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Rockdale Citizen Poll 12-08-07

This week's citizens' poll was an open line ...

"I would like to address the person that wrote in about the extra police request. My response is below. I certainly hope you print this one, as that sentence 'what good are they?' is insulting and uncalled for in our community. Our police officers and deputies work hard to protect us, and someone needs to take up for them in the citizen poll. To the person that contacted the Rockdale Sheriff's Office and the Conyers Police for extra patrols in their apartment complex, I have a question for you: What do you expect from an extra patrol in your complex? I doubt you see every one of the patrol units that comes by each and every time, as that would be impossible to stare out your window every second. I ask you to open your eyes and pay a little more attention, because you obviously have not looked around ... the police and the deputies are all around us. I see both agencies out and working all the time ... and I commend them both for what they do. What is this extra patrol that you want anyway? I am sure that everyone would like a little extra patrol in their area. But, you have to understand that there are only so many officers and deputies to go around ... and if you look at the police blotter you would know that both agencies are working very hard to make our community safe. What more do you want? And you ask ... 'what good are they?' You ask for some extra patrols that do not address any specific problem, and when you don't get what you want, you degrade and belittle them like they are trash. Some citizen you are. Our officers and deputies place their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. It's people like you that have no idea what our local law enforcement officers go through on a daily basis, and the dangers that they place themselves in just to keep us (you) safe ... and you should be ashamed of yourself. To the officers and deputies of both agencies ... may God bless each one of you and may he keep you safe and out of harms way."

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"I am writing this vent in support of Commissioner Jason Hill. As a citizen of Rockdale County, I feel the time has come to ask Garvin Haynes to please stop attending the meetings and not to keep causing the citizens of Rockdale County and Mr. Hill any more trouble and to keep his comments to himself. He brings up things most of us don't care about. Also, our kids need the arts council."

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"After watching Channel 23 Sunday evening, the board of commissioners meeting, and again the useless, unneeded time wasted by Garvin Haynes during this meeting. Jason Hill stated that he was not a patient person. I beg to differ. Be assured that if it were me this guy was attacking the way he is Mr. Hill, he would be setting up off the floor. It's time for the people of Rockdale County to stand up, defend Mr. Hill. And, these three other people, Garvin Haynes, old man Parker, Elaine Nash, if you don't like the way Rockdale County is run, then get the h--- out. We don't need your type of people living here. Mr. Hill, keep up the good work. You are truly an asset to this county. Rockdale needs more like you who are not afraid to stand up for what you believe in."

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"As I scanned the TV channels, I stopped on the recent Rockdale Commissioners meeting. A citizen was questioning what happened to some money allocated to certain causes. The commissioners could not answer her questions, or would not. In her request for information, she could not get answers from anyone in the county government. I was truly amazed at the lack of knowledge the commissioners exhibited to this lady's questions. Then another citizen questioned some legal aspects concerning campaign contributions for one of the commissioners and an oral promise by the contributor to give the county some greenspace land, 65 acres. This contributor is a prominent developer and often has zoning changes and other things come up in the process of adding more burden to the already overloaded taxpayers of this county. The outcome of this reasonable questioning was that Commissioner Hill took the questioning personally, also not answering the original question, and attacked the citizen verbally in an angry response. He later apologized to someone, but he never said who he was apologizing to. This just added to my suspicions that secrets are being held and underhanded actions are occurring in the Rockdale County government. I also wondered what contribution Ms. Van Ness is making other than to make motions on items and seconding motions made by Mr. Hill. I supported all three of these commissioners in the last election and presently, I cannot support any of them. They are do-nothing commissioners."

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"I wanted to say I support the Citizen in its reporting of the shooting involving the officer. I really do not understand what people are complaining about; y'all did exactly what they always say you do not do - you reported the facts of the case and left it alone. And bravo for the smart answer of the editor over why you called the man who is dead a victim. Both parties are the victims."

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"Thanks for posting my comment about a movie being in theaters and not at the video store. Sadly, I doubt my customers can even read the Poll, but here is to hoping."

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"I've got to honestly say I don't care about the sale of the hospital. I refuse to go to the Rockdale ER, because I don't want to die. Every person I know who has been treated in the ER has ended up worse than when they walked through the door."

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"To the person whose sister is from Wichita, Wichita is a city, not a state, and I learned that in a Rockdale County Public School."

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"Can I become the editor of the Citizen Poll? I'll do it for free."

Editor's Note: Take it easy or the publisher may hear you. I've got to pay my rent somehow.

