Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 26, 2012

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School for inviting former First Lady Laura Bush to Dasher and Valdosta. Mrs. Bush gave an inspiring speech and inspired others by her warmth meeting with the school’s elementary students. A job well done to Headmaster Brad Lawson, school board Chairman Jim Thornton, Ryan and Nikki Warren for making the visit such a success.

THUMBS DOWN: To candidates who refuse to attend any locally sponsored political forums. Within less than two weeks, three forums were held in the Valdosta area. In state races, incumbent candidates missed all three events to meet the voters, face their challengers and take questions. With three events so close together, missing one of the forums may be understandable, but missing all three is incomprehensible. These candidates know who you are and so do voters.

THUMBS UP: To the volunteers of Make-A-Difference Days. Last week, numerous volunteers helped Second Harvest of South Georgia keep its facilities prepared in its constant efforts to feed the region’s hungry. This week, volunteers will help Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful in its constant efforts to make our cities and county a clean, environmentally friendly place to live.

THUMBS DOWN: To local races turning negative in the last days of the campaign. Mudslinging television ads, biting comments, brutal Facebook posts, and more are rising in the final run to the polls. There’s enough negative energy glomming onto the national races without dragging our local races into this spewing maelstrom. Candidates sliding into negative territory: You know who you are and so do voters.

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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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