Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 5, 2012

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-- — THUMBS UP: To James McGahee, former South Georgia Medical Center CEO. This week, the Alapaha Council of Boy Scouts of America named McGahee its 2012 Distinguished Citizen. The award recognizes dedication to community service and excellence in all endeavors. Congratulations, James McGahee, on a job well done and a life well lived.

THUMBS UP: To live shows. This weekend, South Georgians have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of stage shows, from VSU Theatre & Dance’s “Fresh Tracks” dance concert to Little Actors Theatre’s kids comedy “How the West was Dun” to the tour-stop performance of the domestic-violence drama “One Day Too Late” to Cook High School Theatre Wing’s dramatic telling of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” These shows’ producers and casts should take a bow for keeping the region entertained and informed. Next week, VSU Music’s Pops in the Park and Theatre Guild Valdosta’s comedy “Love, Sex and the IRS.”

THUMBS UP: To Diane Howard and Partnership for Healthy Living for their series of Farm Days Cooking Demo and Tasting events. Throughout the past several bi-weekly Downtown Valdosta Farm Days, area chefs have presented healthy foods and recipes using produce and goods from South Georgia farms and businesses. The last of the series is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. This series has been as tasty as it has been informative.

THUMBS UP: To the Salvation Army for its commitment to the Empty Stocking Fund. For generations, the Salvation Army and The Times have partnered in this venture. Along with Guardian Bank, the Empty Stocking Fund ensures South Georgia children will awake to presents Christmas morning. But it is the Salvation Army that does the lion’s share of the work, especially Capt. Monica Nickum. For the past few years, she has been a surrogate Santa for thousands of area kids.

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    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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