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I AGREE FORT GORDON needs to cut down on speeding and write more tickets, but I am tired of seeing all the young troops speeding by on their cellphones, which is also against the law on fort.

RAVES FOR THE CITY of North Augusta for putting up more speed limit signs on West Woodlawn Avenue. Now if the city will only send someone out to teach these educated drivers how to read.

RAVES TO BARBARA ORR, of Harlem, a very kind and caring person. She attends the Methodist church in Harlem and looks out for other people.

WILL YOU PLEASE change the Rants & Raves section to the Fox News talking points section?

A HUGE RAVE FOR BETTY at Radio Shack in North Augusta. She went above and beyond the call of duty to give excellent customer service to my mother.

THE CIA DID A REPORT on harsh interrogation techniques. The report cost $40 million. Can any report honestly cost $40 million?

A RAVE FOR THE Affordable Care Act! It hit its target of signing up more than 7 million people. The critics were wrong. Obamacare is providing health care for millions of Americans who otherwise would not be covered.

WHY DEVOTE THE front page of the paper to that egomaniac Tiger Woods? That belongs on the sports page, not the front page.

WHAT A WONDERFUL Masters Tournament this week! The participants were stellar, and do you know why? It’s because the Masters did not consider Tiger Woods the star of the tournament. We watched outstanding golfers who displayed their splendid skills, professionalism, without profanity and histrionics such as throwing clubs and spouting profanity.

WHEN WILL DANIEL Martin run for the Augusta Commission? He is the only one with enough guts to stand up to the Democrats on the commission.

WITH ALL THE THINGS that Augusta tried to improve just before the Masters each year, why can’t you try to improve the Fifth Street bridge coming off of Broad Street where there’s a hump big enough for a Evel Knievel jump and potholes running through it? Why don’t you fix the Fifth Street bridge for next year? Start now.

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corgimom
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corgimom 04/15/14 - 09:18 pm
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Ranter #11- It isn't fixed

Ranter #11- It isn't fixed because Augustans would rather have a white elephant of a Convention Center, that is barely used, than to fix the roads.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/14 - 09:31 pm
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A laugh for number 7! Put

A laugh for number 7! Put down the cup and quit drinking the kook aid. The web site could not generate any numbers for months before March. Best estimates were that Obama care was way behind on enrollment. Then MAGICALLY numbers are generated and they meet a goal they denied was a goal after they stated it was a goal. If you believe this nonsense I have some magic beans I'll sell you that will grow a bean stock do you can get a giants gold.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 04/15/14 - 09:36 pm
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Yes the Masters was great

Yes the Masters was great again except for one thing. Did anyone other than me notice all the sirens in the background every time you cut the TV on? First thing Sunday morning during the Drive, Chip and Putt contest when the event started coverage there were sirens blairing for ten minutes. Come on Richmond Co. Sheriff's Dept. give it a rest next year.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/15/14 - 09:40 pm
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Contradictory

I love it how the R&R editor uses the column to point out the contradictions of the submitters. Look at rant #4 and rant #7. They contradict.

They show the very fairness of the R&R editor.

It reminds me of the rants we used to see here where the ranter says, “I send in rant after rant, and the Chronicle never publishes them.”

Of course, the very publishing of that rant makes it false!

:-)

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/16/14 - 04:53 am
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Bobby Jones and Speed bumps

What could be the reason that the construction company working on Bobby Jones has a long stretch of horizontal concrete sections in the right lane, both for going east and west. One tries to oblige and remain in the right lane to give the ones in a hurry all the room they need, yet then gets punished with 'speed strips' - wide ones at that. There has to be a plausible reason but I can't imagine what it could be. It makes for a very bumpy and annoying ride.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/16/14 - 04:56 am
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Fort Gordon and cellphones

Once those "youngsters" get caught with their cell phones glued to their ears I believe they'll catch on what the law inside Ft. Gordon means.
But, its nice to have it mentioned here, maybe it will give the authorities a "heads up" to be more observant?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/16/14 - 04:58 am
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Obama Care

and all those millions that are now insured. And how many are there that are no UNinsured, having lost their insurance due to the new law? Not much mentioned about that here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/14 - 05:30 am
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Are We Talking About the Same Fort?

Fort Gordon has to have the slowest traffic in Georgia in addition to law enforcement always looking for those using cell phones. Having to go through the gate checkpoints decreases DUI to a level not possible in the civilian community. Law enforcement on the fort is so strict it's hard to believe some think it's slack.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/14 - 05:29 am
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The Day After TAX DAY

I came across this humorist explanation of Taxes and how the Federal Tax Code works.

If you don’t understand the Federal tax code, and you are not alone,
maybe this will help explain it:

Picture 5,000 people go to a baseball game, but the game was rained out.

A refund was then due.

The team was about to mail refunds when the Congress stopped them and suggested that they send out refund amounts based on the Tax codes interpretation of fairness.

