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01-19 Rockdale Citizen Poll

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

"To the person who was concerned over parents entering Young Americans Christian School and causing safety issues to others, all I can say is we agree, but approach it from different angles. I have no doubt you had a near-death experience, so I'm not excusing the person who apparently made a bad decision, but the road design and traffic control obviously was not taken into consideration when that entire area became so congested due to overbuilding. Believe me, most YACS parents have had similar near-death experiences trying to enter and leave the property as well. It has been suggested YACS hire a sheriff's deputy to control entry and exit from the school, but can you imagine how much worse that would make the traffic for everyone else attempting to get to Salem by 8:05 every morning? I have a student at Salem, so I wouldn't want that either. As much as the YACS parents need to 'open your eyes,' consideration for speed and patience is just as necessary from all travelers in and out of the area. Many drive too fast when conditions allow it and others refuse to take two or three extra seconds to let people in and out. As with the majority of traffic problems in Conyers, blame the county government for over allowing overbuilding without planning. For the record, it doesn't matter the age of your passengers in the front or back seat - everyone's life is priceless, so thank God none of you were injured."

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"I am writing not as a business owner, but as a longtime customer at some of this county's older businesses. It is my opinion that Mayor (Randy) Mills overlooked other, more deserving local businesses, as being Spirit of Conyers award recipients at the State of the City address. While I am not impugning the hard work of this year's winners, I believe that a Spirit award should go to those businesses who have served the citizens of our county for decades. I hope that this year's winners will follow the examples of the older, established businesses in this county and stick it out like they have in both the fat and lean economical years. That is the true test of spirit. As for me and mine, we are going to drive that extra mile to the businesses that actually say 'hello,' and 'thank you' each and every time you walk through their front doors."

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"This is in response to the lady that is telling parents and teachers trying to get into the Young Americans Christian School parking lot to 'Open Your Eyes!' My response to her is, 'Read your Georgia driver's license handbook!' Since when is it OK to drive 45 mph in a school zone? Anywhere? You should not only be ticketed, but ashamed of yourself! I guess the county finally realized that there are so many people like you driving, that although they know that 45 is not an acceptable school zone speed limit, they better have it posted because there are people out there that can't rely on common sense, but need a sign to tell them what they should already know. Wait, that can't be right. Since it's a private school and not a public school, the county really isn't responsible to post the county-owned signs, so maybe Young Americans had to buy and post their own sign. If the county IS responsible for the new signs, it's probably because they finally reached the quota of accidents before they stepped up and added the signs to protect all of people."

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"Kudos to Snapping Shoals EMC for offering a scholarship for an 'All-Around' student. These students somehow seem to get lost in the shuffle when it comes to recognition for a job well done. It seems there is glory given to the superstar athlete who may or may not have passing grades or to the student who only is involved with his studies. It takes tremendous determination and time management to achieve good grades while also fulfilling the requirements of extra-curricular activities. From my own family experience, I speak from a child involved in sports. My son was a three-sport athlete in the ninth grade. This consisted of being at school every morning for weight training at 7 a.m. and most nights not getting home until 7 or 8. He did this the entire year and still managed to have a 3.9 average in advanced courses and was ranked 15 out 474. There are many more students like him. While they may not be the stud with lots of headlines or the brainiac with perfect scores, these students are already demonstrating the qualities that will make them successful in adulthood. Great idea SSEMC!"

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"In response to last week's complaint regarding the traffic in front of YACS, I wanted to let you know that the school is diligently working with the county in assessing the traffic situation in front of the school. Also, please note that the traffic in front of YACS is not all YACS traffic. There are two public schools (including a high school) and several new subdivisions, which also contribute to the traffic there. We are all obviously aware that there is a school there, not just YACS parents and teachers. And just because the speed is posted at 45 mph does not mean that we should travel 45 mph. We should all be mindful of the situation. There are many children traveling that road in the mornings, including YACS students, Salem High students and Memorial Middle School students."

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"To the person who wrote in about reading the police blotter and the high number of people driving without a license or insurance, I did some research a few months ago and followed up on numerous cases. The majority of the tickets were issued to illegals who have not done the proper paperwork to become an American citizen, therefore cannot obtain a driver's license or get auto insurance. So I guess the next questions would be, if they are illegal, why are we even issuing a ticket? Most cases that went to court, the person was a no-show. So if they are illegal, no confirmed address, no Social Security number, no work info, how is the county following up on this in the court system?"

