Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 15, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Wild Adventures. The park re-opens today with two new rides, a Saturday night concert featuring 38 Special, and more. It will be a few more weeks before Splash Island re-opens and even more weeks before the park is open daily. As for weekends, South Georgia’s theme park is back.

THUMBS UP: To Habitat for Humanity volunteers from near and afar helping to build a local home. It is refreshing to see the spirit of community service alive and well even among people who live in other communities.


THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University’s lecture series. This week, VSU Biology Department hosted its 31st Annual Clyde Eugene Connell Visiting Lecture Program featuring Dr. Terry Norton, director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Later this month, the VSU College of Arts and Sciences hosts a discussion about the political and cultural revolutions in the Middle East. Hadi Kahalzadeh, visiting scholar at VSU and Iranian political activist, and Labib Nasir, news reporter for Reuters in Jerusalem, will deliver a lecture titled “Arab Spring Revisited,” 6:30 p.m., March 26, Bailey Science Auditorium.

THUMBS UP: To area youth plays. Last week, Little Actors Theatre presented “Guys and Dolls Jr.” This weekend and next, Gingerbread Players of Theatre Guild Valdosta presents “James and the Giant Peach.” This weekend, also, Lowndes High School Off-Broadway presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Next week, Valdosta Middle School Players presents “Fame.” The shows highlight the talents of South Georgia’s many young people.

THUMBS UP: To H. Aaron Strickland for a successful Valdosta-Lowndes County Azalea Festival. Great events, great food, a great job for the 13th annual event that spotlights Valdosta’s teeming azalea blooms and the people and things that make our area special. As the festival’s executive director, Strickland brought all of these things together for two fine days.

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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

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