Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

March 14, 2013

Rant & Raves for Thursday, March 14, 2013

VALDOSTA — The “sewergate” is an old crisis that has been ignored by city management and the newspaper. The issue is more taxes, last year the library and auditorium was the hype to sell the SPLOST tax; this year it is the wastewater treatment plant. The city has had 27 years of SPLOST taxes, over $270 million spent, why has the old crisis not been dealt with? A new treatment plant will not correct the numerous locations where the poorly designed system frequently overflows.

A question for other area professionals: Accounts, do you pack up your W2s and calculators to take home at the end of the day? Doctors, do you pack up your syringes and stethoscopes to take home after surgery? Educators should not be asked to pack and take home our teaching supplies.

How the Lord must have wept when His beautiful creation was soiled by human waste. How disappointed He must be when we care more about casting blame, than doing everything humanly possible to fix our problems.

Applause? Really? If the city thinks the VDT was out-of-line (kudos, by the way! Kudos to Jason!), wait until the national news gets a whiff!

I don’t live in the City of Valdosta but the business I work for is located in Valdosta. Each month the business pays a stormwater fee on our water bill. This is in addition to the regular sewer usage fee. It seems to me that all the recent sewage problems were caused by storm water. What has Valdosta been doing with this stormwater fee?

Thanks, Valdosta Daily Times staff and editors! Without you the public would have no knowledge of the severity of the problems at the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant. Thanks for keeping us informed. Please continue to do so with this issue and others.

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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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    The Swiss issue all adult men a firearm. Owning a gun does not condone, or create, violence. Lay blame on the person not the tool. If you really believe that banning firearms will end the violence you are sadly misled. All that will happen is law abiding people will not have guns and the criminal (who doesn't obey the law anyway) will.

    April 9, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    I don't know of any gun owners who fantasize about being "the good guy with a gun." Just when you think you have heard the most ignorant statement possible, along comes one that tops them all.

    April 8, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, I observed a woman at Walmart getting into her car, with two boys around the age of 8, one of which seated a young infant on his own lap in the rear seat, not using his seat belt. As the lady began backing out, I jumped out of my car and asked her to put that baby in a car seat. Stupid! Please, parents, don’t have a kid, if you don’t care to put them in a seat belt, or wear yours.

    April 6, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Friday, April 4, 2014

    To all Facebookers: You look like idiots when you post these “dares” of jumping in cold water or pictures without makeup. What do you think you are accomplishing? Absolutely nothing ... Send money to support the organizations and then you will be making a difference.

    April 3, 2014

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