Rants & Raves

Comments from readers:

PRESIDENT OBAMA wants to close Guan-tanamo Bay and send its occupants back to their jihadist terrorist countries. That does not sound like a very bright idea considering that they will just continue with terrorist activities and plot against us once they get back home. Dumb ideas are not going to keep us safe.

 

RANT TO THE Rich­mond County Board of Education. How can it spend $70,000 on a program to better select new teachers while laying off teachers who are already employed because of poor decisions on money? The school board employees who made the decision should be the ones unemployed.

 

THE COLLAPSE of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River north of Seattle brings home again the sad state of many bridges across this country. We know which bridges are vulnerable but we are doing nothing to solve the problem. Isn’t it time that business, industry and government working together came up with a plan to address the issue?

 

I APPRECIATE that we have a number of graduates in the Augusta area, but I hope they read better than their friends and family. Downtown post office signs “Parking for Postal Patrons Only,” and postal customers could not even park to go into post office because of no parking spaces. Since this is federal property, let us see if the federal marshals can stop it. Let us get the parking boots out and tow if you cannot read.

 

JERRY LYDA IS a person to be admired for the work he is doing to train dogs to help the growing number of severely disabled veterans in the Augusta area. In addition to providing a dog to help the veterans overcome their fears or anxieties, there is also a saving of dogs marked for death at shelters in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties. The gift you have in transforming dogs is saving so many lives. Thank you for the work you are doing.

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY raising taxes? Increased need for schools and services is the result of population growth; that is, tax base growth. This government is not living within its means, and all incumbents need to be voted out in the next election.