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HOW MUCH LONGER is Augusta going to have to put up with this embarrassment that is Azziz?

IN A NEW STUDY, the AMA says to rub baby gums with a cold washcloth to ease teething pain. How much for that study when my granny told me about it eons ago?

COULD WE SECEDE from Augusta? Consolidation is not working. My taxes went up again and hence my mortgage payment. Will it end?

POWER WITHOUT integrity breeds corruption. When will it all come tumbling down in Augusta?

HE’S BEEN IN THIS country for 26 years. He just won $338 million in the lottery. He still cannot speak English. If I had been in a country for 26 years, I would at least learn to speak the language.

IT LOOKS LIKE Azziz got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

I NOTICE THAT Azziz is going to repay GRU for using the bus for his private reasons. When is he going to repay the $45,000 for a survey whose results he didn’t adhere to?

I SURE will miss Wife Saver being on Belair Road. They have the best honey mustard in town.

RANT FOR DR. AZZIZ. His latest debacle with the bus and use of officers for his niece’s wedding is unacceptable. He needs to be held accountable, and it is not a matter of just reimbursing. He needs to be disciplined.

FREE SPEECH AND common sense are no more. They have been put to death by political correctness.

DOES RICHARD Round­tree pay for his chauffeur and bodyguard out of his pocket, or does the state pay them?

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, the world’s largest newsgathering outlet, has announced it is banishing the word “illegal immigrant” from its news reporting. So what do we now call those illegal immigrants who are here illegally in our country?

IT IS INTERESTING that all my liberal friends and family say “that lifestyle does not bother me.” That is why we are in the state we are in right now. You don’t think these things affect you, but they do. … Your kids grow up not knowing what is right or wrong. It does affect you, and it is going to get worse.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/29/13 - 10:04 pm
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Slow News Day

The lead story on ABC national news at six o'clock and on CBS national news at six thirty was the basketball player's announcement that he is (at this time) a homosexual. Who cares? Why is this a big deal?

NBC national news carried the story in the third slot, behind Syria and Boston.

I would rather this kind of thing (homosexual or heterosexual) be kept private and out of the TV news.

But then, I'm an old fuddy duddy.

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dstewartsr 04/29/13 - 10:55 pm
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You know what they say,

"If at first you don't secede, try, try again."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/29/13 - 10:58 pm
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Fuddy Duddy?

I think not. I believe the majority of folks across the spectrum of politics would rather just keep sex lives private. I don't give a rat's patoot who this guy sleeps with; it ain't news or newsworthy except to those who want to push an agenda.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/29/13 - 10:59 pm
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"How much longer is Augusta

... going to have to put up with this embarrassment that is Azziz?"

Until the Regents are embarrassed enough to replace him. We didn't have a voice in choosing him and we won't have any influence in replacing him. Thanks, Deal. I'll remember at the ballot box.

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countyman 04/29/13 - 11:01 pm
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There's a new group who is

There's a new group who is trying to bring more of an sense of community to downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods(Olde Town, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, Bethlehem)..
http://www.wfxg.com/story/22020448/new-proposal-plans-for-people-to-live...

The great news is the perfect timing, because of the ongoing construction(Holiday Inn Express, Sprint Food & Metro Market, new restaurant next to Farmhaus Burgers which just opened this year, 1246 Broad facade improvements, building on the lower end of Broad near Wells Fargo, etc. Augusta is finally stepping up to the plate and taking urban living seriously. The GRU Cultural/Mills campuses proposal, Laney Walker/Bethlehem initiative, Augusta Canal expansion, etc are some of the recent examples. The Laney Walker/Bethlehem continues to attract national and statewide recognition. Representatives from the Atlanta Planning Commission were here in Augusta a few days ago. They plan to do something similar in the city of Atlanta. The former mayor of Atlanta toured Laney Walker back in January with her organization Purpose Built Communities.

Hopefully in the future the plan will expand to include East Augusta. The $30 million Walton Oaks is an huge improvement, and you can easily demolish Marion Homes. The Savannah River Keeper is working to bring new recreation activities along the waterfront. East Augusta can support the extension of the Riverwalk, recreation activities, and new commercial/housing.

The next steps can include the area located further out towards the suburbs.(Summerville, Forest Hills, Sand Hills, Country Club Hills, Lyndon Grove, Midtown, Kings Wood, etc.
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dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/29/13 - 11:01 pm
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How about this:

South Augusta and Columbia County south of I-20 -the area's redheaded stepchildren- secede and form our own county?

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RoadkiII 04/30/13 - 01:45 am
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Easy answer

So what do we now call those illegal immigrants who are here illegally in our country?

That's easy. You call them DEMOCRATS

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 05:16 am
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Undocumented Democrats

RK, we have to be accurate. We can just call them undocumented Democrats.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 04:18 am
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Summerville? Azziz?

Someone wants to revitalize Summerville?

