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Rockdale Citizen Poll 12-22-2007

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

"The water level in the well is down and now the county is going to dig wells and take water from the aquifers. It would be nice if the county would at least provide service in my area since they will be taking from my supply and dispersing it to their customers."

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"Adult entertainment in Conyers - that may make me move back to Rockdale."

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"To all those who keep putting the Conyers police and Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies down and talking trash ... the next time you need the police, call your local crack dealer for help. There is no reason to be talking about the public safety community with such disrespect. We are out there protecting you every day. You may not always see us in your neighborhood, but trust me, we are there. We look out for your homes when you are at work and while you are asleep. We look after your businesses when you are home with your family. My fellow officers and deputies may not always catch or apprehend the suspects who burglarize or damage your home, business or property, but believe me, we try. That is our job. If we did not want to try and keep everyone safe, then we would not be in this profession. My guess is that whoever talks trash about law enforcement has been arrested or given a citation for something they did wrong. If you obey the laws of this great state, you will have no problems with the police. When you break the very laws meant to keep you safe, then we are more than happy to introduce ourselves to you. Anyone at anytime can approach me or my fellow law enforcement officers and strike up a conversation. It does not have to be about the laws, it can be anything you want to talk about. We are here to help you. If you do not like the way that the Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office do things, move far, far away. As for all my brothers and sisters in law enforcement, thank you for backing me up on the armed persons call, I will do the same for you without hesitation."

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"I see that Judge Sidney Nation is still stuck in the 17th century again. He gave some guy two years in jail for 17 grams of pot. In Alaska its legal to have 17 grams. It's time for Nation to retire. He is getting more senile by the minute."

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"I'm the person that wrote the original Poll entry about using old abandoned buildings as adult entertainment venues (Dec. 8). How ironic that the very next week, just as another, obviously very intelligent pollster wrote an eloquent entry concerning the lost tax revenue from the 8,000 churches in the area, that a front-page article details the city of Conyers plan to annex several properties to steal additional money from area businesses. Maybe the city wouldn't have this problem if they'd stop green-lighting all these churches where their fat body partners in crime hide their wealth and start developing a real plan to get some businesses that pay taxes in here to help shoulder the load. Of course, the extra tax burden will cause some of these businesses that are annexed to shut down completely, removing the business from the city and county tax rolls, and therefore making the people's tax burden greater. Great thinking, you idiots. As for me, I want that other pollster and I to run for public office. In the meantime, I am personally going to contact some of the owners of strip clubs in the Atlanta area and offer to show them some properties where I think an adult business would do well. So preacher man, make sure you pass the plate so you'll have some singles to spend, and I'll see you there."

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"For everyone who believes that Rockdale County is somehow lacking in police visibility, I have to say that at least I have never been put on hold by the City of Conyers or Rockdale County 911. My husband and I were on our way to Lithonia last Tuesday evening when we saw a car driving very dangerously. It appeared that two people were fighting for control. The car made three lane changes and darted out in front of a car, swerved in front of an oncoming dump truck and ran into a ditch. I called 911 as we were on Covington Highway, just passing the Chow Dog and was on 'hold' for 911 until we had crossed over Ga. Highway 124. I had to read the license plate and describe the car three times before the operator understood me - and then had to tell her our direction twice. There was definitely something very wrong inside that car. I pray that the driver and all other traffic in their path were safe. We all have to look out for one another, just in case something is not what it seems. The next time I have to call 911 for myself or another one of God's children, I really hope I'm here in Rockdale County."

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"To the person who claims that illegal immigrants are taking American jobs, why don't you stand outside The Home Depot in the morning and wait to get picked up. I am sure that you will be hired by an American citizen to do some hard work for less than minimum wage. In addition, I think that they would hire you before an illegal because you can speak English. Then again, you might be lazy and not want to work all day for under minimum wage. Or, just maybe, you are not qualified for any employment due to a lack of education. Understand the motivation for people that come to America and look at what is attracting them here (U.S. employers hiring illegals)."

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"The family went to the Georgia Big Band Concert last Saturday. It was a great performance. My question is, at the auditorium in Olde Town, where it was held, why are the pews so low and uncomfortable? Do all Conyers First Baptists who used to inhabit the church have short legs?

