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I THINK I WILL GO down to the slum area tomorrow and pay $2.04 for a cup of coffee.

JUST BECAUSE the newspaper printed it in black and white and your picture and charges are in the Jail Report makes you guilty. You have to prove you’re not guilty but you have already been convicted and tried in the local news media and Jail Report. Even if you know you are not guilty and cannot afford to buy a lawyer, the public defender’s office will not do their job to prove your innocence. They want you to plead guilty. Their job is done; they get paid regardless of your defense.

THE CARTOON Candorville is too left-wing political to be on the cartoon page, if not dropped entirely. Like Doonesbury it should be moved to the editorial page or the trash can!

IF OBAMA HAD A CITY it would look like Detroit or Augusta.

I DON’T GET where you think freeloaders will get it worse than Third World countries. As far as I can see, they get the best. They run to soup kitchens for free meals, they can get access to free clothing and foods and other giveaways at various places and some get free living quarters in local shelters. They have better clothes with no holes than I do, some even manage to beg
monies off of too-generous people and then
brag about having the cash to buy “goodies” they can’t find for free. That is way better than Third World.

RAVE FOR THE staff at the tag office on Lumpkin Road. They are indeed friendly and efficient. Even waiting in a long line, each customer was greeted with a cheerful smile and friendly, helpful demeanor.

WE THE PEOPLE of Augusta-Richmond County have spoken about the way our county government operates. We must make fundamental changes to the number of commissioners as well as the job description of the mayor. Though they all say they are concerned for Augusta, they are too concerned with their own districts instead of looking at the big picture. Though they say it is not, every issue comes down to black vs. white. Go color blind. Get back to the basics of honesty, integrity, respect, character and being thrifty. Scout Law would be a good guide.

PLEASE HELP TO END slavery. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are trafficked for sex each year in the United States. The average age is between the ages of 12 and 14. No market can survive without demand. If men stop buying it, human trafficking will end.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/30/13 - 09:01 am
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Yall need some fun

Do yall know what it is like to be in a pool with a bunch of fun loving fools---country music playing in the background---drinks in a cooler on the side of the pool & a bunch of nekkid crazy idiots hollaring..BE FREE BE FREE....I do!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70_klq67VCM

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/30/13 - 09:01 am
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Rant about "free-loaders"

"I DON’T GET where you think freeloaders will get it worse than Third World countries. As far as I can see, they get the best"

As a liberal, as much as I hate to admit it, all too much of this goes on especially at the holidays!! We, as intelligent people, KNOW that in this country; with all of the food-stamps, welfare, Medicaid, and low-income housing; The percentage of those with their hands out IS ENTIRELY TOO MANY!! The very sad result of this is that people who are normally charitable become less so when realizing this!!

harley_52
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harley_52 09/30/13 - 09:07 am
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"We approved 1/5 of it....the rest was STOLEN."

I'm wondering if there's cause for legal action.

I don't know the specifics. I only know what I read in posts in here.

It might be worthwhile to find a trustworthy attorney who could review the applicable law, the specific facts in this case, and render an opinion as to whether there was a legal basis for a law suit against ARC, the Mayor, the City Manager, and/or the Commission.

I think at some point people would be better off actually DOING something about the problem.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/30/13 - 09:09 am
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Careful there t3

That's consevative thinking!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/30/13 - 09:10 am
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Well you can make 30K for the

Well you can make 30K for the year while working your fanny off and paying taxes, or you can earn 30K while doing nothing and paying nothing. Tough choice huh?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/30/13 - 09:13 am
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Little Country Chapel

IAD's comment at 8:42 reminded me of one of my favorite songs. Here is the youTube link:

The Farmer's Daughter

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/30/13 - 09:13 am
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Fru fru & tu tu

Knock-Knock, Sport - Daddy's home!
"Don't come in, Pop, I'm, uh, on the phone!!"

Caught a glimpse - It could be an illusion.
But what I saw is causing me confusion.

Talk to me, boy - Is that you wearin' Sissy's Tu-Tu?
(Yes, Yes)
Track star of mine - Became a drag queen in time.
Can I afford , Dear Lord, to share that he's a Fru-Fru?
(Oh, my!)
Life isn't fair - Have you a rifle to spare?

We live in PENNsylvania - WHERE the men work DOWN in the mine.
How DO I tell these RUGGED guys, "My SON looks devine?"
WEARIN' pink eye-liner, SATIN dress from China.
TELL me how to make my darling boy a miner.

