Valdosta Daily Times

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August 29, 2013

Rant & Rave for Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

-- — I moved here from the Midwest and have found walking in Valdosta to be scary. Sidewalks are rare and there are no gravel shoulders for protection on busy paved roads. I try to avoid streets like Eager Road but must use them to get to safer neighborhoods. Following the Georgia Governor's office of Highway Safety, I walk close to the left side of the road facing traffic. That's also what I learned in school.

To the citizen who complained about the mismanagement of county/city government in Berrien County, maybe you should run for office. At least then you'll be a little more informed about certain issues before you run off at the mouth.

Why do all you people in the city send your kids to Lowndes? Every day I drop off my daughter at Lowndes and I see tons of kids that I know live in the city school district. Classrooms are full enough.

Local governments are already dividing up SPLOST VII money they don't have. For those in government, what makes you think the taxpayers are going to pass the next SPLOST VII? I noticed how fovernment tried to slip it past the voters in the last Presidential election even though it wasn't going to expire for another year. Who is accountable for how the local governments spend the SPLOST monies. Our city leaders have failed. The water treatment plant fiasco being called "An Act of God" stinks to high heaven. We need a change from the top down. Vote the failed leaders out of office.

The city was able to build water treatment facilities before SPLOST. The county built Perimeter Road before SPLOST. We were told with the first SPLOST all our roads would be paved within a reasonable time frame because of the maintenance savings. Now they can’t upgrade the radio system without SPLOST. I vote NO!

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  • Rant & Rave for Friday, April 25, 2014

    How in the world could any pastor allow men to play on their church softball teams at Freedom Park and almost the whole team doesn’t go to church there or anywhere? Isn’t that against the rules?

    April 25, 2014

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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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