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A RAVE TO CBS for cancelling the remainder of Two and a Half Men . Another Rave to the Judge in the Lindsay Lohan case. It is about time! Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan are out of control and need to pay for the consequences of their actions. Those in the limelight, whether they are actors, sports stars, or politicians need to be held accountable like the rest of us!

RANT TO THE three COWARDS that call themselves commissioners -- they are elected to represent the people of their area and by not attending a meeting is an act of being a coward. Attend the meetings and voice your opinion in a public format -- that is why you were voted to the office that you have -- represent the citizens and not yourself.

AGAIN, THE IGNORANCE of Augusta is demonstrated by the rants against the Roller Derby girls. I know them; they have jobs, families, kids and, above all, are not government funded and look how successful they are. Free enterprise at its best and we all have fun!

IF THE MAYOR CALLS a meeting, isn't it rude not to show up? If you are getting paid to be a commissioner, can we get a rebate for that part of the salary? Sounds like the Wisconsin Flee-baggers have landed in Augusta.

SO A WATER LEAK goes on for a month in Columbia County and nobody does anything about it? Wake up from your nap, get your tools and get to work. Or does your union membership protect you?

AHH THOSE TERRIBLE UNIONS. They spoiled everything. They took away that wonderful era of 14/16 hour days, no lunch breaks, wages that kept you on the verge of desperation, no health care, work till you die, no retirement, no vacations, etc. The good old days. ... If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you have time to read it, thank a union.

JOE BOWLES AND Butch Palmer. If you run for mayor, how will you get women to vote for you? If you think grandmas and working moms are going to vote for any man who is against church-based day care, you're not smart enough to be a babysitter, a mayor or my commissioner. And, yes, I'm a Summerville resident.

DEKE, HOW MANY TIMES do you have to ask if you've got the power? More than once? Mr. Mayor, a leader knows he has the power. A follower asks if he has the power. A good news Google search is your last best hope. Move quickly, Mr. Mayor. Fred Russell is getting impatient.

GOOD WORK on the article on the bus and lunch counter integration. It's too bad all young people cannot better appreciate how they have things now and how things were a mere 50 years or so ago.

THIS IS A RANT for you people that come to a restaurant on a Friday and Saturday night with 15 or more people and expect to be seated together. News flash. That's the busiest nights of the week and if you want to sit together without getting an attitude, the best thing I'll tell you to do is stay home and cook supper. That way you can all be a family and sit together.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/26/11 - 04:38 am
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To the last ranter...News

To the last ranter...News Flash...if you don't learn great customer service and do your best to accomidate all guests requests to the best of your power your business will not be around long enough for you to rant about your customers whom you are telling to stay at home instead of eating out. Sounds like you have the real attitude problem and should be in a non customer based job.

Commissoners not showing up for work in our area may actually be a good thing. But on a serious note, changes need to be made to state and local laws across America REQUIRING politicians to show up, do their jobs and vote yes or no for everything put forth. These cowards are loosers and should all be removed from office.

Lonewuf
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Lonewuf 02/26/11 - 06:53 am
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@Asitisinaug ..... I could'nt

@Asitisinaug ..... I could'nt have said it any better.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/26/11 - 09:08 am
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"14/16 hour days, no lunch

"14/16 hour days, no lunch breaks, wages that kept you on the verge of desperation, no health care, work till you die, no retirement, no vacations"

But now we have labor laws, mininum wage, OSHA, EPA, unemployment insurance, Obamacare, and a myriad of other state and federal government laws and programs that prevent those situations and protect workers from unreasonable abuse. The unions now have expanded so far that they dictate keeping poor performers because of seniority or tenure. They demand unreasonable pay and benefits and they protect poor and marginal performers.

There may be legitimate reasons to have some form of employee bargaining but it is a fact that the taxpayers of most states cannot afford the levels of pay and benenifits the unions have demanded for years; nor can they afford the interference the unions have been running for poor performers. Whatever discussion we have over unions it is certainly not about 16 hour work days and no lunch breaks.

