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Another take on Lon’s column

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Lon McNeil certainly stirred up something with his column two weeks ago where he asked if Albany’s problem was Leesburg.  Here at the Journal offices, we have received a significant amount of communication from folks regarding that column. It’s seemed that no matter where I go, as soon as people find out [...]

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The Answer Is; No!

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet     My last column got more than a little attention, by laying a good portion of blame for Albany’s decline, at the feet of former white residents of Albany, now residing in Lee County. It was by design, a broad brush, naive generalization that reflected the long-standing black/white issue here. It was my [...]

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Is Albany’s Problem, Leesburg?

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   By Lon McNeil   If you’ve lived in Albany most of your life, or even for just a few years, then you know the reality of Lee County’s growth; it’s in direct proportion to the growing problems in Albany. “White flight”, as it’s been called, has been going on for decades. Money, mostly [...]

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Sabrina’s Joyful Dinner

By   /  March 27, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     If you belong to a Sunday school class, I hope it’s like mine. I can comfortably say it’s an imperfect but sincere group of men and women; very real. What’s makes it work is that we take that as a given, and move on from there. I’m a member of the ‘Journey’ [...]

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Ellis Morgan’s Artistic Symbols

By   /  March 20, 2012  /  Lon McNeil  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     If it wasn’t for the countertop and back wall of sample frames in Morgan Picture Framing & Art, you would think you had stepped into a cozy art gallery, and not a place of business. But that’s the point. Artist and owner, Ellis Morgan has followed his passion since childhood, and it [...]

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Knight’s Appliance; a Commitment to Change and Continuity

By   /  March 11, 2012  /  Lon McNeil  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Everything has a beginning. For Albany’s Knight’s Appliance and Electronics, it was 1965, on Oglethorpe Boulevard, in a small storefront next to what is now Bank of America. Clarence Knight opened the doors with his focus solely on televisions. In 1968 he moved the operation to its current location on Slappey Boulevard, [...]

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Mandated Surveillance; Good Intention, Bad Idea

By   /  March 3, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Respectfully, I must take a differing opinion from Jim Wilcox in last week’s Albany Journal. In his column, “Good Surveillance”, Wilcox referred to comments made by Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards that if more businesses had good video security systems, there would be fewer robberies in Albany. Wilcox suggested that perhaps [...]

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Combating Postal Service Closings: The Wrong Battle

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  News, Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet   If you don’t subscribe to your elected official’s newsletters, you should. It’s very educational. In Congressman Bishop’s most recent email, there was an article titled, “Combating Postal Service Closings and Service Reductions”. Here it is in its entirety; “Over the last several months, our congressional office has been aggressively fighting proposals from the [...]

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Our Bridge To The Future; Which One Will It Be?

By   /  February 13, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     I’m always amazed at how events can take on symbolism beyond their immediate importance. Our Broad Avenue Bridge is a wonderful example. A couple of years ago, the mighty Flint River had eroded the structure to the point of closure to all traffic; vehicle and pedestrian. A plan was formulated to demolish [...]

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I’m From Albany

By   /  February 6, 2012  /  Lon McNeil, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Lon McNeil is an independent marketing consultant in Albany and can be reached at lonmcneil@gmail.com.     If you think the struggles we face in Albany are something of recent history, and the past was somehow better, you would have a very rose-colored view of our yesteryears. Albany has been a struggle from the [...]

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