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  • Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    This is the time of year we all make New Year's resolutions,  and we have a choice Fear or Faith.  Fear believes in a negative future. Faith believes in a positive future.  So we have to make a choice,More >>
    This is the time of year we all make New Year's resolutions,  and we have a choice Fear or Faith.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Bullying

    Viewpoint: Bullying

    We hear the stories from around the nation about young teens who commit suicide because of bullying. Tragically, it's hit home. Thirteen year old Dustin Hammonds of Worth County died Monday, six daysMore >>
    We hear the stories from around the nation about young teens who commit suicide because of bullying. Tragically, it's hit home.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Christmas Shop Local

    Viewpoint: Christmas Shop Local

    It's the Christmas shopping season again, and we all must stick together and shop local. By supporting locally-owned businesses you can "pay it forward", keeping money in the local economy and keepingMore >>
    It's the Christmas shopping season again, and we all must stick together and shop local. By supporting locally-owned businesses you can "pay it forward", keeping money in the local economy and keeping local business owners in business.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Buying Locally for Christmas

    Viewpoint: Buying Locally for Christmas

    We all love this time of year, the parades, the concerts, the parties…and of course the shopping. First, I hope you will support your local stores and spend your money locally. When you shop on-line orMore >>
    We all love this time of year, the parades, the concerts, the parties…and of course the shopping. First, I hope you will support your local stores and spend your money locally.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Pit bull Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Pit bull Ordinance

    Pit bulldogs are in the news again. Following the lead of Dawson and Fitzgerald, the Albany city commission has directed the city attorney to begin writing an ordinance for the city of Albany that wouldMore >>
    Pit bulldogs are in the news again. Following the lead of Dawson and Fitzgerald, the Albany city commission has directed the city attorney to begin writing an ordinance for the city of Albany that would put restrictions on some dogs.
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  • Viewpoint: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia

    Viewpoint: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia

    I'm sure you've heard the saying: this is a no-brainer… we've got a dollar waiting on a dime? This is the situation we are in with Governor Deal and the state's GOP refusing to accept expanded Medicaid,More >>
    I'm sure you've heard the saying: this is a no-brainer… we've got a dollar waiting on a dime? This is the situation we are in with Governor Deal and the state's GOP refusing to accept expanded Medicaid, paid for with federal dollars.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Charitable Donations

    Viewpoint: Charitable Donations

    We're always on the lookout for positive stories, and they're easy to find this time of year because of the good hearts of south Georgians.In the past couple of weeks, we've told you about the Heart organizationMore >>
    We're always on the lookout for positive stories, and they're easy to find this time of year because of the good hearts of south Georgians.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Merry Christmas

    Viewpoint: Merry Christmas

    We all love this time of year- the parades, the concerts, the parties, and of course the shopping. First, I hope you will support your local stores and spend your money locally. When you shop online orMore >>
    If you're like me you have received more catalogs than ever before. But you might notice most will only wish you a "happy holiday."More >>
  • Viewpoint: Medicaid Expansion

    Viewpoint: Medicaid Expansion

    Hello,  I am Georgia State Representative Winfred Dukes. The refusal to accept the 33-Million dollar Medicaid Expansion offered in the Affordable Health Care Act may be good politics for some, but itMore >>
    The refusal to accept the 33-Million dollar Medicaid Expansion offered in the Affordable Health Care Act may be good politics for some, but it is poor public policy for others.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Film Tax Breaks

    Viewpoint: Film Tax Breaks

    Georgia's tax code has too many special interest tax breaks that benefit too few people.  But it's hard to argue with the success of one big tax incentive.   In 2008, the General Assembly passed a lawMore >>
    Georgia's tax code has too many special interest tax breaks that benefit too few people.  But it's hard to argue with the success of one big tax incentive.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Holiday Traffic

    Viewpoint: Holiday Traffic

    If you do any Christmas shopping around the Albany Mall or Walmart on Ledo Road this holiday season, you'll probably be frustrated by traffic.   Westover Boulevard and Ledo Road and the only street thatMore >>
    If you do any Christmas shopping around the Albany Mall or Walmart on Ledo Road this holiday season, you'll probably be frustrated by traffic.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Progress

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Progress

    The downtown Albany area continues to make progress on its master plan as it prepares for a new Waffle House and hotel. Albany's downtown manager, Aaron Blair, made the announcement earlier this month.More >>
    The downtown Albany area continues to make progress on its master plan as it prepares for a new Waffle House and hotel. Albany's downtown manager, Aaron Blair, made the announcement earlier this month.More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Braves Stadium

