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A BIG THANK YOU to the nice man who works on the lawn care crew by Five Guys in Evans. Thank you so much for taking a minute and helping me with my car. You are an angel.

WHY IS THE YMCA Day Camp held outside? The temperature in Georgia gets up to 100, and these kids 5-6 are expected to stay outside. The only water available for them is from a faucet in the outhouse. Move the kids back to the 6,000-square-foot facility.

I TRULY APPRECIATED the paper publishing several prayers submitted by our community online when we had the National Day of Prayer. Why not continue this practice daily and use half the space used for Rants & Raves,” certainly a more productive use of our space and time.

IT IS INTERESTING that the president was blamed when the gas prices spiked and now that the prices are falling there’s not a peep out you ranters. What was that all about?

CITY OF THOMSON, why hire an interim police chief? What is the purpose of the assistant chief? A waste of taxpayers’ money.

KUDOS TO DR. THOMAS – The best principal ever at HMS.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how a man who has spent the last 30 years trying to get criminals off from crimes (including a commissioner) now wants to be the head lawman in the county.

IF THE SHERIFF’S office can’t curtail the accidents on Mike Padgett Highway, the Georgia State Patrol should take over. It is a Georgia highway. It might cut down on some of these deaths.

I THINK THAT IF they are going to cut the garbage pickup from twice a week to once a week then the price ought to be cut. Why should we pay the same amount of money when we are getting half of the pickup? It should be half the price as well.

BECAUSE (STUDENTS) did not pass the end-of-the-year test does not mean they can’t walk across that stage to get their certificate of attendance. They earned that right just like anybody else did.

RANT TO THE PEOPLE who speed and tailgate on Walton Way. Learn the speed limit. With all the blind driveways, a school zone and drivers who need to turn onto Arsenal Avenue and into ASU, trying to go 55 mph and riding the tail of the car in front of you is just asking for an accident.

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harley_52 06/02/12 - 06:44 pm
Jake, you seem to be under

Jake, you seem to be under the impression that repressive dictators of the type that would confiscate personal guns are typically "right wing" dictators. If that's what you believe, history would tend to prove you wrong. Typically, it's ultra-lefties.

And it's not just history, check out what's happening in Venezuela as we type.

CobaltGeorge 06/02/12 - 06:59 pm
You are Right, harley. Friend of our King.

Venezuela bans private gun ownership
Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.

Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.

Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.

The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October

Venezuela saw more than 18,000 murders last year and the capital, Caracas, is thought to be one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America.

'Must do more'

The government has been running a gun amnesty in the run-up to the introduction of the new law to try to encourage people to give up their illegal arms without fear of consequences.

Besides the health of President Chavez, security is the main concern for voters ahead of presidential elections in October.

While voters don't seem to hold Mr Chavez responsible for the insecurity, the situation has worsened throughout his 13 years in office.

The government's most recent statistics put the murder rate at around 48 per 100,000, although some non-governmental organisations estimate it's much higher - 60 per 100,000 in 2011, one of the highest rates in the world.

Critics say the new gun laws and other recently announced measures, like a victim's compensation fund, are just the latest in a long line of failed attempts to bolster security.

One member of the public in Caracas told the BBC: "They're killing people every day. This law is important but they need to do more, they're not doing enough now."

Hugo Chavez's government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians, but his opponents say the police and government may not have the capacity or the will to enforce the new law.

Criminal violence is set to be a major issue in presidential elections later in the year.

Campaign group The Venezuela Violence Observatory said last year that violence has risen steadily since Mr Chavez took office in 1999.

Several Latin American countries have murder rates far higher than the global average of 6.9 murders per 100,000 people.

According to a recent United Nations report, South America, Central America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of murder by firearms in the world.

It found that over 70% of all homicides in South America are as a results of guns - in Western Europe, the figure was closer to 25%.

CobaltGeorge 06/02/12 - 08:05 pm
Jake 06/02/12 - 08:27 pm
@harley, you are right

I should have just left it as "ultra extreme". I was thinking mostly of the Third Reich and when you read their beliefs you will see both left and right wing sentiments. Extremism is never good whether it is left or right. It leaves too many good people on the out.

harley_52 06/02/12 - 09:31 pm
The term "Nazi" is the short

The term "Nazi" is the short form of "National Socialist." All the infamous, ruthless, repressive, murderous dictators that come immediately to mind are left-wingers. And that's what's in store for Americans, if the socialists win the day. It's the natural progression of things and what some in power now hold as their ultimate goal.

Retired Army
Retired Army 06/02/12 - 10:22 pm
American military wouldn't

American military wouldn't turn on the citizenry?

Google Douglass McArthur and the bonus army. Matewan comes to mind. Whiskey Rebellion? Hardly a right wing group among them and this is just off the top of my head.

AutumnLeaves 06/04/12 - 05:13 pm
About my earlier post.

Jake, unlike some people, I don't have discretionary funds to do things like joyride on motorcycles or dine out at will, for instance. I have a large family and my job doesn't cover things like upgrades on my 10 year old computer or a lap-top, with or without wireless. I also share the dinosaur computer with other family members who are less able to get to the library, so to allow them more time on the one at home I go to the library to get things done more quickly, on the way to or from work. Apparently, JohnBrownAug has noticed the same things I have at the library (thank you for sticking up for me in this case) and I suspect you haven't, Jake. I don't know why you must criticize me for doing what we do here, rant and rave. If you're tired of reading my rants, just don't read them. Generally, I don't go seeking yours (or anyone else's) comments out to belabor your points when your posts get tiresome; I just move on.

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