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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.

Thumbs Up! - Jan. 13, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: Read about the good news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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

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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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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

See who deserves a thumbs up this week.

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?

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.