Augusta Today

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We have had an influx of new members, so I wanted to bump this up.


OUR MISSION

To serve the community at large by planning, promoting, and implementing the development of Augusta with particular emphasis on the current problems of the city.

HISTORY

Augusta Today began out of concern for a dying city in decline and decay. There are crime ridden sections of the city caused by the negative economic results of allowing a few powerful families to control the direction of development and our tax dollars.

Like many cities across the country, the economic lifeblood largely in the form of retail and professional services was moving to the suburbs. And certain groups and families bought up the Central Business District at pennies on the dollar of actual values. Growth of the suburbs post World War II took the downtowns and recast them in the form of suburban malls where the markets had moved. During the fall of 1978 Augusta Mall and Regency Mall opened a week apart of each other and enticed many of the merchants in the central business district to relocate. Nearly two million square feet of retail space from the downtown area relocated and to the malls. Most of those still sit empty today and are little more than urinals for bums and drunks.

Downtown Augusta was left with the debilitating effects of losing so much retail. Boarded-up storefronts and vacant buildings soon dominated what had been a bustling regional downtown shopping area. The city then decided it was a great idea to give the town center clock to one of the very malls that caused downtown to collapse. Classic Augusta politics.

Certain public/private partnerships between city government and private business have been the most effective way to help direct a majority of our tax dollars to a few well connected hands, all while promising to achieve success and helping all in the process.

There were huge failures that soaked up hundreds of millions of tax dollars from much needed government projects to benefit a very few. Certain private enterprise folks brought in consultants to do studies to tell the municipal government what they would need in backing to put together effective programs of graft to rob the tax payers at that magnitude.

I stand against pie in the sky projects with little chance of delivering on the many hollow promises of job creation and positive growth.

I am not interested in what a ball park would do in 20 years when we need roads paved now.

How about we look after the NEEDS we have now and leave the wants to better days?

Augusta Today's ultimate goal:

Restore the vibrancy and vitality and the economic growth to the entire area. By doing so, it returns to the city the value the city deserves to have in the form of increased volume and tax base. Not to mention jobs.

INTRODUCTION

(You will notice I borrowed a lot of my spiel from the old A.C.A.V.E. site)

1.) This is a NON-PARTISAN group. So that means don't post obvious divisive partisan political rhetoric. If you want to argue about Obama, Bush, the war, the environment, the Republicans, the Democrats, or national level issues that do not directly affect the county on a local level, start a group and have at it. Leave the divisive stuff at door.

2.) No attacking other members because they are white, black, green, gay, straight, Christian, Satanist, Commies, Klansmen, rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists. Let's all go along and get along.

3.) Given the last sites sabotage, we will be extra tight with our security.

4.) People are asked to refrain from putting up items that are not of local interest and I will remove things that take us in directions that foster division and disunity.

I want this group to be a support network for those of us who want to see progress in Augusta. We want to support changes needed to help improve the entire community. We are opposed to fraud, waste, abuse, ignorance, hate, crime, blight, and corruption in our local government. We are opposed to weak and ineffective leadership on issues that require strength and direct action. We are opposed to rewarding incompetence and promoting failure. We are opposed to doing nothing about the real problems in Augusta while the people are suffering. We are opposed to the wants of the few taking precedence over the needs of the many. We want to build an organization that will provide information for those who want to know, and action on issues we feel that we must be heard on. We want to shine the light on the dark areas of local politics, open a window into the smoky back room, and step on the cockroaches when we find them. And trust me, when the lights come on, the roaches scurry.

Our mottos shall be;

"Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici"

"Needs before Wants"

"Truth before Spin"

"Action not Talk"

I hope this group will become something that will make a difference, with everyone putting aside the petty differences and seeing that we have much more in common than you to think.

Brad Owens