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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.

Cheeks is a good man - plain and simple
It is very important at this time for me to reiterate what several well-informed individuals have recently stated in reference to their direct knowledge of state Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta.

Burk not reacting to other women's issues
Shame on Martha Burk. Women everywhere should be incensed and offended.

Local man shared same traits as Fred Rogers
Upon hearing of the death of Fred Rogers (host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), my thoughts turned to someone closer to our area who recently passed away and shared many of the wonderful characteristics as those of Mr. Rogers.

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.

Library editorial sends important message
Bravo for your March 10 editorial on the library, "We deserve better."

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.

Set priorities on federal spending
In the March 15 Chronicle, there was an article ("Canal boat takes shape," Metro) regarding the building of two canal boats to be used in the Augusta Canal. These are replicas of old boats once used on the canal, which will offer rides beginning this year.

Rambo-style president paints supporters of peace as patriotic
Historically, Americans are very proud of their individual freedom and the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Tolerance and inclusion of all races, nationalities, religions, political affiliations and philosophies are what makes this country great. So what has happened during the last few weeks?

'Protest war, not warriors'; support soldiers
Like most military retirees, I love this country more than life itself. The American flag presented to me during my retirement ceremony is my most precious possession. It was an honor to serve our country.

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

America fights for protection; 'pray for victory'
War has once again reared its ugly head. Why? Because the wicked leaders of some nations who neither respect democracy or even acknowledge our right to worship any God but their own (constantly referring to us as Infidels) have united their resources to bring about our destruction.

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.

Georgia's cigarette tax would be paid by the poor
As a Georgia taxpayer I resent Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to balance the state budget on the people who can least afford it - the poor. As the majority of smokers are in the middle- and lower-income brackets, this tax plan will be paid for by them.

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.

Connell should decline parkway name
So now the legislators in Atlanta want to change the name of yet another of our Augusta roadways, River Watch Parkway, to honor one of their fellow politicians. Mike Padgett Highway and Doug Barnard Parkway were crammed down our throats in total disregard of the protests of us - the people who actually live in the area. Enough!

South 'under attack' by 'Communists, racists'
I love the South so much, the Confederate Battle Flag makes my heart race. It is so sad we are under such attack. The South has always just ask to be let alone.

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.

Evans literary team scores high
The Evans High School literary team won first place in the Regional Literary Event at Redan High School in Stone Mountain on March 14, capturing first place in six events.

Norwood backs war on Iraq
War with Iraq still rages and will continue until the mission is complete, said Columbia County's congressman.

County sponsors clean-up
People who want to beautify Columbia County will get their chance Saturday at the Great American Clean-Up.

Ethics board visits Evans
Georgia's Ethics Commission stopped in Evans last week, spending most of Friday at Columbia County's Judicial Center dealing with complaints from across the state.

Young Suzuki pupils rev up for concert
Joseph Anderson has been playing the violin since he was 3.

Church plans weekend health fair
The congregation of Oakey Grove Baptist Church is trying to minister to more than the spirit.

Augusta dance troupe will feature Greenbrier senior's choreography
Greenbrier High School senior Jessica Gore will be one of the seven members of the Augusta Ballet School to dance in the performance of The AB Showcase: Established Repertoire and Emerging Artists.

Poney up some money
Five confiscated horses are up for auction courtesy of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.

Vandals damage old gravesite
William Blackard's fascination with graves stems from a healthy respect for local history.

Fire-service boundaries change
Shifting a few lines on the fire district map is just the start of what could be sweeping changes to fire service in Columbia County.

Children to spin 'Charlotte's Web'
The Augusta Players Children's Wing is rehearsing Charlotte's Web, its second production of the 2002-2003 season.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia and McDuffie county sheriffs' offices.

Current events
The McDuffie County Health Fair will be March 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thomson High School.

Signs of progress
Jason Whitaker of Finuf Sign Co. installs lettering over the entrance of the new offices of The Columbia County News-Times and the Columbia County Bureau of The Augusta Chronicle.

Watch the 'Birdie'
Greenbrier High School students rehearse for the drama department's production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Odds and ends
As reported in The Columbia News 29 years ago on Thursday, March 28, 1973.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 14, at the Columbia County Government Center auditorium on Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. County school superintendent Tommy Price will be the guest speaker. The meeting's topic is a new task force for the board of education.

School lunches
Columbia County school menus

Cleaning up, and opening up
Motorists may not be able to tell the difference between volunteers and those performing court-mandated community service, but the effect will be the same: Litter will be removed - at least temporarily - from Columbia County roadsides.

Appreciate talents, or their lack
Sometimes it pays to know ones limitations.

Alone & hated at the top
Did you ever want to rule the world - sit on a throne, wear crowns and palatial robes, dwell in perpetual splendor, speak and your every wish was someone elses command? Though most of us outgrew our king-of-the-mountain phase, or set aside our storybooks for the next generation, a few thousand over-achievers in history have tried to keep their delusions of grandeur alive. Some have succeeded. Saddam Hussein is not the first and, should the world continue past the next full moon, he likely will not be the last.

Target of opportunity: Fire services
Columbia County officials made the right move last week when they approved new fire department district lines that clear up confusion between a couple of neighborhoods.

Ex-Harlem outfielder unfazed by injury at Augusta State
Earlier this month, the talk among Augusta State University baseball fans was that outfielder Matt May was in jeopardy of being sidelined for an extended period, if not the rest of the 2003 season.

Sun shines on Diamond Day
Two words never sounded so good - make that four words. "Play ball!" and "Let's eat!"

Panther, Wolfpack soccer teams ready to claw and bite for wins
The high school soccer season still has a long way to go, but in Columbia County, a real high point arrives March 28.

Lakeside basketball awards
Lakeside High School's basketball awards

Athlete Spotlight: Zac Tilton and Kristen Bragg
One is long and strong, the other is short and sweet. When they put their golf skills to good use, the Evans Knights are hard to beat.


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