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IT APPEARS THAT some readers of The Augusta Chronicle do not understand what a political cartoonist does. Yes, he or she does attack all “humanity.” That includes local, state, federal agencies, which means liberal, conservative, Libertarian groups. A wise reader would realize that there is something to learn from Rick’s cartoons. It just might take some time sort it out.

WRIGHTSBORO ROAD Plaza had a big problem with people throwing trash, tires, etc., on the side of the plaza and in back. This is an eyesore from the parking area.

THE CITY FATHERS of North Augusta should require users of the North Augusta Greeneway to patronize the Four Season’s Food & Fuel, on the Greeneway.

MISS SYLVIA COOPER, we don’t have any prayer of hope just because commissioners or candidates are preachers. Don’t you know that by now? Or were you being facetious?

A BIG RAVE TO the companies coming in to get and dump off the trees and limbs and branches. I hope they will make a second pass for streets they partly missed.

AUGUSTA MAYOR Deke Copenhaver, I can’t believe you cannot find someone to honor at your reception. It does not have to be a Masters champion, does it? What about honoring our own Patrick Reed for his growing success out there on the tour? He’ll be in the Masters field, right?

OBAMA INCREASED the welfare rolls while cutting defense and the economy is in the tank. Reagan decreased welfare spending while rebuilding our military and the economy took off. Which one do we need now?

THE REPUBLICANS ARE the most ill-suited to talk about how to conduct wars. Just look at how Cowboy Bush pushed the talk about weapons of mass destruction and pushed the U.S. practically solo at the forefront of a war that killed thousands and mutilated tens of thousands of our troops, who then came home to red tape and lack of help with severe injuries. Let Obama draw other nations to work with us on the most peaceful way possible.

IF THE WAR HAWKS are that desperate to run out to Russia and Iran, let them take their hawkers and the most violent of our prisoners and run out there to do their thing. I’m glad we have a better peace planner in Obama who other nations listen to and then join forces with us for.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/17/14 - 05:48 pm
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War Hawks

"Better peace planner in Obama" - you must be on another planet!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/17/14 - 06:50 pm
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War Hawks

Need to add to my comment that Obama made our country weaker than it has ever been - as far back as I can recall. Don't praise him too much, he may give something else away.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/17/14 - 07:14 pm
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Do we need a siren system

Do we need a siren system that includes a manual over-ride for when the power goes out and back-up generators fail?
Just as I feared could happen, during this ice storm, we had no network phone coverage (no, I don't mean our phones had died), even though our household uses more than one cell phone network and we ALSO had NO land line for over two days even using the type of phones that have a cord. Yes, a phone line was down in our area. It tends to happen with above the ground lines during ice storms. If you hadn't noticed. Let me spell out my main concern: if there had been another emergency alert, (which is definitely not out of the realm of possibility: gas explosions, fast-moving fires, extreme weather events such as tornadoes) reverse-phone calling would have been totally USELESS. We need a manual over-ride emergency warning siren system for Augusta/Richmond County to supplement the present systems and reach people that cannot always be reached by phones.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/17/14 - 07:27 pm
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Still pushing that lie, huh?

"Cowboy Bush pushed the talk about weapons of mass destruction and pushed the U.S. practically solo"

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/17/14 - 07:30 pm
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Other nations have no respect for him

"Let Obama draw other nations to work with us on the most peaceful way possible."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/14 - 07:33 pm
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1$ For 1 and 2$ For 2

I can imagine the two lines at the Four Season’s on the Greeneway with people fidgeting around and stomping their feet as they wait for their turn. The gas station should have a sign. 1$ for number 1 and 2$ for number 2.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/17/14 - 08:32 pm
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Siren

AutumnLeaves asked:

Do we need a siren system that includes a manual over-ride for when the power goes out and back-up generators fail?

No.

