Fighting crime: clean living has to pay

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Fighting the war on drugs and crime is a never-ending battle.

Like many who live or work in Augusta, I long for the day our neighborhoods and schools are drug and crime free, but I feel it will always be a problem.

Fighting to shut down drug houses in a specific neighborhood will not solve the problem. These dealers will just move to another house or another neighborhood. Sure, we can lock these dealers up, but that is just a temporary solution. Because they have no employment opportunities due to the mistakes they've made, they will return to criminal activity in order to survive.

If employers would be more willing to give these people a second chance, it might help reduce the criminal activity county wide, rather than in a specific community. We have to start somewhere.

Dennis Herring

Martinez

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follower 08/08/11 - 08:36 am
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myfather, I think most people

myfather, I think most people want that day, but are unwilling to take the path that leads there. The narrow path leads to life, but broad is the road that leads to destruction. In this country especially, we deny ourselves nothing.

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AutumnLeaves 08/08/11 - 04:38 pm
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Sorry, but I'm in no mood for

Sorry, but I'm in no mood for a pity party. I have a degree, have commited no crimes, have the skills necessary for employment, yet I am severely underemployed, while I keep hearing in the media about felons that have very good full-time jobs in Augusta, GA. Of course, some have been found out AFTER committing more criminal acts while employed, their histories come to light then and they're booted, ruining their "second chance" themselves. Like the enterprising meter reader. And the bookkeeper out at the landfill. One was even a convicted murderer. Second chances? I'd like to have a FIRST chance at a position. If I was just going by the impression I get from reading media reports having a criminal record makes you MORE employable around here, NOT less. I'm kind of relieved, though, I was beginning to think it was a race thing. I have noticed that at least there is a very rich and diverse demographic employed here. At least that was my impression. There is nothing wrong with that if you skip the criminal culture.

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AutumnLeaves 08/08/11 - 04:39 pm
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BTW, I do believe some

BTW, I do believe some departments have tightened up their background checks. Maybe I will have a better chance now.

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cityman 08/15/11 - 06:44 am
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