Valdosta Daily Times

Rant & Raves

September 8, 2013

Rant & Rave for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

-- — The city has only been reporting "partially treated" sewage spills from the WWTP, not the raw sewage spills in the Meadow Brook area. There have been countless spills that have gone unreported since the flood in 2009, and five major spills since May 2013. Who knows how many millions of gallons of raw sewage have contaminated this area and made its way into the river!

Business owners in the year 2013 should be, if not efficient, at least familiar with computers, as well as employment law and good marketing techniques. When one method works for awhile and then stops working, rather than blaming your employees, you should look at some new and fresh marketing and business ideas.

Why does the United States still feel like we are the fixers of the world? There was a time post-World War II that we appropriately carried out that role, and spectacularly so in both Europe and Asia. The baton for that mission has now passed to the UN; it is no longer our responsibility. Have we not learned anything from the Iraq and Afghanistan excursions?  

How much are the sewage lawsuits going to cost Valdosta? Could not this money have been used to move the sewage plant in the past instead of wasting it on lawsuits in the present?

SPLOST money from the last round was set aside for the City of Remerton and the mill owners to move Remerton offices into the restored mill. Now that both groups have destroyed the mill, the money legally must be returned to taxpayers. If it was already spent, there needs to be an investigation.

While it is disappointing that local businesses would provide half a million dollars for a stadium screen and would never think to raise that much for academics, it should not be surprising for this community. But maybe the screen can be used to encourage academic success during the football game and acknowledge academic achievement for all students. Let's remember that these are student-athletes. They need to work hard on and off the field.

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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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