Wipe out all hints of local corruption

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I am tired of crooked politicians who claim they are looking out for the taxpayers of Augusta - yet they continue to steal from us, right under our noses. They know who they are. They promise us the moon and the stars just to get our votes, then they kick us to the curb once they're in office.

I am proud of the way Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard has turned her attitude around since becoming mayor pro tem. She should talk to commissioners Calvin Holland and Marion Williams and scold them for their uncalled-for behavior.

Politicians who steal from us may think they're pulling a fast one over the taxpayers' eyes, but they'll get what's coming to them come Judgment Day. God sees and hears all. We as local taxpayers may not be able to bring them down, but God will.

Thanks to activist Woody Merry for his lawsuit against Williams, and fighting for what he thinks is right. As for Williams, how did he even become a preacher? Did he buy a dime-store document and fill in the blanks? He is not reflecting what a pastor should be reflecting. He has made himself look greedy, selfish and rude. As a pastor, he should make himself accessible to the public in a good light, instead of the way most people see him - as a loudmouth who has a lot of tantrums, and Holland is right behind him. Does he think God is pleased with his actions?

I am a 54-year-old female, taxpaying Christian who knows that God doesn't like ugly, and Williams has been very ugly. How does he sleep at night, and why did he drag his son-in-law into his dealings?

Augusta needs to clean up corruption and put all greedy-fingered people behind bars, regardless of race.

Tina Cloer, Augusta

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LBenedict
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LBenedict 07/17/07 - 10:06 am
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The Commission, as a whole,

The Commission, as a whole, is a joke. WHY do people keep voting for these clowns???

mgroothand
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mgroothand 07/17/07 - 12:45 pm
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Even for the most menial of

Even for the most menial of jobs, the employer or HR department looks into the qualifications of the applicants. Often there are proficiency tests the applicants must pass. Apparently such is not needed from our local politicians that handle millions of our tax dollars. Running for local political office or school board is not unlike running in a popularity contest, kissing babies and certain parts of the anatomy. Qualifications be damned.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/17/07 - 12:52 pm
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That is the problem people

That is the problem people say things like the whole commission is a joke. They offer no real solutions and quality candidates don't run in some areas. Quality candidates know it will become a name recognition contest and they may not win and if they win they will be lumped into being called idiots because there are some on the commission. Lee, you will never be elected if you don't offer better commentary than that. But, my answer to the problem is organizations sponsoring more debates. If different organizations sponsor debates and forums it will give us more of an idea of what type of candidate they are. For example soon candidates should be in front of constiuents talking about current issues and how they would vote. It won't stop them from lying. But, lying isn't the problem we just don't have the best and brightest Augusta has in a few of the seats.

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 07/17/07 - 02:08 pm
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It is discouraging to

It is discouraging to continue to see the bickering within the Augusta Commission. But the problem isn't confined to the CSRA. Call me cynical but all politics are plagued by corruption, in-fighting and selfishness. It's a power-grab that masquerades as public-service.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/17/07 - 06:00 pm
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Well qualified people, and

Well qualified people, and there are many, are usually sensitive people who do not want to take the abuse that goes along with public service. As a result we end up with people running for office who are doing it for power, money or prestige, or all three

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/17/07 - 06:38 pm
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Scoobydo1, politicians being

Scoobydo1, politicians being who and what they are, I can live with power, money and prestige being a motivating factor. It's when they forget the legal parameters and the initial goal that I start to have a problem with them.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/17/07 - 07:03 pm
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Patricia, I agree with you

Patricia, I agree with you but don't you think that power, money and prestige go hand in hand with forgetting legal parameters?

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 07/17/07 - 07:14 pm
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Thanks Tina for commending

Thanks Tina for commending Commissioner Betty Beard.
Mrs. Beard sees the big picture and is accomplishing a lot.
Mrs. Beard is also an astute business woman.
May God continue to bless her!

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