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GREAT JOB, AUGUSTA! The GreenJackets want to move across the river, and now you’ve screwed us out of Hawks hockey! The powers that be need to go. It’s no wonder downtown is going down the toilet.

MEN NEED TO MARRY the mother of their children!

I VOTED FOR SANFORD. You can’t help who you love. And Jenny looks like a real piece of work.

ENTERTAINER CHRIS BROWN’S plane had to return to the airport because of smoke in the cabin? Oh, come on! What’s a little smoke amongst rap stars?

HEY, SHERIFF, PUT YOUR deputies where they are needed. Not stopping people going back and forth to work.

TWO DEPUTIES PATROLLING downtown? Two? Are you crazy? You need 10 or more for that crowd.

SECURITY CAMERAS ONLY take pictures of crime. It stops nothing.

ANY INSTRUCTOR WHO does not submit student grades before graduation day should be fired!

WHY DID AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS go on a retreat to discuss county business? What is wrong with the new courthouse? It is no wonder Richmond County is in a bad financial state.

A BIG RANT TO the person who selects the items placed in the paper. When someone sends in a rant or rave, it should be placed in the paper and not just a select few.

RANT TO THE CITY OF Augusta for planting trees on Battle Row. The trees will grow up into the power lines.

HAVE SOME OF THOSE overweight policemen and women walk a beat. It would kill two birds with one stone: Crime in downtown Augusta and obesity in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Depart­ment.

CAMERAS ON THE STREETS downtown? It won’t deter the crime. It might record it, but it won’t deter it.

RANT FOR LETTING A senior appear in the yearbook holding a rifle in a sniper pose. It is appalling, especially after Sandy Hook.

AS THE GOOD REV. Jeramiah Wright would say: “Looks like Obama’s amateur hour chickens have come home to roost!”

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Jake
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Jake 05/20/13 - 10:40 pm
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Obese Law Enforcement Personnel

While not a big fan of obesity, since I know it is not only a health issue but a physical handicap as well, I do believe that a taser or bullet could outrun any potential criminal while the officer was stationary and trying to enforce the law.
I could not be a law enforcement person. That is why I respect them and give them all of my support. I mean who would want to have to deal with the crap they have to go through? It is bad enough having to deal with teenagers as a parent much less than rude, cruel, mean, uncaring and murderous folks.

countyman
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countyman 05/20/13 - 10:44 pm
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CBD= low crime rate, new construction, etc

1. The reporting on project Jackson in North Augusta is definitely more fair and balanced. The media coverage in Augusta only showed the minority who disagreed with the project, but that's to be expected with this area. The majority of negative reporting focuses on Augusta, but not the majority of positive news(and Augusta is the main city). The proposal when announced in Augusta even had major developers like Jim Jacoby wanting to be apart of the project.

The Holiday Inn Express, Artspace, Sprint Food & Metro Market, restaurant next to Frog Hollow, 12 apartments above Frog Hollow, 905 Broad(former WAGT building), 901 Broad(residential/commercial), etc are some of the construction projects downtown.

4. When did Chris Brown become a rapper?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/20/13 - 10:43 pm
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"Men need to marry the mother

"Men need to marry the mother of their children."

That would be impossible in many, if not most cases. Bigamy is against the law.....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/20/13 - 10:55 pm
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SECURITY CAMERAS ONLY take pictures of crime. It stops nothing.

I was prepared to disagree, but decided I had better take a look at some facts.

"If you are going to spend millions buying, installing and monitoring this technology, you had better be able to show it yields some positive results in practice. Given the experience in this country and abroad, skepticism is in order.

The government of Britain, where cameras are ubiquitous, concluded they have had "no overall effect" on crime. Researchers at the University of Southern California looked at two neighborhoods in Los Angeles and found no visible benefit from this sort of surveillance.

Even in the studies that show cameras help, the question arises: compared to what? Any funds spent on this gadgetry cannot be spent on beat cops, probation officers, laboratory gear or jail cells. The challenge for enthusiasts is to show the technology outperforms other options."

