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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 8, 2012

The horrible injury sustained by Lee County native and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is without a doubt in the rearview mirror now. The fact that this young man made the physical recovery he did is amazing. But Posey didn’t just “play” this year; he had an absolutely stellar season. The regular season is over, and Buster Posey has won the National League batting title. Add that feather to his cap, along with Rookie of the Year and a World Series ring. Congratulations!

Amid the news this week of crime, elections, local government and the ever-ailing economy was the story about Louise Kidd Jordan. A resident of Morningside Assisted Living, Jordan marked her 100th birthday on Wednesday. A 1933 graduate of the University of Georgia, this centenarian is a retired history teacher and lived on her own until 2005. A celebration was held Saturday with out-of-town family members and included flowers and a cake. While Jordan credits several things for her long life, here is one quote worth repeating: “Have faith and believe in the Lord, and have a good doctor.” Here’s wishing you many more happy birthdays.

October is, among other things, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The violence comes in many forms, from a pinch to a fist, and often starts with the first and elevates to the latter. The violent party apologies with words, gifts and promises that it will never happen again. Many times the apology is genuine, at least at the time, but often the event is repeated ... again and again. The truly frightening fact is that the victim’s abuse sometimes stops only in death. Albany is extremely fortunate to have the Liberty House, a place of refuge and a staff that is capable of protecting the victim, most often a woman. Executive Director Silke Deely is one of those people who believes so deeply in the mission of her job that she finds ways to remove any barriers that could prevent an individual or family from getting out of a situation, many times against what appears to be all odds. If you’re thinking of giving a donation to some group, think on this: There have been 67 deaths in Georgia so far this year due to domestic violence. Deely and all the staff and supporters of Liberty House deserve a thank you for the work they have done and continue to do.

Once again Central Monitoring is teaming up with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southwest Georgia to provide coats for those in need. New or gently used coats and jackets can be dropped off at Central Monitoring on Pine Avenue or at any Albany Fire Department station. The coats will be taken to Second Harvest for distribution.

One week from today, Monday, Oct. 15, is the first day registered voters can cast a ballot in Dougherty County. The location is 222 Pine Avenue. The days are Monday- Friday. The times are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting on Oct. 22, a second location will be added at 125 Pine Avenue with the same days and times. Can’t make it during the work week? There will be Saturday voting on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m at 125 Pine Avenue. Early voting will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. That is 16 opportunities to make your way to the ballot box. If that doesn’t work, there is a 17th opportunity on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. The state has done its job to make voting as convenient as possible. Now it is time for voters to put forth a bit of effort.