Originally created 11/27/03

Rants and raves



Comments from readers:

THE STATE OF South Carolina and Gov. Mark Sanford need money. They need to try video gambling and cockfighting. It appears there's money in that.

THERE WERE VERY good tips on hand washing in the paper this week. However, how does a child wash his hands and keep the germs away when there is no hot water, no soap or no paper towels in the public school system? This is true at Tutt and at Westside. Now, I am sure the Board of Education can do something about it. Children should not have to carry supplies to school in order to keep their hands germ-free.

THIS IS A RANT about the teacher who taught a child that an Indian tepee is a symbol of Christianity, the roof being the crown of thorns and the sides representing praying hands. With this kind of teaching, we certainly don't need more Bible teaching in school. It's no wonder that Georgia and South Carolina have the lowest test scores in the nation. Not only is ignorance bliss, religion is, also.

THIS IS A RANT about what is shaping up to be another Civil War in this country, with Vermont and Massachusetts going for gay marriage and the North pretty much accepting it, whereas the Christian South is still bent on denying civil rights and trying to control minority populations.

I THINK THE IDEA of putting the new law enforcement/courthouse center in downtown Augusta on Broad Street in the J.C. Penney building is a good idea.

I SEE IT'S a really great thing when our mayor and his wife have to go out of town to relax. Why can't they stay in town? Because they can't get anything done?

AT THIS TIME of Thanksgiving, all real Americans should be grateful for this great land and support our president and troops fighting under the commander in chief. Thank you, and God bless America.

ISN'T IT STRANGE? Rush Limbaugh was buying and using OxyContin, a class A narcotic, which is a felony by both state and federal law. When he gets found out, he simply admits he has a problem and checks himself into a posh clinic for 30 days, and it's business as usual. No prosecution from Jeb Bush's state, and none from W's feds. Now I understand the meaning of compassionate conservatism. If you are a rich, conservative mouthpiece, you get compassion. Everyone else gets prison!

I WOULD LIKE to give a big rave to the policeman that was working the intersection of Seventh and Broad during the Veterans Day parade. As I watched the parade from my window, I was moved by the officer coming to attention and paying the respect due the American flag every time it passed.

A RAVE FOR Superior Court Judge Duncan Wheale for not allowing Judge Fleming to silence him when he speaks up against abuse. Thanks for being protective of children. Our children need someone like you who cares.

GET OFF THIS Holy Roller kick. You don't have to be religious or anything else to be against pornography, i.e. the X-Mart. It's disgusting and degrades the decent, moral unions that sex was reserved for: marriage.

DAYS AGO, YOU reported that 1,200 to 1,400 demonstrators were at Fort Benning; today, you print an Associated Press report that says 10,000 demonstrated. Presumably, AP stands for America's Pravda, motto: always anti-military and anti-American.

SHAME ON THOSE who think it's OK for 45-year-old Michael Jackson to share his bed with 12-year-old boys. Those who think that way are either devoid of morals or are stupid and ignorant of the facts of life.

RAILROAD RANTS

Half of downtown Augusta's railroad crossings might be on the way out.

Coming Monday

SIGHT HELP

An MCG screening program helps save sight.

Coming Monday

STILL BUSY

Neita Mulherin is a success in more ways than one.

Coming Monday

RAVE FORMrs. Dudley at THS: You will always be our teacher of the year.

Artist to present works of Israel

Bar Kocva, an Israeli artist from the city of Old Jaffa, will present the works of Israeli artists and artisans Dec. 6-8 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. The showing opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 with a preview party; admission costs $25 per couple. Admission is free 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Sales of the work will help offset the loss of income to Israeli artists from the downturn in tourism.