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TO THE PERSON who said Columbia County should clean up the intersection of Washington Road and Ronald Reagan Drive. If people wouldn't throw trash out of the car window we wouldn't have to waste precious taxpayer dollars to clean up after pigs. Also to the smokers out there: The roads are not your ashtray, and a red light at intersections does not mean you should dump your ashtrays on the ground.

INTERESTING THAT the Aiken Chamber of Commerce will hire an "equine expert." It says, "In the past the industry had to fend for itself, but we decided to do more." Question is, where will they get the expert except from that same industry?

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT is flat broke and deep in the hole, yet politicians keep saying they must spend money they don't have. Then we see stories like the one about the Army Corps of Engineers paying presumably full-time workers to count eagles. What an absurd waste of our money.

RANT TO THE James Brown Arena. I would love to go to your events. But when you charge me a fee to print my own tickets at home, that's just plain ridiculous.

IT IS QUITE AMUSING how the Republicans, desperate as they are because they have no plan for health care reform, have no solution for the economy, have no exit strategy for our troops fighting a war that was a mistake, walk around with their lips out, trying to find any little thing to distract from the goals and important work the Democrats are doing. I do hope the American people can see through this childish behavior, and the next election will reflect this.

HOW MUCH taxpayer money is being wasted by burning Christmas lights as we approach mid-January. Get with the program, Fred, and get them down.

HEADLINE: "Schools to get help detecting violence." Are schools unable to detect the violence all around without help from taxpayer money from state capitals? When a politician says he wants to address a problem and that he wants to partner government with somebody else, and worst of all, he wants to make somebody aware of the very obvious, watch your backs and your pocketbooks.

THANK GOODNESS the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee had the sanity to refuse to buy any tickets to fundraising events. I have been appalled at the level of some of the expenses commissioners claim they need. While we have new commissioners, with the experienced commissioners all up for re-election and hopefully scared of negative publicity, will the commissioners please pass a rule to ban extraneous expenses like tickets and trips when the budget is past a certain point of debt or negative level?

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Bubblesup
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Bubblesup 01/14/10 - 05:13 am
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Ranter #5 is on the right

Ranter #5 is on the right track. The Repubs are not doing the work of the people, taking care of business, or trying to fix the mess the country is in. They are all about Party unity, getting themselves elected, and slamming the Dems at each and every turn. It's not about us, for them it's about them.

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NEone 01/14/10 - 05:50 am
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Bubbles: It never was about

Bubbles: It never was about us, no matter the party.

Chad
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Chad 01/14/10 - 06:12 am
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If you haven't noticed or

If you haven't noticed or have forgotten the dems have been in control of congress since 2006 and a super majority since 08 and yet they still can not get anything done. They do not need anything from the Repubs not one single vote so who is blocking who? remember if anything fails it is 100% the dems fault.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 06:27 am
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Bubbling over with cheer this

Bubbling over with cheer this morning I see. Once again, the Republicans DO have a health care reform plan ready to be presented and considered. Unfortunately, with this "bi-partisan", "televised on C-SPAN for openness" and "unity on both sides of the aisle" administration that candidate Obama (PBUH) promised, they are not allowed to present it to rank and file of Congress. But please don't let facts spoil the blissful mood! G'mornin, y'all.

wheeza
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wheeza 01/14/10 - 07:01 am
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Taxpayer money is wasted on a

Taxpayer money is wasted on a daily basis, BUT if there is some help that can keep our children safe I am more than happy to contribute my part.

Martinez
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Martinez 01/14/10 - 08:11 am
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Wheeza - Violence is a

Wheeza - Violence is a physical and observable act. It's not like you can hire a violence sniffing dog or violence detector. The answer to violence is human capital. In schools where teachers monitors the halls between classes or patrol the lunchrooms and break areas on a consistent basis - students are less likely to misbehave. In addition, schools that have and enforce no tolerance policies are also less likely to experience wide spread issues. The real problem, at least in some schools, is teachers and administrators who willingly turn a blind eye and/or establish a reputation of being tolerant. We don't need tax payer money to implement common sense.

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/14/10 - 08:41 am
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Peace!!!!!!!!!

Peace!!!!!!!!!

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/14/10 - 08:44 am
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Rant number one is STUPID.

Rant number one is STUPID. The complaint was about Columbia CTY NOT cleaning up the mess. We ALREADY know how it got there bozo, and that DUH, it would not be there if folks would not throw their crap out the window. Got anymore brilliant ideas, like maybe get on the phone and call someone to come and get rid of the trash?????????????????????

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/14/10 - 08:59 am
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1) Ranter says "Get your

1) Ranter says "Get your butts outta here!" 2) My goodness yes, where will Aiken find any horse sense in the CSRA? 3) Since most folks don't have Daddy's who teach them fiscal responsibility, they do like big daddy Gubmint. 4) Pay-to-print-tickets rant? Please learn perspective. You pay for the convenience. 5) Um, last I looked, those walking round with "lips out" vote DEM historically. 6) Mr Russell, tear down those lights (but leave the wall alone). 7) They tried to install "violence detectors" at school doorways, but they couldn't stop them from "profiling". Delta's ready when you are, but pack light. Those bag check fees are terrible. 8) Instead of buying tickets from fund raising organizations, maybe the Commission could learn how to run things on a BUDGET like those charitable orgs must do.

