Ga. DOT wasting taxpayers' money
After watching the Georgia Department of Transportation blundering on I-20 for the past several years, I realized that the situation was not as comical as I first thought. John Sullivent, Harlem, Ga.

We should regain our local weather station
I agree with Janice McNair's March 17 letter, "Underpowered NOAA weather radio system needs updating." She addressed the miserable state our National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration alert system is in. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

Augusta Symphony delivers fine performance
Recently the Augusta Symphony, together with the Augusta Choral Society, presented two performances of Verdi's Requiem. They, together with their sponsors, gave the Central Savannah River Area a musical experience of the first magnitude. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Has a renewed appreciation for downtown area
Recently I saw downtown Augusta through the eyes of visitors to the city. I left that experience with a deep appreciation for what Augusta leaders have done in revitalizing downtown. Carlene Murphy, Augusta

NCWO tantamount to carpetbaggers
The carpetbaggers are back, except they are now called the National Council of Women's Organizations. They are armed with laws they have gotten passed and legal attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union to threaten businesses with needless lawsuits, and a preacher to make it sound right. The Rev. Grady Brown, Augusta

Blame and punishment unequal
If the allegations that we have heard involving the University of Georgia basketball program are true, firing assistant Coach Jim Harrick Jr. was the right thing to do. As the head coach of the basketball team, it is the responsibility of his father, Jim Harrick Sr., to know what is going on with his players, and his suspension was also justified. Jack Liebowitz, Augusta

Americans not disliked - government is
The government is not the same as the people - unfortunately, very seldom. The United States is my adopted country and though I have done many very smart things in my life, the smartest was to get here. I love this country and its wonderful people. Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken, S.C.

Proposed pension reform wouldn't apply to congressmen
I write regarding an issue of great concern to me - upcoming pension reform legislation. Amanda R. Lang, Augusta

NCWO may do permanent damage to our economy
The protests to be held in Augusta over the Masters weekend should be stopped. An all-male organization has every right to remain that way. And the guests who plan to attend this event should in no way be unconvinced to visit this event. They are paying a dear price already, especially the ones from out of town. Fred Frantum, Aiken, S.C.

Johnson should've done things differently
This whole argument about the Masters Tournament and the women's demonstration is tiresome and was unnecessary. When Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson got the letter from the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk, he should have either tossed it or sent her a note saying "good idea, we'll think it over." Instead, he sends her an in-your-face challenge through the press. This is perfect. Now she has a public issue she can play on and on. She doesn't want to just demonstrate; she wants television cameras, and they will be there at the end of Magnolia Lane. James M. Stone, Aiken, S.C.

Make it too expensive for kids to start smoking
As a retired medical oncologist from the Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital, I want to support the tobacco user-fees increase proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (House Bill 379). Leonard H. Brubaker, M.D., Augusta

Congressman shows true colors in Columbia Co. 'coup'
Once again U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has shown his true colors. Willis Clifton, Martinez, Ga.

Vote for person, not party
North Augusta City Council elections are approaching; on April 29 your vote will count. I want to address an issue in the world of politics. Lettye L. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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