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Rockdale Citizen Poll 3-15-08

Funny that the Citizen does an article on the Rotary Club and titles it Service above Self. The irony is that Wales Barksdale is in the photo and "Service Above Self" is above the picture. For the citizens that do not know, Wales Barksdale is on the school board and leases two buildings on West Avenue for ridiculous amounts of money per year. The bad thing is the Citizen has done an article about this and I'm the only one that wrote in about it. I call it a conflict of interest, anyone else?

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Who or what has passed a law that forces the over-taxed citizens of Rockdale County to pay a stormwater runoff tax? I live in a rural area of the county and the county has a drainage easement just about in the middle of my property. Could I charge them?

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What has happened to the band teacher at Salem High makes me angry and saddened. What is really going on behind the scenes with the superintendent in this county? I am not the only one who feels the superintendent should be replaced immediately. If we don't act now, Rockdale will turn out like the mess he left in Clayton County. Parents, taxpayers, even his own staff submit complaints about him in this poll. If we do not act quickly - he just might bring over some of the Clayton County's BOE that may lose their jobs. Let's act quickly.

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Please citizens and Rockdale BOE, do not let Sam King bring over any of his fellow colleagues from the Clayton County BOE.

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To the racist who discussed the issue of seizing vehicles of illegals: I agree, seize the vehicles of illegals. I don't agree with your rationale that "these people" are on the police blotter. You are assuming that since the last name of a person looks Hispanic, they must be illegal. That is called prejudice. You must have been educated in the great county of Rockdale ... Let God do the judging.

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A group called the Center for Union Facts is offering whom they consider the 10 worst teachers in America $10,000 to retire. I wonder how much a superintendent goes for?

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I would like to comment on an article written two weeks ago regarding 'Peter the Great', Peter Yates. I have never met this young man, and more than likely never will, but if even half of what I read is true, he is a true student-athlete, and wise beyond his years. For him to realize at a young age that motivation is what drives a person to do well, is phenomenal. It seems Peter understands that if you want to play a sport, one of the motivating factors is to keep your grades up, and focus on your dream. I love the fact that he recognizes his parents' influence, and the fact his dad did not push him into wrestling, but told him he had to do it right if he was going to wrestle at all. I believe what I loved most after reading the article was the fact he was humbled after his one sophomore loss. Instead of throwing down his headgear, and blaming the loss on a bad call, he took it like a man and learned a lesson. A true champion is one who realizes his mistakes and learns from it, one who does not brag on his accomplishments, but listens to you talk about yours with sincere interest, one who can balance academics with sports, and one can give credit to others where credit is due. Peter Yates is all those things and more. ... Good luck at Virginia Tech, Peter, and with the new chapter you will begin soon.

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I just came back from Florida, north on the Florida turnpike, on to route 75, through Florida, and what did I hit, Georgia? The whole roadside, one side and the other, full of billboards, the most disgusting highway I've ever seen in my life. And who do we thank for that, Ted Turner? If the General Assembly wants to do something instead of talking about arresting children, or their parents for obesity, and some sort of fat index, why don't they do something about getting the billboards off of the highways? It is a horrible, horrible example of a highway.

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I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled to see in Tuesday's Citizen, that parts of our beloved Olde Town Conyers are returning to it's original charm and grace with it's historic colors. Kudos to Mr. Rick Johnson for having the foresight to make these very needed changes. I never understood why some felt that we needed to be something we are not. I love the Caribbean colors too, when I'm on vacation. ... They are great places to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. But obviously others agree, because they have moved here as well. I wonder why they were so set on changing us then. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Rick Johnson. Hopefully others will follow your lead and will completely give Olde Town Conyers back her integrity, then she can once again flourish with dignity.