In our world, you either picked up the trash or you didn’t.
– Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
Let me take a moment to mention today is the 20th anniversary of the last issue of the Augusta Herald, our town’s longtime afternoon newspaper.
The publication that gave us the journalism of John Barnes, Carl Langley, Margaret Twiggs and a young Don Rhodes ceased publication April 30, 1993.
I was thinking about the Herald the other day because it had this regular feature called Lord Augustus, which pointed out various problems around town, usually piles of trash. Here’s how it worked. Someone would call the Herald City Desk about such a mess and a photographer would be dispatched.
His picture would then run accompanied by an image of the cartoon figure of Lord Augustus – who looked somewhat like that millionaire in the Monopoly game. Usually, he would point at the trash pile with an offended expression on his patrician face. And somehow, some way, the trash would get cleaned up.
I was thinking of Lord Augustus because I keep getting phone calls about trash being dumped in front of an empty house in the 2500 block of Mount Auburn Street not that far from Summerville Cemetery. I advised my caller (I am not certain of his name or where he lives, but it must be near the trash pile.) to check with the city.
He said he had, several times, and nothing had happened. In fact, he seemed to suspect there might be reprisals in filing such complaints.
Finally, I drove over myself and checked out the pile. It was not the worst I’d ever seen, but it was an eyesore.
I thought this might present an opportunity for me to understand how the city handles such complaints, so I went back to my desk, called City Hall and described the problem.
The Augusta Cares folks were very nice and polite, made a record of my 3:30 p.m. Thursday complaint and said they would look into it. So, we’ll see how long this takes.
Out of curiosity, I drove by Friday on my way home and noticed the pile was growing. Apparently the word is out that this is a good place to dump stuff.
On Sunday, I drove by again and noticed broken concrete blocks had joined the mound.
GOOD TASTE: As part of its Brown Bag History Series, the Augusta Museum of History presents “Southern Cooking” a talk given by Barbara Howard Ross, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. I hope she can tell us why our food tastes so good.
TODAY’S JOKE: This one comes from Everett Fernandez:
A Sunday school teacher asked Little Johnny, “Do you believe in the devil?”
“No,” Little Johnny said. “It’s the same as Santa Claus. I know it’s my daddy.”