About Azziz, I wonder if the Harrison family has spoken to Gov. Deal? He would listen to THEM.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 04:15 am
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About the public official

About the public official with the chauffeur, it would probably be a good idea if we all had someone to drive us around in Richmond County with all the checkpoints they have.

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Independent 04/30/13 - 06:33 am
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Obvious Answer

So what do we now call those illegal immigrants who are here illegally in our country?
They can be called Sir, Madam, Miss, neighbor, brother, sister, etc. It all dependends on the situation. Follow the same rules taught in school and/or church.

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palmetto1008 04/30/13 - 06:43 am
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I certainly can see why most
Unpublished

I certainly can see why most straight, white, generally male, Anglo-Saxon protestants have never seen a need for socio-political agenda.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 07:26 am
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wow

Little Lamb & Lilly running bare...that is something I want to see!!
:):)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 07:28 am
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I have to agree... sad too

FREE SPEECH AND common sense are no more. They have been put to death by political correctness.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 07:34 am
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Funny question....

POWER WITHOUT integrity breeds corruption. When will it all come tumbling down in Augusta?

Now.....what incident are you talking about....many to choose.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 07:36 am
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too bad

Too bad that Harrison didn't have a stiff stipulation in his gift.

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CobaltGeorge 04/30/13 - 07:51 am
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Good Morning America

LL, I agree with the old, “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

but

your question "Who cares? Why is this a big deal?" might have an effect on his fellow team mates after a game in the locker rooms and showers. How would you feel being a female taken a shower with male team mates?
Sorry, I don't feel comfortable being stared at! Maybe I'm an old fuddy duddy too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 08:14 am
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Ahead of the curve

I just read that Dr Harrison was ahead of the curve in Gwinnett county land growth.....(he was evidently) That made me wonder... what would be ahead of the curve in the CSRA...would it be Aiken--McDuffie county---Waynesboro---Appling---South Augusta----or just the tiny town of Boneville??

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/30/13 - 09:15 am
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CONSOLIDATION or Semi-Consolidation

RANT ON

Consolidation was the Original "Save the A"
and now we are 2 for 2 in failed "Saved the A's".

A growing number of us on the South side in District 6 & 8 are looking into Deconsolidation. An by law it is doable, it has been done before in GA., and will be done again.

We can be incorporated into other towns or create our own.
It has been done before and can be done again. The property taxes are here plus a share of SPLOST and TSPOLST. eg Hephzibah got $2.4Million check, last year for its part of the collected @Special taxes.

Richmond Co. has a dozen medium size communities like. Flemming, Gracewood, Pepper Ridge, Spanish Trace, Woodlake, Goshen and each legally has the right to incorporate as a town.

Too many of us are growing tired of contributing over 60+% of the property taxes and watching the taxes get wasted on DOWNTOWN Projects, consulting fees, events and floating parking decks.
While our services are cut back and new taxes are added like the recently proposed stupid RAIN TAX.

I for one, am tired of being part of a 16+ year old Save the A project that charges 2 different tax rates, has 2 tiers of service and continues to slap us in the face, while milking us for every drop they can get.

We never have been truly consolidated. The Outer area are nothing more than a Money source for Augusta's Mistakes.

We need to get a voter poll on the upcoming election ballot

to let Downtown see where we stand.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/30/13 - 08:46 am
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"Hopefully in the future the

"Hopefully in the future the plan will expand to include East Augusta."

The current residents of which will be Section 8'ed to South Augusta.....which is why they want to get a jump on expanding the bus line.

And free speech is not quite dead yet. You just have to have the backbone to use it.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/30/13 - 08:51 am
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Has America Been Trasformed Yet?

California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.

It does not change other criteria for being eligible to serve on a jury, such as being at least 18, living in the county that is making the summons, and being proficient in English.

The bill passed 45-25 largely on a party-line vote in the Democratic-controlled Assembly and will move on to the Senate. One Democrat — Assemblyman Adam Gray, of Merced — voted no, while some other Democrats did not vote.

Democratic lawmakers who voted for the bill said there is no correlation between being a citizen and a juror, and they noted that there is no citizenship requirement to be an attorney or a judge. Republican lawmakers who opposed Wieckowski's bill called it misguided and premature.

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, said there is no shortage of jurors.

"Jury selection is not the problem. The problem is trial court funding," Harkey said before the vote. "I hope we can focus on that. Let's not break something; it's not broken now. Let's not whittle away at what is reserved for U.S. citizens. There's a reason for it."

Wieckowski's office said the bill is the first of its kind in the nation and suggested that courts regularly struggle to find enough prospective jurors because jury duty is often seen as an inconvenience, if not a burden. His office did not cite any statistics but pointed to a 2003 legislative report that said numerous articles have noted high rates of non-participation.

A 2007 survey by the Center for Jury Studies said 20 percent of courts across the country reported a failure to respond or failure to appear rate of 15 percent or higher. The center is run by the National Center for State Courts, a Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to improving court systems.

It's not clear, however, if that rate translates to a shortage of jurors in California.

