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Thumbs Up! Oct. 20, 2014

EDITORIAL: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Ebola victims are people, not faceless statistics

EDITORIAL: An all-out effort must be made to contain the deadly viral outbreak

There will be other contageous diseases to deal with in a world where rapid global transportation transcends borders. A plan to deal with such a situation before it becomes widespread needs to be in place.

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Thumbs Up! Oct. 13, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Thumbs Up! Oct. 6, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Disease outbreaks require earlier action

EDITORIALS: For America, helping under-developed nations battle disease outbreaks should be seen as a national defense issye

Had the Ebola outbreak been subjected to a bigger, broader response from world governments at the end of 2013 or early in 2014, there would have been far fewer deaths and the first diagnosis of the frightening disease in the United States would not have happened this week.

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Thumbs Up! Sept. 29, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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A healthy shade of pink perfect color for fall

EDITORIAL: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer statistics have steadily improved in the United States over the past 15 years, but it is still the second-leading cause of death for women who die from cancer. The color pink is a reminder that early detection and treatment, along with a healthy lifestyle, are the best defenses against this disease.

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Thumbs Up! Sept. 22, 2014

Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Shiloh Baptist Church deserving of recognition

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Shiloh Baptist Church played an important role in the Albany Civil Rights Movement

Shiloh Baptist Church faced financial pressure and threats of violence because of its role of providing a place for civil rights protesters to meet during the Albany Movement.

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Thumbs Up! Sept. 15, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD:Good news to start the week

Thumbs up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Strong action needed now against ISIL

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: America should rally behind the president to defeat vicious Islamic militants

Islamic State militants have their eyes on America and the West. If we don’t take the fight to them, they will bring it to us.

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Truett Cathy succeeded by doing it his way

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: In building success with Chick-fil-A, Truett Cathy never compromised his faith and principals

Truett Cathy held true to his beliefs, treated his employees as he wanted to be treated, and did the same with his customers. He became wealthy, and he shared that wealth through his philanthropy, particularly with causes that focused on youth and foster children. His life is proof that one does not have give up faith or principals to be a success and to make a difference.

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America must stand tall and stand together

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The U.S. needs solidarity, determination in taking on Islamic militants

As President Obama reveals his strategy for dealing with Islamic militants, Congress and Americans should put partisanship and ideology aside and focus on the best interests of the United States and the world.

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The Internet an asset that can devour

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Don't leave a window open for Internet thieves

While the presumption is that infornation and images you post to your Internet accounts come with some privacy expectations, history shows that privacy is often violated.

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Thumbs Up! Sept. 1, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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A welcomed pause in the violence

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Hostilities between Hamas and Israel have stopped, but for how long?

While both sides are looking for ways to claim victory after two months of violent confrontation, neither side has accomplished anything if the deadly violence resumes.

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Thumbs Up! August 25, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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ISIL's threat to America a real one

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Threat from Islamic terrorists may be worse than what al-Qaeda posed

The threat from the Islamic State is something that America cannot ignore.

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Ready for some early morning football?

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Moving the kickoff for the Saturday Westover-Lee County game to 9 a.m. was the responsible thing to do

Saturday’s time change for the game between Westover High and Lee County, which will be broadcast on ESPNU, shows adults are placing the health and well-being of the students first, which is as it should be.

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Thumbs Up - Aug. 18, 2014

Thumbs Up! August 18, 2014

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Thumbs Up! Aug. 11, 2014.

See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Phone scammers are mining for new victims

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The convenience of electronic devices is also a liability if you're not careful

If you get a call from someone claiming that you’re downloading a virus on your home computer, the safest response is to immediately hang up.

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Thumbs Up! Aug. 4, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A positive way to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on positive aspects of Albany and oSuthwest Geirgia.

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The problem with the federal government is user error

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Talk of impeachment does nothing to move Washington forward

As elected officials draw harder lines and insert poison pills in legislation, Washington gets more and more dysfunctional.

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Thumbs Up! July 28, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Dougherty School System technology initiative a good investment

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The One-to-One T.I. program will get Dougherty students prepared for the future

The $14.6 million investment in equipping teachers and students with technology will place the Dougherty County School System on a course for the way school will be taught in the near future.

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Election surprises erode trust in democracy

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A electronic news sources fragment, it leads to erosion of faith in the electoral process

A study of the 2012 presidential election found that those who believed the challenger would win lost faith in government, democracy and the election process when that wishful thinking proved to be a false hope. The researcher says reliance on fragmenting electronic media contributes to the problem.

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Federal courts take opposing views on ACA subsidies

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: There is little chance that federal lawmakers will pass refining language on Obamacare subsidies

If a three-panel District of Columbia federal court ruling is upheld, it would make the Affordable Care Act an unworkable law.

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Thumbs Up! July 21, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Alice Coachman Davis a rare treasure

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Alice Coachman Davis lived a life worth celebrating

Alice Coachman Davis, an Albany native and the first African-American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics, will be remembered as an inspiration and teacher, as well as a world-class athlete.

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Can a burned bridge be repaired this quickly?

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Many were surprised by decision to offer interim city manager job to Tom Berry

If Tom Berry, who had a blistering desparture from Water, gas & Light last month, returns to the city of Albany as interim city manager, it may well be the quickest reconstruction of a burned-out bridge in history.

