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Editorial: Cut the grass not the shade trees



In an era when the city can’t seem to manage to cut grass and parts of Riverwalk are unsafe due to broken brick-lined walkways, the commission has turned its attention to the trees that line the Augusta Common.

The James Brown statue was once a popular place to sit and enjoy an outdoor lunch. It...

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    • Certainly the trees shouldn’t be removed, but George Eskola at WJBF did report that someone tripped over the roots, leading to injury. Perhaps planting plants that can tolerate the dry root zone would discourage walking in that area.

  1. Where are all the climate change believers on this issue? They should be chaining themselves to those trees to fend off the chainsaws. Seriously, trees do provide shade and sequester CO2. Why do Augusta’s politicians and department heads continually address non-problems and ignore real problems and issues? If Augusta could effectively and fairly make and manage contracts, we’d be better off if all services (e.g., landscaping, utility maintenance, building maintenance) were performed by qualified and competent contractors.

  2. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several leaders within the city’s government in the past 3 months, and with the exception of 2 of them, most are completely lacking in cerebral processes and are only concerned about their own self-interests. The policies of this city are a complete maze and designed to emphasize confusion. They really only address issues that don’t need to be addressed, and ignore pressing concerns. There is a revolving door of employees, because many of the competent ones leave out of utter frustration. It’s enough to make one’s head explode.

  3. I would invite anyone to (carefully) walk on the Reynolds Street sidewalk, on the south side of the street, between Fifth and Seventh streets if you’re looking for places where tree roots have displaced the concrete sidewalk. It is a terrific hazard.

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