It could be successfully argued that Albany is a community in transition, particularly with the recent developments at city hall.
Are we on a steady decline or are there reasons to be optimistic? That’s debatable, to say the least.
B.J. Fletcher, who is winning hearts and supporters with her enthusiasm and her business success downtown, says it’s clearly the latter — that Albany is on the rebound and the nucleus of the recovery is and needs to be generated in the inner city.
Fletcher’s contagious entrepreneurial vision, the ever-expanding enterprises of Stewbos (Bo Henry, Stewart Campbell, et al), and the life-changing efforts of Debbie Mazur of Graceway Recovery Residence and The Bread House & Granary have gotten us at The Albany Journal to thinking, recently.
What can our newspaper do to pay it forward and otherwise promote the positive spirit that is increasingly prevalent these days in the community, particularly downtown?
How about devote Page 2 of The Journal to good news every week?
This week, we’ve moved WhatchaSay, Albany? – a brutally candid sounding board for citizens that largely focuses on local public officials’ waywardness – to our Local Columns page, which usually is on Page A5. That’s a more appropriate spot for WhatchaSay, Albany? anyway.
Next week, we will unveil a Good News, complete with a logo that will list the names of the page’s sponsors. We encourage our readers to jump on board and join us in celebrating all that is good about our community. Share your good news with us; between the newspaper and our Website, we are going to endeavor to ensure that no good news that comes our way goes unreported.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re as devoted as ever to letting our readers know what’s really going on in our community, particularly when taxpayer funds are at stake. And certainly, “good news” can continue to be found on Page 1 and throughout our pages.
Still, we’re excited that henceforth, our readers will know precisely know where to turn in The Journal to learn about accomplishments in the lives of the richest part of our community – its people.
Thanks you for reading The Journal and for your feedback. I’d love to hear from you at 435-6222; kevin@TheAlbanyJournal.com; or via Facebook.