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Today's photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at the Gaither Vocal Band Concert at Bell Auditorium. The photographer wants to remain anonymous. If you have a photo that you want to see here, send it to me in an email. sean.moores@augustachronicle.com Everybody have a good day. - Sean
Today's photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at the Gaither Vocal Band Concert at Bell Auditorium. The photographer wants to remain anonymous. If you have a photo that you want to see here, send it to me in an email. sean.moores@augustachronicle.com Everybody have a good day. - Sean

I SEE THAT Augusta is getting more grants for meals for children. I don’t understand where the mothers are. They leave the kids for society to take care of. I don’t want any children to go hungry, but they shouldn’t depend on taxpayers.

KUDOS TO CVS for pulling the cigarettes. Now, all I have to worry about is some drunk getting his fix at CVS and drinking and driving. I think they have their priorities backwards.

UNTIL THIS CITY gets out of the Dark Ages (not up to date compared to other larger cities), we need to get a rail system here that connects to the other larger cities that offer more for families. Plane fares are ridiculous; hardly anybody can afford them. The majority of Bush Field service, I am willing to bet, is business-related fares paid by companies/employers. Let’s get it done, Augusta.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM with dental work done on children whose families are on Medicaid. They can’t help it if their parents are too sorry to work. I have a problem with my tax dollars paying for the adults getting dental work when the people on Medicare who have worked get no help. Our backwards government at work.

THE COOKOUT ON Walton Way needs a picnic table so pedestrians can sit down and eat. They are taking your food to competitors’ place to have a seat.

I BELIEVE PEOPLE on welfare should have drug tests. The working man and woman have to do it or they get fired. I also think all elected officials from president to the local dog catcher should have to take drug tests.

NATHAN DEAL IS NOT trying to get brownie points with blacks. The mayor is only responsible for city affairs, and the governor is responsible for state affairs.

IT’S NOT THE Republi­cans’ fault that unemployment did not go through. It is your fault because you are too sorry to go out and get a job. Fast-food restaurants are hiring. May not be the job you want, but it’s money coming in.

RANT FOR MARION Williams. Please focus your energy on the citizens of Augusta and the people of your district.

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corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 08:20 pm
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Rant #1- "I don't understand

Rant #1- "I don't understand where the mothers are."

You don't know where they are at? Go to any fast-food places, who works there? Or Walmart, or Kohl's, or when somebody takes your order for something over the phone at a call center, or any other of the low-paying jobs that many people work in Richmond County.

That's where the mothers are at.

Did you read about the disabled veteran who used to be a sergeant in the Army, and he can't find a job that pays enough to feed his wife and kids, and that he said that most of the jobs in Augusta pay $10-$11 per hour, and that's not enough to support a family?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 08:25 pm
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Rant #3- if families want

Rant #3- if families want what the larger cities have to offer, they are welcome to move there. I-20 runs both ways.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 08:28 pm
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Rant #8- tell me all of the

Rant #8- tell me all of the thousands of fast-food openings for the people that are out of work in Augusta.

There are too few jobs, and too many workers.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 02/17/14 - 09:17 pm
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I agree drug testing for recipients and lawmakers.

After Republican Congressman Trey Radel , of Florida,got busted for buying cocaine with taxpayer dollars and only got a year probation , and still a member of Congress, that is absurd.

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Kos 02/17/14 - 09:47 pm
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Michael Dunn: A New Breed of Thug in Florida.
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Why are White Men like Michael Dunn So Angry?

One night before what would have been Jordan Davis' 19th birthday, a Florida jury has resulted in a mistrial for his killer, Michael Dunn, on the count of first- degree murder. Dunn,however, was found guilty on four charges- including three for attempted murder. That's right- a white man killed an unarmed Black teenager and just got away with it, using Florida's so - called " Stand Your Ground" or " Shoot First" law as a deflective shield for his racially- motivated killing. It's a gripping comparison and a terrifying continuation of the injustice we saw with Trayvon Martin- with both murder taking place I the same state just months apart. While the jury was unable to adequately decide the fate of the man who killed their son, I hope that they will still find some peace.

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nocnoc 02/17/14 - 10:30 pm
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More Rail, less Planes.

I could agree with an Limited Stop Express Hi-Speed (60+ MPH) Rail Service between AUGUSTA, COLUMBIA, CHARLOTTE and ATLANTA.

Of course Bush Field would immediately have major viability uses, expect during Master Weeks.

But watch, as soon as something like is suggested the Airlines, shuttles services, etc. would line up and fight it with Campaign Donation $$$$ and background ads.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/17/14 - 10:36 pm
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Deal, Dealing in Politics

Make NO Mistake anything a politician does is for the votes.

