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Time’s up; Lott must go

By   /  November 4, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet Although there have been no charges by any law enforcement agency against Albany City Manager Al Lott, there is certainly enough of a work history to date to clearly show that our City Manager has not performed his responsibilities effectively. People are fired all the time for simply doing a poor job, never having [...]

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Albany Music Scene: Relapse (sort of) reincarnated

By   /  October 30, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet Way back in 1992, Russell Martin, Bill Harrell, Mill Brooks, Larry Foreman, Tommy Lashley, and Henry Hart use to get together and play the kind of music they loved: beach music, the classics of Motown, and just good old rock ‘n roll. They had a blast Lashley, Foreman, and Brooks had been tossing around [...]

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Who you gonna call? DCPI or SGPI, that’s who!

By   /  October 28, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet “Who you gonna call?” was the catch phrase made popular in the 80s comedy thriller, “Ghostbusters”. The gizmo-friendly ghost busting team led by Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd blasted their way into American pop culture, investigating — and then capturing — evil spirits running amok in New York City. With proton packs in hand [...]

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We’re poor! We’re proud!

By   /  October 21, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet Wow! What an honor! Albany has been named one of the ten poorest places to live in the entire country! If you’re bring home is under $20,000 a year, you can take a little pride in knowing that you personally helped make this possible. Hey, if the saga of Balloon Boy is any measure, [...]

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Music Scene: Have you met Thick Ankle Nancy?

By   /  October 10, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet Photo Caption: Thick Ankle Nancy is the house band at Austin’s Barbecue. Its members are (from left) Wendell Brooks, Brandon Bryan, and Trey Cooper. Just when you think you’ve got the Albany music scene all understood and neatly categorized, it gives birth to something nobody was expecting. Such was the case about four or [...]

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My challenge: Let’s get real

By   /  September 23, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet We can banter about our thoughts and suspicions until the cows come home, but at some point, everything in life, including what to do with this city of ours, boils down to what is real. That, if we are smart, is what we act on, and not what we wish were the case. If [...]

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Leaving Albany: Many have calendars marked

By   /  September 9, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet There’s a new group of folks here, but not for long. I’m calling them the “Albany Timeliners”. These are people that have made Albany home for years, some living here all their lives, but are now marking a date on the calendar when they will leave, if things do not improve. Some are going [...]

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Free Speech, Albany Style

By   /  September 3, 2009  /  Lon McNeil  /   Comments

Tweet Here comes Gucci Mane to the Civic Center, exercising his right of free speech. Stand up and exercise yours, by saying you don’t believe a taxpayer supported facility should be offering what you believe to be offensive and harmful messages, and prepare to be verbally assaulted by many. You will be called names and [...]

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Colette Roberts Jenkins: Bringing mind, body and spirit together – to conquer

By   /  August 27, 2009  /  Lon McNeil, News  /   Comments

Tweet When she was 29, Colette Roberts Jenkins was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Lying in bed, unable to walk or even feel her feet, she realized that she had taken some of the simple pleasures in life for granted. “Such as the feel of carpet on the bottom of my feet,” said Jenkins. “My prayer [...]

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Albany’s Ward 5: The 2009 battleground?

By   /  August 19, 2009  /  Lon McNeil, Politics  /   Comments

Tweet This November, about half of Albany’s voters will be asked to make their voices heard on a host of critical issues. The Ward 5 City Commission race is shaping up to be an important measure of the political landscape. Local attorney Bob Langstaff will be seeking a third term as the Ward 5 commissioner. [...]

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