Aitken will make you proud

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Editorial writers are privileged to meet and take the measure of those who seek elective office. We've met dozens and dozens over the years.

Well, we can tell you that we have rarely met a candidate who is as good a man as Matt Aitken is.

Usually it's the candidates who make the promises, but we can promise this to the voters of Augusta Commission District 1: You will be absolutely delighted and proud to have Matt Aitken as your next commissioner.

We guarantee Aitken will listen to his constituents. He will work hard for them. He will work exceedingly well with his fellow commissioners. He will not only help bridge the racial gap on the commission, but may serve as the bridge himself.

A top operator with a 12-year perfect attendance record at Olin Corp., Aitken has become well-known and well-regarded for his civic and ministerial work. He has been instrumental from the start in the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast -- a monthly coming together of Augustans of all races and religious denominations who break bread and pray for the city. He's been involved in the Martin Luther King Observance Committee. And he ministers to prison inmates -- as he was ministered to himself as a troubled and rudderless youth incarcerated for drugs.

Matt Aitken is a testimony to the power of the word of God to transform lives utterly. Today, he wears his faith on his sleeve -- a sleeve attached to a shirt worn by an upstanding citizen, husband, father, civic activist and elder at First Presbyterian Church.

As befitting such a man, Aitken's grass-roots supporters are enthusiastic and diverse, and include the Richmond County Committee for Good Government and some of the city core's biggest boosters. They're excited about Matt Aitken's candidacy for the same reasons we are: Because they know he has the capacity to raise the level of discourse on the Augusta Commission, to help unify the city, and to move it forward as never before.

We wholeheartedly urge voters in District 1 to send the rest of the city a gift: Send Matt Aitken as your representative on the Augusta Commission Nov. 3.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/18/09 - 01:29 am
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Let's cut to the chase here.

Let's cut to the chase here. The Chronicle is endorsing Matt Aitken because he will be their yes-man for every tax-payer give-away that comes down the pike benefitting their publisher and their cronies... TEE center anyone? Notice this editorial mentions no-where about his positions on the issues or solutions for improving Augusta. More vague generalities. You have your Machine backed candidate folks. Is that what Augusta needs? I think not. Mr Aitken may be a very nice man.. but he is wrong on most of the major issues.. and that's what should matter.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/18/09 - 02:57 am
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based on Matt Aitken's

based on Matt Aitken's position on the TEE Center, it's more like he will make us broke.

concernednative
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concernednative 10/18/09 - 06:02 am
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I know they could have at

I know they could have at least talked about a few issues to try to fool us.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/18/09 - 06:08 am
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concernednative.. he goes to

concernednative.. he goes to the right church and has the right friends, unfortunately in Augusta that's all that some people care about. And since when did getting $1,000 campaign contributions from Claye Boardman and other power brokers indicate a grass-roots movement? Nice guy he may very well be, but that's not what we need on the commission.

xanadu
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xanadu 10/18/09 - 07:08 am
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never trust any politician,

never trust any politician, no matter what party they are representing. know how to tell when a politician is lying? their mouths are moving. know who the politician cares about? him/her and him/her's own. that's it, that's all you need to remember.

WhiteboyforJenkins
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WhiteboyforJenkins 10/18/09 - 07:39 am
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I am sure Mr. Aiken is a fine

I am sure Mr. Aiken is a fine person now, but not so much in his youth. Is it asking too much that we have leaders who know the difference between right and wrong before they get caught in the wrong?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 10/18/09 - 11:03 am
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Who cares about his religion.

Who cares about his religion. Most politicians who "wear their faith on their sleeve" are charlatans. That, and that the chronicle has endorsed him, may be reason enough not to vote for him. Tell us about something that matters, like his politics. Maybe then the community can get behind him, or not.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/18/09 - 11:07 am
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Interesting.

