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A Rave to the students of Davidson Fine Arts for the excellent performances at the DFA Gala on Saturday. The talent on the stage was amazing. A rant to the rude students and adults that have no idea how to behave in a theater - cell phones left on and ringing, talking and getting up and down during the performance are never acceptable behavior, and I was appalled to see DFA students and parents behaving that way.

Lori Davis has been yelling about the rise of civil crime for years and the importance of nipping it in the bud. Now that gangs are in the news, maybe the powers that be will finally listen.

To the individual who said in Sunday's paper that people who are on furloughs or laid off have Barack Obama to thank: I've taken a furlough day per month for over a year. Obama hadn't been in office long enough to cause that. It's Wall Street greed, poor budget management by the great state of Georgia and the previous administration (yes, meaning Bush) that caused it.

A big Rave to the Rev. Kelly McKnight of The Bible Deliverance Temple in Har­­ris­burg for his efforts in helping Augusta's homeless. Rev. McKnight gives "a hand up," not just a "handout." His efforts emphasize personal responsibility, and he offers help to those who are willing to put forth the effort to change.

There was a time when local schools were run, and financed, by local people with no dictatorship from on high - no federal interference and no state interference. And, amazingly, in those days all the kids could actually read and write.

To the person who asks why Americans don't want to help each other out: Are you kidding? Successful people with good incomes work more than half the year for others. Now Obamacare will add even more to what is confiscated. For all that, we get no thanks, just spiraling crime, dependency and schools turning out morons and radicals.

This is a rant for Columbia County parents of 13- and 14-year-old girls and boys who walk through the neighborhood after dark. Do you know what your son or daughter is doing in the streets after dark? They're not telling jokes on the corner. Keep these kids in the house after dark before something bad happens.

A rant to the local news stations, which continually interrupted broadcast programming with endless "storm watch" updates. If we wanted hours of the weather there are channels for that.

When Republicans vote strictly along party lines no matter what the issues, it only proves they care more about the party than they care about the people. And do we really want taxpayer time and money used in a lawsuit over health care?

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 03/30/10 - 11:05 pm
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Lori Davis isn't the only one

Lori Davis isn't the only one but if we will ever help to bring crime under better control in our area, we need to really support law enforcement - we need enough properly paid officers with appropriate benefits and the current pay of the RCSO is deplorable along with additional training, benefits and retirement compared to any nearby agency of their size - our commisoners should be ashamed for all the money they waste without taking care of our basic Public Safety needs.

The furloughs were because state governments could see what was forthcoming under Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank and crew and boy they were right. Our Governor, like him or not must have a balanced budget each year unlike President Obama who has spent more in federal tax funds in 1 years than Bush or Clinton spent in 8 years, even during wars.

Americans do help each other out and are very giving individuals. However, most smart Americans know that charities help those truely in need to help theirselves and do so wih far less waste than our Government no matter who is in charge (Republican or Democrat) so they do not support more social programs that take from the working in order to give to those who don't. Government social programs, although they have a place for those who can't work due to imparement, etc. unfortunately have become rewards for those who simply don't work. The government takes from those who work hard (up to and exceeding 50% through various taxes) to give everything from food, housing, transportation, medical care, day care, etc. to those who don't even try or try very little. The government then rewards them further for each and every child they have even though they have no means of supporting them, our government gives them more money, more food credits, issues them tax credits even when they don't pay taxes, etc. all of which support and reinforce negative behavior vs. rewarding those who work hard. This "you don't care about others" if you don't support health care is for ignorant individuals who instead of berating others should simply give more of their own funds - if you think the government does a great job with social programs then stop trying to get tax breaks and give more than you owe - put your money where your mouth is - funny how so many in the Obama administration have been called on the carpet for trying to cheat on their taxes - guess its just ok to give with our money, not theirs.

The world will not end because a 14 year old is out after dark - mind your own business and stop fear mongering.

The republicans voted correctly no matter what the bill - how can ANYONE justify voting yes for something they haven't even been allowed to read or know what is in the bill - by the way, plenty of Democrats also voted no so there are still some smart ones out there who actually know how to vote for the people and through the will of the people. And, yes, we do now want taxpayers money spent to stop this idiotic healcare bill because it will still save us taxpayers in the long run.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 03/30/10 - 11:28 pm
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I agree asitis.. but our

I agree asitis.. but our current mayor thinks the #1 priority is building a new ballpark. I'm sorry, but that is not going to bring people back to living in Augusta. Something MUST be done about the crime and the blight. Atleast Lori Davis understands what the top priorities for this city.. and it is CRIME nad BLIGHT. Her Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance will give the Sheriff a powerful tool to shut down these drug and gang bordellos for good, as well as illegal flop houses. This is why the sheriff supports this effort 100%.

