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THE CHRONICLE online crime map has become a very useful instrument in our daily lives. The problem is that it is not being updated as regularly as we would like. Please make arrangements to speed up that information and help us feel safer.

THANKS TO THE Bridge Ministry and the other organizations who provided a hot turkey dinner and a new coat at the annual Thanksgiving dinner and worship service to 1000 homeless or impoverished people. Keep up the good work!

I KNOW, MR. PRESIDENT, that it was urgent and important for you to take a trip to Asia right now but don’t forget your promise to take a trip to Israel early in your second term. They could really do with the visibility right now in these troubling times.

TO THE RANTER who commented on Roundtree’s training: any job that is worth having will always provide training for the selectee. There are certain facets of every position that will require a particular skillset and preparation.

AMERICA IS AS great a place as it ever was. Those who declare that “THEIR” America is being whisked away are part of the problem. Become part of solution and embrace change; contribute.

IT IS A SAD DAY when four deaths in Benghazi overshadows the thousands of deaths in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The death toll continues to rise, but partisan bickering and political grandstanding is more patriotic than paying tribute to our fallen warriors.

I AM A RIGHT-WING, Ronald Reagan/Barry Goldwater Conservative US Army Veteran. And I totally agree with Col. Ann Wright. We never should have attacked Iraq.

IT IS AMAZING to me that so many commenting in this column are so concerned about Israel. It would better serve the people here in America if you were more concerned about how you treat them.

TED KOPPEL RECENTLY opined that the conservative and progressive news channels on cable TV should be eliminated: that would help bring our country back to reality. I tend to agree, and I also go as far as saying the same about biased newspapers. Nobody wants to know your opinion.

RAVE AND HOLIDAY blessings to Wal-Mart, BI-LO and Amerigroup for buying the giveaway turkeys. We thank you.

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countyman
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countyman 12/03/12 - 03:59 pm
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JILGrovetown.. Don't expect

JILGrovetown.. Don't expect much of a response from the posters concerning anything negative outside of Richmond County on the Chronicle. If you read the other article 99% of the comment focused solely on Richmond County.

Jake... I know the Kroc Center had almost 8,000 members back n August of 2012(one year anniversary).. The Walmart neighborhood market/other amenities(15th street) and the Cookout(new restaurant at 1801 Walton Way) both start construction very soon... The neighborhood will really take off once the vacant properties along Broad(local shops, coffee shops, etc), Sibley Mill(office, apartments, condos, retail), and Martha Lester(residential/commercial) are renovated...

allhans
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allhans 12/03/12 - 04:08 pm
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My family and I joined Kroc

My family and I joined Kroc months ago. We haven't yet made much use of it, but someday we mightl. Right now, we are just trying to show support.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/12 - 04:14 pm
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Dump the Dollar Bill

In today's Chronicle print edition is an Associated Press story talking about removing the dollar bill to save money.

Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers about $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. “We continue to believe that replacing the note with a coin is likely to provide a financial benefit to the government,” said the GAO’s Lorelei St. James. Such a change would work only if the note was completely eliminated and the public educated about the benefits of the switch, she said.

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I support this idea, but it does not go far enough. We need to simplify our coinage and make it smaller. My suggestions:

1. Do away with the penny. It has become completely worthless.

2. Make the nickel the size of the current dime.

3. Do away with the dime.

4. Make the quarter the size of the current nickel.

5. Do away with the half-dollar. Nobody uses it anyway.

6. Make the dollar coin the size of the current quarter.

By making the new coins the same size as the old ones, coin-operated vending machines will still work. You won't have to manufacture new ones. The machines can be re-programmed to the new denominations.

7. Do away with the dollar bill completely.
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Of course, there are always some nay-sayers around to throw cold water on a good idea. Here is another exerpt from the AP article:

Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., said at the House committee hearing that men don't like carrying coins in their pocket. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said the $1 dollar coins have proved too hard to distinguish from quarters. “If the people don’t want it and don’t want to use it,” she said, “why in the world are we even talking about it?”

I can think of a lot of government decisions that the people don’t like, but they rammed them through anyway.

By the way, if they use Little Lamb's suggestion # 6, that does away with Rep. Maloney's objection about the current quarter and the current dollar being too close in size.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/03/12 - 04:29 pm
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Little Lamb

I really like your coins idea!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/03/12 - 04:39 pm
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Dump the Dollar Bill

Agreed, LL. Changes I would also like to see: Do away with the 1$ bill; Also, quit spending dollars printing the $2 bill-- when was the last time they were in use? Keep the $5 and dump the $10 and $50-- most cash drawers have no place for them anyway.

