Originally created 02/08/02

Augusta stuck in quagmire



Augusta will never rise out of the quagmire it is currently in unless our present county commissioners resign and we revert to a mayoral form of government with a city manager to direct department heads. The mayor's function would be to represent Augusta at public functions as he currently does.

It appears to me, with our current system, important decisions concerning Augusta are made by our representative in Atlanta, not our local commissioners.

This brings me to another provocative question: Why do voters continue to elect people who have consistently shown they cannot manage their own financial affairs, having filed bankruptcy, or they are not current on taxes they owe our city?

I predict that at the pace Augusta is going, it will be another East St. Louis, Ill., by the year 2012.

Kenneth A. Holmes, Martinez, Ga.