Roundtree is right choice

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Choosing Richard Roundtree as the new Richmond County sheriff was the right move. It’s obvious this gentleman is smart and highly intelligent; therefore, he’s the breakthrough our community has been clamoring for since the days of Jim Crow.

Our community can now move forward and meet the law enforcement challenges for the 21st century because of the new “bad boy” that going to elevate our law enforcement department to an even higher level of competency. Of course, this is what law enforcement “bad boys” are capable of doing. All Augustans should be elated that Sheriff Roundtree is our man to achieve and
master an agenda for making Augusta a better and safer community for all citizens.

Our new sheriff has a new attitude and a new progressive agenda to combat crime. Also, he’s going to do what’s right and fair for all Augustans in spite of race, color, creed or religion.

What has impressed me most with Sheriff Roundtree’s insight is that he has stressed on numerous occasions that he will put forth new ideas and initiatives for combating crime in our community. It is a great thing to see our law enforcement leader embrace positive change.

Sheriff Roundtree’s high education status and mature level of thinking puts him in the forefront for thinking out of the box. To be honest, this gives him a big advantage for dealing with the harsh realities to combat modern-day criminals.

Our sheriff is poised to lead our community in this 21st century. What more could our community ask for?

E. Maner

Augusta

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/03/13 - 08:34 am
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Despite the lack of substance
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Despite the lack of substance in this letter, I doubt that law enforcement "bad boys" is an image Sheriff Roundtree intends to promote.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/03/13 - 08:24 am
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For once.....

For once, I half agree with palmetto; this letter lacks substance. It's always amazing to me how people will blindly follow any man, even promoting this person; without a single shred of evidence of their greatness.

Mr/Mrs. Manor; do you realize that SAYING he will put forth new ideas and initiatives for combating crime in our community, is NOT in fact, new ideas? Thats like a politicians saying they plan to cut the budget or deficit, without saying exactly how they plan to do this. When are Americans going to WAKE UP and realize that saying you're going to do something, isn't actually doing it. Here is a novel idea; lets WAIT and SEE exactly how he is going to preform, BEFORE heaping praise upon ANYONE.

If Sheriff Roundtree does a wonderful job, that is good for EVERYONE, so we should ALL be hoping the best for this man and his deputies. BUT, to heap praise on him, when he has accomplish NOTHING at this point, is absurd at best.

Then you go on to say; "All Augustans should be ELATED that Sheriff Roundtree is our man to achieve and MASTER an agenda for making Augusta a better and safer community for all citizens."

Really? Care to explain exactly what he has accomplished or mastered at this point? Please, give me specifics, not rhetoric. So what exactly should we be ELATED about, at this point in time? I haven't been "Elated" with any Sheriff of any County. Yes, there are some fine Sheriffs that are doing excellent jobs and we should be pleased they are doing good jobs. But ELATED?

Elated; Exultantly proud and joyful, full of high spirits, exhilaration, pride or optimism; very happy.

You honestly feel this way over ANY MAN, who has just taken office and hasn't proved ANYTHING at this point? You're suggesting we should feel EXULTANTLY PROUD and feel exhilaration? For what EXACTLY?

You also wrote; "Our new sheriff has a new attitude and a new progressive agenda to combat crime. Also, he’s going to do what’s right and fair for all Augustans in spite of race, color, creed or religion."

Ok, and maybe you're right; but is it possible to hold back praise until he has ACTUALLY proved this? Until he has actually accomplished the goals he SAYS he has in mind? Certainly everyone SHOULD give this man a fair chance to prove his merit. We should be optimistic and even pray for this man; that he does a good job. But again, to heap praise upon him at this point, is ridiculous.

"Sheriff Roundtree’s high education status and MATURE level of thinking puts him in the forefront for thinking out of the box. To be honest, this gives him a big advantage for dealing with the harsh realities to combat modern-day criminals."

Can you please explain to me (Becaue I suppose I'm just a simpleton), EXACTLY what you mean by "Mature level of thinking"?

Could you please tell me exactly WHO this gives him an advantage over? Are you saying our past Sheriffs didn't have a "Mature level of thinking"?

This is a pathetic letter, based upon nothing but ideology; certainly not reality. It does nothing but heap BLIND Praise upon a MAN for reasons unknown. Common sense would tell us to give this man a chance and actually SEE what he can do; but this letter is completely void of common sense. It's just amazing to me that ANYONE would put so much blind faith in ANY man; regardless of political affiliation, because MEN have notoriously let us down. Let's make them PROVE their worth, before proclaiming them a brilliant success.

