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FORT GORDON IS yet another example of lack of confidence that the public has in government. All the politicians and all the men could not put Humpty back together again.

IF PRESIDENT OBAMA, his minions and Congress would take unpaid furloughs, we could solve lots of economic problems.

IF YOU WANT TO know what’s wrong with our economy, just look at what we are doing to the companies that make things. GIW fined by Georgia for what is essentially a paperwork issue. First Olin, then International Paper, in the future GIW. Manufacturing is on the decline because of the intolerance of people in their own state. We need good-paying jobs with good benefits. We can’t survive by selling hamburgers to each other on every corner. No offense, McDonald’s.

I HATE TO THINK the protection our country is getting when they can’t even get the traffic flowing. There had to be a way to circumvent that furlough program and keep the gates open and running smoothly.

SHERIFF ROUNDTREE wants to fix downtown safety by: 1. Raising taxes, and 2. Giving cops “probable cause” to question people walking in a public space at night. Is that a slippery slope to tyranny? Big Brother is not just at work in D.C.; he’s also alive and well in Augusta.

RAVES TO A WONDERFUL professor, Dr. Duignan, a professor of English at GRU. She deserves every award they have to offer. She is a fine teacher. My son has learned so much from her.

I DON’T THINK THE Augusta area should ship the bums away. They have enough unpopulated houses where they could fix the houses up, give them a place to stay and let them find a job cutting grass or helping to rebuild homes. Please don’t send them to another area. Try to help them.

HATS OFF TO the groundsmen for Morningside Baptist Church. They do a superb job of keeping God’s grounds beautiful. I get joy every day driving by looking at the flowers.

RANT FOR THE planners of unpaid days off at Fort Gordon. Why were so many people off on the same day so as to disrupt operations? They could have been staggered among the employees. By the way, what ever happened to uniformed military police?

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/17/13 - 02:11 pm
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Digital surveillance, without

Digital surveillance, without strict guidelines is an invitation to abuse.

The ARC commission or the GA House needs to immediately address the development of STRICT Digital Privacy Rules. Requirements that cover the handling, access, length of retention of the collected video, and any Audio that these cameras could record.

Otherwise it will be abused.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/17/13 - 02:21 pm
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The one true thing I have learned about Liberals

Is they just want conservatives to meet them 1/2 way.
When that does happen on an issue, they wait a little and
move the 1/2 marker little more to the left again.

At a certain point it isn't compromise, it is surrender.

countyman
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countyman 07/17/13 - 05:37 pm
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Major growth coming to the VAR area of West Augusta

The Village at Riverwatch is definitely moving forward. The apartment community was announced a few months ago, and now the commercial development is on the way. I've mentioned the first link before on the AC, and the second link includes the extension of Alexander Drive. The Avonlea at Riverwatch community begins in early 2014, and the community will be located off River Shoals pkwy near the Delta building/Augusta Canal/Warren Lake.

This property can easily attract Dave & Busters, movie theater, Cheesecake Factory, Trader Joes, Whole Fiods, Brooks Brothers, J Crew, REI, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, Lucky Brand, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen, Container Store, Lacoste, Hilton or their Embassy Suites hotel, etc.

The median income of the Village at Riverwatch area in West Augusta is higher compared to the surrounding area of the Augusta Mall. The Augusta mall attracted the first H&M outside of metro Atlanta in Georgia, and the first one in the state of South Carolina(Augusta MSA). The Apple in the promenade section was the first location outside of metro Atlanta, and the second Apple store to open in South Carolina(Charleston). The Village at Riverwatch attracted the second Costco warehouse outside of the Atlanta MSA(Chattanooga suburbs), and the fifth location in SC(Charleston, MB, Spartanburg, Greenville).
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4499
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4508

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/17/13 - 06:30 pm
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Major Growth coming to the

Major Growth coming to the VAR... Captain Obvious has been furloughed

My second cousin's uncle's sister met the man who used to shine shoes with the guy that knows the man what own's H&M.

countyman
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countyman 07/17/13 - 09:22 pm
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Alexander Drive= future heavily traveled corridor

This is where Alexander Drive currently ends at the moment. The road will automatically become one of the largest corridors due to the upcoming growth. The landscaping along Alexander Drive from Washington road into the development is beautiful, and offers another incentive to attract the higher quality businesses.

https://maps.gstatic.com/m/streetvie...002035555,,0,0

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/17/13 - 09:45 pm
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One stretch of road...wow

One stretch of road...wow hold the presses....that should bring in 100000 visitors at least once a week a year....call the Austin Rhodes show!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/13 - 11:00 pm
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Bums, aka Urban Outdoorsmen

Taxpayer lodging in exchange for work? What fantasy land do you live in? Many, if not most, are on the streets because they are irresponsible and WON'T work. Others are mentally unstable, which is a darned shame that we turned our backs on them in the 80's. A mere handful are there because of temporary setbacks and will rebound given the right hand up.

