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News report shows something must be done

By   /  November 22, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The other day, WFXL reported some of the relatively high incomes currently living in public housing.  Officials claim that those individuals with such incomes didn’t have that high of an income when they first moved into public housing, though now they do and those same officials claim there’s not really anything they can do [...]

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New changes at the Journal

By   /  March 5, 2013  /  Business  /   Comments

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Tweet Staff Reports Albany, Ga – For readers of The Albany Journal, you may have noticed a few slight changes.  Following the new initiative to open up journalistic opportunities, Journal publisher Tom Knighton announced new measures meant to keep the 74 year old Journal moving strong.

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Quit waiting for things to happen

By   /  November 16, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet “I wish something good would happen.”  I’ve heard that phrase repeatedly, but I tend to ask the person what they’re doing to make thing happen?  After all, great things never just happen.  Great things aren’t accidents.  They are the culmination of things you did so they can happen.

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Televise the meetings already!

By   /  November 8, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Albany City Commission tabled a discussion on Tuesday. That discussion was about allowing the television stations to stream commission meetings live to the internet. Honestly, it’s beyond time that this happen, and opposition to this is either misguided or else about maintaining a level of secrecy.

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Albanians need to accept responsibility for our current state

By   /  November 1, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Earlier this week, I wrote a column about how the entitlement mentality will ultimately doom Albany. I’ve gotten a fair amount of feedback from that column, much of it has quickly pointed the finger of responsibility at businesses and community leaders. What Albanians need to do is take responsibility for their part in our [...]

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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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Racism still exists, just in a different form

By   /  October 22, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet  Oh, racism. Oh how it has scarred the epidermis of Albany. Fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement sought equality for all, we see more and more evidence that the racism is still holding strong. The problem is, a great deal of it is from those who were once the target of such hatred.

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DragonCon Day 1: The adventure begins

By   /  September 1, 2012  /  Events  /  Comments Off

Recognize this creature?  It's the "xenomorph" from the Alien franchise.  Don't worry folks, this one is tame.  See the collar?

Tweet Written by Tom Knighton   Some have suggested that Downtown Albany should host a science fiction convention.  Alright, I was the one that suggested it, but a lot of folks have told me that they like the idea.  I threw the idea out there in a column well over two years ago with the [...]

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The shame is that this is news

By   /  July 3, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet       News broke Monday that a new employer was coming to town, bringing 112 new jobs to Albany.  This is great news for a community.  I applaud the Economic Development Commission, who is apparently at least partially responsible for this.  Unfortunately, 112 jobs shouldn’t even be news.

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The disposable culture

By   /  June 26, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     For all the talk in some circles about a culture war, many people don’t really understand that.  I’ll be honest, I have only a vague understanding of what some people mean by “culture war”.  However, there is a way I describe our culture and I think does deserve a war against: Our [...]

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