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Today's pic is from Sweet son and was taken in "Burke County on the farm ahead of the all of those rainy days.  I was down there camping on my 30 acre place I call Beulah Land in honor of my grandmother Beulah." 
Send me an email if you want your photo here. sean.moores@augustachronicle.com - sean  Sweet son
Sweet son
Today's pic is from Sweet son and was taken in "Burke County on the farm ahead of the all of those rainy days. I was down there camping on my 30 acre place I call Beulah Land in honor of my grandmother Beulah." Send me an email if you want your photo here. sean.moores@augustachronicle.com - sean

RAVE TO GOV. Nathan Deal for not expanding Medicaid. It’s free for three years, then it costs Georgia taxpayers more than $200 million per year. We don’t need able-bodied Georgians on the state welfare dime.

THE TERM “give back,” as in giving back to the community, aimed at successful, taxpaying, working people is nonsense. We are already “giving” by paying taxes, living right and not forcing others to pay our bills.

FOR THOSE WHO are hearing rumors about the very south part of Richmond County wanting to establish its own form of government or township, it’s true. Just when you thought the political movers and shakers were asleep out here, we aren’t.

BILL KIRBY, SHAME on you on untrue comments about bus service. Have you ever ridden the Augusta Mall buses, especially on Saturdays? You will find standing room only for much of the daytime on weekdays and Saturdays. In the mornings and late afternoons, the Washington Road buses are jam-packed, too.

AUGUSTA COMMISSION members, you can go to Athens, Atlanta and Savannah on one tank of gas. If the gas is free from Richmond County, why are you paid mileage?

ATTENDANCE NEEDS to be mandatory for Augusta Commission meetings, with after-action reports filed and discussed at meetings.

I CALL FOR A DOCTOR’S appointment, get put on hold for 17 minutes, get disconnected, call back, get an appointment six weeks out, see the doctor, get told I will be called the next day to be scheduled for a procedure, wait 10 days assuming they are busy, but never get a call-back. It is disheartening to see how people do not take pride in their job. I had to go elsewhere to be treated.

THIS IS A RANT to one of the main charities in Augusta stating that all of the money received in the Augusta area is kept here, yet their national president receives $375,000 base salary plus expenses. Where does he get his money?

RAVE ABOUT MY Augusta Chronicle paper person! I don’t know why, but he/she has been delivering our newspaper on our deck, which is about 30 feet off of the road.

IF WE RAISE THE fast-food pay to $15 per hour, the minimum wage people will not be able to get jobs there. More qualified people will take the jobs because they pay more. Unless, of course, we force fast-food restaurants to hire the less-qualified people, and that opens a whole other set of problems.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/17/13 - 07:39 pm
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Charity

Please name the charity that has such a pricey top honcho - we can all refrain from contributing to his/her salary. But it HAS to be a FACT!! I check before I give and you apparently have done the same. Sure would like to know which one this is. Thank you in advance!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/17/13 - 09:14 pm
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Save the South Side

Save the 8, Deconsolidate.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/17/13 - 10:40 pm
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Rave #1

Here is another reason: "Fine print: State can seize your assets to pay for care after you’re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare"

This article is about Washington State, but how many more will adopt this policy (if they don't have it already) when the Federal money runs out?

http://tinyurl.com/lp7ghak

allhans
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allhans 12/18/13 - 12:33 am
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We can hear anything.... and

We can hear anything.... and I was told by a young couple that the husband has medical coverage at work. Rather than pay a higher premium by putting her on his plan she called the Obamacare line and will be on Medicaid (with no cost to her of course).

toldyaso
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toldyaso 12/18/13 - 07:39 am
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Partial list of Charities CEO salaries.

These are some of the salaries I found.
National Charitable Organizations and CEO Compensation

I was researching some organizations for donations, and found some interesting information about the annual salaries and benefits of their CEOs. The range in salaries is quite "interesting," and in many cases, some CEOs are doing extremely well. How much of it is justified? I don't make much, and have to very carefully choose who gets my hard-earned money. After seeing that list, there's no way I'd donate to a charity with a CEO making more than $200K - $250K, depending on the organization. (Personally, I decided on Doctors Without Borders, and some local charities.)

Here are a few, there's much more data on other charities at http://www.give.org
All numbers are annual salaries & benefits for CEOs (some cases, other officers who make more money are also mentioned). Data may be several years old, 2005 or 2006, since it takes time for them to update their records.

