Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 20, 2013

What We Think: A more perfect union

- — Regardless of which candidate you supported in the presidential election, it’s time for the country to come together and try to tackle some of our lingering problems. Unemployment, a sluggish economic recovery, high energy prices, the mounting deficit, and a flawed health-care plan all need immediate attention, in addition to the routine demands of the most important job in the country. Either candidate would have had a difficult time addressing these challenges, and for President Barack Obama, the difficulty is increased by higher expectations in his second term.

So far, Obama has fared well in his popularity and ability to handle crises, but the second term is the term most presidents are remembered for. Obama’s legacy will be determined in the next four years, as will the future direction of America.

Will the country become economically healthier? Will immigrants and minorities find a more welcoming atmosphere in the political arena? Or will partisan debates over current issues continue to be divisive enough to prevent the country from finding cures for its many ills.

Obama’s inauguration on Monday will be a celebration for the United States — a celebration of democracy and hope.

It doesn’t matter what party you identify with. The election is over. It’s time now for all sides to come together and form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

These principles are as essential today as they were when penned in 1787. President Obama, members of Congress, and the American people have the duty to support and promote these principles to keep our country and our democracy healthy.

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What We Think
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  • 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

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

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