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The Albany Herald Editorial Board

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School system officials need public’s input

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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

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial that looks at positive things going in in the metro Albany area.

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Dads get on-the-job training

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial that focuses on positive things going on in metro Albany.

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Battle over Phoebe North stalling growth

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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

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

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DCSS showing signs of progress

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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For graduates, now the hard work begins

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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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City manager could benefit Leesburg

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Bombers’ legacy one of shame

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Congress may be going back to work

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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

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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

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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

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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.