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Michael Meyers: Clearing the air



Let me clear the air about a comment last week: Attorney Ashanti Lilley has announced she is running for State Court Judge. She has nothing to do with the behind the scenes attack on the honorable Judge David Watkins.

We know that can be credited to another group that will remain nameless – for now. I only say that because the story that is being worked on will expose the parties trying to kill his character and his good name. Either way, the attack was to no avail, and they should be careful. This could (and probably will) come back to bite them.

But enough on that. Let me give Sheriff Richard Roundtree his kudos on how quickly the Sheriff’s Office worked to find the killer of an innocent 8-year-old girl. Just like everyone in this community — from healthcare to schools — he is working with a skeleton crew. The deputies are working hard.

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Not long after a suspect had been captured on the murder mentioned above, we ended up with a double homicide and attempted murder. Violence is at an all time high. There is no easy solution to fix the problem. People are quick to advocate for more gun control, and that’s a potential option. However, that’s a option to control people who are using the guns illegally.

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If you missed Steven Kendrick’s announcement for mayor, you missed a treat. Go back and watch. The presentation previewed some things that might interest you for the future of Augusta. It was also a meeting of many Augusta’s heavy hitters – from the hill to the ‘hood!

There was a great showing of former commissioners, bank presidents, ministers, bishops, port authority members and neighborhood presidents. It was a pretty full house. This is definitely turning out to be a race to watch, but we already knew that. Did I mention that the word on the street is the Rev. Larry Fryer will be entering the District Two commission race?

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Another announcement, in case you missed it: The Augusta Chronicle has decided to stop printing on Saturdays. That probably doesn’t mean a lot to the readers here since most of you get your up-to-date news from The Augusta Press. Do many of you even still get the Chronicle?

Be that as it may, I see the deal of the century coming soon, and the old hometown paper may soon be.

In closing, people don’t even think about the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. He was able to invoke so much change and be such an impactful individual that we celebrate still today. Without a cellphone, Facebook or even Twitter, Dr. King was able to bring people from all walks of life together to push for change. To push for a better life. Not just for blacks, but for anyone that was facing injustice. 

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I have that kind of faith in God. I also have faith that we can become a better country and better community. We still have a significant amount to go, but I have faith we will get there.

See, I didn’t get ahead of myself this week! Man, as soon as I finish this column, there’s going to be more significant information coming in. This endorsement is going to shake the – Well, I guess we have to wait until next week on that.

Michael Meyers is a Columnist for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected]


  1. Thank the investigators that put in the footwork. The sheriff had absolutely nothing to do with that. I’m surprised you’d advocate for a sheriff that had to be sued to give this very media base press releases. Btw? There is a skeleton crew because people don’t want to work with a ego maniac that doesn’t follow the rules..speaking of Hardie…oh there I go again getting ahead of myself…

  2. I would like yo know which if the mayoral candidates support an audit if the mayor’s office and the city. It would seem to me that any candidate would be putting themselves at risk without such an audit. Just asking.

  3. “Do many of you even still get the Chronicle?” No, I switched to electronic version when I learned that there is 8% sales and Use Tax on a printed newspaper. Before I dropped it, switched to electronic only. That was reasonable but became unreadable due to content. Less and less local news. More and more national liberal bias. Once Sylvia was gone, I found I was only reading it for Bill Kirby’s column. So now it’s just a fleeting memory of black and white and not read all over. Subscribed to TAP the moment announced. Local news from TAP, national and world news from the BBC World Report.

  4. 1. Let people out on parole who were incarcerated for victimless, non-violent crimes. Drug possession for example. 2. Replace them with gun criminals, and keep them until gray headed. Make guns radioactive for criminal use, including theft of guns or possession of a stolen gun. 3. Address the elephant in the room, which is women bearing children who are ill prepared financially or emotionally to be a parent, and without benefit of a stable man in the child’s life. Children born out of wedlock: (approximate numbers) Black-70%, Hispanic-50%, White-30%. I will wager anyone any amount of money that the common denominator among the violent beasts that murder and maim is they grew up in poverty without family leadership. All races.

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