Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

August 9, 2013

Thumbs up, thumbs down

-- — 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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    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

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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

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