Augusta needs vision to rise to its potential

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Helen Keller once said: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

Here in Richmond County, practically all of us have eyesight, but we do not appear to have a real vision for our future. If we don’t open our sometimes narrow minds, cease with the racial divide and set aside our personal differences, then we are destined for many more years of stagnation, petty politics and mediocrity.

Let’s initiate the process of improving our government infrastructure. We can begin by conducting an internal audit of all county departments, including county-issued equipment, cell phones, take-home vehicles and all other perks typically unnoticed.

Public housing is past due for restructuring, including the board of the Augusta Housing Authority. What substantial funding has the Housing Authority received over recent years, and what projects has that funding been used for? By the way, simply relocating residents to another property across town is not an improvement.

WE CAN DRASTICALLY reduce juvenile crime by simply imposing fines and community service on negligent parents. This is called being responsible for your precious child.

Our current Augusta commissioners need to fix the self-defeating problem of racial division. If they cannot fix it, then let’s fix it for them in the form of recall elections. Stop playing political chess with this community’s future! Establish downtown Augusta as an entertainment district and enforce a dress code (reasonable attire, i.e, no tank tops or saggy pants), civil conduct and an age restriction – nobody younger than 21 should be downtown after dark.

Flooding is perhaps our biggest natural threat, so we should undertake the effort to clean out city drains and install proper drainage in our inner-city neighborhoods that are very prone to flooding. If such a project takes federal or state assistance, or special-purpose local option sales tax consideration, so be it. Why are we moving forward with development projects in a flood zone instead of being progressive about the situation?

Establish a county employee merit system based on performance, attendance, dependability, appearance and enthusiasm. For department managers, assign merit based on all of the aforementioned, in addition to being more accessible to the citizens, department efficiency, employee morale and weekday availability. This will ensure that the best employees and managers are retained.

HOW ABOUT OUR own theme park that could be located at the Regency Mall property or even at Diamond Lakes? Not only that, let’s establish our city as the leading commercial distribution hub in the Southeast. Consider our proximity to major cities in the Southeast: Charlotte, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Savannah; Macon; Atlanta; Columbus – even Jacksonville, Fla.

To become a great and industry-leading community, we have got to fix our public transportation and school systems, as those are two of the main points in attracting new industry and big business. Let’s stop pointing fingers at one another and settling for the same old tired excuses, and begin transforming Augusta into the new jewel of the South.

Marcus Garvey challenged our desire to strive for higher heights by lifting ourselves “out of the mire and hitch your hopes to the stars; yes, rise as high as the very stars themselves.”

Is Richmond County ready to rise?

(The writer is a self-employed painter and landscaper. He lives in Augusta.)

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/04/13 - 08:21 am
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The writer would be better

The writer would be better served if he would take his house painting and landscaping skills and help to clean-up Augusta. That would be much more realistic than this RC Cola and Moon Pie in the sky bombastic rant.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/04/13 - 09:38 am
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Does he have a "con-tract" with the city of Detrogusta?
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Does he have a "con-tract" with the city of Detrogusta?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/04/13 - 09:39 am
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He would great at the Comedy House. LO LOL LOL
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He would great at the Comedy House. LO LOL LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/04/13 - 09:40 am
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drinkin' that cool Bubble Up and eatin' that Rainbow Stew.....
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drinkin' that cool Bubble Up and eatin' that Rainbow Stew.....

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seenitB4 08/04/13 - 10:35 am
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Heard this before

How many times have we heard the ideas before..same ones as a matter of fact...saying & doing are different animals..it does sound good on paper but usually that is where it stays...

When the residents want to improve their status in life it will happen....but until then.....pretty paper--pretty words.

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palmetto1008 08/04/13 - 11:41 am
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I don't know...Every booming
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I don't know...Every booming metro area that I know about has a dress code and a theme park.

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corgimom 08/04/13 - 04:20 pm
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There are two theme parks

There are two theme parks within a 3 hour radius of Augusta. Augusta doesn't have the population to support another one.

Augusta can't even support a little water park, let alone a theme park. It would cost millions, and it would close within a year. As in Hard Rock Cafe theme park in Myrtle Beach.

As for this-
"Not only that, let’s establish our city as the leading commercial distribution hub in the Southeast. Consider our proximity to major cities in the Southeast: Charlotte, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Savannah; Macon; Atlanta; Columbus – even Jacksonville, Fla."

Charlotte NC- 2 major freeways N-S, one major coast to coast freeway within 30 miles

Charleston SC- 2 major freeways, including I-95, one of the biggest freeways in the US, plus a major shipping port

Columbia SC- 3 major freeways

Savannah- 2 major freeways, shipping port

I think y'all get the idea.

Now, Augusta- 1 freeway. Just one. E-W. Nothing N-S.

When the Fall Line freeway got killed, that took care of Augusta as a major distribution point. It's too hard and takes too long to transport goods N-S. If the Fall Line freeway ever gets built, then maybe.

But I think Countyman needs to meet him, they would enjoy each other's company tremendously.

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corgimom 08/04/13 - 04:23 pm
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Racial division- Augusta is

Racial division- Augusta is the most racially-divided city in the State of Augusta. Augusta is known for being 20-30 years behind the times, and the people there like it that way, they aren't going to change anytime soon.

It is changing, very slowly, but the way it is changing is that it will become a black-majority government, just the way it was a white-majority government for 200+ years. I don't see the racial divide ending in my lifetime.

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countyman 08/04/13 - 06:09 pm
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Facts

The Fall Llne Freeway is 100% completed between Macon/Columbus, and the portion between Macon/Augusta s 66% completed.
http://www.dot.ga.gov/Projects/programs/roadimprovement/GRIP/Documents/F...

The white mayor of Richmond County got over 60% of the vote in two straight elections.

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countyman 08/04/13 - 06:09 pm
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Facts

The Fall Llne Freeway is 100% completed between Macon/Columbus, and the portion between Macon/Augusta s 66% completed.
http://www.dot.ga.gov/Projects/programs/roadimprovement/GRIP/Documents/F...

The white mayor of Richmond County got over 60% of the vote in two straight elections.

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Riverman1 08/04/13 - 06:10 pm
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Charleston and Augusta

Just to be accurate about the interstates in Charleston, I-26 ends in Charleston. So you have to be wanting to go there and not just driving by. I-95 is about 50 miles west of the city. Even though as we all know Charleston is a major tourist destination.

The other thing about Augusta is the Masters brings in about 300,000 for about a week. That's how all these motels here make it. Triple rates during that time.

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Gage Creed 08/04/13 - 08:35 pm
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I guess things are getting so

I guess things are getting so bad you must duplicate post... (SMH)

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Little Lamb 08/04/13 - 10:37 pm
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Palmetto Crossing

palmetto posted:

Every booming metro area that I know about has a dress code and a theme park.

We have Adventure Crossing. I guess all we need now is a dress code.

Speaking of dress codes, I went to Six Flags Over Georgia recently. They do indeed have a dress code. Here it is:

If you have cleavage, you must display it.

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southern2 08/09/13 - 05:44 am
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I do a lot of roadtrips,

I do a lot of roadtrips, recently Key West to Niagra Falls, and without a doubt Augusta, GA wins the prize for the most dirtiest, littered, grass grown up, high weeds, non landscaped place that I have observed. Garden City? Maybe 100 years ago.

With the exception of Wheeler Rd and Greene St, I can't imagine what an outsider feels when visiting our city. I think it really got bad after consolidation. It must be cleaned up before we can even have a dialog on making Augusta a first tier city.

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