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Newton Citizen Poll - 04/12/2008

"All the news reports about Sen. Barrack Hussein Obama's church minister's 'sermons' [sic] have caused me concern. For the past several weeks I have read everything published and listened to all the radio and TV discussions. I have not discussed it with any of my friends, neighbors, or relatives, but I have listened to them discuss it. I have finally thought it over long enough to reach a decision about what I personally think of it all. In fact, I have reduced my feelings about it to simply one little sentence - They don't say things like his preacher and congregation said in my church, and if they did, I would find another church in a New York heartbeat!"

"You still did not answer my question. If the school is no longer getting papers and I say to donate them when I go on vacation A) where is the paper going and B) why am I not getting credit for it?"

Editor's note: Some papers are being delivered to schools - although there are not enough donations from individual readers such as yourself to ensure that every child in every classroom gets a paper. We aren't sure what you mean by 'getting credit' for the donation. Logistically, we cannot ensure that your donated paper goes to your child or your child's school.

"Reference the reference to the reference to the 3-22-08 comments. Wow! You really read a lot into the three short sentences that were written. But delusional people usually do."

"These choice words are for my high school senior child and classmates. Life is not fair - get used to it! The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life. Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. And life goes on ... "

"Once upon a time the city of Covington owned Covington Cable TV. The city couldn't wait to unload it because it wasn't profitable for the city. Now, they are about to enter into a venture with Newton County to build and maintain a large major hotel and convention center? The figures originally quoted to build & finance this latest 'White Elephant' were way back in 2006. You and I both know costs have skyrocketed in the past two years to where the end results are going to be astronomical. If the Signature Group that has professed buying Rockdale Medical Center can't get enough backing/financing to close the deal on a sale, where will that leave the city of Covington and Newton County? The Signature Group keeps saying they hope to close within the next 30 to 60 days and have been saying that since last November. Now, the financial group that planned to back the loan for Signature's $87.8 million bid has backed down and left them floundering like a fish out of water. I do believe the city of Covington and Newton County are getting in way over their heads and guess who will get stuck paying the bills?"

"Has Newton County gone mad? Taping a child's mouth closed for any reason is wrong, very wrong. Has our county become so morally and ethically corrupt that we can stand by and say nothing as this shameful behavior continues? Whether it is in the school house, the courthouse or even the jail house, nobody should be treated like that."

"To the uneducated zealot who commented last week that we are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution the separation of church and state. It is not there. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it say we are guaranteed separation of church and state, nowhere. The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. In other words, this government will not show preference or partiality to one religion or another as in the case of Rome, Italy. This is a myth thought up by the liberals for the benefit of the undereducated of this great nation, and quoting from the last week writer, 'How you like them apples.'"

"I have a loved one who was cremated and her urn is in one of the little niche mausoleums outside of the big mausoleum at Lawnwood Cemetery. I put a little wreath just in front of her box, which was not interfering with any other box. It was taken down by the groundskeepers and I was told the other people that had loved ones in the small niche did not want anything put there. I hope this is not true, because I know of a few people who have loved ones there have told me that they would like to put a small flower or small wreath on their loved one's box. You pay the cemetery for this niche and you should be able to put something there, not to overshower their ones, but for your own personal feelings for your family. I noticed at Christmas time someone had put a small Christmas tree down at the base of the niche, so I know there are people who would want to do something to make it not look so boring at certain times of the year. We don't want to put something in the way when they are cutting the grass. If you agree please put a notice in the paper and maybe we can get this changed, or call the cemetery about this."

I am commenting on the proposal to squeeze a 100-room hotel and a 1,200-seat civic center behind the county executive office building. I understand that the next step is to put a price tag on this project. The last estimate was $24,000,000, with the taxpayers putting forth $5,000,000 in SPLOST funds and $12,000,00 in tax supported bond proceeds. (The commitment, if any, from the private investors, has not been reported). In all likelihood, the cost will now be substantially more. So, how much more of our tax dollars are our elected officials going to commit to this boondoggle? So far, all that has been committed has been without taxpayer approval. This is an election year, and it will be no significant burden to put this issue before the people on the July 15 ballot. The questions are (1) Should this project be built? (2) If so, should any more tax dollars be committed to it? and (3) If so, should it be built behind the county executive office building? These are tax dollars being spent, and it is only fair, and certainly reasonable, to let the taxpayers be heard. Thank you.

I work for a local pizza delivery business. I've done this for about five years now. I'm a single parent providing for my family and for the most part I love this occupation. I started before the delivery charges were applied to the grand total of deliveries. I don't agree with the charge, but I have no authority to change the matter. ... I think I can speak for all pizza delivery drivers when I address the issues I have. Most get paid minimum wage with no profit sharing or benefits like health insurance. We get a little over a dollar for each delivery we take . No matter if it is for one pizza or 50 pizzas, we get a little over a dollar to drive sometimes 20 miles round trip to the customers' home or business. The companies do not furnish our vehicles to do this job, and they do not pay for our oil changes or brake jobs. They don't pay for our tires or any other wear and tear our cars or trucks receive. The dollar and change we get per delivery does not even cover the gas it takes to run a shift. We work for tips!!!! Our companies won't allow us to ask for tips, and I understand why that is, but it's just rude to not tip and it is really starting to hurt my feelings when I give my customers my all every time. ... People, please take care of your drivers or this convenience is going to disappear.

Shortly after 3 p.m. today I was driving toward Rockdale on Salem Road at the construction area for the new schools. A white pickup with the county seal on the door was speeding through the construction zone straddling the double yellow line in the center of the road. He was not slightly over the line but half the truck was in the oncoming lane. The truck pulled back into its lane so I was able to get by safely. I realize they sometimes move barrels onto the road surface to facilitate the work but it only narrows the lane slightly. I have seen Newton County law enforcement, fire and ambulance services on the way to emergencies and they don't drive as recklessly as this individual was driving. I noticed animal cages in the back of the truck, so I can only assume this was an Animal Control vehicle. I don't think it is very wise to endanger the public in that way in a clearly marked county vehicle.

With the recent discovery of the GDOT being over budget and cutting back projects, I for one am glad that we approved the Wal-Mart project at Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road. It looks like the plan to force their hand by making traffic a standstill at this intersection is going to backfire. Can we at least get a red light at Spring Road and another one at Smith Store? I find it hard to believe that a pass-through lane at Turner Lake is more important!