This week's Newton Citizen Poll was a open line:
"This is to the young lady who walked in the March of Dimes walk this past Saturday ... Shame on you for littering! Throwing your water bottle down and not picking it up after several people made a comment about picking it up - you had the audacity to look back and smirk and then just continue walking. I wish that I had said something to Newton County's finest. You deserve a littering fine! Shame on you!"
"I saw in your paper last week that you are making changes in your regular columnists. Fine - but please don't inflict Bill Shipp or his ilk on us anymore; we can read his claptrap in the AJC. He's just one of the reasons my family quit taking that paper. Please don't take Jack Simpson out, and please don't take Cal Thomas out, either. They come from different perspectives, but they both make uncommon good sense."
"With less than a month until graduation at NCHS, I am less than enthused. With over 500 graduating seniors, you would think that Newton would have been more prepared to accommodate family and friends on that special day. These students have worked very hard to reach where they are, only to be given four tickets for the ceremony. So that means that a lot of family as well as friends will be left out. In a county that claims to be so great, you would think that it cared more for it's students. But then on the other hand ... "
"Here we go again, spending more money on a museum in this county. Why is there so much money for museums and parking decks for the city of Covington? However there is no money to fix intersections that are badly in need of some sort of traffic control on the western side of the county. I've had to quit going to Kroger because the traffic is so bad at 20/212/Brown Bridge. Where are our county commissioners? I guess they don't have to sit in this traffic because I am sure if they did, this intersection would have already been dealt with. Why do we need all these museums and historic centers in Newton County anyway? As long as I have lived in Georgia, I've never heard anything positive about Newton's history."
"I am normally the first person to complain about where my tax dollars go, but last Saturday night - I live in Surrey Chase - and I noticed a Newton County deputy riding through very slow and spoke to a couple of neighbors and when I approached him and asked him - I was out in my yard - and I asked him what was going on, and he said he was just doing a nightly patrol, things were a little slow so he was going to ride through the neighborhoods. I just want to thank Newton County for not giving me something to complain about."
"Two quotes of the day - Barak Obama recently said, 'My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world, I hope you will join me as we try to change it.' John Wayne said, 'Life's tough; it's even tougher if you are stupid.'"
"As you may have heard, the Bush Administration said each of us would get a rebate check to stimulate the economy. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China. If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs; if we purchase a computer it will go to India; if we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala; if we purchase a good car it will go to Japan; if we purchase useless junk it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the only businesses still in the United States."
"I am a Newton County resident. I am in need of a job. Everywhere you go to apply for a job, they say you have to do it online. I have applied to, I know, at least 50 jobs online. None of those have ever called me. You never get a call. So no job. Why can't people just hire you right there. You apply online, you will never get a job. And sometimes when you apply, a thank you will come back and say 'Well, you are entered into our system along with the last 1,000 people' or more. From: just a non-working, need-work person."