See yall later...have fun today!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/30/13 - 09:13 am
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Well we have a road with a

Well we have a road with a split for our youth to choose. One way you work hard, obey the law, struggle through life. Then the other where you decide to go on welfare and be a ward of the state or become a criminal where you do well and even if you get caught the most you'll get is time in the Marriott prison. LOL.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/30/13 - 09:16 am
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"The percentage of those with their hands out...

....IS ENTIRELY TOO MANY!! The very sad result of this is that people who are normally charitable become less so when realizing this!!"

Too many people have their hands out because government encourages them to do it. We now have about four generations of Americans who believe they are OWED a middle class lifestyle just because they breathe. We encourage people to NOT get married before they have children, to NOT work, to NOT do their best in school, to NOT work, and to NOT become productive members of society.

People aren't "less charitable." In fact, no society the world has ever seen are as charitable as Americans (I mean the ones who GIVE rather than receive). The government encourages givers to NOT give to charity by taxing the bejesus out of taxpayers so government can be "charitable," not taxpayers who have little left to give and don't enjoy paying charity in taxes and then AGAIN as charity.

You're coming right along here, T3. Stick with Angela, she's teaching you well.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/30/13 - 09:31 am
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Good Morning SeenitB4...

...nice song. I remember it well. It's mood music, I think.

As Phil (the father on Duck Dynasty says)...."happy, happy, happy..."

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/30/13 - 09:42 am
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Phil and Sy are far wiser and

Phil and Sy are far wiser and smarter than the clowns they "appear" to be. Makes me want to take all my fancy college degrees and burn them in the trash and shake my head over the waste of time and effort.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/30/13 - 09:53 am
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Commenter Meeting Saturday

To everyone who came to the commenter meeting and Chronicle tour Saturday, I had a good time talking to all of you. I hope we can do it again soon.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/30/13 - 10:14 am
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TEE center comment...

I am curious if I can go to the bank and request a loan for 20k for a new car, wait a year before I decide to buy it. Then after adding all the dealer options and the added inflation of the car price so much that the car price triples and is way out of my budget add a dealers finder fee for someone at the dealership that I never had any dealings with. Then let one of the dealers friends drive it and maintain it at extra cost to me further driving the price up. Do you still think the bank will give me that loan? That is what happened with the TEE center..

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/30/13 - 10:35 am
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My Apologies

My Apologies for Saturday. I was delayed while waiting on a appointment that was over an hour late in arriving (kids). By the time I got to Augusta at 3:30 pm it was a mad house and we couldn't get near Reynolds St. Maybe next time I'll realize that Arts in the Heart and Ironman will consume the area!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/30/13 - 10:37 am
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@CBBP

We missed you. It was a madhouse down there.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 09/30/13 - 10:40 am
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ALL TRUE about affording a lawyer and Jail Report!!!! So,
Unpublished

we all know the Public Defender's office gets paid REGARDLESS!!!!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/30/13 - 10:52 am
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I didn't know about the

I didn't know about the meeting. Was it by personal invite or any commenter welcome? Would I have to wear armor-I seem to tick off both sides often? Sounds like fun. OK. Yeah I can take a hint where I'm not welcome.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/30/13 - 11:07 am
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Thurmond

From that WSJ Market Watch link that Countyman posted came this curious ending sentence:

This property [i.e., the Augusta Marriott -- LL] is also ideally positioned near attractions like Gallery Row, the Augusta Museum of History and Lake Thurmond, which means there's never a dull moment at this premier property.

Funny, I never thought of the Marriott as being near Lake Thurmond.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/30/13 - 11:15 am
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Well LL

I guess some of those ironmen could swim up the river a bit and get to it....

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/30/13 - 11:20 am
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I use to be an "ironman" now

I use to be an "ironman" now I need an iron supplement. hee,hee,hee. I had a childhood friend who was a real "ironman" well "iron boy". He ate too much iron fortified cereal and had iron overload which has dangerous health risks. Who knew?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/30/13 - 11:49 am
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Sean Moores @ 9:53

"To everyone who came to the commenter meeting and Chronicle tour Saturday, I had a good time talking to all of you. I hope we can do it again soon"

THIS MUST have been the best kept secret EVER!! How did you get the word out, "That I never got!!" OR WAS IT just for the conservative commenters??!!

