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IF ANY PARENT believes the Richmond County Board of Education cares about you, think again. When will the people stand up for their children’s education? They already want to cut 100 or more jobs at the schools, but not at the board. All they know to do is draw a paycheck. I heard each child is worth $10,000. No wonder they don’t want families to leave the county. Your child makes them money. You could send your child to a private school. We should call our state representatives and tell them we want vouchers. Better yet we ought to start firing those at the board who are just taking advantage of us.

WHY DO CHURCHES try to learn and teach out of reworded, altered, misinterpreted Bibles? Maybe they ought to try to learn and teach out of the King James Version.

OUR HOSTESS TWINKIES will be back on the shelves again. There is now a new owner that has a non-union workforce. The original owner was forced to sell because its unionized workers would not agree on the changes that were necessary for the company to survive. Long live the Twinkie!

THANKS TO The Chronicle for its coverage of domestic violence in the Metro section. The inclusion of the contact information for both the National Domestic Violence Hot line and Safe Homes of Augusta should help those who have the need to reach out for help. Thanks for putting the spotlight on this important topic.

I APPLAUD ANY method that is used to educate our youths. I just hope that the online charter school Provost Academy, which will open in Augusta shortly, will be able to reach out to those who are struggling with the more traditional learning methods. I wish them success.

I HAVE TWO SONS who have had the benefit of Chris Wilkins’ teaching abilities, and both have benefited from his knowledge and teaching style. Not just textbook, but life lessons. I, for one, hope and pray he remains as a teacher at Greenbrier High School.

A FENDER-BENDER on River Watch Parkway the other day had all occupants safely walking around the vehicles, which had pulled over. Arriving and stopping miles of traffic were three Richmond County police vehicles, one Georgia State Patrol vehicle, two fire trucks and one ambulance. Some adults never grow out of playing cowboys and Indians.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 03:34 pm
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Countyman, to be perfectly

Countyman, to be perfectly accurate my remark, as you know refers to counties with a population greater than 100,000. That's where Columbia County is in the top 20's in the NATION. For ALL counties Columbia County is in the top 40's. Richmond County is growing at about the national average of 1%.

Are you seriously debating the numbers? I mean, it is what it is.

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dichotomy 07/03/13 - 03:29 pm
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corgimom........"Dichotomy,

corgimom........"Dichotomy, no, it's not. Nearly all large companies already offer health care to their employees, this will change very little."

Have you listened to the news? Most people in this country are employed by small businesss. Small businesses have been saying in droves that 1) they will limit work hours to keep from having to call people full time employees so they do not have to provide insurance, 2) many that currently provide insurance are saying they will drop their insurance and pay the penalty, and 3) many are saying that they will not expand and hire in order to stay under the limit of 50 employees so they will not have to provide insurance. You are sadly mistaken if you do not think this will have a severely negative impact on the economy and the quality of our health care.

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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 09:07 pm
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Countyman said, "The white

Countyman said, "The white population of Richmond County is growing almost twice as fast compared to Columbia County. From 2010-2011 1.1% in Richmond versus .6 % in Columbia."

Okay, I calculated it out since you seem to be so concerned about the black-white population. In the year 3019, Richmond County will have a greater percentage of whites than Columbia County has at the current rate of growth. Remind me you were right when that happens.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 03:42 pm
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Downtown May Be Growing Slightly

I do think downtown is getting more of the LGBT population living in apartments above businesses. I doubt their income is $65,000 a year though, but money is not everything. Their income is probably closer to $20,000.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 03:44 pm
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Your statistics about white

Your statistics about white people doesn't mean anything, Countyman, because there are far more white people in Columbia County than in Richmond County. I've tried to tell you this before, you are comparing apples and oranges.

That ranks right up there with your post about the Augusta high-tech jobs. The only time that you can compare percentages if if you start with the same-size group. Because if you want to, we can talk about the population growth in Aiken County is projected to be 1.9%, better than Augusta. You want to use statistics when it suits you. We know better.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:00 pm
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Dichotomy, we aren't talking

Dichotomy, we aren't talking about small businesses. That pushback in the reporting affects businesses over over 50 employees, and the vast majority of them already offer health insurance. It won't make a difference.

And that's what you don't get. There are very different requirements for different sized businesses. You need to distinguish between small businesses and businesses that employ more than 50 people, and you aren't. And here's how businesses work. If an employee can produce more in revenue than costs, they get hired. If they cost more than they can produce in revenue, they don't. That is a universal tenet of all businesses. They will expand if they can make a profit. If they can't, they won't.

Small business owners squawk about everything and anything. A whole lot of their squaking is due to their poor business management skills. They scream about every tax, every requirement, when the true problem is that they aren't managing their businesses well. Everything is going to put them out of business. Everything. They also want to pay themselves exorbitant, unrealistic salaries. The worst ones were the ones that say "It's always been my dream to do XXXXX", they'd say, "And I estimate that I can pay myself a salary of XXXX". The truth is that most small businesses fail, and the ones that do make it rarely have a life span of over 20 years. Only 50% of businesses make it past 5 years. Tastes change, demand changes, technology changes, and if it's easy to make money doing something, the competition is fierce.

I used to do small-business accounting. I know. I've heard every crazy, fly-by-night, get-rich-quick idea that there is.

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countyman 07/03/13 - 04:00 pm
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Facts

The Augusta Exchange attracts people from all over the CSRA. The overall income of CC is on that level, but not Harlem or Grovetown.

I got my information directly from the corporate of Genghis Grill.
http://www.genghisgrill.com/files/realestate.pdf

They might locate in cities were the overall median incomes is between $50k to $60k, but the specific area(the surrounding area of the resturant)of the city is at least $65k.

When did I say $63k equaled wealthy? Someone making $63k in the metro Augusta area would be considered upper middle class and not middle class.

