Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 19, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To the organizers of two events that raised thousands of dollars for Valdosta State University scholarships last weekend. Dancing with the Valdosta Stars raised about $38,000 for VSU performing arts scholarships. The Lee Anthony Crews Memorial No-Tap Bowling Tournament and Auction raised approximately $7,000 for VSU criminal justice scholarships.

THUMBS UP: To the Mailbox Club for its continued devotion to children throughout the United States and around the world. Last week, two international missionaries visited the Mailbox Club’s Valdosta-based headquarters to touch base and share how the organization’s Bible-based materials are changing the lives of children in Bangladesh and Central America.

THUMBS UP: To VSU Department of Public Administration which honored several people during its recognition luncheon this week. The event honored Hugh C. Bailey Outstanding MPA Student recipients Joshua Allred and Daniel Lohr, the Loyce W. Turner Outstanding Public Official recipient Sementha Mathews, and Dr. Nolan Argyle who is retiring after 28 years at VSU.

THUMBS UP: To the Lowndes High School tennis teams sweeping the Region 1-AAAAAA titles this week. Both Lowndes teams won championships and are number one seeds in next week’s state tournament.

THUMBS DOWN: To those spreading fear and confusion regarding the Boston Marathon bombings, the mailing of ricin, and the explosion of a Texas fertilizer plant. While news agencies do not always get things right, it seems they have a higher degree of accuracy of hoaxes and misinformation choking Facebook and other social media, many of which foster fear, anger and hate. We are reminded of the wise words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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What We Think
  • 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

  • Spring Into Art: Valdosta’s talent center

    Walking through the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts during Spring Into Art is always an amazing experience.
    Hundreds of paintings, drawings, photographs meet with sculpture and ceramics and other art forms to create a kaleidoscope of creativity. Spring Into Art is the most democratic of art shows because whatever is entered, as long as it meets the show’s criteria, is displayed.

    April 5, 2014

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