Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

March 22, 2013

Rant & Raves for Friday, March 22, 2013

VALDOSTA — I work in a school system where several faculty members are going through tragedies such as extended personal illness and recent deaths of family members. The lack of empathy shown to them by administrators is disheartening. What goes around, comes around. Please treat others the way you "expect" to be treated.

Nice spin on McKinney's inauguration, but in these economic times, spending almost $30,000, thus far, on a university president's inauguration shows very poor judgment. It doesn't matter where the money is coming from, it is excessive. While the former president had his faults, at least he had the good sense to forgo an expensive ceremony/celebration and was inaugurated at graduation.

People need to cut Lance Armstrong some slack. The guy won seven bike races, all while he was using drugs. I mean seriously, when I am on drugs, I can't even find my bike!

If you add up all the hours the VSU staff is putting into King Bill's inauguration, and combine it with the cost of shutting down offices and classes for half a day, you'll find it's a wee bit more expensive than they're telling everyone. And absolutely none of it enhances the educational mission of the university. Can you imagine the president of UVA or Harvard pulling a stunt like this?

To the young ladies smoking outside on the Le Berry/Little Ceasar’s patio Sunday, I know there is not an ordinance for no-smoking there but please reconsider smoking while people are eating (even outside!). I especially hated having to carry my 7-month-old child through the second-hand smoke to enter the building.

SPLOST is an exponentially harmful tax we shouldn't need. Plan, budget, and set needed tax rates. Stick to all, no matter who wants SPLOST tax added to get their hands on more taxes. Removing SPLOST frees up time to get the budget and tax rates right. Work on the most urgent and most important (sewage) first. If all are urgent and important, a bad reflection on leaders.

To the teacher that has a problem with parents not responding to your emails, everyone doesn't have an email. Some people don't have access to a computer to check an email. I have both a computer and an email, however, it does not pertain to my job, so I do not check it very often. I always tell teachers at open house if they need anything they can reach me by phone.


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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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    The Swiss issue all adult men a firearm. Owning a gun does not condone, or create, violence. Lay blame on the person not the tool. If you really believe that banning firearms will end the violence you are sadly misled. All that will happen is law abiding people will not have guns and the criminal (who doesn't obey the law anyway) will.

    April 9, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    I don't know of any gun owners who fantasize about being "the good guy with a gun." Just when you think you have heard the most ignorant statement possible, along comes one that tops them all.

    April 8, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, I observed a woman at Walmart getting into her car, with two boys around the age of 8, one of which seated a young infant on his own lap in the rear seat, not using his seat belt. As the lady began backing out, I jumped out of my car and asked her to put that baby in a car seat. Stupid! Please, parents, don’t have a kid, if you don’t care to put them in a seat belt, or wear yours.

    April 6, 2014

  • Rant & Rave for Friday, April 4, 2014

    To all Facebookers: You look like idiots when you post these “dares” of jumping in cold water or pictures without makeup. What do you think you are accomplishing? Absolutely nothing ... Send money to support the organizations and then you will be making a difference.

    April 3, 2014

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