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INSTEAD OF relentlessly trying to ban religious symbols from the public realm, why don’t atheists create their own logo, chants and dioramas and seek to be included? Perhaps a red circle and slash across Charlton Hes­ton’s face? A scientist cradling a globe in swaddling clothes to the tune of John Lennon’s Imagine?

I AGREE WITH OBAMA 100 percent. We can end this budget stalemate rather quickly. All he has to do is to drop his inane and indefensible requirement of increasing the taxes on those who already pay almost 50 percent of America’s income tax bill. We do not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. Here are a few suggestions for bringing our budget under control: stop providing tax money to illegals; stop providing tax money to people who will not work; stop wasting money at the federal level; eliminate or drastically reduce his shadow, non-elected government: 37 czars, really?

IF WE GO OVER the fiscal cliff, it will be because Obama pushed us.

LAYOFFS AT MCG at the same time they are hiring in Athens – $20 million to MCG; $50 million to Athens? Within 10 years MCG will be relocated to Athens and we will only have the Allied Health Schools. Contact Gov. Deal. He doesn’t care about Augusta because we are majority Democrat, but if we all vote for the Democratic candidate next gubernatorial election, it may be enough to stop him from winning. He may care about that. Save MCG in Augusta!

AFTER I READ Jeff Miller’s letter to the editor, I prayed for him. I feel sorry for you, Mr. Miller, and I hope that God will show you your ways.

I WOULD LIKE TO suggest instead of tacking Augusta to the end of name of the new school it could be Augusta Georgia Regents University.

SECESSION? REALLY? I fully and wholeheartedly support the efforts of anyone who wishes to leave these United States. Please, oh please, pack up and go. Just remember, as long as Americans live here, you can’t have this country.

DEAR REPUBLICANS: It gets better losing, gets easier every time.

RAVES TO THE Waffle House folks at I-20 and Belair. They found my wallet and kept it safe and secure for me. Not only a good place to eat, but honest people there.

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GGpap
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GGpap 12/17/12 - 06:56 pm
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SECESSSION....

Secession is an opiate for those that have succumbed to the pain caused by their failure to unseat a worthier candidate for the presidency than the one they unwisely committed their every last marble to.

But, I do agree with the author's statement, "I fully and wholeheartedly support the efforts of anyone who wishes to leave these United States."

They would soon find that the grass is not greener in another land far, far away.

GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 12/17/12 - 07:16 pm
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ATHEIST'S AND EMBLEMS

Apparently the author of this suggestion misses the real message atheists are trying to get across, namely:

That man needs no emblems, robes, fairy tales that were written over 2000 years ago, nor monumental structures to gather in, or flagpoles to circle while engaging in public prayer.

But, Lennons "Imagination" might be just fine. Works for me.

By the way, the organization, "American Atheists," do have an emblem. Thankfully, it is not posted on Court House walls, or printed, painted, or sculpted so that it could be placed on every street corner in the U.S.

GGpap

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/17/12 - 08:10 pm
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Rant #4 . . .

. . . said

Contact Gov. Deal. He doesn’t care about Augusta because we are majority Democrat, but if we all vote for the Democratic candidate next gubernatorial election, it may be enough to stop him from winning. He may care about that.

The subject was the ascendancy of Athens over the waning of Augusta (vis a vis MCG). The only trouble is that Athens is majority Democrat also. Still, voting for a Democrat over Nathan Deal is intriguing and worth considering.

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allhans 12/17/12 - 10:37 pm
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Secession in no way shows intent to leave your home.

"Secession is the act of withdrawing from an organization, union, or especially a political entity. Threats of secession can also be a strategy for achieving more limited goals."

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countyman 12/17/12 - 10:56 pm
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Augusta will be just fine

#4. It seems UGA is undergoing severe budget cuts too. Where is the $20 million figure coming from?

''The University of Georgia plans to eliminate nearly 130 jobs to meet Gov. Nathan Deal’s directive to cut state budgets by 3 percent this year and next, according to documents university administrators recently submitted to state officials.''

http://onlineathens.com/uga/2012-09-17/uga-eliminate-jobs-meet-budget-cu...

The governor and Board or Regents are clearly behind the city of Augusta this decade. The $5 million going towards the existing cancer center, the idea to create the second NCI cancer center(Emory) in Georgia here in Augusta, and the plans to make GHSU one of the top 50 medical schools.

The $112 million dental school was the largest project ever in the history of the BOR. The $76 million Medical Commons is under construction, and the $1 million Laney Walker pedestrian park is around the corner. Expect the $100 million Cancer Center to break ground at the end of 2013. Then you have the GGHF site, and the development will change the face of the CBD.

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Little Lamb 12/17/12 - 11:59 pm
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Rose-colored glasses . . .

Ranter #4 wrote:

Layoffs at MCG at the same time they are hiring in Athens – $20 million to MCG; $50 million to Athens? Within 10 years MCG will be relocated to Athens and we will only have the Allied Health Schools.

