Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 3, 2013

Vote Tuesday

-- — Citizens of a community have the obligation to be active participants in that community’s governance. Citizens step up to run for office, serve on community boards, volunteer, abide the law and act responsibly. But one of the most essential aspects of being a good citizen is exercising the right to vote.

While white males have always had the right to vote in America, minority groups and women fought long and hard to gain that right. So why doesn’t everyone over the age of 18 who is eligible to vote do so?

We have to exercise body parts to keep ourselves in good condition.

The saying is ‘use it or lose it’. Americans may not be in jeopardy, yet, of losing their right to vote, but the apathetic attitude so many have is just as much of a threat.

Locally, there are essential races in municipal elections and in the county SPLOST vote. Mayors, council positions, school board members all hinge on this election, but also the future of our county does as well.

Regardless of how taxpayers may feel about the past, about how and why the Valdosta sewer system got in such disrepair, about how the previous SPLOST dollars were spent, and about having to now spend millions to fix the issues, the sewage plant has to be relocated and rebuilt and repaired. And regardless of taxpayer opinion, the citizens of this community will be paying for it, one way or another.

So go Tuesday, vote your conscience for your candidates, make wise choices, and cast your ballot for SPLOST VII.  Get involved in your community. Exercise your rights.

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What We Think
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    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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