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Thumbs Up! July 7, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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A shining moment in a time of darkness

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The Flood of 1994 divided Albany in half, but also brought it together

The Flood of 1994 was the worst of times for Albany because of the deveastation it brought, but it also brought a unifying spirit to the community.

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We should be thankful to be Americans

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: More than prideful, Americans should be thankful

Through disagreements and differing views, Americans have forged a nation that has endured while guaranteeing freedom that is unsurpassed.

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Thumbs Up! June 30, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Bullying has no place in school

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The teen years are tough enough without being bullied

Bullying isn’t a case of kids being kids. It’s harmful and can have lifelong repercussions.

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The fuse gets shorter in the powder keg known as Iraq

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Forming an inclusive government in Iraq will be difficult in a nation under attack

The big question is whether a solution can be found while Iraq, as it is now known, is still intact.

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Never having to say you're sorry

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Lost IRS emails stretches the credibility of the agency

It may be that we’ll never know whether evidence ever existed that connects the IRS scrutiny of conservative non-profit groups to the White House.

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Thumbs Up! June 23, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Downtown Albany poised to move ahead

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Downtown Albany may have gotten its biggest boost on the day it lost its biggets booster

Downtown Albany Manager Aaron Blair announces his move to Fresno, Calif., a few hours before ADICA gives preliminary approval to a plan that could bring eight new businesses to the riverfront area.

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College borrowers need education on their options

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: How to deal with college student loan debt is a $1.2 trillion question

Student loan servicers are expected to get “incentives” to help those who borrow to pay for college education find ways to better control over repaying the loans.

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Thumbs Up! June 9, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Results of D-Day still felt by the world

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Operation Overlord was pivotal in the eventual defeat of Adolph Hitler

The date of June 6 has been revered for 70 years. We should make sure that the generations that follow understand why.

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Soldier's freedom doesn't mean his ordeal is over

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Once his recovery is established, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will have to deal with controversy over his capture

The U.S. soldiers who risked their lives — and the families of those who lost theirs — while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after he disappeared in Afghanistan deserve to know the facts of his disappearance.

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Thumbs Up! June 2, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD…Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign from Veterans Affairs

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: It is time to clean house at the VA, starting at the top

Removing Eric Shinseki as secretary of Veterans Affairs won’t resolve the problems at the VA, but it will allow someone to be put into place with a mandate to have the agency live up to America’s obligations to its military veterans.

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Vandalism cannot blot honor and respect for our fallen troops

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Despite vandalism, ceremonies honoring American war dead went on

We should look for ways to remember and honor those who have died for America, along with those who still serve and those who have served.

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Thumbs Up! May 27, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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The cost of freedom is high

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Today we honor those who died for our nation

We do not know what the world lost from the deaths of Americans on battlefields, but we do know that these brave men and women gave our nation everything they had to give. They deserve to be remembered.

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Move ahead or fall further behind

ALBANY HERALD EDITORAL: A collaboration of educational institutions in Dougherty County is critical to the communitys future

Albany and Dougherty County must find a pathway to embracing the future with an educated work force.

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Veterans' welfare should be top priority

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Getting military veterans the care they need and deserve is the most critical issue

The White House should move some veterans to the private sector for medical care is Veterans Affairs is unable to immediately provide it.

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America's dependency on Russia in outer space is intolerable

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The United States must be self-sufficient in outer space

Ending the space shuttle system without a replacement program has always been a bad idea, but threats this week by our “partner” Russia demonstrates the weak position U.S. leaders have placed our nation in.

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Georgia early voting numbers up as election day arrives

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: More Georgians cast early ballots in this midterm primary than in the last one

While the state as a whole has seen a 12.6 percent increase in early votes this year compared to 2010’s midterm primary elections, Dougherty County is looking at an early turnout that is flat to slightly up.

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Thumbs Up! May 19, 2014

Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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America must stop failing its veterans

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: America has made promises to its military veterans, but those promises have not been kept

It is intolerable that a practice of secret VA lists has resulted in U.S. veterans not getting the medical attention they deserve, resulting in at least 40 deaths.

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Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White a true American hero

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Army veteran Kyle White makes his comrades, the nation proud

In November 2007, Kyle White placed his life on the line for others during a deadly ambush in Afghanistan, earning him the United States’ highest military honor.

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Hot weather deadly for a child in a parked car

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Keeping children safe is a responsibility we all share

In Southwest Georgia especially, it is simply not safe to leave a young child, elderly adult or a pet inside a car while the driver “runs inside” a store or a house for a few minutes. A toddler can reach a deadly body temperatures in less than 15 minutes in temperatures much milder than what we are now experiencing.

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Thumbs Up! - May 12, 2014

Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Thumbs Up! May 5, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Be ready for when disaster strikes

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Preparation and planning are critical to surviving a disaster such as a tornado

The best time to prepare for disaster is long before it arrives, not in reaction to its arrival. The state website ready.ga.gov has many ideas for ways you can improve your chances of surviving a disaster.

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Thumbs Up! April 28, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Retirees bring much to the community

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A study by the Selig Center finds that for every 100 retirees who relocate to Georgia, 55 jobs are created

Albany and Southwest Georgia have plenty to offer retirees who relocate from other states. It’s incumbent on our area to get the word out.