Then, Countyman posted:

The governor and Board or Regents are clearly behind the city of Augusta this decade . . . [with] the plans to make GHSU one of the top 50 medical schools.

Well, first off, come January there will be no more GSHU. Instead, it will be Grooo. And now that we've branded the consolidated school Grooo-Augusta, it only makes sense to brand the tail-wagging end Grooo-Athens. With Grooo-Athens owning the former Naval Armory property up there, they have a lot of real estate to establish primacy over Augusta. I mean, come on, just take a drive down Fifthteenth Street. It's ugly and trashy.

Grooo-Athens will become the logical center of the medical school. Grooo-Augusta will become the satellite.

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dichotomy 12/18/12 - 01:11 am
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"failure to unseat a worthier

"failure to unseat a worthier candidate"

We did not fail to unseat a worthier candidate. We were overwhelmed by the gimmee crowd who supported the communist candidate. Just because the gimmee crowd won doesn't mean they are going to get anything.

We do not have to leave or secede. When the taxes go up we will secede our money from the economy and the communist can check the revenue next year and say "where did they go". They will THINK we left. But we will still be here just a chuckling and having a good old time.

What you don't realize is that you won an election but you are not going to get anything for it. In fact, you are going to be worse off for it. Just wait until the working lower and middle class start seeing their pay stubs next month. And in 2014 when many of those middle class folks who HAD good health insurance get thrown into a Medicaid equivalent......uh uh uh......they are not going to be happy.

You won an election. Congratulations. That's all you get.

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countyman 12/18/12 - 04:02 am
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15th street=major growth area in the future

GHSU owns property on 15th street($100 million cancer center), 17 acre GGHF site, and the land in/around Harrisburg.

Athens would have to add over 150 students by the year 2020.

Augusta = 190 students versus the 40 in Athens

''By 2020, the MCG freshman class size will be second-largest in the country, he said -- plans call for a class of 300, with 240 in Augusta and 60 in Athens.''

P.S. The Walmart neighborhood makert/other businesses, $100 million Cancer Center(including crosswalk over 15th), demolishing of Cherry Tree Crossing/new residential, $1.8 million grant(remove abandoned homes/commercial buildings, new homes/businesses, landscaping park space, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, streetlights, etc), and the GDOT widening project ($21 million) is all coming to 15th street.

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RoadkiII 12/18/12 - 04:34 am
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Since the CT incident much

Since the CT incident much has been said about the influence of TV, movies, video games, etc have on our young folks. Good thing that the 10 Commandments can't be displayed in schools anymore. After all we wouldn't want them influencing our youth. Especially that one that says "Thou shalt not kill"

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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:00 am
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Can't believe my eyes sometimes..

Hephzibah High student punches teacher in face at powder puff football game 8:08pm

When I read articles like this I think ....am I dreaming....can this happen in schools....just thinking of what the headline would be in the 50s & 60s....

Kids were punished with paddles for even attempting to strike a teacher.....they will NOT be back in school until the parents can prove the kids can behave....or someting like that...
Have we lost our ever loving mind....we LET younguns RUN the school system..

We did it YOUR way & it ain't working.....you are seeing on the news of easy peasy parenting...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:03 am
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Or no parenting at all...

Thanks to our daddie gov. programs we have fewer dads in the homes so the younguns run free & not only run the household but the whole dang neighborhood.....
GEEZ...I would cut some programs to the BONE!

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harley_52 12/18/12 - 08:04 am
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"We were overwhelmed by the gimmee crowd....

....who supported the communist candidate. Just because the gimmee crowd won doesn't mean they are going to get anything."

True, of course.

But the biggest reason Romney lost is that Republicans simply failed to turn out the vote. People stayed home rather than vote for Romney.

Obama had about 10 million fewer votes in 2012 than 2008, but it was enough to win over Romney who had about 3 million fewer votes than did McCain in 2008.

We did it to ourselves, again.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:08 am
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DeKalb county school system....

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed the DeKalb County School District on probation — a move that could lead to ouster of the school board.

SACS, which said it could eventually strip DeKalb County School District of its accreditation, made the move following a lengthy investigation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Among SACS' key findings:
•Money that was not accounted for or missing
•Board nepotism and intervention on which schools athletes attended
•Failure to fulfill its fiduciary responsibility to DeKalb County taxpayers by keeping tabs on the district's money

Some students don't have textbooks and most aren't using the Internet or have computers, the AJC reported. That's in spite of the fact that the district — which includes McNair High and Meadowview Elementary schools in Gresham Park — collects nearly $1 billion a year from DeKalb taxpayers.

School board Chairman Eugene P. Walker told the newspaper that while he takes the SACS action seriously, he doesn't fear that Gov. Nathan Deal will remove the board, which the state now has the authority to do.

Here we go again....remember Clayton county .....weeeel HELLO....Georgia you are looking like a fool with your pants on the ground...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:15 am
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Guess where the parents are running to..

