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The state has had its final say on the current incarnation of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

Of course, why the state should even have a say in a local events facility is a question that has yet to be satisfactorily answered.

Still, what needed to be done has been done, through the pen of Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. He signed House Bill 813, which dissolves the current Coliseum Authority effective 11:59 p.m. May 31. A slimmed-down, seven member authority will replace it.

The antics that have emanated from the authority in the past year or so could have forced a rewriting of the dictionary's entry for "dysfunction."

Board members shouting profanities at one another. The members' walkout in the wake of the sudden firings of the authority's accountant and attorney. The fiscal dithering that corkscrewed the civic center into the ground financially.

And when a confrontation last May between authority member William Fennoy and citizen activist Woody Merry came to blows -- for many, that was the final straw.

Soon after, the Augusta Commission passed a resolution calling for all authority members to resign, and Augusta's state legislative delegation later started crafting the bill to oust the authority.

Then last month came the eleventh-hour letter to the governor, co-written by seven outgoing authority members and one former member, that accused several state legislators of meddling in the authority's affairs -- particularly to keep a general manager who was later fired, and to hire a promoter to spearhead the building of an unwanted new sports arena.

The members' account of events has been disputed by the legislative delegation's chairman, Rep. Quincy Murphy. But the very fact that these claims came to light underscores the question we asked earlier: Why is the state even involved in the purely local doings of a local enterprise such as the civic center complex?

Is it all about wielding power, or feeding egos, or controlling money? Suspicions about all those things are there -- none of which is pleasant to contemplate.

But the operation of the Coliseum Authority clearly has become too politicized, and whatever meddling might have been done in the authority's affairs certainly hasn't helped any -- despite all the good that some authority members have tried to do.

What has come to pass is for the best. The "reset" button has been pressed, and hopefully the Coliseum Authority will be repopulated with more cooler-headed consensus-builders who have the skill sets and business backgrounds to make sound decisions about arena management.

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dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/15/09 - 03:29 am
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with the management company

with the management company doing a fair job i see no need for any "coliseum authority". surely the company can just report directly to the commissioners?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/15/09 - 05:37 am
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I think having a 3 man

I think having a 3 man authority for oversight and liaison type work makes sense. What in the heck is a 7 man group going to agree on? and why 7? Is there really that much work to overseeing the operation (by someone else) of the coliseum? Does this "change" in any way imply an improvement?

shivas
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shivas 05/15/09 - 06:51 am
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I just get tired of these

I just get tired of these Republicans thinking govt. should control local decisions!

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 05/15/09 - 07:42 am
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well if the demo's could act

well if the demo's could act like civilized humans and care about the greater good of all that would not be a problem now would it?

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Little Lamb 05/15/09 - 10:36 am
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The editorial writer is

The editorial writer is dumbing down to his readers when he questions why the legislature and governor have anything to do with the coliseum. Duh. The Coliseum Authority was CREATED by state legislative action. It is a STATE entity. I asked my representative and senator to abolish the Coliseum Authority and turn opertions over to the city commission. But no, they decided to re-arrange the deck chairs.

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Riverman1 05/15/09 - 10:39 am
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Hitting the reset button

Hitting the reset button won't help run the program if there is not enough RAM in the computer.

Tots
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Tots 05/15/09 - 10:46 am
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Good one R-man

Good one R-man

mad_max
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mad_max 05/15/09 - 11:38 am
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I believe if you averaged the

I believe if you averaged the IQs of our county commission, school board, and various authorities, any good trial lawyer could prove in court that RC leadership is mentally defective and not capable of governing. I guess it is our right to elect these idiots and we do so consistently, both locally and nationally.

jack
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jack 05/15/09 - 11:55 am
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I just get tired of these

I just get tired of these Republicans thinking govt. should control local decisions!
Posted by shivas on Fri May 15, 2009 6:51 AM....blowing bubble in the bath water again. How many Republicans are on the RC legislative delegation vs DIMs?

jack
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jack 05/15/09 - 11:57 am
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You get what you ask for

You get what you ask for during an election. Just look at what you got last November and what you have locally....

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/15/09 - 12:42 pm
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The saga of the CA could be

The saga of the CA could be called, "As The World Turns"

KSL
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KSL 05/15/09 - 06:18 pm
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I just get tired of these

I just get tired of these Republicans thinking govt. should control local decisions!
Posted by shivas on Fri May 15, 2009 6:51 AM Shivas, please square up that comment with the Federal government taking over so many matters previously left up to the states, being that it has been the Democrats that have instituted that. Education is the first thing that comes to mind, but they have dictated many, many local issues. And what is more local than a company like GM or Chrysler or Bank of America? What say you about the attempt to dictate to a company what they pay their CEO and to other companies who didn't receive government funds? And you claim that Republicans should be faulted?

shivas
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shivas 05/15/09 - 06:25 pm
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Love you KSL!

Love you KSL!

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