After all, if the refunds were made based on the price each person paid for the tickets, most of the money would go to the ticket holders of the most expensive tickets.

That would be unfair and unconscionable under our Federal Tax Code.

People in the $10 seats will get back $15, because they have less money to spend. Call it an “Earned Income Ticket Credit.” Persons “earn” it by demonstrating little ambition, few skills and poor work habits, thus keeping them at entry-level wages.

People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because that’s only fair.

People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a lot of money and don’t need a refund. After all, if they can afford a $50 ticket, then they must not be paying enough taxes.

People in the $75 luxury seats will have to PAY another $50, because they have way too much to spend.

The people driving (or walking) by the stadium who couldn’t afford to watch the game will get $10 each, even though they didn’t pay anything in, because they need the most help (sometimes known as Affirmative Action!).

Now do you understand?
If not, then contact your Representative for assistance.
Who knows maybe one day they get back to the reason it was started.
To collect taxes from EVERYONE.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/14 - 05:45 am
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My recommendation to Congress

This year the Average American will work 111 days to pay their tax for 2014

Tax Freedom Day
http://taxfoundation.org/article/tax-freedom-day-2014-april-21-three-day...

Overlay this map with which party has been historically in charge and you might get an idea where the problem lays.

So lets start moving the day Taxes must be filed, to the day a person has earned enough to pay them and feed their family.

Kind of like renewing car tags except not on your birthday, but on the day you earned enough to feed your day and pay them.

This way we can file for refunds early and pay taxes later in the year each year as they increase. ☺

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/14 - 06:10 am
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Regarding Fort Gordon

My Brother and I were born there, father was CSM of HQ Signal School.
Uncles that built the Old Hospital during WWII., I lived on Story Dr.

So with this said, I have a Valid Suggestion.

Isn't time Ft. Gordon and the Federal Government return 10's of 1000's of acres to the State and Counties that is does not use?

Return the 45+ Pinetucky area cemeteries with graves dating back to 1827 the families?

It is no longer a Armor, Artillery Base or Infantry Base like it was when it was Camp Gordon in 1916-17.

Returning 1000's of unused acres would increase the property Tax roles, Reduce Federal spending and make it easier to Secure and patrol etc....
A $$$$ win / win for all concerned.

To be fair to every one.
Limit total purchase to any person / family to 5 ac., hold a manual hand drawn Fish Bowl Drawing, NO LLC's or Companies or Corporations.

☺Maybe we could sell it using the Idea of Obama-Land☺

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/16/14 - 06:11 am
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Ironic

The only people talking about Tiger are the ones that don't like the attention he gets.uhf

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/14 - 06:36 am
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Noc, About the Fort

Noc, about the fort, that’s something to think about. But all that land gives the fort an advantage with future BRAC’s and so on. There are lots of potential uses. Maybe an infantry division could be moved here. That old air field has always been subject to speculation. The wide expanses of land make it possible to use for drop zones as they do now with the troops from Ft. Bragg. I would be hesitant to give up the land.

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jwilliams 04/16/14 - 06:43 am
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Since all of the ARC

Since all of the ARC commission seats are non partisan, do you have the guts to indentify the Democrats on the commission by name that you speak of? While you’re at it also indentify the Republicans on the commission by name as well.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/14 - 06:53 am
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Girl On The Green

It appears that was an interesting little episode with the pretty woman running across the green. I bet she wasn't arrested like the guy who took the sand out of the trap. I don't blame the guy who took all the photos of her. She's a beauty with a barefoot wild side.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/16/14 - 06:57 am
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Surplus

Speaking of surplus land, how about several square miles of land that the State of Georgia owns at Gracewood? The regional hospital has downsized. They have a lot of raw acreage that could be sold to the highest bidder. Then they could consider selling some of the buildings. Or perhaps it would be better for the state to demolish unused buildings and subdivide and sell the plats.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/14 - 07:00 am
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RM - I agree with you on some points.

But my personal philosophy has been,
Use it of Lose it. Or, do something or get off the pot.

We are in a draw down military until the next "conflict" and built up.
Which should happen in <11 years based on USA history.

To get the boots needed to justify keep the extra unused acreage would mean raping boots from another Base in the USA.

What congressman is going to allow that?
Recently as 7 years ago, Congress even refused to allow the DOD to close sites and bases with as little as 100 people.

Since the USA is now fighting wars with expensive hi-tech weapons and Drones. Boots on the ground are not the primary invasion force like in the past. I just do not see the needed Boots in the future nor the space to house them.

Ft. Gordon is now a Signal Base, Federal Spy base and MP training base.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/16/14 - 08:02 am
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OBAMACARE

Affordable? No it isn't. 7 million signed up? No to that too. Did you not see that over half of that are INMATES?????

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/16/14 - 08:25 am
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MIni Fox News --heh

That explains it....why so many want to read this place..

