For those long-time readers of the Metro Spirit, checking out Augusta’s weekly gripes about the community and public jabs at local leaders in the Whine Line has become a weekly tradition. So, when the newspaper experienced a minor glitch in its email system last week and couldn’t run the Whine Line, we were curious to see how many people would notice it missing.
Just minutes after posting the newspaper online at metrospirit.com, we were already receiving questions asking, “No whine line this week?”
Apparently, even in an age where folks can post their every thought and feeling on Facebook or Twitter, we were happy to discover that the Metro Spirit‘s Whine Line is still holding its own.
People still want to read about what’s really going on in Augusta. What’s right, what’s wrong and what’s just plain ridiculous.
In an attempt to help ease some readers’ Whine Line withdrawal, here is a collection of some of the more entertaining whines over the past 20-plus years.
Check out whether your whine made the list. Enjoy!
As for the person complaining about cashiers and clerks, you’ve obviously never done an honest day’s work in your lifetime! No, I’m not a cashier, but was in sales for six years. I was fortunate enough to find a better job. I wish, for one day, that you had no choice but to do that kind of work. Yes, there is a fate worse than death: It’s retail.
To the Clintonite who opposes naming the Columbia County road after Ronald Reagan and wants it to be someone local: I couldn’t agree more. I suggest maybe Ed McIntyre Boulevard, Harold Tiller Turnpike, Hobson Chavous Highway, etc. Oops. Almost forgot Charles Walker Way. By the way, you knucklehead, have you made it through middle school yet?
Augusta made the top five in percentage of poor residents among U.S. communities its size. The mayor’s comment was we need jobs! Mattel toy industry closed its South Augusta factory last month and our leader’s remark was, “The good news is, we have another industrial building available.” Now you know why this is not only the poorest community, but the dumbest.
So vibrating panties can save my marriage, huh? Who woulda thunk it?
Dear Mr. Macho Suit and Tie: Would you please quit ordering water, Sweet and Low and lemon? You can keep your business card. It’s not a suitable tip. It would be nice to get 15 or 20 percent of your and your rude buddies’ bills. Could you not flirt with the help? We’re trying to make a living, not run a dating service for cheapskates. Is that phone call on the cell phone so important you have to talk while I’m trying to take your order? Does it make you feel like a man to treat us like slaves? If you only knew how we dread seeing you come in. We fight over who has to wait on you. You know who you are, so do us all a favor and visit Dave Thomas. He has a 99-cent value meal that’s right up your alley. You go through the window and pick it up, and nobody has to fool with you anymore. We’ll have more time for people who appreciate us.
I would like to ask all those alcohol-drinking, law-abiding citizens with grey hair and wrinkles who are being harassed by store clerks to show some ID to ask the store clerks to produce their ID. They have to be 21 to sell it and are just as obligated to show theirs as we are to show ours.
All those folks whining about Austin Rhodes need to see the big picture. Rhodes, you see, has a vested financial interest in sounding like an idiot. It goes like this: Rhodes says something stupid. That attracts callers. More callers equal more listeners. More listeners equal higher ratings. Higher ratings equal more advertising dollars. More ad dollars means more money for Rhodes. He’s not trying to change the world. He’s not trying to better the community. He’s spewing moronic rants and jumping on the conservative-talk-format bandwagon to get people’s goats, and it’s working beautifully.
Once upon a time, the citizens owned a hospital named University. Then the government decided to privatize the hospital and said things would be better. Now the citizens don’t own the hospital and have to pay millions of tax dollars every year to take care of our own citizens.
A couple of issues ago there was a preponderance of whiners keening about what a slick, smooth-talking operator Mayor Young has shown himself to be. Huh? Y’kiddin’? Slick? Smooth-talking? This guy is the biggest stiff since the Piltdown Man. He has a delivery that makes you long for the rousing recitation of the salad dressings at Denny’s. This, combined with the panache of rumpled corduroy and a coiffure that comes with a chin strap, leaves him well out of the running for Spellbinder of the Year. Maybe he’s a showstopper in Bugtussle but in the real world he’s just another huckleberry.
