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IF OBAMA HAD defended the folks in Benghazi with as much fervor as he has defended Ambas­sador Rice, they would still be alive!

WOULDN’T IT BE COOL if MCG, Augusta College and Paine students could all use the Bon Air Hotel for student housing? It would save taxpayers a lot of money if students could have dorms on one space. It would also help fix that hotel up.

RAVE TO JIM DEMINT. Thank you for upgrading South Carolina’s U.S. Senate representation.

HOW IS IT Sheriff Strength rides around in a normal police car and Round­tree is getting a loaded-up $60,000 SUV?

THE TAX DEDUCTION for giving money to charities may be changed, reduced or eliminated after the first of the year. If you need the deductions, give to your favorite charities before Dec. 31. Nonprofit organizations struggle during the holiday season, so you could help others while helping yourself.

TO THE FOUR “wanna­be” hood rats walking around Ivy Falls subdivision: Be advised your little plan to give me a flat tire didn’t work. Someone saw you put the empty glass bottle behind my front tire thinking I would run it over. Try it again and you’ll be dealing with the police. It won’t be hard to find out where you live, especially the red-headed kid … so be warned!

AFTER VIEWING THE empty lake just up the road from Augusta, I have renamed the “Corps of Engineers” to the “Group of Failures.” They are obviously not engineers.

RAVE FOR THE customer service I received at the Aiken DMV office. Excep­tional, friendly and most of all efficient! What a great experience! Keep up the good work.

SCHOOLS CLAIM TO need a way to judge “teacher effectiveness.” Just since Carter invented the unconstitutional federal Education Department, teachers have been effectively brainwashed to teach that Marxist brainwashing to kids, and now both teachers and students, nationwide, continue to vote socialists into public office where they, the politicians, steal our money and our freedom. That means that the teachers have been very effective at teaching the devil’s lies.

COLIN POWELL IS NOT a conservative. He showed his true colors in the last two elections. He is a liberal.

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Fools_and_sages
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Fools_and_sages 12/16/12 - 07:50 pm
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remarks
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You do know that Paine College is a private school and cannot be lumped in with the two state higher ed institutions in this city that will soon become one?

If tax deductions change, they will be gradually phased out with higher income levels. They will not disappear or be reduced for everybody. The rich will simply have less to deduct. However, giving to charities at the end of the year is a good plan because they do get fewer donations during the holiday season.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/16/12 - 08:50 pm
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$60,000 SUV

Did you expect any less? He's Shaft doncha know? Next, he will have a driver for that SUV hauling him around. The crying shame is, most who voted for him cheer that kind of nonsense on.

countyman
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countyman 12/16/12 - 09:08 pm
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#2. That's a very good idea,

#2. That's a very good idea, and would help out Harrisburg tremendously..

Itsanotherday1.... I do agree with you how downtown Greenville is much further ahead. Let's remember cities like Chattanooga/Greenville started on their downtown revitalization years ago, and cities similar to Charleston/Savannah started even earlier. The city of Augusta really just started to pick up up steam downtown in the late 1990's. The city of Greenville entered into several public/private partnerships, and build several projects using taxpaying money. Now they can relax, and wait for the private investors. I mean Augusta can't even build a convention center without it becoming a problem. What city doesn't have it's own convention center in 2012?

The GGHF site, TEE Center, watermark property, and renovated Fort Discovery are located on the same road.

The GGHF site will change the face of the CBD, and many of our peers want be able to compete in terms of high paying jobs downtown. Augusta is already ahead of most cities in terms of high paying jobs in the urban core(i.e Medical District).

countyman
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countyman 12/16/12 - 09:17 pm
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I'm positive the majority of

I'm positive the majority of citizens in Richmond County and the metro realize we don't have a true performing arts center. This wasn't a scientific poll(less than 15% of voters), but the democratic straw poll favored the performing arts center...

''More than 53 percent actually favored public monies being spent on a performing arts center.''

I'm not even sure the performing arts center will even need private money... Plenty of funds in terms of GHSU, and private investors will come out of nowhere for this center. If Augusta can raise $20 million for the Kroc, then a performing arts center is definitely not a problem. The citizens of Augusta will understand how the performing arts center can work alongside of the local school system.

