Valdosta Daily Times

October 28, 2012

Cal Thomas coming to Valdosta

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Most Times readers of Cal Thomas’ columns on this Opinion page know he is an avowed conservative. While there is no mistaking his conservative beliefs in his hard-hitting columns and Fox News commentary, Thomas is also a man who believes being a Christian and an American trump being partisan.

When Sen. Ted Kennedy died, Thomas wrote a tribute to the “liberal lion,” a man he personally knew. Same last week, when George McGovern passed, Thomas wrote a column speaking highly of the former Democratic presidential candidate.

As he told The Times in a recent interview, “I don’t hate anybody for their politics. … No one should ever let politics get in the way of a good relationship.”

It’s a good message for our highly partisan times.

On Tuesday, Thomas will speak to a Valdosta audience as part of the Mailbox Club’s Harvest Dreams Dinner.

Founded in 1965 by George and Laura Eager, the Valdosta-based Mailbox Club has grown from a regional and national ministry to an organization that distributes Christian literature in approximately 80 languages to more than 2.5 million children, living in more than 100 nations.

In the early 1990s, son John Mark Eager joined the family ministry and eventually assumed its leadership.

He partnered the Mailbox Club with Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, led by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. This increased the Mailbox Club’s distribution from many thousands to millions.

Through the Mailbox Club, South Georgians have been able to meet representatives from around the world. They travel to Valdosta to discuss distributing Mailbox Club materials in their respective countries. And through the Mailbox Club, a bit of Valdosta’s Southern hospitality has traveled around the globe.

The Times welcomes Cal Thomas to Valdosta and we congratulate the Mailbox Club for its continued success.