America desperately needs more Statesmen and less politicians.
Leaders who promote the public good over him/herself.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 10:48 pm
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We don't need any more

We don't need any more stinkin' light rails in Charlotte, we already can't finish what we started because it's far too expensive.

They are outrageously expensive, there's no way that they can be built to cover those distances.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 10:53 pm
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Drug testing accomplishes

Drug testing accomplishes nothing except to make the testing labs very, very rich.

It's meaningless.

Not to mention unconstitutional, besides.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/17/14 - 10:57 pm
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Who we elect

FACTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_federal_politicians_convic...

BETWEEN 1992 and 2012
Democrats = 14 convicted
Republicans = 13 convicted
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List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes
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2009– (Barack Obama (D) presidency)
Legislative Branch

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) was arrested on December 23, 2012 and later pleaded guilty to drinking and driving in a Virginia court. The court fined him 250 dollars. He was sentenced to 180 days in prison, but served no time.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) pleaded guilty on February 20, 2013 to one count of wire and mail fraud in connection with his misuse of $750,000 of campaign funds. In August 2013 Jackson was sentenced to two and half years imprisonment.

Rick Renzi (R-AZ) on June 12, 2013 was found guilty of 17 of the 32 counts against him, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators.

Trey Radel (R-FL) was convicted of misdemeanor possession of cocaine in November, 2013. As a first time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign. Later, under pressure from a number of Republican leaders, he announced through a spokesperson that he would do so.

Judicial Branch

Samuel B. Kent (R) The Federal District Judge of Galveston, Texas was sentenced on May 11, 2009, to 33 months in prison for having lied about sexually harassing two female employees. He had been appointed to office by George H. W. Bush in 1990.]

Thomas Porteous (D) The Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana was impeached, convicted and removed from office on December 8, 2010 on charges of bribery and lying to Congress. He had been appointed to office by Bill Clinton in 1994. (2010)

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2001–2009 (George W. Bush (R) presidency)
Executive branch

Lewis Libby (R) Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R). 'Scooter' was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. His sentence was commuted by George W. Bush (R) on July 1, 2007.

Legislative branch

Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal involves the efforts of Abramoff to influence Congressional action concerning U.S. immigration and minimum wage laws. See Executive branch convictions. Congressmen convicted in the Abramoff scandal include:

Bob Ney (R-OH) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements as a result of his receiving trips from Abramoff in exchange for legislative favors. Ney received 30 months in prison.

Duke Cunningham (R-CA) pleaded guilty on November 28, 2005 to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion in what came to be called the Cunningham scandal. Sentenced to over eight years in prison.

William J. Jefferson (D-LA) in August 2005 the FBI seized $90,000 in cash from Jefferson's home freezer. He was re-elected anyway, but lost in 2008. He was convicted of 11 counts of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison on November 13, 2009.[16] Jefferson's Chief of Staff Brett Pfeffer, was sentenced to 84 months for bribery. (2006)

Bill Janklow (R-SD) convicted of second-degree manslaughter for running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist. Resigned from the House and given 100 days in the county jail and three years probation. (2003)

Jim Traficant (D-OH) found guilty on 10 felony counts of financial corruption was sentenced to 8 years in prison and expelled from the US House of Representatives. (2002)

Vito Fossella (R-NY) US Congressman convicted of drunken driving in 2008, appealed the charge, but then pled guilty in 2009.

Larry Craig Senator (R-ID) – Married Senator and vocal critic of Clinton's affair, pled guilty to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room, after having been arrested on a charge of homosexual lewd conduct.(2007)

Frank Ballance (D-NC) admitted to federal charges of money laundering and mail fraud in October 2005 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

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1993–2001 (Clinton (D) presidency)
Executive branch

Wade Sanders (D), Deputy Assistant United States Secretary of the Navy, for Reserve Affairs, was sentenced to 37 months in prison on one charge of possession of child pornography. (2009)

Legislative branch

Mel Reynolds (D-IL) was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. (1997) Was later convicted of 12 counts of bank fraud. (1999)

Walter R. Tucker III (D-CA) was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 1996 for extortion and tax evasion. (1995

Wes Cooley (R-OR), Cooley was convicted of having lied on the 1994 voter information pamphlet about his service in the Army. He was fined and sentenced to two years probation (1997)

Austin Murphy (D-PA) convicted of one count of voter fraud for filling out absentee ballots for members of a nursing home. (1999)

House banking scandal The House of Representatives Bank found that 450 members had overdrawn their checking accounts, but not been penalized. Six were convicted of charges, most only tangentially related to the House Bank itself. Twenty two more of the most prolific over-drafters were singled out by the House Ethics Committee. (1992)

Buz Lukens (R-Ohio) convicted of bribery and conspiracy.