Thanks to Clyde Wells for his comments about Billy Morris and The Augusta Chronicle. I’m also a retired employee of 21 years who quit about five years ago. For the first three years of retirement all I could think about was smashing a truck through the front office. It seems that just about every ex-longterm employee ends up feeling bitter about the way they were treated there. Sign me, “An old shoe.”
Let’s get this straight. People say that a dull, colorless, bland civic center is what you want, but a nice colorful up-to-date modern theatre is not what you want. So what do you want in Augusta? If the Regal theater is too colorful, then what is the civic center? Personally I think the civic center needs to be knocked down and started over.
This is to the NAACP: Did you ever stop to think that, should your boycott affect South Carolina tourism the way you hope, that in the long run it may also hurt the blacks that are living in South Carolina? Those tourism dollars help the community as a whole, black and white. And also, do they ever stop to find out how many black business owners this boycott may affect?
Bob Young has done more to ruin the reputation of our fair city than anyone could have ever imagined. He refers to our government as a “cesspool” and we are now getting national attention based on incomplete reports and innuendoes. I think we should get a petition to recall Young based on the damage he has done to the second-largest city in Georgia. The governor needs to step in and put a muzzle on the soundbite king.
In Augusta, Ga., what’s politically correct is whatever Billy Morris, and The Augusta Chronicle, says is correct. Too bad people can’t think for themselves.
Why is it that the North Augusta Department of Public Safety (NADPS) will write a ticket to a local going 45 mph in a 40-mph zone on Martintown Road and those 10,000 or so tractor-trailer rigs that come through North Augusta daily can run 60 or 65 and nothing is done?
I’d like to make a bold statement about the cleanliness of some Augusta restaurants. Or should I say, lack thereof. It’s been brought to my attention by three different people that they have gotten sick at a certain restaurant. And something that I saw with my very own eyes at a local restaurant, a workmate of mine found a roach in his tea and when they brought this to the attention of the owner at the restaurant, her only response was that we just sprayed. It’s so hot outside that the roaches outside come inside. Now, is that a sad statement for the cleanliness of some of the Augusta restaurants?
Isn’t it funny how we get a big 20-screen movie theater and all they show are mainstream movies on five screens at a time? I thought Regal 20 was going to show some “art house” movies?
Billy Morris is a genius. First, he starts his career by suing his own mother. He has a scheme where people, newspaper carriers, put in 90 hours of work a month, and they end up owing him money at the end of that month. He makes a $1 million profit on a one-year land investment; he charges his own employees to park when they come to work every morning, and now he rips off the idea for Rants & Raves from The Whine Line of The Metro Spirit.
The Augusta National Golf Club has sent letters to local company patrons, informing them that their tickets will be “phased out” in the upcoming decade. Hootie and the new boys who are running Augusta’s landmark should be ashamed. Are they going to “phase out” our patron badges also? `1Obviously they have forgotten the people who supported the Masters Tournament during the early years. I say bring back the days of Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones when the patrons and the golfers were the most important things. With the help of local businesses, Roberts and Jones built this tournament to what it is today. I hope some of the older members read this and remember the days when the Masters needed local support. Under the reign of Hootie, I guess we can also expect the Masters to have a sponsor’s name. How about The Citigroup Cadillac Masters?
Anyone comparing Phil Kent’s editorial to Pat Buchanan’s words will come away with only one conclusion. Regardless of Kent’s denials and protestations the question remains: Did he plagiarize Buchanan? The genie is out of the bottle on that issue and a letter from a friend won’t change public opinion.
Dr. Larke’s comments in The Augusta Chronicle blaming the principal for the 18 failing Title I schools are interesting. Only five principals are still in the positions they were in when he was appointed superintendent, so most of them are his appointees. Maybe the blame lies with Larke.
