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11-10-2007 Newton Citizen Poll

"Every week there seems to be several people moaning, groaning and whining about Charter Cable and the extra poor service they receive or Charter cut off their favorite channel. When is enough enough? For months prior, both Newton County newspapers ran articles concerning the sale of Covington Cable. How many people got up off of their behinds and attended any of these meetings? Furthermore, how many of you contacted the Covington City Council members and voiced your opinions or opposition to the sale? Granted, most effected live in the county, but these people are elected officials and are there to serve. Well, supposedly, that is debatable. But the more important issue is, this is America and thanks to the great thing called capitalism, you do have a choice. And in this case there are two or more. You can call many of the major electronic retailers and buy an antenna and get local channels for free, or you can call one of the satellite companies and have a dish system installed. Simple solution for a rather simple problem. So quit whining and take action. The sooner you do, the happier you'll be and you may even have a few extra dollars at the end of the month, especially if you buy an antenna. Besides, who needs 300 channels of TV? By the same token, how many of you voted on Tuesday?"

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"Could you please have someone from law enforcement explain to me a charge I see in the police blotter each week? The charge reads "driving on roadways laned for traffic.' Where, exactly, are we supposed to drive? Thank you for your help."

Editor's note: If someone is charged with "driving on roadways laned for traffic,' then they have essentially been charged with driving on the wrong side of the road. According to Georgia law, whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent with this Code section, shall apply:

(1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety;

(2) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes, and provides for two-way movement of traffic, with two lanes in one direction, a vehicle being driven in a continuous or center lane shall have the right of way when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction;

(3) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction when such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for making a left turn, or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the same direction that the vehicle is proceeding and such allocation is designated by official traffic-control devices or road striping;

(4) Official traffic-control devices may be erected directing specified traffic, including but not limited to buses or trucks, to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device; and

(5) Official traffic-control devices may be installed prohibiting the changing of lanes on sections of roadway, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such device.

"The folks that are complaining about the new Charter Channel lineup need to join the 21st century and quit complaining about not getting your Gospel channel or whatever it is you don't have available on the basic lineup. The Gospel Channel is still offered. You just need to purchase the required package in order to receive it. You are not the only one that has had to shell out more money and make adjustments. I had to purchase a package in order to keep Showtime and pay for additional boxes for each outlet as well. On a "fixed income' and can't afford it? Join the club ! ... With today's economy we are all on a fixed income in one way or another. The channel packages are designed and marketed by Charter in an effort to maximize the potential profit per household. Charter is a for-profit company and needs to make money in order to survive. It's not TV subsidized by the city anymore. The city was paid good money when they sold the cable system. If you want redress, why would you expect Charter to dip into their profits? Perhaps, you should ask the city or someone else to subsidize the cost of the channel(s) that you refuse to pay for. Maybe you all should spend more time worrying about the rise in your health insurance premiums rather your cable bill."

"Is anyone else living in the city limits of Mansfield and paying their outrageous utility bills concerned? Am I the ONLY resident that is concerned that there was no mention of the upcoming election for mayor and two council seats? How about the fact that Mansfield has the HIGHEST per Kw rate in the state ... yep, in the state? People, remember the council meets the first Monday of every month making decisions about our money without us. Take an hour from 7-8 p.m. and make your opinions known."

Editor's Note: The Citizen did not cover the Mansfield election because none of the candidates were contested.

"Well I think I have it figured out about Charter. The owner must be Spanish, love sports and hate movies! There is nothing like trying to figure out what the heck is being said on all the Spanish channels, which there just happen to be five of them. There are seven sports channels, which makes me want to throw up! Channel 15 and 16 is nothing, 18, 19, and 20 nothing! Don't leave us much, does it! But wait, did they not have in the paper there would be no changes made! HELLO out there. I miss Turner Classic the most, I think, at least we had that, and what happened to the gospel channel?? We all know that, if we want to see them now, we have to pay! Thank you, Mayor Ramsey! I would go without TV completely before I would pay Charter another penny for anything. In fact, I am going to just go back to basic channel. We get just as much on there as we do for what we are getting now. In my way of thinking, Charter is the sorriest cable company around. And our politicians that sold us out should be ashamed of what they have done! I know I am ashamed of them!"

