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I HAVE A RANT about the property tax raises. All the people that own property are getting penalized. Why don't they just do another penny on the sales tax so that everyone has to pay for the school system, not just people that own property?

RANT FOR THE maroon car driving on Bobby Jones Expressway last Friday evening about 9 p.m. They don't allow DVD players to be put in cars in the front seat so that the drivers can't be watching movies, and I think that should include passengers holding DVD players so that the drivers can't be watching from the passenger seat also.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY that the 1,500 children not passing the math test so they can go on to the next grade is unreal. I think they should be taking a look at the math teachers they're hiring. In fact, I think they should take a look at all the teachers they're hiring. Teachers just aren't teaching like they used to.

RAVE FOR SEAN TODD at the Augusta Museum of History. He presented a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour of the process of collecting and preserving artifacts at the museum.

THE MORE THE school board spends, the more it wants to spend. The taxpayers haven't been shown what they are getting for their money.

MY RANT IS to the Richmond County Board of Education and the city government. Everyone in this country is having to cut back on things because of everything going up. Now you are going to raise our taxes. Instead, you should be cutting back. Everyone knows Richmond County has got too many employees and wastes too much money on high-paid people in their upper positions.

GOLF CARTS USED to be used on golf courses, not on the highways or streets. Where's their insurance and where's their registration?

IT LOOKS LIKE BEDDEN is showing his true colors now. He's definitely a follower of Charles Larke. Too bad Richmond County can't be smart and have another superintendent like Roy Rollins. At least he didn't try to raise peoples' taxes.

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As It Is
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As It Is 08/02/08 - 03:50 am
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Teachers aren't teaching like

Teachers aren't teaching like they use to? Give me a break. Parents aren't parenting because they want to be their childrens friends or the cool parents of the block or even worse, they just don't want to be parents at all. Most teachers are doing the absolute best with what they are given and put in extra time on a daily basis with groups of students, individual students or in sponsorship of some type of extra curricular activity. Parents can't drop their kids off at the school doors and expect it to be a train all, teach all, cure all learning process, especially without strict discipline and the will to learn being a part of the educational process. Watch a few episodes of Andy Griffith, Leave it to beaver, Bill Cosby or My three sons and you will see what parenting should be about. Also, teachers use to have 15 students in a classroom and full disciplinary authority supported by the parents. Now they have over 30 students and both the students and teachers will tell you the parents will "go all the way to the top" to keep their little darlins out of trouble.

White_Trash1
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White_Trash1 08/02/08 - 04:32 am
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Good Morning Augusta

Good Morning Augusta

Trouble
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Trouble 08/02/08 - 04:51 am
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the problem with our schools

the problem with our schools is not the teachers, their hands are tied by all the laws these days and lack of parental support, the problem lies with the entire system, there can be one student in a class of thirty that does not want to learn, and that student can disrupt the class so that no one can learn, and will find others in that class that will join them in the disruption, the teacher can do nothing but send the student to the principal, who can do nothing but send them back to the class after talking to them, and the parents wont do anything because their "little angel would never do that" and "the teacher is lying" if sorry paernts would wake up and look at their children and do something about them, we would not have this problem.

Trouble
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Trouble 08/02/08 - 04:52 am
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morning rk

morning rk

the kid
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the kid 08/02/08 - 05:16 am
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thank you AS IT IS you hit

thank you AS IT IS you hit the nail right on the head.

im a namechanger 2day
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im a namechanger 2day 08/02/08 - 06:08 am
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good morning fire.

good morning fire.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/02/08 - 06:24 am
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Government schools have set

Government schools have set such low standards that it's almost to impossible to receive a usable education without major input from parents (which should happen anyway). With no competition, it's easy to try all sorts of social engineering experiments. Vouchers would shine enough light on government schools to allow those setting the agenda to see the error of their ways. School choice, where the parent decides who gets to educate their children, what a concept.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/02/08 - 06:25 am
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Even the Fair Tax won't

Even the Fair Tax won't provide relief from property taxes. Only change of location will do that. If you think you're paying too much, explore your options. See if you can find a better deal elsewhere.

sliique
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sliique 08/02/08 - 06:30 am
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Golf Cart Rant is absolutely

Golf Cart Rant is absolutely correct! Ask that question or make that statement in Edgefield County and you may as well be reporting a sighting of Elvis!

sgachief
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sgachief 08/02/08 - 07:16 am
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teachers are overworked,

teachers are overworked, underappreciated, underpaid. school board budgets could be drastically cut if they would quit paying big bucks to the dime store PhD's that have nothing to do with education.

johnpaulquincy
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johnpaulquincy 08/02/08 - 07:21 am
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Today's question: Should

Today's question: Should recyclers be held accountable for receiving stolen materials?????? YOU MEAN THEY ARE NOT ALREADY????????

farfaraway
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farfaraway 08/02/08 - 07:25 am
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Yes, the teachers are

Yes, the teachers are underpaid, they have to be counselors, parent and police. When the teachers are calling the parent(s) to inform them of thier childs behavior and that they are having difficulty with thier classwork the parent(s) stated that its your problem because you can't teach. The parent(s) have to get more involved. Also, the school system has gone down hill for a very long time. It seems that the school board fight among thier self instead of listing to the teachers and parents. There are alot of partents who give good suggestions, but it falls on deaf ears. The school board should be made up teachers, students and parents. Have the chairman in every meeting and work on the problems and come up with a program that will help everyone.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 08/02/08 - 07:56 am
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Bedden walked into a hornets

Bedden walked into a hornets nest and we all know it. It is ridiculous to liken him to Larke. Parents need to get involved in their children's education starting at home. Quit arguing with the teachers and start disciplining their kids and make sure they are doing their school work. Certainly some children have difficulties but the numbers tell me that the parents are not vigorously pushing their child to do what needs to be done. Take away the cell phone, the games and the tv and sit their behinds at the kitchen table with their books and homework!

