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Newton Citizen Poll 3-8-08

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

"I wonder whatever happened to the trickle-down theory? Amazing, how on one side of the world an announcement could be made that crude oil prices will increase a certain amount - and the very next day the oil companies hike the price of gasoline. That means gasoline that's already in storage tanks and in the ground at service stations will increase, even though the oil companies paid a lower rate for that product. Oil companies need much better price regulation than is being done. Why does the consumer have to shoulder the load and oil company management receive all the perks?"

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"For Heaven's sake, can't you people spell CAVALRY? It's not Calvary!!! Calvary is a religious word. I've seen the same misspelling on a historical marker in Covington. Please try to get it right next time."

Editor's note: You are absolutely correct that we recently misspelled cavalry in a headline on our front page. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes in the future.

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"A special thanks to Trooper Frenchie Sharpe for making history come alive for the children of today! It's most important to appreciate the efforts of those who have gone before us. (And thanks to you for the front page coverage!) In 1996, my wife and I visited Fort Davis, Texas. Buffalo soldiers were stationed there in the late 1800s to provide protection against hostile Indians. The post has been completely restored and is a fitting monument to the Buffalo Soldiers. Also, on July 1, 1898, at Kettle Hill, San Juan Heights, Cuba, the 3rd and 10th Cavalry Regiments were dismounted and integrated. The color bearer of the 3rd was shot. Sgt. George Berry, 10th Cavalry, grabbed the 3rd's colors and the American flag and led the charge up the hill. Lt. John Pershing was an officer in the 10th. Sgt. George Berry was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Unfortunately, there was no further movement toward integration until President Harry S. Truman signed the order in 1948."

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"I would just like to comment on the person complaining about other smaller towns getting large retail shops and having to drive to Rockdale to spend their money. Coming from someone that has lived in Newton County my whole life, I think this county has plenty of building going on and more congestion than we need! If you only live 10 minutes from Rockdale, then you are obviously in one of the most highly congested areas of the county as it is, and I couldn't imagine why you would want even more traffic to deal with. I can't even find parking spots in all our local stores due to all of the DeKalb, Clayton, Fulton, and Gwinnett tags here these days! So if you need a mall and a Target and a movie theater ... keep driving to Rockdale, because I'd rather not have any more traffic around here than we already have."

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"I would like to comment on the Citizen Poll about the deadbeat dad. I was a close friend of the family and am not willing to take sides, but to retaliate in the paper by striking back at your ex-wife is childish. If you just think about one thing you do not pay child support, and that I know for a fact, and I appreciate the fact that my tax dollars are paying for your children until they can actually catch you to take it out of your check. If you did not want to be a deadbeat dad, then pay your child support. Case closed."

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"I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we used it to receive messages from the text? What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it? What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it when we traveled? What if we used it in case of emergency? This is something to make you go ... .hmm ... where is my Bible? Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. Makes you stop and think 'Where are my priorities?' And no dropped calls!

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"I read with interest the Citizen Poll today about the child support enforcement, and I wanted to make a comment also. My son has two children which I am raising because his wife walked out on him. The children have special needs and they need a secure home. My child works to pay child support. When he was laid off of his job and could not find another job, he lost his license and has no way to get to work. Now, he gets up every morning and he walks two miles to work. He works all day at a $6-an-hour job, walks home, takes care of himself, visits his children frequently. Does without food, does without health care, he recently lost some of his income, and child support enforcement refuses to modify his support because he does not have $100 to pay up front to have this service done, so therefore he is paying $340 a month. This includes the arrears (from) the time he was laid off from his job. Child support, walking to work every day, going hungry, has few clothes, doing completely without. He could take SSI because he has a disability, but he will not do that. He prefers to work and child support prefers to rob him of his dignity, his money and his health all because his children have special needs and they have to have Medicaid. Way to go child support enforcement. Call my son a deadbeat dad - I call him a hero."

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"Charter cable is high priced. Maybe the city could supplement some of the increase with the money that was made off the sale of the cable TV. Instead of worrying about city retirements, they should not be behind the airport that does not benefit the common taxpayer. All in all I am satisfied with Charter cable."

