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FIRST, IT WAS about transportation for a wedding, next a three-car carport and now a whopping $284,000 for repairs and renovations spent on the Emperor Azziz residence. None, of course had approval from the state Board of Regents. It’s time we fire whoever is allowing this to happen!

IF MICHELE OBAMA is serious about doing something to curb obesity she needs to look into why the EBT card is used to buy soft drinks, candy and other sugar rich foods. I was behind an obese woman in Wal-Mart at the check-out counter who had a cart laden with such goods and paid for them with her Peach Card. It’s time for real action to address obesity!

I WAS SHOCKED to hear a student from Kazakhstan accused of hiding evidence for one of the Boston bombers was allowed to return to the U.S. in January without a valid visa. The question remains as to how many more were allowed into our country without the necessary visas? Who knows, there may be many among us planning us harm!

RAVES TO Augusta Chronicle for the lead editorial May 5, “A New Leash On Life.” It does take more community involvement and personal responsibility to slow down and ultimately stop the senseless killing of adoptable pets. Spay and neuter all pets. Adopt from our shelters to save lives, and stop breeding more, just to get a specific color or size dog or cat. Get involved. That’s what friends are for!

HOW GRATIFYING to see Obama’s pal, Warren Buffet, is making more money than ever before. I’m sure that since he pays so little in taxes, he will be patriotic and give more than required to bring his taxes up to the “fair share” level.

SHORT AND TO the point: One day a week trash pickup effective June 3, 2013. A 50 percent reduction of current rate applied on property tax. The claim that costs have risen as a fall-back for less does not hold water; all expenses have increased and the consumer’s incomes have been stagnant.

TO THE PERSON TALKING about Fort Gordon. If it wasn’t for Fort Gordon, Augusta would be just a dot on the map. People in Augusta are small minded and ignorant. But what can you expect from people never have set foot out of Augusta or the USA. Augusta making money off the soldiers that are stationed here.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/13/13 - 11:19 am
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@SeenitB4: I too need some GRITS!

Girls raised in the South!!! Actually I have one who is so Southern she can make two syllables out of the word "door." She is a great Southern Bell as is my friend Seenit! And, Riverman1, Cobalt George and I/me are three of the few remaining Southern Gentlemen!

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countyman 05/13/13 - 01:01 pm
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Spinning all day long

Steve Crawford explain to the situation to Riverman yesterday, and he still wants to portray the 1,400 reports as 'real crimes'.. The article clearly said 260 serious crimes over an 17 month period...

''We started out with about 1,400 reports obtained from the sheriff's office. Most of those consisted of things like, "suspicious persons," lost or found property, nuisance complaints and misc. reports, basically hundreds of things that usually don't result in an arrest or charge against anyone. We whittled that down to about 260 "serious crimes" -- assaults, robberies, thefts, and drug arrests that fell into our selected geographic borders, during the time period we decided to look at. We compared that to our online database to make sure we we're missing anything important. After that, we crunched the numbers and published the results.''

Why do the people who don't visit downtown think they know more compared to the people who live DT or visit often?

''This year's second annual event will be Sept. 17-26. Last year, the citywide cultural event drew more than 100,000 visitors to enjoy some of the 200 performances and 26 exhibits. Visitors will get a true feel of Augusta's art scene with dance to theatre and music to visual arts during the 10-day celebration.''
http://www.ajc.com/news/travel/experience-augustas-arts-scene-at-westobo...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/13 - 01:12 pm
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Wrong, Countyman

You got it wrong, Countyman. If you follow Steve Crawford and my polite dialgoue today on "Most Downtown Crimes Occur After Midnight," thread, he says the RCSO made 1400 reports in the discussed area. He noted of that there were 260 serious crimes. Some of the other reports were crimes of other types, some not, just things like "suspicious people."

I find it unusual that an area that size would generate the RCSO having to make 1400 reports. What I asked Steve is how the 1400 reports compare to other areas. We'll see if he is able to find information on that.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 01:16 pm
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Spin

''We started out with about 1,400 reports obtained from the sheriff's office. Most of those consisted of things like, "suspicious persons," lost or found property, nuisance complaints and misc. reports, basically hundreds of things that usually don't result in an arrest or charge against anyone.''

Have you been downtown lately? Do you realize the population of downtown can easily surpasses Aiken, North Augusta, Martinez, Evans, West Augusta, etc a lot of times? The daytime and nighttime population is higher than the actual residential population.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/13 - 01:41 pm
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Countyman said on the other

Countyman said on the other thread, "The Central Business District can easily have over 100k people downtown for one single event(Westobou)."

Well, yeah, but see that's not "one single event." But that's okay, I get what you are trying to say. There were actually "200 separate events and 26 exhibits" over 10 days.

"Do you realize the population of downtown can easily surpasses Aiken, North Augusta, Martinez, Evans, West Augusta, etc a lot of times? The daytime and nighttime population is higher than the actual residential population."

