Valdosta Daily Times

May 31, 2013

Thumbs up, Thumbs down

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — 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.