Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 15, 2013

A world where all news is local

-- — Not too many years ago, along with the saying that all politics are local, so was all news.

Even now, as a community-based newspaper, The Times focuses more on what’s happening down the street from you rather than what you see on CNN or FOX News.

But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, national and international news become as local as what’s happening at city hall, whether it’s a Valdosta State grad avenged by the death of Osama bin Laden, or a Valdosta-born sailor serving a meal to a sea captain saved from Somali pirates, or Moody Air Force Base personnel traveling overseas, or a young South Georgia model enduring the Japanese nuclear reactor scare, or a local woman sharing that her family escaped harm in a Chilean natural disaster.

Or a series of violent explosions marring the Boston Marathon.

Three Lowndes County residents were running the race Monday when the explosions occurred. All three are thankfully safe, shaken but unharmed, according to reports from area friends Monday afternoon.

We are reminded on a daily basis that the world is a smaller place. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as an area resident who has kept an out-of-state cell phone number. Sometimes, it’s something as shocking as those few moments not knowing if three area people survived explosions in Boston.

It’s a smaller world, where some event anywhere may strike at the hearts and souls of people here.

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  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

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