Metro Spirit 01.02.2003
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THE METROPOLITAN ARTS, ISSUES & ENTERTAINMENT TICKING THROUGH TIME P.15 | WWW.METSPIRIT.COM JANUARY 2-8, 2003 | VOLUME 14 | ISSUE 22 FIRE MAN AUGUSTA FIRE CHIEF AL GILLESPIE P.12 GOLF'S DINOSAURS FACE EXTINCTION P.7 2 M E T R O S P I R I T J A N 2 2 0 0 3 Breakfast Presents Georgia Golf Hall of Fame 2003 Induction Banquet Saturday January 11, 2003 7:00 p.m. GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME Radisson Riverfront Hotel Featured Speaker: John P. Imlay, Jr. Chairman, Imlay Investments, Inc. & Part Owner, Atlanta Falcons Lunch Dinner 2003 Inductees 706-724-4443 Business Attire Open Seating $90.00 per person, Reserved tables of ten $900.00 Payment guarantees reservation Any time's a good time for IHOP 2525 Washington Road � 738-0554 One Eleventh Street, Augusta, GA 30901 Dianne@gghf.org www.gghf.org New Hope Worship Center Presents Legacy Five & Greater Vision Saturday, January 4th at 6:30pm Greater Vision A $5 donation at the door plus a love offering. 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The views do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers. Visit us at www.metspirit.com. Copyright � The Metropolitan Spirit Inc. Reproduction or use without permission is prohibited. Phone: (706) 738-1142 Fax: (706) 733-6663 E-mail: email@example.com Letters to the Editor: P .O. Box 3809, Augusta, Ga. 30914-3809 GERALD JONES HONDA 733-2210 Sale Hotline: 800-203-9371 4 M E T R O S P I R I T J A N 2 2 0 0 3 Whine Line o the yutz on Gordon Highway Thursday morning who likes to zip along in his green Ford Taurus, tailgating others. Let me tell you something, pal: If you are in so much of a hurry in the morning that you have to hang four feet or less off the tail of my vehicle when I am not able to go the speed limit because of another car in front of me, then you need to leave work a lot earlier! Just when I thought Augusta couldn't get more pathetic, now they're gonna control massage people. What a crock! I've been seeing a masseur for three years and, I'm not sure if he is licensed, but he's strictly legal and does a great job. I won't let Augusta ruin my only stress relief. I think there are more pressing problems in this town to worry about. I agree with the two people who wrote in last week about being sick of all the screaming kids and people talking on cell phones during the movies. I also wish they would be considerate enough to leave the theater while these things are going on, and not continue to distract others! It seems that Curtis Baptist Church wants to get in the middle of the entertainment district flap. Does separation of church and state ring a bell? I am tired of you no-tax-paying churches trying to ruin things for tax-paying businesses. Amen to the people complaining about other people who talk on cell phones and/or allow crying children in movie theaters. I know people with children need to get out of the house; I had young children once too. But if my children started making a fuss, I got up and went in the lobby and stayed there until they quit fussing or the movie was over. Mostly, I had a baby-sitter watch them. Does it surprise anyone that Charles Walker writes a long letter condemning Billy Morris for Riverwalk and the potential new civic center with one hand, while setting up a revenue bond with the Richmond County Development T Authority with the other? That's right. He is still on its board and the money is for his other bought-and-paid-for organization, ANIC. Georgia's new flag would look horrible on a belt buckle, a bandanna, and a beach towel. Therefore, we need a new one. Well, well, now the big hoopla is over the newest Lingerie Barbie. Many women are saying it is a great way to teach girls about "reality." I guess you also should purchase the "perfect wife" dream house. It comes with an ankle bracelet and chain which allows Barbie to go from the bed to the kitchen stove. To the person in last week's Spirit who wrote, "If she were upscale, wouldn't that mean she's smart?" You're stupid. Close your trailer and go watch Jerry Springer. I could care less about Austin Rhodes, Ronnie Few or Mayor Bob Young; most of you are voyeurs just like me, so admit it. Only reason you send whines to The Spirit is so you can see yourself talk. I am not a waitress, but I am a customer. There are a lot of good waitresses out there who don't deserve to be stiffed. They work long, hard hours, and if they weren't there you would be eating at buffets. So please be kind to your waitresses. They deserve the 15 percent. And if you are going to be a cheapskate at this time of the year, I say bah humbug to you. Why does Austin Rhodes persist consistently using crude language and "dirty" words when broadcasting? It's a real turn off! Congratulations to the general manager of Clear Channel in Augusta for changing the format of 96.3 radio station. Maybe they will change the radio format to play some oldschool music instead of playing songs over and over again. This is a Thumb's Up to him. In the article about ambulance services, they stated a per-call charge of $200, then are paid millions of dollars per year by the county. Thumbs Up Vast urban sprawl has resulted in the rubber-stamping of much of America's landscape. But thanks to a generous gift by Tennessee senator and former presidential candidate Lamar Alexander, the WalMarts and Taco Bells will have to keep well away from the treasured Great Smoky Mountains. The Associated Press reported that Alexander and some of his neighbors donated more than 700 acres of undeveloped land bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The land, valued at millions