The third annual Augusta Pride parade and festival was held in downtown Augusta last weekend. A member of Augusta Pride’s board of directors, ALAN BRADEN (@PROFUPSIDASIUM), tweeted:
“Fantastic weekend for Augusta Pride est attendence of @10,500, up 3K from last year, more than triple than year one. Thank you everyone!”
Two candidates running to represent District 1 on the Augusta Commission said they attended:
LORI DAVIS: “I attended the parade yesterday and saw a well-behaved segment of our society that wanted recognition that they ARE a part of our society..Nothing more..nothing less.”
DENICE TRAINA (@TRAINAFORAUGUSTA): “Visited Augusta Market & Pride events yesterday. Great day to be out. Sunshine & music. Many celebrating & honoring Augusta’s diversity.”
Is there a concerted effort to “steal elections under the nose of a largely unobservant electoral system”? The June 24 editorial “Fighting for voter fraud?” – which cited incidents of voter fraud – wondered if that’s the case, and why the Obama administration seems to be in favor of it.
COPPERHEAD: “Why would any sane person want only citizens to vote in our elections? That is THE most absurd thing ever! We must let anyone that can sneak into the U.S. have a voice in their government! And we can’t omit dogs (even dead ones)! Wonder if i can get my cats (all republicans) registered to vote?”
NOFANOFOBAMA: “why is it that at the local convenience store where i buy my adult beverages everyone is ID...NO ONE ever seems put out about that... no cries of racism or discrimination...yet we sue states for same request at the voting booth”
TPARTY: “Every American citizen 18 or over has a constitutional right to vote. Impediments put up to prevent people from voting are unconstitutional.”
SOUTHERN LESLIE: “If you can register to vote, you can get an ID. Any attempt to try to say that it is an impediment, is simply rationalizing voter fraud, and knowingly or unknowingly supporting voting by dead people.”
Venue size, median income and ticket sales, among other factors, determine whether big-name entertainment stops in Augusta, according to a June 23 news article, “Augusta on ‘C-list’ in terms of entertainment.”
CL: “I can say that as a person who has literally seen hundreds of shows, there is nothing wrong with the civic center, the bell, the riverwalk, the imperial and so on. There is no lack of talent in Augusta, just as there is no lack of affordable acts nationwide that could be drawn to the CSRA. Soooo, kids what could the problem be? Hint: it’s not a shortage of people that would pay to see the right acts for a reasonable price.”
ITSANOTHERDAY1: “I disagree. We’ve had acts cancelled for lack of advance ticket sales. Augusta is a very fickle town when it comes to supporting entertainment. I’ve been to several events that should easily have been sellouts that still had a lot of empty seats.”
DUHJUDGE: “Its not but an hour for Augustans to go to Columbia. That means the competition has a place in the equation too. Build it and they will come is a movie, not a documentary. And if it ever would have a chance to draw more current big acts, then put a Gwinnett Center on I-20 between both Richmond and Columbia counties and let both sets of taxpayers pay for it. Don’t hold your breath.”
CORGIMOM: “I really hope that Augusta doesn’t take on another ‘if you build it, they will come.’ Because there is only so much concert money to go around, and with the Bi-Lo Center and Columbia competing with Augusta, it’s going to be yet another money-losing proposition. It’s a discretionary, luxury purchase. How many more of these can Augusta take?”
What’s in a name?
The Augusta State University-Georgia Health Sciences University naming saga continues as students petitioned to add three more names to a short list of possibilities for the new, consolidated university.
CRYOCYBERTRONICS: “We will see over the next ten years how successful the new name of the University is. Let’s see how many supporters leave or give an endowment to the new named University here in Augusta, Ga. ...”
A recent tally of an Augusta Chronicle Facebook poll showed “Georgia Arts & Medicine” leading public opinion, followed by “University of Augusta” and “University of Georgia – Augusta.”
COUNTRYMAN: “The University of Augusta is the best choice.. Let’s don’t waste time explaining A&M stands for Arts & Medicine, instead of the common Agricultural & Mechanical...”
AUGUSTAPROF: “Georgia A&M will be the winner of this poll because it is (a) a “grass roots” name, (b) the only name that sounds ‘cool’ (i.e., sounds like it should have a D1 football team), and (c) because of obvious ‘selection bias’ inherent in the use of Facebook for polling. And this is fine. It is, indeed, the ‘coolest’ sounding name.
“... while the students are to be applauded for their passion and their opinions that the name of New U should be ‘grander,’ ‘broader,’ ‘less provincial,’ etc. are certainly
valid, don’t expect that a ‘win’ in this poll could (or should) mean that this name will be chosen.”
CRACKERTROY: “I graduated from ASU. My wife graduated from MCG. We are both disheartened and saddened by the name change games.”
POINT TO PONDER: “The name never should have been changed in the first place...no need! Keep it simple....like ‘Medical College of Georgia with the Summerville campus’.....”