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Combating Poverty Step 3: Race relations

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Fifty years after the civil rights movement, race is still a big deal in Albany.  In reality, it may well be a big chunk of what is actually wrong in this community.  Many in the black community still see racism behind every nook and crany, while now many whites see every matter that doesn’t [...]

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Combating Poverty Step 2: The Right Kind of Jobs

By   /  January 24, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet We need jobs.  That is hardly a groundbreaking statement.  Just yesterday, Albanians learned about a new restaurant opening on Meredith that will occupy the building that used to be the Ordinary Coyote.  This is good news, right? Hardly.

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Combatting Poverty Step 2: A cultural shift

By   /  January 23, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Continuing our look at how to help Albany recover, we’re going to look at something I touched on yesterday.  The idea that Albany requires a cultural shift in how we approach the world.  It’s an idea that some people may have strong feelings about, but there are facts that cannot be escaped. For example, [...]

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Combating poverty step 1: Education

By   /  January 22, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Yesterday, I wrote about the news that Albany is still one of the poorest communities in the country.  Obviously, that’s not exactly a shock to most of us.  However, pointing out that fact will only do so much in changing anything.  Here at the Journal, we don’t just report the news, we do our [...]

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Being among poorest in the nation requires someone to step up

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Yet again, Albany has found itself on a list of poorest communities in the nation.  This is nothing new, of course.  I remember the last list that came out, pointing out how poor our community was then.  Of course, then Albany mayor Willie Adams argued that Albany was still a great place to live [...]

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With new blood, commission will take on new personality

By   /  January 13, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Albanians tend to talk about the Albany City Commission as if it were a single entity, often with a distinct personality.  I have been as guilty of this as anyone, and I’m not really going to apologize.  Frankly, it is a single entity, just one made up of a number of people who give [...]

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Head out to Chehaw for a taste of the past

By   /  January 10, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Today, we live in an amazing time.  People today often like to think we’re smarter than our ancestors 200 years ago.  Well, if that describes you, I invite you to head out to Chehaw today, tomorrow, or Saturday for the annual Frontier Festival and see just how wrong you really are.

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Reflections on Christmas

By   /  December 26, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Christmas is a wonderful time of the year.  I didn’t always feel that way, but it was never because of Christmas itself.  Today, any feelings of dread about this wonderful time of the year have passed, and I am finally able to embrace Christmas for what it truly is.  It only took me 40 [...]

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Understanding the difference between the Free Market and Free Speech

By   /  December 19, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet By now, even people who don’t watch Duck Dynasty know who Phil Robertson is.  The patriarch of the Duck Commander family recently got himself into a bit of controversy regarding an interview he gave to GQ regarding homosexuality.  Now, supporters of Robertson are yelling about free speech after A&E decided to put Robertson on [...]

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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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