Sirens need to signal only one thing. For example if a city has sirens that signal only a nuclear attack from the Soviets, that would be okay, because people would know to run to their bomb shelter if they hear the sirens.

If the sirens signal only loss of power, then the citizens would know to go and light a candle.

If the sirens signal only flooding, then the citizens would know to head for higher ground.

If the sirens signal a sexual predator on the loose, then citizens would know to go and lock the doors.

But if the sirens signal multiple emergencies, then citizens would not know how to respond properly to the sirens.

It's pretty simple, actually. Augusta does not need a system of sirens. And you know they would add a siren emergency fee to your property tax bill.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/17/14 - 08:34 pm
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"Let Obama draw other nations

"Let Obama draw other nations to work with us on the most peaceful way possible."

Obama ain't drawing nothing but flies....which is what most piles of......oh never mind.

Bush was right...there was WMD......Hussein used it on the Kurds.....Hussein was in violation of 16 UN resolutions......the UN authorized the war......and we DID have allies involved in the war.

Obama has given most of the Middle East and North Africa to radical Muslims and is in the process of allowing Russia to occupy and annex a sovereign nation in violation of international treaties. Russia invades a country, Obama puts sanctions on 20 people. What a dork.

Bush +2 - Obama -4 and counting

I don't agree with Barack "Neville Chamberlain" Obama's capitulation "look the other way, do nothing, and everything will be okay" kind of peace. I'd rather have cowboy Bush than Mary Poppins Obama. Obama OUGHT to be really hungry 'cause Putin has been eating his lunch regularly since Obama got "more flexible".

And Hillary "what difference does it make now" Clinton and ole "I threw somebody's medals over the wall" Kerry are both foreign policy zeros and need to disappear from the political scene.

KSL
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KSL 03/18/14 - 06:52 am
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A sren system does not

A siren system does not explain the nature of the alert. I will never forget the fright I experienced when we were on a trip to Gatlinburg during the middle of the night during the cold war and during the Pueblo incident. No explanation whatsoever. Frightening. No excuse nowadays. The last thing you want is an uninformed public gone nuts over sirens.

Never found out why the sirens went off. No reason for it.

rebellious
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rebellious 03/17/14 - 10:16 pm
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Random thoughts (as if anyone cares)

I agree about the Mayors reception: Methinks Deke is tired, and would have taken any reason for stopping the work with no return. So when the invitation to Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazon and Byron Nelson were unanswered, he gave up.

And in a strange twist, I agree somewhat with Autumn Leaves observation. I recently drove to New Jersey to visit a family friend and pick up my wife. The day before, I let my cell phone get wet. So, traveling with a bag of rice, I was basically without phone contact and GPS navigation through DC and Baltimore. In addition, I needed to call someone within a military base to come get me when I arrived. Most disconnected i had felt in 30 years. Cause there are no "Payphones" left. I had no map, and guess what, there were none to buy.

Fortunately, the stars aligned and the cellphone gods shined on my battery at just the last moment, 15 minutes from the base gate.

But had the world been coming to an end during that time..... had an EMP been set off and 9/11 act II been going down..... well you get the picture.

So AutumnLeaves, i agree. Maybe not a siren, or bells or whatever. But we have grown very dependent on a single source of communication in this country. Of course, our Commander in Chief is more focused on Universal Healthcare and has taken his eye off that ball. But what does he care, he will be on Airforce One with a fighter jet escort. Let us eat cake, I suppose.

One more reason to study how to be self sufficient, if only for a week or two.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/17/14 - 10:31 pm
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You all are whistling into

You all are whistling into the wind. No offense intended to AL, but he/she has pushed this idea for several years, extending back to the old forums. The pro/cons were presented then, and the same arguments are being made today.

Darby
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Darby 03/17/14 - 11:01 pm
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"Let Obama draw other nations

to work with us on the most peaceful way possible."

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Yeah, that's working out for us about as well as that infamous "Hope and change thingy."

