Don't be out of touch

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I have come to the conclusion that Augusta’s black commissioners do not understand why they were voted into office.

That vote on improving downtown Augusta was put together by the white commissioners, and they knew that the blacks would not go along, so they found a way by playing with words to get the votes they needed. If I was on the Augusta Commission, I would have brokered a deal. I would have said, “OK, I will vote for the improvement, but I would like to offer an amendment – if you will go along with adding 12th Street, Twiggs Street and lower-level Wrightsboro Road, then I will neither seek nor offer any objections to any improvements package.”

I saw Commissioner Bill Lockett as usual with his computer, and commissioners Alvin Mason, Corey Johnson, Marion Williams and Bill Fennoy just going along. These black commissioners never even visit the areas from where the votes came that put them in office. They are, in my opinion, simply pitiful and ignorant to fostering changes in the communities they represent. If they had opted for change, then jobs, beautification and Augusta’s overall appearance would change.

Please, take this as constructive criticism.

Joseph Diggs Sr.

Hephzibah

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 08:32 am
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They were elected to have the POWER. Public service, NOT.
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They care not for the electorate. Making slaves of others while berating their own historical slavery does not move an eyebrow.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 08:33 am
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Getting their piece of "whitie's pie". The name of the game.
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Getting their piece of "whitie's pie". The name of the game.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/10/13 - 08:34 am
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Power to the people. No, that's power to ME.
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Power to the people. No, that's power to ME.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/10/13 - 09:35 am
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If Anybody Wonders Why...

...both Augusta and America in general suffer from seemingly endless racial division, reading this letter will help them to gain some understanding.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/10/13 - 10:50 am
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Well, they have employed that

Well, they have employed that tactic for years and that is EXACTLY why YOU have a highly touted but, for all practical purposes, FAILED Laney Walker redevelopment and Paul Simon and "associates" essentially own $100 million or more worth of taxpayer funded assets. They "own" it but we are paying the operation, maintenance, and utilities for them.

Racially motivated "vote trading" is exactly why there has been little improvement in YOUR areas of concern but also why the Southside has deteriorated to a state that matches.

The best thing that could happen to Augusta is if the day would come when you could go to www.augustaga.gov commission page and all of the commissioners pictures would either be Oriental-Americans or Mexican-Americans and the Mayor is a full blooded American Indian.....that actually has a VOTE. No whites, no blacks. We have already proven we are incapable of jointly governing ourselves. And many of the people we elect have played us like a fiddle to enrich themselves and their benefactors, or to just grandstand for their re-election campaign. They have no problem trading their votes....as long as THEY are getting something out of it.

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KasparHauser 11/10/13 - 03:24 pm
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Did the door slam you on the way out?
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Living in Hephzibah, I'd say you have no dog in this fight.

Go tip a cow...

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Bizkit 11/10/13 - 08:54 pm
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"Don't be out of touch"? So

"Don't be out of touch"? So touch yourself often? Seems the logical conclusion and what they are doing.

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Darby 11/10/13 - 11:24 pm
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Whatever the level...

Politics is first and foremost about the acquisition and maintenance of power.

Whether we're talking school board, United States Senate or presidential campaigns.....

If a politician does some good along the way, the one thing you can be certain of, is that it is more or less incidental.

Just color me cynical.

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