Carl C. Perkins (D-Kentucky) pleaded guilty to a check kiting scheme involving several financial institutions (including the House Bank).

Carroll Hubbard (D-Kentucky) convicted of illegally funneling money to his wife's 1992 campaign to succeed him in congress.

Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge not related to the House Bank.

Walter Fauntroy (D-District of Columbia) convicted of filing false disclosure forms in order to hide unauthorized income.

Congressional Post Office scandal (1991–1995) A conspiracy to embezzle House Post Office money through stamps and postal vouchers to congressmen.

Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL) Rostenkowski was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison, in 1995.
Joe Kolter (D-Pennsylvania) Convicted of one count of conspiracy [37] and sentenced to 6 months in prison.[38]

Jay Kim (R-CA) accepted $250,000 in illegal 1992 campaign contributions and was sentenced to two months house arrest (1992)

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/14 - 10:59 pm
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And that's just the ones that

And that's just the ones that got caught.

KSL
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KSL 02/18/14 - 02:24 am
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Vietnam all over again.

http://victoriajackson.com/10529/us-troops-fed-insane-rules-engagement

The man in the White House is disgusting. His policies don't work. Period. Even some in the liberal media are finding it hard to defend him, and are distancing themselves from him.

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bubbasauce 02/18/14 - 02:30 am
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Corgimom, I actually agreed

Corgimom, I actually agreed and gave you thumbs up on three posts. Great!

KSL
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KSL 02/18/14 - 03:28 am
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bubbasauce.

I am pretty certain which ones.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 02/18/14 - 07:48 am
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to ranter all happy about cvs

to ranter all happy about cvs pulling cigarettes, but thinks he/she may get hit by a drunk looking to buy beer: mmmm, this could also happen to you at bi-lo, krogers, publix, walmart, food lion, and all convenience stores across the csra, wherever they sell beer, which seems to be pretty many places so you'd best stay home.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/18/14 - 08:04 am
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Drug Testing

Drug Testing Unconstitutional?

Hmmm.....next time my number comes up at work I think I'll mention this....while I stand outside the gates with my last paycheck in my hand.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 08:22 am
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Safest cities in Ga-thaks KSM

http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-georgia/

Grovetown & Waynesboro made the list..Johns Creek & Lawrenceville too!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 08:44 am
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ok --need to know

dichotomy...Did Mrs dichotomy have to bribe a power man or not??

hahahah...that was so funny.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/18/14 - 09:14 am
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Yeah John's Creek

I feel better........

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 09:27 am
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Notice this jtf

Martinez & Evans didn't make the list..

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/18/14 - 09:32 am
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Well

They could only choose 50. Does not necessarily mean towns not on the list are dangerous.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/18/14 - 10:00 am
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OOooops

SeenIt — Martinez and Evans are not incorporated cities. They couldn’t make a list of cities if they wanted to.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/18/14 - 10:04 am
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Railroad

For Ranter #3, Augusta whizzes away its tax collections. For example, see the $8 million they’re about to borrow to give to Rickey Ricardo Azziz. For another example, see the tens of millions they’ve given to Augusta Mini-Theater and also to Symphony Orchestra Augusta. For another, how about $12 million given to Paine College, a private college. The list is long.

Augusta will never put any money into a railroad because they fritter away what they have.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/18/14 - 10:09 am
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Safest

Also, I would rather walk through DT Augusta than Decatur, Doraville, or a couple others who made the "list".

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jimmymac 02/18/14 - 10:21 am
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RANT #1
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These birth mothers have decided to push responsibility for their actions onto taxpayers and will until someone puts a stop to it. Where are the baby daddies and why aren't they being held accountable for their actions? Nobody wants to see kids go hungry but we have to stop rewarding irresponsible behavior.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 10:21 am
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countyman

Have yall noticed he has been missing lately? He lives in town in a condo so I doubt he had a tree fall on his place..wondering wondering....

to tell the truth1
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to tell the truth1 02/18/14 - 10:34 am
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Rail system

Railroad, thanks for the comment, Corgimom, living in CHARLOTTE, is that why you high tailed out of here? Glad to see you are keeping updated on Augusta through our online paper forum. You don't have to move somewhere else just to want better where you live.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/18/14 - 10:35 am
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Unconstitutional? Yet EVERY
Unpublished

Unconstitutional? Yet EVERY federal contractor is required to do it. Interesting.

john
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john 02/18/14 - 10:55 am
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CVS

I dont think anyone is getting hammered at CVS then driving. Its a store, not a bar.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 02/18/14 - 11:02 am
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Gov't Assistance

I believe anyone receiving ANY form of government assistance should be drug tested.

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