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Thumbs Up! April 21, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Easter is a time of renewal

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Returning from death is the ultimate renewal

Easter is a time for finding renewed faith, family and life.

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Irony escapes Russian president

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to stir unrest in Ukraine

U.S. and European Union officials must come up with meaningful sanctions against Russia that will convince hardliners looking to return to the “glory” days of the Soviet empire to let Ukraine handle its own affairs.

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Thumbs Up! April 14, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Georgians can celebrate Tax Freedom Day

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Starting this weekend, you are working for yourself

Americans as a whole will have earned the $4.5 trillion needed to cover federal, state and local taxes by April 21.

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End-of-the-world eruption still a ways off

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Real-life worries need more attention than Internet alarmism

Bison running down a road in Yellowstone National Park aren’t the harbingers of doom that some want to believe they are.

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Thumbs Up! April 7, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: A look at good things happening in Albany and Southwest Georgia

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Dougherty School Board going by the book on selection process

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The board is expected to name a new superintendent of schools at a meeting Monday

From all appearances, the Dougherty School Board is doing it right as it nears a decision on a permanent school chief.

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More focus needed on mental health for military

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: If Americans demand it, Washington officials will make mental health a higher priority

A second mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, along with last year’s shootings at a Naval ship yard, indicate that more needs to be done to help those struggling with mental disorder before a violent reaction erupts.

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Driving distractions can be deadly

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Stay in control when you are on the roadways

From eating on the run to texting, distractions when driving can have serious and too often deadly results.

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Thumbs Up! March 31, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive things happening in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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We should be our brothers' keeper

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A White House program aimed at helping young African-American and Hispanic males has merit

By improving the potential outcomes for African-American and Hispanic boys, outcomes in general for communities, states and that nation will be improved.

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Thumbs Up! March 24, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD : See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive things from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Finalists named for DCSS superintendent position

BOE names superintendent finalists.

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Thumbs Up! March 17, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on positive things in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Dr. Leroy Bynum opens a new chapter in his career

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The Albany State Arts and Humanities dean will be hard to replace

After more than two decades at Albany State, Leroy Bynum will return to his native New York state to head up arts and humanities programs at the College of St. Rose.

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Thumbs Up! March 10, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive things in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Obama budget sinks Savannah Port Expansion Project progress

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A political decision by President Obama will have negative repercussion on the economy of Georgia

Despite all other hurdles being cleared and clear direction from Congress in its appropriations act, the Obama administration has denied funding for deepening work to start in the Savannah Habor, causing Georgia’s port to risk falling behind competition for new super-sized ships.

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Global political climate gets chillier

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Developments in Crimea are reminiscent of the Cold War of the last century

A diplomatic solution, not a military one, is needed to ensure that the Ukraine has the ability to chart its own course.

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Thumbs Up! March 3, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Good news from Albany.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive things in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Big weekend places Albany in the spotlight

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Marathon races and Mardi Gras are opportunities for Albany to make positive impressions

The marathon and annual festival will place Albany, particularly its downtown, in the limelight, giving our community a chance to make a great and lasting impression on visitors.

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Thumbs Up! Feb. 24, 2014

See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on positive people and events from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Top education leaders working to improve Albany-Dougherty County

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A unique collaborative focuses on community first

The presidents of Albany State University, Darton State College and Albany Technical College and the superintendent of the Dougherty County School System are mapping out a plan to improve student performance and graduation rates that would result in a more prosperous community.

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High school GPA may be better indicator of college potential

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A new study indicates SATs and ACTs are not the best measures of college potential

The study of 123,000 students at 33 colleges and universities finds that students who do well in high school do better in college than students with weaker high school GPAs who test well on standardized tests used in admissions processes.

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Thumbs Up! Feb. 17, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Georgia taking this winter storm seriously

EDITORIAL: As much as seven inches of snow is expected to accumulate in Northeast Georgia

State officials, who underestimated the potential of the storm two weeks ago, wasted no time getting prepared for an event that will likely paralyze traffic and interrupt power service in the impacted counties.

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Thumbs Up! Feb. 10, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive things in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Tackle debt in budgeting process

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Budget cap fights have a bigger cost than payoff

The federal debt needs to be brought under control, and the time that should be done is when Congress “writes” the checks in the budgeting process.

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Child deaths in autos on decline

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Per capita deaths of children in traffic wrecks drops 43 percent 2002-2011

About a third of children killed in auto wrecks over the 10-year study period were not properly restrained with seat belts or car seats.

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Thumbs Up! Feb. 3, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up is a weekly editorial focusing on positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Time to sign farm legislation and move on

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Bill provides that farmers can produce food and those who need help can get food.

Referred to as the nation’s “farm bill,” 80 percent of the spending in the legislation’s anticipated $956 billion cost over 10 years is dedicated to food stamps and nutrition programs.

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South Georgia officials made the right call on closings

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Southwest Georgia fortunate to miss the icy problems that paralyzed Atlanta

Cautious was the proper attitude to take in anticipation of what could have been a severe winter weather event.

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Dougherty Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard leaves large shoes to fill

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Jeff Sinyard proved to be an able successor to Gil Barrett as chair of the commission

In his 11 years as chairman of the Dougherty County Commission, Jeff Sinyard has done an outstanding job of navigating the often choppy waters of politics and government.