Cadence
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Cadence 02/26/11 - 09:11 am
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Actually my mother taught me

Actually my mother taught me to read, she read to me every night and we sounded out the words. Most of my teachers here were ok, but if I had relied on them for anything much in the way of education, well, thank you Mama.

animate
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animate 02/26/11 - 10:28 am
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Like the guys in Detroit a

Like the guys in Detroit a few months back who were caught smoking pot and drinking on the job, a union can make it dissapear, just like Jimmy Hoffa.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/26/11 - 11:54 am
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See, Asitis, I understand

See, Asitis, I understand what the last ranter is saying. It's not about customer service. It's about selfishness, poor attitude, "it's all about me" people.

I would not expect to go to a restaurant, on a busy night, with a very large group of people, unannounced and unexpected, and expect to be seated in one large group. Who would? Restaurants aren't designed or set up for that.

If that's what you want to do, call ahead and make a reservation. It's called common courtesy. And if the restaurant doesn't take reservations, then find another restaurant.

But do you know why restaurants stopped taking reservations for that type of thing? Because the restaurants would block off tables, turn away other paying customers, make other customers wait for tables, and then the large group that made the reservation would never show up. See sentence #3.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/26/11 - 11:59 am
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Asitis, when I lived in NA,

Asitis, when I lived in NA, my next door neighbor was awaiting a double lung transplant, but wanted to go out to dinner. She was extremely ill and had very little stamina and tired easily.

So I called a restaurant on Washington Rd. They didn't take reservations. I explained the situation, then I went into the restaurant beforehand, talked to the manager, and offered a $100 deposit to get a reservation.

They happily accomodated me. And when we went, we had great service. Courtesy and respect and reasonable expectations, you know?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 02/26/11 - 12:40 pm
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Rant# 7: If Joe Bowles did

Rant# 7: If Joe Bowles did indeed have any aspirations of becoming mayor, he can probably forget about them now. Though people in Augusta do seem to have a very short memory.

tbird79dc
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tbird79dc 02/26/11 - 01:21 pm
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If you work at a gas station

If you work at a gas station you don't get anything, breaks or lunch time and work 8 or 9 hour shifts.
The commisioners that don't show up for meetings they need to be charges for the pay that they get for supposedly working. The mayor needs to make sure he follows through with it. To me that is the same thing as stealing.

countyman
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countyman 02/26/11 - 05:17 pm
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I noticed several trucks

I noticed several trucks inside of the empty acres on Jimmie Dyess near the Zaxbys in Southwest Augusta aka SWAG.... There's a very tiny old access road located off Jimmie Dyess Parkway that enters the property.... I think the 25 acre shopping might be about to start construction...
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4102

I reported a while back a large mix-use development(Dyess Park) will be built along Jimmie Dyess park.. The Jimmie Dyess Pkwy/Gordon Hwy Corridor is really starting to take off.
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15394091/4130-Madeline-Drive-Augusta-GA/

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16945338/4003-Harper-Franklin-Avenue-Augu...

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countyman 02/26/11 - 04:23 pm
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On a side note.... The old

On a side note.... The old Winn Dixie shopping center at the intersection of Peach Orchard/Bungalow rd is being renovated... Along with the Village West Plaza on I-520 in West Augusta/Martinez...

The 18k sq. ft. shopping center on Cherry street in West Augusta is also under construction.. The street is located oN Washington road next to California Dreaming....
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4117

corgimom
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corgimom 02/26/11 - 05:45 pm
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Hey, how come Countyman

Hey, how come Countyman didn't know about the call center losing 247 jobs?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/26/11 - 05:54 pm
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Daphne, honey, let me know

Daphne, honey, let me know where you work. I'll be sure not to patronize your place of employment and bother you on my visits to Augusta. I am more than happy to spend my money elsewhere. Seenit will do the same. I now fall under the catagory of "visitor", which Augusta is desperately fighting for. You know, spend money, don't cost Augusta taxpayers anything, the best kind of people to have?

And when I move back to the CSRA- which is what we plan to do- I'll be sure not to bother you then, too.

So just let me know.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/11 - 06:06 pm
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Oh come on corgi...let's

Oh come on corgi...let's bother her....you know that will be fun...lol

I think she is possibly one of the older posters---& she didn't care for us then either!!!

