Rants and raves

Comments from our readers:

THIS IS A RANT FOR the Columbia County coaches and school system. The coaches for both schools should be fired because they are not setting good examples for our kids.

IN SOME OF OUR "wars" we would give a criminal the choice of jail or the military. I think we should open up a special branch just for the "bad boys" and send them to Iraq.

PRAYERS ANSWERED about rain? We tend to forget that "no" and "not yet" are also answers to prayer. The mighty God of heaven is not a cosmic Santa Claus.

I NEVER THOUGHT I'd put a rave in the paper, but what Sheriff Ronnie Strength has done for our community speaks volumes about his ability in law enforcement. Our commissioners have a chance here to set a precedent for other communities by voting to increase our officer's pay.

RAVE, RAVE, RAVE to Richmond County on the recent undercover sting on gangs.

A RANT TO ALL THESE 20- to 25-year-old females who have to be surrounded by drama at all times.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY the school systems continue to offer free meals to families who already receive government aid for food. It is wasted tax money usage in my opinion.

WHY SHOULD JUDGES and other county and state employees get designated parking spots? They are no better than anyone else. This is state and county property. We, the people, are the state and county.

A BIG RAVE to the joint effort to get gangs off the street, but it will never happen. As soon as they make bond, they will be back stronger than ever and smarter because of all the publicity about how they were set up and caught.

A RANT TO EVERYONE hung up on all the hullabaloo over James Brown and what to call the civic center, placement of statue, billboard, etc.

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