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Rockdale Citizen Poll 5/3/2008

"What would you think about the Rockdale Neighbor and the Rockdale Citizen combining to make one great new newspaper? Maybe that would help the struggling Citizen."

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"This is regarding Jimmy Carter. I believe that you are living in the past and you cannot revive your presidency. You couldn't get hostages free but Regan could. You won't get a Pulitzer prize for dealing with terrorists. Remember the last man you talked into peace? He was assassinated. You were way out of line for using King's funeral to rant and rave about our government. I don't think we can yank your passport because you are an embarrassment to our country. You dishonored the position that you used to have. Please go home, because things just ain't what they used to be, and you are definitely not qualified."

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"I was in a place of business with my son and I was appalled to hear about what goes on at our laundry mats. I am also disappointed in our police that they may be overlooking minor problems that affect our disabled people. If you are reading this article, please be more aware of people that park in our disabled spots. If they do not have a disabled tag or card to be in the window, would you please ticket these people. I see people in our shopping centers all the time that do not have tags that take up these disabled spots. Please do your jobs and correct these problems. Also, please stop noise pollution, it is the law."

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"I protest the insertion of the Doonesbary comic strip for Mallard Fillmore. At least you had some balance when both of them were in there. Is that possibly the cause of the paper shutting down on Monday? Too much liberalism in the paper."

Editor's Note: Mallard Fillmore is now back on our comics page, and beginning today, "A Lawyer, a Doctor and a Cop" will also return.

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"The April 22 Rockdale Citizen had a flyer inside that was titled 'Every Drop Counts'. It listed thirty items that every household could use to conserve water. Now, if water conservation is a real concern, then you think our government officials would be inclined to participate in water conservation. I don't think that water is a real concern for our government officials. If you ride around Rockdale County, you will see all the development taking place. Apartments here, new subdivisions there. If we have a water problem, then maybe we shouldn't be building so many new places for people to use water in. All those subdivisions drain our reservoir, if that is a problem. Maybe our elected officials will decide that we really have a water conservation problem and limit the amount of development that comes into this county. I want to thank The Rockdale Citizen by adding this list of items where we can make 'Every Drop Count'".

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"You must be kidding me! The superintendent needs a new car, because his current vehicle was purchased in 2005/2006 and it has 40K miles. I work for a police department in Rockdale County and my Crown Victoria has 130K and is still going strong. Do you really expect the citizens of this county to believe he needs a new vehicle? I would love to know how often his job takes him out 'on call' to justify a take-home vehicle. I guess it shows you where this county's priorities lie. You would think with gas prices being what they are, the county would rethink purchasing a gas guzzler. Shame on you, Board of Education, and shame on the citizens for allowing it to happen."

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"Rockdale Medical Center head honchos and CEO's/CNO's need to wake up. You say you strive to treat every person like a member of your family, but how can you do that when you have the floor staff running around like a chicken with their heads cut off? My father was in your facility from ER to the floor and I was not impressed. Many times I approached the desk after no one answering the call light, no one is there. WHY? Why is it that your techs are normally the only one on the floor with 17 patients? Why are your nurses having to apologize for mistakes that aren't their fault? Everyone knows the hospital is in a financial crunch, but you risk the lives of your patients by cutting staff so low that you have no secretary to answer the lights or pass messages, hardly, and floor staff. What happens when it's life or death? Come on people, wake up or get out of your office and back to the floor. Help a little."

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"Robert Mumford has served this county well over the years. It is a shame to be losing him when we need him the most. "

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"I usually don't read the poll, because I feel that people who have no idea what they're talking about can voice their uneducated opinions. But, unfortunately, my husband does, and told me about the comments about school lunches. I work for Rockdale food service and I am amazed at how little people know about our program. Have you ever gone on the RCPS Web site and checked out our nutritional facts? I would say no to that. We have to sell extras to keep the cost down to our children. Which come to us on a daily basis, hungry and with no money. I wonder how many parents go to work that way? I would think not many. We work every day to put the best food out that we can afford, and we do a very good job. Unfortunately, in today's society, many high school children go straight from school to work and never get a home-cooked meal. We offer three choices, pizza being one of them, and we would rather have a child eat than go hungry. We could take out the extras, and start charging $2.75 per meal, I wonder how many students would eat then? Please, before you make another comment, check us out on the Web site, talk to us, come and eat with us, I think you may be surprised. We love and care for your children every day, many of our ladies take money out of their wallets to feed your children, and I think we deserve more respect than to be blindsided in the paper. "

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"To the person who questioned Chairman Roy Middlebrooks sponsoring diversity sensitivity training class from 8:30 to 10 and 1:30 to 3 p.m. It is a known fact that people who need sensitivity training work the night shift (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) hours. Come on. THINK!"