Open Curtain... The study clearly said the best choice for the TEE Center was next to the action. The action in Augusta is the Riverwalk next to the most expensive hotels. It wouldn't make sense for Augusta to build a convention center in South Augusta. There's a $20 million vocational high school in South Augusta. Too me, this is the perfect win-win situation. The kids who want to attend the school would mostly come from South Augusta, and the tourist want to be next to the Riverwalk/Broad street amenities/Marriott hotels..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 09:22 pm
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Maxwell

Augusta has a publicly-funded performing arts center. Its name is the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, and it's located on the arsenal campus of the future Grooo. It is 100% public property. Taxpayers paid for every bit of it. Are you happy now, Countyman?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 09:37 pm
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Miller

Also, Augusta taxpayers are contractually obligated to pay millions of dollars to the Augusta Symphony (aka SOA) to renovate the former Miller theater to be a performing arts theater. Columbia County has the Hardin Performing Arts Theater in the library building. How many more do we need?

countyman
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countyman 12/16/12 - 11:44 pm
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Everything plays an important role in the process.

The Imperial and Miller are the small imitate venues, and our PAC will become the large venue. All of the creative people in Augusta would love to have one. The performing arts center you continue to mention belongs to ASU, and only seats 736 people.

The centers in Greenville and Columbus seat over 2,000. While metro Greenville may slightly edge Augusta out in terms of metro population, GDP, and median income. Augusta beats Columbus in all of those categories.

Augusta should take advantage of the positives already here. The performing arts center should be located near a culture of creativity, innovation, artsy, etc. The 'Artist Row' section of Broad street, Imperial, Miller, and Le Chat are in close proximity of the GGHF site.

Creating a diverse and artsy culture downtown will help attract the young dynamic leaders who desperately want to live in urban areas. Those people who end up moving to the CBD will benefit the entire county. They'll force high paying office jobs to locate in the CBD/West Augusta and high tech industrial jobs to locate in South Augusta(Rockwood, Starbucks).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 11:40 pm
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Why not . . . .

Why not locate a new taxpayer funded performing arts theater in Dichotomy's neighborhood, or Open Curtain's neighborhood, or Rebellious's neighborhood; i.e., south Augusta?

Downtown is covered up in artsy stuff. Let the new buildings go south.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 11:46 pm
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South

Hey, my last post reminded me of a song lyric sung by Suzy Bogguss at her Friday night concert at the Imperial Theatre:

Come on, baby, drive south!

countyman
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countyman 12/16/12 - 11:58 pm
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Why do you think other cities

Why do you think other cities build performing arts centers downtown? I think you answered my question when you said downtown is covered in artsy stuff. South Augusta has plenty of advantages we can use(plenty of land near the city of Hephzibah which could become suburban or a mix-use development, waterfront property on the Savannah, and great sites for industrial/aviation companies), but not the 'arts'.

I'm all for building up South Augusta, but it needs to make sense. The large sports complex and city own buildings at Regency Mall(to go with the $3.5 million lake) is a good plan.

If South Augusta were to open a lifestyle center or town center development on Peach Orchard south of Willis Foreman or somewhere near Goshen(Mike Padgett btw Brown/Goshen rd). Then maybe in the future the city should work with a developer and build a smaller PAC, library, and a few city own building at the site to have some employees in the area.

We need to create small urban or suburban/urban areas that are pedestrian friendly, and close to jobs, shopping, public transportation(in most cases except further out locations) entertainment,

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 11:49 pm
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I have to say . . .

I cannot find much fault with Rant #9.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/16/12 - 11:54 pm
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Regents

Countyman posted:

The large sports complex and city own [sic] buildings at Regency Mall (to go with the $3.5 million lake) is a good plan.

Just what “city-owned” buildings are you talking about?

KSL
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KSL 12/16/12 - 11:58 pm
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Countyman

Don't hold your breath.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/17/12 - 12:02 am
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Trivia

Countyman posted:

The GGHF site, TEE Center, watermark property, and renovated Fort Discovery are located on the same road.

What significance are we to glean from this piece of trivia?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/17/12 - 12:06 am
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Maxwell

Countyman posted:

The performing arts center you continue to mention belongs to ASU . . . .

So what? Soon, it will belong to Grooo.

KSL
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KSL 12/17/12 - 12:26 am
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Littlelamb

You are making me laugh uncontrollably.

KSL
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KSL 12/17/12 - 12:27 am
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Laughing out loud is a great

Laughing out loud is a great way to go to sleep.

