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Being among poorest in the nation requires someone to step up

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Yet again, Albany has found itself on a list of poorest communities in the nation.  This is nothing new, of course.  I remember the last list that came out, pointing out how poor our community was then.  Of course, then Albany mayor Willie Adams argued that Albany was still a great place to live [...]

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Entitlement mentality will doom Albany

By   /  October 30, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Albany is doomed. Yeah, I’m being a naysayer, but I’m also being realistic. Albany is good and thoroughly doomed. You see, despite the great efforts of a lot of good people, Albany suffers from a terminal condition, and that condition is the idea that so many people in this town hold on to, and [...]

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On positive and negative comments

By   /  May 1, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet       There are a lot of people out there who believe that “negative” comments about Albany hurt our community. I recently had a friend on Facebook say as much. As someone who can be pretty critical of our local government, I felt it important to address this just a bit. First, let [...]

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How To improve Albany, Georgia?

By   /  January 6, 2010  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet You can start with an attitude adjustment. The group promoting Albany as a retirement Mecca can boast many assets attractive to retirees. And Albany has the facilities to work itself into a lucrative convention Mecca. But would you want to retire cold turkey to a city or visit a city that is known for [...]

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Poverty initiative: Somebody’s trying

By   /  December 18, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet Just when it seems that Albany is a lost cause, some of its most caring citizens have risen to the occasion. Organizers of Albany Area Chamber of Commerce-driven Strive 2 Thrive initiative are trying to get community leaders, nonprofits and motivated recipients of social and community services on the same page to directly link [...]

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Feeding the hungry

By   /  December 9, 2009  /  Community, News  /   Comments

Tweet The Manna Truck is a mobile pantry the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia uses to deliver food and drinks to low income areas throughout their service area. This program allows agencies and sponsors the opportunity to distribute 5,000 pounds of food and drinks to those in need of food assistance. The statistics are frightening but [...]

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Opinion: Good life or poverty: Let’s come to a decision

By   /  October 30, 2009  /  Leon Modeste  /   Comments

Tweet meless rate is increasing, crime continues to climb and unemployment is reaching double digits. I have traveled to countries in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean Islands and South America. Yet, there are many Albany eastside neighborhoods that remind me of these third-world nations. Albany is 66.1 percent African American with 52 percent (11 out [...]

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