KIRBY: Debating issues on democracy’s ground floor

An optimist seeks the opportunity in every difficulty.


— Winston Churchill


I went to our annual neighborhood association meeting. I saw old guys in golf shirts. Women in sweaters … and nobody I knew. (I’ve got to get out more.)

We talked about mailboxes for about 20 minutes. It is an issue for our time. Some were happy. Some were not. Consensus was reached when all agreed mailboxes should look nice.

We talked about crime. Twelve autos were entered during the past year, according to the safety committee. Eleven were unlocked with a purse or backpack visible on the seat.

The committee, and I’m sure they looked into this pretty carefully, advised locking your car at night. Consensus again achieved.

Perhaps the most hotly debated issue involved lost pets. Dogs are fleeing captivity at an alarming rate, although it appears they always return for supper.

The escapes, you see, were not the real problem. No, that would be the “LOST PET” posters. They go up but are not taken down.

Some in the crowd advised using web sites, but it turned out that there are about four different ones claiming some sort of neighborhood affiliation, including one woman who suggested we put it on her Facebook page because, she said, everyone looks at her Facebook page. (I didn’t know her.)

The safety committee seemed to resolve the issue by advising everyone to lock their gates, and we all went home pleased with the democratic process.


OPERA WEEKEND: The Mikado, Gilbert &Sullivan’s classic, is being put on by The Opera Initiative at Augusta University. It’s at 7:30 tonight and Saturday night and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Maxwell Theatre.

Great cast, wonderful music and a funny story, made funnier by rewriting of some dialogue to comment on modern times, I am told.

Tickets are $10 for seniors, and $15 for general public.


SCOUT SOCIAL: The Boy Scouts of America’s Georgia-Carolina Council will hold a networking breakfast Feb. 27 at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Augusta for all area residents who earned the organization’s top rank of Eagle Scout.

The non-fundraising event will start at 7:30 a.m. at the hotel, at 444 Broad St. Free coffee, pastries and door prizes will be offered to all Eagle Scout guests.

All Eagle Scouts in the area who would like to attend are asked to RSVP to Creek River District Executive Wesley Brown at or (706) 733-5277 and provide their name, address, phone number, and year and troop in which they earned the Eagle rank.


TODAY’S JOKE: A father asked his young daughter how she liked her first week of public school.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “I can’t write. I can’t read. And they won’t let me talk!”


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