Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

August 19, 2013

Rant & Rave for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

-- — Fundraisers already? This is outrageous for schools to have so many and we barely get back to school before they start again.

I totally understand the rough economy on families. What I don’t understand is why parents think there should be all this free lunch and other hand-out business. Have and raise your children responsibly. It is only $15 a week for a child to eat breakfast and lunch at school. Either do that or pack that child a lunch.

To the City of Valdosta: are our firemen receiving proper medical care since the chemical exposure at the Perma-Fix explosion?

The community needs to realize how poorly the SPLOST funds and finances within the city have been handled. The water treatment plant’s deficiencies didn’t just appear; they have been there for some time. The purchase of Five Points is borderline criminal. What city leaders were involved in that deal and who profited? I understand how important SPLOST can be to our community but our city leaders have failed us. Mayor and city council, show me how all the SPLOST monies have been spent and request that management retire.

Valdosta City Schools implemented a new program available to the State of Georgia called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO). That is why all students get a free breakfast and lunch. You can google it and get more information. Maybe Lowndes County schools can apply for it also.

LHS teachers cutback, furloughed, but ONE HALF MILLION dollar scoreboard purchased, and the retired superintendent is still working.

Please let us know how much more sewage is going into the Wiff the Stinky River. It has been raining a lot and we need to know when we can safely fish the river again. Thanks.

I hope people use their brains and not emotions when it comes to voting for SPLOST. We retired to the area in 2006 and have enjoyed seeing the progress and growth that has taken place. In order for this to last, improvements in infrastructure must continue to take place. It appears now the city and county governments have their heads and priorities in the right place with respect to where and how SPLOST funds will be spent. What better way to raise these funds than a sales tax?

I hope the city is preparing for the river to rise again. With the water from up north and all the rain coming, expect the river to rise again so be prepared.

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    Thank you, Mayor Gayle, for hitting the nail on the head about lack of funding to repair the Wastewater Treatment Plant. When citizens vote against raising revenue, then the only alternative is to increase water/sewer rates. Mayor Gayle, we appreciate that you care for our city’s elderly and those on fixed incomes who can’t afford a doubling or tripling of their water/sewer bills. SPLOST is funded by out-of-town sales tax, and protects the most financially vulnerable of our citizens.

    April 24, 2014

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    We don’t need Muslims flying airplanes around South Georgia. That is asking for trouble.

    April 23, 2014

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    April 22, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Monday, April 21, 2014

    I was appalled to see where the mayor blamed the current administration for not providing grants to fix the sewage problem because “we voted wrong.” These problems didn’t begin in 2009, they have existed all along every time the water flow exceeded the ability of the plant to contain flooding issues. My question would be how many grants were awarded for the necessary repairs when “we voted right”? Why hasn’t the problem been solved already?

    April 20, 2014

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    If zoning is there to protect the businesses and residents who are already there, why is the Lake Park elected officials wanting to approve a change that does not benefit the people who are already there? Shame on Lake Park mayor and council.

    April 17, 2014

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    Valdosta Daily Times, you have done a remarkable job in keeping our community posted about the waste treatment situation. Please look into our gasoline crisis situation. I just returned from Florida where I bought gasoline 20 cents per gallon cheaper than what is being charged in Valdosta. Something is wrong with this picture.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    I want to thank Brittney who has been my family’s favorite waitress at Cheddar’s since they opened their doors. Saturday night was no exception. She never lost her composure while I witnessed some crude treatment from the customers seated near us. Keep your head up.

    April 14, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Monday, April 14, 2014

    VDT, please refrain from posting gun control comments. My son and I were at breakfast and he mentioned the low price of assault rifles at a gun show. I said that I was opposed to these. Two fellows overheard this and on their way out, the larger one said that I sounded like some the "communists" writing against America in the newspaper. He said that if were up to him I would be “lined up.” He got into a dilapidated Dodge pickup with anti-Obama, pro NRA, and a Baptist Church bumper sticker.

    April 13, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Friday, April 11, 2014

    It wasn’t  Remerton where  the rats were escaping to Azalea Drive, it was  from the raw sewage. At least  they are smarter than people.

    April 11, 2014

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    Thomas Jefferson said that we don't keep and bear fire arms for any other reason than to protect ourselves from tyrannical government action. That is why the liberals are trying to suppress Christians’ freedom of speech and why the government is trying to label gun ownership as a bad idea.

    April 10, 2014

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