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Editorial: The public and the press must work together to help local government become more transparent



An open and transparent government is one of the bedrocks of a democratic society, yet Augusta-Richmond County’s leaders have taken the worst possible posture towards openness with the public.

Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. has led the way. For years, he has promoted division, dysfunction and secrecy in...

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  1. Keep their feet to the fire..personally I think they often get horrible advice from the city attorney..he gets paid to tell them what they want to hear. Remember when Commissioner Smith refused to participate in an illegal meeting? Wonder how many times that has happened when someone wasn’t there to call them out..I also wonder how many times certain commission members meet secretly and discuss city business..

    • Concerning the BOE. Several years back (prior to TAP), a young woman, Tracey McManus, worked for the Augusta Chronicle and her main focus was education in Augusta. She attended every monthly meeting and actually visited schools. She composed many stories. Her reporting was fair and balanced, but she did, at times, offer the public some controversial stories that offered debate among the citizens of A/RC. Tracey now works in the Tampa Bay area. As an educator at the time, I sure missed her when she left. The Augusta Press needs a Tracey McManus-type reporter.

  2. The state legislature should move to limit what can be charged for copies of information. It is fair to charge a nominal fee, but they use exorbitant charges to thwart requests for info.

  3. Sad to say, although your words ring true; you`re preaching to the choir. The people who need to read your editorial really don`t have a clue and are to lazy to vote while all the while being financially raped by Augusta/Richmond County Government.

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