Don't cut corners in the wrong places

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Two slain women were discovered early Thanksgiving morning near Laney-Walker Boulevard. The killings add to our growing number of murders this year, and supposedly happened on one of Augusta's furlough days. If this is true, I recommend taking a fresh look at furloughing necessary services.

When I am trying to save money on my electricity at my home, I will turn off many unneeded lights and unplug many unneeded appliances -- but the last thing I will do is turn off my alarm system! Does it make any sense to furlough sheriff's deputies when we have county employees leaning on shovels all over town, sweeping floors in nearly empty county buildings, or making sure everyone who walks into the Municipal Building undergoes an aggressive search for weapons, keys, cell phones, etc.? Fewer rent-a-cops can do this job.

Also, did we really need a new library? As I recall, the old one was barely used except as a homeless day program.

And did we really need a new courthouse that will have even less parking than the old one? Guess who will get the prime parking spots -- not your average citizen, I'll guarantee that!

Use your common sense, commissioners! Take a fresh look at what services are truly necessary and what services we can do without and still be safe. Foolishness!

Gary J. Heffner


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justus4 11/30/10 - 08:58 am
Using the fear angle will

Using the fear angle will only work with those uninformed citizens, but then again, it may sway the local elected officials to "beef up" or throw more tax dollars into some project to "keep us safe." Being afraid to move about is a personal decision, but don't think everyone is shaking with fear because fatalities were discovered. This is America! A very violent place> It was founded on violence. The history is littered with violent acts, so don't attempt to capitalize on such negative acts by wanting more money. Put more money into education and school programs and better teachers because THAT'S where society lost these criminals long ago - in school.

Jane18 11/30/10 - 10:33 am
Common sense in government?

Common sense in government? Are you kidding me? That little place in their brains does not exist. They are like a child with some money in a candy store, a child that was never taught IN THEIR HOME. All of life's lessons(personal, civic, emotional, lawful, financial, etc.) must start at home. School did not teach me these things, my father(Dad) did..................Sorry J4

IntrepidES96 11/30/10 - 07:46 pm
While I will agree that

While I will agree that Augusta cuts corners in the wrong places, some new things are needed.

The library was and is used quite a lot by many people for various tasks. That includes people using the materials for school research, internet for research & job searches, programs for children, and much more.

I visit the library quite often to check out books and attend programs. It stays busy...Even on Sunday afternoons! The staff is stretched thin, but they still do a good job covering all of the bases.

One major problem is the lack of parking around the library. The fact that the parking lot is SMALLER for a building that is 3 times the size of the old building is pathetic!

The old building was not maintained by the county properly and became run down much like many other county buildings. One can only hope that they will not allow this to happen to this building.

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