With the recent and forthcoming budget cuts projected, the city of Augusta needs to come together and help our public-service providers out.
It's time we stopped waiting on those in Washington and Atlanta to dole out money so we can try to squeak by from year to year. If we can pitch in and pay for the trade, exhibit and event enter and help make donations to build the Kroc Center, why can't we come together and help out our school system, police department, fire department and public works groups?
The infusion of this cash can help bolster salaries for these areas. If an administrative assistant in the animal control department can make $49,069, there is no reason an officer of the law, firefighter or teacher, should struggle to make $32,000 a year. Officers are working special assignments to make ends meet; firefighters are working as EMTs or nurses on their off-days; and teachers are reaching into their own pockets to help supply their classrooms.
The people this country needs the most are the ones we treat the worst. Augusta Commission, and citizens of Augusta, if ever there was a cause to rally behind, this is it.