for Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thanks to VSU for conducting the recent Alcohol Awareness Fair. It was informative, fun, and provided valuable information.

Congratulations once again to the No. 1 band in South Georgia, the Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen. They won first place in their competition in Alabama on Saturday. All of your hard work paid off! Way to go!

Voter turnout will be the deciding factor in this election. Please vote and help change the country for the better.

There is a lot of truth in the old saying you get what you pay for. Well, this is true for employees. If you hire good employees and pay them well, then you will get your money's worth. If you hire cheap employees, well then, you get cheap service and production.

Has anyone noticed that the businesses and industries here in Valdosta that are complaining the most about not being able to find qualified help, skilled employees, people not wanting to work, employees using drugs, and having a high turn over rate are the very industries and companies that have bad reputations for paying low wages and terrible working conditions?

Three cheers for Lynn Feldman and the Lowndes County Health Department. They did a marvelous job with the flu vaccine. The clinic went well, efficiently and great.

I had a few questions about my property tax bill, so I called the Tax Commissioner. I was so glad I did. Mrs. Robertson answered all my questions and was very helpful. She explained that the tax had actually become a lien on my property on January 1 of 2004. Then, I stopped at the newspaper box and had to pay for my The Valdosta Times before I could read it; went to the grocery store and had to pay for my groceries before I could leave the store with them and even had to pay for the gas for my car before I could drive off from the gas pump. Then somehow paying my taxes after using 11 months of services didn't seem so far-fetched after all. Hey, it's like I'm getting December for free!

A big congrats to the Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen who have won their last two competitions. This is a great, hard working group of young people. They make me proud to live in Lowndes County. Go Bridgemen!

Please remember to vote on Nov. 2. If you don't exercise your right to vote, then you don't have the right to complain. See you at the polls!

I love perfume as good as the next person but the workplace is not the place for the bath in the perfume. It really bothers people with sinus, allergies, asthma, etc.

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