Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 23, 2012

Thumbs up, thumbs up

-- — THUMBS UP: To all of the volunteers who spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving and even Thanksgiving itself ensuring that others were fed in the South Georgia community.

THUMBS DOWN: To the folks who treat Christmas shopping like a contact sport. Some holiday shoppers enter stores like gladiators entering the arena ... all for the glory of 50 percent off. So like the age of gladiators, The Times gives these overzealous shoppers a thumbs down. Now, knock it off and shop in peace.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance’s magnificent 14th Annual Cabaret. The audience was treated to a wonderful meal and great entertainment as theatre and dance students performed numerous Broadway hits. The event reflected the talent within the university theatre and dance program while those attending helped raise scholarship dollars for these students.

THUMBS DOWN: To the realization that the Salvation Army has to hire bell ringers in Valdosta because not enough individuals, families and organizations volunteer to man the charity’s annual Christmas kettle drive. It is an embarrassing predicament for our town. We should all do something to rectify the problem by volunteering for a morning or afternoon to man a Salvation Army kettle. To volunteer as a bell ringer, call Capt. Guy Nickum, Salvation Army, (229) 242-6440.

THUMBS UP: To Lowndes High School’s Georgia Bridgemen for playing this week in the 79th Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. The parade is part of a stellar year for the Lowndes High band which has won grand champion awards this fall and marched more than 400 Bridgemen Thursday during the nationally broadcast parade.

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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

  • 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

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