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When commenting on some states looking at new taxes to upkeep roads and bridges, The Augusta Chronicle stated that instead of angling for more ways to extract more money out of us, governments should just figure out ways to spend less of it. This looks like a "ready, fire, aim" reaction to the term "government."

I am all for small government -- I've voted Republican since 1964 -- but this comment seems odd coming from an organization such as The Augusta Chronicle that has almost doubled the amount of money it has extracted from me to keep my subscription in the past few years. You would be more credible if you could lower your prices first, then show us how this is done.

Further, major maintenance on roads and bridges are performed by contractors, not by full-time government employees. Your challenge would be better issued to private companies to figure out how to do maintenance at less cost to government. Or would you prefer a private-company solution in which we sell all the roads and bridges then pay tolls to the private companies when we use the facilities? The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey comes to mind.

This would certainly lower the amount of money we send the government. I doubt it would save the users money.

Don Hallman

North Augusta, S.C.

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nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/02/11 - 06:17 am
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ist- this doesnt sound like a

ist- this doesnt sound like a conservative letter..2nd-unlike the federal govt ..AC if you are not happy with cost versus service ratio ..cancel it..i dare you to take that approach with govt..3rd -private contractors to improve roads and bridges could be reduced if it were open to non-inion contractors, not awarded by racial preference and all other govt red tape. but simply by low bid .lastly your letter makes no sense at all unless you believe in big govt..

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Darby 05/02/11 - 10:31 am
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Sorry, but there is NO WAY

Sorry, but there is NO WAY the writer votes Republican. On the other hand, I guess he could be a RINO but most likely he's just another liberal attempting to do a little undermining of conservative efforts. His brief letter reeks of unrepentant liberalism.

Prices go up on consumer goods (including printer's ink) because the government; federal, state and local, squanders our limited resources. This leaves what we wish we could still call the "Free Market" to work with less and less, day after day, until the system borders on collapse.

Scale down Mr. Hallman's position to the family level and see if his advice still works. If you can't make ends meet, just keep spending, maybe buy a new car and a season ticket to a sports team. Then ask your creditors to cut back to accommodate your irresponsibility. Yeah, that works....

The writer is fooling no one. Liberals will support his position not because of logic, but because of ideology.

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onlysane1left 05/02/11 - 10:56 am
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Common sense by this letter

Common sense by this letter writer, good piece, Mr. Hallman! Last time I checked, Georgia, as well as, South Carolina are open shop states. You don't have to join the union if you don't want to. The fact there there is a union in the contractor should change the price, nor does the government favor unionize businesses over others. The fact the the business is owned by minorities doesnt change that fact of the bid. If the bid makes sense, thats the one they go with. Wow, nice way to play the race card, Darby, in a letter that has nothing to do with race!

Yes, you can cancel the subscription to the Chronicle, but there isn't another choice of local newspaper after that, so you are stuck with what you have, just like the government!

Darby
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Darby 05/02/11 - 12:00 pm
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Typical "progressive". No

Typical "progressive". No mention of race or even a suggestion of race anywhere in my response. If I had written one short sentence, such as, "The sky is blue." you guys would have still pulled the race card out and and played it.... Really lame.... Even your screen name suggests a degree of false advertising...

logician
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logician 05/02/11 - 12:58 pm
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If you look at the costs of

If you look at the costs of things and spending etc. the logical conclusion is simple. The ONLY thing that has ever increased the price of anything is the cost of the labor used to produce it.
I was raised in a small cotton mill town. You always knew a couple of weeks in advance when the mill was going to give a pay raise. The price for a loaf of bread (and other things) would go up at the local Red & White Supermarket proportional to the expected pay increase of the mill workers.
Labor costs drives the market. Until someboody wants to have a wholesale REDUCTION of wages the cycle will repeat itself to infinity.
I'm not advocating that....just pointing out the obvious.
The process of a wheat seed growing into a harvestable grain has been the same since the dawn of time, yet the cost of producing a loaf of bread continues to rise. Why? Labor costs are the dominate factor in the production of anything be it a loaf of bread, a newspaper or a highway.
Simple isn't it?

Darby
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Darby 05/02/11 - 03:35 pm
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"Simple isn't it?" - No, not

"Simple isn't it?" -

No, not really. Are you saying that when floods or drought destroy the coffee bean crop in Colombia or locusts devastate a nation's wheat fields, or winter freezes wipe out Florida's orange production the price of the product is unaffected? Not buying that... Sorry...

In all these examples, the producer is forced to sell a small crop at a higher price and rightly so...

Darby
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Darby 05/02/11 - 03:36 pm
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"Simple isn't it?" - No, not

"Simple isn't it?" -

No, not really. Are you saying that when floods or drought destroy the coffee bean crop in Colombia or locusts devastate a nation's wheat fields, or winter freezes wipe out Florida's orange production the price of the product is unaffected? Not buying that... Sorry...

In all these examples, the producer is forced to sell a smaller crop at a higher price and rightly so...

Darby
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Darby 05/02/11 - 03:47 pm
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Sorry, must have hit Save

Sorry, must have hit Save twice...

soldout
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soldout 05/02/11 - 04:30 pm
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The world isrunning out of

The world isrunning out of places to borrow money and there is bad trouble just ahead. Debt will be inflated away and it will be painful for probably 4-6 years and then things will improve. The math won't work anymore so everyone needs to hold on and pray. Government services will go down and taxes up. We can either take all the pain quickly or act now and spread it out over a few years. The "end game headwinds" by John Mauldin lays it out pretty well.

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Adder 05/03/11 - 04:28 pm
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Why fix the roads ? Is it not
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Why fix the roads ? Is it not obvious that we are all going to be riding bicycles before much longer ?

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