Southwest Georgia has its Bright Side


Life, in many ways, is perspective.

Is the glass half full or half empty? Is a rainy day a blessing or a spoiler for outdoor plans? When life gives you lemons, can you make sweet lemonade out of it or just pucker in disgust?

It's been said that behind dark clouds are silver linings, but they're not easy to make out. It's much easier to simply focus on those dark clouds than to make the effort to look beyond them.

On Sunday, The Albany Herald is debuting the Bright Side, a column that will appear on Page 2A and comprise positive ideas and comments about things going on in Albany, the metro Albany area and Southwest Georgia.

There are good things going on, always have been. But those things are far too easy to overlook when something bad happens. And when things happen that shouldn't, they deserve the community's attention, but so do the things that lift up the community.

When The Squawkbox was created more than a decade ago, it wasn't designed to necessarily attract negative comments. That, however, is how it has evolved from reader comments. The fact is that people are more motivated to speak out about things and events they don't like, rather than the things that they like and agree with.

Criticism of something that is being done wrong can have a positive effect if it is reasoned out and the situation is corrected. Criticism over the past few years, however, has gotten less factual and more personal, especially with the advent of social media, which allows harsh words to circle the globe in seconds.

And those harsh words accumulate with no counterweight to balance them.

The Bright Side will give a forum to those who see the good that is going on in the community. We hope these bits of silver lining will help others look past the dark clouds that preoccupy them and realize there is a great deal about Albany, the metro Albany area and Southwest Georgia to like, and to love.

The column begins Sunday. Here are ways you can submit your thoughts to be included in what is your -- the reader's -- column:

CALL: (229) 888-9351;

EMAIL: brightside@albanyherald.com;

FAX: (229) 888-9357;

MAIL: Bright Side, c/o News Dept., The Albany Herald, P.O. Box 48, Albany, Ga. 31702;

DROP OFF: Leave a written comment at our offices at 126 N. Washington St.

We hope you'll participate in this column. Our region has a lot going for it, and that's something worth talking about.

-- The Albany Herald Editorial Board


free_ur_mind 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope you will also consider a "Bright Side" post of the day. Now that would be a refreshing change for the Albany Herald, whose "Squawk of the Day" has done much reputational damage to our community. The unfortunate aspect of that is that many of the problems emblematic here are also present in many other communities across the US and people get a distorted view of Albany. If you don't believe me, then talk to a relative newcomer to Albany and ask them what they think of Albany. Trust me. It will be more positive than those that have lived in Albany most of their lives.


whattheheck 2 years, 4 months ago

I would expect the newly arrived to be more positive. Let their children attend public school for awhile, if they can, read and watch the news, shop the stores, ride the town, attend a public event, do an "over nighter" at the hospital, and pay a tax bill. Live the "Good Life" for a year. Then we will ask "How are things going these days and how do you like Albany?" .

I quit reading the printed version of the squawk box quite awhile back, simply too negative even for me. But I do know the politicians read it and so do some in business If there is no way to express displeasure, everything must be wonderful in the Good Life, right? The SB is the average person's letter to the editor, the voice on the street. The selection of what is printed is the choice of the Herald so do we blame the squawker for being negative or the Herald for printing?

The "happy box" is a good idea a chance at balance. But If all that is written or said in the media is positive (everything is beautiful) how can those things that need attention (some things are ugly) be corrected? Remember the saying "beauty is skin deep"? That's the way it is these days. And the skin is getting awfully thin!


Ihope4albany 2 years, 4 months ago

I have been hoping that this would happen!!!!! I am glad that my hope for the positive news would begin so Albany can turn the corner to greater heights.

All things are possible for our City if we work together for the common good.

It is important to address those issues that are in need of being improved, but there is a better way to say it. Hopefully, the "happy box" will make a big impact.


dingleberry 2 years, 4 months ago

Albany on the rise would certainly be great but there is an awfully big corner to turn first. I am curious what the nature of the "good things" will be so let's let it rip and find out!,


BettyBowTie 2 years, 4 months ago

But "we" do not all work for the common good. Albany is pretty much criminals & victims these days.


FryarTuk 2 years, 4 months ago

I have some nice comments to contribute regarding Tommie Postell, Bobby Jr., Christopher the Piker & Milquetoad Marietta. It has something to do with with cerebral infarctions with residual deficits.


Spike 2 years, 4 months ago

Albany Herald, I know you aren't trying to sabotage your own idea so please fix the EMAIL ADDRESS listed above because it's incorrect.

In fact why not place some sort of button on the website to fill out a bright side submission online?


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 4 months ago

I wonder how many "Bright Side" submissions will be about what a great president O'Bama is.


VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

I am sure blubbasmith will submit a few.


Spike 2 years, 4 months ago

I wonder how many old white guys who thinly disguise their names with female monikers sit in front of their computer with nothing better to do with their life than squawk all day. What would your life be like if the Herald got rid of the SB and the anonymous comments?


VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

erudite said last week that sister ruby and bubbasmithredneck were the same person, but would that mean bubbasmith is a balding overweight white guy making everybody think he is black?


RedEric 2 years, 4 months ago

They are NOT negative comments, it is constructive criticism. You have obviously never worked for a corporation if you do not understand the therapeutic value of constructive criticism. In my years on this planet I have come to the realization that the least productive are most likely to hate constructive criticism. Obama is a great example. He has instructed Bengazi survivors to shut up. No broad shoulders there.


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