, when these boys go to war they come home men in many cases. I think if they want a beer they should be allowed to have it. I do think 16 years old is a bit young to get a drivers license though. Binge drinking has always been a problem no matter what the drinking age is, or the age of the drinker.

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debby 03/24/07 - 07:13 am
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Re: low-income housing rant:

Re: low-income housing rant: If more of you raised your children right, then perhaps the rest of us wouldn't need to complain about low-income housing.

migmack
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migmack 03/24/07 - 08:08 am
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Re: Low Income Houseing. To

Re: Low Income Houseing. To receive Federal student aid, one cannot have felony drug charges. Why can't there be the same law for low income housing?

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 03/24/07 - 08:13 am
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Bone....I agree. Law is law.

Bone....I agree. Law is law. Do I agree with the law? NO. But the fact remains that it is still the law. Too many people in this country choose to disregard laws simply because they don't agree with them. The proper thing to do is to get the law changed if you don't agree.

CynthiaC
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CynthiaC 03/24/07 - 08:18 am
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I'm glad I'm not the only one

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that this pet food thing is terrorism. I'm just glad Otis (my pet) is a rabbit.

CynthiaC
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CynthiaC 03/24/07 - 08:20 am
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And as far as the drinking

And as far as the drinking thing goes, I think alcohol should be banned. It does nothing but destroy familes and lives. Legalize pot. I've never seen a pothead beat the hell out of his wife or wreck a car.

fyjigmo
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fyjigmo 03/24/07 - 08:21 am
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RE: Underage Drinking- If an

RE: Underage Drinking- If an 18 year old is mature enough to make the decision to join the military knowing he or she may die by doing so, then they should have the right to drink. Simple, pass a law where if a person possesses a military Identification Card, they are legal to drink. If you are worried about people who are unable to handle alcohol responsibly, then initiate a state or national drinking license that can be taken away from irresponsible drinkers. Remember, maturity and responsibility are individual merits, not included or excluded across an entire segment of our population.

fyjigmo
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fyjigmo 03/24/07 - 08:23 am
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RE: Pot - Sure. I never saw a

RE: Pot - Sure. I never saw a pothead do anything productive either, including holding a job. Except for perhaps moving on to harder drugs when he or she no longer gets satisfaction from the pot.

Martinez
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Martinez 03/24/07 - 08:36 am
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To the Rant(er) who singled

To the Rant(er) who singled out two RC Board Members for getting their kids in one of the preferred RC schools. If true, so what? It is not like being a board member is a highly compensated, prestigious or even appreciated job. It is the equivalent of a low paying part-time job that is ridiculed and unappreciated. I give kudos to all board members for giving of themselves, for making the commitment to service and for caring enough to step up and attempt to make a difference. You could have just as easily not subjected yourself, or in this case, your family to this type of criticism. Thank you!

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fergie01 03/24/07 - 08:38 am
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most potheads that i have had

most potheads that i have had to treat for other problems do have problems holding a job. but the percentage of them using hard drugs is lower than most people think. in reality pot does not make you crave a harder substance. some people have addictive personalities. they crave strange things other than drugs.

Martinez
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Martinez 03/24/07 - 08:49 am
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In response to the outcry of

In response to the outcry of concern regarding the low-income housing in South Augusta, the problem is not the housing, it is the county’s lack of codes to ensure the property, any property for that matter, is properly maintained. Many cities have low-income houses intermingled with non-income based housing without the problems and challenges here in Augusta. The key is holding property owners accountable. If the building is dangerous, uninhabitable or an overall eyesore in the community; seize it, tear it down and resell the property to recover the cost. An empty lot is far less dangerous to a community then a burnt out building housing squatters, gangs and drug users.

EdithPiaf
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EdithPiaf 03/24/07 - 08:56 am
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I agree with the the ranter

I agree with the the ranter about the board members. Atkins for one, is literally a big fat liar.

garydman
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garydman 03/24/07 - 08:57 am
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We are all no better than the

We are all no better than the drug addict/pothead. We all know that burning fossil fuels is destroying our atmosphere and melting the ice caps. But yet we still do it. Just like the drug addict, we are hooked and cannot stop.

PFLY775
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PFLY775 03/24/07 - 08:59 am
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The problem with low income

The problem with low income housing is some, not all, nasty people who do not keep their apartment clean and have it all roach infested and filthy and have no pride in personal hygiene or a clean home. Poor should not mean nasty and dirty unless one is too lazy to clean up after themself.

footstepstoglory
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footstepstoglory 03/24/07 - 09:05 am
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Isn't this a beautiful day?

