The citizens group that led the successful Darton College four-year nursing program initiative has another idea that pushes the envelope – and makes sense: Putting a water park at Chehaw.
Chehaw’s executive director, Doug Porter, says that adding a water playground to the venue is a worthy notion, although he says he wouldn’t want the attraction to be very large – particularly at first. Meanwhile, there’s no opposition thus far to the water park idea among Albany City Commission members, so it’s curious why it’s not a main topic of discussion.
Kudos to the Citizens for Economic Development for broaching the issue. Now, we call on the Albany Chamber of Commerce to push the idea and, indeed, solicit requests for proposals from water park developers if the Chehaw Park Authority or Albany City Commission drag their feet.
From local government consolidation to interstate transportation to taking anti-corruption measures, lots of great ideas have come and gone because of the failure of Albany’s leadership.
It’s time to get to work on this one.
Rachel’s Challenge: A must-do opportunity
Albany’s future is entirely up to the people who live in Albany. As such, there’s no better time to start improving our struggling community than now.
We think Rachel’s Challenge, a growing international program that encourages people to embrace and respect individual differences, may be just what the doctor ordered for the Good Life City.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled the program last week. It is the namesake of Rachel Scott, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy in Colorado who – not unlike civil rights icon Martin Luther King and Holocaust victim Anne Frank — left a legacy of appreciating the value and worth of every person.
Scott wrote in her diary: “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Today, Rachel’s Challenge – an organization led by her parents – attempts to unite schools and communities by encouraging its citizens to inspire and care for one another.
If Rachel’s Challenge is successful, people will be more kind and compassionate to one another, will reach out and help others, and will stand up for others who are mistreated.
As Utopian as it sounds, we think Rachel’s Challenge is worth a try and we are extremely grateful that Phoebe Putney is devoting the needed resources to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
Savannah junket: Anoutrageous expenditure
It’s enough to make a taxpayer nauseated: Seven city officials – four elected and three appointed – spent $21,421 for a Georgia Municipal Association junket to Savannah.
In this economy – in any economy – this is an outrage.
There are virtues to training offered by the GMA. But there’s no excuse to require taxpayers to fund the junket at such an exorbitant price, more than $3,000 per person, particularly for a municipal operation that routinely mocks citizens as it violates rules, laws and other standards of good government. Truly, over the past six years, city officials haven’t taken what it has learned from GMA and applied it to ensuring that city hall is run ethically and efficiently.
This fall, Albany citizens have a rare opportunity to replace five of the seven City Commission members. We hope that expenditures such as the Savannah trip will be contemplated when voters cast their ballots.
By Kevin Hogencamp