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Rockdale Citizen Poll - 11/8/2008

The Rockdale Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. This week's Poll was an open line.

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"I received a sample ballot with my Rockdale County Water bill this week. And I just think that was a great idea."

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"With the record number of foreclosures sending the real estate market and the home values into a major slump over the past year, I have read that home values have dropped an average of 15 to 20 percent over the past year. In light of this, most of us in Rockdale were expecting a reduction in our property tax assessments this year. But I find it hard to believe that the chief assessor has made a determination that the Rockdale home values will remain the same. What planet is he living on anyway?"

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"While reading the letters to the editor this week I was shocked and disappointed to find a response lodging an uninformed attack against one of my teachers at Heritage, Mr. Darrell Huckaby. On the first day of school last year I probably remember his class better than any other. His only instructions to us were that if we planned to pass we should come to class every day and always read the book beforehand. While doing these two things did help me tremendously, I learned more than just how to pass the AP test. It was in that class that I was taught to defend my opinion, in an educated manner, no matter who dared to speak out against it. Huckaby's not just teaching U.S. history to a bunch of high school students, he's making the effort to encourage young men and women to be great Americans, who in turn will want to be good citizens and be educated about their surroundings. I took Advanced Placement U.S. History in his class last year as a junior and received a 5 as did many others in my class, and I have opted to take his history through media class again this year just to learn for fun. Coach Huckaby isn't your typical boring history teacher who reads from the book and hands you a worksheet. He makes every lesson fun, almost like an unfolding story that you are always ready to hear more about. He has strong conservative opinions while I have strong liberal ones, but in our debates the answers are almost always found somewhere in the middle, and never once have I been afraid to let my voice be heard. I'm glad that I have had the opportunity to be one of his students and I aspire one day to be as passionate about my job as he is about his."

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"What would greatly solve the problem on Christian Circle would be if drivers would obey the 35 mph speed limit."

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"Just curious, in her letter, Karla Daniels stated she would have a child in Heritage next year (she should count her blessings), yet she wrote 'Covington' under her name. How does that happen? Covington is in Newton County last I knew, and Heritage is in Rockdale County. My grandchildren who graduated from Heritage were blessed to have Mr. Huckaby as one of their excellent teachers, and I don't believe he damaged their ability to think for themselves one bit. As a long-time Democrat, I thoroughly enjoy Huck's column whether I agree with him or not. It always gives me something to think and/or laugh about."

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"Where is the sheriff's deputy in front of Conyers Middle School in the mornings? The Sheriff's Department is missing a chance to catch a good number of speeders."

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"To the degenerate(s) that attempted to break into my house last week. I do not know what prompted you to leave, maybe it was my high tech alarm or my barking dogs that scared you off. Or was it the thought that you might spend the next 20 years of your life behind bars. I know that you will probably never read this, because if you could read, you would have a job. Maybe one of your relatives could read this to you, because I would like to extend an open invitation to you to try to break into my house when I am home. If you decide to do this again while I am at home, I will gladly read you a passage from a book that your mother probably never told you about, entitled 'Six Reasons Why You Should Never Break Into a Home,' by Smith & Wesson."

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"Unreal! Is this person serious about the man raping his wife not a crime. I will bet money there are thousands of replies to that one. How can someone write something like that ... He must be insane himself. I guess he thinks a women can't say 'I don't feel like it' ... Sheesh what a moron!"

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"The city buying the Langford House. It seems the local governments have gotten into the business of buying unmarketable property for years. Somebody with the time needs to research the history of the Langford house beginning just before the Olympics, then trace the money, and that might explain a lot. It is amazing that government cries low revenue when it comes to providing the type of basic services government should provide, but always seems to find the way to buy trinkets like this. We need to rethink government, and rethink the type of people we let run it. Too much of what is being done in this community is for show, not substance, and is being done for the good of a well-connected few at the expense of the rest of us. Times being what they are, we can't afford that anymore."

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"I would like the Rockdale Citizen to update us on the Wilsons' federal indictment and their current status. This has been ongoing for well over a year and I would like to the local paper cover a little better. It has been brought to my attention that Ronnie Wilson is currently a deputy with Newton County. How is someone who has been charged in federal court aloud to carry a gun and enforce the law when he has 40 federal charges? Is the state going to look at charges as well, on a county level?"

