Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

August 9, 2013

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-- — THUMBS UP: To Leo and Mary Nell Wells of Valdosta. The couple has celebrated 70 years of marriage. He’s 92. She’s 89. Their secret to a long-lasting relationship? Simple: Love and respect.

THUMBS UP: To Ray’s Millpond. The Berrien County landmark celebrates 50 years of serving great seafood to generations of South Georgians. Located in Ray City, the restaurant has hewed close to the family’s early secrets to success. As Dan Booth said, “We are still basically doing things the way we did back in 1963. We still focus on cooking fish with catfish being our largest seller. We still grind our corn meal just like when my grandmother started.”

THUMBS UP: To the Sales Tax Holiday. Continuing today, the Sales Tax Holiday allows families the

opportunity to buy items for back-to-school students without paying state taxes. The tax break covers

numerous items from clothing to books to computers.

THUMBS DOWN: To the timing of the Sales Tax Holiday. While we love the concept, it always seems to arrive a day late and a dollar short. Most South Georgia students returned to class this past week, days before the Sales Tax Holiday, meaning most parents felt compelled to purchase needed school supplies and new clothes last weekend.

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  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

  • The wisdom of animals

    Animals may be smarter than us. If you don’t think so take a look at how we humans deal with the oppressive heat of summer. Compare our activities with those of animals.

    July 19, 2014

  • Welcoming home the ‘Unseen Project’

    Two months ago, they embarked on an ambitious endeavor: Two friends, riding on motorcycles criss-crossing the United States, followed by a film crew, on a faith-based tour to find America the Unseen.

    July 17, 2014

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