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As you know, automatic cuts in the federal budget-known as sequestration-went into effect last week.

A latest poll showed most Americans, 46 percent, said they believe the cuts are bad for the country. 34 percent said they were a good thing, while another 20 percent either said they would have little or no impact…A good point was made by several business and industry CEO’s, who said: if you are hurt by a 2% cut in expenses, you have a really poorly run business.

I think most of us can agree that our government is not being run properly, as many would say…like a professional business.

As has been pointed out a business cuts with scalpel not an ax!

It is sad to hear some say, that these automatic cuts were good, because it was the only way we could reduce the government’s run-away spending.

I hope no one agrees with the negative impact this will have on jobs, our military, and our kid’s education.

In the coming months, if the sequester is not averted — and there are no signs that it will be, in the near-term, at least — we’ll see whether the public moves heavily toward the “it’s bad” or “it’s good” side of the debate.

We are Americans before we are Republicans or Democrats. Politicians are wasting our time playing this blame game. We frankly don’t care who started it, or how your vote affects your re-election plans. Why would we re-elect you if you won’t do the job we sent you there to do???


A lot of people in Valdosta are rightfully upset over an ecological disaster that created a smelly mess.

The city’s only waste water treatment plant is in a flood zone. And this is the result. Raw sewage ended up in people’s yards, creating a health hazard.

The Withlacoochee River flooded the plant, shutting it down. That meant millions of gallons of raw sewage flowed directly into the river every day for several days. Smaller sewage releases happen fairly often, and this is the second time in four years it’s been this severe.

The city has land and a plan to build a new water treatment plant. It doesn’t have the 90-million dollars to pay for it. FEMA has denied requests from the city for money for the project. After this latest disaster, city leaders will appeal again. We hope this time, FEMA listens and realizes federal disaster relief money is probably the only thing that will solve the problem.

But Lowndes County voters are partly to blame. The city hoped to use revenue from the Special Local Option Sales tax to fund the project, but last year voters defeated a sales tax extension. No one likes to pay taxes, but tax revenue does pay for some necessary services.

With the federal government’s indifference and local taxpayers’ refusal to pay an extra penny on purchases, people who live near or care about the Withlacoochee River can only hope it doesn’t flood again.

Jim Wilcox1Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.

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