Noting that women were once kept off juries, Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, said the judicial system should be changed to allow a person to be judged by their peers.

"This isn't about affording someone who would come in as a juror something," Perez said. "But rather understanding that the importance of the jury selection process of affording justice to the person in that courtroom."

An estimated 10 million Californians are summoned for jury duty each year and about 4 million are eligible and available to serve, according to the Judicial Council, which administers the state's court system. About 3.2 million complete the service, meaning they waited in a courthouse assembly room or were placed on call.

In 2010-2011, the most recent year available, only about 165,000 people were sworn in as jurors.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/26/california-bill-would-let-ill...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 08:58 am
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News (@ 7:51 a.m.)

I just don't see why it is newsworthy, George.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 09:00 am
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With this passing

California bill would let illegal immigrants serve on juries

Maybe they need to go ahead & make California...Mexicafornia...& just get it over with...also take it out of the USA.....let them vote in Mexico..

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/30/13 - 09:04 am
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LL

I know the point you were trying to make and I agree with you. ☺

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/30/13 - 09:10 am
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Can You Imagine

being judged by an illegal criminal person of a crime that you haven't committed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 09:28 am
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Headlines in AJC

Factory to bring 2000 jobs in NW Ga......great news ...major floor co....doesn't give name of company but connected with Shaw out of Dalton Ga

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A major flooring company is considering building a new factory – and hiring more than 2,000 workers – in northwest Georgia, an area hit hard by layoffs after the housing bust.

Two people with direct knowledge of the potential plan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a deal to bring the factory to Georgia is pending.

They declined to name the manufacturer, but a third person familiar with the plans said the company is Engineered Floors, founded by former Shaw Industries chief Bob Shaw.

The jobs announcement, which could come in the next two weeks, would be larger than the Baxter International bio-tech manufacturing campus planned for Social Circle, which would create 1,500 direct jobs, and Caterpillar’s tractor manufacturing site in Athens, set to employ another 1,400 people.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 09:40 am
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Ahead of the Curve

Columbia County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation according to the last census estimate. But that raises a good question. Just how far out toward the lake will people go since most work in Augusta, SRS or Ft. Gordon?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/30/13 - 09:47 am
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Yes Consolidation is a hot

Yes Consolidation is a hot button for me.

I have reviewed a small number of Post Consolidation Studies and these 14 items are common and also relevant to ARC. Given many consolidated government don't want to publicize their short comings there are only a limited number of independent studies available to review. But it was possible to draw a few relevant conclusions where ARC is and is headed given the studies that can be acquired.

ARC, why not have a INDEPENDENT study done to how our consolidation is working, where taxpayer money is used percentage wise, where it is failing, the chief complaints and are those complaints justified?

===Items found to be common in many consolidations===

1.There has been no significant gains in efficiency and none are unlikely to occur.

2.There has been no significant gains in service quality and none are expected to occur.

3.There has been a negative economic impact.

4.There continues to be morale problems over salaries in the ARC government staff.

5. When the county is used to prop up the city, consolidation is likely to fail.

6. When the tax digest is not quickly unified, the consolidation is likely to fail.

7. When government services stay focused inside the city, the consolidation is likely to lose support of the former county residents and the consolidation is likely to fail.

8. When consolidation focuses on the city, the county will suffer and the support of the former county residents decline and consolidation is likely to fail.

9. When political lines are drawn to dilute county voting blocks, the consolidation is likely to fail.

10. When the city empties or transfers its poverty house project problems to the county, via Section 8 housing, the lose support of the former county residents will decline and consolidation is likely to fail.

11. When middle class to upper middle class taxpayers see their property investments or services threaten, they will leave for surrounding counties. Those counties will see sudden growth and the consolidated government is likely to suffer quickly, see a shift in business and economics over 5 years.

12. When the middle class moves, the consolidated government will need to increase taxes, or create new taxes, to offset the loss of property values, loss of businesses, loss sales tax revenue. Eventually the increase in taxes will price the consolidated government out of the viable economical growth, businesses will seek lower operational cost areas and consolidation will eventually fail.

13. While the middle class is moving to surrounding counties, there will be an influx of poverty level individuals seeking the easy to use consolidated government services.

14. As the numbers of poverty level individuals increase into once middle class areas, businesses will relocate to areas that economically support their business.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 09:55 am
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That would change the curve..

A huge maufacturing complex out by Boneville Ga....but it would need a name change ....it would have to be catchey---some glam in it....Boneville is just too much like a cemetery....I think I need a $45000 study to find a new name.....& then call it whatever I please...♥

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 10:07 am
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Can we explain this...

Racial mix of Fulton’s workforce way off from county population

59 137 28 291

By Johnny Edwards

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County’s government workforce no longer looks like Fulton County. Census figures put the population at 48 percent white and 45 percent black, but 83 percent of the county government’s 5,500 employees are black and 14 percent are white.

Read the complete story on the all-new MyAJC.com »

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