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10-4-2008 Citizen Poll

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

Note to readers: The Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either in favor of or in opposition to a candidate in a political race. Comments on political races should be submitted as a letter to the editor and must be signed. Address letters to: Editor, Rockdale Citizen, 969 S. Main St., Conyers, GA 30012.

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"The failure of the 'bailout' is an absolute win for you and I. What is needed now is an absolute house cleaning, starting with every incumbent at every level of government were empirical accountability is not documented. Then, without stopping and where none exist, institute limits: three consecutive terms selected by districts with possible succession after a break of one term.

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"I live within my means, I pay my bills. Wall Street gives me $4-plus gas and higher food bills and they screw up and I have to bail them out? Hell no, let the cards fall as they should. It was their bad decisions that got them here. Let them take their lumps."

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"I would like to give my comments on the article in the Citizen about all of the amendments on the November ballot. I cannot believe that we need some more infrastructure in either Conyers or Covington! Why do we need a golf course? Or any other amenities? Who has the money to belong? The people of each county should vote on these and say no. Why do we need more housing? We already have hundreds for sale or rent and subdivisions with half-finished or new houses not sold. I live in one of those subdivisions, and they were some of these reasonably priced homes. We also have empty houses in all of the subdivisions on out on the main street. They have been broken into for copper, windows have had bricks thrown through them. As the article says, the people who buy the homes in the development will be charged a fee to pay off their bonds. We don't need more infrastructure. We can't keep the old and the most recently built. People are closing their businesses left and right! Why not try to rent these before building more? Well, I have voiced my opinion. I know there are others out there who feel the same way. Let your comments be heard and in voting. It's hard enough who to vote for president!"

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"RC, Oct. 1, 2008: Our elected officials not only want to levy tax on us, they want to extend the authority to developers to do the same. Wake up Georgia and Rockdale County."

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"The Democrats cannot handle the truth."

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"What is with y'all and the Citizen Poll? It just seems you can't consistently get it right ... Where is it for 9-27?"

Editor's Note: Last week's poll was unavailable due to a technical error. It is now available online. We regret the inconvenience.

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"Just checking ... it is a tad late."

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"Where is the Poll this week?"

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"How lame your online reporting has become when your Sunday issue is not updated on Monday. You simply change the day and date on the Sunday online issue to read Monday. I mean, why change the day and date at all? Is this your attempt to get folks to subscribe to the paper, or to go to a newsstand or paper box to purchase one? Whatever the reason, it would be nice if Monday's online news was Monday's news."

Editor's note: The Rockdale Citizen has not published a Monday edition for more than a year. Therefore, Sunday's content on the Web site is not changed until Tuesday.

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"I think the people who are in foreclosure should be given money to help them like the big organizations."

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"Please someone let me know what we need to do to get the no-kill animal shelter in Rockdale County started."

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"Well Rockdale and Covington citizens sure showed their true colors this weekend. Thanks to all the people who topped off gas tanks and brought a 5-gallon container to fill as well. No worries - nobody else needed gas but you! It's appalling that people can be so selfish. Do you think the rest of us didn't have jobs to get to this week ?"

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"The upcoming election promises to be one of the busiest, and voters coming to the polls on Nov. 4 can expect longer lines and delays due to the number of items on the ballot. Try to review the ballot early and have your choices made. I discovered the benefits of early voting this year and want to urge all voters to take full advantage of the opportunity to avoid the crowds. Early voting takes a fraction of the time and finding a place to park is a breeze. Also, the volunteers are a great bunch of folks!"

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"I just read the article about First Baptist and their desire to start a medical clinic and counseling center, and I wanted to say how awesome that is! I don't go there though I went there as a little kid and went to kindergarten there - but I am so impressed with the wonderful things coming out of that place, and now this. I'm so glad you guys are in our community."

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"Why is it that if I have trouble paying my taxes or bills, it ain't Wall Street or the government's problem, but when Wall Street goes belly up, with a little help from the government, it's my problem?"