Nat. Coalition for the Homeless: $35,000
Greenpeace USA: $63,795 (Dep. director), $38,036/CEO

Best Friends Animal Soc. $101,248
American Bird Conservancy: $115,427
National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul: $119,802
Planned Parenthood Federation of America: $117,921
Doctors Without Borders: $128,646
League of Women Voters: $157,152

Meals on Wheels: $205,560
Network for Good: president/$209,121, CEO/$192,488,
Lupus Foundation: $232,965
Oxfam: $241,342
Clinton Foundation: $254,000
International Planned Parenthood Federation: $260,608

ACLU: $304,329
World Wildlife Fund: $347,190
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: $351,171
America's Second Harvest: $356,535
International Rescue Committee: $357,657
National Audubon $362,237
CARE USA $386,047

Nature Conservancy: $406,933
Environmental Defense Fund: $408,170
American Diabetes Assoc. $419,909
UNICEF/US: $456,069
Boy Scouts of America: $457,830
March of Dimes: $493,004

ALSAC/St. Judes: CEO/ALSAC $446,240; CEO/St Judes: $616,660
United Way: $632,423

Chimes International Limited: $704,175

American Red Cross: CEO/not available, former president & CEO: $1,183,811

I personally donate through the Southern Baptist, where all the money is used for the relief. All volunteer. Wonder where Red Cross gets the meals they hand out? Southern Baptist.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 07:49 am
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57 CENTS

Thank you for that wonderful story & Merry Christmas KSM & Family..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 07:50 am
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I wish you luck...

"FOR THOSE WHO are hearing rumors about the very south part of Richmond County wanting to establish its own form of government or township, it’s true."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 07:57 am
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Will it

Will Obamacare cause MORE unmarried households? It seems that it will.....what a crock, just what we need.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/13 - 08:04 am
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Obamacare

I was working in the lobby of the Marriott yesterday. A staff meeting was going on in the room next to where I was. The GM was explaining that, due to the new healthcare law, he would have to start reducing the hours of the staff. How ironic that probably 90% of the custodial staff most likely voted for Obama.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 08:17 am
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JTF

Don't tell everyone we were buying tickets in Buckhead....they don't need to know THAT!

BTW...how much $$$ will the state of Ga get from the mega winning...I wonder.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/18/13 - 08:37 am
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Worst Charities

50 worst charities
http://www.tampabay.com/americas-worst-charities/

Also check

http://charitysearch.apps.cironline.org/

Where you can search and review How a Charity spends its money.
It will surprise you.

Note: every time a Charity is fined by a state or the Fed's
guess where the $$$$ comes from. YEP! your Donations.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/13 - 08:44 am
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Mega

The women who owns the "selling location" won $1M. She didn't know it until told by a reporter.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 08:46 am
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Finally...

The cat is out of the bag....

COLUMBIA county is NOT perfect!!

KSL
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KSL 12/18/13 - 09:09 am
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As a side note

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/12/13/why-hasnt-jane-fonda-800...

Give FOX credit for reporting an updated clarification on the recent failures to donate yearly.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/18/13 - 09:12 am
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Col.Co not perfect?

Far from it. But you will note from the responses on here that the citizens won't tolerate it when they find problems, as opposed to other places who re-elect their weak links.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/18/13 - 09:18 am
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Noc and charities

I think a better measure than CEO salaries is how much of your dollar actually goes to programs. If it is a mega-charity paying their CEO $1M, but putting 90% into programs, it is much better than one putting 70% into programs with a volunteer CEO.

Here is a site with examples of the top 50: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Guide-to-Giving/America-s-Top-50-chari...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 09:22 am
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anotherday

I know...we have been mopping the floor in Gwinnett too....many in jail & some to go ......amazing how some think their deeds won't see the light of day......but DeKalb county has really had a MESS...we just don't make perfect people.....at least Gwinnett's school system is humming along (I think).

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 09:32 am
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justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/13 - 09:54 am
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Crazy Rules?

Yep, imagine the other homeowners are worried that a house boarded up like Fort Knox might inhibit their ability to sell their house and/or drive down the value of the most important asset in their possession.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 10:04 am
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One security door is not Ft Knox

They had a rash of breakins the article said....I know when we had a breakin off Wheeless Rd years ago I felt the same uneasy feeling & wanted more protection around the home....put up a chain fence....with locked gates & more security in doors....& now I hope the next home we buy will NOT have a HOA ...They have some good points but some rules are out of sight....

Like here in this neighborhood.....,don't leave garage door open--keep it closed at all times...no clothes line....no pink flamingos in front yard (hahah) makes me wanta put an ole tire out front...& plant flowers in it!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/13 - 10:09 am
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HOA

Impossible to please everyone, wouldn't you agree? Some rules you like, others will not. All in all, they protect everybody's home value. The house next to my Mom's is painted Purple....totally purple. Try selling your home under those circumstances.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 10:13 am
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Purple you say..

