Comments from readers:
THIS IS A RANT for the woman sitting in the reserved section at the GreenJackets baseball on Aug. 18 who refused to stand up for the national anthem. I don't know what your problem is, but if you can't show respect for the country you live in, leave.
THIS IS A RAVE for Columbia County finally passing the smoking ban and getting it right. This is a rant for the commissioner who represents my district, Diane Ford, who was too spineless to vote the right way. She apparently does not represent the interests of her constituents.
TO THE PERSON who had never seen where somebody caused a wreck leaving a bar or restaurant smoking: When I was six months' pregnant, I was hit head-on and my car totaled by a woman who leaned down to pick up a pack of cigarettes from the floor of her car. Why don't you get a life?
THIS IS IN REGARD to the sister-in-law dying from lung cancer from her father's secondhand smoke. There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer. There is no absolute proof that it has ever happened. That's an impossibility. You shouldn't try to make people feel guilty about smoking.
THIS IS A RANT for the lady driving to school twice a day to drop off her kids and getting stuck in traffic on Furys Ferry Road. I have problems getting out of my subdivision. So if people like this lady would use the school bus we provide her children, then traffic would not be quite as bad.
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the lady from South Carolina who was concerned about the Vietnam veteran in the wheelchair on River Watch Parkway. That guy is a panhandler. He's all over the county. You can see him at any major intersection sitting in his wheelchair with his sign saying his pension check is either delayed or he's still waiting for it to be approved.
WHEN ARE THE OLD and poor people in Columbia County going to get some good out of the 1-cent sales tax? Every time you read in the paper, they're either building a clubhouse or some sort of golf game or ballpark. None of the old people can even partake in any of that stuff.
THIS IS TO the drivers that want to screech around other vehicles, blowing the horn, giving the finger to other drivers - oh, what's wrong? Did you almost hit someone because of following too closely? Going over the speed limit, too? Maybe a lot of you out there need to back off, drive the speed limit, and oh, about that finger problem - grow up.
ALL THE HOODLUMS that hung out at Regency Mall have taken over the Augusta Mall. That's why the security is so bad at Augusta Mall, and I won't shop there, either.
PART-TIME PATRIOTS, such as the Swifties Against Kerry (SWAK), remind me of vagrant city birds who flock around our cherished war memorials and leave behind, as tokens of affection, only their filthy pigeon-droppings.