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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What We Think
  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

  • The wisdom of animals

    Animals may be smarter than us. If you don’t think so take a look at how we humans deal with the oppressive heat of summer. Compare our activities with those of animals.

    July 19, 2014

  • Welcoming home the ‘Unseen Project’

    Two months ago, they embarked on an ambitious endeavor: Two friends, riding on motorcycles criss-crossing the United States, followed by a film crew, on a faith-based tour to find America the Unseen.

    July 17, 2014

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