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Thumbs Up! - Jan. 27, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Martin Luther King Jr. is deserving of a statue at the Georgia Capitol

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The placement of a statue of MLK on the Capitol grounds is long overdue

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a tremendous effect on Georgia, the nation and the world. His life should be honored with a statue at the Georgia Capitol.

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Martin Luther King saw importance of education

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: America remembers the slain civil rights pioneer

In a world that often is poorly balanced, education can be a great equalizer.

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Thumbs Up! - Jan. 19, 2014

Albany Herald Editorial: A look at some of the good things going on in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

From organizations to individuals, there is always a bright side to the news.

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World's less friendly to those of faith

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Sobering numbers remind us why we should be thankful for religious freedom in the U.S.

The number of nations exhibiting religious hostilities has reached a six-year high according to a Pew Research Center report.

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The U.S. Supreme Court may put damper on recess appointments

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: At issue is who decides when the U.S. Senate is in recess

A decision by the Supreme Court this summer could make political appointments tougher for President Obama, and the presidents who succeed him.

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Limited audit shows big problems at Darton State College

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Interim President Paul Jones has important role in positioning Darton for the future

By failing to do business basics, Darton State College has come under the increased scrutiny of state and now federal education officials.

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Study finds Medicaid expansion increases emergency room costs

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A selling point of the Affordable Care Act looks more like an unexpected liability

Another flaw with the Affordable Care Act could result in emergency room visits costing Americans an extra half-billion dollars a year.

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Nation braces for a big chill

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Nature is dangerous enough without people making it worse

As we move into the coldest stretch of the winter, make sure that you are alert to possible problems and take proper safety precautions.

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Make 2014 a year well lived

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The tapestry of life includes both good and bad experiences; 2014 will be no different

The gift of life is one that is limited. Make 2014 the year you don’t waste a moment of it.

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Thumbs Up! - Dec. 30, 2013

THE ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news from around the area

This weekly editorial highlights the good news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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The spirit of Christmas still lives

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: More than a century later, the reply of a newspaperman to a young girl captures the heart of the season

Near the end of the 19th century, a little girl’s letter and a newspaperman’s reply remind people of the magic of Christmastime in a child’s eyes.

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The Christmas Story

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The story of the birth of Christ

Of the many ways the birth of Jesus has been told, the account in the second chapter of Luke in the King James Version of the Bible is still the most eloquent.

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Thumbs Up! - Dec. 23, 2013

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Highlights of good things going on in and around metro Albany

This weekly editorial highlights positive news from Albany and around Southwest Georgia.

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Get ready for a long winter's night

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Winter solstice arrives today

Once a time for anxiety for our ancestors, the longest night of year can be a good time to get away from the bustle of the holidays for some quiet reflection.

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Ruling by judge puts NSA data collection in question

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A U.S. District Court judges says NSA data collection likely violates constitutional right

In his ruling, the federal judge says the government was unable to show a single case where metadata collection helped the government stop an imminent terroristic attack.

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When making charitable contributions, take the extra step to check out the organization

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Make sure the help you want to give goes to those who need it

Charity scams not only rob donors, they rob those who need the contributions.

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Thumbs Up! - Dec. 16, 2013

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Observations of positive happenings around the Albany area

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial highlighting the positive people of South Georgia.

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Congress finds budgetary common ground

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: America may finally go a couple of years without fretting over a government shutdown

Now that the House has passed a two-year budget compromise that the Senate is expected to endorse, this is the perfect time for Congress to take up Sen. Johnny Isakson’s proposal for biennial budgeting.

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Thumbs Up! - Dec. 9, 2013

OPINION: Here are some positive things going on in metro Albany

Thumbs Up is a weekly editorial highlighting good news from around the area.

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Life of Nelson Mandela is to be celebrated

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: While the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, his legacy is something to celebrate

Both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush are expected to attend a memorial service in South Africa for the late Nelson Mandela.

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On a day of celebration, Pearl Harbor's lessons still important

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: More than seven decades ago, a surprise attack on Hawaii plunged the U.S. into World War II

The sacrifice and bravery of the Greatest Generation and those who followed them have allowed Americans to enjoy and celebrate life and freedom.

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Dougherty's brightest middle-schoolers go 'bowling'

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Dougherty County middle-schoolers demonstrate wide breadth of knowledge at academic bowl

Competition at the Dougherty County middle school Academic Bowl was keen, and the hours of work and preparation were evident in the performance of the students.

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ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Amazon sparks debate with drone delivery project

Will the air one day be buzzing with hundreds of miniature helicopters making deliveries in your neighborhood?

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Albany Ward II voters determine today who will be their city commissioner

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Indications are that a small number of Ward II voters will determine the election

Incumbent Ivey Hines or challenger Bobby Coleman will win a four-year term on the Albany City Commission in the runoff election today in ward II.

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Thumbs Up! - Dec.2, 2013

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Don't overlook locally-owned businesses this weekend

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Locally-owned businesses are the lifeblood of the community

By investing in locally-owned businesses by shopping at them, we are investing in our community.

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Keep Black Friday Fever under control

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Commonsense preparation and precautions can prevent holiday disaster

Black Friday Fever can be distracting, but preparation, maintaining a budget and being cautious and alert with purchases will go a long way toward making it a more pleasant experience.

