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Tuesday’s results indicate a shift in status quo

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There’s an understanding in politics that incumbency has its privileges.  Tuesday, with Bobby Coleman’s defeat of incumbent Ivey Hines, those privileges seem to be fewer and fewer.  In Albany, this is a very, very good thing. Once someone gets elected, there is a strong tendency for them to stay in that office for as [...]

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Job Investment Fund MUST go forward

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There’s a snag in the job investment fund that commissioner Bob Langstaff first proposed many months ago, but it needs to be worked through and worked through quickly.  That job investment fund may be the last, best hope for turning things around in Albany, and we need it desperately. “But Tom, I thought you [...]

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Library bid shows there’s nothing wrong with admitting a mistake

By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Dougherty County Library System’s first attempt at getting bids was apparently screwed up.  In Albany and Dougherty County, that’s not all that unusual.  What is unusual is that the library system admitted things were screwed up and rebid the contract.  The result, a potential savings of $300,000.

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Cutliff Grove’s request shows a profound lack of preparation

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Back when I was in the Navy, I had a Chief that used to tell us, “Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”  I took that to heart.  Oh, I screw up from lack of preparation.  I’m human, but I do my best to not expect others [...]

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Why I have a hard time with downtown efforts

By   /  February 21, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There are some great things downtown, and Aaron Blair has done some good things as well.  Nothing I’m about to say have anything to do with Blair.  In fact, most of this stuff happened long, long before Blair.  In fact, a lot of it dates to my childhood.

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What’s to be done about unemployment rate?

By   /  January 24, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Earlier today, we reported here that Albany’s unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent for December of this year.  That was up from 9.2 percent in November, though it was down from the 9.8 percent it was in December of 2011.  The question is, what is to be done about it? First, let’s note that [...]

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Long Live Charley B’s

By   /  January 23, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The city commission did something that may well be unprecidented for them.  They made the right decision. Charley B’s and Club Xtreme were both northwest Albany bars that came under fire as the city considered revoking their liquor licenses, but thanks to a vote by the commission, they’re still here.  In fact, I suspect [...]

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Last chance to save Charley B’s

By   /  January 22, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Later today, the Albany City Commission will meet.  On their agenda will be Charley B’s and their liquor license.  That means that today is the last opportunity to step up and do what you can to save a local business that hasn’t been found to do anything wrong.

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Save Charley B’s Letter Writing Campaign

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  Letter to the editor  /   Comments

Tweet Some of us call it home, while others call it a nuisance, but all in all it is a landmark in our community. Many of us grew hearing stories of Charley B’s, while others were told to stay away, but how can you stay away from a “Modern Day Cheers”? Today Charley B’s was [...]

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Christopher Pike’s troubles not just personal ones anymore

By   /  December 31, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet I like Commissioner Christopher Pike.  He’s a very approachable guy, and frankly I’ve always enjoyed talking with the man.  His business is internet based, which means we come from the same roots.  In this economy, he’s suffering apparently.  That’s something that I know quite a bit about as well.  Unfortunately for Pike though, as [...]

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