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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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