Valdosta Daily Times

March 21, 2013

Rant & Raves for Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Really, a cocktail “how to” during the inauguration week for Dr. McKinney at a university that just finished sessions warning its students to avoid the problems associated with alcohol while they are on spring break?

We need a good class action suit on the individuals that shut the Treatment Facility down without proper authorization from EPD or EPA. I don't think they should have done it. The property owners that the city damaged should sue. They had plenty of time to rebuild the berm. No excuses, just asleep at the wheel. Floriday, too.

Nashville, whoever drives the yellow church vans on Saturdays passing out lunches to the children, you come by way too fast. The children cannot stand out in the cold and rain, and you come by at 10:30 sometimes and 11 others. They never know what time you'll be there. They cannot hear the music you play until you've gotten way past their houses. Please slow down. The children love getting the meals but it's not worth running down the road trying to stop you.

Citizens do have the right to tell others to turn down the music if they are violating the law. Music can't be heard 100 feet from the source. The police will come out but if they can’t hear it, they will say we can’t do anything about it. Any time someone breaks the law, citizens have the right to stand up and say something.

Here’s hoping our local city and county non-leaders enjoyed their retreat at Lenox River. As far as a new vote on SPLOST? I will be voting “No” due to the county privatizing garbage collection and the city’s irresponsible handling of the sewage spill. Stop spending money on retreats.

A citizen may not have the authority to tell someone to turn down their music. However, they do have a right to ask someone to turn down their music. But, after the incident in Hahira where the young man was killed when approaching his neighbor, I agree your best bet is to call your local police department.

Please be responsible with your small dogs when they are outside. Stay with them. They depend on your protection as a child would. Other animals, hawks, owls, etc., take them in a blink of an eye. Don’t be naïve to think there aren't any around, because they are everywhere.

I found a list of SPLOST projects on the city website and it's listed by years. Good information to have.