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03-29 Rockdale Citizen Poll

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line:

"I don't think that a student who has been a Magnet student, then transferred to Heritage, skipping a grade, should be eligible as a valedictorian. This student had opportunities not available for the traditional students at Heritage who have been working hard and taking PC and AP classes for four years, as opposed to their three years. Magnet students are not put in the same bracket as Rockdale High students, neither should they be considered in the same category. I don't propose to completely strip this person of any title, but they should receive a separate title, or at least share valedictorian status."

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"I strongly believe there should be some sort of guidelines for high school valedictorians. Rules such as having been enrolled at the school for three or more years and maintaining the drive to learn. Also, students should not be allowed to hold the valedictorian position if they transferred to regular high school for their last two years from the Magnet School where they received extra GPA points. This is a highly unfair advantage over the students who have put in all four years of hard work for their school and succeeding at the top of their class without the added Magnet GPA points."

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"I think there is an issue with transfer students becoming valedictorian at schools they have only attended for barely two years. This is especially an issue when the student is a Magnet student who has only worked three years while others have worked more. A valedictorian should not only be highly educated but someone that many in his/her class have known and respected throughout their high school years. Providing an unknown valedictorian, despite his/her intelligence, would be almost like presenting the U.S. with a president out of borders. The transfer student should, without a doubt, get recognition and some form of a reward but the valedictorian speech is one that seniors anticipate and it would be more memorable if it was made by someone well known to the graduating class."

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"Anyone notice that the road striping on old Salem Road from 138 towards Flat Shoals is so faded you can hardly see it anymore? Even worse when it's dark or raining. Rockdale County Road department, please put this on your list to re-stripe soon."

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"I was wondering why the Rockdale Citizen does not have the cartoons by Scrawls available online. Mr. Scrawls is a fine American and not too shabby of a golfer and should be shown online! Thank you."

Editor's note: We agree that Scrawls is a fine cartoonist (we'll have to take your word on the quality of his golf game.) However, a technical problem with our Web site prevents us from uploading his cartoons at this time.

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"You may not recall the previous style of reporting the Police Blotter, but I remember a time when it would read something like this: 'A woman reported her purse being taken from her cart while shopping inside a 'store' on such and such a date and time.', or 'A car was broken into and the radio was removed while parked in the parking lot outside of 'a store' on the date with the time,' or how about: 'A couple reported the breaking and entering of their home in the 2200 block of Whatever Road while they were sleeping at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.' You may not recall the information being printed that way, but I do. I distinctly recall since I would think about how close those incidents might have been to my home or at places I frequently shopped or dined. All I'd like is for a similar way of reporting police activities to be made available in the newspaper so we'd all know what's going on and where. In the case of crime, ignorance is not bliss; Rockdale residents have a right to be informed. If as your previous Editor's Note says, that space in the paper is an issue, I'd suggest that if there's too much to report, that's all the more reason to make the room to print it!"

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"At the 'worst' four-way stop intersection in Newton, Highway 212 and 20/Brown Bridge Road, there was $44,000 county money budgeted for improvements for 2001-2006. Since the Ga. DOT has decided to move the intersection south of Zion church, yet now on hold as they have run out of money, and the Home Depot deal has fallen through, how about some temporary fixes with that $44,000? Have a Newton County sheriff's deputy direct traffic a few hours in both the morning and evenings five days a week. If it works on Sundays when the church pays the deputy, then it should work Monday - Friday also. And ban all charity collections and dough nut sales there too. If SPLOST funds can be spent at Highway 81 and Crowell Road, then spend some SPLOST in Oak Hill! For 15-20 years we have been dealing with no action by the county at this intersection, yet the county was going to build part of the Home Depot Road with our tax money. Are the commissioners elected by the people? Then please listen to our simple ideas to help traffic flow."

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"It is sad that the person last week mentioned God judging illegals. These are people that God created. If you look in your Bible it has much to say about the way we treat people, especially those less fortunate."

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"In reference to the lady complaining about the downtown parking, here are some points she needs to remember! (A downtown merchant) has been a staple in the downtown community for many years. He has tried on several occasions to have the city do something about the parking, and to little or no avail nothing was ever been done permanently (in other words if he can't get any respect, what makes you thing you can?) Ms. McSwain, please give up your fight, and at 69 years of age - do all of us a favor and retire!"

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"This comment is in support our local hospital, Rockdale Medical Center. On Feb. 29, I had to transport my mother to the ER. The staff and doctors there were great. The doctor wasted no time in finding out what was wrong with my mom. We were treated with respect and kindness. Mom's condition required her to stay. She was admitted to floor 2 where again we received the greatest of service. On March 1 mom's condition worsened and she was moved to the ICU. What a great team the ICU has, the nurses, doctors ... everyone was great. They went above and beyond their call. Mom was in ICU. for three and a half weeks. The staff in ICU. became family to me. They will never know how grateful I am for their caring and giving hearts. Thank God for people such as these in the medical field. After four weeks I finally took mom home, but had it not been for the Rockdale Medical Center, I would have taken her to her resting place."

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"Something has got to be done about the intersection of Hwy. 212 and Brown Bridge Road. I'm so tired of spending a good 30-45 minutes of my time and gas just inching along slowly. Why can't we get a red light put there?"

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"Parents: Please teach your good Christian children that cheating in school is a sin."

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"Dead Beat Dads! If you do not want to support your children, Rockdale County is where you need to live. This county does not enforce child support laws."

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"I wanted to say a big 'Thank You' to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Department for watching the speeders come in from Henry County, up Highway 138 into Rockdale County, just after you cross over Highway 212. Those speeders are making life very dangerous for those who live out in that area. Again, 'Thank You' to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Department. I would like it if they could do a little more patrolling in the area of Heritage High School in the afternoons. It seems that Granade Road is continuously blocked to pass-through traffic, in the afternoon hours of picking up the children. They could give a little more concentration in that area, we would really appreciate it."

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"We hope everyone will pray for the people up in Atlanta and for the state of Georgia with all of these tornadoes and hail damage. Also, remember Rockdale, remember to keep your headlights on when it's raining. And I hope see everyone at Smyrna Presbyterian Church."

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"I have lived in Rockdale going on 16 years, and we moved here because it was a wonderful place to raise our children. We have worked hard for everything that we have, and my husband went to college and then on to get his master's. Absolutely nothing was given to us. It breaks my heart to see how dishonesty, greed, and respect for no one or nothing has filtered into Rockdale. We have people that are moving in and out of our neighborhood in less than one year. I'm sick of seeing ... faces on the front page that are either robbing, shooting or selling drugs. I hope these people are satisfied, they have made a mess out of another county. We are zoned for single families and I'm also seeing several families living in one house. When are we going to say enough is enough?"