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SOUTH AUGUSTA IS last again. All of the debris from the ice storm is still sitting in front of houses on Circular Drive and many other streets. West Augusta and areas across the river have had their areas cleaned up two or three times. Who is supposed to be monitoring this?

THANK YOU FOR saying something about Bob Young’s hair. He needs to cut it. He looks unkempt.

OUR NATION IS BROKE – no money for our military, MOX, preserving historic sites, etc. Leave it to our Congress to pass a $1 billion aid package for Ukraine.

RAVE TO KAREN GORDON for stepping forward and creating the ParTEE on the Green downtown after the Greater Au­gus­ta Arts Council pulled the plug on the Par-3 After Party. It does not appear Gordon is having trouble finding volunteers to make this a success. Now the arts council wants millions from the next special purpose local option sales tax. Considering the track record with events such as First Friday and the Par-3 party, they should not get one dime from the tax.

A RAVE FOR ALL the Doctors Hospital ER staffers on March 30. The staff, especially Dr. Oester, was fabulous and thorough with treating my mother. Quality, timely service.

YOU CAN BET THAT you have more rants than raves on this column. That should tell you something right there.

RICHMOND COUNTY HAS gone to the dogs. No wonder everybody is moving to Columbia County. And even Columbia County is too close to Richmond County.

RANT TO THE GUY WHO said something about Bob Young’s hair. Leave him alone. At least he can grow some.

HARLEM DOESN’T appreciate their volunteers. You pay your pastors, but you need to take care of your volunteers, too. If you don’t pay them, you should at least have fresh coffee and doughnuts. If you don’t take care of your volunteers, you will have to get paid workers.

BEWARE, TAXPAYERS! When land acquisition personnel come to acquire your land for their projects, record all conversations or you might end up being sued with your own tax money. Be informed; your land will be theirs for a few hundred dollars.

HAVE PRISONERS TEAR down those houses. Why should we have to pay for it? And they should clean the cemeteries, too.

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happychimer 04/04/14 - 07:27 pm
Leave Bob Young's hair alone.

Leave Bob Young's hair alone. He can wear his hair any way he wants, and it is none of your business. Same as my husband. He wears his hair short in the warm and hot months, and lets it grow the rest of the year.Mind your own business. You have too much time on your hands.

SimpleGirl 04/04/14 - 10:11 pm
Well said happychimer!

I'm with you 100%! These people obviously having nothing to do except criticize others. What a sad life! A man having long hair has nothing to do with the type of person he is. If Jesus did indeed have long hair, I guess they would judge him too if he walked down their street. People who judge should take a good long look in the mirror.

corgimom 04/04/14 - 10:17 pm
Sorry, Federal laws say two

Sorry, Federal laws say two things-

One, that prisoners are not allowed to be mistreated, including doing dangerous work that will kill them, that's not part of their prison sentence. That's cruel and unusual punishment, because short of a death sentence, serving a prison sentence doesn't mean that you will die later on. You know, like they used to use prisoners for drug testing and infecting them with diseases. Do any of you agree with that, because what you're suggesting is basically the same thing?

and Two, workers working on buildings with lead paint and asbestos MUST be certified, and MUST have proper protective clothing.

And many of you may not like that, but those are Federal laws.

I don't think that anybody deserves to die of lead poisoning or mesothelioma or get COPD because they got sentenced to jail for a minor offense.

And I know none of you do, either.

Exploiting prisoners "to save money" is just plain evil, and we don't do that anymore.

I am the first to think that convicts are sorry people, but to break the law by using prison labor to do that means that the government isn't any better than the convicts, who broke the law.

Pretty hypocritical, don't you think?

Not to mention, setting up RC for multiple lawsuits, of which they would lose every one?

corgimom 04/04/14 - 10:25 pm
What people's grandfathers

What people's grandfathers did back in "the good old days" means nothing today.

Those chain gangs were horrible, and needed to be abolished.

And it has nothing to do with being "liberal" or "conservative", it has to do with not condoning exploitation, starvation, and torture of human beings. You know, as in being a Christian? Being a decent human being?

Georgia's chain gangs were legendary, and I don't mean that in a good way. It is a shameful part of Georgia history, and no, they should never come back.

How anybody could think that they should, knowing the terrible abuses that went on there, knowing that people were treated worse than animals, is unfathomable to me.

We condemned the Japanese and the Germans for their terrible treatment of POW's during WWII, it wasn't any worse than what went on in chain gangs in America.

corgimom 04/04/14 - 10:51 pm
"The hype over normal

"The hype over normal suburban growth is really doing nothing for the entire CSRA"

CC isn't experiencing "normal suburban growth" by any measure. It's exploding.

But would that be like the "prestige" of a discount clothing store?

CC's growth has had, and is having, a major impact on RC. It has deeply affected the schools and the tax base of RC. And it's about to decimate University Hospital and MCG when the new hospital gets built in CC.

If I lived in NA or Augusta, I'd drive out to a CC hospital just to avoid the crime around University and MCG. 20, 30, 40 extra miles- I wouldn't care, it would be worth it to me.

And it'll be worth it to many other people, too.

I was just at University two weeks ago. While trying to enter the parking deck, we witnessed a woman who had stopped her car in the traffic lane and was having a loud altercation with a man who was already in the parking deck.

We were scared to death, we had no idea if a shooting was next. We had to drive in the exit lane to get around them and we parked far, far away from them and used another exit to walk out, we weren't going anywhere near them.

And that was after my husband narrowly avoided hitting a man on Walton Way who crossed against the red light, singing loudly to the voices in his head.

My husband said, "Is this normal?" and I said, "Yes, I've seen stuff like this before."

harley_52 04/04/14 - 11:26 pm
"You may not like it but that's the fact."

Oh, what a world we live in.

Now, according to butterman, estimates have become "facts."

I like the old days better, when facts were facts and estimates were estimates.

Next thing you know, somebody will declare ideas are "facts," then notions are "facts," who knows where it will end?

If estimates are facts, isn't that the same thing as declaring opinions are facts too?

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