Heaven save us from The Great and Powerful OzBama's foreign policy "expertise".

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 03/17/14 - 11:14 pm
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I still remember sirens being

I still remember sirens being used in my PA town for tornado warnings, a continuous blast. Can't remember what was used for nuclear war.

Do remember atom bomb drills as a child, kneeling down, tucking our heads in our laps with our arms crossed over our heads. Just to make us feel safe, wouldn't have made a difference in the long run.

Learned more about surviving a nuclear blast in the service than I did as a child, or at least surviving the blast. Not much you can do about radiation.

KSL
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KSL 03/18/14 - 12:07 am
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Keep your cell phone charged.

Keep your cell phone charged. Have a land line. Have backup batteries, car chargers.They make solar chargers for micro usb and they are pretty inexpensive. It behooves us to be at least somewhat self sufficient, rather than demand help from a government that has put us into a position of needing their help.

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iaaffg 03/18/14 - 03:47 am
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the paper reports that u.s.
Unpublished

the paper reports that u.s. officials are telling putin the crimean vote was illegal. isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black? the current prez talks as if he has the u.s.a. of 1950 behind him, not the current deconstructed, flailing, weak thing it has become. somebody needs to tell the clueless prez: if you're going to go to a gun fight, better have something to back you up other than a bunch of hollow, hypocritical words. in fact, just stay home; this thing is way over your head.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/18/14 - 05:18 am
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Think they check voter ID's in Crimea?

I bet they check voter ID's in Crimea...and every other place in the world.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/18/14 - 05:43 am
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Odysseus And The Island of the Lovely Sirens

I'm just funning with the lovely Autumn Leaves a little, but as IAD said, she has been on this siren's thing forever. In the old forums we were going to take up a collection to get her an emergency public alert weather radio.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/18/14 - 06:44 am
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Barry

Good ole Barry Paschal patiently coached Autumn Leaves about the irrationality of covering Richmond County with sirens, because the people would not know what the signal meant, and would not know how to respond.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/18/14 - 07:09 am
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We need to get it thru our thick heads

AGE has little to do with it, it is the mentality.

We all remember the recent Cherry Tree incident where a 15-16 ran from police and was taken down roughly.

Well here is a example of what a LEO can run into, that some mother will call her baby. 14-year-old Cobb County child has been charged with two counts of homicide for killing two men during a drug deal.

Surely, some where some mother is already claiming her poor, sweet, innocent 14 year old baby could not have done this.

BTW:
The police arrested him for the murder of 2 adults and found a weapon, $$$$ and 7 lids (oz's) and a dime bag (1/2 oz) of weed on him.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/two-men-found-shot-death-cobb...

This why I initially give the LEO the benefit of the doubt, until I see additional facts or they clearly exceed the law or violate a persons rights.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/18/14 - 07:42 am
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Sirens

A weather Alert Radio with AM/FM capabilities and extra batteries is your best investment. Sirens to cover Richmond or Columbia Counties properly would cost Several Hundred MILLION Dollars per county, not to mention the maintenance costs....

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/18/14 - 08:04 am
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How about the attack scares

Imagine Watching TV 12 Count Just-insane (Ed Melon before he was arrested) back in 1971-2 (?) and being a child raised thru the Cuban missile crisis with duck an hide taught in class, and neighbors with useless bomb shelters. (but great makeout spots in later years)

Then just around mid-night locally, some NORAD person, during a training exercise, sent out the wrong message. Placing many
TV / Radio Stations in the USA on Emergency Standby.

A large teleprompter warning message come across the screen
and the TV went blank.

The teletype message that went over the wires:
...THIS IS AN EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT. NORMAL BROADCASTING WILL CEASE IMMEDIATELY...

TV12 then stayed off the air for about the longest 1 hour in my life.

