Valdosta Daily Times

Breaking News:

What We Think

September 21, 2013

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To all the CPIE volunteers who were recognized for their hard work and contributions this week by the Valdosta and Lowndes school systems. These area businesses adopt schools and help supply needs that are not met in other ways. They mentor students, sponsor reading programs, donate supplies and much more. The schools show their appreciation for volunteers each year through the CPIE awards banquet and the Times is happy to provide the space to thank them as well.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University for recognizing the importance of the 50th anniversary of integration at the college. Although it took years before full integration became the norm, someone always has to be the first. The two students who took that first step in Sept. 1963 laid the groundwork for generations to follow. Today, the university has dozens of nationalities on staff and as students. Kudos to VSU for celebrating their diversity.

THUMBS UP: To vigilant neighbors and local law enforcement officers who are working to catch those breaking into cars and houses. Thieves look for easy targets. Keeping your valuables with you or in a safe place can help prevent becoming a target, but more importantly, keeping an eye on your neighborhood and reporting suspicious activity is essential in helping officers do their jobs to catch those committing these acts.

THUMBS DOWN: To the Hudson Falls Public Library in New York which fired a longtime library aide this week for defending a nine year old who won the summer reading contest five years in a row. A child who reads more than 60 books in a summer should be celebrated, not punished for “hogging” the contest. The head librarian wants to change the contest rules for next year, but shouldn’t have punished the library aide for following them this year. The embarrassment this has caused the nine-year old and the message this sends to other children by denigrating the importance of excelling in education is harmful and shameful.

Text Only
What We Think
  • 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

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results