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Several years ago, certain Christian groups were severely criticized for using their faith to take stands against issues and actions in our economy.

Anyone watching or reading the news lately knows that President Obama and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is at loggerheads about whether to grant a hearing for Supreme Court of the United States nominee Merrick Garland, a jurist who is also the sitting chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Co…

Every presidential election, illegal immigration becomes a hot-button topic. Then after the election, it is not addressed for the next three years.

Threatening his second filibuster in as many years, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently vowed to use “any and all tools” necessary to stop the reauthorization of the 81-year-old Export-Import Bank. Unlike his earlier attempt, this filibuster could cause real harm to t…

Just got back from being out of country, and trying to catch up, and wow, Dean Poling ... On July 7, you referred to someone named Luke Bryan as a country music superstar? Really? This person’s going to play on a farm? Much like his peers ... George Jones, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon …

I would like to publicly thank all the people and businesses that made the American Cancer Society Tournament of Hope a great success.

On May 20th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2373 which repealed mandatory Country of Origin labeling requirements with respect to beef, chicken, and pork.

I found that Stahler’s political cartoon in the July 10 edition of The Times once again triggered my consternation about the issue of execution of condemned criminals by drug injection.

Many times the audience doesn’t realize that much of the magic placed on the Sawyer stage comes from hours of intense collaboration between a large artistic/technical team.

A large limb fell from a tree in my yard Sunday night. The limb, which had to be cut into smaller pieces for handling, completely filled the bed of a pickup truck.  

Georgia citizens concerned about the Sabal Trail pipeline and compressor stations infringing on their communities should take the time to ecomment or write a letter to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) before July 20, when the comment period ends. The threat to South Georgia from a…

It was on June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church during Bible study and prayer meeting, that nine church members’ lives were cut short. This was a bad and sad massacre that took place in the house of our Lord. To welcome someone to  the service and then that pers…

The Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage is an abomination; biblically, socially, and anatomically.

My friend of over 25 years, Morris Smith, died recently. Even though she'd been sick since Christmas, I didn't expect her to go. I'd take her my not-so-secret recipe of vitamins every night since she'd had a stroke, and we'd sit and talk for an hour. She'd take my hand and say, "Don't give u…

On Friday, June 19, a group  of ladies from Clyattville UMC gathered for lunch at El Toreo’s Restaurant on N. Valdosta Rd.

“Separate but equal,” was the norm, but in the 1960s,  we were told about proposed integration in the South. The whites in the South were violently opposed to black children and white children going to school together.

Throughout our history in America, the sons and daughters of slaves have been able to turn moments into movements; movements which changed the course of American history and reordered the priorities of a whole nation. What happened in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015 must be no different.

About not being invited to the graduation; sometimes it’s best not to invite party poopers to a party. If the media is not there, disrupters won’t have the media to play to.

A headline in Tuesday’s paper read, “The Obama administration claims carbon dioxide reduction will save 3,500 lives per year.” That sounds like “political science” to me.

Some veterans organization in Valdosta needs to step up and give their highest honor to Michelle Manhart for standing up for the American  flag!

The recent controversy over the issues raised by the demonstrations involving the U.S. flag have given all of us a lesson in democracy. Both sides had their say and people  joined the public forum to debate the issues. This is the essence of democracy. It is to VSU’s credit that both sides w…

Today, for the fourth time in 12 months, I wheeled my trash container to the curb. In my garage, I saw sitting there, forlornly by the door, my now un-wanted recycling tote.

Whose interests are being served by the county commission's decision to allow Advanced Disposal to open two collection centers, with the concurrent elimination of curbside pickup of recyclables and yard waste?  I dare say it is not the vast majority of customers who have used this service fr…

Temple Israel Annual Kosher Corned Beef event held recently was a great success, a sold-out event with 7,000 luncheons served.

I recently submitted a letter to the editor they would not print. I have submitted many letters over the years but this one was deep, I knew when I wrote it that there was a 95 percent chance that it would not make the cut. It was so truth-filled that the powers that be inside the VDT could …

Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church family of Leconte, Ga., would like to thank everyone for their participation and monetary donation for our youth explosion, especially BTW Funeral Home of Quitman that showed much love and concern for all youths.

Really, I don't like to get involved with politics. I always wish the powers-that-be would have a place on the voting application for "Independent," for that's how I think of myself, independent.  Often I wish I had a chance to vote for a candidate on the other side, whatever that is, but in…

I do hope the county commissioners who decided to listen to the squeaky wheels in our area, were pleased when they received their letters from Advanced Disposal. We have gone from $34.40 a quarter and the most convenient service for the most people to $53.10 a quarter for the honor of doing …

I was surprised to hear that Advanced Disposal will no longer be picking up my recyclables. We actually have more recyclables than we do garbage and  I'm not even a tree hugger.

As President of the Hahira Historical Society, A business owner and a proud citizen of the Hahira community and speaking for myself, many other citizens and around 85 members of the Historical Society,  we would like to express our wishes of having a hospital and assisted living center built…

 It seems to me that Lowndes County has taken a big step backwards, because of a few people who don't understand franchises, and want things to be like they always have been instead of moving ahead to better things.

What a relief it is to know that the hub and spoke system that most air travelers rely on is a function of little model airplanes on a Monopoly board.

The AP photograph printed in the March 5th sports section of The Valdosta Daily Times, is an amazing illustration of individual priorities.

“And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God:…

During the month of February, our country celebrated and honored the achievements  of African-American people. This great black history can be celebrated throughout the year.

Why wasn't I surprised by the lead article in The Valdosta Daily Times on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015? The bold headline read “Cost of Valdosta retreat: $6,280.” The sub headline read “Price tag $111 higher than 2014.” The insinuation was that the city council had wasted the taxpayers’ money. Of t…

I am writing this on a play called “American Moor” written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb. It’s a powerful piece that everyone should see. It explores Shakespeare’s “Othello,” race, and America.

To the people who can’t find a job because no one will hire you, sometimes you have to figure out a way to make money without committing crime. God gives us talents. Use your talent for the good.

To the citizens on East Rogers Street, Thanks for helping me change East Rogers Street to Minnie A. Martin Drive. Words cannot express my thanks to you.

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