BTW:
For you Pepsi Generation X kids out there, here is what we lived under everyday between 1960 and into and beyond the USSR breakup.
Listen to what was expected of us in the event:
http://radiotapes.com/WCCO/WCCO-AM_Civil_Defense_1961.mp3

Radiotapes.com is a good location for historical audio and video also.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/18/14 - 08:17 am
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Use of Emergency Sirens is a limited solution now a days

We hear too many sirens everyday to really pay attention anymore.

Example:
April 1998
Gwinnett and other Metro counties who had installed lots of Emergency Sirens, but by many estimates, less than 40% of the population heard them when that Tornado spread across North Atlanta & Gwinnett.

In fact we almost slept through it, as it swept thru a subdivision 1/2 mile up Pleasant Hill rd from our house on Tina Ct.

The girls came banging on the bedroom door, screaming the sky had turned green.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/18/14 - 09:35 am
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Crimea
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Russia taking Crimea is just some of the flexibility that Obama promised he have after the election. One commie to another.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 03/18/14 - 10:49 am
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MOST TROLL are herein! NO TEXT
Unpublished

No Text!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/18/14 - 02:54 pm
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Do you even read my posts

Do you even read my posts KSL? The cell phones were charged just fine! We have a landline. The NETWORK COVERAGE for each type of cell phone was down in our area AND the land line was down and we tested that with our corded phones, we could still use the landlines on the older phones UNTIL that land line went down too and that put our neighborhood without ANY LAND-LINE PHONE COVERAGE AT ALL. This is the third time I've explained this at least. We DID plan for this emergency. We have three different types of phones but there are people that do not have that many, some none. We DO need emergency sirens to notify the public not all as well-heeled as our readers, to seek out information regarding the particular emergency. I have a battery operated NOAA weather radio that alerts for some types of emergencies, but not all. That system was reported to have failed in another area in recent months, so it is not infallible either. Your being rattled by an emergency alert is a small price to pay to keep from you or some of your loved ones being dead. Of necessity we are not all tied to our phones and internet at all times. I really don't understand why this area is so dead set against this. It would not be as near as expensive as the current system, it would not replace it, it would augment it and be a back up plan in case the reverse-system failed. Why don't you ask the people whose lives have been saved by emergency sirens what they think of them now?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/18/14 - 03:00 pm
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I am not demanding the

I am not demanding the government give me anything, I work and pay taxes for those taxes to be put to common sense good use. Sirens never did tell us what the emergency was, except for the coded ones, but they did tell us to check whatever sources we could get to that were still available, to find out what the emergency was.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/18/14 - 03:02 pm
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Emergency! Emergency! Everyone to get from streets!

Autumn Leaves posted:

We DO need emergency sirens to notify the public not all as well-heeled as our readers, to seek out information regarding the particular emergency.

The ice storm was forecast by weathercasters for two or three days before it began. The storm behaved as the weathercasters forecast, almost to the hour. The ice storm can in no way be classified as an emergency. It turned out to cause a disaster because of the amount of debris generated, but it was not an emergency.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/18/14 - 03:08 pm
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Little Lamb, yes, I KNOW

Little Lamb, yes, I KNOW that, we PREPARED for it and that was followed by an earthquake, fires, and infrastructure damage that could have led to gas leaks, a dam break, any variety of other emergencies. The extreme weather could have generated other weather anomalies. I didn't say we needed the sirens for the ice storm anywhere in any of my posts, and it is disingenuous of you to infer it. I know full well what an emergency is. We need emergency warning sirens. Period.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/18/14 - 03:22 pm
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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/18/14 - 03:25 pm
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Your first post

Autumn Leaves posted at 8:14 p.m.:

Do we need a siren system that includes a manual over-ride for when the power goes out and back-up generators fail?

Well, sounding the sirens everytime someone's power goes out would be a chore. And what's this about back-up generators failing? How in the world would the siren operators be able to keep up with all the back-up generators across Richmond County?

And how would the people know how to respond to the siren? The siren makes the same sound for a flood as for a power outage.

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