Why Gwinnett county of course....now how long do you think Gwinnett county can withstand this influx......THANK GOD I don't have kids in school anymore.....I wouldn't take a teachers job for $200,000 a year.....I will bet in 12 years Gwinnett county schools will tumble too...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:29 am
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ok now new rules

I am now ready to force the 2 kids per family rule.....after 2 you would have to be sterilized....sorry.... know this is harsh but we can't keep producing feral kids......we can't afford them & we dang sure can't control them......soooo the right to produce will have to be limited......some countries have already gone to this program & we are headed down hill as fast as a snowball in ..well you know...

Either CUT the freebies or CUT the cord....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:30 am
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WOW

These pain meds are working GREAT this am....LOL

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/12 - 08:51 am
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River

Did you stay up and watch that game last night? Sanchez is something isn't he? Think Tebow will ever get a start?

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Riverman1 12/18/12 - 09:12 am
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JTF, yep, I saw it. Jets just

JTF, yep, I saw it. Jets just couldn't get a break. That last fumble on the snap was unreal.

Tebow just can't throw well enough. He really needs to play another position. By the way, Michigan suspended three for the Outback. Spurrier says he'll suspend one for every three they suspend.

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Riverman1 12/18/12 - 09:13 am
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I wonder who will turn off

I wonder who will turn off the lights in Lake Olmstead Stadium, downtown Augusta, when the Greenjackets move across the river? Countyman, any idea?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/12 - 09:18 am
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Yep

Agree on Tebow. But, anything would be an improvement over Sanchez with his 4 interceptions and 1 fumble. The ole ball coach does have a high tolerance for misconduct.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 09:34 am
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Turn off the lights at Lake Olmstead...?

Who will turn off the lights in Richmond county....

I really hope Sheriff Roundtree will make a HUGE difference.....the county needs you.

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LillyfromtheMills 12/18/12 - 09:37 am
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I wonder

if any of these atheists celebrate Christmas w/their children and grandchildren. Do have a tree, presents?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 09:38 am
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Fields to plow

Crops to gather....fish to catch....flowers to plant....drinks to drink....& etc ...so yall have a great day....:)

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/12 - 10:37 am
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John Lennon

First, it's "Imagine", not "imagination". Probably ought to know that. Next, from Lennon's assistant, "[Lennon] was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote 'Imagine.' By 1979 he, looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivete."

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itsanotherday1 12/18/12 - 12:03 pm
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Seenit's 0700

"just thinking of what the headline would be in the 50s & 60s...."

1. There would be no such headline because it wouldn't happen.

2. It wouldn't happen because we were raised to respect adults, teachers, and other authority. The "Great Society" has foisted upon us a culture of people who could not care less. The males run around like Johnny Appleseed, impregnating as many girls as they can; and the girls reciprocate by wanting a baby in their lives so they have something to love and love them back. We make it easy for that to happen, and the result is a population of feral youth with no direction from an intact, normal family structure.

When I was a freshman in high school, Larry Cox threw a piece of gum at me during algebra class. Of course, when I threw it back, Coach Morgan was turning around from the blackboard and caught me. That was 5th period, and he asked that I meet him in the gym after 6th. I did, and he put a board on my hiney that just about lifted my feet off the floor. It burned and stung to the point that when I got home I had to look in the mirror. There was a welt on one cheek that was rectangular, red all over, and a circle in the middle that was bluish white.

Needless to say, Coach Morgan had my rapt attention after that, or at least had put the fear of the Lord in me about crossing him again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/18/12 - 12:10 pm
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Imagination

I know it's a sterotype, but I was just imagining itsanotherday's story. The coach may not have been the most qualified algebra teacher in the town, but after the paddling, I imagine that itsanotherday made all A’s in algebra! And he did it on his own!

:-)

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Riverman1 12/18/12 - 12:17 pm
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Time to talk seriously about Lake Olmstead Stadium

Time to talk seriously about Lake Olmstead Stadium. It's still a fantastic stadium and should be used by Augusta State. It can turn their baseball program into one of the best in the country. Many fans will love going to college games there. Some don't like the alcohol at the Greenjackets games and this will give them an alternative that will free up land at the Wrightsboro Rd campus, too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/12 - 12:24 pm
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Mr. Jarvis was the equivalent

Mr. Jarvis was the equivalent of Coach Morgan where I went to school. Funny enough, he also taught algebra. He would empty a garbage can over your head if he caught you nodding off. He could belittle you like a drill sergeant. I saw him make some of the toughest guys cry. When I went to college, I was able to CLEP test much of the math because of what I'd learned in his classes out of sheer fear.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/12 - 12:23 pm
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I just bought a soda out of a

I just bought a soda out of a vending machine. Why in the world do they make the change return almost down to floor level? You have to bend way over and do the plumber's crack thing while twisting and turning your fingers to pull out one coin at a time to get your change. I feel like saying, "Keep the change."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/12 - 02:11 pm
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Cliff...here we come.

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday rejected House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's "fiscal cliff" backup proposal" This going exactly as President Obama desires.

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