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A PRAYER FOR Phillip and Janie Tweety. I want you to know you are both wonderful and generous people, and your family is in our prayers and our thoughts every day. May God bless you.

I WANT TO THANK a special person who turned my pocketbook in with nothing missing at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Waynesboro. God bless and thank you again.

THE RICHEST PEOPLE in the United States are congressmen. That is why when we go to the polls, if they have incumbent by their name, we need to vote for the other person. That is why they don’t want to raise taxes; they are the rich of America.

TO THE PERSON about not smoking in the restaurants and bars, you write if this law goes in affect we soon will get told how to paint our houses, what we can have in our yards. We have that already its called HOA’s and they get away with it, nobody is doing anything about them.

THE AUGUSTA COMMISSION will take an “additional” 60 days to decide about a parking deck. That’s 60 days to figure out “management” of some EMPTY spaces. And more destructively laughable -- it’s “built on land the city does NOT own.”

WITH FURLOUGHS AND BOE cuts, special education students are not receiving their services. Remember that is violation of the IDEA!

ALONG WITH THE Commission, Fred Russell apparently submitted a budget with a “$6.01 million deficit.” Who draws up a budget with a deficit? Budgets exist to be BALANCED!

A LETTER WRITER DOESN’T want people to pre-judge groups of young people, i.e., teenagers. Then we see the headline: “11-year-old, 4 teens arrested” for arming and invading a home. It’s better to play it safe. Legally arm yourself, at home and out.

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kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 11/09/11 - 06:18 am
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House Republican leader in

House Republican leader in Congress, John Boehner who compared the nation's financial crisis to an ant responded to the president plan with more cries of " Class Warfare" a term that apparently applies when the President Barack Obama asks millionaires and billionaries to pay their fair share.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/09/11 - 06:42 am
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"for arming and invading a

"for arming and invading a home". Well, if the home was armed, I hope it at least put up a good fight.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/09/11 - 06:45 am
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@ kissofdeath: How much is a

@ kissofdeath: How much is a "fair share?"

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 07:09 am
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Is anyone troubled by the new

Is anyone troubled by the new fee(tax) on fresh christmas trees imposed by obama?

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 07:24 am
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I predict this is the first

I predict this is the first of many new fees(taxes) that hussein will impose by executive order.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 07:53 am
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I wonder if hussein will

I wonder if hussein will impose a fee(tax) on muslim symbols or is this just a tax on christians.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/09/11 - 07:58 am
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Where the heck do you guys

Where the heck do you guys get your info? Let me guess, someone sent you an email.
Far from a tax initiated by the Obama administration, the proposal to create an assessment on tree growers to fund a research and promotion program through the USDA was begun by the industry during the Bush administration.

In February 2008, faced with declining sales, members of the National Christmas Tree Association created a task force to consider the merits of a checkoff program, which would allow the USDA to collect a fee from growers in order to fund research into marketing Christmas trees. NCTA officials explained:

While the fake tree industry is investing dollars to vigorously promote their product, the Real Tree industry is pulling back and devoting fewer funds to public relations and marketing. More than 1,000 people donated more than $900,000 for 2004 promotion and marketing programs. By 2007, donations to the market expansion activities had dropped to about $400,000. The erosion of funding resulted in fewer projects aimed at positively impacting consumer attitudes about Real Trees limiting the ability of the industry to affect the sales of Real Trees in the marketplace.

Given this continued erosion of the market share of farm-grown Christmas Trees, an industry task force is being formed to study the possibility of a federal marketing order that could establish a nationwide checkoff designed to support expanded promotion, marketing and research projects.

The NCTA Board of Directors supports the industry task force study of a federal marketing order.

Even if the industry decides to pursue a nationwide checkoff, it takes at least a year for USDA to follow its "rule making procedures." Thus, it is highly unlikely that a checkoff could start before 2010. In the interim, NCTA will engage in an aggressive promotion and protection program as funds allow.

The NCTA board urges members and non-members to be involved in the discussion and will schedule a town hall discussion at the 2008 national convention at which time the task force will give a report.

In April 2008, NCTA officials announced the formation of a task force to continue studying the merits of a checkoff program. As explained in the Fall 2008 edition of Christmas Trees, a leading Christmas tree magazine, fee levels are established by industry -- not government -- and commodity growers frequently partner with the USDA for marketing and research checkoffs:

Examples of other agricultural commodity Checkoffs include the egg, beef, pork, mushroom, milk, and honey, etc. industries. We're all familiar with the Dairy industry's ad campaigns; "Milk Does a Body Good" and "Got Milk." "Pork: the Other White Meat," "Beef: It's What's for Dinner" and "The Incredible Edible Egg" are recognizable slogans developed and funded by Checkoff programs. These four 'big guns' collect between $45 and $91.2 million in assessments annually.

Funding for promotions and research comes from within each industry. Fees could be assessed for example, in the Christmas tree industry, on a percentage of the selling price, per cut tree or per seedling basis. The amount of the assessment, who would participate, how the fees would be collected and how utilized, would be determined by the industry taskforce with the input of growers and attendees at the National Convention. Fresh imports (mainly from Canada) would be assessed at a comparable rate. As in other agricultural industries there would be exemptions for smaller growers. If the assessment is made on a cut tree basis, 4,000 trees has been discussed as a minimum. A percentage of the amount collected could go to state associations in proportion to the amount paid from within that state. The state association could utilize the funds for promotion and research abiding by the same rules as the national Checkoff organization. Hugh anticipates that Christmas tree assessments would be comparable to the amount raised by the blueberry industry, which is $2 million.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 08:02 am
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Ahh,a tax on christians!

