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Another take on Lon’s column

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Lon McNeil certainly stirred up something with his column two weeks ago where he asked if Albany’s problem was Leesburg.  Here at the Journal offices, we have received a significant amount of communication from folks regarding that column. It’s seemed that no matter where I go, as soon as people find out [...]

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By   /  April 17, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     This past Sunday, an event to celebrate non-violence was interrupted by violence.  Everywhere we turn; it seems that violence is smacking us in the face here in a town that still calls itself The Goodlife City. Clearly, something needs to be done.  What isn’t clear is what we should do about it. [...]

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A Promise to Audrey

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     For those of you who don’t know, and that means most of you, last week was an eventful week in my home.  The day I put last week’s issue to bed, my beautiful daughter finally arrived to join our family.  My wife delivered a 7 lbs, 8 ounce baby girl that exemplifies [...]

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Jumping on tragedy

By   /  April 2, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Trayvon Martin was just 17 years old when he was allegedly gunned down by George Zimmerman.  Based on information available in the media, it seems like a pretty cut and dried case.  I will allow that the media may not have, or may not have released, the whole story and I’m not [...]

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Sometimes, you’ve just got to pick a fight

By   /  March 26, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet       I was speaking with someone by phone who wants to try and make a positive change here in Albany.  She said to me that she didn’t want to stir up anything and that she thought she could make the local officials change their minds about something through positive discussion.  I applaud [...]

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Past time to scrap the sign ordinance

By   /  March 19, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     Tom Gieryic doesn’t seem a likely poster boy.  He’s a mechanic by trade, and a small business owner in one of the poorest communities in the nation.  However, when Code Enforcement cited him over an American flag, it reignited a firestorm that has surrounded Albany’s controversial sign ordinance for years now. The [...]

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Quit blaming the citizens

By   /  March 13, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     I’m getting tired of it.  I’m getting rather sick of the attitude some officials espouse, blaming the people of Albany – and often times their “attitude” – for Albany being in its current state.  The most recent incident comes via a WFXL report where EDC head Ted Clem is quoted as saying, [...]

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How ‘Going green’ could lower electric bills

By   /  March 6, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet       I’m a free market kind of guy.  While I’m sympathetic to the environmental movement in a lot of ways, I find much of what they want is borderline ridiculous at best.  One thing we’ve been hearing for years is that “conservation” is a good thing.  Well, the good folks at Water, [...]

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Hard times requires us to pull together

By   /  March 5, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Anyone who thinks this economy isn’t so bad is a complete moron.  I’m going to go ahead and say that right there.  To say it’s not bad for them may be a different matter entirely, but for the vast majority of Americans, it’s pretty bad.  Albany is getting hit harder than most, and [...]

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Combating Postal Service Closings: The Wrong Battle

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  News, Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet   If you don’t subscribe to your elected official’s newsletters, you should. It’s very educational. In Congressman Bishop’s most recent email, there was an article titled, “Combating Postal Service Closings and Service Reductions”. Here it is in its entirety; “Over the last several months, our congressional office has been aggressively fighting proposals from the [...]

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