Grab a plunger and vote today

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If you get hungry, you get up and get some food. If you're cold, you seek warmth. If your drains are clogged you get a plunger or a plumber.

Likewise, if your government is in great and immediate need, why wouldn't you take action to fix it?

That's the case with the Augusta Commission, which has become the clog in the community's drain. It's time to grab a plunger and fix it.

Commission District 1 voters can do just that today by voting in the runoff to settle the Nov. 3 election once and for all.

We strongly believe Matt Aitken, the district's top vote-getter Nov. 3, is head and shoulders the best choice in today's runoff. We believe he will unclog the drain and help get this community moving again. Many also believe his opponent represents business as usual -- meaning stagnation and division.

Whatever your own preference, if you live in District 1 we hope you vote today -- and surprise election officials, who expect a turnout of only 10 to 20 percent.

It's amazing that so many of us will allow such a watershed election to be decided by so few. Although an obscure runoff after a holiday weekend in only one of 10 Augusta Commission districts, this really is one of the most important elections here in years. It may decide whether Augusta moves forward together -- or lags behind, still divided. It may help decide between surviving and thriving.

The good thing about all of that is, the lower the turnout, the more that your vote will make a difference. We had a commission election decided four years ago by a mere 11 votes.

That means, if you want better government and a more vibrant city, you need to vote today -- and remind 10 of your friends to vote.

The bottom line is this: If you expect to eat, you have to gather some food. If you expect good government, you have to vote for it.

District 1 voters, you're our plumbers today. Grab a plunger and vote, would you?

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/01/09 - 05:29 am
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Matt Aitken will provide a

Matt Aitken will provide a temporary fix, but we really need a rewrite of the county/city charter.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/01/09 - 06:09 am
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It would be like P.W. Botha

It would be like P.W. Botha coming back from the dead and being declared President of South Africa again. Both candidates only do what their respective machines tell them to. Write in Butch Palmer.

catfish201
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catfish201 12/01/09 - 06:43 am
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A write in for Butch Palmer

A write in for Butch Palmer is a wasted vote. He had his chance and lost.

justus4
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justus4 12/01/09 - 07:22 am
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The non-minority airwaves yap
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The non-minority airwaves yap on & on about how "particular citizens" pay no taxes, then they yap about how the numbers are increasing who vote with their hands out, demanding that the gov't do something for them. Finally, they predict that when more & more poor people start voting that the nation's REAL taxpayers will have lost the battle. So the question: Which is it? Should people get involved in the "process" and vote or not vote because some believe that their vote won't count? In this case its clear, voting will only satisfy a personal value because it will not change the big picture. Lets see what happens...

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/01/09 - 07:31 am
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Yes, justus, voting will only

Yes, justus, voting will only satisfy a personal value. But, we'd like to see the ones with their hands out have some values at all!

chel
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chel 12/01/09 - 10:11 am
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As Justus states the non

As Justus states the non minority airwaves yap on & on, so does the minority news media in this town. It was not a group of white ministers and other "select persons" who stood in front of the cameras and stated a black person should not be allowed to represent District 5. And yes Justus, those in District 1 who are the tax payers in that area (no matter what color) will get tired of the divisive talk and take their dollars elsewhere. Then what will that district do about the lack of tax base when things need attention? I truly believe you do not speak for the majority in the black community but a select few who will never see positive in anything because that will defeat their purpose in life.

grinder48
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grinder48 12/01/09 - 03:40 pm
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Aitken is clearly the best
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Aitken is clearly the best candidate. I sincerely believe those who want the best for our area, whether black or white, will look beyond race and vote for Aitken. Whether you choose to vote for Aitken or his opponent, please vote. Whenever you feel like not voting, remember the hundreds of thousands of great men and women who have given their lives to protect our liberties ... one being the right to vote. You owe them ... VOTE!

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