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
  • 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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