Last week, we asked Albany Herald readers to come up with suggestions for a new column we plan to publish starting in March — a daily compilation of reader-submitted observations that focus on positive things going on in the metro Albany area.
Help name the column
We’re looking for readers’ suggestions on a name for a new column that we’re adding to The Albany Herald that will focus on good things going on in the metro Albany area.
We’re accepting names through Wednesday, then we’ll choose a top five list for readers to vote on beginning Friday.
If you’d like to submit a suggestion for a name, here are the ways you can do it:
CALL: (229) 888-9358
MAIL: Name the Column, News Dept., The Albany Herald, P.O. Box 48, Albany, Ga. 31702
FAX: (229) 888-9357
Contact information isn’t required, but it is preferred since we’d like to give the finalists — and the person who suggests the winning name — credit when the column is launched next month.
We’re continuing to accept suggestions for the name through Wednesday, then a panel will select at least five that voters will be able to vote upon — online, by email, by mail, fax or phone.
While this is a reminder that the name suggestion period is closing soon, it’s also an opportunity to say thank you to our readers.
Already we have had dozens of readers and online visitors submit more than 100 suggestions. That doesn’t mean the name that’s ultimately selected has already been submitted, but it does give some indication that there is a groundswell of support for the column.
And that is the kind of support this endeavor will need to be successful. As with most communities, prodding isn’t needed for someone to make a comment about something that he or she sees as going wrong, whether on the local, state, national or world level. Unhappiness and discontent are motivating forces, as summed up nicely in the old adage, “Misery loves company.”
But it is very easy to overlook the wonderful things that are going on each day, events and positive efforts that, frankly, all of us too often take for granted. For this column to work like we hope it will, people will have to speak up for the good that they see and experience in our metro area — and the state and nation for that matter.
Below, you can find the contact information for submitting a suggested name. Later this week, we’ll get the voting started. The good news is there, and it is being observed everyday by someone.
Let’s hope that happiness also likes company.