What shade of purple? Some females love that color....yeh, I get your point.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/13 - 10:16 am
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The Poor Newspaper Carrier

I'm worried about the newspaper carrier who must get out of his car every morning and carry the paper to the person's deck when it's apparently not necessary. The resident should catch him one morning and tell him/her it's okay to throw it in the driveway.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 12/18/13 - 10:25 am
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seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/13 - 10:33 am
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Something to chew on Columbia county...

Ferdinand started billing the county 50 cents for every tax lien settled or sold off in late 2010, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. He also sought payments going back to 2002, but the county would agree only to go back to July 2007.

He started receiving the fees in 2011, including a lump sum payment of more than $87,000 that boosted his total pay that year to more than $438,000.

The approval to pay him was given quietly, discussed between Ferdinand’s office, the Finance Department and county lawyers, but not with the County Commission. Interim County Manager David Ware, who was county attorney at the time, declined to speak to a reporter Wednesday when asked why the deal wasn’t disclosed to commissioners.

North Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann said the fees should go to the county, as they did before Ferdinand got them diverted.

Past efforts to reroute some of Ferdinand’s pay have failed.

Six years ago, state Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, sponsored a law designed to regulate cities’ payments to counties for tax collections. But Ferdinand contends the law doesn’t trump his pre-existing contracts with the three cities to collect the $1-per-parcel fees.

In 2012, Willard and state Rep. Lynne Riley, R-Johns Creek, were part of another fruitless effort to stop Ferdinand from earning the fees from cities. The Georgia Association of Tax Officials successfully shot that down, arguing that the measure would weaken the power of tax commissioners statewide.

seeyall later---great photo sweetson♥

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/18/13 - 10:34 am
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"rumors about the very south

"rumors about the very south part of Richmond County wanting to establish its own form of government or township, it’s true."

I'm looking forward to hearing what is going on. Raise up District 8. Sometimes you just have to hit them up side the head to get their attention. They stuck a needle in us 17 years ago and have been draining our blood into the "old city" ever since. We are sick and tired of it.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/18/13 - 11:16 am
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"The resident should catch him one morning....

....and tell him/her it's okay to throw it in the driveway."

Mine throws it in the driveway, but seems to aim (usually with some success) for a puddle.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/18/13 - 11:59 am
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itsanotherday - I agree

on the 70/90 point,

But I still have issues with a person collecting $10Million and keeping
$1 million as a salary while running any charity.
e.g. Using 90%/10% example.

A Real Charity to "me" means 90% to the cause 10% in TOTAL to overhead expenses and collection processes.

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A recent charity in the news example

Human Society - United States
Program Expenses 78.6%
Administrative Expenses 3.4%
Fundraising Expenses 17.9%
Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
Primary Revenue Growth 12.0%

Looks good on paper but what is the HS-US really doing with the $$$$ it gets in donations?

"HSUS president Wayne Pacelle described some of his goals in 2004 for The Washington Post: “We will see the end of wild animals in circus acts … [and we’re] phasing out animals used in research. Hunting? I think you will see a steady decline in numbers.” But Pacelle may have more ambitious anti-hunting goals. In 1991, while he was the National Director of the Fund for Animals, Pacelle told the Associated Press: “[I]f we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would. Just like we would shut down all dog fighting, all cock fighting or all bull fighting.”

More recently, in a June 2005 interview, Pacelle told Satya magazine that HSUS is working on “a guide to vegetarian eating, to really make the case for it.” A strict vegan himself, Pacelle added: “Reducing meat consumption can be a tremendous benefit to animals.”

Shortly after Pacelle joined HSUS in 1994, he told Animal People (an inside-the-movement watchdog newspaper) that his goal was to build “a National Rifle Association of the animal rights movement.” And now, as the organization’s leader, he’s in a position to back up his rhetoric with action. In 2005 Pacelle announced the formation of a new “Animal Protection Litigation Section” within HSUS, dedicated to “the process of researching, preparing, and prosecuting animal protection lawsuits in state and federal court.”

HSUS’s current goals have little to do with animal shelters. The group has taken aim at the traditional morning meal of bacon and eggs with a tasteless “Breakfast of Cruelty” campaign. Its newspaper op-eds demand that consumers “help make this a more humane world [by] reducing our consumption of meat and egg products.” Since its inception, HSUS has tried to limit the choices of American consumers, opposing dog breeding, conventional livestock and poultry farming, rodeos, circuses, horse racing, marine aquariums, and fur trapping. "

It Appears HSUS Has Deceptive Collection Tactics

Well, I like eating bacon, and steaks, so guess who does get a dime from this family?

BTW:
I'll give up the Tax Deduction and donate to a local shelters or causes before I donate to a State, Regional, or Nation cause.

Some how I have yet to read about any charity that accomplished its Goal and close shop.

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