Yeh...We will lose sleep over that...hahah........:)

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/26/11 - 08:13 pm
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Corgimon, I certainly see and

Corgimon, I certainly see and understand you point and anyone in the business would appreciate the way you handled yourself. That being said, customer service people (ones who truly care and try there very best to accommodate even the most difficult of requests) are almost non-exsistent in todays environment. Yes, it IS there job to do everything humanly possible to try and accommodate every request. When they can't they certainly shouldn't be ranting about it in an open forum and telling the customers to just stay home and eat - I doubt very seriously that ranter is a business owner - more than likely, he/she is an employee drawing a salary who doesn't want any challenges thrown their way or to have to do any more than necessary to keep his/her job.

As for rude customers, you can genearlly handle it professionally and change their entire attitude but you can't make it personal or things will go down hill quickly. Generally, most in the group will undertand if there is absolutely no way to accomidate the request. If not, then you can go home knowing you did everything in your power to accomidate them and only hope they don't all leave mad talking bad about your business.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/26/11 - 06:57 pm
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Corgimon, countyman didn't

Corgimon, countyman didn't notice Augusta just lost 247 jobs because he was too busy trying to tell us how safe Augusta is even though the commission has reduced the force by over 38 deputies and the rest are looking for jobs elsewhere after receiving PAY CUTS this year to an already deplorable salary with a joke of a benefit package.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 02/26/11 - 08:06 pm
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accommodate ...do we have so

accommodate ...do we have so much tech we can't take a second to spell-check?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/27/11 - 09:55 am
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With SecDef Robert Gates' and

With SecDef Robert Gates' and president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations Leslie Gelb's pronouncements, the U.S. war in Afghanistan is now officially doomed. It is time for a rave when some elements of the Establishment actually get it! When are ACES and The Augusta Chronicle editorial board going to get it? A Tragic Waste of Heroes

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 11:17 am
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AsitisinAug and Corgimom...

AsitisinAug and Corgimom... What's the point of me mentioning the 247 jobs at Teleperformance?? The article clearly displayed the details on the layoffs.. The unemployment rate for the MSA is still below the national and state averages.. Augusta still lead the state of GA in job growth last year and will do the same in 2011.. Plus Rural Sourcing opened in the Enterprise mill downtown in December and will hire 100 IT workers.. Electrolux just announced 250 new jobs ($2.5 million) investment are coming to the old Dillards on Washington road..

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 11:37 am
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AsitisinAug.... I don't have

AsitisinAug.... I don't have to convinced anybody how safe Augusta is.. The FBI are in plain view and show Augusta is safer than most of it's peer cities...

The overall crime rate and violent crime rate are both down in Richmond County and Augusta...

''The empirical fact is that, since 2008, overall crime in Augusta has decreased. According to the numbers, there were 33,692 crimes committed in the year 2008, and that number includes all crimes minus traffic violations and things such as probation violations. In 2010, that number fell to 31,894, meaning there was a decrease in overall crime.''

P.S ''The Richmond County Sheriff's Office added 25 road patrol deputies in 2010, five records bureau personnel and 30 jailers, either at the downtown Richmond County Jail or the Phinizy Road detention facility.

''The Richmond County Marshal hired 13 personnel..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/11 - 12:13 pm
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Countyman, I've seen the

Countyman, I've seen the statistics that show the crime rate, except the murder and violent crime rates, have slightly decreased in Richmond County and that's a good thing. However it is disingenuous to compare a consolidated county-city to other citys. Crime is always less in the suburban areas and that's included in our figures. The old city area of 44,000 people has one of the worst crime rates in the south if you do the math.

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 01:14 pm
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There will be atleast $1

There will be atleast $1 million worth of direct visitor spending in next month... Some of the events in March:

MEETING DATES/ ATTENDANCE/ SPENDING

General Grand Conference Masons of Jerico March 3-6 /500/ $181,944

Newman Tennis Center: Southern States Top 32 March 12-14/ 400/ $65,702

Annual Shag Classic - CSRA Shag Club March 18-20/ 500/ $176,890

2011 ESi Annual WebEOC Conference March 28-April 1/ 300/ $475,076

The Masters comes to Augusta in April... The city will host the 2011 and 2012 USA Cycling Juniors, U23, Elite & Paralympic Road National Championships will be held in June..

http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=97

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 12:50 pm
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Riverman1.... I don't know

Riverman1.... I don't know what crime rates you saw because the violent crime rate DROPPED in both 2009 and 2010 in Richmond County... You must be thinking about Columbia or Aiken County because the violent crime rate did increase in the year 2009, but I think the rate decreased in those counties in 2010...

