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THANK YOU FOR YOUR editorial on the sad case of Claire Hillard’s run-in with the law and ethical issues. It was tasteful yet right on target. I hope that Claire steps up and does the right thing and I hope that he is the Symphony conductor for many, many years to come.

MY BEST TO THE maestro and his family in this trying time.

CENSURE TOMMIE POSTELL? WHY? What he did is nothing compared to the laws that have been broken by the City Commission as a whole and the people who work for the commission.

TOMMIE POSTELL IS A VOICE and a representative of Albany as a whole and I am embarrassed to have this kind of representation. The sad thing is his comment echoes a lot of attitude that plagues the City government.

SO, THE CHICK AT Albany State had some pot, so what?

BEAUTIFUL COLUMN ABOUT YOUR father, Leah Ryals. I’m only sorry that I don’t have a child of mine write so well of me as you have of your father after I am gone. As my Jewish friend says, Kaddish … You are a great daughter to have done so. My sincere and deepest sympathies.

SAD TO HEAR OF Herb’s passing. I knew him and many of his children, but never met Leah. This is a beautiful tribute.

WHY DO THEY NOT take recycling to a new level in Albany. In Tacoma, Wash., where I live now, we are putting our food and scraps in the yard waste containers as well as separating our card board and plastics. This took our trash down to one container every two weeks. Just a suggestion to the problem.

LESS GARBAGE MEANS LESS picking up and doing your job to recycle. Food can be used as compost

WHEN I MOVED BACK to the area years ago, I intentionally avoided Albany because of the high taxes and poor schools in DoCo. And now you can throw crime and a plethora of other stuff into the mix and boy ,did I make a good decision! Now, those considering moving to Albany will likely make the same decision for the same reasons that citizens are upset about. And you know, elected and non-elected officials set the tone for what happens or is permitted to happen in an area. So, when people complain about what the city does or doesn’t do, I always ask “Have you ever been to a Commission meeting?”. The response? Nothing but excuses for not going. It’s time to quit making excuses and do something for a change.

THE DARTON COLLEGE ALUMNI Association is selling discount cards for local businesses: Roosters, Harvest Moon, Marco’s, Casa Tapatia, Comfort Zone, Magnolia Pet Spa, Love Letters and more. They are $35 and are good through June of next year. If you’re interested, let me know. If you are an alumni and not a member of the Association then JOIN and you’ll get a card included!

SAD TO SEE THE state of things compared to my childhood. Concerned about the future of the area for myself, my child, and soon to be grandchild.

THE LORD’S PANTRY HAS an urgent need for clothing of all sizes. If you have some items to donate, please take them to the Lord’s Pantry, 219 W. Society Ave. Albany, GA 31707, 435-0911. Thanks for your help!

PLEAES JOIN US FOR our 2nd annual Lee County Kiwanis Long Run for Children Race in downtown Leesburg this Saturday! We’ll have a 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run. 5K/10K starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1 mile starts at 7:45 a.m. Registration begins at 6:15 a.m. Please come out to join in the race or cheer on the participants. All proceeds benefit the children of Lee and Dougherty County … we need your support!

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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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