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WE ARE SEEING AN epidemic of tragic losses. In July, there has been a murder-suicide in Shellman; another suicide in Randolph County; a murder of the wife and son and suicide in Early County; in Clay County a murder-suicide; a suicide in Abbeville Ala.; a suicide in Leesburg; and now the tragic loss of Brandon Schiff. Several of these are related to financial issues. Our hearts go out to everyone affected.

REGARDING CITY COMMISSIONER TOMMIE Postell’s call for a GBI investigation into how the newspaper got past the garbage and obtained public information, I guess we shouldn’t let facts get in the way of good rhetoric…or something like that.

MEANWHILE, LOTT GETS PAID and continues to do as he pleases. There is no telling what other records are being destroyed until he gets ousted … and the taxpayers keep on paying him.

ALBANY JOURNAL, THEY ARE going to turn you over to the GBI. Are you shacking yet?

THE GBI INVESTIGATION POSTELL requested might result in the city hall house cleaning that has been a long time coming.

I WOULD LOVE FOR the GBI to get involved. I don’t think Postell would enjoy it to much though.

MAYBE LOTT CAN GET his name in with the same headhunter Albany used to find Don Buie, then no one who hires him will ever know about any past infractions, if there are any.

WHY WOULD THE CITY tell Lott to leave or be fired and then let him have a year before leaving. How much is he going to mess up in that year.

THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND LOTT’S delayed departure just shows what type city leaders we have. I do wonder how Albany is making it in spite of them!

SO, I WANT THE “full” story on Alfred Lott resigning and I’m counting on you to deliver.

IT DOESN’T SAY MUCH for the credibility of any recommendation when it has to be negotiated. Why not just let the truth be the truth?

THERE THEY GO AGAIN! Do they not know that “WE THE PEOPLE” put them in office? Stop these secret meetings!

I COULD SAY SO much about Mary Lamont’s revelations about Alfred Lott, but I think it would start a war. However I can say this, if Albany does not get rid of Al Lott and start making some serious changes there will not be anything left to the town because of people leaving to get away from the racism.

I GAVE ALFRED LOTT the benefit of the doubt at first, thought he might be a decent city manager, but he quickly became just a dictator!

I DID, TOO. I thought he would do something good for Albany but the quickly faded into, oh no just another person with way too much power and bringing in his cronies, to boot.

AND HIS CRONIES WEREW such winners, LOL!

DON’T WANT TO RUN into them in a dark alley.

WHY WOULD THE CITY tell Lott to leave or be fired and then let him have a year before leaving? How much is he going to mess up in that year?

WHAT KIND OF FIRING bonus with Alfred Lott get?

JUST SHOWS WHAT TYPE city leaders we have. I do wonder how Albany is making it in spite of them!

THIS IS WHY I DO not live in Albany, Ga., anymore.

TOO MUCH CRONYISM IN our local government. We need a thorough house cleaning. Albany could be a great town again if we had honest, open and fair government, but I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Huge amount of voter apathy here.

YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE fired! Go away! And take all the commissioners with you!

OUT, OUT DAMN SPOT ….

SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T know when to leave. Can Albany last another year with him?

I WISH THEY WOULD just let him go now. No tellin’ what he could do in another year. Mercy Me! Scarey!

IS THIS SOMETHING TO do with his contract? He just TOLD them when he’s leaving? There’s more to it than that. I thought the commission DEMANDED his resignation?

I THINK A CHANGE would do us good. A change in representation, that is!

IT IS BEYOND ME why those on the Commission would not just let the contract expire and case closed. For the remainder of the time, he will in fact be “lame duck” and worthless. Well, perhaps those who want to hire him in the future will read back issues of the Journal for the truth in the matter. Kevin, I guess the Commissioners’ “courage” you mentioned earlier just never showed up. No surprise here!

I’M SURE WE CAN find out where he goes. We can make sure they know everything!

YOU GIVE AN INCOMPETENT more than a year to resign. What a joke. What does he have on the commissioners?

AND WHO HIRED ALFRED Lott?