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America has good reasons to be thankful

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: While the focus is so often on the bad, America has blessings to count

If there’s one thing that Thanksgiving does, it prompts us to look at the blessings we have and to have appreciation for the things that are going right.

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Clocks ticking down to the holiday season

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Retailers are hoping for a successful Black Friday weekend

Traveling and finding bargains will be on the minds of many during the coming weekend.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 25, 2013

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Senatorial saucer losing its cool

Invoking the nuclear option may have blown up chances of avoiding another shutdown

Designed to be the more deliberative political body, the U.S. Senate’s filibsuter rule change has it headed toward a more polarized future.

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Albany State University Rams kept the faith in championship run

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: After a disastrous start to the season, the ASU Rams rebounded to claim championship

Led by their seniors, the Albany State University Golden Rams defied observers who counted them out and reeled off five straight wins for a sixth SIAC conference championship under coach Mike White.

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John F. Kennedy assassination still debated 50 years later

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: The death of President John F. Kennedy reminded Americans of their mortality

President Kennedy represented an ideal to many Americans, making it difficult to believe a single malcontent could bring an end to the American Camelot.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 18, 2013

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Albany State University fine arts center long overdue

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Lawmaker offers first ray of hope in some time for new Albany State arts center

Construction of an arts center at Albany State would be a large commitment from the state, but the benefits to Albany and the region would be enormous.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 11, 2013

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Military veterans deserve our thanks and praise

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Without Americans willing to serve in the military, U.S. democracy could not survive

Today and Monday, America observes the birthday of the Marine Corps and Veterans Day.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 4, 2013

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Early voter turnout in Albany disappointing

EDITORIAL: Ward II and III Albany city races draw 2 percent early voter turnout

Ward II and III voters will make decisions Tuesday that will affect Albany city government for the next four years.

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Halloween should be fun, not tragic

Albany Herald Editorial: With kids focused on trick-or-treating, adults have to be alert

By being responsible and careful, adults can keeping young Halloween trick-or-treaters safe.

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Get ready for the frenzy

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Halloween will launch the busy end-of-the-year activities as people rush through Thanksgiving and Christmas to the new year.

Deciding what’s important is the first step to surviving and enjoying the often frantic holiday season.

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 28, 2013

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 21, 2013

EDITORIAL: Thumbs Up! is a weekly salute to those working to make life better in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia.

From fighting addiction to fighting fires to therapeutic pets and a community cookout, positive things are happening in metro Albany.

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Is a merger in the future of Albany State and Darton?

Editorial

Peter Sireno, who was forced out Friday as Darton State College president, has raised speculation about future plans for Southwest Georgia institiutions by revealing that the state is looking at merging Darton with another institution or institutions.

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Congress only delays problems

Editorial

Lawmakers avoided defaulting on U.S. debt this week, but the problem will come up again in February.

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Blue and gold are in the air

Fall means the traditional colors of the season. In Albany, however, the gold is accompanied by blue as Albany State University alumni come back to town for homecoming week.

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 14

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Speedy recovery wished for Bishop

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop announced that he will have surgery for throat and lymph node cancer.

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Biennial budgeting a better process

Editorial

Here is a novel idea. When the way you do business is demonstrably ineffective, come up with a better plan.

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What happens now with LOST?

The striking down of the “baseball style” court arbitration established by the General Assembly for county and municipality disputes over the distribution of local-option sales tax money has some potentially serious financial repercussions for local governments.

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 7, 2013

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Now it's getting scary

Editorial

You would think that the inability of the federal government to avoid a partial government shutdown would be the epitome of incompetence. Unfortunately, another opportunity for lawmakers to demonstrate even greater incompetence is quickly approaching.

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Incompetence reigns in Washington

Editorial

The people we have sent to Washington saw the shutdown coming and they see the debt ceiling crisis looming. No one is blinking; their eyes are wide open. It’s time that voters opened their eyes as well.

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Thumbs Up! - Sept. 30, 2013

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Iran indicating change of course

There’s some renewed hope that Iran is changing direction on its nuclear ambitions, but the proof will be in the details.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Sept. 27, 2013

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 34 incidents Wednesday and into Thursday, available reports show.

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Ray Charles' impact still being felt

Editorial

Few people have had the musical impact of Ray Charles, whose image is gracing a new specialty postage stamp that was released Monday by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Thumbs Up - Sept. 23, 2013

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We need a new show in D.C.

Editorial

The summer rerun season on television is bad enough, but now here we go with another fall stretch in Washington to boot.

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Questions unanswered in base killings

Editorial

There are many places where the federal government should look to save money. None of those places are at the entry gates of our military bases.

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Thumbs Up! - Sept. 16, 2013

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Hurricane season unusually quiet

Editorial

It may turn out that one of the most significant things that happened this summer was something — or, more exactly, somethings — that didn’t happen.

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America can't afford to forget

Editorial

A dozen years after the event, the attacks on American soil are still in our memories, haunting reminders that even the most powerful nation on the planet has vulnerability.

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No martyr, Hasan will die a murderer's death

A military jury made the right decision Wednesday when it sentenced Nidal Hasan to death in the murders of 13 unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

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Freedom's ring should be sweet sound for all

Editorial

All across the nation, bells will ring at mid-afternoon today. The bells will have an important purpose — commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in American history, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.