What is Richmond County doing, helping to pay for the Golf Hall of Fame? Let those who wish to have that fancy place foot the bill! The ordinary, everyday taxpayer cannot even look into the part that is finished, thanks to the fancy wall they have built around it! Wonder if they expect us to pay to get in there when it is finished? Some people don’t have their priorities straight. Who needs a Golf Hall of Fame on Reynolds Street or any other place? If one could take a vote I bet that the majority of people in Richmond County don’t need or want it!
I am one of many who spent several years on the “inside” of city of Augusta politics, honored by DeVaney’s daily professionalism and extremely capable administrative abilities. Let me say for the record that Mr. DeVaney and I often went toe-to-toe and actually disagreed with one another more often than we found ourselves partners. My point is clear and fact-based: To blame every negative event in the long history of Augusta on Charles DeVaney or on the McIntyre administration is simple-minded. Was Charles DeVaney perfect? Are any of us? Would he do some things differently if given the chance? Wouldn’t all of us? One thing that is without question if you know the real Charles DeVaney is this: His love for and interest in the growth and prosperity of all of Augusta is second to none.
Columbia County Representative Benji Harbin received $1,533 in lobbyist gifts, which put him in fourth place as the largest recipient in the general assembly this year. He consumed 63 meals in a 40-day session according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and then has the audacity to say a free meal shouldn’t sway how a legislator votes. Two questions: What did he do with the living allowance he received from the taxpayers? And two: Who is he trying to kid? After all, his voting record is on the internet for all to read. He may be slick, just not bright.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank the Richmond County patrol car who sped right by me as I was pushing my broken-down car along I-20 to the nearest exit. My wife and baby were in the car and it was hot outside. I didn’t want to carry the baby alongside the interstate and possibly get her killed. I could also push the car faster than I could carry her. I guess, since I was on the Columbia County side, he/she felt no obligation to help and I was out of luck. To heck with any kind of moral duty. Protect and serve? Yeah, right! I do, however, sincerely thank the people who actually did offer help.
Whenever I read political editorials in The Augusta Chronicle I am reminded of the lines from Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time”: “The place where I come from is a small town … They think so small; they use small words.”
Look for Austin Rhodes to try and hitch his wagon to a star, by really kissing up to Linda Schrenko as she readies for a run for governor. He’s hoping she wins and will give him some big government job. Bob Young spent $5 on a little plaque naming Rhodes the mouth of Augusta, and when was the last time you heard Rhodes criticize Young? Jerry Brigham appointed Rhodes to the Coliseum Authority, and when was the last time you heard Austin blast Brigham? That’s why Rhodes doesn’t like Ronnie Strength. Mr. Strength will be sheriff and never take time to wipe his shoes on Austin Rhodes.
This is for all you parents who think it’s sooo cute to let your little 6-year-old, who can hardly talk, call up and do the pizza-ordering. I have many other customers on the line who are having to wait while I try to figure out what little Johnny is trying to say while Mommy is in the background barking orders at the child. We don’t think it’s as cute as you think it is.
I was very disturbed about Willie Mays and what he said at the hearings in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mays made Augusta and the people in Augusta look bad, and more importantly made himself look bad. I guess, to Mr. Mays, if you’re white and in a position of power you’re automatically a “good ol’ boy.” That’s a slap in the faces of some hardworking people in Augusta. You tell me who the real racist is. That was a cheap shot on the government in Augusta. Augusta does have it problems, but that’s definitely not the answer, because now he’s lost a “Few” supporters. I hope Mr. Few does get the Washington, D.C., job because he did a good job here.
It is my understanding that a downtown church lobbied to keep a bar from opening even though they were within the legal distance to do so. Any commissioner who is against economic development of the downtown area is ignorant and should be run out of town.
The Nuwaubians have landed, on their heads, apparently.
This is one time I agree with Senator Walker. Phil Kent of The Augusta Chronicle needs to be gone. With his recent vitriolic attacks against Sue Burmeister he has managed to offend blacks and whites, males and females. Who’s left? Mr. Morris should know Kent is not a community builder but rather a destroyer whose ego is fed by stirring up controversy.