    Viewpoint: New Braves Stadium

    The Atlanta Braves made the stunning announcement Monday that they're leaving downtown Atlanta, their home for almost 50 years for the suburbs and a 672-million dollar new stadium at the traffic-chokedMore >>
    The Atlanta Braves made the stunning announcement Monday that they're leaving downtown Atlanta, their home for almost 50 years for the suburbs and a 672-million dollar new stadium at the traffic-choked intersection of Interstates 75 and 285 in Cobb County.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Business Watch

    Viewpoint: Business Watch

    The Albany Police Department is starting a business watch.  It's a crime prevention program for businesses modeled after the popular neighborhood watch that protects residential areas.
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    The Albany Police Department is starting a business watch.  It's a crime prevention program for businesses modeled after the popular neighborhood watch that protects residential areas.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Hold Elections on Even Years

    Viewpoint: Hold Elections on Even Years

    If low turnout in early voting is any indication, odds are not many Georgians will be going to the polls this election day for municipal elections. The races at city hall are just as important as thoseMore >>
    If low turnout in early voting is any indication, odds are not many Georgians will be going to the polls this election day for municipal elections. The races at city hall are just as important as thoseMore >>
  • Viewpoint: Street Number Laws

    Viewpoint: Street Number Laws

    Even though it's required by local law, there are many homes in Albany that still don't have street numbers properly displayed on the home or mailbox. While this may not seem like a big deal, ask anyoneMore >>
    Even though it's required by local law, there are many homes in Albany that still don't have street numbers properly displayed on the home or mailbox.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dougherty County Superintendent Search

    Viewpoint: Dougherty County Superintendent Search

    The Dougherty County School Board is beginning its search for a new superintendent.  We can only hope this search goes better than the last. Four years ago, board members set out specific qualificationsMore >>
    The Dougherty County School Board is beginning its search for a new superintendent.  We can only hope this search goes better than the last.More >>
  • Viewpoint: LOST Problems Calls for Consolidation

    Viewpoint: LOST Problems Calls for Consolidation

    Taxpayers in Albany and Dougherty County got quite a scare last week when the county and city commission at first disagreed in how the current local option sales tax money should be distributed. LuckilyMore >>
    Taxpayers in Albany and Dougherty County got quite a scare last week when the county and city commission at first disagreed in how the current local option sales tax money should be distributed.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Gerrymandering

    Viewpoint: Gerrymandering

    The recent government shutdown clearly showed the disgusting disconnect between what the public wants and what The House of Representatives wants. In a new NBC / Wall Street Journal poll, 60% want toMore >>
    In a new NBC / Wall Street Journal poll, 60% want to replace those in Congress. They see the solution to ending gridlock in three changes: ending gerrymandering, setting term limits, and campaign finance reform. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Shutdown- Dysfunction Personified

    Viewpoint: Shutdown- Dysfunction Personified

    Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Federal Government has closed. Sounds like the beginning of some Hollywood drama that couldn't really happen in the "real world, right? Wrong and it's not theMore >>
    Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Federal Government has closed. Sounds like the beginning of some Hollywood drama that couldn't really happen in the "real world, right? Wrong and it's not the first time … even more troubling.More >>
  • Viewpoint: No competition makes Obamacare cost more

    Viewpoint: No competition makes Obamacare cost more

    As Phoebe Putney Hospital officials defended their buyout of Palmyra Medical Center, they insisted a lack of healthcare competition does not translate into higher healthcare costs. There is new proofMore >>
    As Phoebe Putney Hospital officials defended their buyout of Palmyra Medical Center, they insisted a lack of healthcare competition does not translate into higher healthcare costs.  There is new proof that's just not true.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Major brewer saves landfill space

    Viewpoint: Major brewer saves landfill space

    The Miller Coors brewery in Albany reached a major milestone last week, and announced it is now operating as one of six landfill-free breweries in the country. That means it now recycles more than 99More >>
    The Miller Coors brewery in Albany reached a major milestone last week, and announced it is now operating as one of six landfill-free breweries in the country.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Commissions must meet in public

    Viewpoint: Commissions must meet in public

    Last week's action by three members of the Worth County Commission to fire E-911 director Kannetha Clem has many local residents angry. It has also raised questions as to whether their action was legal. ThatMore >>
    Last week's action by three members of the Worth County Commission to fire E-911 director Kannetha Clem has many local residents angry. It has also raised questions as to whether their action was legal.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Southside Library

    Viewpoint: Southside Library

    It is disappointing to hear that none of the non-profit groups looking to use the now closed Southside Library submitted a bid to use the building. We don't the reasons why they chose not to submit aMore >>
    It is disappointing to hear that none of the non-profit groups looking to use the now closed Southside Library submitted a bid to use the building. We don't the reasons why they chose not to submit aMore >>
  • Viewpoint: Miss America