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-02-20/news/ct-oped-0220-chapman-...

countyman
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countyman 05/20/13 - 11:10 pm
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Reality vs perception

The Chronicle and other media outlets to need to ask themselves a few questions. What role do they play in terms of influencing the local community? Why do some people think downtown is declining when all of the facts prove otherwise? Look at the number of daily rants compared to raves. I find it very hard to believe the second largest county outside of metro Atlanta(Chatham County in Savannah) doesn't have any happy residents..

The owner of the new Southpoint office coming downtown thinks Augusta is an emerging high tech hug(second in high tech job growth from 2006-2011), and believes the urban core is right in the center of redevelopment.

http://www.southpointmedia.com/southpoint-media-to-open-second-location-...
This new office will be Southpoint Media’s second location, and is their first outside of the firm’s Savannah home on Broughton Street. “Augusta is an emerging high-tech hub and we wanted to be here,” said Morrison. “We see a lot of energy and talent in Augusta, and see a tremendous opportunity to help small business owners promote and grow their companies.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the Enterprise Mill, an historical residential and office complex located alongside the Augusta Canal. Built in 1848 and restored in the 1990s, the Enterprise Mill is home to a number of professional and high tech businesses. “We think this is the perfect location for our new office, right in the center of Augusta’s redevelopment,” said Morrison.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/20/13 - 11:16 pm
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If it weren't for video, though

... Mr. Larry P. Craft, the Master's visitor strongarmed without any apparent reason by one of RC's clowns in plainclothes would be on his way to jail for trespass and obstruction of an officer. Without video, the PERJURED testimony of Deputy William Hulton -- who blithely walks away from lying under oath scott-free, by the way-- would have convicted an innocent man. Any organization is only as good as its worst member.

Augusta's finest. Yup.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/20/13 - 11:21 pm
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"HAVE SOME OF THOSE

... overweight policemen and women walk a beat..."

Seriously? Having them walking around angry at walking a beat like, like... police? With handguns, tasers and poor attitude? Hasn't the city paid out enough in lawsuits?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/20/13 - 11:26 pm
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"Men need to marry the mother of their children."

And lose all those benefits? There's a marriage penalty, all right, but it's not only in income tax; it's also that married women aren't entitled to the state supporting her. Another child further divides the married couple's finances, but illegitamacy pays better for every puppy squeezed out with no man.

countyman
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countyman 05/21/13 - 12:22 am
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Everything!!

The city needs to put cameras on the Riverwalk, Broad, and Reynolds. Additional foot and bike patrols are needed in the urban core also. A new police substation on Broad could include the bus terminal. Then expand the camera system to Walton Way, 15th, Laney Walker, Wrightsboro, Peach Orchard, Washington, Deans Bridge, Wheeler, Mike Padgett, Windsor Spring, and Gordon Hwy. The city must use every available option possible.

The best crime deterrent for young people(15-25) is the combination of education, job training, performing in the arts/music, parks, athletics, Boys & Girls Clubs, community centers, Augusta Mini theater/Jesse Norman School of arts/Turn Back by Block, schools similar to the South Augusta Career magnet school, partnerships between Augusta Tech/local employers, etc.

The citizens of Augusta can easily help lower the crime rate, improve the test scores at local schools, etc WITHOUT the help of the sheriff/government/RCBOE. They need to do their part, but the citizens need to take charge. None of this will matter though unless the media reports both the positives and negatives.

The second largest metro(not really the second largest city because an Savannah consolidated county would be larger than Richmond County) should have a large urban park downtown, 24 hr bus system or at least until 2am-3am, redevelopment of Regency Mall area(sports complex, approved lake, Ferris Wheel or outside ice skating rink) water park, Ferris Wheel or ice skating rink downtown, electronic highway signs along I-20/I-520 and one near the CBD/Medical District, etc. Many people continue to mention Dr. Azziz in an negative light, but at least he can see the potential of Augusta. This is much better than the daily negativity and pessimism.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 05/20/13 - 11:58 pm
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"MEN NEED TO MARRY the mother

"MEN NEED TO MARRY the mother of their children!"

Unmarried women need to learn to either abstain or use birth control. Government needs to stop rewarding bad behavior..

KSL
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KSL 05/21/13 - 12:14 am
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Countyman

Exactly how old are you?

