To the editor:
Wow… you all are really something.
Why don’t you sign your name to your biased and totally unfair attack on me as a property owner.
I am one of the few people who have remained faithful to downtown and Broad Street. I have proven that dedication by actually investing my own personal money and by working to maintain my business interests everyday for the last 30 years.
Unlike most of you anonymous critics I actually work very hard to stay in business downtown in spite of the worst conditions.
You fail to mention all of the many empty buildings that are not owned by me.
You have no idea how many times your negative attacks have chased away possible tenants. You are what’s wrong with Augusta — you create a negative impression that makes potential tenants not want to locate in downtown.
Unlike some of your heroes I have never taken anything from anyone — I have never been the recipient of any government largesse or taken any taxpayers’ money.
Everything I do and stand for is honesty, integrity, and hard work and dedication to the downtown I love and work hard for every single day of my life.
I as business owner and property owner suffer the most from the lack of business in downtown Augusta.
I have been the champion of trying to re-energize the city center — from restoring the devastating loss of bus service to pleading for the hiring of a city manager who could plan and coordinate the revitalization effort necessary to create an environment friendly and welcoming to business investment.
You guys don’t even have a clue who Bonnie Ruben is — I welcome you to come out of your hiding place and talk to me if you have concerns.
You can always find me working on Broad Street at either Ruben’s Department Store or the Ramada Hotel… I am anything but an absentee owner!