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Rockdale Citizen Poll 4/26/2008

"The kitchen staff at Rockdale Health Care Center apparently needs a cookbook. Five of the last six days the residents have been served soup and a sandwich. (Monday: minestrone/tuna; Wednesday: tomato/grill cheese; Thursday: BBQ/runny, out of a box potato salad; Friday: potato/ham and cheese and Saturday: minestrone/turkey). The low rating the state inspector gave them is nothing compared to what they deserve."

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"I am also tired of the poor quality, high-fat content, and depressing attitude in our high school cafeterias that is fostered by their iron-fisted monopoly. They know they are feeding our kids cheap, fatty foods daily. They know that there is a rule that there can be no competition from student organizations selling snacks. They care only about their bottom line. The cafeterias should be required to only sell balanced meals. Nothing else. No extra snacks. No cookies. No Powerade. Seventy-five percent of the kids at RCHS eat pizza and fries covered with ranch dressing. Then they buy extra cookies. The cafeteria rarely offers desserts like they did when I was in school because they are selling cookies and ice cream. It is a complete racket! If the cafeteria only offered a meat plus three vegetables, good things might happen: 1) more kids would bring their own lunch. 2) More kids would eat the healthy lunches provided by the school. 3) fewer kids would buy school lunches, which would save the county money on food costs and payroll because we would need fewer cafeteria workers. What the cafeteria management companies are doing has nothing to do with the well-being of the students. If there was more competition from student organizations like the coffee shop at RCA, cafeterias may be inspired to provide items that are both healthy and in demand. It is no wonder that students cannot stay awake during 6th period with their bellies full of fat and carbs."

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"RCA marketing students should be upset by the closing of their coffee shop. Administrators of all three high schools are allowed to raise money for 'the principal's fund' using vending machines located all over the building, including the cafeteria area during breakfast and lunch, but a class designed to teach students the 'ups and downs' of running a business is prevented from doing so? For the parent who wrote in about the cookies sold in the cafeteria, I'd be less worried about the cookies sold during lunch than the junk food sold in the vending machines all day long. Wake up Rockdale! Where does all this money go? Teachers who have begged for these machines to be removed from the halls for years have been told it is none of our business. We are, however, expected to keep kids from eating the crap being sold in these machines during class. Now how much sense does that make to you?"

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"The new jail sounds pretty sweet. Free medical and dental, food, a place to sleep. Commons area for recreation. Why do I get up every day and go to work?"

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"While visiting my daughter and family, I had bad case of bronchitis. Not feeling well, I went to my daughter's primary care doctor. She gave me antibiotics and an inhaler. Hoping everything would be fine. Two days later still not feeling well, I had to call the ambulance to Rockdale Hospital. While I was there I had a heart attack. The medical care was fantastic. From the EMTs, doctors, nurses, techs and housekeeping. My family was treated with respect and dignity. How proud you should be of your medical services. They (the services) were the best I'd ever had away from home. This continued after I came back to my daughter's. Homecare and therapist were wonderful. A big thank you to Sandra and Godfrey. Thank you seems so little to say to so many whom saved your life. From the bottom of my heart, I remain very grateful and alive."

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"In response to the person who wrote in about grandparents raising their grandchildren - How dare you! I am a single grandmother raising my granddaughter (8 years old). I am not, nor have I, enabled my child. This child would be where without me? Have you stopped to think about that? This sweet, loving little girl never asked to be put into the situation where she has wound up. By taking her and raising her, I have kept her out of the hands of child abusers, molesters and God only knows what else. Where would she be without me? Her mother, not my daughter, went to prison for her crimes. Her mother would never sign the papers for her father, my son, to have and raise her. The child's mother would not even allow her own mother to have her. By taking my baby girl, I have put my life on hold, I have taken on a responsibility that I did not ever think I would have. But, by doing so, I have kept this child out of the system. Also, by taking this little angel I have in no way enabled my child. So while you are getting off on your high horse, think again before you try to put yourself in someone else's shoes (especially mine). I am totally appalled by this stupid remark. You know nothing of grandparents' situations that have put them into the everyday of raising our own! There is no one in this world that I would want to raise my granddaughter other than myself. A remark such as yours really ticks me off. Come to my home and look into my little one's eyes and then turn around and look at me in my eyes and tell me I am an enabler. The only enabling I am doing is enabling my granddaughter to grow up with her family. A family member that loves her and only wants to give her a chance in life!"

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"I feel so sorry for our children in today's world. The CRCT tests are starting this week and there has been so much pressure put on our kids about these tests. At first, I wanted to blame the teachers, but the pressure is put on them. My child is in first grade and he has been so upset that he will make a low score on the tests. I told him to do his best, but he said, the teacher told them that they would not go to the next grade if they scored low. It is really sad the pressure they put them under. We wonder why there are so many kids on antidepressants and committing suicide these days. I really feel sorry for the teachers and students. I'm not the only parent that feels this way."

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"The proliferation of "Wrong Way" signs on Ga. 20 must imply an influx of British drivers or, more probable, an influx of idiots. It is safe to assume the latter. These signs are typically used on interstate ramps, but this is the first time I have seen them on a road such as Ga. 20 which is a well-marked road divided with a median. Makes you wonder how safe it is to drive around here any more. Also makes you wonder where these people come from."

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"To the people in the new subdivision on Hi-Roc: I agree with why did you move here, but I think the build-up of cracker box subdivisions like you are in has contributed greatly to the decline of our once fine school system. The crime rate has increased greatly also with this build-up. I think the old houses in rural areas have some aesthetic charm to them, while the trash is really moving in with the new developments."

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"It's admirable that Chairman Roy Middlebrooks is sponsoring a diversity sensitivity training class designed to promote awareness of the rapidly changing demographics of our community. It's baffling that these classes are being held in mid-week from 8:30-10 and 1:30-3 p.m. when most citizens are at work. What audience is he counting on to attend? "Things that make you go ... hhhmmmm!"

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"I was not aware that there are 'children' attending Heritage High to buy cookies. Maybe they could get some juice and fruit roll-ups at recess, then a story at nap time."

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"Can someone please explain to me why we would buy a gas guzzling Tahoe for our superintendent when a gallon of gas is nearing $4? He can't possibly be transporting others in the school system that often to justify such a large vehicle that averages only 14 MPG in the city. I'm thinking a mini-van would have been more economical."

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"Why are there hardly any restaurants in Conyers with patios? It is beautiful here and we have to drive to Madison or Decatur to eat outside."