of dollars, will now be preserved for generations to come. Thumbs Down City Administrator George Kolb, based on a letter he sent to Columbia County officials, seems to have overstepped the bounds of common sense and municipal duty by trying to micromanage the city's ambulance contract. In the letter, Kolb told Columbia County Administrator Steve Szablewski that he hoped Columbia County would express displeasure with ambulance company Gold Cross, for its "unprofessional behavior" and "influence them to change their policies." Gold Cross provides primary ambulance service to Columbia County. In September, Gold Cross informed Richmond County's Rural/Metro ambulance company that it would no longer be able to provide mutual aid to Richmond County unless compensated for those emergency calls. This month, Gold Cross went before the Augusta Commission asking to be compensated $200 per call under a proposed, new mutual aid agreement. And Gold Cross has the right to make that request, just as the Augusta Commission has the right to vote it up or down. Kolb's effort to put pressure on Gold Cross in its own back yard, however, is shady and amounts to meddling. Why was I charged $688 by Gold Cross? Also how can they make 24,000 calls per year, about 66 calls per day? I would appreciate an answer from someone. I was watching the news the other day; it was an interview with Martha Burk and the whole Augusta National thing. I was watching to get more facts, because I haven't made up my mind as to whether I agree or disagree or what my opinion is on the subject. But something happened during the interview that really, really made me angry. They said the name of her Web site was called www.augustadiscriminates.org, implying the whole city discriminates, and not that Augusta National discriminates. 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Through the Homeland Security Bill and the "Patriot" Act we'll be soon be seeing forced vaccinations, property and gun confiscations, and anyone who refuses will be arrested or sent to one of the many FEMA camps set up all over the country. This is freedom? Anyone who speaks out can be called a "domestic terrorist" and arrested, jailed, sent to trial and executed in secret. It's time for America to wake up before we lose the freedom we have fought and died to preserve. It was nice to see all of the local musicians perform Christmas music on the television...and to get a break from Austin Rhodes! After reading your Thumbs Down, I realized something. You used the words "have a child executed." It is so sickening to think or even try to comprehend the reason unborn human babies are so depersonalized to the point they meet a far more gruesome fate than a death row inmate's prick of a needle. I enjoyed reading Charles Walker's, "An Open Letter to Mr. Billy Morris". I haven't laughed so hard since the Walker families Campaign ads. Is this a case of "The Pot Calling the Kettle Black", or "Twin Sons of Different Mothers"? Just a reminder: It is illegal to pass on the right. In other words, if you are in the left hand lane, and people are passing you by the dozens, get over a lane, and let us all pass at (or above) the speed limit, gramps! Yes Curtis Baptist members, we would like bars and any other legal business to go in every place, anywhere, anytime, and any way in Augusta. Why they would have the same rights as churches except that they would pay tens of thousands of dollars in license fees, taxes, and bring spending patrons into our city. You however, accept city services and contribute nothing in return. The Augusta Aviation Commission's proposal to give Airport Director Ken Kraemer a Christmas bonus of $1,677 and raise his annual salary to $119,025 is absolute lunacy. Kraemer's new salary will approximate that of City Administrator George Kolb and for what? Running a "Field of Dreams" mired in red ink? The Augusta Commission should reject this idiotic proposal along with the Airport Commission's plan to dole out $68,000 in so-called "salary adjustments" to other airport employees. Business has changed with the advent of the mall and superstore. If Augusta is to survive, it must attract small niche businesses and draw customers night and day. Downtown Augusta cannot support large chain stores so it needs to support the small businessperson while providing police support necessary to Words "I must admit I had segregationist feelings. I mean, she was such a bitch." -- U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina), as quoted by the Associated Press, in reference to his feelings about outgoing Georgia Democrat Cynthia McKinney. Ballenger's words were even more offensive given the fact they were made in the aftermath of comments made by U.S. Sen. Trent Lott that glorified the early days of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who ran on a segregationist platform. Lott recently stepped down from the position of senate majority leader after bowing to pressure he received for the remarks. make people feel safe. Pastor Harris highlights the second biggest problem in Augusta; religious-ferver driving city policy. For the past 15 years, pastor Harris has had the business environment in Augusta that he feels is advantageous but the city has withered. Downtown Augusta has revived only recently with the opening of new businesses that include alcohol sales. If Augusta is not a small town, it should act like it. I'm a white conservative Republican, with a keen interest in historical preservation. I've seen some wonderful black and white photos of the old Lennox Theatre and was shocked and dismayed when I read the Don Cheeks article. He implies that there were some unexpected costs