I am a downtown business and property owner. We are currently working on our facade and are almost finished bringing it back to original. It disheartens and discourages my employees and myself when we get offered drugs and hassled about buying stolen guns from tenants of the Richmond Summit on Broad Street. I am willing to pay and make this work. When is the city?
I think about the “cause” that Martha Burk is heading. If she succeeds, Augusta National will be forced to admit one, two, or maybe even three ridiculously rich women. This will enable these women to play golf and hang out in the clubhouse. Ms. Burk needs to find a larger, more needy group to fight for.
If I had known that the arrogant Joey Brush was plotting his midlife crisis as soon as the election was over, I would have never voted for him. He’s such a phony!
Whatever happened to the whole idea of the drug-free school zone? If you ride by Murphy Middle School on the road connecting Milledgeville Road and Martin Luther King, within the school zone, there are guys selling drugs by that apartment complex. What took precedence over that? Was there something lost or forgotten? Those guys are trying to flag you down in broad daylight and have no regard for anything other than putting money in their pockets and peddling death.
According to Austin Rhodes, the poor and uneducated all voted for Al Gore. If that is true, how come the states with the lowest per capita income, the lowest educational level, the most people living in trailers — i.e., South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana — all went for Bush?
The new administrator will not hire the staff or handle the money. What else is there?
Tacky, tacky, tacky. Mayor Bob is so tacky. Why do we have to spend any money on those tacky Augusta flags that look like a rip-off of the Augusta National? Does everything in Augusta have to be tied to that stupid, racist golf tournament?
Is it just me or do I hear these words daily or at least weekly on the “Austin Rhodes Show”? This is part of his limited vocabulary: smuck, ridiculous, ridiculousness, cotton-pickin’, geez, idiot, incredible, incredibly, embrace, you guys, duplicitous — and his favorite, “If you don’t understand, you’re not very bright.”
Has Bob Young gone crazy? Making a Nuwaubian Day? Has he done any research? Bubba Bob, why don’t you go on and make a Louis Farrakhan Day? It would have about the same result. Do your homework. Maybe they should have dressed you up and let you be there; then you’d change your mind. Don’t just pronounce any day as a such-and-such day because some crazy group comes into town and wants to do a march.
This is for Senator Walker and Roy Barnes — the one who changed the flag in three days without letting the people vote on it. Next election, they won’t be back in office.
What’s up with the Richmond County Board of Education and the Augusta Commission discussing building a new football stadium? What’s the educational merit? What happened to the new fine arts center that was supposed to go up?
Does it really take 25 pages of rules for Columbia County to inspect a homeowner’s pond? Commission Chair Barry “Brighthead” Fleming approved the rules, so he must think so. Should we have anticipated something different? Nah, Fleming is an attorney who thinks “rules by the pound” is the way to do business.
Why glorify Phil Kent by referring to him as “The King of Conservatives?” The only thing royal about the man is the extent to which he resembles a certain orifice. He is a perfect choice to follow in the proud footsteps of the convicted flasher and groper who formerly headed the organization.
Austin is that smug, middle-class kid in high school who wore his Royal Knight shirt with the collar up, hoping the cute girls wouldn’t notice that the chubby kid was not wearing a real Polo. Now that he’s wearing a true Polo, he thinks that he won the race of life. If he’s a winner, I’m a loser Baby, so why don’t you kill me?
I wish this town would give more respect to James Brown. Everywhere else in the world — from New York City to London or Paris — James Brown is loved and respected by millions of fans. Here in Augusta it seems like the white people hate him and the black people don’t support him. The racial divide here is so thick here you could cut it with a knife. It’s pathetic and embarrassing.
I just finished the story in this week’s Metropolitan Spirit entitled, “You Could Have Saved Me.” The picture of that beautiful, trusting dog, moments before she took her last breath, really shook me up badly. I called my mother to warn her not to read it but it was too late. She had read it and it will haunt her as it does me forever. It shames me to think of how lightly we take the love and loyalty an animal gives. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a terrible bite of reality to bring home the message.
