Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

August 15, 2013

Rants & Raves for Thursday, August 15, 2013

VALDOSTA — SPLOST supporters, please read the Public Notices in the Friday paper each week. These are the friends and neighbors who have severe financial problems. I counted 59 foreclosures on one full page and there are 12 pages. Every dollar you pull out of the private sector lowers wages, profits and employment. Every dollar you spend in the public sector requires future expenses in maintenance, wages, repairs or in the case of property, reduces tax roles and shifts the burden to taxpayers. The city should be selling property, cutting budgets, reducing staff to pay for expenses. That is what the citizens you see in the paper are doing.

After six to eight years of hearing "there is no money for raises" and taking four furlough days per year, I can't help but wonder why a very select few at the Lowndes Board of Education received 40 and 50 percent raises. How about it, board members?

Strong, successful leaders lead by example. If their employees must experience cutbacks, strong leaders will cut their own benefits first, and usually to a greater extent, and ensure their employees know this. So South Georgia Medical Center leaders, where do you stand?


A scientific study of Valdosta's problems yielded the following findings: 1) Everyone should have their license revoked and start over with a driving course 2) Our kids are bored out of their minds and will probably move away and 3) Attorneys have ruined everything. Corrective measures should be taken at once.

I am tired of the comments that we ought to be thankful for our jobs and basically not complain about wrongdoing. SGMC employees are being told not to express their concerns, yet all the while the hospital is throwing away money left and right. And no, neither my spouse nor myself voted for Obama, and we do not support Obamacare.

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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

  • Rant & Rave for Tuesday

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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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