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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  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

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