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"To the person complaining about people turning in front of them at a school, first of all, if it is indeed a school zone, the speed limit should be posted at 25 mph during the morning and afternoon admissions and dismissal times, not 45 mph as stated. However, if it's one of those daycare places that call themselves a school, then it could be 45 mph. Either/or isn't important, but rather logic and common sense is. Since this is a busy place as far as traffic is concerned, with vehicles entering and leaving the establishment that are carrying children, it would be logical to simply slow down a little for the just-in-case event that could occur as you described. Leave a few minutes earlier instead of waiting to the last minute, hang up that cell phone and drive. The life you save could very well be your own. Like I said, that would be the logical thing to do. Which is probably impossible. 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not too sure about the former.' - Albert Einstein

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"As I sit at the light at the intersection of Old McDonough Highway and (Ga. Highway) 138 every morning for two minutes for absolutely no reason whatsoever while there are no cars coming from either direction, I just get steamed. One might say, 'well, it's just two minutes.' Well, that two minutes equals 10 minutes a week and 520 minutes per year, which is approximately one full work day. The average income per hour at my place of business is $60 per hour with costs of benefits. So that two minutes that I sit at that light EVERY day for absolutely no reason costs my company an average of $520 a year. Multiply that times the tens of thousands of people who go through that light every day and think about what that does to the economy of the state. Then think about the thousands of lights similar to this one throughout the state. Why can't the DOT get traffic signalization synchronized in this state? Because they are another completely useless government entity. I have time to think all this up every day for two minutes a day while I sit looking over at the post office and Ruby Tuesday."

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"Wake up, police! These out-of-state tags you see with no date or year stickers, they're local residents. Rather than buy expensive Georgia tags, they've scraped the stickers off, hoping the cops are too stupid to pick up on it. It seems to be working; I see one or two every day. Stop giving these loafers a free pass and ticket them!"

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"Congratulations to Bob Cresswell on his retirement this year. Also, cable is a whole lot better than DirecTV and has a lot more channels than DirecTV. Also, where is Jill Arrington living at? is she living in L.A. or does she live in New York? Do anybody know where she lives at and what is her job description? Good luck to Georgia Tech this weekend and next weekend in basketball."

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"'Hospital sale is moving forward.' It is not right that Signature has to tell us what is happening rather than our Hospital Authority, who should be keeping the people informed as to what's going on. They have their meetings, they go into executive session. The only news we hear is what we read in the paper. I understand there will be another extension to continue looking at the sale to Signature. Why would we want to sell to Signature with their assets being four hospitals, including RMC, from what the paper says. What good would that do us if Signature cannot come through? Let's get real. Hospital Authority, turn this over to the courts to decide or to someone who knows more about what they're doing than you people. You have not been open to the people of this county and our hospital employees are kind of sitting in limbo as to what is happening. We have wonderful people that work at the hospital; great doctors that use the hospital. Mismanagement was the word to begin with, and the Hospital Authority should have known about this many months ago, which I'm sure they probably did. How much money has been spent already trying to sell the hospital? How will our bonds be paid off? Open up and tell us exactly what is taking place."

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"This comment is directed at the newspaper, but also the ultimate accountability folks, the Board of Commissioners. I don't think I've ever seen a figure for prison care that the hospital provided yearly or on an annual basis - might have been an average. I wonder if that amount of money is written into the Signature contract and will they furnish that amount of money or will the taxpayers have to furnish that amount? I don't know why there hasn't been a figure given and I wonder if there is a specific clause in the contract itself that would have Signature take care of at least up to a certain amount for prisoner care. I know indigent care, unless it's a life-threatening situation they can avoid. Anyway, I would like to see somebody read a contract, particularly the newspaper or the Board of Commissioners, and we can have some idea of what we may be facing in the future. Even though the general sale of the hospital may very well be a very positive thing for the county because we'll get new equipment and things like that, it would be nice to know and anticipate, or the Board of Commissioners anticipate what thy might have to put in their budget to take care of things like that."

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"I don't know if I should call this newspaper, the state school board, college admissions offices or an attorney. Last school year, second semester, my son failed a math class with a 69. He learned an important lesson that every grade matters. He had to get a summer job, pay for his own summer school and retake the class, which he passed with an 85. The failing grade of 69 is still on his transcript and will continue to drag down his GPA. This morning, my neighbor told me her son made a 68 in his first semester math class, but now he gets to take a free online class called Intersession and he will get no less than a 70 for this class and the failing grade of 68 will magically disappear from his transcript. Where is the lesson in all of this? Where is the fairness? And since when can the all-mighty school board hierarchy sit on their thrones and decide that a grade can magically disappear off of a legal document that determines college entrance, the HOPE scholarship, car insurance premiums, possible future employment, etc.? By doing this, you're not only teaching students that failure to put forth effort will come back and bite you, but you are teaching our students that by taking an online class - and how does anyone verify who is actually doing the work? A student, friend, parent? - you can now deceive and fraud others."