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ALBANY OFFICIALS TREAT THE citizens like mushrooms … keep you in the dark and feed you crap and hope you like it and don’t ask them any questions they will have to answer or explain.

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PASTOR DRAKE OF CUTLIFF Grove needs to come clean. He is a good man with noble ambitions but this whole thing (missing government money intended for a housing project) is discrediting a great church. In order to clear any suspicions of wrongdoing, every cent of that money needs to be accounted for and returned. If not, the church and the good pastor will be forever blackballed. If they don’t have the money, it is time to liquidate the church and all its assets and properties. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but mixing the church and business is a bad combination. If there is separation between church and state, so should it be between church and business. Church in the South has all become BIIIIG business. There are a load of churches in the small city of Albany, but only four high schools. They cut the school budget but churches are going up every day. God is good but if your pews aren’t spilling over, why get another church? Why hasn’t the church spoken out on the nonsense violence downtown on Saturday evening? It is time to hold the church accountable. Cutliff Grove, please pay up! We are losing our kids in school everyday and the church sits idle while our kids are relocating to free room and board on Blaylock Street. This is not an attack on God but a wake-up call to all! Pastors, don’t get mad, get corrected!

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REGARDING THE MELEE DOWNTOWN … and they wonder why no one goes downtown. You are taking your life into your own hands going down there.

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AND WHAT PART OF the big fight downtown was a surprise?

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I WENT TO A gang fight once and a rap concert and car show broke out.

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I JUST GOT BACK from walking Veterans Park to Cox Landing and back on the riverfront path. It was absolutely beautiful and we are lucky to have the park and downtown. Fights can happen wherever idiots are – which, unfortunately, is everywhere!

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THE LAST WE WERE told by APD, crime rates were worse at the mall.

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THE SAD PART IS, you do not know the half of what goes on in Albany. Get you a police scanner and you will be amazed at what is never reported by the news.

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THEY WANT OUR HELP to stop all this crime, but as soon as I catch someone stealing or breaking in a house and give them a beat-down, I’ll be the one getting in trouble.

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WE ARE THANKFUL FOR venues like the Flint RiverQuarium and Throanteeska which provide positive experiences for those coming to the river … the aquarium, the aviary, the big screen, the planetarium and the exhibits.

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GIVE THE NEW POLICE chief a chance. It did not get bad overnight and he cannot fix it overnight.

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DON’T FORGET THE WONDERFUL civil rights museum! The history is great, the singers are great, the museum is full of richness! It’s in the downtown area too (two blocks south of Oglethorpe).

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OKAY … WHEN IT COMES to crime, it can happen anywhere. And I bet if you compare the crime statistics downtown crime is still probably lower than many other areas in the city. You are taking your life in your own hands every time you wake up! It’s only the grace of God that we make it through each day! Secondly, in this situation, I would bet that a larger police presence would have possibly curbed some of this behavior from the youth. We used to have the movies in the park with 10,000 plus people per night, we had not one incident! We had cops EVERYWHERE! You can have events without issues, but it has to be done right!

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DREAMERS, YOU WILL HAVE less crime downtown because you have less people there and nobody’s hardly there at night, and why would someone want to break into a house in the hood that doesn’t have anything worth taking? That’s why they come to this side of town (Marry Acres, Lake Park) to rob. Be realistic people. Wake up.

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EACH OF THESE PROJECTS (museums, RiverQuarium, etc.) is difficult to maintain but bring a certain level of civility, quality of life, education, and entertainment to a city that sorely needs it. I hope the primary point here doesn’t get lost in the discussion … we need a stronger police presence in certain parts of the city at certain times of the day … especially when crowds are expected.

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YOU NEED POLICE EVERYWHERE during a youth concert!

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ABSOLUTELY, INCLUDING THE CIVIC Center during a wrestling match.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN with Albany City Manager Alfred Lott. How does he keep getting away with all this? I myself see him as no better than anyone else that commits a crime, no matter how small. And what about the bigger crimes? He and the Police Department investigate the cases they feel will put them in the limelight. I know of a 3-year-old case that they refused to investigate, and have police papers to prove it. But because it included some people from high places. But it’s not over till the fat lady sings. Make all of the government officials, if that’s what you can call them do their jobs.

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THE UGLY HIRING MESS may be almost over, but I can just about guarantee things at the Dougherty County School System will get uglier and messier with Murfree and his board-member sycophants. I am a retired educator who knows the actors well; we are headed for unresolute chaos.

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IT IS A SHAME TO see grown men and women turn their heads and not voice out the truth about how Albany FedEx Express is being run. You all complain how unfair employees are being mistreated, yet no one has the courage to voice it out. There are spies among workers waiting to snitch in order to secure a position. What these ex-employees reported is the truth.

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I APPRECIATE WHAT KEVIN and the Journal do, but at some point, people who consistently comment about the government have an obligation to run for office.

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ME AND MY DAUGHTER had a blast at the Briar Patch Music Festival. Great music great people and most of all great memories!! For those who missed it, “DUH HUH! FLETCH LIVES!

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I READ THE ARTICLE in the paper about how good we are doing, according to Forbes, yet not too long ago we were listed by Forbes as being in the top 10 most impoverished cities in America. I love my community and want to support it, but how does one know how to help when the truth is so hard to find?

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REGARDING THE CONNECTICUT MAYOR who donated a kidney to a constituent, If only certain politicians could get that cerebral transplant.

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GLAD TO HEAR THE Albany Journal is growing! Thanks for covering items that the other media in this area ignores.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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