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"Every time a piece of real estate becomes available in this county, some goober opens up a church. Dead restaurants, abandoned storefronts, both old movie theaters - all churches. It's high time someone started converting all these churches into strip clubs. That's what Rockdale County needs, nudie bars. Three or four of them. First one goes in that cursed building where Partners was most recently, right across from Wal-Mart. Another one can go in the old Winn-Dixie near Magnet. Yet another in the old Tattersall's building in Olde Town. Can you imagine the noise of 6-inch stilettos on that old creaky wooden floor? Covington, you haven't been forgotten. There's an old Wal-Mart on U.S. 278 just begging for a new occupant. We could even get the cashiers from the old store to dance on the first night, for old times' sake. Even the preacher man would give a hearty 'H---, yeah" to my plan."

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"I recently contacted the Conyers Police Department (Major Freeman) and Rockdale County Sheriff's Department (Captain Traylor) and asked for extra patrols in the apartment complex where I live. Major Freeman would not return my call, and Captain Traylor said he did not have enough deputies to perform extra patrols in the city of Conyers. If you can't ask the police department or sheriff's department for assistance in making sure your neighborhood is safe, then what good are they? I remember reading in the Rockdale Citizen that Conyers Police increased patrols in the townhouses off of Flat Shoals Road. I guess you only get extra patrols when you have a high number of illegal Hispanics that will guarantee an arrest for police statistics."

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"If the Conyers Police Department cannot keep enough police working for the department, then maybe it is time to consolidate law enforcement services in Rockdale County. Maybe we should have the Rockdale County Police Department. You would have to get rid of the good old boys in both the police department and sheriff's department to make it work."

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"To the dear neighbor, who cares so much about my sister's yard on the corner across from the daycare center: Thank you so very much for your comment that appeared in Saturday, Nov. 24, paper. If you had taken time to really know your neighbor or what was going on, you would have known her husband went into a coma, remained in such for three months until his death. If you were any type neighbor or Christian, where were you when she sat at her dying husband's bedside for three months? Did you send flowers or bring food? Did you call and say, can I help you with anything? Have you even visited and offered condolences or seen if you could help in any way. After all, it was her husband of 37 years. ... I forbid her to cut the first blade of grass to satisfy a piece of trash like you."

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"Open your eyes and notice the changes that have occurred. An obvious effort is being made. Instead of criticizing, applaud the fact that the trees have been gone for months. Applaud the fact that the vines are slowly being removed from the fence. Applaud the fact that some of the 'garden' has been removed. Applaud the fact that that corner has never had a tacky yard sale sign point the way to a cheap sale down the street. Permanent progress is made bits and pieces at a time, not overnight. Just slow down to the speed limit, open your eyes and offer a little encouragement for the better."

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"I have read much of the revitalization of Olde Town. Yesterday, I was in Olde Town; and it was not Saturday, yet, many businesses were closed by 3 o'clock. I walked down the street to view the gardens, only to find the gate locked. Does this say we want Olde Town to survive."

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"Yesterday while driving behind a Conyers Police car on Pine Log Road, we came to the school zone. While it is posted at 25 mph, the police car did not slow. Then at the bottom of the hill another police car had a truck pulled over for apparently speeding. I then proceeded past Nancy Guinn Library to see another police car with a car pulled over. Then at the top of the hill toward Parker Road another police car to the right. Is this speed control, or speed trap for revenue? We have many traffic problems, I agree, but is this overkill at a time when we need police visibility?"

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"Thanks to Earl Usry on his article in this week's paper on our school children. He was right on. Thanks, again."

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"Someone took my Maltese out of my yard Sunday night and placed him in the lake across the street from me. He has recently gone blind and has had some kidney issues and has been limping on three legs for two days now with arthritis. I know he was taken from my yard because my gate was open and there is no way he could have pushed it open himself or my other terrier push it open. And, he physically could not have made it that far on his own. For a week now almost each night my gate has been slightly open. I was not sure how it was getting that way, but it's bolted shut now. Why would someone want to drown an innocent dog? I will find out who did this and I wanted others to know they best watch out for their animals cause someone in this county is very sick. We luckily got home in time to find my baby in time. There will be 24-hour security cameras at my house from now on. I'm starting to feel like I don't live in a very nice place anymore. I think I'll move back to New York, it's safer there."

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"My family and I went to the first night of the 'Gift of Light' at Ebenezer Church last night. My kids were enthralled, and we all had a great time together watching the lights. It's nice to get a free holiday treat like that for once. Everybody should see it."

