This story is a little long, but the point needs to be made.
Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage hangs a banana on a string with stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb toward the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray him with cold water. Let the process continue with the others.
Pretty soon, when another ape tries to climb the stairs, the others try to prevent it. Now turn off the cold water. Remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
After all of the original apes have been replaced, and all of the new apes have been sprayed with water ... no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? Because that's the way it has always been around here.
This is the type of policy making that needs to change in Augusta. We need more innovative, assertive team players to be our "public servants."
District 6 Commission candidate Andy Cheek is this type of person. He is the epitome of "public service." ...
Fred Reed, Augusta