Carolina rants and raves

SHERIFF MIKE HUNT, you were doing good about the drug dealers in the Breezy Hill community because the drug dealers were getting richer and the poor are getting poorer

MY RANT IS for the people speeding on Breezy Hill Road. The kids are at the bus stop. Please watch the speed limit, and please, cops, patrol the area.

A THANK YOU to an employee of Wachovia, North Augusta office, named Star. You went above and beyond in helping my son, and just at closing time. I worked at that bank for a few years and the Aiken office and the Edgefield office for 33 years and I thought kindness like that in the old days was gone. You didn't know me or that I used to work there, but you helped someone in need when you could have sent him on his way. Also, thank your supervisor.

WHY IS THE AIKEN COUNTY school board allowing churches to hold services inside school gyms and auditoriums without any timeframe for eventually leaving? I understand if these churches are building new churches and need a temporary home, but this is not the case with TruNorth, which holds services at North Augusta High, and now another church is planning on doing the same thing at Midland Valley High. Neither church has any plans to leave. They are holding on to their money and do not plan to spend it on church buildings.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE separation of church and state? Take a look at the big billboard on the Aiken-Augusta highway that the church at Midland Valley has rented. What happens if people of another faith decide they want to rent these same schools? If the school board is seen as discriminating against one religion to another, it is setting the county up for a big lawsuit. I will be contacting the ACLU on this matter to see what its feelings on this matter are. For the record, I am a Christian but do not agree with what these churches are doing.

WANT TO REDUCE accidents and some traffic on Whiskey Road? Put turn signals in turn lanes near the Target shopping strip, the mall and in front of Wal-Mart.

I KNOW THAT The Augusta Chronicle does not have the nerve to print this rant, but I'm going to send it anyway. Several members of the North Augusta football team decided to play hooky from school two Fridays in a row when they had games those nights (Strom Thurmond and Midland Valley). The principal did not punish these young men, instead letting the coach handle the situation. Well, we know what happened - nothing. They all started both nights.

What happens to some kid who does not play sports but does the same thing? North Augusta has a reputation for being a bully school because the principal will not lead. If the stars of the football team had been made to sit out these games for punishment, maybe the administration would begin to gain some respect in the community.

I HAVE A RAVE for North Augusta Public Safety. It has really started cracking down on people speeding through North Augusta neighborhoods. Please know that, as a mother, I appreciate you slowing people down to protect our little ones.