Rants & Raves

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JUST SPENT THE DAY at the Richmond County School System staff development. My three instructors (all with doctorates) used "ain't," double negatives, incorrect pronunciation and other grammatical errors. Oh, yes, they told us we need to teach using "formal English." Let's practice what we preach and set an example for students, parents and teachers!

AFTER SEEING THE recent census results for the CSRA, there's one conclusion to be made: Augusta is a dying city. Being originally from Michigan, Augusta reminds me of a small Detroit in many ways. When we moved to this area, there was no question that we would live in Columbia County and not Richmond County. It looks like we are not alone.

TO THE PERSON who saw a Columbia County deputy dropping off kids at school in the patrol car: I saw a Richmond County deputy dropping off kids at a school in North Augusta!

AFTER READING THE comment made by someone who saw a deputy drop off two children at a middle school using a county vehicle, I had to make my own comment. I have been a deputy for 18-plus years, and during that time I have served the public faithfully. I have at times placed the job above the needs of my family. Many a time I have missed birthdays, Christmases, school plays and, most of all, spending time with my family. I believe I have earned the right to drop my children off at school as I am on the way to work.

PRESIDENT OBAMA taught a constitutional law class at an elite university. Why then did he say was it unconstitutional for a president to launch an attack against a non-threatening nation when he was a senator but now as president it is OK?

AMERICA'S SUPPOSED to be so broke. Here we are, going to spend millions and millions of dollars butting into Libya's business.

AN INNOCENT YOUNG MAN was killed again and authorities are wondering why. The answer is obvious to most of us. It's been going downhill for years since prayer and discipline were taken out of schools and parents were being told how to punish their children or not. Wake up before it's too late, if it's not already. Our prayers are with the family of James Gillette Jr.

COME ON, COMMISSIONERS , let's put the power hunger aside long enough to clean up the streets of Augusta and spruce up our town a little bit. The Masters is coming, and trash is everywhere. Let's get ready for the people all over the world coming into our wonderful town, but it's so embarrassing at this particular point. Let's clean up. Thanks, commissioners.

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