    Viewpoint: Miss America

    What does America look like? America is white, brown, black, European-American, African-American, Indian-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-America, German-American, Asian-American and so on. I thinkMore >>
    The recent uproar after the crowning of our nation's first Indian-American is very disappointing and is not a good example of a country, also known as a melting pot.  More >>
  • Viewpoint: Mental illness at root of murders

    Viewpoint: Mental illness at root of murders

    State and federal governments have drastically cut funding for people with mental illness for years, and it was bound to have negative effects. We had massive loss of life with Sandy Hook, Aurora, andMore >>
    We had massive loss of life with Sandy Hook, Aurora, and now the Navy Yard murders. They all have in common mentally ill people who got their hands on guns…More >>
  • Viewpoint: Kids MUST be educated

    Viewpoint: Kids MUST be educated

    The Georgia Supreme Court recently upheld the law that holds parents accountable if their children miss too many days of school. A parent challenged the Georgia law after she was convicted of misdemeanorMore >>
    The Georgia Supreme Court recently upheld the law that holds parents accountable if their children miss too many days of school. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Students must choose a career

    Viewpoint: Students must choose a career

    It's a little unfair that some important decisions we make in life happen early in life, when we aren't best equipped to make good decisions. One of those is becoming more important than ever, and stateMore >>
    It's a little unfair that some important decisions we make in life happen early in life, when we aren't best equipped to make good decisions. One of those is becoming more important than ever, and state and local educators are endorsing it. We're talking about deciding on what we want to do, when we grow up.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Questions remain in Darton injuries

    Viewpoint: Questions remain in Darton injuries

    Darton State College's initial lack of response to the hospitalization of three wrestlers overcome by heat and dehydration during practices is baffling. So many questions need answers. If coaches andMore >>
    If a college has any greater responsibility than providing a quality education for its students, it's providing a safe environment for them. That's especially true for student athletes who represent the school. Darton State College failed in that responsibility last week, putting the lives of young men at risk.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Arson fires must stop

    Viewpoint: Arson fires must stop

    Earlier this week, we reported to you that the Albany Fire Department's Arson Investigators sifted through evidence looking for clues in a vacant duplex on South Jackson Street. Someone set fire to aMore >>
    Arson investigators are spending too much time looking into suspected gang blazes and they need to stop. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lessons learned from football

    Viewpoint: Lessons learned from football

    Since last weekend was the beginning of football season, we should address: "Lessons From Week One."I know it sounds like the rant of parents, but what is wrong with the "It's all about me" kids today?ReigningMore >>
    Since last weekend was the beginning of football season, we should address: "Lessons From Week One." I know it sounds like the rant of parents, but what is wrong with the "It's all about me" kids today?More >>
  • Viewpoint: Congratulations EDC

    Viewpoint: Congratulations EDC

    We have to say congratulations to our Economic Development Committee, Led by Ted Clem, Barbara Rivera-Holmes, and Justin Strickland. You can see new construction in several sites around town, that representMore >>
    We have to say congratulations to our Economic Development Committee, Led by Ted Clem, Barbara Rivera-Holmes, and Justin Strickland.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Battery theft hurts us all

    Viewpoint: Battery theft hurts us all

    We're accustomed to seeing in the news that people are victimized when their Brass, copper, and aluminum is stolen by people who turn in the metal for money. What we're not used to seeing is citizensMore >>
    We're accustomed to seeing in the news that people are victimized when their Brass, copper, and aluminum is stolen by people who turn in the metal for money. What we're not used to seeing is citizens having the batteries stolen out of the cars by criminals who are now turning them in to recyclers or money.More >>
  • Viewpoint: The Superintendent's Contract

    Viewpoint: The Superintendent's Contract

    Interim Dougherty County School Superintendent David Mosley has done an outstanding job getting the troubled school system back on track. The system needs him to stay on the job for another year, butMore >>
    Starting in October, Dr. David Mosley must either give up his $154,000 a year pension or his $175,000 salary. The law is clear. He can't have both, but that's what Dougherty County School Board members are trying to make happen.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Illegal dumping must stop

    Viewpoint: Illegal dumping must stop

    It's time to end the illegal dumping of trash and garbage in Albany. This is a crime that costs the taxpayers to clean up, and it's an unnecessary waste of money that could go to schools, or keeping theMore >>
    It's time to end the illegal dumping of trash and garbage in Albany. This is a crime that costs the taxpayers to clean up, and it's an unnecessary waste of money that could go to schools, or keeping the community safer.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Good news on furloughs

