Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

August 1, 2013

Rants & Raves for Thursday, August 1, 2013

VALDOSTA — Now that SGMC is cutting employees' earned time off, some of the executives need to cut expenses from the top, not the bottom. Doctors eat free every day, most of the professional building is still empty and the surgery center does very few surgeries every week. And now they're paying a financial consultant to identify ways to be cost efficient. Maybe they need to listen to employees and trim expenses from the top.

If the county and cities don't want to end up like Detroit, they better start now and curtail waste within our government. Our tax money is spent on salaries that are too high, and for jobs that are not needed for the day-to-day operation, and the safety of the public.

Complaining about a problem does nothing.         Solving a problem, ah... that's the key. So, what are you prepared to do?

Did we learn nothing from Iraq, Afghanistan, and basically every war since WWII? Why are we sending money and support to Syrian rebels? If we had a draft and had to personally write checks to support these war efforts, we would focus our efforts on peace and prosperity at home and stop feeding the war machine abroad.

Not enforcing three or less unrelated people per house around VSU hurts everyone. It hurts the value of the historic district, it hurts the city tax base as whole families avoid living in the area, and it hurts legitimate rentals that enforce the rules. This should be a top priority of the city.

Someone may want to inform the city engineer and the city leaders that there is a very good chance it is going to rain again. Causing the same sewage spills that have occurred in the past, time and time again. Blaming the sewage spills on nature is not an effective solution.

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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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