Rants and Raves

Comments from our readers:

GOOD FOR Gov. Perdue? Teachers work part time? I am not a teacher, but how dare you say anything like that to malign the men and women who watch over and teach our children every day? Would you rather your children came home at 6 every day? Go teach. Then talk. Teachers deserve more respect, more pay and more time off.

TO THE PERSON writing in about teachers getting a cut: First of all, teachers go to school to earn degrees that pay their salaries. As a teacher, we all train nonstop to improve the quality of education that our children receive. As far as our retirement, we work monthly to earn this money; it is not given to us. Being a teacher is a 24/7 job, no matter what anyone says. I challenge the person with this smart comment to stand in the shoes of a teacher for one day.

I'M RESPONDING to the comment regarding teachers. Both my wife and daughter are teachers. They spend more time than you could ever imagine on their profession. This is not a part-time job. My wife gets up every school day at 4:30 a.m. to arrive at the high school where she teaches no later than 6:15. She comes home after 5 p.m., spends her time calling parents, grading papers, attending football, basketball, baseball games. My daughter is now scheduling time to go to school to get bulletin boards done, name tags for her new students. She wants everything to be perfect when the kids arrive. Ignorance can be fixed, but stupid is forever.

VERNON FORREST was a great boxer who gained the world's attention by upsetting Hall of Famer Shane Mosley not once but twice. He is loved among boxing fans around the world and in Augusta's small boxing community. I hope Augusta knows how to appreciate its own and does something to celebrate his life.

REALITY CHECK: Stop signs and speed limits are not suggestions; they are laws that apply to everyone. And the speed limit is the same, no matter what you drive or what lane you are in. Responsibility comes with driving privileges. 45,000 to 50,000 people die every year in crashes, most caused by lack of attention to the laws and the road.

HAVE SOME RESPECT for each other and the people around you. Reading all these rants makes me pretty disgusted to know that the people in this area are so incredibly rude and ignorant.

THIS IS A RANT for AARP. This group supports a health care bill that reduces Medicare benefits. This group does not represent the seniors who make up their membership.

MY HUSBAND worked hard all his life. He died believing that I would be taken care of with our health insurance. Now this community organizer con man comes in and wants to take care of everyone's insurance and hospitalization.