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Thumbs Up! -- Aug. 26, 2013

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One person makes a difference

Editorial

As frightening as last week’s shootings and standoff at a Decatur school were, the resourcefulness of a school employee kept a scary and dangerous situation from becoming a deadly disaster.

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Obama ignoring pressure on Syria

Editorial

Pressure is mounting for the United States to take stronger action in Syria, but so far President Barack Obama is showing reluctance to do anything. Even talk about it.

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Clock's ticking down on Egypt

Editorial

The situation in Egypt is well on its way to becoming a no-win situation for the United States as its political upheaval turns increasingly violent.

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Muggridge shows good foresight

Editorial

By stepping down from a commission committee, Lee County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge showed foresight in avoiding a potential Open Meetings Law violation.

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Court fight not needed in water war

Editorial

Politicians often complain about clogging up the courts and the expenses incurred. But that doesn’t stop them from shoving more hair down the judicial sink.

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Newark gets 'frisk' law down pat

When it comes to a enforcing law, the most critical details are in the implementation.

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Thumbs Up! Aug. 12, 2013

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Patriot Act may get revamping

The firestorm caused by the disclosures made by Edward Snowden, now a fugitive hiding out in Russia, on the National Security Agency's domestic and foreign spying programs has reached a point where President Barack Obama says action needs to be taken to rein them in.

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Terminal opens brighter gateway

Editorial

At long last, the new terminal at Southwest Regional Airport is in use.

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Finally, some good news on furloughs

Editorial

While that loss of income certainly hurts the wallet, the added five days of work means the financial impact won’t be as severe. For those who prepared for the worst, the reduction in lost wages is an unexpected benefit.

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Elliott Minor was true professional

Editorial

It was with a great deal of sadness that we saw that Elliott Minor died on Thursday.

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Thumbs Up! - Aug. 5, 2013

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Operation rescues exploited children

Editorial

A combined effort by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in 76 cities last week made an impact.

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Thumbs Up! - July 29, 2013

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Strive2Thrive is making strides

Editorial

It's not really a secret, but the good that the Albany Strive2Thrive program does for the community can be overlooked.

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Darton reaches a milestone

Sixteen graduates walked down the aisle in Cavalier Arena at Darton State College on Thursday during a rare mid-summer graduation ceremony.

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Reprieve nearing on college loan rates

Editorial

After the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that reverses the July 1 spike that doubled interest rates for some college student loans, it appears likely that the legislation could pass the House early next month.

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Harden ready for USDA No. 2 job

Editorial

If you review Krysta Harden’s career, she’s clearly qualified for the deputy secretary position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Middle East peace an elusive goal

Editorial

Attempt after attempt has been made to arrive at some sort of peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that will stick. So far, uneasy, fragile truces are about all anyone has been able to come up with. The underlying hatred and distrust have never been eradicated and, we have to say, we’re pessimistic that they ever will be.

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Thumbs Up! - July 22, 2013

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Image isn't everything, but a good one sure helps

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard made a statement last week that deserves to be repeated and thought about.

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Senate dodges ‘nuclear option’

Editorial

The rancor between Democrats and Republicans moved uncomfortably close to a fundamental change in the way the U.S. Senate functions on Tuesday.

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Family's important no matter where you are

Editorial

While cultures and ideas about how life should be lived vary widely around the world, the important things that people have are remarkably consistent.

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Thumbs Up! - July 15, 2013

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Worth School Board needs civics lesson

Editorial

The Worth County Board of Education demonstrated collective shortsightedness on an embarrassing level last week when it essentially expelled 57 students whose parents are serving our nation in the Marine Corps.

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Police/Fire/EMS report July 13, 2013

APD responds to at least 15 incidents.

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Farm bill has tough row to hoe

It got worse this week for farm legislation.

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Police/Fire/EMS July 12, 2013

APD responds to at least 34 incidents.

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Drug Unit active in prostitution roundup

The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit is conducting a major war on area prostitution.

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The Zimmerman trial reaches its final stages

Editorial

Now that the defense has rested in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, there will be a few rebuttal witnesses and then arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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‘Zero option’ deserves serious consideration

Editorial

Whether this is a high-stakes game of political chicken remains to be seen, but it appears U.S. officials are at least considering pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next year.

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Thumbs up! - July 8, 2013

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Police/Fire/EMS report July 5, 2013

APD responds to at least 33 incidents.

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America still land of free

Editorial

Let’s face it. In these modern times, old-fashioned patriotism seems like an awfully quaint notion.

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Cities taking precautions for Fourth of July

Editorial

Independence Day celebrations will be going on all over the nation on Thursday, but there are some who won’t have time to enjoy it. They’re public safety officials — law enforcement, firefighters, emergency technicians — who’ll be on alert.

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Gas prices help patriotic travelers

Editorial

It looks like motorists will be getting a break on gas prices this Independence Day holiday, though it’s still hard to look at fuel that costs more than $3 a gallon as a bargain.

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Thumbs Up! - July 1, 2013

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Immigration bill DOA in House

Editorial

Lost last week among the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, the George Zimmerman trial, Paula Deen's troubles and the elusive traitor Edward Snowden, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill.

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Police/Fire/EMS report June 29, 2013

APD responds to at least 36 incidents.