Have we not learn this lesson from current examples? I strongly fear not; which means we are in trouble because if we don't learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.

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carcraft 03/03/13 - 08:31 am
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The department of redundancy

The department of redundancy department is in full operation with this letter " It’s obvious this gentleman is smart and highly intelligent; therefore, he’s the breakthrough our community has been clamoring for since the days of Jim Crow" well Ok he may also be bright !

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/03/13 - 08:33 am
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For once, I completely agree
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For once, I completely agree with Myfather. Something must have frozen over..so I guess we're both safe from that now.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/03/13 - 08:45 am
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Someone - somewhere

was awarded the Nobel prize - don't know (or recall) what for. He had not proven himself either.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/03/13 - 08:57 am
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I had a neutral opinion of
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I had a neutral opinion of Roundtree before the election since I didn't know much about him. His greedy actions just after being elected has shown me he will fit right in with Augusta. Augustan's deserve him.

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scoobynews 03/03/13 - 09:07 am
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Truly Worried!

I have been wondering the same thing lol. I am just glad I was not drinking my coffee when I read this letter.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/03/13 - 12:14 pm
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E. Maner

I can't believe you would submit a RAVE like that. The comment on Noble Peace Prize is the great comparison.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 03/03/13 - 10:28 am
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It is Too Soon to tell.

Remember no sheriff is 100% loved.
Because he will always be putting people in jail.
An right now, I'd bet, with Operation Thunder that number is at a peak.

chascushman
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chascushman 03/03/13 - 10:33 am
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Someone should save this LTE
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Someone should save this LTE and reprint it in about 2 yrs. and I’m sure E. Maner would be red in the face with embarrassment.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/03/13 - 10:41 am
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E. Maner........I ain't seen

E. Maner........I ain't seen jack squat out of him yet except a new SUV and a 15% pay raise.....which he woudn't have gotten except for the vote of one of our ethics investigation challenged commissioners looking for some help.

My guess is that Roundtree wanted the pay raise BEFORE his performance became an issue. It's hard to get that pay raise AFTER the first screw up hits the papers and that will surely come as soon as the "black sheriff" honeymoon fawning is over. His track record is too clear.

"Sheriff Roundtree’s high education status and mature level of thinking puts him in the forefront for thinking out of the box."

High education status? Really? In case you haven't noticed, they hand those degrees out like M&M's to anybody willing to sign up for the government tuition assistance programs to pay for them.

And as for his "mature level of thinking", I guess that's what got him fired from the sheriff's department when he was diddling the female deputies, leaving case files in his vacated apartment, and covering up for the embezzler at the school when he was at the RCBOE.

Why don't you just say what you mean E. Maner. He's your guy because he's black. PERIOD.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/03/13 - 11:02 am
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Here we go.......... I was
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Here we go.......... I was enjoying reading the comments on this thread.
Dichotomy sure took care of that. No problem, I got better things to do.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/03/13 - 11:28 am
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What do you want as the top law enforcement officer
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in the second largest city in GA? A Global International City?

Someone who is honest and above reproach?
Someone who can articulate thoughts?
Someone who can manage a large business enterprise?
Someone who can lead by example?
Someone who is open and accessible?
Someone you can look up to with pride?
Someone who can manage his personal business?
Someone who has a stable life?
Someone who can manage his private life?
Someone who is an adult?
Someone who sees himself as a servant of the people?
Someone who treats others with respect, regardless of culture?
Someone who respects women, husbands or wives?

Yes, he is that man. In the never never land of ARC.

Jane18
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Jane18 03/03/13 - 11:48 am
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dichotomy's Last Paragraph

Thank you, dichotomy, that's was my first thought when I began reading Maner's letter. Also, I would ask the letter writer about the ".........new attitude and new "progressive" agenda to combat crime". What? What? Please break that "progressive" agenda down for us simple folks, O.K.?(E.Maner, you do know "progressive" is a dirty word, don't you?)

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specsta 03/03/13 - 05:36 pm
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All Thunder and No Lightning

Sheriff Roundtree has made positive strides into increasing the level of professionalism and courtesy among the RCSO in dealing with the public; however, the Governor's intrusion into Augusta via Operation Thunder is proving to be a public relations nightmare for the Sheriff.

The timing of this operation is a little suspect - the first African-American Sheriff in RC is elected on a platform of community policing and raising professional standards, and suddenly the Governor offers his task force for 90 days - which is basically a Gestapo-like checkpoint with dozens of police cars, canine units, and a heavy-handed approach to demand the showing of "your papers".

