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March 2, 2012

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Valdosta City Councilman Robert Yost. A few weeks ago, he said in a council meeting that he essentially would like to edit this newspaper. The Times invited the councilman to attend an editorial board meeting. Yost accepted the invitation. The Times and Yost did not see eye to eye on some issues, but it was a productive conversation. The editorial board appreciates Yost’s courage for standing by his convictions and his willingness for sitting in what some may consider the hot seat. We wish more public officials were willing to do the same.

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Police Department for its recent trend of releasing surveillance camera images taken during recent crimes. This past week, the VPD released one such photo taken during the armed robbery of a Valdosta car wash customer. Police issued the photo to The Times late Tuesday afternoon. The Times posted the photo a few minutes after receiving it. Police received calls from people identifying the suspect in the photo within less than an hour after the photo posted on

THUMBS DOWN: To the slow grinding wheels of justice. Whether it is the fault of the federal Justice Department, Valdosta City Schools, some combination of both, or any number of other factors, 42 years is too long for the desegregation suit involving the city school system to remain unresolved. The feds initiated the lawsuit in 1970. In 2012, we’re still modifying and assessing it. Let us hope the latest developments will resolve it with justice for all.

THUMBS UP: To Brooks County Lady Trojans for advancing to basketball’s GHSA Elite Eight this week. The move came with the 56-52 defeat of the Southwest Macon Patriots.

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What We Think
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