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Mother Nature turns on the spigot

Editorial

If you think your lawn is growing faster than it has in years, you're probably right.

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Court ruling gives Georgia the chance to prove itself

Editorial

The ruling Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doesn’t give carte blanche to affected states for the reinstitution of unfair voting practices. Violating a citizen’s right to vote is still against the law.

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Snowden was out to hurt U.S.

Editorial

Edward Snowden, currently the focus of a vortex of political intrigue, has been called a whistleblower and a traitor. It’s becoming more evident that he is the latter, a planted traitor whose goal from the beginning was to cripple his nation’s security.

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Thumbs Up! - June 24, 2013

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Congress is as predictable as the weather

Editorial

It’s pretty clear that the middle is getting squeezed in Congress these days, where the slogan seems to be: “Everything Except Moderation”

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Timing not right on pay increase for School Board

Editorial

The question of how much compensation an elected public official should receive is one that has dogged elected officials -- and the voters who put them in office -- since the early days of the Republic.

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School system officials need public’s input

Editorial

As critical as the public education system is to the health of a community, Albany and Dougherty County residents have shown little interest in the last two attempts to communicate important information with the public.

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Thumbs Up! - June 17, 2013

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Dads get on-the-job training

Editorial

It's relatively easy to father a child. Being a dad to one, however, is another matter.

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Kay Hind’s life is truly one of impact, achievement

Editorial

The rest of the state now knows something that many in the Albany area were already well aware of: For more than four decades, Kay Hind has been a force of positive impact on Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Edward Snowden stirs up a hornet’s nest for the U.S.

Editorial

Some are condemning Edward Snowden as a traitor, while others label him a hero. Either way, Snowden’s life as he’s known it has come to an end.

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Thumbs Up! - June 9, 2013

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Knives have no place on planes

Editorial

In March, the Transportation Security Administration announced it would again allow commercial fliers to carry small knives (blades 2.36 inches or shorter) with them onto planes. That would have ended a ban that has been in place since knife-wielding terrorist hijackers took control of four U.S. jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001 and killed thousands of people.

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Budgeting for city no easy task

Editorial

In less than a month, local governments will be entering a new fiscal year.

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Thumbs Up! - June 3, 2013

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Outlook report likely to quell reform notions

Editorial

A report released last week on the financial outlook for the nation’s Social Security and Medicare programs showed some improvement in the Medicare area. Unfortunately, that will add fuel to Washington’s unofficial motto when it comes programs that are popular with voters: Never fix today what you can put off until another term of office.

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Secret meetings a bad approach

Editorial

Attorney General Eric Holder asked news organizations to meet and discuss how the Justice Department handles its investigations involving reporters with one stipulation: The meetings would be off the record.

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Chinese hackers compromise U.S. security

Editorial

There was a chilling report on Memorial Day, the day when America honors those in our military who have died in war.

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Today, we remember our bravest

Editorial

While it has come to be an “unofficial” jump-start to the summer vacation season, Memorial Day is a time when we should take stock of the freedoms we enjoy in America, and the sacrifices that have been made to ensure them. There’s an old saying that applies: Freedom isn’t free.

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Herald changing online commenting system

Beginning Wednesday, readers at www.albanyherald.com who post comments will begin using their Facebook accounts to access the online commenting system.

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Thumbs Up! - May 25, 2013

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Phipps excellent choice for chief judge

Editorial

Herbert E. Phipps, presiding judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, will take an even bigger role with the court next month.

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Thumbs Up - May 20, 2013

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Battle over Phoebe North stalling growth

Editorial

Regardless of your opinion of the ongoing battle between Phoebe Putney Health System and the Federal Trade Commission over the fate of Phoebe North (the former Palmyra Medical Center), the uncertainty surrounding the issue is a hindrance to economic development in the metro Albany area.

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Education makes difference in life

Editorial

This weekend and next are life changing for a number of Southwest Georgians.

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DCSS showing signs of progress

Editorial

A rare show of unison on a delicate subject — the assignments of top administrators to Dougherty County School System schools for the coming school year — could be a sign that the School Board has turned the corner, moving in a direction in which the students are the first consideration. We sincerely hope that is the case.

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IRS profiled Tea Party, conservatives

Editorial

Sometimes people who are dismissed as being paranoid have good reason to be paranoid.

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Thumbs Up! - May 13, 2013

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The numbers are in for America’s moms

Editorial

Today is the nation’s 99th observance of Mother’s Day, the second Sunday of May that is set aside to honor the moms of America for all that they have done, and the sacrifices they have made.

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Hot cars are no place for children

Editorial

As the weather gets hotter, so do concerns about unintended illnesses and deaths that can come from being careless with autos.

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Paula Deen museum cooks up exciting possibilities

Editorial

It’s hard to come up with a bigger name that has come out of Albany than the Southern belle of Food Network, Paula Deen.

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Health reform may be unhealthy for politicians

Editorial

The Affordable Care Act is getting closer to implementation, less than half a year. But there are a great many questions still lingering and no clear road map from the Obama administration as the clock ticks.

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Thumbs Up! - May 6, 2013

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Home sales show positive trend

Editorial

Few things are better barometers of our area’s economy than home sales.

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For graduates, now the hard work begins

Editorial

More than 600 local college students at Albany State University and Darton State College reached a magical milestone in their lives this weekend when they strode to a podium — strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” playing in the background — and received diplomas that bestowed on them a new title: college graduate.

