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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  • 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

  • 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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