Editor's Note: Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols said that pursuant to county personnel police, Mr. Wilson was relieved of duty when he was indicted.

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"Um, to the guy who wants to quote the Bible while defending his right to take sex from his wife in any way that he sees fit, do you think you could stop trying to represent a faith you obviously do not understand? A woman - a person, child, adult - has every right to say no to you in any situation. Just being covenanted to each other doesn't imply ownership."

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"Why is it that nearly every week I look at the Rockdale Citizen Sports page, the Covington high school teams have the headlines or at least the largest articles and photos? I do not care what happens at Eastside or Alcovy. I live in Rockdale and I care about Heritage, Rockdale and Salem high schools. I do not understand the bias towards those schools over the local ones. It is really a slap in the face to the local athletes and their parents. Also, during the local homecomings, why were only the homecoming queens mentioned? There were 12-13 other girls from each school who were on the courts and deserved recognition as well. I know for a fact that photos of the girls that were on the courts were submitted to the paper. I miss the old unbiased Rockdale Citizen newspaper that cared about our Rockdale kids."

Editor's note: The Rockdale Citizen sports pages cover teams from both communities equally. As for the homecoming court photos, the Citizen newsroom did not receive any photos of the courts from the local high schools.

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"In response to the Poll about people wanting to move out of this county. Look around. Do you not see what I see? It is a shame that you can't feel safe in your own home. My husband works swing shift and I am home alone and scared out of my mind at night when he is gone. No, I can't afford to move to a gated community as you implied. Most working class people can't. It is just scary that the county has gotten so bad that people are scared to go out at night and to be home alone when they once felt safe. If I could afford to move to a safer area I would. But at this time that is not an option. It is a shame that the people whose house and dog was shot at couldn't do anything. Come on, RCSO do something."

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"I can only assume that the individual who commented on the case of the husband arrested for the charge of raping his wife is doing nothing more then trying to get a firestorm of enraged comments to pour into the Citizen Poll. Otherwise, I can see no other reason why this person would not only suggest inflicting violence upon another person, but then try to support their claims with quotes from the Bible. I can only assume that you have never witnessed, first hand, the results of domestic violence and how far-reaching they are. Again, I can only assume that you've never looked into the face of a man, woman or child that's covered in blood, bruises or worse and wondered how a person can do something like that to another human being. In all my years of law enforcement, having been called every name you could think of, I've never read or heard anything more insulting or offensive then what this individual actually took the time to write. And since this individual shared with us a quote from the Bible, I would like to share my own. 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.' Matthew, Chapter 7, Verse 12."

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"What will it take to get a red light posted at Brown Bridge and Highway 212? I suppose someone will have to commit road rage and kill five people because they are tired of sitting in that traffic for up to 45 minutes every single day. I live just five minutes beyond that intersection, and it just burns me up that I have to sit there for 30 to 45 minutes when I'm just five minutes from home. What will it take? Somebody please tell me ... "

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"To the seemingly brain-damaged misogynist who in the Nov. 1 Poll questioned whether a wife could by definition be raped by her husband and who seemed disturbed by the notion that a woman should be anything other than the property of a man: please tell me that was a hoax. I simply cannot fathom that anyone could be that ignorant."

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"This is in reference to the dog attack that occurred at Barksdale on Nov. 3. First of all, to the owner of that vicious inbred animal, I hope your dog has been euthanized and you got arrested for reckless conduct. You had no business bringing your inbred dog onto school property around all those innocent children, my daughter being one that witnessed your dog attack the other innocent children. Now, on to the wonderful teachers at Barksdale. I want to say God bless you ... my daughter advised me how all of the Barksdale teachers, with no regard to their own safety, assisted in getting the dog off of and away from the children. All involved this date are angels in my opinion, except for the ignorant vicious inbred dog owner."

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"To the inconsiderate and ignorant individual(s) that continue to use my property as the 'dump' on White Road - please come and let me know who you are as I would like to share the expense of removing this trash as well as contributing to my tax bill as you are using my property. Where is the respect of your fellow citizens? Next time, I hope my dog bites you - I would like to catch you doing this - you may wish you just had to deal with the dog and not it's owner!"

