Bill Strickland

billstrickland 2 years, 4 months ago on Georgia’s jobless rate drops to near three-year low

U.S. labor force has been growing for more than a year and unemployment rate has been dropping since 2009. Not exactly right before the November 2012 election.

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billstrickland 2 years, 4 months ago on Squawk of the Day - March 20, 2012

Kenya has been Kenya since 1920. Back then it was a British colony, the Colony of Kenya. In 1963 it became the Independent Republic of Kenya. Still Kenya.

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billstrickland 2 years, 7 months ago on Hillard out as symphony conductor

Artistic venues involve presentation and reception. There is no museum of art without art-lovers who visit it; no Theatre Albany without audiences; no Symphony without the music-lovers who "receive" the performances. The Atlanta Symphony's mission statement, for example, includes, "We unite in our desire to serve and to expand our audience ...." As for the "social elite" comment, this season there will have been two public concerts, at least; concerts are sometimes broadcast on Georgia Public Radio; and at one time (possibly even now) students were allowed to sit in unused balcony seats. All those things were at no charge. I have a great appreciation and respect for the musicians who bring concerts to Albany. I am personally familiar with some of them, all from the Albany/Southwest Georgia area. As far as I can tell, they are all keenly intent on presenting a performance that will stir the hearts of the audiences, that will be appreciated. As far as I can tell, they are "listener-centric." Of course, in an educational setting like a college orchestra I would expect things to be more "performer-centric," but I don't believe that to be the case here.

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billstrickland 2 years, 7 months ago on Hillard out as symphony conductor

  1. The Symphony board had an opportunity to take a higher road than it ultimately did. I'm sorry they "worked things out" in the easiest way possible. Nevetheless, it was their choice.
  2. Over-sensitivity (by boards, etc.) to "embarrassment by association" is akin to and encouraged by the unhealthy and never-satisfied thirst for scandal that much of the public has developed.
  3. The Albany Symphony exists for area residents, not for the members of the orchestra. The goal is to provide the best concerts possible, not to provide local musicians an outlet. If that goal can be met with local musicians, great; if not ....
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billstrickland 2 years, 7 months ago on Group hopes to save bridge

Crossings at the downtown part of the Flint River are critical to traffic locally and in Southwest Georgia. In the event that the Oglethorpe bridge would need to be closed for repair in the future (a real possibility), or even if it is closed temporarily because of accident or other event, the additional costs of rerouting traffic north (to the Liberty Expressway crossing) or south (to the Oakridge Drive crossing) would probably be great. (Such costs include traffic delays, traffic accidents, fuel use, business interruption, public safety vehicle access, etc.) Having a second viable crossing in the downtown area would eliminate much of those costs. I think repairing/replacing the Broad Avenue bridge is good insurance and worth the expense.

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billstrickland 2 years, 8 months ago on Arlington must repay money from program

I've seen four-year-olds with more patience. And it's not "your blog." It's a story comments section of the Albany Herald web site, where proper procedure doesn't let just anybody say just anything and have it post immediately without adequate oversight.

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billstrickland 2 years, 8 months ago on City voters narrowly drown Sunday sales

When I was a kid in a small town, businesses stayed open until nearly midnight on Saturday because that was when the farm workers could make it to town and do their shopping. Because of that, at least one weekday (I seem to recall it was Thursday) had all the businesses closed on that afternoon. It wasn't backward; it was sensible. And unless you were too stupid to understand how things worked, or to read signs that indicated when businesses were open, you didn't complain -- you adjusted. In lots of places, Albany included, some restaurants aren't open on Mondays. Is that too complex for you to deal with? Is it your right to insist that a man who has started his own business and tries to run it as well as possible that he needs to adjust his business to suit you? Oh, and by the way, "Sabbath" or "Shabbat" means "rest" or "cessation" -- it doesn't mean "seventh." Various religions and other traditions identify various time periods as "Sabbaths" -- traditionally, I believe, Jewish views have Shabbat beginning at sundown on Friday and ending at nightfall on Saturday. I wonder which day we can get a rest from "Albany stinks," "is backwards," is "a Bible-thumping hamlet" and similar mean-spiritedness?

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billstrickland 2 years, 8 months ago on Strother likely will contest Ward II results

Nonsense. Nobody got more than 50 percent of the vote. And you can't logically put a candidate whose name is officially printed on the official ballot on the same level as submitting your Aunt Sally as a write-in. The votes as cast do not guarantee that the actual voters who checked Calhoun's name would have split evenly for Hines and Strother or would have fully voted for one or the other of them if Calhoun's name had been omitted, as it should have been. To just assume Hines is the "outright" winner will tell the world we don't know how to run an election, it will tell the candidates the position they seek isn't serious enough to fill it cleanly, and it will tell a few hundred registered voters that their good-faith trip to the polls to exercise their rights as American citizens didn't actually mean anything at all.

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billstrickland 2 years, 8 months ago on State audit critical of Arlington entitlement program

I doubt $550 would make one payment on an Escalade SUV, smart guy. Without knowing further details, I would point out that, for example, if an employee purchases an approved supply item for work but neglects to hold on to the receipt, that, too, could be an "unallowable expense." What you're likely to find here is more likely to be paperwork and procedure problems than outright theft or fraud.

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