"The best crime deterrent for young people(15-25) is the combination of education, job training, performing in the arts/music, parks, athletics, Boys & Girls Clubs, community centers, Augusta Mini theater/Jesse Norman School of arts/Turn Back by the Block, schools similar to the South Augusta Career magnet school, partnerships between Augusta Tech/local employers, etc.

The citizens of Augusta can easily help lower the crime rate, improve the test scores at local schools, etc with the help of the sheriff/government/RCBOE. None of this will matter though unless the media reports both the positives and negatives."

I AM SO LOL!!!!!!!

KSL
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KSL 05/21/13 - 12:12 am
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What happened to parenting,

What happened to parenting, countyguy? Are you the product of a single mom?

countyman
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countyman 05/21/13 - 12:53 am
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Augusta needs visionary & out of the box solutions

KSL... I guess you want to build more jails, and put additional non violent criminals among real hardcore thugs. Or let me guess, the banning of sagging pants will automatically make crime go away. It's much harder to influence young people to commit crimes when they belong to something positive. It could be a young boxer with upcoming fights, a young male who might be the role in an local theater production, etc.. The young man who gets paid on Saturday more than likely won't rob the liquor store Friday night.

Private donations helped raise over $20 million to build the Kroc Center. The Cook Out restaurant on Walton Way and 25 acre development near Kroger are the end results. Both developments will offer increased opportunities to younger people in/around Harrisburg. The Kroc Center is one of the major anchors in terms making the Cultural/Mills campuses proposal viable. If you continue to improve Harrisburg more families will move into the area. The new families would easily help increase the test scores at John Milledge elementary in the neighborhood. This is not a hard process for the city of Augusta to accomplish.

Look at the final results of the recent Turn Back the Block in Harrisburg..
https://www.facebook.com/TurnBacktheBlock

Thankfully, I had both of my parents in my life even after they were separated. I think you might want to realize kids are coming home after school, and nobody else is home. Some young people have parents that might be addicted to drugs, have mental issues, etc. Many kids grow up with a mother of father in the prison system, and live with grandma. Please drive through a couple of the raggedy trailer parks, housing projects, and working class neighborhoods.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/21/13 - 01:14 am
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Video cameras don't

Video cameras don't necessarily need 24 hour monitoring. Sure, they won't be as effective, but the mere fact that your every move is recorded should be somewhat of a deterrent, or so I would think. As pointed out before, by dstewartsr and in the Boston bombing incident, videos can be very helpful.

It may take an arrest or two, of after the fact crime for the news to set in, but I'm thinking once word gets out it would be a huge detterent.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/21/13 - 01:25 am
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France, a country to be emulated?

Was reading about France's recent 100+% income tax. There are a plenty of statist in this country who are not only OK with the concept, but are actively attempting to justify doing the same in this country.

After all, in the statist's opinion, France is a country to emulate, they're just so "advanced" don't ya know?

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/21/13 - 02:55 am
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He actually said...

"...America's chickens have come home to roost."; in reference to the evil America has done domestically and abroad.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/21/13 - 04:40 am
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Yearbook Photo

Just what is a "sniper pose?" Are you sure it wasn't a target shooting or hunting pose? The fundamentals of marksmanship are are the same no matter what the target is.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/21/13 - 05:49 am
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HEY, SHERIFF, PUT YOUR

HEY, SHERIFF, PUT YOUR deputies where they are needed. Not stopping people going back and forth to work.

Why do I get the feeling somebody got a speeding ticket?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/21/13 - 06:01 am
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Video Cameras

Is Augusta prepared to spend around 5 Million for the initial install of all of Broad st.400 to 1200 block, allies and side streets?

That would be 8 more Police officers downtown at $60k (salary and benefits) for 10 years.

Now to the operational expense a 16 total (3 shifts 7 days) member team monitoring 24/7. At $32K (salary and benefits) per team member x 16 equals another 1/2 million per year or 8 more police officers per year.

Now add in 3 Maintenance workers in charge of repairs, up grades , replacement, testing, Q&A QC QA @ $55K average (salary, benefits, lift trucks, test and repair equipment and supplies ) each per year equals 2.75 more Police.

So which would you rather have Cameras or

18

more police officers on the streets downtown?

Or maybe save the Taxpayers $5M and redeploy a few deputies periodically to WALK a beat DOWNTOWN.