IMHO of course.

countyman
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countyman 07/17/13 - 11:02 pm
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Location, location, location

It just so happens this stretch of road is surrounded by upper middle class residents, tracts of land, Augusta Canal, Riverwatch Pkwy, I-20, and Washington road. The traffic on Alexander Drive is already pretty significant, and now the road will become more than a shortcut between Washington/Riverwatch. The sections of the road inside & outside of the development are both surrounded by acres of vacant land.

The Costco on Alexander Drive continues to attract people from both Columbia, SC and the GA residents that don't live near metro Atlanta. I'm sure the Village at Riverwatch will help increase our reputation as one of the regional shopping destinations.

Why do people who don't even live in Augusta have a problem if other's are excited about future construction in Augusta?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/13 - 11:11 pm
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nocnoc

Not challenging your analysis, but give me an example of how public video surveillance could be abused. I'm satisfied that it won't provide the deterrence I once thought it would, but I haven't given much thought to the abuse angle.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/13 - 03:55 am
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Imagine That

“This property can easily attract Dave & Busters, movie theater, Cheesecake Factory, Trader Joes, Whole Fiods, Brooks Brothers, J Crew, REI, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, Lucky Brand, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen, Container Store, Lacoste, Hilton or their Embassy Suites hotel, etc.”

Wow, that's interesting.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/13 - 03:56 am
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Pretend Play

Pretending what could happen and fantasy play afford some the opportunity to experiment with different possibilities in their lives. This form of play begins when a child is about 18 months and starts to use behaviors out of their original meaning. For example, a child, pretends his parent’s nose is a horn, pulls the nose and lets out a loud toot, toot.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/18/13 - 04:58 am
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I see the worms are crawling out of the wood work this morning.

HEADLINE
Rev. JJ is calling for the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigation.

HEADLINE
Rev Al is calling for 100's of major city protests.

Fortunately, it still seems 99.99% of America is not seriously buying into their hate speeches on this one.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/18/13 - 05:00 am
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corgimom
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corgimom 07/18/13 - 06:29 am
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"The Costco on Alexander

"The Costco on Alexander Drive continues to attract people from both Columbia, SC and the GA residents that don't live near metro Atlanta. "

Gee, Countyman, how would you possibly know that people from Columbia SC shop at Costco?

I guess they could, and might, but how many people do you know would drive an hour, with gas at $3.50 per gallon, to save on toilet paper?

That's like thinking that people from Augusta drove to Greenville to shop at Costco before the Augusta store opened.

I had a Costco 35 miles from my house, I went there maybe once a year.

There's now a Costco about 15 miles from my house, I go there maybe every 6-8 weeks. Because unless I'm stocking up, I'm not going to drive there when I have 4 grocery stores within a 3 mile radius from my house.

It takes awhile at the Corgi Mansion to use 36 rolls of toilet paper, 1500 packets of sweetner, and 20 rolls of paper towels, you know?

I bought a big bottle of Pinesol the last time I was at Costco, and Mr. Corgi said, "Hey, I think you just bought us a 20 year supply. We could be dead before we use all of it."

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/18/13 - 06:36 am
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One quick and pointed example

One quick and pointed example

Voyeurism
"Experts studying how the camera systems in Britain are operated have also found that the mostly male (and probably bored) operators frequently use the cameras to voyeuristic spying on women. Fully one in 10 women were targeted for entirely voyeuristic reasons, the researchers found. Many incidents have been reported in the United States. In one, New York City police in a helicopter supposedly monitoring the crowds at the 2004 Republican Convention trained an infrared video camera on an amorous couple enjoying the nighttime "privacy" of their rooftop balcony."

