Regarding the Rev. W. Chuck Hunt's letter "Moral Augustans don't want X-Mart" (July 29): The Rev. Hunt refers to Augusta as a "Christian city." During my 33 years in Augusta, I have heard it called many things, but never "Christian." I have always preferred a "Garden City." It gives an illusion of beauty and peace, whereas "Christian city" tags it as judgmental and moralizing.
As for the "city leaders living by high moral standards," the commissioners' images are tainted by self-serving racial bias in the guise of Christians. They are led by a mayor who will be remembered only as the photo-op king. As for the Coliseum Authority, it is merely the pile of ashes that result after pouring "stupid" gas onto a "crazy" fire.
X-Mart would sell the same materials found on the Internet. The difference is that what's sold on the Internet does not contribute to the Richmond County tax base, but what will be sold at X-Mart would. Do we turn away a business that sells to a public who can buy the same things on the Internet during times when Augusta needs all the tax monies it can get? If there were not a demand for these materials, the X-rated book stores would cease to exist in nearby communities.
This letter is not to imply that I support the sale of pornography, nor that I will patronize X-Mart, but it is my right to choose. America is in a time of economic crisis -- soldiers dying in an unnecessary war; people suffering from disease who cannot afford health care; and an environment going down the sewer. Yet all these moralists have to worry about -- using Christianity as their weapon -- is where John Q. Public spends his time and his money.
They shouldn't waste their time worrying about the X-Mart. They should spend it on constructive ideas about the real problems in our community.