Originally created 09/17/00

Says `no thanks' to more growth for Harlem



In a recent article in The Columbia County News Times, John Bentley, who is running for mayor, said he is concerned about the lack of growth in Harlem and would like to see more population in the area.

I am a citizen of Harlem and I don't know why anyone would want that. Our county's population is exploding. A short ride to Grovetown and beyond you will find all the business and population you want.

The reason we like to live in Harlem is to get away from the hustle and bustle of Belair and Washington roads type situation.

Our schools in Harlem are already overcrowded and we have plenty of business for a small town.

I think Harlem is the only place left in the Augusta area that still has a touch of Mayberry. If Mr. Bentley wants more people and a McDonald's on the corner, I think he should run for mayor of Grovetown.

Steven Todd Vaughn, Harlem