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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  • Thumbs Up

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