Americans must take back government

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... Americans have been so busy "getting and spending" that they have ignored their own responsibilities in making the government responsive to the people it serves. We also have neglected to develop alternative sources of energy and be our own moral and ethical guard dogs instead of policing affairs that are not or should not be our business.

I will give you an example. Aiken County public schools recently furloughed at least 50 people, including several teachers. The result will be an even more significant decline in the quality of education in Aiken County, which had become a leader in innovative education.

One of the programs that factored into the furlough of so many people is the Teacher and Employee Retention program. How can rehiring a retired teacher under the auspices of the TERI program do anything else than permit the continuance of paying high salaries to individuals who are drawing retirement and then paying them in addition to retirement? Why didn't the district hire qualified graduates, although they are hard to find considering the poor quality of teacher-training programs? The key word is "qualified."

Another problem is the top-heaviness of the county office, where the administrators are territorial about their positions and salaries, and have little or no concern for effective academic leadership and sound financial planning.

This underscores another perhaps more subtle problem. With the lack of effective leadership comes a lack of ethics and morals. Some maintain that a school system is a microcosm of society. It is. Should you wonder why our students today lack moral values and ethics, look no further than the role models they have in the school and county administration, as well as in the faculty and paraprofessional staffs. Educators are just as much to blame as are the students' parents.

Americans need to take back what is theirs -- the government that was created to serve them. Americans also must become sound financial planners and assume responsibility for themselves and their children.

Victoria E. Antonacci

North Augusta, S.C.

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justus4
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justus4 07/07/09 - 07:38 am
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Americans can't "take back" a
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Americans can't "take back" a Happy Meal cause their ability to be informed is questionable. The teachers situation was created by some part of the local school board and the decision must have other factors, but what teachers are affected? Who decided on whom to furlough? Sure, budgets are tight but don't create an adverse impact on particular groups because of historical biases, which is suspected in this case. Oh, and some Americans have NEVER had "their" government so whats there to take back.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 07/07/09 - 08:04 am
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Americans are too

Americans are too late,hussein has already taken it and he has the guns.

2tired2argueanymore
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2tired2argueanymore 07/07/09 - 08:10 am
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If the American public was to

If the American public was to get back to being a moral society many of the political powers that be would be out the door. But sadly most of the voting public is uninformed and believe the rhetoric that is spewed from the likes of individuals like Justus that think everything is about race. We cannot and will not have racial equality as long as racists try to keep the fodder going. Its is time that we get back to being Americans united and working together for a common good. We need to wake up and accept that the life style of borrowing to live like we all are rich is wrong and has plunged us into a depression. A depression that we cannot spend or borrow our way out. The time is to be responsible and quit blaming and start working to repair.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/07/09 - 09:19 am
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Vickie, as much as I'd like
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Vickie, as much as I'd like to agree with you, I can't. The people did make the government responsive to their needs last November when a president and the party he belongs to was elected by promising the moon to a majority of Americans who just want to hold their hands out and be taken care of. When common sense prevails and the majority of people see that they actually have to take care of themselves and that the wagon won't push itself, then maybe your points will be taken. Until then, unfortunately, this is what we have to put up with.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/07/09 - 09:24 am
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Hey WOEISME4, you are an

Hey WOEISME4, you are an absolute joke of a human being.

grouse
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grouse 07/07/09 - 10:04 am
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I don't think the headline
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I don't think the headline matches the letter very well.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/07/09 - 10:31 am
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The writer backhandedly

The writer backhandedly brings up a good point. Since SPLOST is no longer in the news the heat has been taken off of our local politicians. Is anyone still paying attention to what they are up to now? In addition the the Communist regime we have installed at the national level, we still have the same crew of clowns at the local and state level who steal and waste as much of property owner's and other taxpayer's money as the federal government. We need to clean house at the local, state, and federal level during the next elections and we need to keep the burners fired up under all of their butts until then. Let them know we are watching what they do with our money. And YES IT IS OUR MONEY....NOT THEIR MONEY. Regardless of what our Communists president and Communist Congress think, it is OUR MONEY. It's time to stand up and fight to keep OUR MONEY and OUR FREEDOM and OUR WAY OF LIFE. Even if it means truly having to FIGHT to keep them. The American Revolution was not the first violent rebellion and, as witnessed most recently in Iran and China, it surely wasn't the last. Maybe we have reached the point where compromise is no longer possible and it's time for a contested divorce.

jack234
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jack234 07/07/09 - 11:14 am
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We have Mr. President Obama

We have Mr. President Obama and his lovely first family in the oval office. We have taken back government. HELLO! HELLO!

xanadu
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xanadu 07/07/09 - 11:31 am
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AA ruined America. And I'm

AA ruined America. And I'm not talking Alcoholics Anonymous.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 07/07/09 - 01:07 pm
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We took back the government

We took back the government from a rogue group of people already. On 11-04-2008.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/07/09 - 01:46 pm
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When Democrats lose control
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When Democrats lose control of congress, I wonder how WILLISTON, JACK234, NIKO, and the other libs will try to blame it all on George Bush. The polls are sure indicating more "change" next year. I'm loving it! Oh well, having too much fun now. Back to work. Check in with y'all later!

imdstuf
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imdstuf 07/07/09 - 05:53 pm
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Unfortunately human nature

Unfortunately human nature has drawbacks. We are not machines and do not always make the most logical choices. People of power do not always promote the best people under them because they fear being overtaken in their position, do not like people with their own ideas or just like brown nosers. It happens everywhere, and the degree to how much it happens affects businesses, government, etc.

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 07/07/09 - 06:50 pm
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School choice would solve

School choice would solve this entire problem.

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