Trouble
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Trouble 03/31/10 - 03:34 am
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morning all, i would like to

morning all, i would like to point out that obama has been in office for well over a year now, since he was inaugurated on january 20, 2009, and it is now march 31, 2010, obama owns this mess, and he needs to quit blaming bush, and yall need to quit letting him blame bush. open your eyes and see it for what it is.

Trouble
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Trouble 03/31/10 - 03:43 am
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last rant, what happens when

last rant, what happens when democrats do the same thing? and if it helps stop the fiasco that is obama care, then yes, we want the lawsuits.

justus4
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justus4 03/31/10 - 05:30 am
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Rant: An elected official
Unpublished

Rant: An elected official wants to "impeach" the state's Attorney General for refusing to sign on to a flawed legal adventure. Separation of powers are not only at the federal level, it also works at state level too...forget the excuses, stick to the laws.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 03/31/10 - 06:21 am
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A rave to the left and rant

A rave to the left and rant to the rude...what else is new?
...kudos to the kids...
Crime is not civil...more about one of the three stooges...whiners not allowed.
Barry or Butch...I mean Bush..it's apathy idiots..if no one takes a stand, then others will..often without proper preparation or forethought..Harrisburg brought their calamity on themselves...not caring is what got you into this mess...how about follow the Christian principle and LOVE your neighbor..not hate them...this applies to the current trend in politics...love it or leave it, but quit whining about it.
Kudos to any Christian leader who is doing things the right way. Not the right-wing way.
I agree that education begins at home....long before kids go off to school...raise 'em in the way they should go...not the PC way.
No way you give half your income to the govt...it's against the law...even child support or student loans can't take half your income...I call BS on this one. Schools don't turn out morons and radicals...parents do.
Adolescent curiosity..the world will not end for kids being kids...but parents should know where their kids are and what they are doing...again, it falls on the parent to be a parent, not law enforcement or educators' responsibility.
As far as the majority of the community being warned of that 'freight train' coming to your neighborhood...forewarned is forearmed...interrupt my TV show anytime if it will save a life. I ask you ranter, who and what is more important? TV, or real life? Bad choice of a priority IMHO.
The 'right' will do anything to prove themselves right...didn't they just bust a bunch of anarchist militia? Emotionalism won't change anything, partisanship won't either...why can't we all just get along?
Well we're almost to the time of GREEN in our town..so while we wait and watch the visitors trickle into town, let's not ruin their fun...they can't help it if they missed out on the truth about Tiger and still worship the game...I'll just sit back and smile, sitting on top of that sack of seeds...and while I smile I remember Who is on His throne...
I am glad I have yet another day to rejoice and be glad, for this is the day HE has made...and I will not play golf to enjoy it...I'll be glad when the hoopla is over and my work year moves forward at full speed...
Ya'll play nice, quit slinging mud and try to behave....we don't want to give the visitors the wrong impression about us, now do we?

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 03/31/10 - 07:13 am
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Have a good one yerself kid

Have a good one yerself kid

Martinez
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Martinez 03/31/10 - 07:20 am
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To # 5, you are assuming that

To # 5, you are assuming that everyone learned to read and write. I seriously beg to differ. As a graduate of the late 80's I know several who graduated in my class who could not effectively do either. Back then, reading classes stopped in 6th grade! Language Arts continued but was no help when most of the literature was read by a teacher in class - all a student had to do was listen. Add to that, athletics grades were changed regularly to maintain eligibility, regardless of classroom accomplishments. You won't hear me say the current system is great but I certainly don't agree that it was better in the old days either. As with everything else, we live under the heightened scrutiny of the media now. Because of high stakes testing, failures are harder to hide and the media just increases that awareness.

As for blaming Obama or Bush for the State of GA furloughs - I don't think you can blame either when GA is the only State that has implemented them so far. Other states are only considering their options. It would seem to me, the blame for this one points directly at GA and good'ole Sonny Purdue.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 07:43 am
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There was a time when local

There was a time when local schools were run, and financed, by local people with no dictatorship from on high - no federal interference and no state interference. And, amazingly, in those days all the kids could actually read and write.
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That "time" the ranter speaks of was long before the late 80's. Once again, your comment is irrelevant. At least you are consistent.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 08:12 am
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Good Morning you all. Have a

Good Morning you all. Have a great day.

