Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 15, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — THUMBS UP: To the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts for a fun and rollicking presentation of the internationally touring musical “The Addams Family.” A few different twists (and fingersnaps) for a family familiar to generations.  

THUMBS UP: Dewar Elementary School teacher Sara Wilder and her 2012-13 students. As part of a class project, Wilder’s students created a book called “Our Adventures in History.” The students wrote all of the text and created all of the illustrations. Now, the book has been published.

THUMBS UP: To all people giving to the Red Cross and other charitable organizations to help the people in the storm-ravaged Philippines. News accounts have detailed the anatomy of a catastrophic tragedy. There is nothing that can be done to remedy the thousands of lives lost to the storm, but contributions can help save additional lives in the aftermath and ease many burdens.

THUMBS UP: To Lowndes High baseball seniors Josh Day, Cory Pope, and Logan Hutchinson. This week, the three players officially signed with colleges for baseball scholarships, securing an opportunity to continue playing ball while continuing their education.

THUMBS DOWN: To receiving voter location cards after the Nov. 5 election. Several people have reported receiving their polling place cards in the mail after the Nov. 5 election in Lowndes County. With fewer polling places available, these cards were important because they notified where registered voters should vote in the municipal and countywide SPLOST VII election. For many voters, they needed to vote at a different location for this election. Some cards arrived the day after the election. Some voters have reported receiving their cards this past week.

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What We Think
  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Spring Into Art: Valdosta’s talent center

    Walking through the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts during Spring Into Art is always an amazing experience.
    Hundreds of paintings, drawings, photographs meet with sculpture and ceramics and other art forms to create a kaleidoscope of creativity. Spring Into Art is the most democratic of art shows because whatever is entered, as long as it meets the show’s criteria, is displayed.

    April 5, 2014

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