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Why we must fight bullying

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet “Dude, don’t you think you’re riding this bullying pony a little hard?  It’s a shame what happened, but it’s not worth all this energy you’re putting into it,” a friend told me recently.  I can see what he’s talking about to an extent.  My last two columns have been about bullying, and with this [...]

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It’s OK to say Merry Christmas

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet We all love this time of year, the parades, the concerts, the parties…and of course the shopping… First, I hope you will support your local stores and spend your money locally. When you shop on-line or from a catalog, you are taking money away from your Local store’s profits, many of which are owned [...]

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Our Stand

By   /  December 17, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Albany Journal has done a lot of things since it was founded in 1939.  It’s best known as the town “scandal rag”, where anything and everything was fair game.  It’s been the community watchdog, its most recent incarnation. Due to various circumstances, we’ve gotten a bit away from that last one. Well, we’re [...]

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For Christmas, buy local, eat local, and pay it forward

By   /  December 17, 2013  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet It’s the Christmas shopping season again, and we all must stick together and shop local. By supporting locally-owned businesses you can “pay it forward”, keeping money in the local economy and keeping local business owners in business…

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It’s time for schools to stop turning a blind eye to bullying.

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Dustin Hammonds didn’t deserve the two years of torment that his parents allege he went through.  For two years, a young man was tormented in the one place we all like to pretend our children are safe at: school.  Now, the entire area is hurting over a child most of us never got to [...]

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Winning the Compromise

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Hopefully this is the last column in which we talk about budget showdowns and shut downs for a while.  Perhaps you’ve enjoyed them.  Frankly, they’ve been easy for me because I can almost cut and paste the last one.  We’ve been in this cycle for a while.  And provided the Senate votes to approve [...]

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Letter to the Editor: Jobs are the issue; our Congressmen just don’t get it.

By   /  December 11, 2013  /  Letter to the editor  /   Comments

Tweet Dear Editor: Americans are floundering until the economy recovers. The economy won’t recover until there are sufficient non-government jobs to employ the masses. There will not be sufficient jobs until we address the issue that caused our job losses in the first place, our inability to compete with the rest of the world. We [...]

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Give Them Something To Believe In

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet Republicans last week were celebrating a Harvard survey of “Millennial” voters – those Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 – showing that they have quite sharply turned their backs on both President Obama and his signature Affordable Care Act.  The poll went so far as to showing that a majority of those [...]

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There are alternatives to ObamaCare

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Buddy Carter  /   Comments

Tweet For many of us, it’s that special time of the year- the time when you get notification for renewal from your healthcare insurance provider. I got a letter in the mail from my health insurance provider a few weeks ago.  It contained good news, bad news and even worse news.

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U.S. Congressman Trey Radel, a brief pullover on the highway

By   /  December 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /   Comments

Tweet By Glenn Mollette Media attention on Florida U.S. Congressman Trey Radel has waned some. Radel was arrested for buying cocaine and has since taken a leave of absence for drug rehabilitation. We won’t hear much until he resumes his elected Congressional job. Radel by his own admission spiraled downward in his life being consumed [...]

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