Tifton Gazette


February 22, 2014

Rant and Raves for February 23

Guns in church and now Confederate flag tags. Good to see that our state government is concentrating on the important issues.


Fantastic columns in The Gazette recently by black columnists (Sowell, Williams and Carson). Wouldn't it have been great to have one of them (like Dr. Ben Carson) as the first black President instead of Obama?


I agree with all them folks what complains about the speed traps in Tifton. They should be ashamed to have such things. But what troubles me even more are the stop sign, red light and yield sign traps. Putting those things around town makes people think that cops don't believe folks have enough common sense to stop or yield at an intersection. And how about the lines and arrows all over the road? They're confusing and cause accidents when the car in front of you slams on brakes Drivers in Tifton are whole bunch smarter than that. Thank you.


Almost $300,000 it costs Tift County for the county commissioners. I vote we keep the county manager to run everything and get rid of the commissioners.


Here we go again....after years of controversy over the confederate flag resulting in the state changing our state flag, the DMV is coming out with a new license plate with....you guessed it....a confederate flag on it. Supporters say this is our "heritage"...the days when people owned slaves, bought and sold and treated like animals. That's our "heritage?" This is a slap in the face of every Africian-Americam in this state. Surprise! I am white, not black, but I know right from wrong. This is not right! I will never have this tag on my vehicle, and I am ashamed of those who do.


CityNet is a prime example of what happens when politicians think they are business people. This boondoggle cost Tift County taxpayers millions of dollars while essential services like street repairs, water and sewer improvements and law enforcement suffered. I hope local officials learned their lesson and will focus their time and money on the basics, not the frills.


A lot of historical revisionists view the Civil War as a battle over states rights. Specifically, it was a battle over whether states had the right to continue the institution of slavery. The Confederate flag is symbolic of the pro-slavery side of the conflict. Why would the state want to promote a symbol that many of its residents find offensive? I thought that this battle had already been fought.


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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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