Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 3, 2013

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VALDOSTA — THUMBS UP: To Dr. Tom Hochschild. Noticing the amount of viable items being trashed by departing students last year, the Valdosta State University associate sociology professor created Give and Go, which diverts everything from mini-fridges to electronics from the trash heap to people who can use them. Excellent example for the students and the community alike.

THUMBS UP: To Hahira Middle School teachers Shirley Davis and Ashleigh Kenny Tucker. During the past several weeks, they have respectively brought novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes and poet Taylor Mali to their schools with help from Skype. In addition to being inspired by these well-known individuals, students will likely be inspired by the success of their teachers' abilities to successfully schedule these encounters.

THUMBS UP: To Ronnie Newsome. The 18-year-old has been winning races against race car drivers with more years experience on the track than Newsome has had birthdays. But in addition to his wins, Newsome has dedicated his racing to raising awareness of childhood cancer and to his sister, Victoria, who passed away at the age of 8 from a rare brain tumor.

THUMBS UP: To Farm Days. The popular event returns today to Downtown Valdosta, presenting fresh produce and ways to prepare them to visitors. The event will surround the Lowndes County Courthouse square, with dozens of area farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, homemade items, and more. The event is in its third year of helping to promote healthy eating to our community and supporting our local farmers.

THUMBS UP: To the 100 Black Men, Valdosta         chapter, for once again bringing recognition and awareness to the education community through        its annual Black Tie dinner Thursday. The organization strives to improve the lives of children through programs that encourage learning, character building and achievement. Congratulations to the 100 Black Men for ensuring that the community's youth have excellent mentors to ensure their future success.

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What We Think
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    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

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

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