Valdosta Daily Times

June 11, 2014

Rants & Raves

for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The rest of the world is not using more efficient energy. A significant part is still using beasts of burden powered by grain. The environmental damage caused by this “carbohydrate” economy is significantly higher than coal and oil.

What can we do? We are victims of 3- to 8- and 9-year-old children. We were called by the police to meet them at a rental property we had just finished renovating ; he had caught these three children shooting out every window and the glass sliding doors with a BB gun and some golf balls. They are minors so they were turned over to their parents, and we can’t even go to the parents; their names are being withheld due to their ages! What would you do?

Valdosta State University has slapped their summer graduating seniors in the face. No graduation ceremony held in our honor. What about the students? Valdosta State University no longer cares about their students. Their main concern is based on the profit margin, salaries provided to their staff and new construction. They need to remember it is the students that provide their salaries.  

For the person who found my lost wallet last Friday and kept it instead of turning it in for an honest reward, I hope it made your day.

A 46 percent increase in electric rates are forecast for Georgia and our Enviro-Ranters are all for it. Meanwhile, the poor will get to choose between having lights and having food. You Enviro-Ranters don’t care much for people, do you?

I agree with the ranter who says that LCS needs to release all the out-of-district students to ease overcrowding. That would be an interesting investigative piece for the VDT to do!

EA projects 367 new coal power plants for China and India. 45 percent of U.S., 41 percent of Germany’s and 79 percent of China’s electricity comes from coal. Every modern convenience, including electric vehicles, is ultimately powered by coal-fired electric power production. The rich countries inch away from coal but China/India for instance, with 36.4 percent of world population project to use well over 10 billion metric tons a year for many years to come. It is not going away.

So, elected leaders pass laws to make them feel better about sinning? Laws like allowing women to vote? Ending slavery, preventing large companies from poisoning the air and water, preventing discrimination, stopping child exploitation, and ending tax evasion by the rich? Dude, you need to take a history class.