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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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Leave SPLOST funds alone

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Dougherty County Commission wants to replace the roof on the Northwest Library.  Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t oppose every expenditure, and this is one I have no issue with.  What is an issue is that commissioners want to use SPLOST funds earmarked for utility relocation.

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Note to county: Get rid of your boards

By   /  December 18, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Dougherty County, as well as the City of Albany, is governed by a commission that appoints various boards that study certain issues in more depth and make decisions.  I’m going to recommend that the Dougherty County commission get rid of them all. After all, if you’re going to buck their decisions, act like you [...]

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Government and their spending addiction

By   /  November 28, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet All levels of government seem to have an addiction to spending.  I use the phrase “addiction” because we have politicians giving us the political version of “I can quit any time I want” while not actually doing it.  This seems to be the case at all levels of government, with Dougherty County deciding to [...]

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Churches, crime, just doesn’t add up

By   /  November 13, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Albany may well be known for two things we have an inordinate amount of, and those are both churches and crime.  We have a lot of places to commune with the Almighty, and we have plenty of people in this town who think nothing of taking what you have.  Somehow, that just doesn’t make [...]

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Another pastor offers to enter government service

By   /  August 13, 2012  /  Government  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Earlier today, Bishop John Burr volunteered himself to take over the Dougherty County library board should current board chairman Guy Craft opts to resign.  Burr claims that should he become chairman, he believe that he can keep Westtown and Southside libraries open with the current resources.  Burr’s doesn’t appear to have offered the Dougherty [...]

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Voters should decide Consolidation

By   /  May 21, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   We hope Commissioners will finally allow voters to decide the City / County Consolidation, issue, as one obvious answer to our budget shortfall. The City now struggles with financial problems, which may mean a 1.33 mil tax increase for property owners.  City Manager James Taylor says he can balance the budget without a [...]

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