All of us have so much in our lives for which to be thankful.

As we spend time with our families and friends during the holidays, giving thanks for loved ones, health, prosperity and all of life’s blessings, The Valdosta Daily Times gives thanks for this community.

Bringing us into your homes each day, sharing your stories with us, taking the time to send us letters are some of the ways you bless us as a newspaper.

We love our community and consider it an honor and privilege to be able to serve you.

Everyone will not always agree with everything we cover, the way we cover it or with every position we take on the editorial page. We understand, and respect, people seeing things differently.

We greatly respect the communities we serve and appreciate diverse viewpoints within those communities.

We remain humbled by your continued readership and respect you when you offer us feedback, disagree with something we may have written and, most especially, when you send us your opinions to publish on our editorial pages.

We do not expect readers to always agree with our point of view, and we will always protect your rights to share your points of view.

As much as we would like to be everywhere, all the time and cover every one of your events, we simply cannot be, and that is why we are always excited when you share photos and information with the newspaper so we can share your good news with our readers.

We are thankful for our many advertising partners and highly value our partnership as we work hard to help you market goods and services to our communities.

We are thankful for all the elected and public officials that serve our community. We respect your service and know that it is often a thankless task. We may not always agree with every decision you make and we take our role as a government watchdog very seriously, but as we work to hold you accountable, we will strive to do it in a fair, evenhanded and respectful way.

As we have said in the past, our intention is never to practice “gotcha” journalism, but instead we work each day to fulfill our mission as the Fourth Estate and help to provide a system of checks and balances that improves governance and supports the public.

The Valdosta Daily Times has been serving our communities for more than 150 years and we strongly believe in the future of newspapers as we continue to grow and provide news, information and advertising products in print, online and on mobile devices.

South Georgia, Lowndes County, Valdosta and all of the surrounding communities have been very good to us, and we are truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving. 

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