Isn't this a beautiful day? Get out more and enjoy it, perhaps then you won't be cooped up on your computer and thinking of things to complain about.

liloleme
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liloleme 03/24/07 - 09:08 am
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Amen!

Amen!

PFLY775
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PFLY775 03/24/07 - 09:16 am
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So what's your excuse?

So what's your excuse? Basically you're complaining about those who complain.

getalife
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getalife 03/24/07 - 09:20 am
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I feel that this newspaper is

I feel that this newspaper is promoting young people drinking alcohol. There is a picture today in the paper of an open bar event with a young woman holding up a drink. I don't feel we need any advertising of people drinking or promoting these open bar events as being glamorous. One of these people may get in a car and kill or injure someone on their way home!!!

fergie01
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fergie01 03/24/07 - 09:27 am
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i would love to be outside ,

i would love to be outside , but i am typing inbetween patients. i have to work. but you are right i can't wait to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

animalover
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animalover 03/24/07 - 09:29 am
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Get over it people!! The

Get over it people!! The drinking war is about as serious as the war in the Middle East. Drinking should be outlawed and so should guns. If you can't celebrate life and freedom without drinking then maybe you shouldn't. Raise the drinking age to 30 years old, cause that is about how long it takes people to mature these days.

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Rose 03/24/07 - 09:40 am
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This petfood thing is

This petfood thing is terrible. Menu Foods knew a whole month before they let the public know about it. They even tested the food on animals and some got sick and died. They did not have to test the food on animals.

Its 5oclock somewhere
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Its 5oclock somewhere 03/24/07 - 09:46 am
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garydman, if you are so

garydman, if you are so concerned about the fossil fuels you come push my auto then i and others like me won't ruin the environment!!

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 03/24/07 - 10:30 am
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"We all know that burning

"We all know that burning fossil fuels is destroying our atmosphere and melting the ice caps.?" You state that like it's true. Have you got any evidence to back it up, because some of the top scientists can't even agree on that one. Maybe you know something they don't, garydman.

jack
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jack 03/24/07 - 10:53 am
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garydman, who brain washed

garydman, who brain washed you on global warming? Can you explain to me how the last ice age was caused to recede?

TransPlanted
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TransPlanted 03/24/07 - 11:22 am
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I feel the idea of idolizing

I feel the idea of idolizing James Brown’s stature with adding more audacious fixtures would be about as fruitless and idea as hoisting it up the flag pole at the visitors center on I-20 I would suggest doing a little research and seeing how many people are actually visiting the statue now before wasting money on tacky add-ons. I mean after all, “Whew-Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” could take on a whole new conatation!

garydman
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garydman 03/24/07 - 11:28 am
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Your denial is proof of your

Your denial is proof of your addiction. You are an addict and you are sick. And just like the doctor who is ill, or the addict who is hooked, you cannot objectively prescribe or evaluate your condition. Anyone denying that we are destroying our planet is deeply ignorant to the facts and no different than the drug addicts we jail everyday. We know the adverse affects, yet we still don't care. That's addiction in it's truest form!!!!

TransPlanted
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TransPlanted 03/24/07 - 11:36 am
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One last point today, If we

One last point today, If we are all in such a hurry for more Governmental control and the Loss of more of our Individual freedoms, Let them ban Cigarettes and alcohol, The added cost to each and every Health Care Patient because of people smoking is astronomical, all the ill affects from tobacco use are very well documented and yet the government bans Marijuana, but not tobacco? It just doesn't make proper sense to me at all

garydman
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garydman 03/24/07 - 11:51 am
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From the Augusta Chronicle,

From the Augusta Chronicle, 3/23/2007: Richmond County is Georgia's largest polluter...According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its annual Toxic Release Inventory data Thursday, Augusta industries released 11,253,898 pounds of toxins in 2005, up 312,149 pounds from the 10,941,749 pounds released in 2004. The 2005 data are the most recent year for which complete figures are available; 2006 data are scheduled for release in 2008. Augusta's largest polluters are almost always the largest industries, which include PCS Nitrogen, 4,249,142 pounds; DSM Chemicals, 3,258,442 pounds; and International Paper Co., which reported releasing 2,781,575 pounds during 2005. The primary pollutants released in Augusta include ammonia and nitrogen wastes. Sulfuric acid, dioxins, benzene and a host of solvents including toluene also are commonly used chemicals. Mercury releases rose from 782.3 pounds in 2004 to 973 pounds in 2005, according to data released Thursday. These are all cancer causing agents. "This report confirms that communities across Georgia are routinely put at risk by toxic pollution linked to serious health impacts," according to the EPA. PROOF!!!

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