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"During this past weekend someone came into our neighborhood and stole all of the Obama yard signs and left all of the McCain signs intact. I am disappointed that there are people among us who cannot respect the rights of others to show their support for their candidate. Whether you agree or disagree with my support, we all have the right to demonstrate that support without interference. I would be equally disappointed if the someone had done the same with the McCain signs."

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"Regarding the 'lunatic' that is quoting the Bible to excuse marital rape, you need some serious help! Marriage does not mean ownership, it means partnership! If you have no more regard for your spouse's feelings than that, you don't deserve companionship. Contrary to your apparent belief, women are not on this earth solely for man's enjoyment. And the only reason the Bible says that which you quoted, is because it was written by men! It certainly doesn't gain you any respect when you use the Bible to excuse reprehensible behavior. I certainly hope you haven't been allowed to raise children!"

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"Hope this is read. I read where a Conyers man was sentenced in drug distributing, getting four years prison time and four probation. My question is: How is it a person destroying lives gets less probation time than a person who is convicted on a felony charge? This man will be out in four years going back to distributing the drugs again. Is this right? No! Lock these people up forever, throw away the keys, keeping them entirely off the streets, kids safer from these drugs."

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"It's pretty sad that Heritage High School now has a full-time probation officer! What has this county become? I've lived here all of my life and had always hoped to one day send my children through the same school system that helped me get into a great college which ultimately molded me to be the successful business person I am today. Well that dream is gone and probably for the best. Good-bye Rockdale County. I will cherish the fond memories of how great you once were ... "

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"Can someone at your newspaper explain why the morning after election edition of the Rockdale Citizen only contained a 4-inch-by-4-inch article and picture of the most historic election in history? You would think a larger space would have been reserved for such an event regardless of who won and especially given the results were in so early. Disappointing to say the least."

Editor's note: Please see our editorial in the Friday, Nov. 7, edition.

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"It is an outrage that someone who did not pay child support or rent and was demoted in law enforcement ... could not only run for office, but actually be elected to it. I wonder if everyone who voted for Oz Nesbitt knew those details, how likely would they have been to actually vote for him. That information did not come out until two weeks ago. I am a registered Democrat, and I am very disturbed that the Democratic Party allowed this man to run as a Democrat for office."

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"I want to say 'thank you' to outgoing commissioners Jason Hill and Roy Middlebrooks for their service to Rockdale County. These men have shared many tough times that obviously the uninformed voters mustn't have understood. They have shown great character and I appreciate their hard work for the people of Rockdale County. They are lifetime residents and have grown up in the community. Unfortunately, we now have two transplants in office that don't know anything about Rockdale County's history. Diversity is one thing and ignorance is another. I read where the new chairman wants a civic center. I guess he hasn't seen the Rockdale Auditorium and Civic Center. Yes, let's add a new facility so we can pay more taxes. And yes, let's add a new regional fire training facility to add more residents to a county that has been growing too fast already."

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"If Rockdale County refuses to allow a no-kill animal shelter in the county, then why are the animals currently housed at animal control so hard to access on the Internet through the county Web site? I would think they would want to do everything possible to help these animals get adopted out instead of just euthanizing them."

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"It was a shame to see all the unchallenged persons for the Board of Education. Is this not supposed to be the most important thing for us parents?"

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"Hopefully Ruth won't run the court like the Bridle Creek Homeowners Association."

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"To the person complaining about the nice people who volunteered their time to work the polls here in Rockdale; obviously you were one of the persons trying to jump ahead of others by moving forward too soon. As someone who wasn't trying to move forward I would like to thank the poll workers for keeping everyone honest and not allowing any persons to jump ahead. I met many new friends while waiting in those chairs and am quite grateful to the 'line lady' for looking out for all of us. Not to mention for handling the crowds with respect and humor. To the volunteers and election office staff: Thank you for going above and beyond, and a special thank you to the ladies on the computers who worked so quickly; and with a smile, even when they had to use the old fashioned method."

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"It's concerning to see the new Rockdale County transplants feel the need to own attack dogs that attack our children at school. I have lived here my entire life of 41 years and have never owned nor had any friends or neighbors that owned and walked around with attack dogs. Until now. It looks like DeKalb County is here for sure now."

