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Opinion: Are You Serving On a Board?

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Are you serving on a board? It seems as if that may be a question for many as some boards have failed to meet in over a year. If a board can go a year without meeting, my question would be: is it needed at all?

What boards are we referring to? The different community boards that elected officials are in charge of appointing citizens to. This issue came up at a recent board meeting, and it seemed of particular interest to Commissioner Catherine McKnight. She made some great points when I spoke with her about the need for the boards/committee to get back to work. 

She expressed her concern about making sure vacancies on boards were filled and that there would be community input by those involved. She feels that each board appointment is important and that there should be communication between appointees and commissioners so everyone knows what’s going on there. 

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This I understand, and commissioners can’t attend every meeting in the city and shouldn’t have to. That’s why appointments are so important. Board meetings are important, and that’s why all of these boards need to get back to action immediately. Then, maybe some of the things that come up in meetings won’t be the first time some commissioners hear about them. 

Congratulations to Judge Heath on her appointment to  Superior Court Judge. We should all be very proud of one of our own getting such an honor. With that being said, Judge Amanda Heath is no slouch and will be a great added addition to what I feel is an outstanding circuit here in Augusta. I believe she will be tough on crime and at the same time, listen to each case individually. 

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I have heard many stories about her and her courtroom decorum. There is no cookie-cutter approach to anything. I can assure you, she will serve the citizens of Augusta well. 

I must also commend Gov. Brian Kemp on his appointment in a community that he did not fair well in. I believe his homework was done properly and he made an outstanding choice. I saw several people apply that some in this community would’ve thought highly of. Some who had served in a similar capacity and in some cases, even higher. However, many believe the political baggage that some of these applicants carried took them right out of the running. 

Following the announcement of her appointment, there was chatter in the community about how quickly she may become the senior judge. I didn’t quite understand that comment because she was just appointed. The follow-up to that statement came with the explanation that all the other judges would be seeing competitors in their upcoming races following the judicial split. It seems as if some in the law community feel that the current judges were safe as long as they had the help of the extra votes that came from Columbia County. We will see. I don’t particularly know of any issues that the current judges have. They all seem to fine to me.

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Maybe it has to do with climate change or something? What was even more interesting than that were the rumored names of who might run next… even one that we’re being told moved his residence to run. Hmm? Seems a bit much to me.

On a different note, I must say that my prayers are with one of my favorite local writers, Mrs. Sylvia Cooper. I am thankful that God let the plane miss her home, and I’m prayerful for the families of the people who lost their lives.

As much as we don’t understand things, it is sometimes even harder for us to understand God’s will. Even in things we feel are a disaster, we have to understand that everything God does is perfect. So as much as things may hurt us, like when someone leaves this earthly home. That is God’s way of saying, “Their work here is done.”

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We may never understand, and no man knows the day nor the hour, but it should make you want to love a little stronger and hug the ones you love a little tighter. Make sure to keep she and Ernie in your prayers and say an extra prayer for someone you think may need it, too.

We will have to end with that, just when I was getting ready to explain the reason why the Veterans’ Parade was… Well, here I go getting ahead of myself again.

P.S. I am a strong supporter of our military and veterans, as I am a card-carrying disabled vet myself. Hooah!

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

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