Valdosta Daily Times

September 2, 2013

Rant & Rave for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — While Echols County does have a history littered with drug-related issues, there are also positive things that occur there. As a proud graduate of Echols County, the area has produced good stock as well such as attorneys, doctors, and some great teachers. There are also teachers that have positively impacted many lives there for years and family-owned businesses that continue to flourish. As with all things, there is always good and bad.

About the SPLOST letter Wednesday: so what’s your point? It’s a penny tax — spend $1, pay 1 penny — spend $45,000, pay 45,000 pennies. Same same! Everyone pays it, we’re not picking visitors' pockets and it really isn’t new — that’s all good. And now the leaders seem to have their heads in the right place as to how and where it is spent — also good.

The reason we don’t have competition with the cable companies in Valdosta: if you would look on your cable bill, you will see $9.95 franchise fee to the city of Valdosta. That is why we don’t  have competition here in Valdosta.

I have been a teacher at Lowndes County for seven years and when I heard the administration at the Board office got raises, it made me sick. This is why teachers are going into other professions. We don’t get any respect and feel like door mats.

Hats off to the sanitation department and the coworkers.  Anyone with complaints should ride the trucks when they pick up  garbage. You would appreciate their jobs more.

To the person that is tired of all the “give away” programs. I for one know that the system is abused a lot!! But there are people that receive these benefits that actually do need them, and I only hope that hard times never fall upon you. I never thought I would be in the shape I’m in today. I used to own a business, drive nice cars and live in fancy homes. Well I got sick, couldn’t work, pay my bills or utilities and now I wish I had not at one point and time had the same attitude that you have. You never know!

The amount of illegal drug transactions going on at Taylor-Cowart Park and Drexel Park is disgraceful and so obvious VPD should be embarrassed.

Oak and Alden is only a “ski jump” if you are driving well above the posted speed limit or have mechanical issues with your vehicle. I suggest you either slow down or see a mechanic.