Interesting.

mike71345
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mike71345 10/18/09 - 12:07 pm
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"The center city offers a

"The center city offers a base on which we can build our economy. The untapped riverfront, canal, and historic buildings offer investors great opportunities. As our economy improves, investors will see a government that is working together for the benefit of all citizens of Augusta. We must bridge the racial divide that has plagued Augusta for so long. I will continue to work toward that goal and of helping the less fortunate and those in jail, as I have in the past, while casting a vision toward all that unity in our diversity can provide." -- Matt Aitken. Good Lord, how about a candidate who knows the role of city government and promises to provide basic city services? What is racially divisive in maintaining the roads, sweeping streets, catching stray dogs? Mixing charity and city administration has already given us the misguided muddle Augusta/Richmond County is today. Matt Aitken promises more of the same.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/18/09 - 12:31 pm
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We need basic city services:

We need basic city services: Well-repaired roads, painted lines on the roads (they are nearly all fading), litter-free roads and sidewalks, trimmed and cut right-of-ways, better drainage in trouble spots, crime addressed, noise, pet, and other ordinances enforced.

jeffreyd
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jeffreyd 10/18/09 - 02:24 pm
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come on... look at the

come on... look at the choices we have in district 1...

A one issue canidate.. a Charles Walker protege.. a nurse who has 'no' experience.. I'm goin' with the Chronicle on this one, even though I find the editorial pages for the most part right wing 'propaganda'.. All real politics are local, so this election is very important for Augusta..

corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/09 - 02:34 pm
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People care about potholes,

People care about potholes, schools, and taxes, not the canal and historic buildings.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/09 - 02:40 pm
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I wish, just once, that

I wish, just once, that somebody would run that would say, "Look folks, Augusta has made a lot of mistakes. We're in a world of hurt right now. We are all going to have to toughen up and stop wasting money on stupid stuff like the Golf Hall of Fame and "studies". All we do around here are "studies". Fix the streets. Hire more police. Make Augusta a better place to live and quit worrying about mythical "tourists" and one freakin' week in April. We have to live here the other 51 weeks. Improve our abysmal schools so that employers want to come here and bring their jobs with them. Quit worrying about "black" versus "white" and think "Augusta". Promote our very low cost of living and very affordable housing. Make Augusta a mecca for retirees, who pay taxes but don't overflow our schools."

corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/09 - 02:54 pm
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continued- "The old way of

continued- "The old way of thinking has put Augusta in a mess. The city is in terrible decay. The City of Augusta is turning into one giant welfare city, thanks to our old ways of thinking. We still have houses in the City of Augusta that lack indoor plumbing. That is a disgrace. We have a dreadful system of government. We hire key employees based on the color of their skin, not their abilities, and then when they can't do the job, both sides cry "racism" instead of "incompetence". Focusing solely on the Masters is ruining us, and the declining attendance is an indicator that we need to start rethinking what we are doing. Seize these old dilapidated houses and empty lots, GIVE THEM AWAY to people that will fix them up or build on them- a homestead plan. Nobody wants them now, so what are we losing?"

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epilogues 10/18/09 - 04:37 pm
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Corgimom, I totally agree

Corgimom, I totally agree with you. However, we can't just up and sieze property, that's communism. Giving the government the power to possess someone's property would just blow up and get way out of hand. "The powers that be" in Augusta really are that corrupt.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/09 - 04:44 pm
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Oh yes the government can and

Oh yes the government can and does. Condemnation and tax liens. They have done a half-akk attempt in Augusta because it's a pain, but the laws are there. Seize them for unpaid taxes. It's a slam dunk.

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 10/18/09 - 08:15 pm
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Mat Aitken has a family to

Mat Aitken has a family to take his time, a full time job and he ministers to prisoners!!! Sounds like his plate is already full!! Who is going to minister to all of those poor prisoners if Matt is truly committed to the many middle class tax payers of Augusta? I guess that he will have to put the prisoner population on hold. My candidate has already worked to make district one better. He has the passion and the proven ability to move people. My candidate is not the pick of the Augusta power brokers. Please read about my candidate here: www.butchforaugusta.org

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 10/18/09 - 08:19 pm
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Deke has been a lackluster

Deke has been a lackluster high paid ribbon cutter who is tied to deep pocket interest. We do not need more of the same and that is exactly what Matt Aiken is ! No more pupit commissioners. We need an independent voice.

