Valdosta Daily Times

March 16, 2014

Rant & Rave for Monday, March 17, 2014

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Who doesn’t try to contact a government business? I called the Medicaid department the other day. First three times, the recording said high volume call back later. Finally was placed on hold the fourth time. Sat on hold for 45 minutes. Then the same recording said to call back later; wasted 45 cell-phone minutes. Called back a fifth time and placed on hold for 30 minutes. Told again to call back later and was hung up on. I don't have a problem being asked to call back when call volume is less but after 45 minutes of holding!


It should be made clear “Most Berrien County Commissioners” rarely if ever miss a meeting. Most commissioners put in excessive hours for the citizens of the county in addition to serving on numerous boards on behalf of the county. Please don’t judge the whole board for the lack of action of one member. Call that commissioner and make him aware of your displeasure.

That is incredibly ignorant of you. An asthma attack causes airways to close. This child has severe asthma and is not just “take a puff on the inhaler after PE.” Any asthma attack could be his last. Fire department is dispatched because they are what’s considered first responders and many are also EMTs. Especially if it’s a small town with maybe one ambulance and the fire department can get there quicker. Pure ignorance.

The fellow who recently wrote something about science not knowing how climate works is in error. Science does indeed know a great deal how climate and weather patterns work. Just because humans can’t control the weather and bend it to our will doesn’t mean we don’t understand the process.

I am quite happy when a ladder, pumper, or rescue truck is dispatched to a school for a medical emergency. The initial response is critical in every emergency, better safe than sorry is a wise saying in this case. Often trucks and personnel are turned back once the exact nature of the call is known. Better safe, than sorry.

To the man who came flying onto Gornto from St. Augustine, making a left turn: you could have killed me, you and my unborn child. The arrow had clearly went away, wasn’t yellow, because my left arrow from Gornto to St. Augustine had already turned green. Luckily, I learned long ago to look at intersections before coming through, in case some genius was running a red light.