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Editorial: Together, we can fix city leadership

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Written by Joe Salter.

Then-Downtown Manager Don Buie spoke to my Kiwanis club soon after his arrival in Albany. His intelligence, knowledge, experiences and communication skills convinced me that he was the man to lead downtown out of its desecrating bondage. I had no idea he was planning to conduct its funeral, without sending eulogy or flowers. However, let’s not give him total credit for the fiasco.

I could never understand why a town the size of Albany needed two highly paid managers, and never got an explanation. Albany seems to have acquired the reputation of hiring irresponsible employees and compensating them for their deficiencies.

I have tried to believe that race did not take prescience over qualifications, but all indications have led me to believe otherwise. Our currently hired officials have had ample opportunity to prove their ability, but failed. I recommend they move on to other endeavors and allow a new group the opportunity to repair the damages.

I consider myself a friend of many with diversified abilities, talents and interests who are capable of handling the tasks presented to them, and I feel confident we have many who can get the job done efficiently and economically if allowed the opportunity.

I do offer a ray of hope to those who might interested. Some of you are aware of y longtime campaign to encourage people to smile and speak to everyone they meet in hopes that it might be the beginning of the healing of America. I have noticed an increased interest in your male, female, black and white citizens speaking, smiling and extending courtesies to those whom they encounter. What a great feeling.

Last week, I was reminiscing with Whit Gunnels about the deterioration of our once-great society. His rebuttal was that responsible people care, but not enough to do anything about it. Think about it: What can you do to restore honesty, integrity and responsibility to America so our children and grandchildren will inherit a better place to live.

The ball is in your court. Will you hit it?

Written by Joe Salter.

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