THUMBS UP: To those Valdosta area residents who made the time Monday to attend a Veteran's Day service at Cleveland Field. We're a nation at war, and we have daily reminders of the courage of soldiers who fought in wars long ago to establish and defend our freedoms. Perhaps local school boards need to reconsider making Veteran's Day a holiday so students can learn about the sacrifices made by their fellow Americans.
THUMBS UP: To the men and women of the 824th Security Forces Squadron at Moody Air Force Base who were deployed Sunday to support Operation Enduring Freedom. "An indefinite stay at an undisclosed location." This is the cost of freedom, and what is necessary to prevent Americans and other citizens of the world from being terrorized again. The prayers of everyone in this area are with the squadron.
THUMBS UP: To the Lowndes County Commission for heeding the recommendation of their planners and for listening to their constituents when the commission voted to deny the rezoning of 38 acres along Knights Ferry Road. Nearly 100 residents were concerned about the proposal for a subdivision in a largely agricultural area that also lacks the infrastructure for such development at this time.
THUMBS DOWN: To people who refuse to tolerate opposing viewpoints about the war on terrorism and would like to stop them from speaking. It might seem like a contradiction to some of you, but we must not fight a war for freedom while simultaneously preventing someone from using one of those freedoms. The First Amendment is our most cherished in the Bill of Rights, and it is incredibly clear: Congress cannot pass even one law that in any way, shape, or form limits the power of any person or body to speak or to publish.