-- — 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.