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"This is not the days of slavery. There is no 'one-drop' rule. Will Obama please admit that he is the first multi-racial president, or is he just scared what will happen when he admits that he is half Euro-American (if that is the current PC word)."

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"I wonder when we will speak of Obama as the first interracial president rather then the first African-American president? Did we forget his mother is a white women from Kansas?"

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"Shame on the Rockdale Citizen for the very, very small article on Nov. 5 about President Elect Barrack Obama. This should have been a front pages news with a much bigger picture. History has been made."

Editor's note: Local history was also made - please see the editorial in the Friday, Nov. 7 edition.

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"Rockdale citizens, I hope we all discuss the incident at Heritage High School with our children. Talk about race, disagreeing and violence. Reminder to parents - be careful what you say in front of your children about race."

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"Congratulations to those that won their elections. It is ironic that the African-Americans in Rockdale County believe that people of their own race will provide a better government for the African-Americans. Why did you relocate to this county in the first place when most of the government offices were held by other races? Years ago a fast-food restaurant owner reopened a burger joint that he said was for the African-Americans because 'they need a quality place to eat.' Last year the school superintendent wanted more African American teachers in the classroom to better teach the African American students. Now our new elected Board of Commissioners Chairman Oden said 'his election was indicative of the demographic change in the county. We need to be more inclusive and more united.' Gosh, I did not know we had a discrimination problem here. It is obvious race was the only reason some voted for a candidate - this goes both ways. Some candidates have terrible backgrounds, yet they got plenty of votes. Exactly what kind of 'change' are people looking for? I guess African Americans just can't get along with rest of the world, now who is the racist?"

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"The Rockdale Citizen should be commended for their Nov. 5 front page. I couldn't believe some rumblings I heard on the radio that an Obama win did not headline. The Atlanta newspaper had the keepsake edition, and you would have to have been in a coma to not know who won the presidency. I wanted to know who won in my Rockdale County elections. I was watching local Atlanta TV channels with the county election results in alphabetical order. They never got beyond Henry County before the commercial, then started over again. To learn that Mr. Richard Oden will be our new commissioner, along with other Rockdale election results is very important to me. People need to realize that their local officials touch every facet of their lives - every day - where they work, live and play. Local and state laws, rules and regulations personally affect us 90 percent more than the federal government. So, congratulations to all the Rockdale County winners and thank you Citizen, for keeping me informed."

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"I turned on Q100 this morning only to be embarrassed for Rockdale County. Apparently the Rockdale Citizen was the only newspaper in the country that did not report on who our new president of the United States is. I also heard the newspaper's response to this was that they only report on local news. Are you serious? Do you think Rockdale County is in a little bubble in the world and that who the new president of the United States of America is not local news? I cannot tell you how embarrassing this is for Rockdale County. Of course we can see it on the news and read it in the metro Atlanta newspapers or national papers, but this is history and big news for Rockdale County. I was a McCain supporter and Republican myself as well as a white woman and I've never given in to the whole 'racial biased' issue ... but I think this was political and racially biased!"

Editor's note: You are misinformed. The Rockdale Citizen reported the Obama victory on the front page on Wednesday, Nov. 5. It was not our lead story. We chose to lead with a story on victories by local candidates because we are a community newspaper. Since we led with a photo of a local candidate who was elected to the chairman's seat on the Board of Commissioners, the first African American to be elected to this post, it is hard to understand your accusation of racial bias. Perhaps you should read the paper instead of listening to the radio.

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"Just for the record, I totally oppose allowing school personnel the option of placing their children in schools that are out of the district in which they live. With that said, I hold the highest regard for educators and appreciate all they do for not only my children, but all children."

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Is there a chance that the answers to Stan's Weekly Trivia challenge will ever make the newspaper again?"

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"As a lifelong subscriber to the Rockdale Citizen and I am shocked and disappointed in your paper. Your headline news, on Wednesday was a large picture of a newly elected local commissioner instead of a large picture of our newly elected President elect Obama. You had a chance to redeem yourself in Thursday's paper, but the headlight was picture of a man and a gutter. Democrats buy your paper too."