Rants and raves

Comments from our readers:

TO THE RANTER who complained about not getting a year-end bonus: As a business owner, the only thing I am required to give employees is a paycheck. It's my investment and sacrifice put on the line every day. If you want a piece of the pie, offer up some investment money or open a business of your own. You need to be thankful for the job you have. I gave bonuses to employees this year and received not one thank you. Next year they won't be so lucky.

CRIME IN THE Augusta area is out of control. It is time that the citizens take a stand. We sit back and expect the police to do everything. They cannot be everywhere. These men and women are overworked and way underpaid, but still each day they put their shield and uniform on to go and protect and serve each one of us. We can help them by being their eyes and ears.

A RANT TO THE PERSON that keeps bashing Jimmy Carter. Carter was born, lived and will die a better person than you will ever be.

I DO GET SICK of reading so many rants criticizing former President Carter. It is a shame we don't have men of his high moral fiber in high offices today, especially in the office of president of the U.S. If those who would be quick to criticize him would read his book Our Endangered Values, they might find out what a great man he is. But of course there are many who do not want honest peace-seekers to be our guides.

MAYBE IT'S TIME we enforce the saggy-pants rule in the mall. I absolutely hate going to the mall since it seems like it's just filled with teenyboppers and guys with their pants down to their knees, walking from side to side, trying to keep them from falling.

THE DECENT PEOPLE of south Augusta are asking for Butch Palmer, Lori Davis and the Concerned Citizens to bring their protests down here. We are constantly ignored and have many nuisance and blighted properties. A good place to start would be that eyesore at Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road.

THE NEW YEAR'S EVE festivities were a blast in downtown, and I love the new tradition of the ball drop. But why not make it a more uniquely Augusta experience? Atlanta has a peach drop, so shouldn't Augusta have a golf ball drop?

RANTS TO BOTH Columbia County and Richmond County governments for not being more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. We need more paved off-road paths to encourage physical activity.

IS THERE ANYWHERE that I can go in Augusta without being panhandled?