Ahh,a tax on christians! Could this be just one more action meant to further divide the American people? It ticks me off and i'm not a christian.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 08:19 am
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Timing is everything! Put a

Timing is everything! Put a tax on christmas trees just before they go on sale. NO, this was NOT a calculated move.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 08:34 am
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Techfan,do you have an

Techfan,do you have an opinion on this new fee(tax) on christmas trees?

copperhead
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copperhead 11/09/11 - 08:39 am
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This can't be targeting

This can't be targeting christians,even muslims will have to pay the fee(tax)on each christmas tree they buy.

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dstewartsr 11/09/11 - 09:04 am
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RE: "I WANT TO THANK a

RE: "I WANT TO THANK a special person who turned my pocketbook in with nothing missing..."

Not exactly on point, but there was the cleverest commercial last night: A voice over announces, "We gave total strangers a briefcase with $10,000 to watch, and not ONE of them took so much as a penny." There follows a surveillance video of a very nervous man guarding the case; at the end, the announcer asks, "How much does your bank take to watch YOUR money?"

In this time of awareness of multiple fees, I think it a fresh angle and very much in tune with the consumer's feelings. And yes, all you nitpickers out there, I know the banks are businesses and must make money... (any other site I wouldn't need the disclaimer).

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wondersnevercease 11/09/11 - 09:34 am
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"Where the heck do you guys

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"Where the heck do you guys get your info? Let me guess, someone sent you an email"...

back at you tech..wheres the source and quotes for all that C&P? Not saying it isn't true..just askin.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 11/09/11 - 09:44 am
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"They got no game, you all

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"They got no game, you all want to still blame the other guy. Solyndra applied for a loan under Bush, they never got it till Obummer got in. There were other programs like Fast and Furious started under the other guy, the Border Agent was killed with guns they failed to track under Obummer. The tree industry has been trying for this since 2008, they got it under Odummer, see a pattern? If I get hired to do a job someone else was doing bad (according to you), and fudge it up more. Guess who they blame ME not the other guy. This whole admin points the finger at someone else whenever somoething goes wrong. I see they got Bin Laden, and took the credit for that though, when it started under the other guy!"
Posted by.... badkarma060 in response to an article on fox nation about the "Christmas tree tax"....now I do not know if these words are true but they make sense.:) so I reprint them.

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TParty 11/09/11 - 10:06 am
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The tree farmers wanted the

The tree farmers wanted the tax... taxing themselves, growers will raise $2 million a year for ads promoting the merits of real, live trees. Betty Malone, an Oregon tree farmer and president of Christmas Tree Promotion Now said "We have good reason to believe it will be successful for our industry," Betty Malone, an Oregon tree farmer and president of Christmas Tree Promotion Now.

Akin to similar programs that promote milk, beef and cotton, the Christmas tree program will impose on U.S. domestic producers and importers an initial fee of 15 cents per tree.

The promotions, according to the USDA, will present "a favorable image of Christmas trees to the general public," with the intent of improving the public "perception" of Christmas trees and, hence, their sales.

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allhans 11/09/11 - 10:13 am
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"The initial assessment rate

"The initial assessment rate will be $0.15 per Christmas tree domestically produced or imported into the United States and could be increased up to $0.20 per Christmas tree. The purpose of the program will be to strengthen the position of fresh cut Christmas trees in the marketplace and maintain and expand markets for Christmas trees within the United States."

This is from Media Matters who say that Drudge has made it a "Tax" on Christmas trees.. as Carcraft says Bwahaaaa something like that.

A tax on Christmas trees is NOT a tax on Christmas trees..how dare Drudge say that. (: - )

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seenitB4 11/09/11 - 10:14 am
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Another debate tonight at

Another debate tonight at 8pm...cnbc
Should be interesting to see how the other candidates treat Cain.

cissy
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cissy 11/09/11 - 12:20 pm
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Does not shock me that

Does not shock me that Special Ed students are not getting their services. But keep in mind the County is getting additional funds for each one of those children.

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AutumnLeaves 11/09/11 - 02:25 pm
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Note to mailman in a

Note to mailman in a subdivision in Augusta zip code 30906 (or anywhere else). The area around my mail box is NOT YOUR ASH TRAY!!! I am sick and tired of picking up your spent cigarette butts day after day, month after month, year after year. STOP IT!!

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Jake 11/09/11 - 03:26 pm
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Unless you happen to be sure

Unless you happen to be sure that the mailman is actually responsible and he is reading the R&R's then don't anticipate any change in the amount of cigarette butts around your mailbox. Instead, leave a note on your mailbox and see if it makes any difference. If you then notice a decline in the cigarette butts and in the amount of mail you are getting then it is reasonable to assume he got the message.

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Little Lamb 11/09/11 - 03:56 pm
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You don't have to pick up

You don't have to pick up those cigarette butts, AutumnLeaves. They will biodegrade in under two years in Augusta weather conditions.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/12/11 - 07:57 pm
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Jake, I am not going to risk

Jake, I am not going to risk that note because we have already noticed a decline in quality of delivery. We are getting other people's mail more and more frequently. Why in the world mailmen smoke around mail I'll never understand. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, driving, smoking, and delivering mail at the same time. and Little Lamb, have you ever seen what happens to a cigarette when a lawn mower runs over it? I'm not going to walk past that degrading in my yard over two years (usually more).

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AutumnLeaves 11/12/11 - 07:59 pm
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BTW, dropping cigarettes

BTW, dropping cigarettes anywhere except a proper container for that purpose is LITTERING (against the law) and a potential or possible hazard. Shame, shame, shame for doing that on the job!

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