Trouble
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Trouble 08/02/08 - 08:19 am
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sliique???? you feeling ok

sliique???? you feeling ok this morning???? you didnt rant about the good mornings in here, whats wrong?

Fire n Ice
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Fire n Ice 08/02/08 - 08:41 am
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mornin angie

mornin angie

realistineducation
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realistineducation 08/02/08 - 08:43 am
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i pay taxes to educate

i pay taxes to educate children, and that's fine, eventhough i do not have children myself, i have 3 dogs that are better behaved and smarter than most children, why can't we have a dog park?

nextstep
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nextstep 08/02/08 - 08:47 am
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We have some good teachers in

We have some good teachers in RC! They have been backed up against the wall with cuts and unfunded mandates the state keeps sending down without any funds to support the teachers. The state changes the rules in the middle of the game, test our children on a test that is flawed, in other words set the children up for failure! Inform school boards they are going to help with the funding for summer school. Again, we are going to help you pay for the mess the state made. Has one, just one school board in the state received a dime or will they see a dime of the money promised? This is just the tip of the ice when you really look at how our state department is dismantling education. Using sales tax money for operating cost would be great then the load would be shared equally. Did you know state law prevents school boards from using sales tax for operating cost? Parents do need to step up more and do more, but it’s time to get off the teachers backs! Most of them are doing a great job with little or no resources to help. Our educational problems lay with the state!

msmoh2
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msmoh2 08/02/08 - 09:02 am
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Maybe the school board should

Maybe the school board should consider putting the 15 grand that they are giving Bedden back into the system. Do high performing teachers get bonuses? I don't think so.

Anna2008
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Anna2008 08/02/08 - 09:05 am
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We do have some good teachers

We do have some good teachers in RC but we do not have a lot of responsible parents in RC. Parents need to wake up and do their job at home. Teachers are not backed up to help the children because little darlings do not do that...Principals do not back some of the teachers and it is very frustrating to try to teach and at the same time discipline and be a cap in the class. Parents need to back up the teachers and stop being "cool" parents. Kids nowdays are rude and they have no rules. Schools have rules but they can not inforce them becauses they are scared of the parents. Kids know that and they use it to their advantage. Anybody who doubts that needs to spend not one day but half a day in a classroom to see what the teachers deal with in their daily life.

Anna2008
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Anna2008 08/02/08 - 09:06 am
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As far as the bonus for Dr.

As far as the bonus for Dr. Bedden he could wait until we get some money at the board. Last time I heard we have some debts...

Anna2008
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Anna2008 08/02/08 - 09:06 am
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As far as the bonus for Dr.

As far as the bonus for Dr. Bedden he could wait until we get some money at the board. Last time I heard we have some debts...

dani
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dani 08/02/08 - 09:29 am
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What 1,500 students?

What 1,500 students? Couldn't be in Richmond County, GA. Bedden was just approved for a large bonus for a job well done, so how can that be...

nicsmom
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nicsmom 08/02/08 - 09:31 am
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I would like to see all of

I would like to see all of the parents complaining about teachers spend one day in a classroom. Better yet I would rather see them spend time with their children and be an active part in their education.

JustMe
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JustMe 08/02/08 - 09:53 am
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Look at the pay Larke got.

Look at the pay Larke got. Bedden gets less and bonuses if earned. Alot of jobs are pay for performance. Do you know that he DIDN'T make his goals??? Of course not. Be an adult, take responsibility for your kids and stop blaming the problems on everyone else. The teachers work their tails off....how about the parents start!!!

christian134
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christian134 08/02/08 - 09:54 am
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Bedden is following in his

Bedden is following in his predecessors footsteps....Doing just enough to earn the bonus....The schools have and are in poor shape due to the lack of credible teachers, personnel who are currently holding office on the Board of Education actually working hands on in the schools on a daily basis, kids who have no clear cut dress codes, kids without parents(parents who actually are living and caring for their children), aides in the classrooms to aid the teachers in the endless mounds of paperwork so they can actually teach the students, and Principals who oversee the inner workings of their schools with discipline fairly administered to all, the list is long and growing daily....Oh by the way good morning all....:-)

mommie2
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mommie2 08/02/08 - 10:33 am
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It always comes to the lack

It always comes to the lack of credible teachers.... We do what we can with what little help we get. Most parents are enablers-no discipline at home=no respect for discipline at school. Administration is just politics; they'll do anything to keep parents happy. Well let me tell you-these kids need a hand being taught self-respect and discipline because a good bit do not get it at home. Education starts at home.

Trouble
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Trouble 08/02/08 - 10:34 am
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we would like to dedicate

we would like to dedicate todays rants and raves to the richmond county school system..............

pipermom
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pipermom 08/02/08 - 10:40 am
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Here is a rant to the house

Here is a rant to the house democrats in Washington for turning out the lights while the republicans were still discussing drilling for oil, so that they could go on a 5 week paid vacation. Must be nice!

Trouble
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Trouble 08/02/08 - 10:48 am
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ok, i need to have a job like

ok, i need to have a job like that

Rose
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Rose 08/02/08 - 10:54 am
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hello all what can further

hello all what can further eduacate you on

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