Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 24, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To all South Georgia graduates. Congratulations on your success in completing school and best wishes on your continued success in the future.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Softball players Courtney Albritton and Morgan Johnson who received All-American honors this past week. Both players made First Team All-American honors, while Albritton also scored a Second Team All-American and Johnson was also named to Third Team All-American.

THUMBS UP: To area businesses, individuals, and charitable and relief organizations that volunteered time, talents, space and money to helping the Oklahoma regions devastated by tornadoes earlier this week. By donating money, the funds will hopefully go where they can do the most good, for items that are most needed. While well intentioned, a desire to donate clothes, furniture and other items often causes more hassles than good as people in the crippled cities have no place to store nor method to distribute these goods.  

THUMBS DOWN: To people who feel compelled to second-guess juries in these nationally televised trials. Within minutes of the jury announcing it was unable to return with a sentence of life in prison or death for Jodi Arias, numerous people began posting condemnations of the jury on social media. Most of these folks couldn’t understand how the jury could not return with an instant death penalty verdict. But what many people fail to understand is unlike following the trial on TV, the jury has not had access to Nancy Grace and other legal pundits presenting their opinions non-stop for weeks on end. People watching televised coverage have also not been asked to put to death someone sitting across the room from them for numerous hours daily for months. People can disagree with a verdict or a sentence but just because we do not agree with a jury’s verdict does not mean we should condemn the jurors.

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What We Think
  • 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

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

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