Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

April 11, 2013

Rant & Raves for Thursday, April 11, 2013

VALDOSTA — Why is the Chamber of Commerce having secret meetings? According to their own website, they serve as the unifying force and focal point for enhancing the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community it serves. “The Chamber shall seek to accomplish its mission by being the voice for business within the community.”  They need to stay in their own lane.

I challenge the VDT to survey businesses in Valdosta to see what population of race is more employed. Racism is not depicted to one color.

So the local Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the negative stories from the paper on the Water/Sewer mess? What about Valdosta and its growing unemployment, wage decline, number of vacant houses, and no new industry/good-paying jobs in years? Are they doing anything about that? And what in the heck does the Industrial Authority director do, other than collect a big fat salary? The grass is getting much browner around here....and it ain't the water/sewer dumping on it.

VDT, thank you for the facts on the “waste water” issue. I feel better knowing you are investigating how our tax money is being spent. How can the city get awards on openness in reporting when the numbers don’t match? Are you investigating the Industrial Authority purchase of new facilities while still under lease at the current facilities that is “rumored” to cost $50,000 to buy out the lease plus a $600,000 purchase. Please report on how the winner was picked in the “downtown” project. Keep up the excellent work; taxpayers have more questions than answers. Sunshine is a wonderful political disinfectant. It will keep our community clean and attractive to businesses.

Rave for Erica with Valdosta City Water and Sewer Department. Her very kind service and the employees who pick up my garbage on Tuesday, thank you.

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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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