As always, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Metro Spirit. That May 21st “Insider” column about the recent Thunder Over Augusta was especially interesting to me, because I live in Evans. The author of the column took issue with Chairman Ron’s reference to “Thunder Over Columbia County” rather than “Augusta.”
Well, folks, there are reasons why that event was moved out of Augusta. There are reasons why “Rock Fore! Dough” moved. There are reasons why people have moved out of Augusta. It’s really quite simple: Columbia County’s imperfect, but not nearly as imperfect as Augusta.
What things work better in Columbia County? Our schools, our infrastructure and, yes, even our government.
For whatever reasons, the writer appeared to have an ax to grind with Ron Cross, calling him out for trying to change history because he doesn’t like the name. When the Boston Braves moved first to Milwaukee, and then to Atlanta, the team changed its name to match its then-current location. What is up with that paragraph reading, “Let’s get together, folks. There really is no alternative.”
What exactly does that mean, anyway? Consolidation? I don’t think so! There are many reasons why people (and events) have relocated to Columbia County and unless Augusta/Richmond County (Oh, wasn’t that consolidation a great idea?) cleans up its act, Columbia County will continue to be an area which attracts businesses and people, while Augusta will continue to be the opposite.
Mexico has a border with the United States. Augusta/Richmond County has a border with Columbia County. Am I the only person who feels there’s a similarity?
Bill Harding, Evans