Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 3, 2013

What We Think: It’s All About You

- — The Times continues its year-long series of articles on the community, highlighting incredible individuals who work hard to make Valdosta a wonderful place to call home.

In January, the emphasis was on unique businesses in our area and the entrepreneurs, employees and customers who opened them and kept them thriving through the years.

For February, the emphasis will be on public safety, honoring those who daily risk their own safety to ensure that citizens have the help they need when in times of emergency.

The Valdosta Rotary Club’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner is Thursday, Feb. 21, when the top police and sheriff’s officers are honored. Every year, the club raises money from the dinner to assist officers who need a helping hand in times of illness, loss or other emergency.  Tickets to the dinner are a hot commodity and a number of tables are already sold, but what the club values most is the fact that the community attends the event to show their appreciation for these men and women in uniform.

It seems only fitting that the Times also recognize the sacrifices of law enforcement this month, along with first responders, firefighters and other emergency personnel. Each Wednesday, readers will find stories about these sacrifices and get to know more about the people whose job it is to take care of all of us.

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What We Think
  • 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

  • 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

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