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Rockdale Citizen Poll 4-5-08

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

"This is directed to the person who last week rambled on in the poll about wanting the government to take over and let people just pay what they can for rent. Perhaps you should read up on communism. This link will give you a lot to think about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism. Do you trust the government to own everything and just dole out what they think you need? It hasn't worked for other countries. I, for one, would not want to live in a police state."

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"Driving while loaded or drunk may be 'macho' in Mexico, but in America, driving under the influence is considered stupid and criminal and is not tolerated, regardless of one's country of origin or cultural heritage."

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"It takes quite a monster to shake a sweet, helpless infant. Anyone who does should be charged with murder or attempted murder, then sterilized to ensure the safety of any other child conceived out of carelessness!"

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"Hmmm ... RCHS has terminated how many teachers this school year? Perhaps meeting with potential hires face-to-face should be a priority for the '08-'09 school year."

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"How many teachers are leaving RCHS this year? Ten, 20, 30 or more? Anyone at the county office wondering why? Wouldn't it be in the best interest of the students to find out why?"

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"Kids are not required to keep cell phones in lockers or cars because teachers gave up trying to enforce the rule after watching kid after kid break the rule without receiving any punishment."

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"Your article on Saturday, March 29, about Rockdale High School keeping up the 'tightened security' is misleading at best. You might want to visit the campus for yourself before you try to 'reassure the public' with a fluff piece containing a few quotes ... If RCPS is really interested in keeping our kids safe, hire an outside security expert to spend some time in the building examining all the problems and developing a real plan to secure the building. When over 30 teachers and administrators decide to leave a school in one year and three new teachers are terminated in the same year, someone should be asking some questions and making some unannounced visits to find out what is really going on in the building on a daily basis."

Editor's note: Our role in publishing the article you reference was not to 'reassure the public' about security at the school. That is the administration's job. Our purpose was to inform the public on what is being done with regard to security.

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"I have lived in the greater Conyers area now for nine years, and I am completely enchanted with Judge Nation. He is one of the few judges in this country who actually sentences the convicted correctly. I applaud his efforts to keep this small part of America as safe as possible. He is one of a kind and I would love to see him on the Supreme Court. I follow his rulings in the Citizen and have always been pleased with his rulings. Sometimes his rulings and sentences are quite amusing. He is a true American. Likewise, I have the same respect for Judge Irwin. They are Rockdale County's true treasures. I wish there were more of them across the U.S.A."

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"With Signature's postponement of the Rockdale Medical Center purchase, the facility is left floundering in a pool of debt, while management wallows in their own incompetence. It's time for a change! When will the board of directors take action and remove the current 'upper' management? As employees, we need competent and capable leadership, we need stability, we need direction ... none of which can be provided by the current administration. This facility can survive on it's own with proper management ... give it to us!"

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"My child attends a local school and has came home and informed me that the school no longer receives papers. What happens to the papers that we donate to education? If the schools are not getting the papers and we as the customers are not receiving credit for our vacation papers, then what is happening to the money? What is the Citizen doing with the customers' money? I think the schools should receive those papers every day, they are a great resource for our children!"

Editor's note: Customer donations 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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"To those in charge in the city of Conyers: build a parking deck. If you want to have festivals in Olde Town, if you want to promote tourism, if you want shops and restaurants to thrive in that area - not to mention help potential jurors reach the courthouse on time instead of circling endlessly trying to find a place they won't get towed from - a parking deck should be your absolute, No. 1 priority. One decent parking deck would be of greater benefit to this community than any tennis court or paint job or cement planter. And speaking of paint, instead of complaining about the color choices used in Olde Town, the tourism board should be capitalizing on it. There is an endless array of small towns in Georgia with old buildings and railroad tracks. I've lived in this community for 35-plus years; I love the bright colors. It's cheerful, it's fun, and visitors/tourists love it. If you added ample parking, more lighting to both increase security and to highlight the architecture and color at night, and thereby encouraged more indie businesses in the district - Olde Town would be a destination worth the trip and infinitely more marketable."

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"This is a follow up to a comment in this week's Citizen Poll. Like that reader, I, too, offer support for our local hospital, Rockdale Medical Center. Earlier this month, my family had to transport our mother to the ER. The staff and doctors there were wonderful. Her condition quickly worsened and she had to be moved to the ICU. The ICU department was exceptional, especially Sam, who you could tell truly loved his job, and even checked back in on her when his shift had him working elsewhere. The staff took great care of her, as well as making sure the family was OK. Thank you, again, for all that you did - our mother continues to improve, now at home."

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"I love living in the outskirts, yet I cannot believe how ignorant some people are. Regarding the comments on alcohol sold on Sunday by the God-fearing gentleman, I would like to say 'shut up.' Who are you to tell me that if I don't have better things to do on Sunday I should start a family? I should go to church? Thank you for your advice, but I like my life just fine the way it is; I don't need advice from someone who first insults me and says that I am an alcoholic because I want to have a beer on Sunday, and then tells me to go to start a family and go to church. Maybe you should go to church because that didn't sound like a very Christian thing to say."

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"I would like to suggest that in the mornings at RCHS I believe there should be a police officer directing traffic. I actually used to be a student at RCHS and now my sister attends the Magnet School and I drop her off every day. I usually sit at the school for about 10 minutes. I truly believe that if someone would help with the traffic it would make dropping the students off a lot easier."

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"Olde Town Post Office. The said office is noticeably different than the office near the Kroger in Conyers. The stamp machine in Olde Town has been broken for at least a month, forcing you to wait in line for a service you could get automatically. The office by the Kroger allows you to purchase stamps and mail packages by using a kiosk 24 hours a day. When I asked a postal employee why they had not installed it they said sternly, 'We don't want those things here.' Why are they so opposed to providing a service to the taxpayer that would allow the taxpayer to access their services 24 hours a day? For the money, I think I will use FedEx and e-mail instead."

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"Why are White and Hightower roads turning into used car lots and junk yards? Why can't the sheriff's department enforce the codes to eliminate these eyesores at the same time they're busy ticketing honest, taxpaying citizens?"

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"I cannot believe there are parents questioning the rights of previous Magnet students to be valedictorian because they received 'extra GPA points.' They receive 'extra' points because the courses are more difficult than those at the regular high school! If your child makes an 'A' at Rockdale, and mine makes an 'A' in the more difficult version of the course at Magnet, how can you possibly argue that your child deserves the same GPA credit? You can't - not sensibly, anyway. Also, the valedictorian position is not a popularity award! It is solely based on scholastic achievement. Though I do agree that it shouldn't be taken by a student transferring in from another area in the senior year, it should certainly be open to any student transferring from within the county, Magnet or not."

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"This is in response to the article about gun noise. This neighborhood is not the only one that is experiencing this problem. We also live in the northern part of the county in a subdivision that backs up to some land that is owned by one family that thinks their gun noise apparently doesn't bother anyone. We have asked the sheriff's department to intervene in the past but the shooting continued. It is very unnerving to listen to this for hours hoping a stray bullet doesn't come our way. Not only does the constant gunfire bother the human residents, it really causes our pets a lot of stress. I suppose someone will have to be hurt before anything is done. Maybe I'll call the commissioners to come listen instead of the sheriff - they need to hear what we have to put up with - it's just not right."