Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 5, 2013

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-- — Thumbs Up: To Lowndes County officials and the demolition crews for the great job on the Courthouse Annex. The demolition work was done in a very neat and organized manner, the materials were all separated for recycling, and the new lawn looks very nice. The building’s removal has also allowed for a more attractive look to the downtown area.

Thumbs Up: To the Turner Center for the Arts on the annual Spring into Arts exhibit which begins with the opening reception Monday night. The Turner Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the Spring into Arts exhibit is the largest they’ve ever had, spanning all six galleries. An incredible vision for the community, an incredible venue and a celebration of the artistic local talent.Thank you to all those who work and volunteer at the Arts Center for continuing to grow and enhance the arts in Valdosta.

Thumbs Up: To the City of Valdosta for hosting  today’s electronics recycling event in the parking area in front of City Hall. Computers, keyboards, monitors, old cell phones and all manner of equipment parts are recyclable and best kept out of the landfill. Televisions are expensive to recycle, so if you take one to today’s event, there is a $10 fee, but otherwise, it’s all free. And volunteers are manning the site so that you don’t even have to get out of your car!

Thumbs Up: To Mark Whatley, for his exhibition of courage and perserverance. The life lessons you have taught your children and others are invaluable, as you’ve worked so hard to learn to walk again following your horrific crash when your bicycle was run over by a motorist. Your story is inspiring and a lesson to all that not only can obstacles be overcome, but that attitude and determination are the driving forces behind anything worthwhile in life.

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    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

  • 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

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