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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  • He is Risen

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    April 19, 2014

  • 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

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    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

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    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

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