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"As you go to the polls, remember: Too often our elected officials sell us out in favor of special interests, their own interests, or, usually, both. It happens at the local level and goes all the way up to D.C. Sadly, we keep letting them do it, because we let them divide us, and believe their drivel about what great folks they are and what they're going to do for you. The next time a politician tells you he's a regular guy, look around at how many regular guys have and have had what they do. Have you ever seen one leave office poorer than when they went in? Ever notice how they start having rich and powerful friends when they get in, and seem to develop a remarkable knack for buying property in the right place, getting those zoning variances, etc. etc.? Ever notice how much they indulge as they feast at the public trough (the government vehicles they drive, the toys they buy, etc. and all with out money). They need reminding that their jobs are public trusts, and that if they abuse or betray that trust, at best they should be "fired," at worst thrown in jail. Vote your conscience, but if those in office don't shoot straight with us, treat us like we're their boss, and look out for our interests instead of that of themselves and their cronies, then we need to throw them out. And whenever a politician tells you we need something 'for our own good,' think for yourself and ask whose good it's really for."

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"I think someone at Rockdale Medical Center has the staff's hours all combobulated. They have full time nursing staff, plus PRN's on call as needed - plus people that work weekends only. They are saying the people that work weekends-only, get to work before full time employees do because they only work two days a week. Lately, with the patient load at a low level, many full-time staffers are being canceled - but the weekend staff gets to work anyway. I would think the weekend people would only get to work after the full-time people had put in their 40 hours. To keep from paying full-time people overtime, the hospital uses weekend staff and don't have to pay them benefits. The hospital is deathly afraid a nurses union might try to maneuver it's way into their existence. This is a sure way to attract a union. If a full-time employee has been canceled one or two days, they need to let them work to get their 40 hours in before letting weekend workers get on the clock. Some of the weekend workers are employed full time at other hospitals (5) days a week and only work at Rockdale Medical Center on weekends to supplement their income."

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"I would just like to express my opinion on the $1.2 million that Rockdale County is blowing building tennis courts. I think they should be spending this money on other things in this county that need to be fixed, like our roads, instead of blowing it on a tennis court. It's just another way of showing you Rockdale County doesn't have any sense on how they spend their money."

Editor's note: The county is funding the construction of the tennis courts with special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. Voters approved the $99 million SPLOST in 2004, which delineated how much would be spent for road improvements, parks and recreation, social services, etc. The county must use funds for those purposes.

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"To the lady who saw the young man at Heritage with his underpants out, that's a trend nowadays. You can't say anything to these young people now. They will cut you or they will shoot you if you say anything about them having their underwear out of their pants or with their shirts out. Also, the gasoline will not be back in the Southeast until the end of October, so you'll have to wait until the end of October to get gasoline. Also, good luck to Tech next week and to Georgia next week, and also to all the local high schools that football games are next week. Also, just remember where you're at and what you're doing. Remember, just don't talk to these young people because they'll kill you if you say anything to them. Also, this crack cocaine, they haven't figured that out yet that it's rat poison. Have a good day."

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"Why haven't my property taxes come down like the value of my house?"

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"'RMC, LifePoint reach agreement.' There was a press release given out to the community leaders of the county, which stated that LifePoint Hospital chooses to buy hospitals that are in a nonurban area. I would consider Rockdale County an urban area. Mr. Jones, who wrote the article about them reaching an agreement, did not use hardly any of this press release, which I would like to see printed in the Citizen, or else just keep us up to date on how this is coming, since it's through our newspaper that we find out. But I'd like to find out why we are considered a nonurban community."

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"Congratulations to the Heritage High School band for their accomplishments at last weekend's band competition held at Chestatee High School. The band, colorguard, drumline and drum majors all received superior ratings. Also, the band, colorguard, drumline, and drum majors all received "Best in Class" awards as well as "Best All-Around" awards. At the end of the night they were named Grand Champions. Congratulations to you all, especially Mr. Smith and Mr. Sink, who are doing an excellent job at carrying on this wonderful tradition."

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"Just wondering why the poll isn't updated online regularly (it's 10/1 and the last one online is 9/20)."

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"I think it's a shame how a local Georgia state trooper is at the Hooters in uniform almost every day! What a role model for our children!"

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"Monday, no paper. Tuesday, paper, but no word on Georgia Bulldogs rating. Wednesday, no word on Georgia Bulldogs rating, but good spread about Georgia Tech. Thursday, no word on Georgia Bulldogs rating, but a good spread about Georgia Tech and Tennessee. I know Georgia had an off day Saturday, but you could at least give the rating."