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willienelson 01/14/10 - 10:14 am
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It is quite amazing....you

It is quite amazing....you are funny. Let's see. Republicans are on tv daily espousing suggestions for reasonable healthcare reform and not turning over 1/6 of the economy to Govt control, suggeating perhaps we should consider options that will not bankrupt insurance companies and force thousands more onto the unemployment roles when they close, Obama has had the worse ever plan for our economy. He has tripled national debt in one year and it is questionable if he has created even 1 job. Obama has been in office for 1 year now and we still have troops in Iraq and he has committed even more to Iran and will most likely send our guys to Iran.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 10:21 am
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There will be no major

There will be no major numbers of ground forces committed to Iran, it simply won't work and it isn't necessary. Should Afghanistan or Pakistan maybe replaced Iran somewhere in your post, willie?

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 10:38 am
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Thanks, he has committed more

Thanks, he has committed more to Afghanistan. Any number of troops being committed to Iran right now is ill advised and an expense that this bankrupt country simply cannot afford.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 10:39 am
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willie, there ya go, brother.

willie, there ya go, brother. Much mo' bettah!

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 10:47 am
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"The budget should be

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero - 55 BC

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 12:31 pm
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Yep and I would vote for

Yep and I would vote for Cicero again

redsoxfan
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redsoxfan 01/14/10 - 03:53 pm
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I'm loving how it's all the

I'm loving how it's all the Republican party's fault... First off, the nation is bankrupt. The surplus we had after the Clinton years? That was spent on government programs for increased airport security, post-9/11 matters, updated body armor for troops going to war, education programs, and other programs we didn't have. The U.S. got safer, though it spent a lot of money doing it... We didn't go bankrupt in the Bush years, that didn't happen until Obama's stimulus bills were signed.

Don't get it twisted, I'm not blaming Obama.... I know someone will call me a racist for claiming that he's inexperienced, or at fault for something. It's the Democrats I point too for the majority of the fault, and spread the rest of the blame around on the other 'gutless politicians'. The Dems have had control of Congress, the body of Gov't that actually writes and passes bills, since 2006. They've successfully toned down the Republican power, thank God, but they haven't been productive with their control in the least bit.

In fact, this year alone, the new administration has spent more money in one fiscal year than the Bush administration ever did.

Bubblesup
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Bubblesup 01/14/10 - 06:28 pm
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The expectation is that

The expectation is that members of Congress and the President will pass laws to ensure that Americans' needs are delivered. What we are seeing now is a Pres struggling to do just that, while the Repubs squeal, bleat, and roadblock progress. They gang up and yell "NO" to everything, with their lips pressed tightly together and their arms crossed across their chests. They use dirty tactics to stall - hence the Town Hallers. They don't care if the needs are delivered, and they don't care whether any laws are passed that will be good for the people. They just want to win. To beat down the opposition. To get elected. To get their way. The Repubs don't give a darn about the American people. Not one single iota. We don't need people like that in elected positions.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 07:40 pm
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The polls say otherwise, so

The polls say otherwise, so will the upcoming elections. Enjoy your bliss now.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/14/10 - 09:38 pm
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For those who enjoy a good

For those who enjoy a good laugh, I wasn't able to post this here earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAHguzXaME There is also another version filmed before his audition that is in some ways better.

jack
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jack 01/14/10 - 11:06 pm
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IT IS QUITE AMUSING how the

IT IS QUITE AMUSING how the Republicans, desperate as they are because they have no plan for health care reform, have no solution for the economy, have no exit strategy for our troops fighting a war that was a mistake, walk around with their lips out, trying to find any little thing to distract from the goals and important work the Democrats are doing. I do hope the American people can see through this childish behavior, and the next election will reflect this....You ned to lay off the DIMocRAT koolaid, Huffington Post, P

jack
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jack 01/14/10 - 11:09 pm
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I do hope the American people

I do hope the American people can see through this childish behavior, and the next election will reflect this.....I can hear the moaning an gnashing of teeth come Nov 2010 from the Congressional DIMs who pack their bags and hunt another job (that are scarce these days).

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 01/14/10 - 11:34 pm
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Falling Leaves, about forty

Falling Leaves, about forty posts vanished on RR's between 11:31 and 2:52, wondered why? I saw your original link and commented on it. 'Pants' was too funny!

jamesmonty
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jamesmonty 01/14/10 - 11:52 pm
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To Ranter #5: The Republicans

To Ranter #5: The Republicans have many proposed bills on health care reform but since the Democrats controll congress they never see the light of day. They never make it pass committee. I would like you to explain why your Democratic heroes are meeting behind close doors, not allowing any Rebublicans including the Democrates that have questions about their bill and not allowing the American public know what is in their health bill. We would expect this from a dictatorship but not in a country based on freedom.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/15/10 - 06:25 am
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It looks like the AC "forgot"

It looks like the AC "forgot" the Rants and Raves in the online edition for the 15th.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/15/10 - 07:50 am
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Anyway, here is a smile to

Anyway, here is a smile to start your day while they decide whether to put R&R online today, enjoy! -- A very prestigious cardiologist died, and was given a very elaborate
funeral by the hospital he worked for most of his life... A huge heart....
covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service as all
the doctors
from the hospital sat in awe. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the
casket was rolled inside.The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the
beautiful heart forever.

At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter. When all eyes
stared at him, he said, 'I am so sorry, I was just thinking of my own
funeral... I'm a gynecologist.'

The proctologist fainted..

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/16/10 - 04:21 pm
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Rollingeyes, I wonder, too. I

Rollingeyes, I wonder, too. I have no idea who wrote them or what they were about. Totally missed it.

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