Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

March 11, 2013

Rant & Rave for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

-- — Valdosta City Council praises decision to shut down the waste water plant? Are you on this planet? My heart goes out to all those poor people and businesses downstream you totally disregarded. Will you still be singing praises when the EPA fines the City of Valdosta?

The City of Valdosta has shown its citizens again their failure to lead. When SPLOST was an issue, all your efforts went into a new library and auditorium. You need to separate your wants from your needs. The Withlacoochee Waste Water facility should have been your highest priority.

I love how the city does something and the paper is all over it, but the county does something and it gets buried on page 4.

Thank you Valdosta Daily Times for your excellent reporting on “sewage-gate.” When governments become so arrogant that they truly believe they can do no wrong, transparency disappears. The city election in November will hopefully provide a chance for new leadership who will ask the difficult questions and represent the public that elected them.

Somebody should do jail time for the Withlacoochee spill. This is a danger to the health of people downstream. Valdosta is showing no remorse. Instead, they are applauding themselves.

A few years ago, the city had Travelgate. Does this mean we now have Sewergate? Remember all those thousands of dollars city officials spent on trips, meals, and rooms at the Ritz? How many manholes and sewer lines could have been fixed with that money? Shameful.

Why is it when the city gets caught doing something wrong, they blame the newspaper and try to get the editor fired? Keep digging, VDT. Something smells and it’s not just the river.

The city has covered up the sewage spills for all these years and thinks it’s OK. Can the governor please get them out of office so we can elect people who care about us?

I can't believe this — the city raised the manholes upriver from Meadowbrook in ’08 and then Meadowbrook starts getting all the sewage backups in ’09? And they knew it was going to happen? Explains why lawyers are calling me — that sewage is starting to smell like money.

What City Council would praise spilling raw sewage in the Withlacoochee River? We need to vote all of the City Council out of office.

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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

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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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