Downtown breakins in Atlanta have taken a new low, outside the Capitol, broad daylight, police galore but they managed to take car & all expensive equip inside....but yet they say crime is DOWN.....nahhh, we are fooling ourselves...they are winning the war, we can't get a handle on it..sometimes I think we don't even try.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/16/14 - 08:31 am
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Ramming down the ole throat..

I think AC has gone overboard on the Mayor selection...jmo but it didn't work with the Sheriff race...did it!!!

jimmymac
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jimmymac 04/16/14 - 08:33 am
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OBAMACARE
Unpublished

The numbers are in and guess what. 7 million signed up. If you take 9into consideration that many of them are Medicaid people who qualified for free healthcare already and prison inmates who aren't paying anything either. The burden of their healthcare is going to be paid for by everybody else. I wonder what the number of subscribers are that are paying full premiums that aren't subsidized? Oh and don't forget the millions that lost their coverage due to the implementation of the ACA.

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dichotomy 04/16/14 - 08:46 am
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The Democrats try to make it

The Democrats try to make it sound like 7 million people voluntarily went to the website and paid for Obamacare. The vast majority of whatever number they finally come up with signed up for FREE and HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED health care that YOU AND I TAXPAYERS will have to pay for. In the process we have taken away your right to see the doctors you want, go to the hospital you want, made you pay more for it, and destroyed the highest quality, most advanced health care system in the world.

Nobody signed up for "Obamacare". They signed up for MORE FREE STUFF. If you put a pile of horse crap in the middle of the street and hung a sign that said FREE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED HORSE CRAP, 3/4 of the Democrats would sign up for it and the other 1/4 would try to steal it.

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sgmret 04/16/14 - 08:55 am
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MP School

Nconco The MP School is located at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

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harley_52 04/16/14 - 09:18 am
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"....3/4 of the Democrats would sign up for it....

....and the other 1/4 would try to steal it."

Haw, haw, haw......

Very well put and I agree.

I disagree, however, with your statement that "Nobody signed up for "Obamacare". Some people were coerced into signing up for it either by the lies told by the Administration, or by the cancellation of their existing policies (the ones they liked, could afford, but were deemed "crappy" by the elitists who invented Obamacare). These people signed up against their will, but believed they needed to buy some kind of health insurance just to avoid some catastrophic costs they knew would bankrupt them. Also, there were many who signed up not really understanding what they were signing up for. Some, faced with no good options, decided to cut their working hours and/or their incomes low enough that they would qualify for one kind of "subsidy" or another.

I've only heard (actually read) one person who likes Obamacare. That person happens to post on these boards. Everybody else I've heard (or read) discuss it hate it.

The democrats own it. ALL Republicans have been against it since its inception, although only a few have had the principles and the fortitude to try to actually stop, or delay it. In the end, it will die a slow and painful death, but only after citizens have suffered and died because of a callused, disgusting democrat attempt to enslave more and more of the population to a political agenda more important to them than the lives of the citizens who have supported them.

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t3bledsoe 04/16/14 - 09:23 am
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Rave about Obamacare

"A RAVE FOR THE Affordable Care Act! It hit its target of signing up more than 7 million people. The critics were wrong. Obamacare is providing health care for millions of Americans who otherwise would not be covered"

I used to be all for Obamacare, BUT the figure for the uninsured was 47 million. Where are the other 39 million??!!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/16/14 - 09:42 am
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"Can any report honestly cost

"Can any report honestly cost $40 million?"

Yep! Ken Starr's White Water report.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/16/14 - 10:17 am
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nocnoc

Excellent description of the tax code. The only thing left out was how it's used to empower the decision makers.

Obamacare is a disgrace! I have an excellent health insurance plan, which I pay dearly for. I've been informed that I'll have to settle for a lessor plan or pay A penalty - because my plan is too good!

Going forward, how do you suppose "too good" will be defined? Well let me make A prediction - "too good" will be defined as anything better than the crap offered by our gov't (unless you work for a union or the gov't)!

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rebellious 04/16/14 - 09:59 am
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Truly Worried

I agree those horizontal strips are a pain in the axle. They are a result of a lane shift during construction. You see, those strips were originally the warning strips on the shoulder of the highway. Due to construction, the shoulder of the road was used as a temporary lane. It appears they tried to grind the strips down a little, but certainly not enough for a smooth ride. I break the law and ride in the left lane to avoid them.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/16/14 - 10:34 am
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@t3 "Where are the other 39

@t3
"Where are the other 39 million?"

The same place the other 7.5 million will be if Republicans take over.
Republicans "will repeal every single word of Obamacare." --- Sen. Ted Cruz.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/16/14 - 11:26 am
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Truth Matters @ 11:34

"The same place the other 7.5 million will be if Republicans take over.
Republicans "will repeal every single word of Obamacare." --- Sen. Ted Cruz"

I agree with this statement, BUT why haven't the majority of the 47 million signed up for it?? Even if they qualify for Medicaide, they should still sign up. If I am not mistaken, a person can find out what premium they would pay AND THEN take it or not.

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