Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

August 23, 2013

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

-- — THUMBS UP: To June Lawson and son Clay Doub. Diagnosed as a small child with Fragile X, Clay has grown into an independent adult. This week, June shared the journey she and Clay faced to support the Valdosta-area Fragile X golf tournament to raise funds and awareness. She said it takes a village to help raise a child with special needs. It also takes a mom with the dedication of June Lawson to raise a fine son like Clay.

THUMBS UP: To the area teams that started regular play and continued preparing for the season Friday night. Football is more than just a long-running South Georgia tradition. It is for many area folks a family tradition reaching back generations.

THUMBS UP: To another generational sporting event this weekend, the 74th Annual Jack Oliver golf tournament. More than 100 golfers teed off this weekend. Starting in 1940, this tournament has become an institution for the region’s golf community.

THUMBS DOWN: To the bicycles on sidewalk ordinance. This week, Valdosta Police Department served notice it would vigorously enforce a 1983 ordinance that makes it illegal to ride a bike on sidewalks in Downtown Valdosta and noted it’s against state law to ride a bike on any sidewalk. While we support the enforcement of ordinances on the books, it may be time for city leaders to revisit this one. Bicyclists will tell you it is already difficult to ride a bike in Valdosta. Bicycles are some people’s chief mode of transportation. Many sidewalks receive little use by pedestrians. Until such a day, motorists please be aware of bicycles on the busy streets of downtown, and bicyclists, please be careful.

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    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

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  • 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.

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