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"My family had a scary incident at our home this evening. My children were home with my mother-in-law while my husband and I ran an errand. A knock at the door produced a man claiming to work for the water department. He said he was responding to a call from our address regarding a leak with water everywhere. We had made no such of a call. My daughter called me, and I in turn called 911. Given the number of home invasion scams going on these days, and also the fact that it was 8 at night, we were extremely concerned for our family's safety. My husband and I got home just before a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived. After making a couple of phone calls, the deputy said that Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority had not dispatched any workers to our area this evening. He assured us that he would patrol the area and try to get some answers. The deputy returned a few minutes later to let us know that there was indeed a repair call sent in, but it was a prank call. Someone gave our address as the house with a leak, which is what started this whole ordeal. We felt relieved because it appeared that no predator was on the loose. The deputy that handled things was extremely nice and understanding. Even after learning that the man at our door was indeed a county employee, the officer assured us that we had done the right thing by calling the police. To the person that made the prank call, you should be ashamed! You scared innocent children just to get a thrill. I hope it was worth it! To all readers, I just want to remind you to be cautious when you open your door to strangers. Never take for granted that someone is a county worker just because they say so. Protect yourselves. Ask for identification, and verify any information they give you. You have the right to refuse to open the door. Thankfully, our situation turned out good. You might not be so lucky."

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"To the person who wrote that Rockdale County and Newton County should merge, do not even go there. Newton County does not want your problems. And also to the person who wanted to know what happened to Rockdale County, with all the increased crime, empty homes and traffic problems, I can tell you two reasons: greed and your county commissioners."

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"In response to the deadbeat dad: Stop whining! Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions! Obviously, in the letter you had printed you are not a responsible father or you would not be in the work release program or have the problems you brought on yourself! Parents are supposed to provide for their children!"

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"In reference to the March 1, 2008, comment about 'Alcohol and Religious Nuts,' the Bible verses you ask us to read didn't make any sense as far as your point. Try reading Nehemiah 13:15-21."

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"Whoever placed the "dead beat dad" signs in Covington should be paid "highly" for their efforts, such beautiful scenery! We, parents against deadbeats, all agree that spouses who don't pay their court-ordered child support payments should be labeled as a deadbeat dad or mom, and signs made up placed in the front yard of their residence. So, quit crying, you deadbeats, pay your two beautiful children their court-ordered child support and tell the truth why you were asked to leave your beautiful wife and children, and the $7 an hour you are making now? Come on, we know the truth. So, make Covington beautiful, more deadbeat dad signs!"

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"Thank you Newton County for thoroughly inspecting your restaurants. My husband, myself, and my 4-year-old son have been eating at a particular restaurant in Covington for six years (sometimes we visited it weekly). We've always brought friends and family there for celebrations. We just found out it scored a horrible 33. It saddens me that this restaurant would do so many things wrong that could jeopardize its customers' health. We will not be back and we will be telling everyone we know about their score. Thanks again for great investigating and keeping us safe."

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"Now before y'all get all upset here, take this satire humor in stride, but listen to the overall message and I think you'll get the picture. Hopefully free. It's a travesty. The sky is falling because Charter Cable is ramping up rates and overcharging customers. And what does the customer do? Well, they keep on paying them, of course, they can't miss American Idol or any of those Hollywood gossip shows. What's a redneck to do if he can't watch NASCAR or Ted Nugent kill something or lil' Suzie can't watch all those cartoons? And Mama can't watch 100 soap opera reruns. Now that would be a sin. I remember when I had cable. Several years ago. That was the good old days. Man, we had it made back then. Always something to watch on 70 or 80 channels, whatever it was. Then I moved. And there ain't no cable here. Uh Oh! I gotta sell the house now, we don't have cable. Sat-TV? Oops again. No TV when it rains. Just doggone it. Can't win. So I dig out my old antenna from the '70s and '80s and throw it up. Guess what? Free TV. I get 18 stations total including that Spanish station everyone loves to watch hoping someday they'll be able to understand what the heck they're saying. No offense to the Latino community, but there's nothing like tuba music, either. Man that stuff will make you jump off the couch - yup, to find the remote. But back to the important stuff. If you people start cutting off that service, Charter will be giving it away to get you back and that Mr. Everett "Skip" James will have some 'splain' to do to his superiors, or he'll be unemployed. With all due respect to Mr. "Skip," but these corporate gurus can produce more excuses than there are fleas on a dog's back in July. But the bottom line is the bottom line: No revenue = no jobs. Or are those 80 channels so important that you will let these corporate ripoffs run all over you? Remember, you DO have a CHOICE. Tune in next week to the Charter Cable report for more entertainment. Stories developing daily. Laughs are free. Now stop 'plainin' and git'er dun."