Valdosta Daily Times

October 21, 2013

Rant & Rave for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

The Valdosta Daily Times

- — I agree with the ranter about the new Williams Street sidewalk. It looks like they were made for an elephant to walk down because they are so wide. I also heard they are making the new paved Williams Street one-way. Have our city engineers lost their minds? Have they ever watched the traffic there? One-way will never work but there is no going back because of the elephant sidewalks. This was really a bad decision.

Wednesday evening, Congressman Scott and Congressman Kingston voted "Nay" to fully fund the federal government and to increase the debt ceiling to avoid U.S. government default. Remember this during the 2014 Republican primaries and  in the November 2014 General Election. Remember!

My spouse and I have always been responsible tax paying citizens who carried health, life, and car insurance for our family. Due to the Affordable Care Act, we are now forced to cancel our existing health care coverage because our premiums are going up over 70 percent as of January 2014. We have an extremely high out of pocket cost, as it is in addition to our already high premiums. Everything we have done medically is paid for out of pocket. How is this policy helping the middle class?

I agree people should not put on makeup while driving. One woman doing just that distracted me so much that I picked up my iPod instead of my phone to try to send a text.

Don't want your tax dollars paying for food stamps, Medicaid or whatever poor folks need? Fine, then I don't want my tax dollars paying for industrial parks, farm subsidies, big business incentives and other corporate welfare that only create poor folk wages. Deal?

If you read up on ACA/Obamacare, you'll find that taxpayers aren't paying anything different for the subsidies people are receiving. Those funds came from other program cuts or alterations.

Our elected officials do not think there is waste in the local government. If revenues decrease, the solution is to raise property taxes or take away vital services most important to the people. Representatives that hurt their citizens first use fear to get what they want. There are solutions, they just take hard work to achieve. Please do your job.

I agree with the person in the Tuesday R&R. I think Valdosta would be a great place for a Fresh Market, or a World Market. Would someone like to make that happen? Put that on your list.