Not only is the show of force extreme, but there have been unsafe conditions created for the public (such as the earlier incident with the speeding and crashing police cars). Many folks are frustrated with 45-minute waits in traffic to have their "papers" checked. Folks are refusing to drive into Richmond County at night out of fear they will be caught up in one of these dragnets. Not too good for the public perception of the RCSO.

While the goal seems sensible on the surface (catching drunk drivers, etc.) there is an element that hasn't been considered. People in Augusta drive the way they do because they haven't been trained otherwise. An Augustan thinks it's normal to use the turn lane as a passing lane, to run red lights, to tailgate, to speed 20 mph above the posted limit, to cut across two lanes of traffic from the left lane to make a right turn - and the list goes on.

Bad driving habits get passed on to teens from parents, because the parents don't know any better either. To expect a revolution in the driving habits of Augustans, simply because of an avalanche of written citations, is just a bit silly.

Here's an idea - offer substantial insurance discounts to drivers who have taken a safety/defensive driving course. Make it a state-wide initiative. That is the only way to reduce accidents and fatalities - by teaching drivers HOW TO DRIVE. Writing countless citations is just a band-aid on a gaping wound and creates public distrust.

It would have been a better situation if the Sheriff were given the opportunity to remake his Traffic Division as he saw fit, without the addition of the Governor's task force at this early stage.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/03/13 - 07:15 pm
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@specsta

Thanks for the wonderful advice; BUT, most insurance companies already offer discounts for completing a defensive driving course. If you complete it and bring the certificate to them, they will give a discount, although it certainly isn't "substantial".

But, leave it to you to also give unmerited praise to the current Sheriff; saying "Sheriff Roundtree has made positive strides into increasing the level of professionalism and courtesy among the RCSO in dealing with the public."

Really? Where did you get this information? Did you do a poll? So, Roundtrees policies, which have barely been in place more than a month, have made positive STRIDES in increasing the level of professionalism? Absolutely absurd!!

Your racism is on clear display here today, heaping unmerited praise upon a man, then pointing to something that in your opinion is bad (Operation Thunder) but giving the same man a complete pass on any responsibility for it. Blaming it on the white governor; this comment is laughable. It's so clearly bias, its sickening. Were you actually trying to pass this off as reasonable logic? Just curious.

On the other point; oooh yes, we must get rid of the gestapo police in this Country. Hey, why don't we just have anarchy, where everyone fends for themselves. Such non-sensical rhetoric!!

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Riverman1 03/03/13 - 07:40 pm
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"They Only Kill Each Other"

I want my conservative friends to think about this a minute. Most of the crime in the majority black county is committed by blacks. It’s usually committed against other blacks, but it also spills over causing white victims, too. I know that and you do, too. In the past, the RCSO, media and public have watched uncomfortably as the black on black crime soared with murders and shootouts at First Friday. The realization coming to the white public is crime of any type is dangerous to the whole city. In the past, some said there was no way for police to stop some of the murders and so on that went on in the projects as if because the crime was not in the white community it didn’t matter.

For those who realize the flaw in that sort of logic, this is where a black Sheriff can make a difference with his understanding and emphasis on community relations. The drug dealer kingpins will be pointed out to officers of a black led force and addressed. The man who is acting crazy around his family and neighborhood will be visited because the people GO TO THE POLICE and appropriate action taken if he is deemed a threat. That’s how we BEGIN to stop the crime that some think is impossible to halt.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/03/13 - 10:00 pm
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If Roundtree is the answer

,,, that had to be one stupid question.

Darby
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Darby 03/03/13 - 11:01 pm
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Come on guys, cut E. Maner a little slack.....

His letter is obviously a crudely done and sloppy attempt at satire. No one could write that with a straight face...

I kept reading, looking for the punch line but it never came...

Darby
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Darby 03/03/13 - 11:25 pm
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"this is where a black Sheriff can make a difference"...

Yeah, worked out real well in Detroit didn't it?

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 03/03/13 - 11:49 pm
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"Grateful Mother" and E.

"Grateful Mother" and E. Maner must be related.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 03/04/13 - 02:09 am
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I bet dollars to doughnut holes....

the people in the projects come forward even less...remember that was a black cop that shot the drug dealing thug in cherry tree and the residents wanted to riot. Nice theory though. As more and more projects are torn down and those residents are placed in middle class neighborhoods you will see the decent people that live in those neighborhoods and have the means moving out. That's just a fact.

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