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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    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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