Instead of tearing down or relocating the Confederate monument in downtown Augusta, I suggest a new symbol be erected.
Near the monument or on its base, install a plaque respecting the views of both sides of the current issue. In effect the plaque would be an addendum to the original intent and statement of the present one.
Message and wording would be proposed and approved by a community panel representing the pros and cons of the argument. As a community we no longer embrace nor approve the prejudices present at the time it was erected. All Augustans would be invited to contribute to the expenses associated with the preparation and installation of the plaque. No public funds would be used.
Such a solution would provide opportunity for re-commitment to our cherished values as a community and as a nation. More importantly, it would demonstrate our love and acceptance of each other.