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 10/18/09 - 08:28 pm
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corgimom Someone is saying

corgimom Someone is saying the things that you mentioned: www.butchforaugusta.org

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 10/18/09 - 09:53 pm
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Butch Palmer is not a "ONE

Butch Palmer is not a "ONE ISSUE" candidate. He has other issues he is concerned about. However, he knows that the best way to change things is to tackle ONE ISSUE AT A TIME. In case you don't know, Butch is all FOR putting the TEE Center debacle back up for another referendum vote by the people. We voted for a 20 million dollar TEE center, not the one currently being pushed on us at over triple the cost we taxpayers agreed upon. All the other candidates are against us deciding whether we want to fund a center that we now cannot afford. Many of us are struggling to pay bills, to keep a house over our heads, to put groceries on the table, and they want us to foot the bill on this monstrosity. Yes, Butch, may sound like a "ONE ISSUE" politician but no one can work on more than one issue at a time and do it well. He has many ideas on how to better Augusta. Give Butch a chance to do that for us! Check out his viewpoints on www.butchforaugusta.org. Matt Aitken, when asked about the TEE center, said that he "absolutely would not" put the TEE center up for a new vote. Do you really want someone who cares only for special interest groups in office? Think about it!

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 10/18/09 - 10:08 pm
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MMH219, you have Fennoy

MMH219, you have Fennoy pegged. He is a Charles Walker protege. He has some misguided idea that Charles Walker was treated unfairly. Walker was convicted of over 100 counts of criminal activity, for Pete's sake! Do we want someone who sides with a criminal in office? I think not. And our woman candidate, although a nice person, is really clueless. She would be bowled over in office. Niceness gets no one far in political office. Butch Palmer has all the right answers. He would not tolerate special interest groups. He also is for openness in government. Vote for Butch Palmer for District 1. Check out his stances at www.butchforaugusta.org.

mike71345
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mike71345 10/18/09 - 11:35 pm
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The "less fortunate" in

The "less fortunate" in Augusta are all the taxpayers who live in Augusta.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/19/09 - 01:02 am
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wonder what Aitken thinks

wonder what Aitken thinks about them there mercurial emissions at Olin.

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 10/19/09 - 06:55 am
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GIFT? GIFT, YOU SAY? What

GIFT? GIFT, YOU SAY? What gift? It is more like GIMME. GIMME more money for the TEE center. GIMME more money so I can raise price tags on white elephants so my cronies can benefit--not the majority of citizens of Augusta--just my buddies. The last time I looked, the MAJORITY of citizens in Augusta just want a safe, peaceful, virtually crime-free place in which to live. We want clean streets. Clean neighborhoods. Eyesores restored or torn down. Landlords made to enforce common decency in their tenants and keep up their properties. We want grassroot change, not silver spoon change. GIFT? HUH! GIMME a good candidate who will work to better Augusta from the inside out. VOTE FOR BUTCH PALMER, DISTRICT 1.

MyChronicleUserAccount
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MyChronicleUserAccount 10/19/09 - 07:32 am
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Mr. Aitken is one of the bet

Mr. Aitken is one of the bet men I have ever met or known. Total dedicated worker with blue collar mentality. His honesty, integrity and concern for all peoples from all walks is evident when you talk to this gentleman. Ask many of his coworkers that work with him and they say they are proud to know and campaign for him. Whether from the minority district or on the hill, he crosses barriers that other politicians did not or could not ever succeed to. He will do more for the black community than anyone ever in this position. He listens and is genuinely concerned.

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 10/19/09 - 08:20 am
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So MyChronicle, how long have

So MyChronicle, how long have you known him?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/21/09 - 10:14 pm
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Seems like a nice guy, but

Seems like a nice guy, but wrong on the big issues. Too afraid he would only be looking out for the interests of the big shot power brokers who are financing his campaign and will forget about the rest of us.

SnowBallCity
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SnowBallCity 10/26/09 - 11:11 am
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CSRACitizen007 on Mon Oct 19,

CSRACitizen007 on Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:27 PM... I've noticed that too. Well, there's probably several personalities present each vying for an account.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/03/09 - 01:04 am
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How many accts does Ed

How many accts does Ed Presnell Have on the AC??
We know Julian Osbon can have an LTE published within 2 hours of sending it in...
btw... Vote Butch!!!

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 11/03/09 - 12:54 pm
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Matt Aitkin might be a nice

Matt Aitkin might be a nice man, but what is in his neighborhood resume? Harrisburg is the tip of the spear right now in beginning to get things done, and Mr. Aitkin has yet to ask any of the neighborhood leaders what he can do to help. As a matter of fact, neither has Fennoy or Jenkins. We have been ignored by these three candidates. Downtown will not get better until Harrisburg gets better.

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