Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 30, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Sam’s BBQ and all the volunteers who came out on Thanksgiving to help serve hundreds of people a hot meal. Donated clothing items were given away as well, and the event keeps growing each year. What a wonderful event that Sam and his family started several years ago and what a wonderful community turnout to help out, donate and spend time in fellowship.

THUMBS UP: To shoppers on Thanksgiving night who crowded into stores but did so civilly and without the fights and arguments that plagued other areas of the country. No item is worth getting into a fist fight for, but the Internet lit up Friday with numerous videos of shoppers gone wild and behaving badly. Thankfully, our area stayed free of the mass hysteria.

THUMBS UP: To the handful of retailers who refused to open on Thanksgiving day, opting instead to allow their employees a day off to spend with their families. And kudos to Pizza Hut for rehiring the manager in Indiana who they initially fired for refusing to open his restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, the days of a full day of Thanksgiving as a holiday may now be a thing of the past.

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Police Department for their ingenuity and quick thinking early Friday morning when a car crashed into the Mr. B’s IGA on Lee Street. The accident knocked power out for several blocks around the area, and with no lights to navigate by, the LifeFlight helicopter couldn’t land. However, by using their car lights to illuminate an area on a nearby field, the chopper was able to land, pick up the seriously injured man, and get him quickly to a hospital in Florida. Resourcefulness at its finest.

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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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