To the whiney Coliseum Authority members who are so concerned with the almighty dollar, have you ever considered paying for those free tickets that you get to all of the shows you attend? Each authority member gets four free tickets, say an average of $35 each, that adds up to $1,680 per show in lost revenue from tickets that could have been sold to the citizens of Augusta. Never mind that they aren’t paying taxes on those gratuities either. Hello IRS, are you out there?
The name-calling by Augusta Chronicle Editorial Editor Suzanne Downing strikes again. First, she called Rep. Sue Burmeister a “clueless chick,” and recently called Aviation Commission Chair Marcie Wilhelmi a hyperactive “Goldilocks.” I used to think Phil Kent was a natural for name-calling until Downing rolled into town. It’s quite obvious Billy Morris is in control of the strings and Downing is his new puppet.
I know how to stop property tax increases. No bones about it. Send George Kolb and his “newly-hired or soon-to-be assistant” packing, along with all those fools on the Augusta Commission. Think of the dollars we would save? Let the mayor take over running the city, and install new commissioners that do not know what abstain means and will actually do their job and vote one way or the other.
Your article on “brothers” Marion Williams and Andy Cheek failed to give a single instance in which Williams went along with Cheek on a white initiative. It was always the other way. Sounds like Cheek has been played for a fool.
The idea of an $89 million horse barn and football arena in the dying Augusta-Richmond County is like pouring good money down a rat hole. The only winners will be the rats!
This in response to the remarks made by local leaders lacking support for a new arena in an article by Stacey Eidson. Particularly the statement by Ron Cross, “Very few in Columbia County are going to have much interest in revitalizing downtown Augusta.” This is so shortsighted. This parochial attitude by Mr. Cross and other leaders is what keeps Augusta from moving forward and achieving the status and image that should be given to Georgia’s second-largest city. Any resident in the CSRA with any appreciation of economic growth realizes that the appeal of Augusta, our hub, affects the future well-being of everybody in this region.
Here’s Senator Joey Brush’s report card for his legislative performance this year, particularly his helmet law efforts: persistence, A; intelligence, F; judgement, FF. What a waste of time and money to have this kind of trash introduced when the state is in deep financial trouble. We’d be better off if people like Brush just stayed home!
Someone in Atlanta owns the Richmond Summit and they are getting rich with tax money at Augusta’s expense. Stop the cash flow and shut it down! Our downtown businesses do not deserve this.
Could someone explain the sea gulls in the K-Mart parking lot?
So Columbia County had a contest to develop the new county logo. Perhaps their next boondoggle could be a contest to rename the Growth Management Plan. Since Commission Chairman Ron Cross hasn’t seen a variance request he didn’t love, then renaming it the “Growth Mismanagement Plan” would be appropriate.
The Columbia County Republican Party, and even Jim Whitehead, has known all along that Senator Joey Brush was a slime ball. The Republicans chose to keep it a secret to protect their little ‘ole Joey boy. There are more secrets about the Republican boys club that will be made public. Stay tuned.
I’m a teacher in Richmond County. While Charles Larke is collecting his vacation pay, I have children in my second grade classroom who do not have textbooks. I think that the Richmond County taxpayers need to know the truth about what’s going on in our schools. They really need to ask for an audit of everything. Who’s in power? Who’s controlling the strings and who’s deciding where the money is being spent? Charles Larke, who do you think you are? You dress so fine, you roll in your Vette and Caddy so fine and you live so fine. But what have you done to improve our educational standards in Richmond County? To our knowledge, or, rather, the lack of our children’s knowledge, nothing validates a $310,000 salary. We all know you have close chums on the Board of
Education who keep your pillows fluffed and your wallet stuffed. But what in the heck makes you such hot stuff?
