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September 9, 2013

Rant & Rave for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2011

-- — Not another penny for SPLOST while the current regime is in power. Once again you are hurting the citizens of Valdosta, showing little remorse for your actions. Do I need to remind folks of what you did to the “Islanders” and the money you cost them? Now you are faced with another citizen lawsuit over the contamination of their properties from a neglected sewage plant.

To the adult ranting about children being in the bar area of restaurants: Monday evening my two young daughters and I went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse (their pick) where the hostess seated us at a booth in the bar area. While this would not have been my first choice of tables, I understand that servers’ stations are seated according to a rotation. Instead, we made the most of our night out and had a great time! We did not disturb the “peaceful atmosphere” of the already loud family restaurant. If drinking your dinner in tranquility is what you’re after, then I suggest you stay home or find a bar that caters to a very quiet 21 and up crowd.

A ranter said Friday, “If you don’t like the idea of people getting help with housing and food when they need it ...” The key words there are “when they need it.” Too many are on assistance who do not need it, who have money for the clubs, new cars, houses, big TV’s, steaks, etc. For them, I have no respect.

To those who criticize others who do not support SPLOST, my I suggest that you “grow up.” Like you, every taxpaying citizen has the right to question where tax money is being spent, and reasons why. Speaking for myself, while I agree that SPLOST does provide a good funding source for some projects, all I ask is before we go to the tax payer asking for more money, we must justify the need, and determine that all other funding sources have been exhausted.

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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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