for March 8, 2003



THUMBS UP: To 11 students from Brooks, Echols, Lanier and Lowndes counties who competed in the 2003 Valdosta Area Beef Show at the Lowndes Civic Center Monday. We're sorry not to see more participation in this event, but we hope these young people's achievements will inspire others to participate or provide support next year.



THUMBS UP: To the South Georgia Regional Library for organizing an event to celebrate the birthday of author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Children were treated to games, face painting, drawings and a read-a-thon of Geisel's wonderful prose. His words have twisted the tongues of millions of parents while delighting their children. His abstract imagery and moral tales stay with us for a lifetime. Reading is fundamental to all education, and we congratulate the library for this fun afternoon.



THUMBS UP: To the hundreds of college students from around the country who are coming to Valdosta this month to work on houses for the Jimmy Carter Work Project. Instead of going to Florida or Cancun for spring break, the students are using their time off to help the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The future residents of these homes thank them.



THUMBS DOWN: To CBS for reportedly still insisting on doing a show on the "Real Beverly Hillbillies." From the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Zell Miller has blasted CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves for planning to do this new reality show. Miller called Moonves a "man who obviously believes that network television is an ethics-free zone and that it's acceptable for big profits to always come ahead of good taste. I don't know this man but it seems that he is a person who cares little for human dignity and believes that television has no social responsibility." We hope Mr. Moonves is listening.

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