Valdosta Daily Times

April 20, 2014

Rant & Rave for Monday, April 21, 2014

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — 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?

Like the ranter wondering when we’ll hear something from the Chamber of Commerce about the sewage spills all over town, I’ve been wondering the same thing. When I moved to this area in 2006, I noticed the CofC was all over the news every week. I’d never seen such an active bunch. Now when there is a real serious problem, they are nowhere to be found.

The most frustrating aspect of Sewagegate is that city leaders and management have never admitted doing anything to create the problem. Not even just poor judgment over many years. Transferring a million dollars a year out of the water and sewer fund. Not allocating more SPLOST Funds for six SPLOST referendums to make upgrades to an obviously aging system. Not even addressing the issues with the first SPLOST VII referendum. If all of that does not demonstrate poor judgment and leadership then what does?

The arrogance and audacity of VSU students crossing at Baytree and Oak Street is mind boggling. People in college do not have a clue about crossing a street? Sad, to say the least. It’s just a matter of time before another student gets killed in an accident and it will not be the driver’s fault. A car going as slow as five miles an hour can kill.  

Congratulations to Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, instrumentalists and soloists for the beautiful performance of the John Rutter “Requiem” on Palm Sunday. It was truly a magnificent performance. Thank you for presenting quality music to our community. The young ladies from St. John Catholic Youth Choir were excellent. Thank you, Dr. Johnson and the Trinity Choir.

A big rave to Dr. Ed Mark and his office staff and SGMC and their staff in the Spine Center. My recent experience was awesome, from intake to discharge. The nurses were great, post-op nurse was amazing and the anesthesiologists great. This area is so lucky to have a man of Dr. Mark’s enormous talent and a number one ranked spine center.