Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 29, 2013

A New Year of reflection

--- — New Year’s is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for reflection. This reflection is why New Year’s brings so many resolutions, so many promises and attempts to change, to do better, to be better.

New Year’s is like one big collective birthday. It marks another year gone by for everyone. Another year older. Another reminder that time will not wait for us so we must make the most of our time while making the most of our lives.

Most resolutions involve something personal, something about the self: A push to lose weight, to work harder, to quit smoking, to exercise more, to rise to more challenges. Individuals will experience various levels of success and failure with these resolutions in the coming days and weeks. They are the resolutions that seem to be dragged out of the closet each year, as we are shoving all of the Christmas stuff back into the closet to end another holiday season.

Yet, perhaps, we should make some new resolutions this year.

Perhaps, we should resolve to adhere a little closer to the golden rule.

Perhaps, we should resolve to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Perhaps, we should resolve to be a little kinder to our neighbors.

Perhaps, we should resolve to be more involved in our community: To volunteer, to be more civic in our thoughts and actions, to weigh the merits of issues and candidates, to vote in this year’s coming midterm elections.

Perhaps, by thinking more of our neighbors, becoming more involved in our community, we can make Valdosta and Lowndes County and all of South Georgia a better place.

And if we make our home a better place, won’t that better serve the individual resolutions of each of us?

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What We Think
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  • 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

  • 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

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