"When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please consider sending one to the following:

A Recovering American soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue,NW

Washington, DC 20307-5001"

"Something has bothered me for a while ... Why in the world is there a Mexican flag being flown at the old Stanley Proto building? Last time I checked, this is the United States of America! If we allow it, Mexicans will take over our country!"

"I have read numerous comments over the past few weeks regarding Charter Cable. In addition to poor quality cable service (fuzzy lines on channel 2 and channels that won't even pick up, the ones I pay extra for on the digital plan) the Internet service has suffered as well. My connection speed has slowed considerably and I have experienced outages as well. Thanks a bunch city of Covington, you sure know how to pick "em! DirecTV here comes another customer."

"I would like to know why the water rates in Porterdale are being raised after the election time when they are already the highest rates for a city in the county. I don't think that the citizens of Porterdale have been made aware before the election that this is going to occur - present council and mayor don't want this to be known. Also, I would like to make the people aware that there is an ordinance already being written for Sunday sales in Porterdale when the referendum had not even been voted on yet to see if it passes. If it fails there will have to be another cost to have another ordinance written because it will be illegal to sell after 12 on Sundays unless that ordinance does pass."

Editor's Note: According to Porterdale City Manager Tom Fox, the city of Porterdale has not increased water rates; however, the city buys water from Newton County, and it has increased rates, so the City Council will decide at some point whether or not to pass this increase along to Porterdale customers.

"The citizens of Conyers had the foresight to approve their TAD which will bring economic development to blighted areas of their city. Idon't know how the people of Covington could be so blind to see that a TAD was something that we really needed. Just think of all the areas that need redeveloping - Washington Street is the first place that comes into my mind - and not approving it only makes potential investors think, "Well if they don't want to make an effort to help themselves, then why should I pour my money into their community.' In about 10 years our leaders are going to look back and say, "That TAD referendum was something that we really needed, and all we did was shoot ourself in the foot.' And as Conyers attracts more upscale businesses resulting from the development influences of their TAD, Newton County and Covington will continue to spend more money there as our population increases because we have nowhere upscale to shop and the less sales tax money spent here will more than likely be made up for by raising taxes, so when that happens don't blame your leaders because you had a chance to produce a different outcome and you didn't."

"I would have to disagree with Covington being a good place to live. I have been here for about a year, I am highly educated and have experience. I find the cost of housing outrageous, there are no jobs in this area, and the schools (well that is another issue). I am desperately trying to leave here; I did the research but my findings were false. I am very upset that I uprooted my children not only to Covington but to Georgia. I will take the Midwest any day. Metro Atlanta is very overrated and as people are flocking here others are leaving as well."

"I just want to say thank you to Connie Waller, the director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful program, and her staff for the excellent job they did on the educational benefit program that was held Friday night at Charlie Elliott. I think it was called the Green Getaway, and Andy Irwin was there and he was great too. I am so proud to even be affiliated with this group in any way, just to know them, because they do an outstanding job for this county and they should be commended in everything they do. I just want to say well done guys, you did great and we appreciate it."

"Thank you to Officer Taylor with the Covington Police Department who assisted me on Saturday evening when my car was broken into. He retrieved all my items. He was so professional, so nice and so pleasant - just made it easy to handle the situation. I just want to say "Thank you.' Thank you to all the deputies and officers in Newton County and the City of Covington for what they do. They are a great bunch of people. I want to say I personally appreciate them."

"I was really looking forward to voting for Kim Carter for mayor to get some new blood into the office, but once she started talking about the Square and the historic neighborhoods, I just see that it was going to be the same old thing as it has been in the past. That is just like choosing different apples out of the same basket. I guess I will be sitting this election out."

Editor's note: Kim Carter won Tuesday's Municipal election.

"I was calling about the Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech football game. I don't think Georgia Tech was focused. You have almost two weeks to prepare a team and you lose to a team that you were supposed to win. I think they were a point and a half favored and you lose 27-3. The team that beat you had a game the Saturday before. I don't think there is no excuse for that. I think if Tech don't win the next three games, including the Georgia game, that Chan Gailey should be gone, no question about it."