The present setup was put into practice when a Barber nickle would buy a cheap lunch, and a dime a night in a flophouse. Now, a dollar is worth what-- thirteen cents? A twenty was wages in Henry Ford's factories, now the hundred is regular commerce.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/12 - 04:40 pm
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Chauvinism

Hey, isn't it a bit sterotypical and sexist for Rep. Lacey Clay to say that all men don't like carrying coins in their pockets? Who appointed her an expert on what men like and don't like?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/12 - 04:42 pm
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Agreed

I'll support your idea to dump the $2, $10, and $50 bills, drstewart.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/03/12 - 05:13 pm
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Dang stewart...:)

a dime a night in a flophouse.

What could you get for a dime....well never mind...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/03/12 - 05:14 pm
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pleeeze

Don't make me carry all those coins...too much in my purse..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/03/12 - 05:40 pm
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I hate to see any

I hate to see any demonination, especially the dollar bill done away with. Everytime it has been studied the conclusion was that it would cause several things.

It is just a built in excuse for raising prices in bigger jumps. A 2 cent raise on a candy bar turns into a nickel increase and 12 cent increase on a soda turns into a quarter increase.

Even though the coins are more durable, men will not carry them in their pockets and they end up in jars on kitchen counter tops. The mint has to stamp more of them because they disappear from circulation.

And in the case of the dollar bill, people who work for tips get "rounded down" when the smallest bill is the $5. Men won't carry the coins and won't leave a $5 for a $3 tip or $15 for a $12 tip.

Another "progressive" idea where nobody considers the unintended consequences of human nature.

Oh sure, people AND prices would adjust sooner or later but there is a reason the Susan B. died. And the "savings" would be outpaced by the price inflation.

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KSL 12/03/12 - 05:43 pm
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seenit

Isn't that the truth!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/12 - 05:45 pm
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SeenIt, you know you love

SeenIt, you know you love coins. I bet you are the woman counting out all the change when buying something for 2.98.

KSL
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KSL 12/03/12 - 05:47 pm
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Dichotomy

All of that sounds plausible.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/03/12 - 06:02 pm
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Naaah RM

I like the green stuff myself...but my daughter would count out the change like that...she would hold us up for 30 minutes just counting coins......I just put them in a jar & cash in later at the bank....
I bought me a bottle of Baileys cream & now will take a drink or 2....very teeeeny tiny bit of milk goes in my drink....hahaha....yall have a goodun...seeyall

Jane18
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Jane18 12/03/12 - 07:23 pm
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Jewish People Are Only One Family of "The Chosen Ones",*

I really hope GGpap doesn't think Jewish people in the land of Israel are the only people that were "Chosen". If you remember there were 12 sons of Jacob. Judah and Benjamin were the only 2 families in the little country of Israel(Jacob's name change by GOD). There are 10 more families that were part of that "Chosen People". And the reason they were "Chosen"* was not because they were any better than anyone else, it was that they were the ones to make sure GOD's Word was taught as it should be. Unfortunately, we have so many biblically illiterate teachers, and people as a whole, everything is told wrong or throwed out as to what the individual thinks, so he/she interprets...... to their meanings. Most church going folks never check out what their pastors, ministers, etc., speak from the pulpit, to know if it is true or not. Our Native Americans knew something about GOD, there are pictures and symbols drawn on many big rocks and rock formations that refer back to biblical times. Soooooooo............................* There are eleven more families, tribes, and/or houses of..)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/03/12 - 07:49 pm
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Anthony Dollar

The dollar coins (which still exist) are not sought out by citizens because the bill exists. You have to get rid of the dollar bill for the dollar coin to become accepted.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/03/12 - 08:29 pm
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Disagree

Men carry coins; myself, I carry nothing smaller than a quarter, everything else goes in the jar at home. If, as LL suggested, the dollar was replaced by a quarter-sized coin there would be no problem with tips and suchlike. The size is substantial enough to be easily sorted from the pocket without being bulky.

The Anthony dollar --dubbed the "Carter Quarter" because of its size and the rampant inflation which threatened to make it worth about that-- was butt ugly, and too near the quarter size, colour and shape. The Sacagawea, while more attractive, still suffers from the size problem as long as quarters remain as they are. The presidential dollars are like $2 bills: No one but collectors want them.

The only dollars worth the effort are pre-64 silver coinage and the currently issued silver eagles.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/03/12 - 08:34 pm
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"What could you get for a dime..."

Up until the period of WWII, a bed. Pillow and a blanket, an extra nickle. Two bits got you all of the above plus curtain and use of a sink in the morning.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/03/12 - 08:45 pm
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Growing up

... there were flophouses (this was before we had 'indigents'), boarding houses for bachelors and spinsters (yes! we actually used those words), and tenements (which looked remarkably like those on "The Honeymooners") None of these were free- the idea was if you worked hard, you could move up in your housing; or if you didn't, you went downscale and homeless in a Northern Maine winter can prove quickly fatal, so everyone worked even a little or hopped a train- south.

I could tell your income and social status by which street and what number was your house on that street.

allhans
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allhans 12/04/12 - 04:24 pm
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What would you do with the

What would you do with the
money clips..Some men love to pull out that clip with all the big numbers showing.

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