Valdosta Daily Times

November 23, 2012

Thumbs up, thumbs up

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — 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.