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"To the misguided person that chastised Mrs. Boyle. You obviously do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. The downward spiral (of the hospital) came about in the eras of Dean Alford, Phil Casto and the likes. In fairness to all, the indigent care to those that are uninsured for whatever reasons was and is a large contributing factor to the cash problems at the hospital. I am quite surprised that the editor didn't jump on in there since this was a clear-cut personal attack on Mrs. Boyle lined with a hint of allegations. Additionally, it is not 'our hospital.' With the exception of a bond that was paid back, our illustrious county has not put one tax dollar into that hospital, to my knowledge."

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"As I read the article on Friday about the young man who was unfortunately killed by a Rockdale County sheriff's deputy, I was struck by the focus put on his athletic career in high school. That only confirmed to me that he has had opportunities to make something of himself and he has continued to make poor choices by using drugs, and, more importantly, engage in resistance with a peace officer. I grieve for his family as the holidays approach. Every soul has a good side. I wish Mr. Franklin had been able to do as he was told by the officer and be alive today. I'm sure that the officer is also grieving for the loss of life and burden of having to live with that senseless death. Our officers have a job to do that is dangerous every day, every hour, every minute. We must support them the best we can every day, every hour, every minute."

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"I would like to respond to the gentleman whining about fair and balanced reporting of history. The Fox News Web site noted for its fair and balanced reporting lists the exact day in history - word for word. Except for the quotations around the word 'quietly' were missing. In case you were wondering, a letter was penned from the President to the Speaker of the House and to the President of the Senate on Nov. 27, 2002. Two days later, it was published as a press release and became public. Keep in mind that this story was released on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Hence the word quiet. This is quite normal for an administration to release stories that are less than favorable on a Friday. And on a holiday weekend - this works even better. This is simply using the news cycle to your advantage. The Clinton administration elevated this to an art form and the Bush administration is quite good as well. Similarly using the news cycle, if you wish to promote something good you have done, you would do this on a Monday or Tuesday. My point is this: from personal experience, I have learned if you become as hypersensitive as to begin actively looking for flaws in our neighbors, you will find them. In doing so, you will unfortunately dismiss an entire section of the population because of their political or religious beliefs, skin color, clothes or simply because they are not like you. Instead, I challenge you to attempt to find the real story instead of ranting about liberal bias or conservative whitewash. I obtained the White House press briefings in just a few clicks on the Internet. Because all major networks are owned by corporate entities, all will have a specific spin. So the next time you are upset about something you hear or read in the media, try to find the source from which the story was written. You may in fact find biased reporting or you may learn something, as you did here. I learned recently that I have a friend who is a Democrat and is a Christian, go figure. Class dismissed."

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"Hope to see everyone at the Christmas parade in downtown Conyers this Saturday evening, Dec. 8. Rockdale County Fraternal Order of Firefighters will be selling Johnny's Pizza and warm drinks. Proceeds will help fund buying toys for the children sponsored through DFACS. This is an every year sponsorship that the Fraternal Order of Firefighters participate in. These firefighters give of their time and talents to make over 50 under-privileged children learn what giving is all about. The toys just help brighten their Christmas season and help them learn that it is really better to give than receive. Special recognition should go to Keith Dunn, Ken Miller, Ray Prewitt, Chuck Lett, Juli Moncreif, Dan Morgan, and the list goes on, for the time they have spent to make this happen every year. The men and women firefighters that are involved in this organization are great people that never ask for recognition. They stand in the gap for their fellow firefighters and truly care about the people in the community in which they serve."

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"I want to thank the Conyers Police and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for monitoring the ice skating rink in the evenings. Also, for the residents of Honey Creek, I understand that you can't always find the time to walk your dogs on a leash, but it is the law so either get a fence or put your dog on a line in your own yard. Merry Christmas."

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"To the person who asked 'what good are they' in reference to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office not having enough deputies to perform extra patrols, consider that a jail and three shifts have to be covered and that at any given time a number of deputies are in training to better serve the public. Just about any time you see a deputy driving down the road most of the time he is on his way to a call whether it be a false alarm, some mother complaining about an unruly teenager, or a domestic disturbance that a couple can't resolve themselves, or the next call may be a hold-up. If you ever have to place a 911 call for a real emergency, you can answer your own question 'what are they good for.'"

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"I really like the new layout of the online paper. Thanks."

Editor's Note: Thank you. We really appreciate all the feedback we've been getting from our readers. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in on our site, please visit www.rockdalecitizen.com and click on the "online web comment form" link at the very bottom of the page.

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"Information about your story '18-year-old man gets prison time in burglary case.' Let me first state that I have known this family for many years and they have dedicated themselves to helping young people without any thought of recognition for themselves. ... I am glad to know that he is not on the streets here in Rockdale County at least for three years. I can only say that I feel sorry for our citizens that he is not spending the full 10 years behind bars. There is so much more to this story than was reported. In your defense you may not have all the details."