It’s been a week since I got the phone call from my husband with a broken voice telling me once again our properties in Augusta (Ga.) were broken into, robbed and vandalized. I’m still reeling over hearing excuses from RCSD (Richmond Co. Sheriff’s Dept) about how they are sorry to hear that we once again were victimized but there is nothing they can do to protect our properties.
I blogged earlier this week about questioning why we pay property taxes if the city takes the stance that they are not responsible for how they choose to prioritize what is important for the greater good. Some people suggest I would have better luck winning the lottery than I would to get the city commissioners to care about our plight. I just can’t help but question that line of thinking. I mean, if you are a responsible property owner in the city and a law-abiding citizen…why wouldn’t the Commission/Mayor care about the crime?
Last year Augusta had 27 murders and we were told to congratulate ourselves that it was better than last year. Okay, so what about other crimes that are up like metal thefts or burglaries? Why not concentrate on those? Oh yeah, that’s right you did appoint one token officer to be on a “task force” of one to handle those thefts. Gee, how special of you Augusta to think so highly of your citizens that you would appoint one person!
What about the task force you told us about a year and a half ago? We were told you were going to start because of all the thefts? Is this it? I mean the word “force” would not imply one person? In physics, a force is any influence that causes an object to undergo a change in speed, a change in direction, or a change in shape. Dictionary says force is power or strength exerted, but I don’t think one investigator can really make a change in the thefts needed unless he is a super hero?
Augusta’s attempt to show a token effort against crime is a joke and insult to those of us who are tired of the ignorance. The case number for our recent incident will just be filed away and no one in leadership in Augusta cares unless it has something to do with a base-ball stadium or Laney Walker/Bethlehem projects. I guess this is because certain “people” in town benefit greatly financially from those two projects. Everyone else not associated will just have to fend for themselves I guess.
Well, I know a group of people who are making a difference. Making their voices heard even if it seems small to the city of Augusta leadership. However, I think the leaderships and cabals in the area need to re-think that concept and pay attention. Because that group grew by one more person last week. I don’t speak for the others, but I assure you I am not stupid, nor should you (Augusta leadership) blow me off as non-important.
You see huge changes have been made because one person stepped forward and said “enough”! I believe Augusta you have a good number of those “one” who are mad enough to bring about changes. Seems to me the group is growing and that starts a revolution for change and from what I’ve heard so far….a lot of those people who benefit from the “good ole boy” mentality will be seeing things unravel soon!
Well, I guess I need to go get that lottery ticket since my odds improved!