A certain type of common SWAT Team purchased and commonly misused camera can look thru drape closed windows at heat signatures. It is legally used to spot criminal body locations and which ones are likely armed for raids.

You likely can quickly figure out the potential for Voyeurism misuse or drive by house searches.

Illegally (without legal ramifications) it is used to for fun to monitor certain places and apartments for body images in motion, motion, motion. ☺

countyman
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countyman 07/18/13 - 07:09 am
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trends

Corgimom.... Please go visit the Costco, or the Augusta mall sometime. The city of Columbia doesn't have Costco Apple, Sephora, PF Changs, etc...

The number of South Carolina tags include more than the people living in Aiken County.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/18/13 - 07:17 am
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OMG Rev Al

No dang wonder he looks so gaunt & worn out....35 year ole might be the end of ole Al...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/18/13 - 07:20 am
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Pretend play

I'm going to pretend I will see a French Market Grill in my area soon....also A Sconyers Barbecue......also a Tees Drive Inn....I have a 5 guys hamburger joint already..

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/18/13 - 07:30 am
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Thanks noc

for the examples. I agree with your concern for regulated use.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/18/13 - 07:33 am
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Something else

Countyman wrote:

The city of Columbia doesn't have Costco Apple, Sephora, PF Changs, etc...

Maybe, but they've got plenty of other things.

I would suspect that Columbia residents have figured out how to obtain and support their Apple products without going to an Apple store.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/18/13 - 07:43 am
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".... Please go visit the

".... Please go visit the Costco, or the Augusta mall sometime...The number of South Carolina tags include more than the people living in Aiken County."

How would you know that?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/18/13 - 07:48 am
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Itsanotherday 12:00am

I was thinking the exact same thing. Either the ranter is a very idealistic young person, or a life long liberal. Either way, they’re not going to let reality "interfere" with their beliefs.

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allhans 07/18/13 - 08:07 am
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countyman is making an effort

countyman is making an effort to promote Augusta. What's wrong with that?
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I am very interested in what is going on downtown.
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It's a shame that the Augusta Mall area (not the Mall, the area) has gone down...the entire surrounding area needs a redo.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 07/18/13 - 08:12 am
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Free Homes

Sure, why not? Giving people homes who cannot afford them has worked so well in the past 15-20 years. Let us all not learn from the mistakes of your elected officials and continue banging our collective head against a concrete wall.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/18/13 - 08:45 am
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OMG OMG

The DOJ is asking for emails on Zimm....any evidence to prove thatZimm has a racial bone in his body...weellll DOJ...how about looking at California...many beatings are taking place on innocents since the verdict....some are caught on camera..DOES THAT COUNT!!!

I wish Cgee wold put that pic & comment about this...

This does make me sick//KNOWN crimes going on...you don't need an email.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/18/13 - 09:08 am
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Why do people that don't pay property taxes....

continue to try and impose their ideas for spending tax money on the ones that do pay property taxes...where you live is a moot point...

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 07/18/13 - 11:39 am
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re: LAST RANT

Just as with any other place that is furloughed, it makes less sense not to pay to keep a building or department open for half staff and pay full utilities than it is to pay full utilities for half staff. If it has to be closed down, just close it and be done. Not only that, furloughs are a human resource nightmare anyway but to have staggered furloughs would be an elm street nightmare. It is what it is so we must adjust our personal agendas be done with it until it changes.

countyman
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countyman 07/18/13 - 01:01 pm
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Taxes & Augusta mall area

Why does somebody continue to think I don't pay property taxes? I've mentioned on the AC that I currently rent now, but nobody knows if I own additional properties.

All hands.. The widening of Wrightsboro is underway right now. The project includes the realignment of Barton Chapel/Augusta West Pkwy and the reconstruction of I-520 Wrightsboro. The projects will make the facade look much better in the area. Walmart always tends to attract new businesses, and there's one underway near the mall. The Sage Creek community is under construction on Marks Church rd, and the Beaver town home development begins soon. I'm sure the widening of Marks Church rd will only help attract businesses.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/18/13 - 01:39 pm
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My point being....

Anyone that pays property taxes has a say....thank you for admitting that no matter where we live we should have a say if we pay property taxes...it's awesome when I can get you to make my point for me....thank you

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/18/13 - 01:44 pm
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If

If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his bottom!!!

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