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So Augusta commissioners are concerned that the city's Newman Tennis Center seems to be losing money.

Well, guess what: It's not necessarily supposed to make money.

Neither are Augusta's parks and playgrounds. Or its senior centers. Or the Augusta Boxing Club. Or the aquatic center. Or the city's Summer Day Camp. Or its after-school programs.

Or the city itself, for that matter.

True, ideally a city takes in more money than it spends. But a city is not a for-profit business. It's a municipal structure that provides services to the public, in return for our tax dollars. It's a delicate balancing act that cities big and small struggle with.

But we're talking about quality of life here, and you can't put a dollar value on that, try as you might.

Now, if the city can find ways to more efficiently operate the center, fine. But don't skimp on existing quality, and especially don't expect it down the road to be a cash cow - even though the center has made about $18 million from 73 tournaments over the past 10 years.

Augusta's commissioners should bear this in mind, too: While dithering over the city tennis center, and while finding whiffs of impropriety at the city golf course, why on earth did anyone even consider the notion of erecting a city-owned drag strip? If there are concerns over the sports concerns the city runs now, why start something else and not improve what the city already has?

Get rid of that ugly duckling idea of a drag strip. Then get the other city-owned ducks in a row.

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de 01/22/07 - 11:39 am
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Yes!

Yes!

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toppergem 01/22/07 - 04:34 pm
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Everything that goes on a

Everything that goes on a community is not designed for the purpose of generating money. Somethings are developed and put in place to improve the quality of life for the people who reside and visit the city. Augustans lets worry about what we can do to make our city one that we all can be proud of...let's make our city be one that all will want to live in. And you can't do that if you are so worried about what programs generate the most money...efficiency is what should be our city leaders priority; how do you do the best job with all of the resources you have within your control should be the question placed on the table at all commission meetings.

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