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Mayor Hubbard: Oblivious to reality

By   /  June 19, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Recently, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard was quoted as saying that during her campaign to be mayor, she heard nothing about crime being an issue.  “I didn’t hear that crime was a major issue. The number one issue was education.” It leads me to asking the question, “Where the heck has she been?”

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Defending Sacrifice

By   /  June 6, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet       This week, we mourn two from our area who were lost to violent acts half a world apart.  One is my dear friend Kimberly Layfield, who fell victim to a madman’s rampage in Seattle.  The other is United States Marine LCPL Steve Sutton. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that a notorious [...]

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Mayor’s call just smoke and mirrors

By   /  June 5, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Last week, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard issued a “service challenge” to the people of Albany.  On the surface, she’s saying things that should seem like common sense.  Clearly, city officials can’t do it all.  They need help from the community as a whole.  What isn’t so clear is that while officials like Hubbard [...]

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The idiocy must end

By   /  May 22, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet       It’s past time for the idiocy in the Dougherty County School System to come to an abrupt and sudden end.  In recent weeks, we’ve had a whistle-blower program that’s all but guaranteed to eliminate legitimate whistleblowing, a school system that pays the bond for a student arrest on school grounds, an [...]

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Six months of adventure

By   /  May 8, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     It’s now been six months since I took over the Albany Journal.  I’ve had a lot of folks ask me what it’s been like, so I thought I would take this auspicious occasion to share what it’s been like to sit at the helm of a paper like this. First, let me [...]

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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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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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VINTAGE ALBANY- Albany “Firsts”

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

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Tweet     Left first airmail flight December 28, 1911; Upper right Thornwell H. Andrews, of Charlotte, N.C. in the cockpit of a 1911 Curtis biplane. This photo was taken in June of 1932, two years before his death. Lower right; first airmail stamp.      Albany has had many “firsts” over the decades. Journal [...]

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Outlook

By   /  April 17, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     This past Sunday, an event to celebrate non-violence was interrupted by violence.  Everywhere we turn; it seems that violence is smacking us in the face here in a town that still calls itself The Goodlife City. Clearly, something needs to be done.  What isn’t clear is what we should do about it. [...]

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A Promise to Audrey

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Outlook  /   Comments

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Tweet     For those of you who don’t know, and that means most of you, last week was an eventful week in my home.  The day I put last week’s issue to bed, my beautiful daughter finally arrived to join our family.  My wife delivered a 7 lbs, 8 ounce baby girl that exemplifies [...]

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