Better Yet Downtown Businesses.
HIRE Deputies to work specials, like Coyotes on the South Side does and have a zero policy.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/21/13 - 05:53 am
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A BIG RANT TO the person who

A BIG RANT TO the person who selects the items placed in the paper. When someone sends in a rant or rave, it should be placed in the paper and not just a select few.

You can rant and rave all you want to right here. Just take it easy on Sean. Good guy with a tough job.

I must be playing too nice lately, no love notes!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/21/13 - 06:02 am
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2nd A BIG RANT TO the person who selects the items placed

in the paper.

Quit whining.
Sign up, log in and read the AC's R&R selections and ADD your own.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/21/13 - 06:08 am
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ARC trying to replant Cherry Tree on Boykin Rd

What lame brain bureaucrat is trying to replant Cherry Tree on Boykin Rd?

Yep! we caught wind of a Planning Commission idea to facilitate the replant Cherry Tree on Boykin Rd.

Wonder how long they hid or down played that idea from the South Side residents?

We digging for details now.

myfather15
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myfather15 05/21/13 - 06:52 am
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If the Chronicle published

If the Chronicle published every rant or rave sent to them; they wouldn't have room for any other articles. They would have to create an entire newpaper developed for whiners; because the rants, usually far outnumber the raves.

myfather15
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myfather15 05/21/13 - 06:58 am
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To this rant

"HEY, SHERIFF, PUT YOUR deputies where they are needed. Not stopping people going back and forth to work."

Before ranting about getting a speeding ticket, without knowledge; understand that the SO has deputies assigned for specific duties. Do you realize they have an entire TRAFFIC division and that is THEIR JOB. The CST (Crime supression team) are the ones suppose to be in those places they are "needed". Beat deputies respond to calls for service, CST hits the high crime areas, detectives investigate serious (usually felony crimes), traffic deputies enforce TRAFFIC laws and yes, write tickets. Who woulda thunk it.

myfather15
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myfather15 05/21/13 - 07:08 am
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Really?

"HAVE SOME OF THOSE overweight policemen and women walk a beat. It would kill two birds with one stone: Crime in downtown Augusta and obesity in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Depart­ment."

What is your opinion of "overweight"? Sure there are overweight deputies and many would think I fit into that category. BUT, I also bench press 350 lbs and squat over 800 lbs. No, I'm not the fastest deputy on the street, but I assure you; you don't want to put your hands upon me. When I'm in a fight for my life; I want another deputy to help me that is STRONG, not just slim and can run fast. Yes, having deputies who are fast is a very good thing to apprehend criminals; but once you've caught them, you might want some strength with it.

Before someone brings this up; yes I realize you can have both (being in good physical shape and strong). I also fit into that category because I can run distance; just not fast. I've ran down many suspects just because I out lasted them after their short burst of speed. I'm just saying, you might not want to under estimate that "Fat guy". It's according to your preception of "overweight".

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/21/13 - 08:16 am
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Now let me see

Let me see if I understand the biiig picture.....there could be another parking deck for "downtown" & South Augusta will probably get Cherrytree Apts complex.....alrighty....HEEELLLOOO......well now that settles it.....let me mark off Richmond county in my next home choice.....there is 0 way I want my tax money to go for these decisions...I think yall need a wall ...don't think 5 Guys coming will make a big difference in the scheme of things.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/21/13 - 08:21 am
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Dangit Seenit

Countyman said all will be well. No more thugs on the riverwalk. No more hookers anywhere in town. No more store robberies.

I just can't believe the Chronicle has stooped to the level of the Enquirer and is making these stories up. We live in a crime free utopia.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/21/13 - 08:21 am
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Honeysuckle are blooming

Honeysuckle----banana shrub---roses are all blooming & the yard smells like heaven......aaahhhh......I wish I could send yall a whiff.....I'm going to have my coffee on the deck....& BREATHE BREATHE......wish I had some french pastry to go with the coffee..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/21/13 - 08:23 am
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haha RKill

Ya gotta watch countyman.....he has some blinders on at times....come help me enjoy this aroma & coffee big boy..:)

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/21/13 - 08:30 am
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Roses

Seenit, you better water your roses. Getting kinda dry around here.

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