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"Can anyone seriously wish for adult entertainment and all the illegal baggage it brings - and wish for it in this small county where every commercial area is close to schools, ball fields and subdivisions? Even crime bosses, dog fight producers and professional gamblers do business as far from home and family as possible. And, they, more than anyone, should understand the ramifications of this type of industry."

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"Your newspaper reporter, Jay Jones', obviously bias slant against the city shown bright and clear in his reporting about island annexations. Our only incorporated city in Rockdale does indeed have a long history of being very argumentative and bullheaded. Lacking any salesmanship whatsoever, the leaders have been egotistical and arrogant. Something that has only worked in their favor in attaining an Olympic venue. How could Mr. Jones be biased after the city over-charged the county when they owned the water system, and then sold it to the county in shambles; lost (Georgia) Perimeter College to Newton County over a Coke machine; refused to go along with a city-county consolidation to save their own residents' tax money; held up a vital water purification plant because of a museum's location; and squabbled with a state senator over where their cop cars can go. Think how boring the headlines would have been without these juicy blunders. I don't think any city officials can ever expect to have a lake named after them. But, to the community's credit, we don't need islands. The city should incorporate all of these areas immediately if for no other reason than to prevent confusion over which law enforcement should respond. But, they must take the bad with the good - no selective annexations. If Jay Jones had reported this article fairly, he would have given the mayor a chance to comment. He should have also calculated what city tax bills would have been actually cost as based on property valuations and reported it. Readers could see city taxes are very small compared to county taxes. Mr. Jones made no mention of the other services the city offers either. I think our cry-baby restauranteur will actually come out ahead with the annexation, because he now will be able to serve liquor for which he can't do in the county."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jay Jones contacted the mayor regarding the annexations and the mayor said he didn't know anything about them. The increased property tax that the business owners could incur was reflected in the comments of one business owner, LeAnne Long.

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"I hate to see Seven Gables go out of business because of all the mess going on between the city and the county. Also, Darrell Huckaby, how is your friend in Newton County, Mr. (B.C.) Crowell, doing? Good luck to Georgia Tech and Georgia in their bowl games. Happy New Year to everybody."

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"Tuesday, Dec. 18, 'Sale of Rockdale Medical Center hits snag.' The Rockdale Medical Center sent out a magazine for Fall 2007 and Winter 2008, which we received in December. It had the Signature commitment presented by Charlie Miller, President and CEO of Signature Hospital Corporation. Transparency, accountability and partnership were some of the things he wrote about. It sounded good. But all the money that the Hospital Authority and Rockdale Medical Center have spent on consultants and lawyers deciding on the sale of the hospital amount to many, many dollars. I would like to know how many dollars. And now we have reached the snag. Signature was way ahead of them all. We don't need an outfit like that in our county. What the authority is going to do about this debt is going to be interesting. Whenever they have finished, whatever they decide to do, I sincerely hope that the authority chairman will step down from her position and let someone else look after what is left of our hospital."

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"I just want the American people to know that the House passed an omnibus spending bill that cut the defense of border funds in half and also placed millions of dollars to legal defense funding, which is simply the legal service corps to help illegal aliens plead their cases pending removal. They are spending our money on stuff like this. It is ridiculous. Call (Sen. Johnny) Isakson 770-661-0999 and (Sen. Saxby) Chambliss at 770-763-9090. I hope you will call and object for this. They are taking money for our safety and spending it on illegal people."

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"In an article in the Rockdale Neighbor, Commissioner Jason Hill said property owners may have to make up the shortfall in the 2008 proposed budget. Mr. Hill said this would probably be the hardest budget in 20 years. I don't think this is going to be a surprise to a lot of Rockdale taxpayers, including me. My taxes increased tremendously in 2006, again in 2007 and probably again in 2008. Should I just send in a signed, blank check?"

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"The saga of the hospital must end. The idea of the Hospital Authority managing a fund to pay for indigent care is ridiculous. The state of Georgia does not even know how to handle the sick-poor problem. The county commission needs to dissolve the Hospital Authority and the board of directors, which was only established to conceal hospital activities from the public and take the $55 million mentioned in Tuesday's paper and use the interest from that to offset the county budget and keep the $55 million in trust since the taxpayers originally paid for the hospital."

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"To Sheriff Wigington, please increase patrols at Heritage High School and start writing citations. We have had too many deaths in that area."