Just would like to post one comment;

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

Unbelievable
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Unbelievable 03/31/10 - 08:23 am
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The parents of rude children

The parents of rude children dont care how they act, as long as they arent bothering them. It is everywhere. They are too busy trying to be friends with their kids, rather than mentors.

saltine
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saltine 03/31/10 - 08:30 am
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With the "NoChild left

With the "NoChild left Behind",program ,the schools have NO CHOICE,but to allow and KEEP," The Good ,Bad and Ugly".The last two ,are slowly and surely, taken over in our school systems.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/31/10 - 08:43 am
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I don't know that it is quite

I don't know that it is quite fair to say Gov. Sonny is the only one implementing layoffs/furloughts, and outright firings. The National Conference of State Legislatures website list at least 30 states that have already approved those types of actions or that have strong proposals to take those types of actions. At least Sonny is using furloughs and allowing people to keep a job and most of their income. Many states are just outright firing people. I would say Sonny got out ahead of the problem instead of procrastinating and then using the problem as an excuse to raise state income taxes.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 08:45 am
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Again Marty gets it wrong. SC

Again Marty gets it wrong. SC has furlough days for both teachers and nonprofessional or administrative staff.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 08:47 am
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saltine, after we take over

saltine, after we take over the bad and ugly, as you stated, what shall we do with them?

peonynut
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peonynut 03/31/10 - 08:51 am
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In the early 90s our District

In the early 90s our District Attorney was approached by concerned citizens who wanted to point out gang graffiti on display around the Regency Mall and other south Augusta areas. The DA did exactly what was expected; he buried his head in the sand. The same thing happened in Houston, TX when graffiti began to appear; the law enforcement family dismissed it. Now Houston has one major gang problem and Augusta is not far behind. Go ahead, continue to play Ostrich, then when visitors and citizens are gunned down on Broad St. think back to the warning signs and say "Oh, I guess I should have listened."

Republicant
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Republicant 03/31/10 - 08:59 am
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http://www.foxnews.com/scitec

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/31/climate-gate-inquiry-largely-c...

Amazing! No the Augusta Chronicle has no coverage of this.
Who'd a thunk it?

saltine
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saltine 03/31/10 - 09:19 am
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re:willienelson:I don't have

re:willienelson:I don't have the "correct" answer,but until I get one,I am asking over and over for suggestions as to what to do with "them" and regain some control over the classrooms.In classrooms now, there are no rules of conduct, no punshiment ,they are sent in a circle,until they end up back in class, to start over again.Open for suggestions!!!!

dani
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dani 03/31/10 - 09:36 am
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Imagine these kids in college

Imagine these kids in college as Obama plans?

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 09:46 am
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I think the solution is

I think the solution is simple. Give teacher's and principals the authority to remove the kids who continue to misbehave. We may owe our kids an opportunity to free education but we do not owe them the opportunity to stop others from receiving a free education. Their rights end where infringement on other's rights begins. Forget alternative schools. Then you simply have all the problems in one building. After you are removed from free publics school your next option is private school.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 09:54 am
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You know Willie, No private

You know Willie, No private school would ever take them except a prison school.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 09:55 am
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After you start emptying the

After you start emptying the schools of all these problem kids, use the free space for remedial classes. Let's graduate kids who can do much more than simply read and write.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 09:57 am
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Military and schools who

Military and schools who really stress discipline would make a come back in the private sector. And, CG, not this generation of parents, but future generations would appreciate the difference.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 10:01 am
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We can sit here an debate the

We can sit here an debate the issue of our failing educational system until the cow jumps over the moon. When society addresses the issue without using one once of PC, only then will a solution be found and corrective action taken. It is a shame that our children are being destroyed by lack of common sense.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 10:03 am
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Willie, I totally agree with

Willie, I totally agree with you on military schools.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:05 am
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Gotta start somewhere. Let's

Gotta start somewhere. Let's see 1. Government in great shape/ check 2. Healthcare issues in great shape/ check 3. Economy in great shape/ check....Education must be next

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 10:09 am
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The only trouble with my

The only trouble with my 10:01 post is that if we attack this problem without PC, we would have a racial war beyond words.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:16 am
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Why does ebbyone think that?

Why does ebbyone think that? There is nothing racial about demanding behavior and performance equally. What race would ever be stupid enough to complain that their child was punished for breaking the rules? It would take a moron. Simply come up with the rules and the disciplinary action for breaking each rule, each parent must come to the school and sign a contract agreeing to this to enroll their child in free public school or find other method of educating that child. Someone wants to sue, just refer them to rule #52 in the contract they signed. Life is simple if we allow it to be.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:18 am
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Brick and mortar schools are

Brick and mortar schools are obsolete. Any capable and concerned parent can now access the material and information to educate their own children.

Putting kids in public schools merely to chase a dollar or babysit the kid, is reprehensible. Teachers, no matter how honorable their intentions, are still strangers.

You bred it. Feed it. Teach it. Water it. Make it bear fruit. Quit depending on anyone else to do any of the above for you.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:19 am
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Jesse James just signed up

Jesse James just signed up for scum of the earth rehab. What a waste. This guy ain't even that good at golf.

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