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Names for new column coming in

Editorial

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:

EMAIL: news@albanyherald...

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.

Comments

Spike 1 year, 6 months ago

Couple more recommendations along with the first submission:

Kudo's Ata-boy's Did You See? How About This! Way to Go! Acknowledged! Metro Magnificent's (Ok. That may be extreme) :-)

1st Submission: Thanks to the editorial board for having the courage to go forward with
a perpetually positive column as an alternative to the Squawkers!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

I still like "Sister Rosy's Colored Glasses"

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whattheheck 1 year, 6 months ago

Why get concerned with giving credit for a good suggestion? People who do good things are not usually looking for credit. Forget the email credit, let the commenters on this site also be contenders like the rest. How about "Good for you!"? Good information does come from anonymous sources although the Herald seems unwilling to admit it.

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jhendricks 1 year, 6 months ago

Commenters on the site will get the same consideration as all other submitters. We like to give credit where credit is due, but the name will not be selected based on whether the individual who sent it in is willing to be recognized. I have a list I'm maintaining of submitters and their suggestions, but the suggested column titles will be reviewed without submitters' names associated with them. The finalists suggestions put up for vote will not include the names of the submitters either. As an aside, over the past nearly 30 years I've dealt with numerous sources who didn't want to disclose their identities for various reasons. Many provided information and tips that have led to stories over the years, just as many haven't panned out.

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NotVinceDooley 1 year, 6 months ago

It's cute how people think words can improve a situation. Modern media is that way, and it's funny to watch. Action is what's needed, not words.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

That's not the official position of the "Ministry of Truth" now, is it Mr. NotVD?

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