Opposing X-Mart makes little sense

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Regarding the Rev. W. Chuck Hunt's letter "Moral Augustans don't want X-Mart" (July 29): The Rev. Hunt refers to Augusta as a "Christian city." During my 33 years in Augusta, I have heard it called many things, but never "Christian." I have always preferred a "Garden City." It gives an illusion of beauty and peace, whereas "Christian city" tags it as judgmental and moralizing.

As for the "city leaders living by high moral standards," the commissioners' images are tainted by self-serving racial bias in the guise of Christians. They are led by a mayor who will be remembered only as the photo-op king. As for the Coliseum Authority, it is merely the pile of ashes that result after pouring "stupid" gas onto a "crazy" fire.

X-Mart would sell the same materials found on the Internet. The difference is that what's sold on the Internet does not contribute to the Richmond County tax base, but what will be sold at X-Mart would. Do we turn away a business that sells to a public who can buy the same things on the Internet during times when Augusta needs all the tax monies it can get? If there were not a demand for these materials, the X-rated book stores would cease to exist in nearby communities.

This letter is not to imply that I support the sale of pornography, nor that I will patronize X-Mart, but it is my right to choose. America is in a time of economic crisis -- soldiers dying in an unnecessary war; people suffering from disease who cannot afford health care; and an environment going down the sewer. Yet all these moralists have to worry about -- using Christianity as their weapon -- is where John Q. Public spends his time and his money.

They shouldn't waste their time worrying about the X-Mart. They should spend it on constructive ideas about the real problems in our community.

Don Tate

Evans

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tarbaby8
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tarbaby8 08/09/08 - 06:41 pm
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For brimisjoshan, It is not

For brimisjoshan, It is not about MONEY. It is actually about choice. Just like a person deciding to commit adultery--choice. A person has the right to make the choice that is sutable for them. You sound like someone who is currently having marital problems. I wonder was it your spouse or you that committed adultery. For Just My Opinion, I do admire porno stars in a way because it takes heart and guts to do it. Something that you probably don't have with a name like "Just My Opinion". Instead of working with or for them, I would rather have them working for me. Mom is proud! No kids. I don't know what neighborhood you come from, but my neighborhood has heavy prostitution, drugs trafficking, and violent behavior and there is no porno shop in the vicinity. Do you really care?!

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brimisjoshan 08/09/08 - 07:13 pm
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tarbaby, that was funny. I

tarbaby, that was funny. I wish you could meet my lovely wife of 19 years. We have both been faithful in every way. My point of view came from the fact that pornography and sex shops are about money just like everything else. But I believe this industry does more damage to people than good. As I said I have a faithful wife but I have had to counsel many marriages for the damage that the sex industry has caused. When you deal with the damage its hard to be concerned about your right to promote it. bye

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Just My Opinion 08/09/08 - 08:07 pm
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Tarbaby, how much heart and

Tarbaby, how much heart and guts does it take to do a porno movie??? Your views are very skewed from mine, so it is hard for me to relate to where you're coming from. From the neighborhood you say you're from, I can see why you'd latch on to just about anything to make some money, no matter how "dirty" the work would be. If you really want to make your mother proud, do something more worthwhile than mixing with adult entertainment. And, if you want the people in that industry to work for you, doesn't that make you nothing less than a pimp? Perhaps one day you will have a child, and you will learn then that you want nothing but better things for your child. But your child will mostly need a good moral upbringing from his parents. If they see you doing what you're now wanting to do, they will think that's okay and, next thing you know, they'll be auditioning for one of YOUR porno movies. Now, will THAT make you and your momma proud? I hope not. Do you really care?

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dale88fan 08/09/08 - 08:22 pm
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if you dont like the store

if you dont like the store then stay the hell out of it=== plain and simple....

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SargentMidTown 08/10/08 - 12:03 am
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It is that bunch that live at

It is that bunch that live at Faith Village in the PTL community who are pushing bottoms. If they had their way this would be a theology. The man who is CEO of the CSRA golden harvest food bank might be a big wheel with it too.

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IBpolyticken 08/10/08 - 11:51 am
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sargentMT, I'm sure glad

sargentMT, I'm sure glad someone is pushing buttons and standing up to keep this type of business out of our area. Also if the author of the letter is so adament about getting the tax dollars from this establishment, why doesn't he lobby to have them set up shop in Evans instead so he can benefit from the tax dollars?

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