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Newton Citizen Poll 4-5-08

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line ...

"I only recently was made aware of the comments printed in the poll concerning my sign. I live on Airport Road, not Oxford Road (the road is in Oxford, thus the confusion). Funny, however, that there is another deadbeat out there who believes the sign refers to him! I remember the woman stopping and speaking to me. But if I have started a trend, good!"

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"Reference the reference to a comment of March 22 ... Social Security/Democrats ... Your democratic candidates for the presidency want to increase the 'entitlements.' You know, 'I'm entitled to health care, I'm entitled to food stamps, I'm entitled to a good paying job, I'm entitled to have my children educated (albeit a poor education, at that) and, by Georgie, I'm entitled to my retirement.' Democrats seem to want something for nothing. Why should one go out and actually make an effort to find a job? What incentive is there - they get government housing, food stamps, child support, education - all better known as 'welfare,' so why get a job. You worry about Social Security but do not worry about tomorrow. Well, truth is, Republican or Democrat, there probably will be not Social Security a few years down the road regardless of where it started, where it is headed or who can be blamed. However, the Dems will raise taxes, you can count on that. After all, where do you think the money will come from to pay for your health care, your food stamps, your baby-welfare, etc.? Oh ... That's right! The Dems plan to take the hard-earned money from those who have started businesses and gave you a job. You know, the people who have worked hard to better themselves, saved their money, invested wisely. Silly me - Obama is going to be 'Robin Hood!' Well, think about this: Jobs do not belong to those who hold them. They belong to those who created them and they are loaned/shared to those who hold them and receive pay for them ... maybe even some benefits. So stop referring to 'your job' as it is not yours to own. Can't find a good job? Improve your skills, change your skills or go somewhere where there are jobs rather than sit on your fanny and do nothing. But then, as I have already said, why would you when, after all, you are 'entitled' to all the necessities of life, so there you go ... Want to keep all the money you earn - better think about the FairTax then and you might also think about candidates rather that their gender or the color of their skin. Talk about prejudice, profiling, racism - it's all in your backyard and you are just as guilty as the next person. If minorities think this world is progressing because there are two minority candidates - think again. As is evident just here in Newton County, Easter/Black Easter, Ms. Newton County, Ms. Black Newton County. Think a white girl could enter the black pageant? Think a black girl can enter the county pageant? We are moving backwards! Sad."

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"From what I've seen, Charter is not competent to operate the cable system. I have had off and on poor reception on three to five channels since February. I have repeatedly reported these problems. On one occasion I was given a work order number. On March 2, a technician came to the door. Once inside, he proceeded to disconnect the VCR and check the cable. Finding the cable OK, he went outside and went up the pole. Afterward, he told me he had removed some remnants of Covington Cable. He didn't bother to reconnect the VCR. I didn't know this until I tried to use it that evening. As of today, the condition still persists. A $35 charge for the service call was added to my bill. The only way to remove it was to go to the office in Covington, which I did. A nice young lady ... took care of it. The point of all this is: Repair people are third-party contract workers. They do not belong to Charter. Customer service employees push you to make an appointment even when the problem is outside your house. Apparently, there is no central location from which a repairman can view the system. Covington Cable people used to ask if there were two TVs in the house and was the problem on both. If it was, then they took care of it. So if you have a reception problem, there is no one to look at it. It seems to me the time has come for our county commissioners to tell Charter to provide proper service or sell it off. Somebody should have checked these people out before the deal was done."

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"My child attends a local school and has came home and said that they no longer get papers at the school! If we donate papers to them, what is the Citizen doing with those papers? They are obviously not going to the school and we as customers are not getting credit for them. What are you doing with our money?"

Editor's note: Donations from customers who are on vacation to the Newspapers in Education program are pooled and used to help fund the program. However, these donations amount to about $2 for a week's vacation. All of the customer donations for an entire year barely cover the cost of newspapers for two classrooms for 180 days, much less all of the schools in Rockdale and Newton counties. Our primary sponsors for this program are local businesses. We agree that newspapers are a great resource for the classroom; however, like most programs, this one can be provided to every school only with sufficient funding.

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"In 2001 and 2002, the county secured funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation to run a system of multi-use trails, sidewalks and bike lanes. Phase 1 has been completed, sidewalks and bike lanes through downtown along Clark and Floyd streets. I believe that this was paid for through our tax dollars and donations. Its purpose is for all citizens to be allowed to use the sidewalks and bike lanes, as sidewalks for walking/running and bike lanes for riding bikes. I don't think these funds were collected and dispersed for houses along this route to use for personal trash and a dumping ground. On a daily basis, several homes on Floyd Street have piles of yard clippings, trash, etc. dumped onto the bike lane. Buy local - support local? They sell paper yard bags at local hardware stores to put your yard trash in. Local authorities have been more than reluctant to ask these folks to clean up their act, have some respect for others and personal responsibility because these folks are our local authority and/or hold positions within our business community. What's with that? Lead by example."

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"I want to comment on the amount of money Bush said he needed for the economy, and long before he ever mentioned anything about money and all, I estimated it to be around $321 trillion and he has said it is $300 trillion. That is just from an old Newton County boy. Ha. Ha. Don't quote me on that."

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"This is in response to the person that wrote about my opinion about Wendy's and all at Hub Junction. I didn't mean to offend anyone ... and I am not a lazy person. I have tried to get in to the new Wendy's, but it is impossible but neither here nor there. I mainly just wanted to see if we could have a restaurant like we used to have the Log Cabin restaurant, but thanks for your opinion."

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"I am calling about the quote in here concerning the reference to the comments in the March 22 poll about Social Security, and since this individual has chosen to blame Republicans and/or Democrats, I might remind them that if they go back and look in history they will see that Mr. Lyndon Johnson allowed HEW (Health Education and Welfare) to dip into the Social Security fund when they don't pay in and have been dipping into it for years and I might also add that the very individuals in the Senate and the House who write these silly laws that no one can interpret, including our tax laws, have exempt themselves for paying Social Security. However, having worked most of them worked in the private sector before going in to politics will in fact draw Social Security when they retire and it is obvious they will have paid very little or the minimum in and will extract whatever amounts they will live out. So, if you want to blame somebody, blame people who are not educated enough to understand what both sides of the fence are doing."

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"Several of my friends and I have decided not to be patrons of (a local garden store) any longer. We have asked them through the years to please quit selling the baby chicks. These little baby chicks end up in the kids' hands and they are more than less not taken care of. I know (this store) doesn't care though because they continue to sell them each year. What a shame you would think they would have generated enough income ... where they didn't have to sell little baby chicks. Shame on you."

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"For several months now, I have seen the same AT&T technician blocking the gas pumps at QuikTrip. I see this guy several times a week pull up to the pumps but does not buy gas. He simply parks there so that he can go inside for his 'coffee break.' Please Mr. AT&T man, use the parking spaces that are provided for you. The gas pumps are crowded enough without you making it your parking space. This is rude and shows that you are only thinking of yourself. How about some consideration for others, especially since you are a representative of AT&T? I don't know your name, but I know it's you every time because (of the number) on the back of your truck."