Business owner leads by example

One thing that her unsucessful bid for Albany mayor has not done is it has not made restauratuer B.J. Fletcher one bit less civic minded.

On Wednesday when Albany police had to clear out their headquarters after a called in bomb and shooting threat, police officials needed a place for personnel to go. They contacted Fletcher, and she graciously provided them with space on the second floor dining area of Cafe 230, not far from the Law Enforcement Center.

While there, she said, they could have lunch on her.

A couple of good things happened here. First, the threat turned out to be a vacant one. No one was injured and no damage was done. Second, a business leader in the community led by example.

"An officer called and asked if we had a place for them to stay. I said yes we do," Fletcher said. "They are there for us, I want to be there for them."

And that is an attitude we would all do well to emulate.

-- The Albany Herald Editorial Board