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In politics, Facebook’s ‘community standards’ a weapon

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet They say that there are three things you never talk about in polite company: Politics, religion, and money.  Three issues that are incredibly divisive, and for good reason.  However, social media is hardly “polite company” by any stretch of the imagination.  In particular, there are groups that are primarily for the discussion of politics.  [...]

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Starbucks decision not as significant as some think

By   /  September 19, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Yesterday, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks issues an open letter, asking people to leave their guns outside of their stores.  This has, understandable, sparked a great deal of discussion in the gun community.  Personally, I’m not a big fan of Starbucks coffee, so it doesn’t really impact me at all.  However, there is [...]

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The challenges of the news

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There are challenges being in the news industry.  We are, justifiably, held to a high standard when it comes to getting our facts right.  When any news agency blows it, we all look bad and it’s not hard to understand why.  However, getting it right isn’t as easy as it may seem. Friday evening, [...]

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Why I shouldn’t have been surprised about Phoebe/FTC deal

By   /  September 12, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet I shouldn’t have been surprised by the Phoebe/Federal Trade Commission deal.  I was, but I shouldn’t have been.  I’m a cynical, anti-government nut job and I trusted the government to look out for our best interests.  Once again, they didn’t.  I’ve been stewing about it since the news broke, but I’m just now putting [...]

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Remembering the day

By   /  September 11, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet By Tom Knighton I don’t like talking politics on 9/11.  It feels wrong.  It feels dirty.  It was 12 years ago today that I witnessed the most horrible act I could have imagined, and I pray I never see its like again.  Politics has no place on a day like today. Tomorrow, there will [...]

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What do you want from the Journal?

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet While the Journal staff is having our powwows over what we need to do with the paper, there is a vital group of people who can’t be at our meetings.  That group are our readers. Your input is needed.  I have talked to people who want to see the Journal revert back to the [...]

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The Decline and Fall of the Journal

By   /  September 3, 2013  /  News, Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet by Tom Knighton I don’t think I’m breaking news when I tell you that the Journal isn’t what it once was.  I feel I must take responsibility for much of that, though I honestly don’t know what I should have done differently at this point.  I have been at the helm of this paper [...]

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A poor workforce doing more to keep away industry than litter

By   /  August 6, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Mayor Hubbard doesn’t like trash.  I get it.  Hundreds of Albanians have stepped up to her call to deal with litter around Albany.  Honestly, I don’t like to see it either and tip my hat at those intrepid souls who deal with the litter in our community.  Unfortunately for Mayor Hubbard, Albany has bigger [...]

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New York Times admits to problems with testing

By   /  July 19, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Standardized tests are a part of educational life.  In Dougherty County and the surrounding areas, we have had the reality of what happens when such tests determine so many significant issues.  Teachers and administrators have incentive to cheat the tests.  Even the many teachers who did no such thing have felt the weight of [...]

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Murfree’s overpayment order should lead to criminal investigation

By   /  May 31, 2013  /  Opinion, Tom Knighton, Uncategorized  /   Comments

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Tweet Usually, when someone says a legacy should never be forgotten, it’s because someone has passed on and left something worthy behind.  For Dr. Joshua Murfree, that’s clearly not the case.  He is now gone, but clearly the wake of devastation lingers after him.  The latest is the revelation that Murfree ordered an overpayment of [...]

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