Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

September 22, 2013

Moody’s library important for base morale

-- — When money becomes tight, it makes sense to make cuts. People have to do it all the time to ensure they can still pay their bills. Choices have to be made, often very tough choices, between  what we consider necessities versus luxuries.

So when the current administration began tightening the budget for the military, it was only a matter of time before what were once considered necessities on a military base become luxuries that can be eliminated.

The military has been enduring cuts for years, from health care benefits to pay. The cuts have come beside an overall decrease in the number of men and women in the military, and an overall erosion of benefits they receive.

The current target at Moody AFB is the library. Outraged patrons have lit up the phone lines to the Times to complain and to see if publicity might help keep the facility open. Time will tell, but it looks like the base is attempting to reach a compromise that would keep the materials available, even if the facility is closed.

Some may think it’s no big deal. There are other libraries in the community. Military families can go to another one. Off base. True. But they can also choose to take another career path and not go into the military at all.

The few perks military members enjoy are supposed to help make up for the lengthy separations from their families, long work hours, strenuous workout regimens, and the ability to instantly mobilize, any time the call of duty comes.

If a library helps military family members feel connected, gives them access to resources, and provides a place for airmen to study for their all important promotion exams, it seems that the funds could be found to keep it open and operating, even on a lighter schedule.

So much has been taken from the military while at the same time so many expectations have been placed on them. Sometimes the small perks like a library can make a big difference in morale and welfare.

Hopefully, Moody officials will find a way to work through this issue for everyone’s benefit.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • Program works to make men

    The idea is to change patterns.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    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

  • 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

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results