Martian 3 years, 2 months ago on City tax increase hearing set

A tax increase is inevitable in Albany. The hearings are just a formality. Take this into account when you are asked to vote for still another tax increase - T-splost - on July 31.


Martian 3 years, 2 months ago on Help sought in capturing battery suspect

Why wait so long to ask for help? Why didn't the license-tag number lead to the attacker? These are questions that should be addressed in the story,


Martian 3 years, 3 months ago on Dear officer: Thanks for the ticket ... really

Carlton, I'm sorry you got a ticket. Thanks for writing about it. Your experience could make me a safer driver. We all need a reminder once in a while.

My experience with tickets is this: I never got one I didn't deserve. I got three speeding tickets from about 1980 to 1990, then I got smart. I slowed down. No more tickets.

Every police officer who has ever stopped me as been totally professional. Personally I wish there were more of them on the roads. I see examples of dangerous, stupid driving every day - outrageous speeding, ignoring stop signs and blocking pedestrian crosswalks at intersections. Oh, I almost forgot - running red lights. I'm not talking about venturing into an intersection with a yellow light. I mean seeing that the light is red and ignoring it.

If anything, law-enforcement is too lenient in Georgia. The infractions I mention would not be tolerated in some other states, such as New Jersey and Virginia.

Driving is a privilege. When we drive, we're in control of a potentially deadly weapon. If we get a ticket occasionally, take responsibility for your actions and don't snivel. If you feel the officer made a mistake, you can't always request your day in court.


Martian 3 years, 4 months ago on DCSS nonrenews 24 teachers and two principals

"Nonrenew." C'mon we don't have to use the jargon of educators, or whatever. Could we say the school board decided not to renew the contracts.


Martian 3 years, 5 months ago on Sinyard, Dukes clash in meeting

No more taxes. Who but the government gets to add a new tax when it can't operate within a budget? Sign up for some financial counseling to learn how to operate within a budget. Don't expect instant gratification at the expense of taxpayers.


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago on Father follows son into jail for possessing explosives

Wish you had asked police to describe the devices and included a description in the story. Just calling them "explosive devices" covers a lot of ground - from nuclear bombs to large firecrackers.


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago on Mediacom changes installation schedules

I get everything I want - all the Albany, Tallahassee and Columbus stations - with a $300 antenna system and the Internet. Glad I gave up on our cable company a couple of years ago. Wonder why it took so long for Medicom to at least say they're beginning to think of customer satisfaction. I'll believe it when I see it.


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago on Hillard to return as Albany Symphony conductor

Many of us have sat or dozed through lots of sermons. In my case, it was mostly dozing, but through it all a couple of concepts stuck: love and forgiveness. The maestro's peccadillo has caused him months of shame, embarrassment and professional uncertainty. Isn't that enough punishment to satisfy even the most vengeful in our community?


Martian 3 years, 6 months ago on Specialist Wesley Braswell receives the Bronze Star with Valor and the Combat Medic Badge from U.S.

Congratulations, Mr. Braswell, on finally getting some recognition for your valor. Your service in the National Guard is enough to earn my respect. Your valor in combat elevates you to hero status in my opinion.

As a retired guardsman, I find it hard to believe that the Georgia Army National Guard would not have presented the award during a ceremony. Of course, we all know the military has it's share of snafus. Was it a problem with the Army or the National guard? The story doesn't say.

I wish the newspaper had contacted the Army and the National Guard for an explanation, particularly since there were critical comments in the story.

Isn't getting both sides of an issue a basic journalistic principle?