It all boils down to safety

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In reply to the “Do you see the elephant?” letter Aug. 31: Regarding draws to an area – safety, schools, entertainment, jobs, etc. – the No. 1 item has to be safety. Without this, nothing else succeeds.

Safety/control starts at home, with the family unit. The breakdown of this causes a house of cards to fall.

If the statement by an Augusta commissioner that crime is everywhere and we don’t have a problem – and that is the mind-set of Augusta leadership – then denial rules the day, and urban blight takes over.

Recently I visited Branson, Mo., and saw how a downtown-on-the-river can succeed. It reminded me of Augusta – Riverwalk, without the problems. I recommend the leaders of Augusta contact this city, and find out how it is successfully running its downtown. If what you’re doing isn’t working, seek help from those who have succeeded.

William Getha

Evans

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/16/13 - 05:35 am
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Best Practices and Benchmarking don't compute in ARC
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Best Practices and Benchmarking don't compute in ARC

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/16/13 - 05:37 am
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1st you have to have leaders with brains and experience
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1st you have to have leaders with brains and experience

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/16/13 - 05:38 am
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2nd you have to have leaders who are not criminals
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2nd you have to have leaders who are not criminals

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/16/13 - 05:39 am
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3rd, leaders who agree progress is more than asphalt/concrete
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3rd, leaders who agree progress is more than asphalt/concrete

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/16/13 - 07:28 am
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Great Idea

Great Idea Mr. Getha, the problem is that if the ARC Commish. do this they won't be able to pay for another overpriced study!!

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bubbasauce 09/16/13 - 09:35 am
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They already go on enough

They already go on enough trips to other cities for conventions and other things. They need to stay here and do their job!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/16/13 - 10:04 am
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You could swap the entire

You could swap the entire county gov with Branson or any other progressive city, and it would not matter much. It would take decades to undo the attitudes of the residents created by the current dysfunction. Due to the mismanagement and waste in the past, most any downtown development plans will be met with no, no, no. Can't say as I blame them.

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Darby 09/16/13 - 12:04 pm
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Darby 09/17/13 - 01:12 am
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dichotomy - let me guess, you don't

work for the local chamber of commerce do you?

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