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Rockdale Citizen Poll - 5/31/2008

"I am amused by Cynthia Hudson's quote in the paper regarding graduation. She blustered on about dignity and decorum that the seniors deserve. Hmmm. This from a principal that didn't attend baccalaureate. This from a principal who likes to be heard, but is never seen to support those very seniors. I'm wondering if she's going to be at graduation. Oh, wait, since she's moved the venue to an inappropriate setting, who cares?"

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"Kudos to the mom that stood taller than a Georgia pine to call attention to the deplorable conduct that she encountered at a public pool managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. A complaint to the chairman of the Rockdale County Commission can be helpful. This is just another sign of the out-of-control inner-workings of the Parks and Recreation Department's management and demand indicator of the need for accountability of supervisors - starting at the top. Similarly, the record-setting first Taser incident by a Conyers Police Department school resource officer. The Taser incident of a 16-year-old female student sets a low record of control and accountability of a school principal and an officer of the law, sworn to protect and serve and in a city that now promises that sometimes 'Conyers ... Cares.' The silence from the mayor, city manager, city council, and especially the elected city councilman for that district may even exceed that low mark. Citation includes preachers and organizations as the chamber of commerce and the local NAACP, all of whom have a responsibility to the children of our community - No marches, no demonstrations, just a demand for accountability. The essences of the situation remains. Excessive use of force by law enforcement and another situation normally handled by a professional school principal being reverted to the juvenile justice system; another child prematurely introduced into the juvenile justice system. Confirmation of the circumstance will suggest, 'just couldn't wait to try it out on a child ... the Taser didn't harm the chief.' (Thought for every parent: Except for a power greater than even the police, there goes my child)."

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"I have a daughter that is an A/B honor roll student. We got news this week that she failed the math portion of the CRCT (by 16 points). Now she has to go to summer school. I am not understanding this at all. The teachers are given a curriculum to teach and they do their job, they teach what they are told to teach, yet the state puts stuff on the CRCT that isn't part of that curriculum. How are these students supposed to pass a test with problems on it that they haven't been taught? It isn't fair to the students who work their butts off all year long to make good grades and then to have it all come down to one test. What are they making the good grades for if they aren't going to be used? And the same applies to the students who make bad grades all year. As long as they pass that CRCT they go on to the next grade. How dumb is that? And parents, please don't blame the teachers because it's not them. This is a problem that is coming from the state. So I just want to know, what is going to be done about this problem?"

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"Why are we wasting money on an upgrade to the library? We should invest the money in a community wireless network."

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"RCHS turnover hovering around 17 percent? Gotta be the invisible administration. Just sayin.'"

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"I am not surprised by the fact that J.H. House is leading RCPS with the highest teacher turnover rate (21 percent). Way to go, House! I just can't figure out why these alarming rates for one school year in and out is not cause for concern at the county office. Look at the top of the food chain for your answers."

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"John Douglas is absolutely ridiculous! What kind of back-door politics is he practicing? The bad thing is, he will probably get re-elected because of the back-door handshakes that he has already done with other people. I'm glad that Mayor (Randy) Mills decided to go a different route rather than playing mafia-style politics with Douglas. Hats off to you Mayor Mills, I'll buy furniture from you guys just for that!"

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"I have a serious beef to complain about. We have people in Newton and Rockdale county getting arrested for speeding, drugs, selling drugs, having an automatic weapon (gun) and being charged with terrorist threats when you are already in trouble with the police and shouldn't even have a weapon. And then because of political games and our judicial system, the lawyer is trying to get the charges thrown out so the boy can join a branch of our military. This is a tactic to keep this boy from doing jail time and/or probation. Would you want someone like this alongside your son and/or daughter to be their back up in a war? I can't wait to see which one of our judges throws these charges out so this boy can join our military! By the way this is probably this boy's 11th arrest for these charges. And they have all been listed in the arrest section of our local paper."

