Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 31, 2013

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Blazers Football and Randall Godfrey for their respective summer youth football camps. VSU held its camp earlier this week, and Godfrey’s camp is scheduled for today. Each summer, these camps instruct dozens of youngsters on fine points of the game, preparing them in advance for their upcoming seasons. The camps also confirm for some youngsters whether or not they wish to pursue football come fall. These camps give youngsters a chance to meet the VSU players and former professional players like Godfrey and his colleagues, learning techniques by example.

THUMBS UP: To people who have already cut back on their driving because of gas prices. This week, The Times asked online readers, How high do gas prices have to get before you cut back on driving? Options included $3.50, $3.75, $4, and I already have cut back. As of Friday morning, approximately 400 respondents, or 77 percent of all who responded, claimed they have already cut back. We are unlikely to ever see prices fall as low as they were years ago, but still, less demand should mean lower prices. For the full results of our survey, see the bottom right corner of the Opinions page.

THUMBS UP: To people who continue helping others in our community. From a Friday night benefit to help a Lowndes County couple who lost property in a fire to the Berrien County community raising money for a student who needs a wheelchair lift for the family van to people helping a Valdosta woman raise funds for medical treatments, South Georgians continue to dig deep. It’s good to know that even as many households deal with economic hardships, area folks recall that others need help more and help accordingly.

THUMBS DOWN: To people who cheer, applaud, scream and yell during graduations, even after officials urge graduates’ parents, family and friends to curb their enthusiasm. The desire to applaud a young loved one’s accomplishments is understandable. Everyone in the stands is there out of support for at least one graduate. Each attendee wants to cheer their favorite graduate. But when one family causes a noisy scene for their graduate, they often overwhelm the name of the next graduate. In other words, one family does not hear the name of their graduate because another family’s noisy exuberance. Area graduations are over for another year, but maybe next year, each family can respect the families of all graduates.

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What We Think
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    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

  • The wisdom of animals

    Animals may be smarter than us. If you don’t think so take a look at how we humans deal with the oppressive heat of summer. Compare our activities with those of animals.

    July 19, 2014

  • Welcoming home the ‘Unseen Project’

    Two months ago, they embarked on an ambitious endeavor: Two friends, riding on motorcycles criss-crossing the United States, followed by a film crew, on a faith-based tour to find America the Unseen.

    July 17, 2014

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