Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 30, 2013

Birds of a feather

-- — People share common bonds, interests, hobbies, and tastes, despite having little to nothing else that would bring them together otherwise. Sometimes friendships are made through church, school, neighborhoods, or family ties. Other times friendships develop from shared passions and interests, such as gaming, sports, or music. Very different people can share a great deal in common, and it is these ties that the Times sought to highlight in the annual Yearbook edition.

Today, you will find dozens of stories highlighting various individuals and groups around the community, beginning with our front page story of two men who grew up together on one continent, were educated on another, lost track when each moved to different continents, before meeting up 21 years later in Valdosta.

Other stories highlight groups who share a passion for playing music, or performing in plays, or through volunteer efforts, or from shared tastes, or shared sports. Their stories are at times inspirational, funny, touching, and unique, but all are equally interesting to read.

The Valdosta area is blessed with a diverse population of individuals who are fortunate to have found others who share their interests and passions. It is this diversity and uniqueness which separates our area from others, and helps to imbue the community with the kind of life spark that people flock to find.

We are all birds of a feather in sharing a commitment and passion for this area that we all call home.

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  • 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

  • Thumbs up

    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

  • 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

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