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OBAMA IS OFF on a tear to address climate change, but apparently he failed to mention the negative effects on employment. You cannot shut down all of the coal power plants without affecting both energy prices and employment. Of course there is a “spend” part in his plan; he wants provide up to $8 billion for efficiency projects like Solyndra! His cronies are waiting in the wings for that money.

AM I NAIVE OR WHAT to expect that the school test scores of Richmond County and Columbia County should be on par? I sure hope that the long-term plan of Frank Roberson has that in mind. Being from Richmond County, it’s rather embarrassing to see the disparity right now!

THIS IS A HUGE RAVE to all the employees at University Hospital who have not had a raise in three years, who had their 403(b)’s reduced and the health insurance rates raised. Thanks for taking it all in stride while your company continues to buy properties in Aiken County and McDuffie County. Hang in there. Maybe it will get better in 2014. The physicians continue to make their millions and get their bonuses. Maybe someday they’ll appreciate you for what you do, but until then just know I am truly grateful for all that you guys do.

SO, APPARENTLY Au­gusta Commissioner Mar­ion Williams is trying to plan a huge facelift of downtown Augusta that would cost around $3 million … and yet just last week they were saying they couldn’t afford $100,000 to cut down trees and install cameras to make downtown safer. How about we spend the money to make downtown safer for people to enjoy and then talk about a “veranda”?

MR. WILLIAMS, BEFORE you build an atrium on top of a parking deck, why don’t you consider spending the $3 million on crime downtown? Common sense has left the building.

A RAVE FOR LEE, the nice gentleman who held the umbrella and helped me put my groceries in the car when it was pouring rain at Ingles in Wrens.

TO THE PERSON WHO left the chocolate Chi­hua­hua puppy behind ARC about one year ago: This wonderful, loving dog just died from Addison’s disease. We now know why you left her. Thank you for 13 wonderful months with Sophie. She was a doll baby.

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RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 10:34 am
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nocnoc

Thanks for the info and links. I thought I would be good taking then that way.

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Little Lamb 07/05/13 - 10:40 am
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@ dwb

Laws are meaningless when you have a lawless president. Obama made it clear he will not enforce immigration laws. He will not enforce DOMA. And when Congress correctly discerned that his anti-coal legislative proposal would be bad for our nation - he just took over the coal industry shutdown by executive order. He's a lawless thug.

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Darby 07/05/13 - 10:49 am
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"The physicians continue to make their

millions and get their bonuses."

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Yeah - Blame all our problems on them, or George Bush. Whatever works.

Take the money from those docs and split it up among the rest of us. Then we can all be happy and rich!

Right - that's the ticket! Problem solved..

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 11:14 am
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Just a Thought

If I didn't have the opportunity to go to college, get a degree, and become rich myself I might have some sympathy for the wealth envy crowd. Before you tell me how you couldn't afford to go to college, let me tell you about my daughter. I give her $100 per week for her college/living expenses. Granted, that won't pay for her education. She is working and going to school both. It will take her 5 years to get her 4 year degree, but she will have it. Even if I wasn't helping she would still be doing it.

Go ahead now and tell me how it can't be done.

BTW, I did the same thing until I joined the Army. Then my stupid butt didn't go back to college. But whose fault is it that I didn't complete my degree? MINE

Go ahead and tell me how wrong I am. I got my big boy undies on today and can take it.

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dwb619 07/05/13 - 11:18 am
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LL

But, have any of the presidents since 1947, excluding Truman and Ike, enforced this law?

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Riverman1 07/05/13 - 11:27 am
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The truth is everybody

The truth is everybody shouldn't go to college. Those who can't make it or get a worthless degree see those who have gotten valuable degrees and are doing well and want a piece of the pie.

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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 11:32 am
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Where did my happy go?

For some reason I stay depressed reading the news on here...on fb & watching Atla tv stations....sooo I need a break from this .......see yall.
:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 11:45 am
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True, a bachelors degree

True, a bachelors degree isn't for everybody. But I can't think of a reason even a certificate from a technical school wouldn't apply to everyone. Unless there were some mental/learning issues involved. Or maybe an associates degree. Point is, if you want it, it can be attained. One of my best high school friends has an associates degree for an electrician. Started with the Onslow County School Board as an electrical repairman. He is now the head honcho there. Not sure what his official title is.

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gargoyle 07/05/13 - 12:08 pm
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dwb: The answer is no not to

dwb: The answer is no not to the letter of the law. The current administration has found political gain using immigration as a wedge issue by openly directing agency's to complicate enforcement of the law. If we ever see CEO's and HR directors walk in handcuffs for flaunting immigrant employment laws the issues will go away. Either we will have the laws struck or everyone will be TIN matched with real social security numbers. Till then the issue is just a political football.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 12:38 pm
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Correction about park ranger in Gwinnett

The woman in the car DID NOT shoot at the ranger...she shot herself & the bullet shot him also.....1 bullet...it didn't make sense when 1st reported anyway..he is still alive & expected to recover.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/05/13 - 12:51 pm
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Constitutional Rights Violation!

