District 1 win was victory for CSRA

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It more than sickens me when people make elections about race instead of candidates' views, vision and record. Character and determination get things done, not skin color.

These very people who make an election about melanin are the very ones who rush to quote the famous "judge not by the color of skin, but by the content of character" line of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., only to turn around and hold a press conference so Leona Helmsley wannabe Betty Beard and alleged men of God can project racial vitriol and so these civic-minded pillars of the community can demand that the electorate not vote for a candidate just because of his skin color.

To top it all off, even the legality of this person's candidacy was questioned because of the color of his skin -- not his ideas or his vision or his record.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of the good people of Augusta's District 1 for rejecting the intense hatred displayed by Betty Beard and her venomous ilk. In a district that has a racial ratio of 2-to-1 favoring the victor's opponent, the voters spoke against divisiveness and for the better candidate as a person, not a demographic. The electorate spoke against tyrannical mind control spewed by pseudo-servants pursuing personal power and influence, and voted for its conscience. For that, many see Augusta moving forward.

The people of District 1 performed a huge service for Augusta and the CSRA, and are to be commended for their desire to put racial rancor aside and to act on their desire, not just talk about it. To show how proud I am, I went out of my way to make some purchases at businesses within District 1. Was it enough to erase civic financial challenges? No. But that day will be here soon.

Georgia's second-largest city and the CSRA's hub has an enormous opportunity to advance this area and state. Do not let the people down.

Lee Benedict

Martinez

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pittsburg
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pittsburg 12/18/09 - 08:42 am
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A well written letter Lee.

A well written letter Lee. Its to bad everyone doesnt see it that way.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/18/09 - 09:09 am
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Way to write, Lee. Great

Way to write, Lee. Great letter. While so many deny the "importance" of race in these elections, the votes of the commission, even before Matt takes his seat, reflect that the "blanket of fear" has been cast off and commissioners are voting their conscience. The election in district 1 has gone a long way toward throwing off the shackles of racism that plagues downtown Augusta.

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deekster 12/18/09 - 10:04 am
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Way to go voters in District

Way to go voters in District 1. Low voter turnout will pass anything. More change we can believe in? I think not. Spend and tax will continue as the "mantra" for Disgusta until it is bankrupt. Progress is in the eye of the behold.

deekster
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deekster 12/18/09 - 10:06 am
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There is hope for Disgusta.

There is hope for Disgusta. And hope for the world. The Savior has been born in Bethlehem, and His Name is Jesus. Accept Him and rejoice that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/18/09 - 10:17 am
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If race didn't matter, we

If race didn't matter, we wouldnt be getting a letter from Mr. Benedict, today. The election is over and let Matt move the city forward. Congratulations Matt.

Yosemitesam
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Yosemitesam 12/18/09 - 11:12 am
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Inasmuch as one would like to

Inasmuch as one would like to believe positive change is on the horizon for Augusta, the reality is that things will only get worse. Now that blacks do not have a voting block, more and more emphasis will be put on some perceived "white" agenda. The rancor will escalate as those who promote redress to past mistakes make their case. Same for efforts to move the city forward. Somehow forward progress for the city will be angrilly debated as ignoring the needs of blacks. I always thought that what was good for the entire city was good for all citizens. NAH!!!! That thought is simply too Utopian for this town.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/18/09 - 03:32 pm
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Matt Aiken commisioner today,

Matt Aiken commisioner today, Mayor and Admistrator tomorrow.......

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/18/09 - 03:33 pm
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"Leona Helmsley wannabe Betty

"Leona Helmsley wannabe Betty Beard" - LOL! Great letter by the way.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/18/09 - 03:39 pm
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Betty Beard is a

Betty Beard is a hallucinating, demented, acid tripping, patting her self on the back, nut job.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/18/09 - 04:57 pm
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Hi. My name is JUST NUTS4 and

Hi. My name is JUST NUTS4 and I would like to say that I have just waken up from a 3 year self induced pill coma. I have seen all the mean postings that I have written here over the years and I would like to say that I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. From now on you will see a kindler gentler JUST NUTS4. God bless and peace on earth.....

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DAMY46 12/18/09 - 06:11 pm
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Well written letter

Well written letter Lee...Starting in 2010 Augusta needs to tackle some of the big issues and move the city foward....ie: crime, drugs, red ink in the budget, the Regency Mall problem, ect. ect.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 12/18/09 - 06:44 pm
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Thank Butch too.. he worked

Thank Butch too.. he worked hard to deliver his votes for Matt plus more... he went door to door with Matt and really brought out the 'burg in force to get Matt elected. I think Matt will be a much better commissioner than Betty B

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