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"John Almighty is at it again - Rockdale Citizen, Thursday, May 22, 2008. Is this blackmail or what? Social Circle/Newton County may or may not want him now - Rockdale does not need him. One more reason why Rockdale County needs political representatives who reside in Rockdale. No absolute cure but ... "

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"Sen. Douglas' comment about the Citizen and the reporter being biased as a support for the Conyers city government has been validated many times, including the writing of this piece of yellow journalism. If you look at the minutes of the city of Conyers meeting of Feb. 7, 2007, it has a resolution that the city of Conyers delegation, not the Rockdale delegation, would seek support for passage of the aforementioned tax. Mayor Randy Mills and City Manager Tony Lucas both know that Sen. (Ron) Ramsey is the senator for the city of Conyers and they are also fully aware that Sen. Douglas only has jurisdiction within the Honey Creek area and points south and eastward. If Mayor Mills was lobbying for more support for the bill, then he should have been working with Ramsey, not Douglas. Trying to garner support from Sen. Douglas, knowing that he had already worked through proper channels to harness the Conyers Police Department, was only going to get a response asking CPD to stay within Conyers. I guess the real question here is, why would a private e-mail between elected officials be released to the media: It's only purpose would be to besmirch Sen. Douglas and promote (Mike) Crotts. Looks like Lucas is already meddling in the campaign."

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"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Sgt. (Jay) Archer, RCHS' school resource officer. As a student at RCHS, I never come to school scared of what might be going on inside the brick walls. He cares deeply about the students and their education. He is approachable when you need someone to talk to as well as very well respected among the students and faculty. When he must discipline or use force on a student at the request of school administrators, it is always done so to protect all of the other students at school and he would never use force if it was not necessary. He consistently follows protocol as an officer and conducts himself so that RCHS can be proud of him (at least the school can have something to be proud of right now). So, thank you Sgt. Archer for your hard work and dedication to RCHS and students like me."

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"Comment on the 8-year-old killed on the ATV. To the cruel person who commented last week saying her parents should be charged with negligence and that it wasn't a accident. How cruel of you. This was an accident. Do you think her parents wanted their baby to be injured or killed on a four-wheeler? What a stupid comment. You obviously know nothing about her parents. They are very good parents who dearly love their children. They would never intentionally put their child in danger. Most children do ride four-wheelers and usually they are not injured, but unfortunately she was fatally injured. It is very sad to me that someone would say cruel things during this family's mourning. They are good people who do not deserve to hear cruel comments. Let them grieve for their baby (without) rude comments. I have been praying for them since the night I heard about them losing their child and maybe you should do the same."

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"This is to all the people (transplants) who have moved here from other states and constantly complaining about how we do things in Georgia. If you don't like the way we do things here, then please do us a favor and go back to where you came from. We didn't ask you to move here in the first place. Apparently something made you move to the good old South. So if you don't like it, go back and stop complaining about how we do things here."

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"Last year when everything happened with the Conyers PD coming into Newton County pulling Sen. John Douglas over, I was proud of my state senator for standing up for the citizens of Newton County. From 1999-2005 I went to college in and then worked in DeKalb County where I commuted from Newton County. During those years I observed Conyers PD several times per week pulling people over in Newton County and was always troubled by that. I am not against the police of Conyers as I am proud of all police officers and appreciate the job they do keeping us safe. I do, however, feel that just as our borders of the U.S. should be respected and secure, other cities and counties should also respect each other's borders with the exception being a police chase. The city of Covington/Newton County, thanks to Police Chief Stacey Cotton and our Sheriff Joe Nichols Newton County, does a great job of keeping our roadways safe. Since Sen. Douglas stood up to protect the practice of another city's police coming into our county, I have not witnessed this happening again. I have seen our local law enforcement and Georgia State Patrol making stops in the same area, which I appreciate them keeping our roads safe and as state patrols they have the right to make stops anywhere in our state. I personally would like to thank Sen. Douglas for standing up for the citizens of Newton County. I also want to thank Sen. Douglas for attending our state GOP convention as he was the only politician from our area running for office who attended the convention and thank him also for supporting the FairTax. I recently joined the Newton County GOP and Sen. Douglas and Steve Bray and other members of the Newton GOP such as Mr. Strickland, the founder of our party, and all other members have all been very kind and answered all my questions."

