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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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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:06 pm
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In today's stupid society

In today's stupid society TRUTH = NO PC

1beachbum
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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:07 pm
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George, the kids learn from

George, the kids learn from ALL kinds of places, except where they should be learning i.e. School and home. Look at the internet. They can get access to all kinds of things. And with all of these social networking sites, it's not uncommon for people to have 6000 "friends". With access to that many people, and considering probably 95% of those people are absolute idiots, it's no wonder the youth of today don't stand a chance. Technology is neccessary, but, since some are quoting songs here today, Jimmy Buffett said it. "You think the internet is such a great assett, but you're wrong, wrong, wrong."

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jack 03/31/10 - 12:07 pm
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CobaltGeorge Wednesday, Mar.

CobaltGeorge
Wednesday, Mar. 31 11:40 AM

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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?
CG, I believe that if we returned our schools to the doctrine of "in loco parentis" (in lieu of the parents), where school teachers and administrators had the legal right to discipline kids in their schools without fear of being sued would go a long way in correcting our problems in government schools. No PC, no parental interference (but they should have the right to be heard by the BOE with a legitimate complaint), and expulsion of the trouble makers. I got my butt paddled a couple of times (deserved it) in HS and I didn't want another one. We had 1400 boys in my HS and very few problems. During the anti-war antics of the 60s and 70s, I attended a Baptist college who let it be known that such conduct would not be tolerated on our campus. The penalty was a letter expelling your from the school. This is the type of atmosphere where kids can learn if they are there to get an education rather than being there because of the law.

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obx2019 03/31/10 - 12:08 pm
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You know Cobalt many on here

You know Cobalt many on here will have no idea about the "15 min. bed pleasure" comment. Very well said and funny too!

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:08 pm
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Baron ... stop taking the

Baron ... stop taking the words out of our mouths. Exactly ...poor standards ...poor parents... poor leadership...gottcha..now what to do???

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jack 03/31/10 - 12:11 pm
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Baron, I believe that the

Baron, I believe that the statistics will tell you that it appears the people who cause most of our problems both in society and school, has to do with their race. I am not a racist, but stats are stats.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:11 pm
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I got the bed comment

I got the bed comment Obx...we might be older but we ain't THAT old. ;-)

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:12 pm
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baronvonreich "It is poor

baronvonreich "It is poor standards that have been reduced to the lowest common denominator not race."

Could you go a little bit more in detail on that opinion?

obx2019
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obx2019 03/31/10 - 12:13 pm
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I knew you would and how dare

I knew you would and how dare you call me old....;-) I may resemble that remark....

1beachbum
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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:14 pm
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The gripe used to be kids

The gripe used to be kids watched too much T.V. rather than going outside to play. Then it became they played too many video games rather than going outside to play, which would give them excercise. Now, they spend too much time on the computer or phones texting. I'm telling you folks, it's technology AND gov't interference that has screwed up our youth. PC, my butt! When I was a kid we had multiple "cops" in every neighborhood...it was called MOMS. It didn't matter if it was my mom or the kid down the streets mom. If I was seen doing something bad, any mom in the neighborhood would correct the behavior!

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:14 pm
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I wish the Baron would put

I wish the Baron would put his/her comments on here on just how to fix the failing school problem... how bout it Baron?

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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:17 pm
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But, since moms had to join

But, since moms had to join the work force so that the parents could afford to buy more and more junk that they don't need, those cops left the neighborhoods. And left the kids behind to fend for themselves. I believe the term was "latch-key".

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baronvonreich 03/31/10 - 12:18 pm
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jack please provide the

jack please provide the source of your statistics then as I would be interersted in seeing them.

What to do? Enforce personal responsibility. Enforce rules. It isn't difficult. Schools need to stand up to school boards and parents. School boards need to stand up to the states. States need to stand up to the Dept of Education but the greed for the almighty dollar from Washington, DC corrupts all the way down the food chain.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:20 pm
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1beachbum, jack. It is a real

1beachbum, jack. It is a real pleasure reading Common Sense opinion. Very good.

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:20 pm
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Some of us worked & still

Some of us worked & still kicked kids butts when they needed it...I gave the school the permission to punish mine if they misbehaved...in today's world the teachers are SUED for doing their job.

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baronvonreich 03/31/10 - 12:21 pm
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CG - standards have been

CG - standards have been reduced so that the vast majority will pass a course, a grade, or a test, and move on to the a grade due to the greediness of schools to collect the almighty dollar from the Feds. Local school systems need to step up and have some principles that aren't compromised.

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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:21 pm
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The values this country were

The values this country were founded on are not being taught by anyone anymore. What happened to treating people with respect, regardless of the color of their skin? What happened to teaching the value if you work hard you are rewarded? This applies to school, jobs and society as a whole. What happened to teaching people how to save money and live within their means rather than charging everything and buying on credit? What happened to businesses making a "fair" profit? Until we get back to those values, this country will never recover.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:24 pm
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baronvonreich, You are doing

baronvonreich, You are doing it again, posting with closed eyes & mind and placing the blame on somebody else.

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:27 pm
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baronvonreich, your 12:21

baronvonreich, your 12:21 does have some level of truth, but who is really at fault.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:27 pm
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Baron .. You said it all in

Baron .. You said it all in your first statement...standards have been reduced so the vast majority will pass a course...We are saying exactly that!!! Soooo take the students out of the regular school & put them in military schools. Forget about pc when you do it...if these schools have 70% minority students , what do you think will be the outcry??

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baronvonreich 03/31/10 - 12:27 pm
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The blame goes to the

The blame goes to the parents, the teachers, the principals, the school boards, the state departments of education, and the idiotic U.S. Dept of Education. The blame lies solely on the electorate who vote for these fools and the fools who support their existence and their policies.

Who is to blame in your mind CG?

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CobaltGeorge 03/31/10 - 12:31 pm
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baronvonreich, I guess your

baronvonreich, I guess your answer is close to mine.

I was going to say "We the People"

1beachbum
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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:32 pm
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Baron, WE are to blame. Every

Baron, WE are to blame. Every American citizen is to blame because we decided to let someone else handle it. We did not hold our government to the standards we expected and it got away from us. Now look at the mess that's been created.

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baronvonreich 03/31/10 - 12:33 pm
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I don't care about the

I don't care about the outcry. It isn't the taxpayer's responsibility to fund military schools. If kids can't do the work then they stay in that grade until they learn it. If kids can't follow the rules then send them home and let their parents figure out what to do with them. Access to public education is a right but it is also a privilege and with that privilege come consequences for not following the rules. It is no different than obtaining and keeping a drivers license or a firearm.

1beachbum
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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:33 pm
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Damn George! We're on a roll

Damn George! We're on a roll today!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:34 pm
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I think Cobalt nailed it when

I think Cobalt nailed it when he said "That 1 moment of pleasure & unprotected sex"

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:36 pm
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Now if the gov. can find a

Now if the gov. can find a way to tax sex,, we might be able to fix our deficit.

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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 12:37 pm
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Seenit, you're right. We as a

Seenit, you're right. We as a society have completely dismissed our core values. It's ok in today's world to have unprotected sex, and shirk your responsibilities when a new human being is created. The government will take care of that person indefinitely. Who cares?

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:40 pm
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And also if the gov. could

And also if the gov. could tax sex we would see an equal & fair balance of tax paying citizens... maybe some paying taxes for the first time in their life.

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seenitB4 03/31/10 - 12:46 pm
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I hope you guys appreciate

I hope you guys appreciate the fact that I solved our unequal tax problem.. haha of course Tiger will have to pay a LOT more than youse guys....;-)))

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