Don't cut corners in the wrong places

 

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

Augusta

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