due to a corpse in the theatre. I'm sure relatively minimal compared to what he paid for the theatre and were certainly less than what he paid to have the building demolished. Also, he said he understood the historical significance of the theatre, why didn't he give someone else the opportunity to buy it from him, instead of having it destroyed. I'm sure there is more drama yet ahead for the watchers of the "Billy & Charlie Show", if the community is to move ahead. "In my humble opinion" to the soon to be ex-Senator "Mr. Walker" "get over it!" We reap what we sow! - Call our Whine Line at 510-2051 and leave your comments. We won't use your name. Fax your whines by dialing (706) 733-6663 or e-mail your whines to firstname.lastname@example.org. Style is in Full Bloom... ! New Suburban Torture Monday � 7:30pm Channel 4 BY JULIE LARSON The Forget-Me-Not Her four hand engraved petals reach for the morning sun...holding a magnificent Doris HeartStar diamond, proudly proclaiming the will of his heart.. 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The current situation involving the NCWO and Augusta only serves to put your average golf club member, both male and female, in the position of having to continually defend the game they love to those who don't play, who don't belong to a golf club and who think that golf hasn't changed since before the Ice Age. Men have to apologize for the elitist sexism they uphold, and women have to apologize for shamefully condoning it. Martha Burk's NCWO is an organization of 160 women's groups and 7 million members. She wants Augusta National, an elitist country club made up of rich CEOs and some of the world's most powerful male figures, to admit its first woman as a member. The Masters chairman, Hootie Johnson, maintains that Augusta National has the right as a private club to manage itself. Martha Burk's remit is to put social and economic pressure on high-profile discriminators against women. The Augusta National Golf Club, with its unenviable track record on sexual and racial discrimination, is a legitimate target. First off, Burk wrote to the three sponsors of the Masters -- Citigroup, IBM and Coca-Cola. How could they, she asked, sponsor an event whose club discriminates against 50 percent of the supposed target audience? It was a good question, and set the alarm bells ringing down in Georgia. W So much so that Hootie Johnson swiftly said goodbye to $10 million in advertising revenue by cancelling contracts with those aforementioned tournament sponsors. "I'm surprised at the amount of money they are willing to pay to continue to discriminate against women," said Burk, obviously sensing some initial victory. Hootie Johnson, on behalf of the Augusta members, all 300 of them, and all male of course, was adamant that his club would not be forced into change "at the point of a bayonet." Despite the First Amendment issue of the right to form any club, and the sexist and moral mores of the Augusta situation, this argument boils down to one extremely privileged rich woman wanting admittance to a club full of extremely privileged rich men. The question of why she would want to join this club is the one on most politically correct and inclusionist-thinking peoples' lips. And if she was admitted, the scenario put forward at the beginning of this article would remain -- we'd still all be apologizing for being members of golf clubs, and Augusta National would still be an elitist club. The basic problem here is two-fold: Clubs like Augusta National should clean up their political acts, whilst the general non-golfing public at large needs to understand that golf is inclusionist, and being a member of a club doesn't make you better than anyone else. Burk and the NCWO now decided to lobby the PGA Tour players. On the women's player front, no LPGA players have made any comments about the situation, and from the male side of the coin, Tiger Woods has merely (and correctly) stated that he would not want to interfere with anyone's First Amendment right to form and govern a club in any way they see fit. But Burk's group will certainly be looking to put some pressure on the world's highest profile player. The very quotable John Daly did have something to say about it, and my guess is that he speaks for many of the players. Daly has a public image that allows him to be cheeky, flippant and brutally honest in a sport where most players are very guarded about expressing their private opinion on anything other than which irons they feel comfortable hitting. "If Tiger was to say, `I'm not going to play Augusta if they don't allow women,' then I'd side with Tiger," Daly said. "But it would have to be all the players. And that's not going to happen." Whatever does happen from here on in, and it's a safe bet that eventually the Augusta National must relent or face a further fall in public support, no one would want to see the Masters Tournament suffer because of this, and no one would want professional golfers forced into political mouthpiece roles, whatever their views. The big question on this side of the Atlantic is what will the upshot of all this be for the broadcasters and sponsors of the Open Championship? The Open is played over courses whose host clubs, like Muirfield, Royal St Georges and Troon, are strictly male members. And golf's ruling body, the R&A, is an allmale members club. Muirfield has already suffered some deserved adverse publicity after this year's Open, and a result for the NCWO in the U.S. would serve only to increase pressure on these dinosaurian clubs to accept extinction and evolve into something better, smarter and a whole lot more fun to be around. The plot thickens. This article is reprinted with permission from StAndrews.com -- The Home of Golf on the net. StAndrews.com is involved in the promotion of the town and its golf courses to tourists and golfers worldwide. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. J A N 2 2 0 0 3 Martha Burk's remit is to put social and economic pressure on high-profile discriminators against women. The Augusta National Golf Club, with its unenviable track record on sexual and racial discrimination, is a legitimate target. The First Step First Baptist Church of to Augusta can provide you with the tools triumph. can provide you with the tools to triumph. � free to public � no pre-registration required � Call 731-5355 with questions Call 731-5355 with questions free public � no pre-registration required �� call to to reserve childcare for children age 5&� under � �call to reserve childcare for children age 5 & under� First Baptist Church of Augusta There is life after divorce. 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According to the latest Augusta Focus, Don Cheeks is the new Trent Lott, Pete Warren is the worst thing to happen to South Augusta blacks since Jim Crow, and Sue Burmeister is Austin Rhodes in drag (she should sue for that one). Columnist Robert Daniels suggests I have a mind "soaked in too much beer, moonshine, and catfish." Wait a second, I thought I was the only guy in town who used humorous racial metaphor to make a point. I wonder what kind of reaction I would get if I suggested Daniels was engaged in some type of stereotypical behavior, using unflattering racial connotations? I had a great example but the publisher won't let me use it, even if we could blame it on the moonshine. I was recently called by a local black political activist to have a "sit down." He wanted to get on to me for what he described as my use, both in this column and on the radio show, of racial slurs. It was an enlightening conversation. I knew I was in for an interesting visit when I walked into the place he chose to meet (a local fried chicken joint, I kid you not), and there he was sitting with Champ Walker. When I asked the activist to define "racial slur," he couldn't really do it. Then he came at me about "tone." A funny thing happened when we covered the instances, point by point, of my "harsh" assessments of local political personalities and situations. He agreed with me. The activist used language to describe the black welfare state that we cannot print here. His intensely crude remarks regarding the drug culture, rap music, broodmare welfare moms, and black political leaders would make Archie Bunker blush. And here he was accusing me of being "destructive." Conservatives, especially white conservatives, are not allowed to engage in such inflammatory language, because it "hurts" too much. No matter how true such assessments may be. It is called a double standard, and those on the political left are its champions. Well, liberals, and my own lovely wife, who long ago said, "I know I have a double standard, and I am perfectly comfortable with that." I haven't been on the air since the T SUITS 25%-50% OFF SPORTCOATS 25%-50% OFF PANTS 25% OFF DRESS/SPORT 25%-50% OFF SHIRTS TIES 25% OFF OUTERWEAR 35% OFF HART SCHAFFNER MARX | CORBIN | HICKIE-FREEMAN & MORE CORBIN | BALLIN | ZANELLA | HART SCHAFFNER MARX | BOBBY JONES | BERLE | TRICOT ST. RAPHAEL | RALPH LAUREN & MORE CLOTHING BY: PANTS & SPORTSWEAR BY: Friday before Christmas, eating up what was left of my annual vacation leave. With the time off, I have had the opportunity to reflect on what I do, and my role in this community. In the two weeks away, I have had a number of very odd encounters just like the one I described above. There was the 20-year-old man I met at a Christmas party who came up to me just to say he hated me. I asked him why, and he couldn't tell me. We started comparing stands on the issues of the day, one at a time, and he realized he was on my side. At the end of the conversation he made me swear not to tell anyone he really agreed with me. I told him I wouldn't name him, but the story was too good not to share. Then, the middle-aged lady who first tapped my shoulder in the grocery store to say she was a fan, and then a few minutes later, tracked me down to offer me a cash tip. In 20 years of media work, that was a first. I thanked her profusely, telling her to keep her money, and again noting that the story was far more valuable than the cash. Finally, there is a physician in town I have gotten to know, who has had very interesting insight to share on the abortion issue. She also approached me somewhat guardedly, expecting a nasty fight, only to be amazed when she realized we share most of the same views. I relate these accounts to illustrate that most intelligent people, when discussing social and political situations one-onone, will agree more often than not. Yes, there are nuts on both sides of the aisle who tend to get all the ink. Whether it be Jesse Helms or Jesse Jackson, both political pedigrees have their share of irresponsible flame throwers. The good news is, it looks as though most of those guys are dying out or moving on. But not me. I am here and I promise, as the left gets nuttier, I am going to enjoy chronicling the antics through all of 2003. To those who proclaim me the antiChrist, I can offer only this: Anytime you want to go toe-to-toe with me, my microphones are open to you. Come into the studio, plop your fanny down, and go for it. This invitation especially applies to any and all columnists from the Augusta Focus. I love what I do, and I am willing to share the fun with any and all qualified comers. 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