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April 30, 2014

Rants & Raves - May 1

TIFTON —

To the person wondering why your "insignificant" insurance deductible is so high, you can thank our Republican governor and Republican legislators for refusing federal money which would have paid the adjustment for low income premiums.
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I'm willing to wager that Wal-Mart, Lowe's and the chain restaurants in Tifton generate more local sales taxes than all of the businesses in the downtown area, yet our city's leaders remain focused on maintaining and rebuilding downtown Tifton. In recent years, millions have been spent rebuilding the Myon, repaving Main Street, building a downtown archway and operating the Tift Theatre. Our community is bleeding from a thousand wounds. Our industrial base has all but evaporated, hundreds of properties are for sale or lease, many more vacant properties aren't listed for sale because there is no demand. Some of these properties have been empty for years, but our leaders' response to these pressing issues is to squabble about the boundaries of the downtown development area at the behest of their respective cronies. They fiddle while Tifton burns. They should resign en masse and apologize to the community for their incompetence. 
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A ranter says that he/she qualifies for $6,300 in government assistance for an ACA policy with a deductible of $6,700 (half his/her annual salary). That doesn't make any sense. Such a policy would be useless. Something is missing in this scenario. 
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I agree that the comments made by Mr. Sterling, the Clippers' owner, were racially charged and downright dumb, but they were just words. He didn't assault anyone, illegally terminate anyone, steal from anyone or break any law. He just expressed his opinion in what he believed was a private conversation. Where are we to draw the line on a person's First Amendment right to free speech? We should all be very scared where this is headed, when simply saying something can result in million dollar fines and expulsion from your own property!

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