JggrNAUT
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JggrNAUT 12/17/12 - 02:41 am
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Schools claim

Wow! Based on recent school violence, maybe you need to tone down your rant against the school system!

wayne2410
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wayne2410 12/17/12 - 04:44 am
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Colin Powell can be explained
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Colin Powell can be explained easily enough. Skin color is obviously more important to him than the welfare of the country, which is rather typical of his kind really and not surprising at all. Just take a look at your sherriff election and how it went, do you think they really think or even care if he was the best man for the job? Heck no, he had the correct paint job and that is all that matters to "those people".

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/17/12 - 06:31 am
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Colin Powell

I don't think he is a liberal. Maybe is not a man of conviction and a man who didn't want to be excommunicated from the community.

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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 06:49 am
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Cities

"What city doesn't have it's own convention center in 2012?"

I think that's what we tried to tell you when it was said the TEE center would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars due to events coming here that previously had no where to go. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a convention center. Heck, I even foolishly thought we already had a convention center at the Marriott, too. Now we are going to end up paying mega sums in maintenance and management fees from now on with minimal customers. There has to be a limit to public spending, especially when there's not enough money to pay for basic county services.

Another point is when we ask what other city doesn't build their public buildings downtown, how many other cities besides Athens are incorporated with the county? If the city limits really stop at the old city boundaries, someone should tell those folks in the county. They would be happy about it.

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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 06:47 am
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Powell Pushed for Attack on Iraq

According to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell pushed him to begin the ground attack on Iraq in Gulf War One. Hillary voted in the Senate for thr war, too, by the way.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/17/12 - 07:08 am
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"The city of Augusta really

"The city of Augusta really just started to pick up up steam downtown in the late 1990's"

Ah yes, the post Consolidation boom when AUGUSTA got their hands on the former county's tax money and South Richmond County dried up and died. RE-ZONED, RE-TAXED, REGRESSED

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/17/12 - 07:29 am
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GGpap...sometimes you amaze me...love this..

But with books, It is the weight, the pleasure of the tactile feel of its pages, the wicked disgust when confronted with a turned down corner someone else has thoughtlessly left to mark their stopping place, or the pleasure we get when we can finally place a book on the "keepers" shelf once the "read" is finished. Nope, It is just too much to expect to really enjoy a good book if one settles for the hard, cold hold of a Kindle.

As for computers, while many of us have them in our homes, not all among us have them; and, even those that do sometimes find the cost of the Internet service prohibitive.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/17/12 - 07:30 am
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South Richmond vs. Augusta.

Sandy Springs, GA vs. Atlanta/Fulton County......the sequel. Same story, same neglect, same disparity in distribution of tax dollars, same zoning issues.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/17/12 - 07:31 am
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GGpap

You are right yesterday I was thinking with my heart & not my brain....I know he killed himself & I didn't need to castrate him....I guess for some reason it made me feel some pleasure in punishing a killer....dunno...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/17/12 - 07:35 am
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Roundtree.......it's just

Roundtree.......it's just getting started. You expected something different????

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/17/12 - 07:36 am
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In Rivermans 'ol computer rooms....(GGpap)

I think that Riverman's suggestion that...we raise our children with KINDLES in hand, and accommodate our computer users in bleak, windowless square rooms..., sounds just too much like Orwell's Oceania. And, just think, when our government finally decides to "censor" all internet programming we will have installed Orwell's "thoughtcontrol (police)" in Riverman's little 'ol computer rooms.

:o)

GGpap

Yeh GGpap...that WOULD BE a scary place to be......LOL LOL :):)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/17/12 - 07:43 am
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Surely you jest River...:)

There has to be a limit to public spending, especially when there's not enough money to pay for basic county services.

There will always be a few bucks for 40 rocks or so.....loaded SUVS.....kinda strange though.......everything we say on here about south Augusta will come to pass ....many of the oldies will pass on & leave ....their off spring have already....what will be left for that area....will section 8 housing complete the southside??

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/17/12 - 08:16 am
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Democrats

Countyman posted:

...but the democratic straw poll favored the performing arts center...

Democrats favor anything that increases the size, scope, and budget of government. With the TEE Center expected to cost taxpayers a million dollars a year to make up the shortfall between expenses and revenue, Augusta has entered the realm of unsustainability, i.e. we have fallen off our own local fiscal cliff. Building a publicly-financed performing arts theatre would just mean digging our grave deeper and deeper.

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