    Viewpoint: Good news on furloughs

    It is certainly great news for employees at the Marine Corps Logistics Base and for the economy in southwest Georgia that the furlough days have been cut in half. Instead of missing 11 days of work withoutMore >>
    It is certainly great news for employees at the Marine Corps Logistics Base and for the economy in southwest Georgia that the furlough days have been cut in half.More >>
  • Viewpoint: APD accreditation

    Viewpoint: APD accreditation

    We sincerely hope you were able to participate in the recent accreditation process and voiced your opinions about the Albany Police Department. The process was a part of the department's effort to earnMore >>
    The Albany Police Department put a lot of time and energy in preparing for this review process and did so on a volunteer basis. They say they want to see how they compare to other agencies, and continue to improve. More >>
  • Viewpoint: South GA trauma centers

    Viewpoint: South GA trauma centers

    If you are severely injured in a car wreck or some other accident, the chances are that emergency personnel are going to take you to a trauma center hospital-- if possible. Statistics show that if youMore >>
    There are very few of these in South west Georgia, and the time you are enroute for specialized trauma treatment could make the difference in life or death.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lowndes Co. sewage

    Viewpoint: Lowndes Co. sewage

    It's a disgusting problem that just keeps happening. Twice in the last couple of weeks, sewage spills in Valdosta dumped a total of 15 million gallons of sewage into the Withlacoochee River. And that'sMore >>
    Twice in the last couple of weeks, sewage spills in Valdosta dumped a total of 15 million gallons of sewage into the Withlacoochee River.More >>
  • Viewpoint: WALB on DISH Network

    Viewpoint: WALB on DISH Network

    I would like to take a moment to address our viewers who watch us through DISH Network. On July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from DISH Network, due to a lack of an agreement betweenMore >>
    I would like to take a moment to address our viewers who watch us through DISH Network. On July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from DISH Network, due to a lack of an agreement betweenMore >>
  • Viewpoint: Free school lunches

    Viewpoint: Free school lunches

    Students in several South Georgia school systems will no longer have to worry about lunch money, thanks to the Community Eligibility Option program. The program was created through the 2010 Federal HealthyMore >>
    Students in several South Georgia school systems will no longer have to worry about lunch money, thanks to the Community Eligibility Option program.More >>
  • Viewpoint: DCSS reaches out to MCLB parents

    Viewpoint: DCSS reaches out to MCLB parents

    The Dougherty County School System is reaching out to Marine parents at MCLB. It's the right thing to do, and it's reaping benefits. Even before the fiasco in Worth County, where the school board initiallyMore >>
    The Dougherty County school board passed a new military friendly policy. It allows Marine parents to choose which school they want their children to attend, if they don't think the school for which they are zoned is the best fit.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Schools are big business

    Viewpoint: Schools are big business

    We know Georgia's outstanding public colleges and universities improve our economy by graduating thousands of students each year who stay in the state to start careers. But they also have a growing impactMore >>
    We know Georgia's outstanding public colleges and universities improve our economy by graduating thousands of students each year who stay in the state to start careers. But they also have a growing impact on our economy simply by being part of communities like Albany and Valdosta.More >>
  • Viewpoint: MCLB kids remain in Worth schools

    Viewpoint: MCLB kids remain in Worth schools

    We're relieved that Worth County School Board members changed their minds and will allow MCLB students to remain enrolled in their school system. And while we don't disagree with the school board tryingMore >>

    We're relieved that Worth County School Board members changed their minds and will allow MCLB students to remain enrolled in their school system.More >>

  • Viewpoint: Is salary give-back just symbolic?

    Viewpoint: Is salary give-back just symbolic?

    President Obama famously plans to return five percent of his $400,000 salary to the treasury, in solidarity with government workers who may get squeezed by budget cuts, in the sequestration. We say allMore >>
    President Obama famously plans to return five percent of his $400,000 salary to the treasury, in solidarity with government workers who may get squeezed by budget cuts, in the sequestration. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Keeping taxes low

    Viewpoint: Keeping taxes low

    Albany city commissioners once again balanced the budget for this fiscal year without furloughing city workers or increasing property taxes. Keeping that trend going in the future won't be easy. OverMore >>
    Albany city commissioners once again balanced the budget for this fiscal year without furloughing city workers or increasing property taxes. Keeping that trend going in the future won't be easy.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Run or Gun Program

    Viewpoint: Run or Gun Program

    I know you have seen on our news, dash camera video of the numerous and dangerous car chases in our area. Criminals take off at high speed, and brake every traffic law in the book, to try and eludeMore >>
    Criminals take off at high speed, and brake every traffic law in the book, to try and elude capture, when confronted by police. This problem is growing,More >>
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