So Columbia County commissioners approved more SPLOST money for a military memorial behind the Evans Library.
What’s not to like about that?
After all, it’s perfectly reasonable that a county as proudly patriotic as Columbia County would want such a memorial. It certainly has an established history for spending money on quality of life items, and what would you call a military memorial if not a quality of life item?
A welcome gift to Fort Gordon, perhaps?
It’s not that Columbia County needs to do much convincing to sell itself to the masses arriving in support of the new Army Cyber Command headquarters. It’s got the schools, the lake, the parks and the room to grow. But when all your growth has come so recently, it’s easy to feel you lack the gravitas of your more established neighbors, and what screams “we’re serious, respectful people” louder than a military memorial?
Too cynical? Maybe. But at a total cost of $150,000, it’s certainly not coming cheap, and commissioners do have other worthy things they could support with their discretionary SPLOST funds.