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Rockdale Citizen Poll 2-9-08

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"Per your statement in last week's Poll, you stated that 'by approving the most recent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, voters gave Rockdale County commissioners the authority to spend approximately $4 million for recreation projects in the county. The Parker Road tennis complex was a recommendation by the Citizen's SPLOST Oversight Committee.' My question is, who decided that we needed a tennis complex over say, a basketball/youth football complex that would better serve the majority of our citizens' needs? Very few people in this county play tennis! If it is the schools that need this type of facility, then they should apply for funds via another avenue. The citizens deserve a chance to vote for what they want in recreational facilities, and not have a committee arbitrarily choose what 'recreation projects' we get via a blank check for $4 million!"

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"Conyers has some great local restaurants. Unfortunately, the local people don't support them. Most people would rather wait in line to get into Applebee's or Cracker Barrel than go to one of our LOCALLY owned restaurants. The businesses of downtown Conyers deserve support, and they are only a few minutes from the chain restaurants."

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"I saw where the city is evaluating energy efficient regulations. Here is something which might make sense and help out our entire county. Last week someone wrote in about Newton County having Dumpsters all over for the residents to use free of charge. Hey, Rockdale County, how about working out a deal with the recyclers and the strip mall owners to put up recycling Dumpsters to save the citizens from having to go to the dump to recycle. You could have newspaper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic and glass, locations throughout the county. It would help reduce the trash in the landfills and we could start going green in Rockdale County. The county could start taking some initiative, you know, looking out for the future stakeholders in the community. If a drop-off location were close to citizens' homes, I am sure I would not be the only one who would drop off their recyclables and help our environmental recyclers. I am interested in what the citizens have to say on this."

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"Sick of those high-priced teachers? Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - baby-sit! I would give them $3 an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 45 minutes off for lunch). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now, how many do they teach in a day? Maybe 30? So that is 19.5 X 30 = $585 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them for any vacations. Let's see, that is $585 x 180 = $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator must need batteries). What about those special teachers or the ones with master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair, round it off to $7 an hour. That would be $7 x 6 1/2 hours x 30 children x 180 days = $245,700 per year. Wait a minute, there is something wrong here! There sure is, duh!"

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Well today is day eight, the lady up the street has a water leak on the county side of the meter. The county has been called by at least three different people and they have not fixed the problem as of today. So where is the water shortage? I guess it's over."

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"Hey RC, what happened to the birth announcements?"

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"I was amused by the headline in Sunday's paper regarding road improvements to Parker Road. When the school was being built on Parker Road two years ago, I thought it was amazing that the DOT and/or the planning commission did not see fit to do infrastructure improvements before building. Anyone going down that road knows the pavement is buckled and cracked already. Then the planning commission approved the building of all those stores on the corner of Flat Shoals and Parker Road, again no road to traffic improvements, no turn signal, etc. Now, I am not a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon, but I knew two years ago the road desperately needed improvements. I am amazed that county officials and DOT planners are so ill-equipped to handle the job that they couldn't figure that out ahead of time."

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"I want to say a sarcastic thank-you to a couple of staff members at Hightower Trail Elementary school for making voters feel uncomfortable and unwanted this morning. As we were entering, at 6:45 a.m., so we could vote and still make it to work on time, one teacher in front of very young students, said 'the poll worker is just letting them come in, they shouldn't even be here yet, it's not like it's freakin' 30 degrees outside.' I was SHOCKED! Understand this, dear, we voters pay your salary, we paid for that building and the supplies you use, whether we have children or not. We are hit hard for taxes to pay for education! I do not expect to be treated like an intruder when I am rushing to do one of the most important jobs any citizen has. I have always worried about the safety of children when school is open on Election Day, but if school is open, we have to vote, so at the very least you can try to be an adult about it. Every voter was lined up against the wall, just like we learned many years ago, in a quiet, respectful queue. Language such as 'freakin' in front of first-graders is not a glaring sign of a polished, well-mannered and educated individual. Neither is treating hard-working, civic-minded voters like they are a huge inconvenience to you personally just because we have to vote in a school. Yes, the school that their tax dollars funded."