Christie Ethridge story Channel 12. Roundtree's boys violating constitutional rights!

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Filming-in-public-leads-to-local-arre...

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gargoyle 07/05/13 - 01:40 pm
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Papers Please!!! Sweet son

Papers Please!!! Sweet son this is one of the issues in this country that needs addressed, This smacks of Third World police action against the populace. How does suspicion of a crime (not actually breaking the law) lead to charges by not answering questions. I feel sorry for the deputies that had to do their superiors dirty work. I almost get the feeling watching the video tape someone with power looked out a window and told the underlings to go get him off the street. If its not against the law to film on a public sidewalk what investigation did he hinder? This standard , we did it for your safety is wearing thin .

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harley_52 07/05/13 - 02:31 pm
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"First it was steel. Then it was garments. Then textiles....

...First it was steel. Then it was garments. Then textiles, and it just went on from there."

Can you think of any particular circumstance common to those industries that led to their near demise in the U.S., but thriving in other nations?

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harley_52 07/05/13 - 02:35 pm
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"We have to ditch the pc..."

Absolutely vital to our survival as a society. We can't even admit (or discuss) the biggest issues of our time. We can't say what we mean. We must tip-toe around issues and most people won't even comment on them for fear of being called a "racist," or a "bigot," or a "homophobe." Most people just throw up their hands and talk about relatively insignificant issues like which county has the smarter citizens, the most crooked politicians, etc..

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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 04:04 pm
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I want you to see the bias in the news

Remember when P Deen was dropped by the Food Network & others...the news said then that they had a right to dump HER..but now that she has dumped an agent they sing a different tune....read to the end...
http://perezhilton.com/fitperez/2013-07-05-paula-deen-ditches-agent-n-wo...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 04:07 pm
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YOU are 100% correct harley

Absolutely vital to our survival as a society. We can't even admit (or discuss) the biggest issues of our time. We can't say what we mean. We must tip-toe around issues and most people won't even comment on them for fear of being called a "racist," or a "bigot," or a "homophobe."

and the national news media is partly to blame for this insanity!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 04:09 pm
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btw

I won't watch the trial going on right now if someone PAID me to...put a trial on there about the baby shot through the head in Brunswick!

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myfather15 07/05/13 - 04:21 pm
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"There are too many people,

"There are too many people, too little jobs."

I agree with this 100%; as the Country sits presently! BUT, WE could fix this problem, if government would simply STOP regulating buninesses to DEATH, literally!!

Take a look at ALMOST EVERYTHING you buy today; where is it made? CHINA, thats where!! If not, then Japan, Taiwan, Korea, etc.

Just think how many jobs WE would create if we made ALL these products HERE in America!! We would have more jobs than people willing to take them!! I purchased a camera the other day from a good ol American company (Primos Game Camera); looked inside and low and behold; MADE IN CHINA was right there!! I went to the store a couple weeks ago to buy a knife, to use on duty! Every knife in the store had "Made in China" right there. So I ordered one off Amazon that was made in the USA!!

Take the battery off your cellphone and see where it was made at; check your computer and see where it was made at. A year or two ago, I bought a tripod flashlight, you guessed it "Made in China".

Anyone who has seen my posts on here knows I'm for securing the border; but THAT will NOT jix the job market. We've got to stop the insanity or we are doomed. I'm not a business owner but from what I've been told, government regulations and red tape is what causes most companies to have their products made oversees and SHIPPED HERE, and it's still cheaper than making it here.

A company today has to hire 5 lawyers and tax professionals, just to interpret the regulations the government places on them. Is it not possible to simplify the system and still make it safe? YES, it is!! I personally believe they DO NOT want to fix this!! The more jobs and money America loses, the more the other Countries catch up with us; you know "leveling the playing field". Isn't that what Obama loves to talk about? America isn't exceptional and we need to include the rest of the world?

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corgimom 07/05/13 - 05:08 pm
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Until you get Americans that

Until you get Americans that are willing to work for $.10 an hour, products are going to be produced overseas.

Even with paying freight, even with the time it takes to ship, we can't compete.

The truth is that there are a lot of jobs that are overpaid in this country. You cannot tell me, ever, that someone should get paid $70 per hour to assemble a car.

There are even some minimum-wage jobs that are overpaid.

However, people like to say we are over-regulated. Well, ok, then, give up your wages, your 40 hour workweek, your overtime pay, your vacation pay, your sick pay, your health insurance, your unemployment pay if you lose your job, and then we'll talk. Give up your right to Workman's Compensation if you get injured, give up your civil rights with regard to discrimination, give up your right to sue your employer. Give up your pensions. Give up your 401K's.

