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Editorial: It’s past time for local politicians to grow a spine



For unknown reasons, the local and state political establishment has circled the wagons around Sen. Harold Jones as they did with former Mayor Hardie Davis Jr., and the time has come to put an end to the practice.

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  1. ‘Sammie Sias spending his golden years in Federal Prison.’ Politicians who are crooks, and that is about 85% of them, rarely go to prison, and as long as Sammie’s money holds out, he will never see the inside of a jail cell. We regular peons would have already spent several years in the ‘pen!’

    • They need to be accountable to the people they represent. And if they are doing things unethical or trying to bully other members the rest of the commission should vocalize this behavior is not acceptable.

  2. I applaud the Press for calling attention to the political grifter’s in Augusta, however that is about as far as it will go. Money allegedly misspent during the prior mayors tenure will never be recouped. No one has shown an interest in reimbursement. Just think about this, he has a storage building paid for by the city and absolutely no one within city government has a key or knows what’s stored within it. The only punishment he has received is to be canned by Georgia Tech.
    The current controversy surrounding Jones will not be addressed unless a barrage of emails, phone calls and letters are sent to Attorney Generals office, https://law.georgia.gov/public-corruption

  3. Assuming Hardie Davis spent $150,000 of public funds on personal items and services, it would take only 10 citizens ponying up about $300 each in court feesto file claims in Richmond County Magistrate Court. Each plaintiff would ask for the maximum allowed settlement of $15,000 for theft by fraud and deception and violation of GA Codes on government spending. The citizen plaintiffs could hire one attorney to file the complaints, subpoena records and witnesses, serve papers, and present the plaintiffs’ arguments in court. Possibly one of the ambulance chasers who advertise on TV will take the case as everyone in Augusta was injured by Davis’ wrecking the mayor’s office.

  4. Is it our local politicians who need to grow a spine or the people who elect them knowing their backgrounds who need spinal surgery? It seems Augusta has an abundance of voters who don’t care who they elect to public office or how deep they reach into their pockets.

    • Your last sentence raises a question that I have had for years — It appears that the “Money” in ARC does not seem to care, or want to get involved. Are their accountants THAT good, that taxes do not matter ? Does RCSO provide special “details” to provide protection in particular areas, so that they do not have to be bothered by the criminal element ? Do certain neighborhoods hire their own private security ? How does the “Money” in ARC get their “point” across ?

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