Doug Lively belongs in District 8 seat

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I read with interest Sylvia Cooper's City Ink column ("Invitation mystery solved, and 800 enjoyed barbecue," Sept. 25) quoting Joe Jackson as reporting 215 people attended a rally for District 8 Augusta Commission candidate Wayne Guilfoyle.

Several days before the rally I answered a knock on my door to find Mr. Guilfoyle. He invited me to attend his function. Even after telling him I was supporting his opponent, Doug Lively, he insisted I come.

So, I was in attendance at the fish fry at Mrs. B's restaurant. I counted the number attending, for comparison purposes. The best, most generous, count I could muster was around 80 people. The building can only hold about 70 seated patrons. I find Mr. Jackson's report to be disingenuous.

I also believe you are judged by the company you keep. I recall when a vote was taken to relocate the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to the Southgate Shopping Center. This move could have fortified a police presence in south Augusta and helped create a wave of private redevelopment. Two of the south Augusta commissioners attending Guilfoyle's event voted "no," opting rather to spend on a new building across the street from 401 Walton Way. The vote failed by a 6-to-4 margin.

I'm supporting a candidate who's committed to representing the residents of District 8, and working together with other commissioners for the improvement of south Augusta. What's good for south Augusta is good for all of Augusta, especially when we increase the number of taxpaying residents, grow our outlying areas to attract young professionals and discourage flight to surrounding counties.

I'm supporting a candidate who will state the truth, regardless of whether it helps or hinders his cause. Integrity is an important component in any candidate. I believe Doug Lively is that candidate. I'm even more sure after reading Mrs. Cooper's column.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/11/10 - 10:11 am
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Are these candidates ever

Are these candidates ever going to debate? Is the AC ever going to do in depth articles about their history and their positions? I am trying to cast an intelligent vote but cannot seem to find anything but a few one liner quotes. I want a strong District 8 commissioner and the last one was sure a useless bust as far as I am concerned. I would especially like one who owns some of this EMPTY, over valued, RESIDENTIAL property out here in south RC. I am tired of my south RC property VALUES going down while the tax VALUATIONS (totally different thing than actual value) going up. All while south RC gets NO development, no attention (except from the tax office), little or no maintenance, and poor police, fire, and amublance service. I will admit that the county does occasionally send a coroner and a wrecker out to pick up the wrecked autos and the bodies out of the 5' feet deep overgrown drainage ditches in front of my property but that is about the only time I see a county service. We don't need a South Augusta commissioner. We need a South Richmond County (south of Spirit Creek) commissioner who owns some of this high dollar real estate out here. We are sure being taxed but we are not being represented by any stretch of the imagination.

in total awe
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in total awe 10/11/10 - 03:51 pm
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Wow Mr. Kalbach, you have

Wow Mr. Kalbach, you have raised some very good points. The Police relocating to Southgate would've been a great idea if the owner hadn't tried to rape the taxpayers for 50% more than the almost 50 year old building was appraised. I guess Mr Smith ( Lively's ordained predecessor ) didn't show much fiscal responsibility on that one since he voted for it. After all it's only money, right? Thankfully ther are six sane commissioners. Also, the people of Goshen Plantation were thrown under the bus by Mr. Smith and Don Grantham. They tried to slide a Section 8 development ( with it's own bus route ) on the back side of Goshen under the guise of development for south Augusta. The shame of it all is that the other HUD funds that came with the deal were to go to downtown development. Nice trade off by our District 8 Commissioner (crime for Goshen --- money for downtown). The list goes on and on. I think you may be right, you are judged by the company you keep.

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rebellious 10/11/10 - 05:36 pm
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Di, there have been three

Di, there have been three forums to date. Doug Lively and Tom Cobb attended all 3, Guilfoyle and Tanner made 1. Doug's website is www.lively4commissioner.com for his Bio and Platform.

Awe...as I am sure you are aware, the stimulus monet was applied for without commissioner's knowledge by Russell and Copenhaver. They learned about the award at the same time as the rest of Augusta. But then that little tidbit would not make your comments quite as exciting, what with there being no scandal involved.

in total awe
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in total awe 10/12/10 - 12:46 pm
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Reb: It would be a shame to

Reb:
It would be a shame to let fact get in the way of a good story. During the community meeting by the commissioners to announce the "facts" to the residents of Goshen, Jimmy Smith verbally confirmed he would vote for the development to be located in Goshen (a "tidbit" you somehow overlooked). This can be confirmed by the 300 or so in attendance. Please don't say he didn't understand or have enough time to read the paperwork. If that were the case, his yes vote would indicate either eneptitude or an ulterior motive, you can make your own choice.

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