Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 17, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To Dr. John Gaston, retiring dean of Valdosta State University’s College of the Arts. For the past 10-plus years, Gaston has worked to build a more interconnected program with various artistic and communications departments working together. Given that you are likely to see one College of the Arts department collaborating with another during events is proof of Gaston’s success.

THUMBS UP: To Southeastern Federal Credit Union. This week, the financial institution provided vans to two area organizations which greatly needed new transportation: LAMP (Lowndes Associated Ministries to People) and LARC (Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center). LAMP helps people get back on their feet. LARC helps people with disabilities. With the vans, both organizations can continue moving forward with their missions.

THUMBS UP: To Victoria Wilcox, author of the book, “Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, Book One: Inheritance.” Just when you think you know the real history, the legend and even the Hollywood fabrications, a solid researcher like Wilcox comes along and reveals a new facet. In this case, Doc Holliday’s connection to “Gone With the Wind.” She has also written a trilogy of Doc novels, which she will sign this morning at the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum.

THUMBS DOWN: To the spate of scandals coming from the White House recently: Benghazi, IRS, AP. Second terms seem to haunt every presidency of the past 50 years. These recent scandals have been revealed and have accumulated in only four months since President Barack Obama took the oath for his second term. Whether you have long believed Obama and the government have brokered in constitutional infractions and overreach, or believe such accusations have been fueled only by Obama’s opponents, these incidents seem to bolster the president’s detractors while undercutting the views of his supporters. No matter which side you stand, these incidents are reasons for concern and demand answers.

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  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • 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

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    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

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