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The time has come when people in our community are becoming more aware of our political misguidance and even lack of reasonable progress. Because of this awakening, more citizens are speaking out, asking questions and demanding answers.

We would be very prudent to begin the process of changing the political, public housing and educational cultures within our borders. We simply cannot continue operating under a cloud of wishful thinking and hidden hands, and somehow believe that we will come out shining in the end. If we continue on with business as usual, the joke will be squarely on us – and it won’t be funny.

We should initiate a county initiative that encompasses major areas of community concern – juvenile crime, unkept lots (exposing slumlords), and efficiency of our Augusta Commission and school board. We are overdue on a robust public transportation system, and somewhat derelict on developing our young adults.

The steps that have to be undertaken to reach a higher level of prosperity will not be easily implemented or understood. However, we will not become this major, thriving metropolis that we hope for and often speak about. If you are a government employee who is here for the ride, or an average performer who is around just for a check, then this community is not wholesomely benefiting from your service. If a parent does not accept responsibility for his or her child, or is not held accountable for that child’s behavior, then tell me how we expect to improve our public education? How can we expect to reduce violent crimes by our young adults if we don’t take legal action on negligent parents?

How can we expect a more efficient government when some department heads or higher-ranking managers act as though they are not accountable to citizens, or demonstrate an almost complete disregard for the average citizen, or are very difficult to work with from a subordinate standpoint?

And how about the promise of a slimmer, more efficient consolidated government? Too many individuals seem to feel they are somewhat entitled to a job, pay raise etc., all at taxpayers’ expense. This same thought process by citizens and politicians alike ultimately tilts the scale of progress toward unbalance. It also appears that the good ol’ boys at the country club and the “chosen one” medical institution are calling all of the shots behind the scenes.

I am but a voice in the wilderness, and cling to the hope that we will accomplish great things here in Richmond County. Let’s roll!

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 09/17/13 - 01:23 am
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Amen to that!

Amen to that!

deestafford
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deestafford 09/17/13 - 03:23 am
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What Brian says is right on target.

However, we somehow need to get the ball rolling by starting at the individual level and having the individual take pride in themselves and then pride in their family. It's got to come from the bottom up from the individual to the family to the neighborhood to the church to the community to the city. The top down approach has been tried for 50+ years and we see what it has brought.

The first thing is to tackle the out of wedlock births. We must get people to take pride in them selves and believe there is something more out there. Communities, leaders, and preachers should be preaching the example of Dr Ben Carson and what he became from where he was. Read his books, "Gifted Hands" and "America the Beautiful". I and my wife have give numerous copies of the former to young black children hoping that it will make a difference in their lives.

Is anyone getting the young people together with their parents on Saturday mornings and telling them stories about people such as Dr Carson, Dr Thomas Sowell, Dr Walter Williams, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, George Washington Carver, and Broker T. Washington and what they had to over come was much worse than any thing young people today face. Talk with them about these role models and not people like Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and W. E. DuBois. Talk with them about people who love America and not those who try to tear it down through negativism.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/17/13 - 06:05 am
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Across the board

From Brian Green's letter:

And how about the promise of a slimmer, more efficient consolidated government? Too many individuals seem to feel they are somewhat entitled to a job, pay raise etc., all at taxpayers’ expense.

We read last week that the sheriff wants across the board raises for all his employees. That goes against Mr. Green's ideal. Across the board pay raises destroy the incentive to strive for excellence.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/17/13 - 06:08 am
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That's right, deestafford, if
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That's right, deestafford, if we could only get those black people to straighten up, everything would be perfect.

deestafford
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deestafford 09/17/13 - 06:57 am
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palmetto

Out of wedlock births are a sickness in the white community but it is terminal cancer in the black community.

Why is it that anytime that is brought up someone wants to play the race card and not admit that it is the single most pressing problem in the black culture today?

A lack of father leads to children searching for discipline and acceptance by them joining gangs so they can belong to a family. This in turn leads to a life of crime and dependence.

I must say the Hispanic community is not far behind but I did not address it because it does not seem to be the problem here in Augusta because of the smaller population here as compared to other cities.

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localguy55 09/17/13 - 08:01 am
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Term limits, pay limits,

Term limits, pay limits, upper management accountability, speedy recall eletions, Laws that prosecute elected officals for misconduct as far as it pertains to destructive decisions made. Take a lesson from the military, officers are held to a high standard than our elected officials. These people need to be held accountable and many times they are not.

Darby
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Darby 09/17/13 - 02:23 pm
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"That's right, deestafford, if we could only

get those black people to straighten up, everything would be perfect."

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Which black people were you referring to palmetto1008?

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