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Newton Citizen Poll - 5/31/2008

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

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"I can agree with the person wanting a Piccadilly or Folks here that would be nice as well or even a Red Lobster, but for fast food chains again, I'd like to see a Burger King back in Covington somewhere!"

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"To the individual who wrote 'Thanks Jeff Wigington and your Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for nothing.' Did you count the number of arrests reported in the Citizen the day before? 122. Look the arrests over. See anyone that should have been given a 'pass'? Be assured that 'Jeff and his boys' are more busy answering calls than they are in writing traffic tickets. Calls for help from someone who is being beat half to death to someone who simply calls for a deputy to come out and 'talk to my daughter who is out of control.' I don't know what your three felony crimes involved, but Jeff and his boys are on the road 24/7 and some of his boys were called to a Waffle House murder about 3:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning. Two visitors from South Carolina had stopped for breakfast only to have one shot and killed by a couple of dirt bags that apparently wanted their 'ride.' Given Rockdale County's reputation for finding such dirt bags, hopefully they will be in our already overcrowded jail within a couple of weeks. Check with some of the inmates who are in jail for committing crimes against local businesses and see if they think 'Jeff and his boys' are only interested in traffic violations. By the way, any citizen can ride a shift with one of 'Jeff's boys' to see how a day goes. You might learn that, for the most part, they just don't have a lot of time to write traffic tickets."

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"I saw the article about Goodwill and their prices being high. Well I don't agree. I have found a lot of really nice items and I was willing to pay the price. Most people just think that Goodwill just takes the money for themselves but few people know that they give a lot of people jobs and help a lot of people learn a trade. The money they take in helps others. So think of your purchases as giving money to a charity. But in this case you get something in return. The person who complained about the salt and pepper shaker probably doesn't know that they help a lot of people. So before you complain about something, get your facts straight. Ask questions about what they do with the funds. You might just learn something."

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"Our thanks to both Gov. Perdue and Sen. Douglas for their efforts in getting this bill through to finalization. As there were restrictions as to who would and would not qualify and how much shortage this would reflect in revenue over the next many years, has there been any thought from these gentlemen about how the balance of us seniors should not be required to help make up this shortage? As a senior somewhat over 65 I worked hard all my adult life to achieve my present financial position. And I see a very definite eroding of it each and every day. I personally believe it is everyone's responsibility to pay their equal amount of taxes and that no one should be exempt simply because they do not have the same desires in early life as others. It is time to realize the Statue of Liberty stands for liberty and freedom and not food stamps and welfare. Once again this bill was earmarked for a select few and not for every senior in Newton County."

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"Did you ever wonder what the county government does with the money they save by not cutting the roadside grass? It embarasses me to think people come to this county and the first thing they see is

2-foot-tall grass along most of the roads year after year. Obviously the county government does not care about our appearance, and we wonder why we have a backwoods reputation."