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"To the person who complained about the meals residents were served at Rockdale Health Care Center. I am a patient at RHCC and the meals we receive are nutritious and tasty. If the residents of Rockdale want better food, then I suggest they get admitted as a patient."

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"The reason we bought a Tahoe for our Superintendent (when a gallon of gas is nearing $4), he couldn't possibly cram five individuals in the Chevy Vega (even though the Vega is cheaper on gas). The lifespan of a new Vega is about 1 semester. Would you rather buy 4 Vegas a year for 3 years or 1 Tahoe ?"

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"I want to know what is going on with the economy. I have been a citizen for 42 years. I lost my job due to drugs. I went and cleaned myself up, came back to get my job, the company took a big layoff. Now I don't have a job. I have child support down my throat. Probation and family members, where are the jobs?"

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"We had the Rockdale County code enforcement come through our neighborhood and remove roofing signs due to all of the hail damage. And I would like to know what the county commissioner has done to enforce the codes at Lakeview Estates. I called him two months ago and he said he was going to start working on that with his environmental committee and the code enforcements and I would like to see a report in the Rockdale Citizen as to what has been completed and what had been brought up to code over there."

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"I would like to know why the superintendent has to be furnished a car. Why can't he buy his own car like everybody else? That would save a lot of money."

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"As a taxpayer and homeowner in Rockdale County, I sure was glad to hear that Dr. King, our school superintendent, is getting a new Chevrolet Tahoe. We wouldn't want him to have to ride around in that 2-year-old Ford Crown Victoria with 40,000 miles. That would be a shame. It sounds like the Clayton County gang has really settled in. It's good to see that Mr. Barksdale and the school board are really looking out for the Rockdale County taxpayers. With the economic situation like it is, and the price of gas, we should all go out and buy a new car."

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"Can anyone explain to me why another subdivision is allowed to be built on (Ga. Highway) 138 next to the other subdivision that has many houses sitting empty. That builder should be made to sell at least 95 percent of his inventory before stirring another eyesore of empty houses."

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"Thank you to the Citizen for reporting on the waste of the school board's purchase of an SUV for Dr. King. I encourage the Citizen to do more investigative reporting. How about researching how and if Rockdale County Board of Commissioners have a plan to conserve resources and public tax funds? It seems like many county employees ride alone in SUV's, leave lights on in the parks and county buildings. Sheriff's vehicles are often left running while they run into restaurants, stores or just sit in their cars. The county sheriff rides around by himself in a large, gas guzzling SUV. But why should they care? The taxpayers are paying for their gas, whether it's $3.50 a gallon or $5!"

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"Are the school board and Dr. King unaware of today's gas prices, constricting tax funds and the concern for the environment? The recent purchase of a $29,000 SUV is a terrible example of leadership by example. A fuel efficient Ford Focus or like model could be purchased for half that cost, seat four persons and get more than double the mileage of an SUV! It was ironic that the purchase was approved after Earth Day, when the schools taught conservation and the growing problems of fossil fuels. A radical concept for the school board would be to buy a cheaper, fuel efficient compact car versus an SUV, take the $13,000 savings and give 130 direct service teachers $100 for educational supplies; and have Dr. King set an example of prudent use of public funds."

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"Our School Board members let the taxpayers of this county down again with the approval of a larger, gas guzzling SUV at a third again higher cost than a replacement similar sedan to the current vehicle would be for our superintendent. With the price of gasoline, I really feel that this would have been time to actually even downsize from a large sedan to a mid-size, perhaps even a hybrid, to show board members are in touch with reality. If he sometimes needs a vehicle with larger capacity, let him drive a school bus. They hold about 56 and the county owns plenty of them. That way he could get lots more of his cronies back in Clayton over here. By the way, I am still waiting on this newspaper to tell me the school board did at least hold bids for the instructional space they ended up renting from a school board member, himself. I really just want to know this was an arm's-length transaction. I would hate to think this SUV was payback. Thanks, Rockdale Citizen, for reporting such incendiary information twice about this school board this close to the election. Folks, we have five positions that come up for re-election this November. Hopefully, we will get lots of good candidates that challenge these existing members. If not, you can expect more of the same. Get down to the elections office if you are educated and have business sense. Out-placed Clayton County members need not apply."