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Column: Rantings from a rock and roller



(I Can't Get No) SATISFACTION is a song from the Baby Boomer era made famous by the Rolling Stones and Dawson, Ga.'s own Mr. Otis Redding. This song should be the theme song for Augusta taxpayers, for they receive little satisfaction from the city government.

All concerned citizens should gather...

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  1. I don’t believe this is satire, Moses. John, I also think you’ve hit this one on the nail. AUGUSTA is famous for conducting studies they never implement. We are also famous for loading up the payrolls with desk jobs rather than producing results. This culture of stasis has been years in the making. I am very hopeful that our new mayor will re-fashion the culture in our city government. Rightsizing functions has always worked, as does laser focusing on those tasks exclusively performed government. At every level, government has gotten far too big.

    • I completely agree with you, Marcie. ARC has paid for WAY too many studies that were bought and now sit collecting dust somewhere, in some media format. Sadly, as great a guy Mayor Johnson is, he is stuck living within the confines of the Consolidation Agreement that was drawn up by a completely different set of “Bag Men/Bag Women”, some of whom were laser-honed on maintaining total Commision control of the Consolidated Government. And it is still alive and well today, seen every other Tuesday @ 2PM.

  2. I agree with the comments in the above column . But , every time I read one of John Clarke’s columns , I question whether there is a “ghostwriter” . I don’t recall him coming across as this intelligent and well spoken in the television interviews that he gave when he served on the Commission.

    • Sorry Tom, you have much more time to gather your thoughts and come up with something pretty concise when you are writing something, versus having a camera staring in front of you awaiting a “polished” response from a reporter trying to make a deadline. Be Real.

  3. I enjoy reading John’s column and the “been there and done that” insight he provides. Giving the mayor a vote would certainly help but the framework imposed by consolidation and the community division it has caused will not go away.

  4. Congratulations to the Augusta Press on securing John Clark to the Editorial Staff. He’s on target all the time, and a great deal smarter than some of the above commentors imply. That’s OK John, let them keep underestimating you—to their own peril!

  5. Excellent article and insight about the pitiful situation and performance of our local government. I fully agree about his comments on the flooding in Harrisburg when it rains. All one needs to do is get in a car and ride around in Harrisburg and you can very easily identify where the storm water system is not adequate to handle normal rainfall conditions and definitely it is overwhelm when there is a heavy rainfall. This situation doesn’t need further internal bureaucratic study. It needs productive corrective action to upgrade/replace the Harrisburg storm sewerage system.

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