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Rockdale Citizen Poll 3-1-08

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

"With all of the recent success of our high school basketball teams, why hasn't Rockdale 23 taped and aired some of the games? It would be great if they covered some local high school sports. I'm sure the station could fit in a game or two between the BOC meeting and Jazzercize! Anyway, a big congratulations goes out to all of our student athletes."

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"State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, is still attempting to take Constitutional rights away from Georgia citizens by inserting guidelines into the Georgia code. In his own statement recently regarding returning surplus tax revenue to the taxpayer, Rep. Holt should take note to exactly what he said, and apply that to a property owners' rights to sue. Holt said of his reasoning in returning excess surpluses: 'It really surprises me how often the constituent calls aren't from folks who need governmental help to solve a problem. Often times they've gone to a government agency to get something done and it's been mishandled or dropped. The attitude of bureaucrats involved is atrocious. I don't think Georgian taxpayers need that.' Often times people went to the government to get something done and it was mishandled. The attitude of bureaucrats is atrocious. It's funny how the shoe fits one foot but it doesn't fit the other, isn't it?"

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"Dear Conyers, think our drought is bad now? Just wait until the proposed Washington County Coal Plant starts taking 13.5 million gallons of water per day out of our rivers to power Florida and Alabama."

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"I am writing this letter in response to the 'No Trespassing' signs that have been placed along Rockdale Industrial Boulevard at the BioLab distribution center. I am a resident of Olde Town Conyers and an avid duck hunter. About one year ago I purchased a female Lab puppy and over the past months have gone the 1/2 mile down the street to the pond that is on the property. I have been perhaps a dozen times. I let my dog swim in the pond and retrieve dummies I would throw. I have never stayed longer than 30 minutes and have never left so much as a gum wrapper on the property. I have also never witnessed any other person there. Some employees of BioLab saw me there one Friday afternoon and within two weeks the property was posted. Perhaps it was coincidence, but I don't think so. I respect the right of BioLab to post their property, or regulate it in any way they see fit. My point is that it may be their right, but it isn't very neighborly. They have no liability and have experienced no evident problems. I feel that they posted the property simply because they could. I would only ask if this is the same type of goodwill they sought when their fire caused us to evacuate our homes. Or the understanding they hoped for when residents had to deal with the impact the smoke had on their plants, trees, car finishes and homes. I will respect the posting, but I will also remember, watch and wait. Perhaps another day will come when I can choose to be a good neighbor, or not, as well."

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"I have two comments to make. First, as I was reading the Citizen this morning I see the arts council is doing very well with support for the events they do - congratulations. Looks like all the negative being brought on by Mr. (Herb) Parker, Mr. (Garvin) Haynes was all in vain. The message is clear. The people of Rockdale and Conyers want the arts council and the good it produces, and we don't want Parker, Haynes, and the bad they produce. Who knows? We may have more Dakota Fannings in Rockdale County because of the arts. By the way, happy 14th birthday, Dakota. Second, while taking my morning walk, which leads me down O'Kelly Street to Travis Street behind the library, I couldn't help but notice all the trash down in the storm drain. There are pop bottles, tires, paper, take-out trays, all down in there. Keep Rockdale clean and beautiful? How? When we can't keep our own library grounds clean. Can the community service workers clean this up? If not, I will be glad to on my Saturday off to clean it myself."

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"Enough about Shawn Geiger already. I'm sure he's a nice enough guy, but he did a stupid thing, so he can deal with it. You should be more upset that all the other positive role models who teach your kids are having to pull money out of their own pockets to help educate them."

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"I really wish that one of our local legislators would propose that Rockdale and Newton counties merge into one because I think it would be great with the way their leaders are doing a better job at managing their growth and our leaders here know how to attract major retail growth and if you put the two together it would be great in the long run. It might be expensive to do, but if Rockdale doesn't improve, I'm more than likely moving to Newton County anyway, I have kids in school and Sam King is a disaster to this system in my opinion, and for a county of our size, we are overcrowded and Newton does have lots of undeveloped land in the eastern portion of the county and they are trying to control growth, but Rockdale is almost like 'Little DeKalb County,' and that has nothing to do with race. I'm talking about the overcrowding and bad schools and development run amuck with really no development standards. Just look at all of the eyesores on Ga. Highway 138, West Avenue and Salem Road and that way if we merged, I could move away from the bad growth and still be at home far away from it all."

