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September 5, 2013

Rants Raves for Thursday, September 5, 2013

VALDOSTA — The city can't keep basic sewage services running, yet has a full-time employee who runs around promoting passage of SPLOST, a Metro 17 TV channel that no one watches, grant administrators working to give away non-existent money from the bankrupt federal government, and all recipients of life-time pensions from over-burdened taxpayers. What is it about "cut spending" don't the city managers understand?

Why are stop signs treated like yield signs in Valdosta? I see so many people either barely stopping or not stopping at all. The worst I have seen is in the Blue Pool area. Valdosta has the worst, I mean, the worst drivers I have ever seen.

Thanks to the sewage plant overflow in Valdosta my friend and I were unable to kayak the Withlacoochee River due to contamination! We do this kayak trip every holiday weekend but who wants to paddle in sewage. It might be excusable if it were the first time but it happened before and it was recently! No excuse! This affects everyone along all the rivers! Valdosta you are better than this! Get your act together!

Just as people don't understand city budgets, accounts, what SPLOST can and can't be used for, they don't understand how booster money, monetary gifts and revenue made from sporting events is used. Money made from the boosters or given to them from local businesses or people cannot be used to pay teachers' salaries or keep them from being furloughed anymore.  

Reading the article 'Lowndes County Flood Warning' in Friday's VDT, no follow up article to mention how much raw sewage Valdosta has again dumped into the Withlacoochee River. Our city leaders need to be voted out next year.

FYI, most DOT projects involving Lowndes roads and bridges are planned 10 years out. So the work being done today is utilizing money set aside a long time ago.

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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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    The Swiss issue all adult men a firearm. Owning a gun does not condone, or create, violence. Lay blame on the person not the tool. If you really believe that banning firearms will end the violence you are sadly misled. All that will happen is law abiding people will not have guns and the criminal (who doesn't obey the law anyway) will.

    April 9, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    I don't know of any gun owners who fantasize about being "the good guy with a gun." Just when you think you have heard the most ignorant statement possible, along comes one that tops them all.

    April 8, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, I observed a woman at Walmart getting into her car, with two boys around the age of 8, one of which seated a young infant on his own lap in the rear seat, not using his seat belt. As the lady began backing out, I jumped out of my car and asked her to put that baby in a car seat. Stupid! Please, parents, don’t have a kid, if you don’t care to put them in a seat belt, or wear yours.

    April 6, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Friday, April 4, 2014

    To all Facebookers: You look like idiots when you post these “dares” of jumping in cold water or pictures without makeup. What do you think you are accomplishing? Absolutely nothing ... Send money to support the organizations and then you will be making a difference.

    April 3, 2014

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