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"I think that it is really nice that the elected officials of the city and county think it is OK to spend the SPLOST money on whatever they please. It was my understanding that the people of Rockdale County voted that tax in to spend on road repair and projects to improve traffic flow. With the gridlock and the disrepair of the roads, they do not have to go looking for somewhere else to spend the money."

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Students at a Fayette County school steamed over locked bathrooms? Rockdale County public high schools have been doing this for years in order to prevent students from texting each other for sexual rendezvous during the school day. So much for the argument that parents should be relied upon when it comes to sex education and the development of the character of our nation's youth. When is the last time you checked your child's cell activity to see who, what, when, where and how they are using their cell phones on a daily basis? You may want to check out teentracking.com."

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"Shawn Geiger for superintendent!"

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"Why can't the ice skating rink be at the Horse Park for the season? It would be easier to control the crowds. It is a shame that a few unruly kids can spoil the fun for all. Also, someone should look into the possibility of having a permanent ice skating rink at the Horse Park. There is a lot of skaters that would love to have one available all the time, like the one that used to be in Stone Mountain Park. Also, if there was a rollerblade and skateboard place available, it would be great. The facilities at the Horse Park could be used for a great advantage to our county's use."

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"If you are a Caucasian citizen, please do us all a favor and never use the term 'reverse racism.' There is no such term in existence. It is so sad that some black citizens believe that the terms 'racist' or 'racism' is reserved for their own offensive use. Racism is the belief that members of one race are intrinsically superior or inferior to members of other races, no matter what races are involved. Most of the racial ignorance that I have read involves bigotry, not racism. A bigot is one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. By the way, there is no 'reverse bigotry' either. The parents may as well get accustomed to having Rockdale Schools lose their AYP status along with the great teachers that knew how to educate students. A teacher should never tolerate an ignorant parent calling them a racist - tell them to get lost and end the conversation. No one gets paid enough to listen to that garbage. I won't tolerate it, I can assure you. Fire me, Sammy, I'm not putting up with it anymore."

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"This is an archived Citizen Poll entry from June of 2007. As you can see, Dr. Samuel King was being questioned about the treatment of his employees back in June of 2007 and now the Geiger incident surfaces with the same type of mistreatment. You be the judge, you decide: 'I wish the superintendent of schools would take time to take a self-evaluation of his actions as the instructional leader of the Rockdale County School System and act on the facts that he asserts his judgment - not react before getting to know all the facts. Visit schools to let personnel know he appreciates the work they do. You should be building morale, not tearing it down.' Our school system was not broken when the new superintendent came to Rockdale, but it appears our system is in real trouble now. I sincerely hope the school board can guide our superintendent through this time. But, with the salary he is making, he should have known what the job required of him. We deserve better."

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"I don't propose to know much about the law, that is for sure, but in Saturday's Rockdale Citizen on the article about the county public defender, I'm just interested to know why Yametria Smith got administrative leave without pay and Keesha Brown got administrative leave with pay, when they both did the same thing."

Editor's note: According to the Sheriff's Office, they did not do the same thing. Yametria Smith was charged with conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision, violating an oath of office and sexual assault against persons in custody. Keesha Brown was charged with theft of services and conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision.

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"I was born and raised in Rockdale County, and through the years I have seen it change and change again. I had the opportunity to speak with both candidates for sheriff on the Democratic side; both are very intelligent young men. I hope the people in Rockdale County listen to them and don't just vote because the present sheriff is a Republican. Listen to all of the candidates and choose the best man, whether Republican or Democrat. I believe the sheriff should be nonpartisan anyway, because he should be for all the people and shouldn't be affiliated with a party. I hope our politicians recognize this and do something about it. It doesn't matter who the sheriff is, he should be the most qualified person to serve in Rockdale County. Let's make sure of that voters, please listen to them and take heed."

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"I am outraged to read in the opinion Poll this Saturday about a teacher at Ray Davis Middle School wearing a T-shirt that says, 'Educated Black Woman.' This is just appalling. How in the world would the principal of that school allow that teacher to remain in class and in the school system with that T-shirt on? That principal should have sent that teacher home to have her change her clothes."