See how that works? Nobody wants to do that.

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burninater 07/05/13 - 05:28 pm
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Can you think of any

Can you think of any particular circumstance common to those industries that led to their near demise in the U.S., but thriving in other nations?
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Low-skill workforce, and a nonperishable product that can be shipped cheaply in a non time-sensitive manner from anywhere, to anywhere, around the globe.

Just as easy to train a 10 cent/hour employee as it is to train a $7.25/hour worker when it is low-skill work. The wage difference dwarfs the freight cost of putting it on a slow boat from China.

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Riverman1 07/05/13 - 05:30 pm
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In a capitalist system

"Well, ok, then, give up your wages, your 40 hour workweek, your overtime pay, your vacation pay, your sick pay, your health insurance, your unemployment pay if you lose your job, and then we'll talk. Give up your right to Workman's Compensation if you get injured, give up your civil rights with regard to discrimination, give up your right to sue your employer. Give up your pensions. Give up your 401K's."

I don't depend on government. I work under a contract with an employer that says how much I will work and what I'll receive in compensation. I am responsible for all taxes, workman's comp, social security and retirement. I send in a self-employment tax every quarter. I fund my own 401k. That's actually how it should be with everyone in a capitalist system.

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Riverman1 07/05/13 - 05:34 pm
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"Just as easy to train a 10

"Just as easy to train a 10 cent/hour employee as it is to train a $7.25/hour worker when it is low-skill work. "

Oh, I'd have to see the studies on such an assumption.

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gargoyle 07/05/13 - 05:45 pm
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"Until you get Americans that

"Until you get Americans that are willing to work for $.10 an hour, products are going to be produced overseas"
Cost of living supporting the Great Society tax structure make it unlikely if not impossible for a company or employee to compete head to head against most of the world. Remember a few producers support many.

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burninater 07/05/13 - 05:53 pm
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"A company today has to hire

"A company today has to hire 5 lawyers and tax professionals, just to interpret the regulations the government places on them."
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If the American business climate is so unfriendly, why do the companies outsourcing production maintain their companies in the U.S.?

They are not shifting their operating bases, only their productive capacity. If their product requires high-skill (high-wage) production (such as management consulting services, financial services, etc.) the pressure to outsource is diminished -- the wage offsets are consumed by the training costs and much less of the company's operations are shifted overseas.

You could engineer a study on this Riverman1, or you could simply look at real patterns of business operations. This stuff isn't happening under some vast veil of secrecy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/05/13 - 05:59 pm
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" This stuff isn't happening

" This stuff isn't happening under some vast veil of secrecy."

Exactly what is happening? Workers in some countries are making 10 cents an hour taking the place of American minimum wage workers?

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harley_52 07/05/13 - 05:59 pm
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The $0.10 Cent/Hour Crowd...

...was very predictable. Fact of the matter is that labor unions and their selfish unreasonable demands drove most manufacturing out of the USA to countries where the costs of labor allowed companies to bring products to consumers at prices they were willing to pay.

Unions have now brought many cities and many governments at other levels to the point of bankruptcy. It's a problem that has yet to be addressed except in a few states, most notably Wisconsin and Texas.

As for the $0.10/hour claim, look at the standard of living in countries now manufacturing products for American consumption. It is skyrocketing and NOBODY forces them to do it. They fight for the business and the jobs while we sit here and deny it while we scratch our heads wondering where all the jobs have gone.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/05/13 - 06:07 pm
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Burninator 5:53

"If the American business climate is so unfriendly, why do the companies outsourcing production maintain their companies in the U.S.?"
The answer is Importation and Tariff laws enforced by the IRS. They get a tax break by having a US presence no matter how minimal. Without the Tax break they wouldn't need to bother.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/05/13 - 06:10 pm
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"Workers in some countries are making 10 cents an hour....

....taking the place of American minimum wage workers?"

Not exactly.

Workers in foreign factories are working at wages significantly lower then negotiated UNION wages (and benefit packages) that prevented American companies from bringing quality products to American markets at prices at which they could be sold to American consumers.

You're familiar with WalMart and Harbor Freight tools? Why do you think consumers find them so attractive? Why do you think all these "buy American" programs don't gain popularity?

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burninater 07/05/13 - 07:22 pm
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harley52, there is a very

harley52, there is a very simple proof-of-concept test for your hypothesis that union wage disparities, not non-union wage disparities, are the driving force of offshoring.

If union wages are the problem, then non-union competitors would set up shop in right-to-work states and outcompete the union businesses.

Instead, they go offshore.

Do the math.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/05/13 - 07:31 pm
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Here's another Elephant in

Here's another Elephant in the room, We send the biggest political contributors as ambassadors to negotiate trade. While we try to buy friends they play our amateur diplomats for all they are worth. We end up with their product dumped on our shores and ours banned from foreign markets.

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