Can you show me the link showing the violent crime rate in RC didn't decrease lol?? Or are you using your opinions as facts again... I can show you the article showing the violent crime rate and overall crime rate are both down...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2011-01-14/richmond-count...

While you are correct about murders increasing in 2010, murder is only one type of violent crime.. The number of aggravated assaults, rapes, and armed robberies all decreased in 2010...

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 01:03 pm
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There are several cities who

There are several cities who are consolidated with the ENTIRE county.. The cities of Hephzibah(the actual city limits south of Willis Foreman rd and not the address around Tobacco rd) and Blythe aren't consolidated with Augusta/Richmond County..

Even if you were to include the city/county for all of the peer cities. The city of Augusta still comes out to be a much safer city. Once you add the cities of Hephzibah and Blythe where virtually no violent crime exist... The Richmond County violent crime rating becomes even lower than 503...

Violent crime ranking per 100k
1. Montgomery, AL 429
2. Raleigh, NC 493
3. Augusta, GA 503
4. Durham, NC (city & county) 607
5. Norfolk, VA 656
6. Durham, NC (city) 707
7. Winston-Salem, NC 753
8. Greensboro, NC 766
9. Richmond, VA 803
10. Shreveport. LA 890
11. Baton Rouge, LA 1,265
12. Little Rock, AR 1,469

The city of Durham drops 100 points if the city consolidates with the county... Augusta is still safer than Durham and Hephzibah and Blythe aren't even included in Augusta score.. The violent crime rate for Augusta would dropped if those two cities were included...

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/11 - 01:08 pm
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Riverman1. countyman is just

Riverman1. countyman is just protecting his bottom line and won't be convinced there is a problem here until he is directly affected by it. His head is in the sand....

countyman
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countyman 02/27/11 - 01:18 pm
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AutumnLeaves, I noticed you

AutumnLeaves, I noticed you just changed your post.. At first you said I don't believe any of the victims of crime in Augusta... Can you read my mind???

Now you say I don't believe there is a problem here in Augusta... When have I ever said there isn't crime in Augusta??

Lol, I have my head in the sand?? I posted a link to back up all of my statements.... People love to come on here and say things without the facts to back them up...

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/11 - 01:10 pm
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Two and a Half Men was one of

Two and a Half Men was one of the worst shows on television. It was like a brat-training show, to put it as nicely as I can. I'm glad it's ending. It's way overdue.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/11 - 02:27 pm
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Countyman, I did say crime

Countyman, I did say crime has decreased in Richmond County. I thought violent crime, ie robberies and assault had increased along with the murder rate. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Apologies if I am.

Now back to this thing about the county-city consolidation. I'm going to type it real slowly. We are a consolidated city-county and the crime rates reported are for the entire consolidated area. The actual city, the population prior to 1996, is 44,000 and the urban area. That area has most of the crime. Most of the murders were there and if you factor in the small 44,000 population, the crime rate is horrendous. What makes us look good with the statistics is we can include the low crime rural areas and that population in the statistics. Don't you get that?

I suspect Durham, NC is similarly blessed by using the entire county stats. You can't take a per capita 100,000 crime rate in the old city because it was only 44,000, much smaller than the other cities listed.

As far as even implying the per capita crime rate in Aiken and Columbia Counties is comparable to Richmond is, well, funny.

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david jennings 02/27/11 - 06:15 pm
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I live in Comm. district 4

I live in Comm. district 4 and have voted for Alvin Mason at least twice but I wont be doing it again. People in public office should represent all thier constituents,but 4 being an majority black district I doubt he will miss my little vote.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/27/11 - 06:29 pm
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Too bad Countyman doesn't

Too bad Countyman doesn't heed the FBI's own cautionary advice about crime stats.

Those crime stats for A-RC are pure BS. It was reported in the AC that Ronnie Strength made his dectectives "reclassify" crimes to change the stats.

Are we supposed to believe that detectives are so inept that they can't properly classify crimes in the first place? What are they doing being detectives if they can't read an incident report and decide what crime was committed?

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