Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 8, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To the many volunteers and participants who made this week’s Special Olympics a success. Achievement knows no bounds and it knows no barriers. All people deserve a venue where they can strive and succeed. The Special Olympics provides such a venue.

THUMBS DOWN: To drivers who persist on illegally parking in handicapped spaces. In a dropped off message this week, one area disabled Army veteran told The Times he finds it disheartening that he can’t find a handicapped space near his favorite store or coffee shop because of non-handicapped motorists taking the spots. Even more disheartening, being a disabled veteran who sees spaces filled by vehicles marked with “We Support Our Troops” stickers but nothing designating them as “handicapped” vehicles.

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra for presenting the ambitious work of Haydn’s “The Creation” this weekend. In addition to the instrumentation of the orchestra, this performance will also feature the combined voices of the Valdosta State University Concert Choir, VSU Chamber Singers and the VSO Chorus. This will be the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra’s first time performing “The Creation,” and it should prove a powerful treat for the ears and the soul.

THUMBS DOWN: To losing an hour of sleep this weekend. The time changes once again, springing forward an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. While we may grumble stumbling off to work Monday morning in the dark, this Thumbs Down will likely turn to a Thumbs Up when we have an extra hour of sunlight to enjoy after work Monday evening.

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What We Think
  • 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

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

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