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"I'd like to address my thoughts to the person who wrote that J.H. House Elementary School was going to 'hit rock bottom soon.' I just want to say that you do not speak for everyone. I'm very happy working at House and with the administration. I must say that I don't like negative people, because their negativism affects others. If you are unhappy, put in for a transfer or go online and apply with other counties. If you are a good teacher, you'll find a job very quickly. When teachers are unhappy, it affects your students, your teaching ability, your family, friends and all your peers that you work with it. So instead of complaining about your unhappiness, do something that will be productive for you and move on. Life is too short to be unhappy and make all those around you suffer as well."

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"All this bellyaching by the school teachers is pretty comical. I think the vast majority of people would enjoy a $50,000-a-year job and only work 190 days a year. Teachers, if you don't like it - then go out in the corporate world and get a real job."

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"When I read the opinion poll, I try to remember these are opinions, not based on facts and do not reflect all views of an issue. They are one person's opinion. Now I have formed a opinion from the articles I have read and the opinions printed in this newspaper regarding the two Salem teachers. I have two grown sons who graduated from this county school system. I now have a grandchild in this county school system. Had a teacher taken one of my sons off the school property without my permission or much less the administration's permission, I would have their head on a platter. This is not an acceptable action. Let's add a sexual conversation in a car and I would have more than their head on a platter. Now there is a conversation on school property between two teachers that is not appropriate. Another action that is not acceptable. And people do not have a problem with this because they are 'nice guys?' Now let's blame the administration for picking on 'nice guys.' Had these teachers not initiated these actions in the first place, we would not have this issue in the newspaper. But most importantly, what are our students learning from these actions and opinions? If you're a nice guy, you can break the rules and blame the administration or the authority for picking on nice guys. I do not find this acceptable. I have the opinion that my sons and grandchildren are nice people, and we (my husband and I) taught them there will always be rules to follow and they are responsible for their actions. Every action has a reaction and they will always be held accountable for their actions - even if they are nice guys."

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"What has happened to Rockdale County? It used to be a wonderful place to live. I have been here most of my adult life and raised a family here and now it looks like it's gone to the dogs. We have vacant houses, traffic problems and crime. It's not even a good place to be living now."

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"Hey Delta and Northwest, I don't want any unhappy pilots flying my planes. Thank you."

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"Thank you so much for the pictures of the lunar eclipse in the newspaper. They were really great and very educational. A great job done!"

Editor's note: Thank you, we will be sure to pass your compliments along to the photographer, Robert Porter. He had a late night, but we, too, were very happy with the results.

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"I want to wish Dakota Fanning a happy birthday today. She is the daughter of Joyce Fanning and Steve Fanning out in Los Angeles, Calif. I think her sister-in-law is Jill Fanning, she used to be with ESPN and CBS Sports. I also want to wish all the high school basketball players good luck this weekend. Good luck Georgia Tech and Georgia in the conference schedules."

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"There have been articles about teachers and their pay, and blah, blah, blah ... and I would appreciate it if this would come out in the Poll. Ya know, there is never anything about the cafeteria workers, you know that don't make anything. Working the cafeteria, feed the teachers, feed the children, and we are totally underpaid."

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"I see Roy Middlebrooks had finally got some competition. But I am really disappointed we don't have something better to choose from. Maybe we will be lucky and get some new school board members."

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"This comment is in rebuttal and to clarify information from last Saturday. I was the person that first wrote about the teacher at Ray Davis Middle School wearing a skirt that said, 'Danger, Educated Black Woman.' It was actually a skirt, and not a shirt. Last week, a citizen made a comment about Black History Month, well to clarify that, that skirt was not worn during the Black History Month of February, it was worn in January. And in rebuttal against celebrating diversity, it doesn't. That actually acknowledges one race and is very inflammatory to any other races. The skirt had embroidered a large fluorescent sign that said "Danger, Educated Black Woman." And once again, that was worn in the month of January, not Black History Month of February."

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"When I read Friday's article 'Chief says teen should not have fought fire,' I was very surprised to read about the verbal warning. Not that a verbal warning was given, but the fact according to the paper that the officer in charge during the Feb. 9 incident was given a verbal warning while in the presence of a reporter with the Citizen. Since when is it a good position with any business to warn/reprimand anyone in front of others? I am not sure whose idea it was to warn them in the presence of a reporter. Talk about a way NOT to build team spirit. Also the battalion chief who was present during the interview said he would no longer allow citizen ride-alongs with any fire engine under his command. His opinion seems a reactionary and unfair response toward future potential firefighters. Another fine way to NOT build team spirit. This made me ponder whatever happened to the once upon a time, Rockdale County Board of Redress which was shut down a few years ago? It was my understanding that the human resources director who is no longer employed in Rockdale County did not see the need for the Board of Redress. I wonder if the county employees and the citizens requesting ethics reform see the need to reestablish the Board of Redress."