To the editor:
I hope you were able to attend the dedication of the new McDuffie Courthouse and City of Thomson Complex on Aug. 5, 2011, and enjoyed it as I did. Literally, Railroad Street and Greenway Street took on new life. The grounds were covered with people, children and activity, complete with "the sound of music." The Thomson High School Band echoed a dedication al fresca.
The group and the complex heard dedicatory remarks from U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, the Honorable Ed Tarver, from Augusta. Afterward, the grounds and facilities were toured by the public.
I remember June 1967 when then county commissioners were criticized for spending $300,000 to renovate the McDuffie County Courthouse as being too expensive. This building gave us another 45 years of service, and, in retrospect, I know we all can agree that then-Chairman Robert Farr's foresight served us well.
I likewise feel that even with present leadership receiving some criticism that the expenditure is too great, as we move into the 21st century, I would predict that in 45 years we can look back and recognize that the new complex is an investment in the future of McDuffie County and the City of Thomson.
Accolades to the City of Thomson, Mayor Kenneth Usry, former Mayor Robert E. Knox Jr., Chairman Charles Newton IV, and to the court leadership, Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr., and Honorable Harold A. Hinesley. Friday evening was a wonderful occasion, and I am sorry that all did not get to attend.
Very best wishes for the future,
Albert H. Dallas, Attorney-at-law