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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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willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:21 am
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Aye, sounds good in theory. I

Aye, sounds good in theory. I can't imagine many of the young parents with kids that I meet today really doing a good job of that.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:22 am
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I can't imagine many of the

I can't imagine many of the young parents with kids that I meet today really doing a good job of that.
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That's why God invented Grandparents.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:23 am
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lol. I have no idea what you

lol. I have no idea what you are trying to say.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:24 am
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How did our Founding Fathers

How did our Founding Fathers get so smart? How did the Industrial Revolution ever occur without public education systems?

Public education has little to do with education, and much to do with herding, melding, and teaching conformity.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:25 am
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The value of a HS Diploma is

The value of a HS Diploma is much reduced due to the quality of graduating seniors.

Encouraging these same underachievers to attend University will devalue that accomplishment as well.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:26 am
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Nope, WillieNelson™, not

Nope, WillieNelson™, not going there.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:28 am
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Aye can agree that segments

Aye can agree that segments of society can be proven to have failed to assist with the education of their grandchildren. Aye will insist those segments are economically significant and not racially significant.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:31 am
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How can one preach personal

How can one preach personal accountability on one hand and suggest "That's why God invented Grandparents." Doesn't make sense.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 10:32 am
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This isn't an exercise in

This isn't an exercise in race baiting, Aye. Simply an honest discussion about education.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:41 am
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G'parents can make the most

G'parents can make the most impact on todays chillenz in response to your pointing out many of todays parents are incapable. Then it becomes todays chillenz task to carry on.

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usafvet 03/31/10 - 10:44 am
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There lies the problem

There lies the problem George. If they would produce true comparisons of those paying into the tax systems at each level based on race, it would be quite shocking. Do the same for the groups that are sucking the system dry. Do the same for failure ratios (honest) in our schools and colleges. Do the same for our penal institutions. Saddest part of all is that as long as we have anti AMERICAN, anti MILITARY, socialist members in our upper government that are indeed doing their back door maneuvering to give reparations, we will continue in this downward spiral.GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, AND OUR VETERANS. Political correctness is another clever, socialist trick being used to destroy AMERICA.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/31/10 - 10:46 am
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Geo was right: pointless to

Geo was right: pointless to discuss education. thanks for the exchange, WillieNelson™

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cowgirl2 03/31/10 - 11:01 am
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To the people that were

To the people that were unhappy with the interruptions for the weather Sunday should feel lucky they still have a roof and house. Some of my family were not that lucky but due to the interruptions and constant coverage my family was able to hunker down in their bathroom and survive the EF2 tornado in Edgefield County. Yes there are other channels for the weather but the personal involvement for the immediate area was certainly appreciated. Some rural areas are not as fortunate to have quick access to shelters. Thank goodness your program was not interrupted by a tornado or you would have to take that up with GOD.

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 11:06 am
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According to AJC...Americans

According to AJC...Americans feel a little better about buying..( oh really) Ga. Senate passes a bill to bar non-english driver tests (about time) Dekalb cty. has spent 2.53 million on the V. Jones discrimination lawsuit, at the same time Dekalb cty. will close at least 10 schools because of lack of finances..(just wait till this case is settled-will take millions) Does anyone see a pattern here.....We waste so much money in this country..lawsuits....politically correct decisions...all of this will put us in the poorhouse.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 11:14 am
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Those that know me realize

Those that know me realize that I do not hide behind PC. There are problems with white students, there are problems with black or mixed race students. True, 80 % of the trouble of education stems from the up bring of the parents on both sides. The other 20% of the problem lies in the hands of the school administrators. This will continue until the weight of the problem is placed completely on the shoulders of each. Do do so (this is where I will be called names) would mean bringing back the segregation of schools. If it was ever done, the government's financial and material support would have to be 100% equal for both sides. Then it would be up to both schools to solve their educational levels, the behavior problems, their graduation percentages and all the problems that the systems has today. If the white side had a problem, you can guarantee they would correct it in days. The other side would either except their status quo or pull themselves together and become equal with society. It is so sad to even think like this to solve a problem but before anybody jumps all over me, look in your minds, look at the documented facts and look at the whole system to see what really is the cause of our educational problem.

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 11:22 am
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A gay student in New York

A gay student in New York wins $50,000 from a school district that failed to stop taunts about his sexual orientation.....At South Philadelphia High School, Asian students say they've endured relentless bullying and racial epithets by black students.....so they are filing a law suit...Wouldn't it make sense to put some races in their OWN school & stop this crazy file-a-law-suit-world....No wait a minute that would cause more lawsuits for even thinking that!!! You see what pc has done for us.. We will end up closing half the schools cause we can't afford lawsuits & run the school system too.

