Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 31, 2014

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-- — THUMBS UP: To the people who answered a call for more bedding, blankets, pillows, etc., for the Salvation Army emergency shelter. The shelter regularly has nine beds for people in need each night. With recent cold spells, the Salvation Army has prepared room for as many as 15 people. With the past week’s severe winter weather forecast, the Salvation Army made room for more people, but needed the additional bedding to provide adequate housing. It’s a reminder of how much the Salvation Army does for the community throughout the year.

THUMBS UP: To area American Red Cross volunteers. While many people were hunkering down for the possibility of sleet and frozen roads Wednesday morning, Red Cross volunteers Bill and Chris Staples responded to a Valdosta house fire to offer aid to families affected by the blaze. Red Cross volunteers regularly respond to help area fire families night and day throughout the region.

THUMBS UP: To city and county road crews throughout South Georgia for keeping bridges and roads safe during the wintry blast last week.

THUMBS DOWN: To the folks both near and far who failed to understand the significance of possible winter weather for the South. Yes, compared to our American cousins in the north, where snow accumulations can be measured by several inches or even by feet, a “wintry mix” forecast seems silly. Yet, in the South, where even dipping to freezing temperatures is a rare occurrence, the forecast of potential ice and snow has the potential for dire consequences. There are no salt trucks, no plows, and few drivers with experience driving in such conditions. A wintry mix here is a recipe for trouble.

THUMBS UP: To the South Georgia Regional Library for replacing 19 computers in its Valdosta-Lowndes County Library branch. Numerous people use these computers daily. These new computers will ensure these folks have continued access to information both near and far.


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What We Think
  • 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

  • A downtown church’s faith

    First Baptist Church made a leap of faith this past weekend.

    July 16, 2014

  • Overpass has double potential

    They say it will be here sooner than we think.

    July 16, 2014

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