ONLY IN ALBANY CAN you do wrong and still walk away with a good recommendation and a hefty severance package. How many more are going to do this? He should have been fired.

CONSPIRACY! I’M GLAD I moved to Lee County when I did! Lott probably got some advice from the former police chief on how to work the details out on the severance package and his resignation date. He has to have time to find another city to blow into first. No wonder raises for the city workers are so few and far between.

IF LOTT WORKS OUT a plan to leave next year knowing the option would be firing, he is free to do whatever he has been doing that justifies firing now. This is prima facie evidence of weakness in the head on the part of the Commission. Likewise, similar evidence of no backbone. Do it now if you plan to do it, commissioners! No more deals so someone can keep “good paper and be passed to a better job elsewhere.

WHEN WILL THESE SNEAKY closed-door meetings ever stop? I guess we will have to vote them all out of office if we are to have openness in our local government. They just will not learn.

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR elected bodies to hold (closed) executive sessions to discuss an employee matter or a real estate transaction. This is done to protect innocent parties. There’s nothing in the law that says elected officials can’t reveal… the actions approved in closed session. In fact, if action IS approved, then it becomes a matter of public record.

ANY INFO ON THE old Victorian house on Jackson that a sorority bought then abused and neglected? It’s scheduled to be demolished if no one buys it in a month, and that’s been about three weeks ago now?

GOVERNMENT SHOULDN’T INVOLVE ITSELF in preserving properties unless they have a truly historic value (i.e. presidential home etc.) If people feel these properties saved they need to do so with their own money. If the city gets them via tax sales liens, they must do a simple cost analysis, if they have no chance of selling it, tear it down and sell an empty lot.

I JUST DON’T HAVE feelings for the mule barn. How about a meeting on Cutliff and the “$374K fiasco”?

PHOEBE PUTNEY PLANS TO knock down 14 historic Albany buildings rather than restore and use them. I ask you why do they buy what they do not need or want and force people to move, then just give Albany more vacant lots? And all tax-free property, too.

LET’S TEAR IT DOWN and build another useless piece of concrete. The heck with saving historic buildings here….at least that’s the impression I get from our local government.

WE HAD AN AVID microchip implanted in our dog — I don’t remember the cost, but it wasn’t much at all. Well worth it for peace of mind!

YES, THE BILL TRANSPORTATION bill that will fund two new projects in the community was important, but if you look carefully, it’s bloated, and Congressman Bishop at every turn voted to keep it that way. The cost of the bill is 18 percent above its 2009 level, the bill is bigger than what the president’s budget called for. Bishop voted against amendments that would have returned it back to 2008 spending levels, voted against returning it 2009 spending levels voted against lowering it to the budget request levels and voted against returning $10.2 billion in unspent stimulus money. Roll call votes 493, 492, 490, 489.

THE MINNEAPOLIS-BASED RETAILER Target just gave over $150,000 to buy ads supporting state Rep. Tom Emmer, a far-right Republican candidate for governor. This makes Target one of the very first companies to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate cash in elections. Target must think customers won’t care. They’re wrong: We do care, and we need to let them know that we want Target — and all corporations — out of our elections.

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Comments

  1. Truth B Known says:

    I read in the other day,in a paper,that someone had wrote in to the VFW,telling them how ashamed they should be with the up keep of there flags.While i agre all Flags are to be in ship shape.But,You Who wrote that must not know the VFW people,and what they do very well.They will stand up for a Vet in a heart beat,would that person i wonder.And if i may say so,if you are in such concern(whoever wrote that) Why dont you Buy one and donante it? Or some of your time to help a Vet. I have sen this town stoop to the lowest,when the teacher cam home from fighting,and Albany did not want to pay him.But them same ones that did not want to pay him,maybe you all should donate some time or a Flag.I think we should help,where help is needed.And people dont always ask for help,they try to do it on there own,and you know what,sometimes they just cant make ends meet.So instead of complaing,why not HELP.And no i dont belong to the VFW.But when my Mom died they were sure there for me,and in my book,that gets a God Bless you VFW,from me.And i will see what i can do to help if i can.

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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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