Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 12, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To Frank Lathron. The 80-year-old won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Senior Olympics 50-, 100- and 200-meters respectively last month. He competed in the 80- to 84-year-old classification against men from four states. Lathron advocates being active throughout life not only to compete in races but to live a full and healthy life.

THUMBS UP: To numerous organizers of events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A recent Times poll showed that most respondents know someone who has passed, survived or has breast cancer. These events serve as a reminder to get regular mammograms, provides women with an opportunity to share their stories, and raises funds for additional research for new treatments and, hopefully one day, a cure.

THUMBS UP: To George Aigen. After decades of silence, he began discussing his World War II experiences eight years ago when Iranian officials denied the Holocaust. Aigen knew differently. He was one of the Army liberators of Dachau, a brutal Nazi concentration camp that led to the deaths of thousands of Jewish people. Since 2005, he has shared his experiences with schools, organizations, and other groups more than 40 times. His account ensures that new generations will have a small understanding of an epic horror that should never be forgotten and that George Aigen can never forget.

THUMBS DOWN: To adults who behave badly at public events. Reports of adults standing in front of children trying to watch the Honey Bee parade last weekend, even of some taking the candy meant for the little ones, spoiled the day for many parents. When did politeness and good manners cease to be typical Southern traits?

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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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