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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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Make that really special delivery

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

See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

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

Before you donate, check out the organization

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Some basic homework can help ensure that donations go to those who need them

Emotions can be strong during the holiday season. Your heart is in the right place, so make sure your check or gift goes to the right place as well.

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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

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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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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Good news from around the area

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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.

White House tries to cure health website

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: After the botched roll-out, a push for Obamacare sign-ups will come in December

Much the malaise that infects the United States could be cured if elected officials did more governing and less bickering and grandstanding for political gain.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 11, 2013

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: See who deserves a Thumbs Up! this week

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

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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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Lovers' triangle may have international implications

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A line is needed to separate Congress from state laws

A ticklish legal issue in Pennsylvania over a federal prosecution could have been avoided.

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Thumbs Up! - Nov. 4, 2013

EDITORIAL: See who deserves a Thumbs Up! this week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial that focuses on good things going on in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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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. 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?

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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

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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

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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.

Prepare for storms before they hit

As the tropical storm — perhaps hurricane by this time, though it was weakening Friday — Karen churns toward the Gulf Coast, it’s a good time to remember that when hurricanes and storms hit the Southeast mainland, the danger doesn’t stop at the coastline. Being prepared is key.

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Incompetence reigns in Washington

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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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Think pink to save lives

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On Monday, The Albany Herald will have a special look. The newspaper will be printed, as it has been in late September for the past several years, on pink paper. The reason? To help raise awareness about an important health issue — breast cancer.

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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.

Teens get reset on the Internet

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There are any number of people with embarrassing photos, videos or e-rants floating around the Internet who wish they could take those indiscretions back. California is trying to force an Internet reset, at least for teenagers. As with many things, the rest of the nation may soon follow the Golden State’s lead with this legislation dubbed the “erase bill.”

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Ray Charles' impact still being felt

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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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Rivera one of baseball's good guys

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At Yankee Stadium today, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, unquestionably the greatest closer in Major Baseball League history, will be honored in ceremonies before the Bronx Bombers oppose Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants.

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We need a new show in D.C.

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