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Obama’s comments confuse Syria stance

A new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipros shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not want to see this country’s military involved in the Syrian civil war that has raged since 2011.

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NAACP plans yard sale Saturday

The Albany/Dougherty branch of the NAACP will conduct a yard sale Saturday to raise funds for the organization.

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Sumter Players present ‘Alice’

The Sumter Players will present “The Phantom Toolbooth “ — the classic better known as “Alice in Wonderland” — at the Rylander Theatre, 310 W. Lamar St., on May 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and May 11 and 12 at 2:30 p.m.

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‘Jungle Book’ comes to life at SCA

Sherwood Elementary students will perform “Jungle Book Kids” at the school’s secondary campus, 1418 Old Pretoria Road, on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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City manager could benefit Leesburg

Editorial

The Leesburg City Council is considering hiring a full-time city manager to handle the day-to-day operations of the city government.

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Thumbs Up! - April 29, 2013

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School system cracking down on policies

Editorial

One thing that Dougherty County School System Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely is doing is he is sending a message to system administrators and employees: Policies are in place for a reason, and they should be followed.

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Obama's 'red line' blurred in Syria

Editorial

The White House said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials believe that Syria likely has used chemical weapons on a small scale. In particular, officials believe they used the banned deadly chemical sarin. But the White House isn't moving toward taking action -- at least not yet.

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Young athletes deserve protection

Editorial

Look at the kids out on the playing fields these days and the size, strength and speed is astounding.

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Thumbs Up - April 22, 2013

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Crime victims deserve to be remembered

Editorial

When a crime occurs, there is a victim. Every time.

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Gun bill defeat a win for big business

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that a gun bill defeat a win for big business.

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Failed gun law would have been ineffective

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, James W. King of Albany says that a failed gun law would have been ineffective.

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A haircut’s no time for entertainment

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Warren Grant of Albany says that a haircut’s no time for entertainment.

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Bombers’ legacy one of shame

Editorial

As authorities searched for a 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the scene in Boston was one that came across as surreal.

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Senate rejects gun control amendment

Editorial

What was widely seen as President Obama’s best chance to get some sort of gun control passed in Congress fell by the wayside Wednesday when proponents of an amendment that would expand background checks for gun buyers failed to gain the supermajority it needed to pass the Senate.

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Americans again arise to meet needs

Editorial

When times are at their worst, many Americans are at their best. That proved true again Monday in the aftermath of the deadly explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, twin blasts that killed three, seriously injured a dozen and a half others and sent by some estimates 150 people for medical treatment.

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Terror strikes at America again

Editorial

One moment in time passes and, just like that, we’re reminded again how unsafe the world can be, even here in the United States.

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Jackie Robinson changed America for the better

Editorial

The film will introduce Robinson to a new generation. We can only hope that it shows to them the strength of Robinson’s character and will. Robinson was a hero in every sense of the word, one who made America a better place.

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States' tax intake hits all-time high

Editorial

Monday is, of course, Tax Day. That is the day when we all find out just what the cost of democracy comes to for our respective households. Those expecting refunds from what they paid in for 2012 very likely have already filed and, in most cases, received them. Those who owe the government ... well, the check'll be in the mail Monday.

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Bryan and Davidson making their marks in country music

Editorial

A couple of Southwest Georgians have become huge influences on country music, one with a pen, the other with a mic.

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The Iron Lady showed iron will

Editorial

Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady of British politics, died Monday at age 87. The legacy of Great Britain’s lone female prime minister, however, will live on.

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Thumbs Up! - April 8, 2013

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Congress may be going back to work

Editorial

Don't look now, but the do-nothing Congress may be actually starting to govern again.

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College education is worth the effort

Editorial

With a college education comes some regret. That doesn’t stem from going to college, however, but from failing to take full advantage of what a college education offers.

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Saber rattling gets too noisy

Editorial

The White House says it hasn’t seen any military buildup of positions indicating that North Korea is on the cusp of making good on its threats to attack South Korea and the United States.

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Opening Day brings renewal for baseball fans

Editorial

So, maybe the 2013 Major League Baseball season did open Easter night. Despite MLB’s desire to get in an early prime-time start, for the true baseball aficionados, the season starts today, regardless of whether that’s official.

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The Easter story

Editorial

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

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Thumbs Up! - March 30, 2013

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Energy gleaned from thin air may come in the future

Editorial

What if you could create energy out of thin air and cut down on the carbon buildup in the atmosphere at the same time?

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Dougherty board poised to decide school closings

Editorial

Unless something unexpected comes up, the Dougherty County Board of Education will decide today whether to close two schools and revamp a third in reaction to dwindling student population and tighter spending.

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Temporary tattoos can have lasting effects

Editorial

As the weather warms, thoughts turn to vacationing, particularly at the beach. For some, getting a temporary tattoo has become a part of the experience.

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Thumbs Up! March 25, 2013

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Phillips’ ‘Idol’ triumph only the beginning

Editorial

The votes are in and a Southwest Georgian — Phillip Phillips — is the new American Idol.

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Phillips set for performance of a lifetime

Editorial

A small-town guy has taken the national stage by storm, making it to a final performance in Los Angeles for the gold -- in this case, the title of "American Idol."

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