Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

August 2, 2013

Rant & Raves for Friday, August 2, 2013

VALDOSTA — No, you’re not getting SPLOST VII! First you spend millions fighting over it, as to who gets what percent of it. SPLOST I, II, III, IV, V, and VI obviously didn’t go to beef up the existing sewer plant. It went for more government employees, higher wages, bonuses, bigger retirement benefits, insurance, health care, and expensive trips, parties, and longer vacations. You’re just like Washington, D.C.!

Maybe local government should have anticipated these now urgent needs, back when they were building big fancy headquarters for themselves, the Industrial Authority, etc. These needs didn’t seem that urgent a short time ago when they wanted a new library and auditorium.

Whatever happened to the part of expanding Gornto that involved the railroad tracks? I get really tired of the backup caused by someone waiting to turn into the YMCA or Creekside.

The VSU salary adjustments are a slap in the face to all hard-working employees. Faculty that have done nothing for years are being given huge bonuses, while those that earned merit for excellence are penalized. Also, the biggest payouts all go to administration. This is rewarding sloth and punishing ambition. This is an example of government incompetence and greed at its worst.

SGMC needs to clean house from the top down and change this ignorant rut of abusing the loyal employees.

City Council! Who do we clap for and give a big raise and bonus to for the recent release of 7.5 million gallons of raw sewage into the Withlacoochee River? I smell a rat. No, it's the river I smell, I guess. This time the river was only half way up the banks. Has the berm been built back up? I think more rain is on the way. Pray instead.

The current Times poll, "How Do You Read A Book" is interesting and sad at the same time. You can tell by the spelling and grammar in the comments written about articles in the paper, that a lot of folks don't read much.

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    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

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    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.

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