Yeah, well, I'm not sure what you call the population of an area. You mean visitors? Keep in mind if you have an event at any facility in Columbia County or Richmond County the visitors are in the thousands. Look how many visit the beaches and parks at the Columbia County portion of the lake. That doesn't make them part of the population.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/13 - 01:36 pm
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Crawford's Response

"Riverman -- I can see how it is confusing. I should have done a better job explaining in the story, but let me try to explain here.
We started out with about 1,400 reports obtained from the sheriff's office. Most of those consisted of things like, "suspicious persons," lost or found property, nuisance complaints and misc. reports, basically hundreds of things that usually don't result in an arrest or charge against anyone. We whittled that down to about 260 "serious crimes" -- assaults, robberies, thefts, and drug arrests that fell into our selected geographic borders, during the time period we decided to look at. We compared that to our online database to make sure we we're missing anything important. After that, we crunched the numbers and published the results."

Understand that's not "calls" to the area, there were 1400 actual reports generated for some activity, minor crimes, suspicious person, etc., in addition to the 260 serious crimes.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 01:38 pm
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Spin

The Westobou festival is ONE big event, and just admit you didn't know the event attracted that many people. The number of smaller events or exhibits don't matter, because their all included in the Westobou festival.

According to your logic the 'Arts in the Heart' is not one event, because they have mutiple vendors on different parts of Broad.

Are you really comparing the number of visitors in Richmond County with Columbia County? Richmond County gets over 1. 5 million people, and has the ESI Ironman, Westobou, gay parade/festival, Hispanic festival, Arts in the Heart, Greek festival, Southern Nationals, etc in the downtown area by itself.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/13 - 01:48 pm
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Okay, It's Up To You

Okay, you meant for the 10 days at 200 events and 26 exhibits it is one big event even if there are not 100,000 at an event or even in town on the same day. I'll take your word for what you meant.

Secondly, I didn't compare Columbia County visitors to Richmond County visitors. What I did is point out visitors are not counted as the population of an entity. But if you want to count them, again that's up to you.

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nocnoc 05/13/13 - 02:19 pm
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A Rant for my deleted Radio talking head jest.

I have had my hands slapped by Sean. and very rightfully so.

Certain words and phrases even with *'s to adjust spelling have no place being used even in jest.

As another poster said:
Disagreement is one thing but attacking the user, instead of the comments has no place in an open abate.

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karradur 05/13/13 - 02:22 pm
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Hm.

I noticed the Chronicle locked the comments section on that boneheaded letter about homosexuality.

Interesting.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/13/13 - 02:40 pm
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Boneheaded letter? Another
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Boneheaded letter? Another direct personal attack by karradur instead of addressing that everything in that letter was a fact. Interesting.

karradur
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karradur 05/13/13 - 02:51 pm
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Well, SOMETHING must have

Well, SOMETHING must have been wrong with it if they locked comments entirely.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/13/13 - 02:56 pm
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Could be the issue wasn't

Could be the issue wasn't about the facts of the letter but the content of the comments.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/13/13 - 02:59 pm
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If there was a problem with
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If there was a problem with the letter, it stands to reason the letter would be removed.....but go ahead and attack the writer for stating nothing but facts......It's ok. We understand that liberals support the first amendment....but only if you agree with them....otherwise, get ready for persecution.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/13/13 - 02:58 pm
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Speaking of one day trash

Speaking of one day trash pickup....last week "someone" forgot to take the trash to the road on Tuesday and it wasn't until the second day pickup, Friday, we were able to get rid of the trash.....you talk about smelling! I hate to see what the neighborhood is going to smell like when they go to one day pickup and everyone's trash is stinking!

KSL
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KSL 05/13/13 - 04:00 pm
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ICL

Could it be the type of containers? We have had one day pick-up for decades. I even park my car near the container, which is located beside the driveway permanently. No smell.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/13/13 - 04:03 pm
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Not sure KSL but I know it's

Not sure KSL but I know it's going to get a good cleaning and see if that helps.

unbiased_propaganda
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unbiased_propaganda 05/13/13 - 04:17 pm
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To the last rant about Augusta making money off soldiers....

Who do you think pays those soldiers that 'Augusta is making money off of?' Last time I checked, there is no draft and all members of the military are there voluntarily. And that's because they get paid very well for their service in our military....and they are taken care of FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but the majority of our soldiers enlisted because that was their best option.

I know a guy that never saw a day in battle...slipped off a ladder - and now he's retired in his 30's getting paid $5,000+ a month. Not to mention he gets health insurance for the rest of his life, SS, etc. I'll fall off a ladder anyday if I could get that deal!

I have no problem with Fort Gordon and I think Augusta is lucky to have such a resource in our area. But don't feed me this stuff about Augusta making money off of the soldiers.

In case you've been living under a rock for a few centuries, that's what makes the world go around....MONEY! Stop being so naive and wake up!

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dstewartsr 05/13/13 - 06:30 pm
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"Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe..."

Now, that's entertainment! America's Pravda being investigated by its main beneficiary- that's like Hitler investigating Goebbels, who opined, " Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

KSL
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KSL 05/13/13 - 07:34 pm
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I really don't get your

I really don't get your point, unbiased. There are a lot of retirees here who got out of the army and decided to remain here. They buy groceries, clothing, housing, eat out, gas, I could go on.

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allhans 05/13/13 - 07:39 pm
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dstewartsr- That should show

dstewartsr- That should show the press what happens if they mess with Obama.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/14/13 - 06:50 am
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" And that's because they get
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" And that's because they get paid very well for their service in our military"

An E-6 (that's 2/3 the way up the enlisted ranks) with one child qualifies for WIC. How is that "paid very well?"

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