KSL: Why did you let me know about this!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/30/13 - 11:52 am
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Bizkit @ 10:52

"I didn't know about the meeting. Was it by personal invite or any commenter welcome? Would I have to wear armor-I seem to tick off both sides often? Sounds like fun. OK. Yeah I can take a hint where I'm not welcome"

THAT'S WHAT I SAY!!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/30/13 - 11:57 am
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@ Bizkit 10:52 and t3bledsoe 11:49

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts posted multiple times in the R&R about this. That's where I found about it. I don't think there were emails sent. Next time I will try to promote it a little better - maybe post it as an R&R online only. Everyone was invited, and these get togethers are always very civil. When it comes up again. I will try to get more involved in letting people know. This isn't an official Chronicle function. They are organized by the commenters. I just gave a tour of the News building. I'm happy to do it again for the next one. The more the merrier.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/30/13 - 11:59 am
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Bizkit @ 9:42

"Phil and Sy are far wiser and smarter than the clowns they "appear" to be. Makes me want to take all my fancy college degrees and burn them in the trash and shake my head over the waste of time and effort"

Don't say that about the education that you managed to get!! There are people, for example; me; that would give a lot to be able to "cut-the-mustard" in the books dept.!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/30/13 - 12:02 pm
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Sean Moores @ 11:57

Just kidding about the conservative thing!! Thanks for your response.

countyman
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countyman 09/30/13 - 12:50 pm
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Facts

Riverman... The voters in Columbia County weren't even allowed to vote, and the leaders of your county still used $10 million for a exhibition hall.

Why do you care so much about the TEE compared to the exhibition hall? Do you really believe large groups would prefer to hold their event near the Walmart shopping center in Grovetown versus being close to Artist Row/Riverwalk/nice hotels?

The TEE center($38 million), parking deck($12 million), and Laney Walker($37.5 million over fifty years) doesn't equal your imaginary $100 million figure.

The $37.5 million for Laney Walker/Bethlehem is NOT coming from tax payers, but the over 1.5 million people who visit Richmond County yearly.

The second article only said the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center is a great place for weddings among other things.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/30/13 - 01:19 pm
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You forgot the other

You forgot the marketing fees, maintenance, management, parking deck management and utility costs of the TEE to add to the $88 million you listed.

countyman
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countyman 09/30/13 - 01:15 pm
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Facts

Nocnoc.. The Holiday Inn Express is under construction which equals $6-$8 million in private funds. The hotel near the common should begin soon, and come in around $20 million.

The TEE Center has managed to attract thousands of people, and millions in revenue. All of the guest can't use the hotels, restaurants, gas stations, retail stores, etc in the CBD. The additional revenue can be used to fix roads, hire better teachers, raise the pay of law enforcement, etc ALL over the county.

The number one thing for our leaders is to attract new money, and not rely on the local tax payers to fund everything.

Seenitb4.... Turn things around in terms of what? None of the suburban counties are even close to Augusta in terms of attracting events, festivals, or tourist...

Aiken/Columbia can both put on some great local events, but they will NEVER be on the same level when it comes to having the infrastructure for larger events. I do think Columbia County should market the lake better, and try to build some new recreation activities.

I know some people on here love to bash the CBD, but the facts don't lie. I don't think it's an coincidence the only places who tend to attract people from all over are downtown(Augusta and Aiken) except for the Masters in West Augusta.

County expenditures in 2009
Richmond $380 million
Columbia $114 million

Dichotomy. The TEE Center was approved in 2005, and didn't break ground unitl 2010. The price will always rise when you take forever to build something.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/30/13 - 01:23 pm
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The Ironman was coming here

The Ironman was coming here years before the TEE opened, so you can't say it attracted that event and folks.

countyman
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countyman 09/30/13 - 01:52 pm
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Facts

Riverman... Still not $100 million...

Seenitb4... I was in the city of Atlanta this past weekend doing business in the Midtown/Buckhead areas, and then went to your neck of the woods later on.

The Gwinnett arena is much nicer compared to the James Brown arena, but our convention center is nicer. Gwinnett did build a small pond/lake near the property which does help, but it's not on the level of the existing Savannah River.

The park system in Gwinnett is awesome, and great for the local residents. The city of Augusta must combine some of the smaller underused parks, and create three-four more(Augusta Exchange, rural part of South Augusta past Tobacco on Mike Padgett/Peach Orchard, downtown, and Regency Mall.

I did enjoy the neighborhoods/commercial development on Scenic Hwy, Lenora Church rd, Sugarloaf pkwy, Peachtree Coners, etc..

Hopefully the suburbs in Augusta(especially West Augusta/North Richmond or possible even Evans) can start building two-three story developments with retail on top and bottom.

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