Event guide brochure for Augusta’s new arena at the site of the defunct Regency Mall: Welcome to our fantastically overpriced arena complex in beautiful Augusta, Georgia. We paid 90 million dollars for this thing, and, by the way, did you know that Augusta is Georgia’s second largest city? Just wanted to remind y’all. We hope y’all enjoy this evening’s event: “Stars of the WWF on Ice.” But we also hope that y’all will visit some of our nearby attractions in exciting South Augusta. Dine across the street at Krystal or go all out and have a grand slam at Denny’s. Ladies can shop to their hearts’ content at K-Mart across the street in a circa mid-1970s building. Want more great architecture? Don’t miss Augusta’s manufactured housing showcase along Gordon Highway. And don’t forget the abundant park space; just across Deans Bridge Road is one of Augusta’s largest perpetual care parks. We hope y’all enjoy this evening’s event and hope y’all return real soon.
The Chronicle’s editorial on the recent indictments surrounding diversion of mental health funds was fine, except for one omission. There was no mea culpa on their part. The Chronicle backed, supported and enabled Mr. Williams, and kept him in office for many years because he was an ally in the transfer of government largess to downtown interests in Augusta. When these discrepancies first surfaced, the paper editorially defended the parties in question, and when Rep. Sue Burmeister ran for his seat, the Chronicle was campaign central and made saving the incumbent an obsession that crossed all lines of impartiality, decency and professional journalism. Now, they jump on Williams because he is no longer useful. They can’t have it both ways. The buck stops at the top of the Chronicle where there is a serious integrity deficit. The paper failed the people of Augusta.
So the honorable Teresa Smith is now being ravaged, belittled, denigrated and viciously attacked? The response from Commissioners Mays and Williams was completely unexpected? Letters of complaints from some of the leading developers and builders mean nothing? Are they all dishonest, all complicit in these unwarranted, obviously racist in nature, attacks on Ms. Smith? Were all the findings and recommendations of the efficiency groups studying the functioning of the engineering department racially or personally motivated? Welcome to
Augusta government in full spring bloom.
Administrator Fred Russell told us that Commissioner Marion Williams thought a zoo would be good for Augusta. This is one of the few times I agree with Commissioner Williams. It wouldn’t have to be a big zoo. Just big enough to hold our city government: mayor, commissioner and the heads of different departments. Good thinking, Commissioner Williams.
Columbia County commissioners will never approve a clinic for poor people but they will easily approve gold-plated sidewalks around Westlake and exclude developers from impact fees. Like wildly overdeveloped Gwinnett County, there’s no humanity in Columbia County. If you’re not wealthy, you need not apply to live in Chairman Cross’s county.
Why do all of the Harrisburg slumlords live in Summerville, Evans and Westlake?
Say what you want about Chris Naylor, maybe he did only walk around smoking, but he never screwed over downtown like this. Way to go, Margaret: Your legacy will be the idiot who brought parking meters back downtown.
Bootyism? What fourth grader thought of that?
Mayor Deke sashays away the day of the gay parade. Not acceptable. He can’t take the heat!
If they ever decide to make another Dukes of Hazzard movie, Don Grantham should be a shoo-in to play Boss Hogg.
I think it’s a tragedy for MCG to talk about shutting down Laney-Walker Blvd. It’s not just through your school, Dr. Azziz. If you really look up and down that road, it’s running through a historic neighborhood and is the main road to Tabernacle Baptist Church, two high schools, Lucy Craft Laney Museum, Wallace Branch Library and a host of other places. Why don’t you build in pedestrian lights?
A politician can make a good living selling fear. Marion Williams can attest to that.
It might just be me, but John Barrow looks like Andy Warhol.
Austin Rhodes has proved over and over again that he is dumb as a box of rocks. If Brad Owens’ goal is to prove he is even dumber, he has succeeded big time.
If Ron Cross is going to continue to publish his propaganda rag in the Columbia County water bill, he should consider putting it on a softer, non-glossy paper. Maybe he could get some ideas from Charmin or Cottonelle — at least then we could get some use out of it. This insert is a waste of taxpayer mney and is being used as a political tool.