My resume clearly speaks for itself, I don't have to go into any detail.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 04:02 pm
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Countyman said, "My resume

Countyman said, "My resume clearly speaks for itself, I don't have to go into any detail."

I must have missed it. Where is your resume?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:08 pm
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Oh, I know his resume.That's

I removed my comment because I knew Sean would spank me.

When people won't tell you their credentials, it's because there aren't any.

countyman
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countyman 07/03/13 - 04:08 pm
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Facts

Where is the source for this magical projected 1.9% growth rate in Aiken County? Then please share the magical projected for RC?

The US Census has always used percentages to compare the growth rates of cities, counties, and metros.

Columbia County does have more white people, but the white population is growing much slower compared to Richmond. The Black population is growing the fastest in CC, and the black population is stagnant in RC.

countyman
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countyman 07/03/13 - 04:08 pm
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Facts

Where is the source for this magical projected 1.9% growth rate in Aiken County? Then please share the magical projected for RC?

The US Census has always used percentages to compare the growth rates of cities, counties, and metros.

Columbia County does have more white people, but the white population is growing much slower compared to Richmond. The Black population is growing the fastest in CC, and the black population is stagnant in RC.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 04:11 pm
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Ahhhh, you still don't get

Ahhhh, you still don't get how to do percentages of growth. If one place has 2% growth and somewhere else has 1% growth, the former place has 100% greater growth than the latter.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:13 pm
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Sorry, it's 1.7%, not 1.9%,

Sorry, it's 1.7%, not 1.9%, typo error.

And for RC, it's 1.0%.

You can't just look at percentages, Countyman. You can pick a particular statistic out and make a county look anyway you want it to look. I've told you that, that's why all those "Best places to live" surveys are a bunch of PR crap to sell magazines. You know, the ones you like so well.

Percentages only work when you are comparing homogenous groups. Otherwise, it's meaningless. That is literally entry-level marketing.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/03/13 - 04:14 pm
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$$$$

County Man is right. I make $63k or better but I don't get half of it. I use a basket in the grocery store. People on food stamps use a large cart or two. Ya'll just wait, EBT will be accepted in restaurants soon.Trust me on this one.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:16 pm
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Riverman, God knows, I've

Riverman, God knows, I've tried to explain it to him. Maybe you can do a better job than I can.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 04:17 pm
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It's interesting the racial

It's interesting the racial demographics of Columbia and Richmond counties being compared. It's kind of mindboggling..and funny.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/03/13 - 04:21 pm
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taxes

I just spent $1600 in North Augusta, I saved $16 in taxes. Doesn't sound like a large amount until you realize I DID pay North Augusta $112 in taxes that Richmond County DIDN'T get.

countyman
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countyman 07/03/13 - 04:26 pm
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Facts

I clearly know how to use percentages of growth rates.

Corgimom.. The projected growth rate as you claimed is actually the growth rate between 2010-2012, and not something projected.

I also forgot to mention the Augusta Exchange area is richer than the majority of Columbia County. The 1 mile avg HH income in the Exchange is $78,738.

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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 04:35 pm
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I'm still waiting for the

I'm still waiting for the resume with the education block filled out.

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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 04:38 pm
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Does anyone seriously want to

Does anyone seriously want to compare the average income level of Richmond and Columbia counties?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:44 pm
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Countyman, that Genghis Grill

Countyman, that Genghis Grill site is for prospective franchisers, and you are misinterpreting what it says.

If you really want to tell me that 75,000 people live within 3 miles of the shopping center- we are talking over 10% of the CSRA, and over 1/3 of the population of Augusta- then there's a major disconnect, and it's not with me. This is all about CC, and has very little to do with Richmond County.

The concept of that's how you got the idea that it was located in West Augusta because their income was over $65,000, based on that site- wow.

That site is for several states, Countyman. And they put that figure up there, but what they are really saying is that they are looking for middle-class people. You are of the impression that $65,000 is upper middle class, but it's not. Middle-class people eat the most fast-food. That's nationwide.

It's not that the shopping center is located in West Augusta because of their income. It's about traffic and population and location. It's about that shopping center, that just happens to be in RC. It's right by the Interstate. It's on a very busy road, in a very busy shopping center. I am amazed that you could, and did, draw the conclusions that you did. As I told you before, there aren't enough people in West Augusta to support a fast food restaurant.

Countyman, this is a perfect example of taking a fact and then interpreting it to support your ideas.

The truth is that the income is in CC. There probably isn't even that many HH making $65,000 in West Augusta, they make more than that. A HH of $65,000 is two blue-collar workers, or one middle-management income earner. And yes, Augusta skews blue-collar. That's who they are really targeting. They aren't targeting the wealthy or even the upper middle class. That's good if they get that, but that's not who their target customer is.

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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:51 pm
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"The projected growth rate as

"The projected growth rate as you claimed is actually the growth rate between 2010-2012, and not something projected. "

Why do you think they call it ESTIMATED???

It is LUDICROUS to think that the Census Bureau keeps a running total of all births and deaths and people moving in and out of a county and municipality. It is also ludicrous to think that they keep track of racial demographics on an ongoing basis. If they did that, why would they need to take a census?

Do you remember when the 2010 RC figures came out, and how it was a huge shock when it was determined that the growth rate of RC was only .4%? How do you think that came about?

Because the projection was WRONG, Countyman. That's why it's called a PROJECTION.

Here's what it says at the bottom of the Census Quick Facts page-
"Data derived from Population Estimates, "

This is just amazing!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:52 pm
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I'd like to see that resume

I'd like to see that resume too, Riverman.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 04:56 pm
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"Population, 2012 estimate"

"Population, 2012 estimate" <---- note what that word says

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13245.html

Holy cow, Countyman!

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