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 11:24 am
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Well George ...we are

Well George ...we are thinking the same...lol

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Dudeness 03/31/10 - 11:29 am
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In response to your 10:25,

In response to your 10:25, Aye: A HS diploma to me is almost equal to "some high school education" now and I think we're at the point where an Associates degree is the new high school diploma and you need at the very least a Bachelors to stay ahead of the pack. This is one reason why I don't want to stop going to school and am checking out what options may be available beyond an MBA.

I am worried about my degrees becoming watered down.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/31/10 - 11:31 am
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Segregation is not the

Segregation is not the answer. We live together, surely our kids can go to school together. Get out of the cave, dude.

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obx2019 03/31/10 - 11:32 am
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Hmmn Aye why does Pink Floyd

Hmmn Aye why does Pink Floyd come to mind and fit what you have stated so well....We don't need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
Also I would like to note "Mr. Floyd's" aka Roger Waters grammar in the above mentioned song.....

jack
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jack 03/31/10 - 11:40 am
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When Republicans vote

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?

When DIMocRATS have to bribe their own people to pass a bill, they care more about pleasing their messiah than the American people they are supposed to serve who didn't want this monstrosity called health care reform (aka socialized medicine). Yes, we DO want our tax money spent trying to protect our rights.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 11:40 am
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Willie, "Segregation is not

Willie, "Segregation is not the answer. We live together, surely our kids can go to school together." Yes, your are completely correct. Now, my question is, how do we correct the educational problem that we have today? Do we just close our eyes and ears and just hope it will go away?

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obx2019 03/31/10 - 11:42 am
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Hey Willie speaking of

Hey Willie speaking of segregation let's break out this old Duran Duran "classic"......People moving out people moving in why because of the color of their skin. Run, run, run but you just can't hide.
An eye for and eye a tooth for a tooth vote for me I'll set you free
Rap on brother rap on. The only person talkin' 'bout love thy brother is the preacher. See nobody interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, temination, demonstration, integration, aggrivation, humiliation. Obligation to the nation!
Ball of confusion that's what the world is today.....Oh how apropos for what we are seeing today....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 11:43 am
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Kids should be able to go

Kids should be able to go their neighborhood schools...If that doesn't fit racial or financial quotas ...too bad. Some areas have fought busing to balance the disparity of financial worth of parents. It's not just race.

jack
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jack 03/31/10 - 11:44 am
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Ayetidiosi Wednesday, Mar. 31

Ayetidiosi
Wednesday, Mar. 31 10:25 AM

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The value of a HS Diploma is much reduced due to the quality of graduating seniors.

Encouraging these same underachievers to attend University will devalue that accomplishment as well.

This has already happened. Why do you think ASU and other institutions of higher educaion give their incoming freshmen tests in basic math and English and have so many remedial courses to make up for the education they didn't get in public schools?

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jack 03/31/10 - 11:53 am
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ustus4 Wednesday, Mar. 31

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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.

Just shows your ignorance on the difference in state and federal governments. The fed AF is appointed (and this one is a real political hack) while the states elect theirs, so the governor does not dictate to hm/her what laws to enforce/not enforce or who to sue and what to sue for. The ONLY similarity between the feds and states is that the courts are a separate branch of government. Simple enough there Justus?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 11:56 am
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You can take a horse to water

You can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink....you can send a kid to school but you can't make him think...The unruly don't want to learn kids will bring all the kids down...Let's get these kids out of public schools & put them in a military type school.. I'm sure we have some retired military gals & guys that could do a fantastic job! BTW we would have to give them the freedom to do it, & that means the heck with pc.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 11:58 am
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I wonder how many decent

I wonder how many decent children on both race sides in our schools today have went down the wrong path in life because of having to socialize 6 hours a day with many 15 minutes bed pleasures products that are then forgotten at that point. It is a shame that some have to learn from schools peers that they have to associate with.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:03 pm
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Oh my goodness Cobalt.. you

Oh my goodness Cobalt.. you speaketh the truth....many folks can't handle the truth..(like Jack Nicholson said)

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baronvonreich 03/31/10 - 12:06 pm
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Segregation will do nothing.

Segregation will do nothing. It lies upon the enforcement of personal responsibility and the subsequent consequences for certain actions. It is poor leadership not race. It is poor parenting not race. It is poor standards that have been reduced to the lowest common denominator not race.

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