Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

August 18, 2013

Rant & Rave for Monday, August 19, 2013

-- — My heart goes out to those working at Perma-Fix and especially those hurt and their families. Many of us have family members that work in factories and warehouses and are well aware that it could easily be them at any time. In fact, upon hearing of the explosion, I had several family, friends and former coworkers I had call to ensure it wasn't them and their workplace.

Valdosta City Schools are providing free meals because it qualifies and receives federal assistance called the Community Eligibility Option. To be eligible, 40 percent or more of the students qualified for free meals in the year prior to implementing the program. It is run by the USDA and you should do some research on where your tax dollars are being spent.

I am appreciative of the city police officer that sits by the school zone near Highland Christian. However, what’s the point if you are not going to pull people over? This lady sped by me so fast ... I know it wasn’t the recommended school

zone speed. The cop never even looked up from whatever he was doing.

SPLOST supporters, please stand strong and be vocal in your support. Yes, the problems of the recent recession are still very evident in our community through the foreclosures of homes, but that was a problem created by the banking industry and not local government. The growth of this community has

been tremendous throughout the period from the first SPLOST to the current SPLOST.

The next time you rant about a road problem,

or a business that you want to see in this community, think about

how you will vote for SPLOST.

I also live close to the airport and am worried about the chemicals from the Perma-Fix fire. I have a well. Should I be worried?  What should I do?

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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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