Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 13, 2012

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-- — THUMBS UP: To the participants of The Valdosta Daily Times Fall Yard Sale this morning. Hundreds of vendors and individuals have items for sale offering the dual bargains of people having an opportunity to earn money while shoppers can find good deals on things they want and need. The sale runs from 7 a.m.-noon today, Lowndes County Civic Center, U.S. 84.

THUMBS UP: To the Georgia High School Association for its quick handling of the cheating allegations made against Lowndes High School. The GHSA took the accusation seriously, looked into it and cleared Lowndes High School Vikings and its coaches of the cheating allegation in less than a week. The GHSA’s efficient handling of this situation allowed the region to put the accusation in the past and concentrate on the Winnersville Classic.

THUMBS DOWN: To the slow wheels of justice. The old saying goes the wheels of justice grind slowly but exceedingly fine. In the Brooks County Board of Election voter-fraud case that has become known as the “Quitman 10 Plus 2,” the wheels have not only ground slowly. They seem to have stalled or maybe fallen off the track. Three school board members were suspended from the BOE until the case could be settled; time passed; the case remains unsettled; the three members returned to the board this week because nothing has happened in the case. In a nation that guarantees a speedy trial, the wheels of justice must keep moving, slow or otherwise.

THUMBS UP: To the Azalea International Folk Fair for sponsoring cultural exchange programs between South Georgia and Taiwan. A South Georgia group traveled to Taiwan this summer. Participants shared their experiences with The Times earlier this week. They returned appreciating the discipline of Taiwanese students and the hospitality of their host families. Earlier this year, several Taiwanese students and teachers visited Valdosta and Lowndes County. Let’s hope they had as many fine things to say about their South Georgia visit as our people had to say about Taiwan and its people.

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    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

  • 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

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