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"What are the teachers going to write about when the school year ends in the Poll? Have a break, stop complaining, get the job done. Or, just keep doing what you are doing and wait until the state kicks out all the test scores and we just socially promote students."

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"To all the uninformed citizens of Rockdale. (Superintendent Sam) King is not the only person who has a vehicle he does not need. ... Another issue is now King has set up another 'group hug' meeting at the end of July. More money wasted. I guess he doesn't mind driving across town in the middle of his summer wasting others' time and money, all to listen to him cram his beliefs down your throat once again. I wish some of the people in this county would grow a pair and cut to the chase. ... I love this county. I have lived here my whole life. It angers me to see people who try to destroy something they had no part in building in the first place. To the person complaining about Alpha School. Do you have any idea what it's for and why students go there? They are troubled students, usually who have gotten into trouble for discipline, or possibly terrible grades, and cannot preform or will not abide by regular school rules or guidelines. Speaking of, don't worry. The county has come up with a alternative plan to real education, one that allows students to come and go as they please, on their own schedule. Yeah, that is exactly what they need. Another illusion to what the real world is like. Whole thing is sickening. Listen, there are great students in this county. To those I say, thank you; there is hope for the future. For the ones allowed to do as they please, as to not upset their unruly behavior, I hope someone gets a grip on them before they are yet another statistic I have to pay for their stay in the prison system. I hope my comments are printed, someone needs to be honest once in a while."

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"I have a suggestion concerning the convocation at the start of the Rockdale County school year. Last year, half of the pre-preparation days were used by busing all school system employees around the area that their school served, and then to the Church In The Now, where they listened to a motivational speaker, then bused back to their home school. That started at 7:30 a.m. and lasted until about 11:45 a.m. The beginning of school is very hectic for teachers. The classroom must be arranged, decorated and lesson plans finalized. There are endless meetings that the teachers must attend during this time, as well. Most teachers come back days early, unpaid, so they can be ready for opening day, as there isn't enough time to prepare adequately due to these out-of-classroom distractions. There is only one day allowed for teachers to work in their classrooms. With fuel expenses and only a limited time for preparation, a more efficient use of educators' time would be that the convocation be televised to the various schools over the network. This way if teachers want to view it they may, or they could choose to work instead. Time is precious at the beginning of school. If you don't agree, check your school for the number of teachers who are still at work after 6 p.m. in the first weeks of the school year. Then come out on the weekend and look at the number of people who even more donate their time working. Let's start to use our taxpayer's money more efficiently."

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"Obama has a bill out, it's called Global Poverty Act S2433. If you want the United Nations to tax us, just sit still and don't do anything. But if you don't want them to tax us, please call your senators and object to this bill. It is a very bad bill. It's called a Global Poverty Act S2433. Thank you."

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"Rockdale County School Board is increasing the tax burden and spending over $7 million. How much of the $7 million-plus tax dollars of the citizens' money is going towards travel, new fancy automobiles for the staff and additional bureaucratic positions? They have nothing to do with educating the children of Rockdale County. And conventions and travel for the staff. Tax and spend is all the superintendent and the school board members know. Do they ever think about the tax burden that they are imposing on the homes and businesses in Rockdale County? Do they ever consider the state taxes, the federal taxes, the gas taxes, the automobile taxes, the sales taxes and all of the other tax burdens we are saddled with? It is a Clayton County mentality that has affected our school system and our county."

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"I am calling regarding teacher turnover at J.H. House Elementary. Your paper states that the turnover for the next school year is 21 percent. Last year the teachers were moved around to different grades against their wishes. Third grade teaching pre-K, first grade teaching fourth grade, and so on. Has no one thought maybe they should get rid of the principal instead? That would stop a lot of problems at that school. Parents are never notified of things that are happening with their children. Children get moved from teacher to teacher without any parents being notified of where their children are. Parents do not know where their children are during the day other than within the school house. Get rid of the principal and fix the problem."