Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 7, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To State Rep. Amy Carter. Earlier this week, Georgia Trend named her one of the magazine’s four Power Women for 2013. The magazine selects Georgia women who are “effective, hard working, well regarded by their peers and committed to the causes or endeavors they support.” Congratulations!

THUMBS UP: To the topping-out ceremony for Pinevale Elementary School this week and its honoring of past school administrators and educators. While the building and ceremony committed the community to the future of education, organizers took a few moments to remember the past. Among those honored was C.C. Hall, the first principal of the original Pinevale from 1957-68.   

THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School, which also moves forward by looking to its past. In addition to bringing back a football team later this year, the school reinstituted the Office of President. On June 1, Georgia Christian Headmaster Brad Lawson became the school’s first president in decades. Burt Copeland becomes the school’s principal officially later this month.

THUMBS DOWN: To the move to end the Valdosta City Schools’ Ombudsman program. The Ombudsman program provided alternative learning for at-risk students. Valdosta school board members voted in March to discontinue the program for the next academic year. Given the inspirational Ombudsman graduation ceremony held last week, perhaps school officials can find a way to incorporate the program’s successes into future plans for at-risk students.

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  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To South Georgia Medical Center for hiring three cardiovascular surgeons. Randall B. Brown, MD, Joe H. Johnson MD, and Maurice M. Solis, MD, will perform comprehensive cardiac, thoracic, peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery services at the Dasher Memorial Heart Center. The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute. It’s a much-needed addition to region’s medical services and South Georgians should benefit from their presence.

    August 1, 2014

  • Regional shopping makes sense

    This weekend is the tax-free holiday in Georgia.

    July 31, 2014

  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    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

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