Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 16, 2012

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Robert Soper. For 35 years, he has been the man in charge of the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta. He’s overseen the club’s mission change while always helping young people thrive and succeed. In the coming weeks, Soper will retire as the club’s president, though he plans to continue serving the Boys and Girls Club as a consultant through 2013. Thank you for a job well done!

THUMBS UP: To Hugs of Hope. The Second              Annual Elizabeth’s Celebration is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. today, Freedom Park, to raise funds and awareness of pediatric cancer in our region. Hugs of   Hope is helping more than 21 South Georgia              families with a child facing cancer. The celebration also honors the organization’s founder, Elizabeth Pitts. After she was diagnosed with cancer, the youngster started Hugs of Hope by asking people to buy teddy bears for other children with cancer rather than giving her birthday presents. She continued this tradition with each birthday of her short life. Elizabeth Pitts passed away in 2010 but her generosity and kind spirit live on with Hugs of Hope and tonight’s event.

THUMBS UP: To the winners of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 World Class Employee program this week. Lloyd Dumas of ERCO Worldwide received the 2012 Small Business Employee Award. Rachel Tate of Remerton City Hall received the 2012 Small Business Supervisor Award. James Davis of South Georgia Medical Center won the 2012 Large Business Employee Award. Lameika Jones of Wild Adventures earned the 2012 Large Business Supervisor Award. Congratulations one and all!

THUMBS UP: To the region’s farmers and people involved in the agricultural industry. While some may think agriculture is a thing of South Georgia’s past, a Times story revealed this week that Lowndes County’s farmgate has a $70 million value, making it one of the strongest private-sector industries after South Georgia Medical Center. Given the continued financial clout on the economy, we offer a green thumbs up.

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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.

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  • 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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