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Newton Phone Poll - 05/02/09

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com.

"I would like to thank the organizers and volunteers of the Cancer Relay for Life for all they do and have done. There are a lot of good people in this and surrounding communities."

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"I wanted to say thank you to the city of Covington for providing some much-needed sidewalk repairs on Floyd Street. They are very much appreciated. I'm crossing my fingers that the trees with low branches can be trimmed soon, as well. However, I must say that I am very disappointed in the parent that allowed his child to make hand-prints (and adding their name) in the new sidewalk cement. Instead of purchasing a single paving stone (found at most craft stores), where you could do the same thing for your personal yard, you taught your child that it is acceptable to deface public property. What a wonderful example for your child to learn from ..."

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"Everyone is wondering why the county is struggling to attract retail and industrial growth. Well, from 2000 to 2008 we had leadership that sacrificed our future for the sake of preserving our so-called rural way of life by manipulating zoning policy, and now due to their lack of foresight we are struggling. Please no one call in talking about the economy, the previous administration governed over Newton during its most prosperous times ever. The memories people like them keep trying to recreate are long over with. This ain't Mayberry, it never was and never will be."

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"On Friday night, I was at Stone Road for a softball game, and was hit on the head with a child's ball. An accident. The child retrieved the ball and walked off. A few minutes later, that same ball hit me with a great amount of force in the back of the head. In short, I took the ball until I could talk to a parent, but the parent that came over just demanded her son's ball back, very rudely, offering no apology whatsoever. I know that if that had happened when I was growing up, my mom would have dragged me over to apologize, no matter whose fault it was. Parents need to teach their children to respect all adults!"

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"As the new phrase, "worthless media' sweeps the nation, it behooves me to bring up the fact your print media competition in Covington, Ga., gave the commission chair and the mayor of Covington almost a week (from the public meeting till publication date) to get their story straight on the "rail purchase.' Even then, it was still so contradictory from what they have told us all over the last several weeks. "We may lose control of it...'? Chair Morgan? We never had control of it! "To serve a new industrial park in that area.' You mean another one like Stanton Springs? The only thing that has happened there in over 10 years are two unfortunate deaths. Hey, why don't we make a walking trail out of Stanton Springs? We already own that and we sure aren't going to get any other use out of it. Anyhow, thanks to the Newton Citizen for giving us more unbiased and prompt reporting on our local "confused' bureaucrats."

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"Since when is it illegal for a car dealer to drive with a dealer tag? It seems like ... Porterdale has made it illegal to do this. Car dealers are licensed by the state and the dealer tags are purchased and you cannot buy them unless you have a state dealer license. This is just like Porterdale to make up their own laws. You cannot do anything in Porterdale now without being threatened or harassed by the Police Department. People cannot even go to the Porterdale Bar and Grill without police officers standing outside the door and looking in waiting for people to come out from there. There have been instances of people coming out the door and the officers being hit with the door, and I think it serves them right. Citizens of Porterdale need to demand that the mayor and council do something about the way the Police Department is being run. Porterdale used to be a good place to live but not anymore. I can see why people do not stay there long now."

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"I think the Citizen Poll is great, but I am surprised at so many people being concerned over so many trivial things such as places to feed their faces and places to shop. People need to spend some time realizing what is happening to our county. It seems like many have given up and walked away from what our country was and decided to just turn it over to the other side, whatever that may be. I know one thing, the other side does not have the principles that this nation was founded upon. Do you remember what those principles are? God is watching and He doesn't like what He sees."

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"We already have started losing commercial business as some go bankrupt and close under-performing stores and now GM and Ford are planning to close a lot of their dealerships. Hopefully, none of the ones in Newton County will close, which would put several people out of a job. But if it came down to it, I fear that since we are so close to Conyers they would force our dealers in Newton County to close because the ones in Conyers are beside I-20 and have more visibility and a higher traffic count, which probably gets them more customers. Maybe the Citizen could do a story on this to see if the automaker decisions will affect our local dealerships."

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"Just wondered if anyone but me was upset with the property assessments being done by the Newton County Tax Assessors Office. Could someone explain to them that the current residential market is in the toilet and has been for quite a while. My '08 Valuation Total went up $40,000 from the previous year. I went to the Tax Office in February after paying much too much in property taxes, considering what I could sell my home for, and complained. I recently received my assessment for "09. After advising them of the property values in my subdivision, they dropped my assessment a lousy $2,600. Why did they bother? I would like to let them to know now that there are six new homes in my subdivision that the builder dropped the sale prices on three to four weeks ago. The nicest one here now has a price tag $100,000 less than it was priced two years ago when I bought my home. That should tell them something if they even bothered checking around at prices. This is a ridiculous situation, and I do not know where it will end unless we homeowners put together "Tea Parties' and stand outside the Tax Assessors Office to wake them up to the current property values. When is this insanity going to end? Obama wants to help out the people who are losing their homes (because a lot of them are in homes they could not afford from the get-go). When are the people who bought homes and have paid their mortgages on time and tried to do the right thing going to get a break?"

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"Some people will always see the glass half empty no matter what ... I choose to see the glass half full. I love where I live and will adapt to the changes as it continues to grow. Like relationships, churches and such, you'll never find one that's perfect. I'm not perfect either and I try on a regular basis to BE the change I want to see."

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"I wanted to congratulate Newton County for the $250,000 raised in this year's Relay for Life. It's good to see that people are still donating during these tough economic times. This was my third year attending Relay for Life and I'm already looking forward to next year's event, but I hope that the organizers for Relay for Life will consider moving the event back to Sharp Stadium. While I enjoyed the event tremendously, there were several things that just didn't work. First is the traffic. It took me almost 45 minutes to make it from the bridge at I-20 and Alcovy to the church. At least at Sharp there are many, many places to park and everyone is not sitting in the same line to go into the same parking area. Next is the track. Walking on the grass was a little hazardous since it was wet and you had to watch for holes. It wasn't easy for people pushing a stroller or having to use a cane or walker on the track. It was aggravating having booths on both the inside and outside of the track because people had to cross the track to go back and forth between them. Lighting was another problem. After the sun went down, in some places it was very difficult to see. There were several of the booths that you really couldn't tell what they were selling. And those colored lights on the stage were very blinding to the people standing on the ground in front of the stage. I really hope that they will take our suggestions into consideration for next year's event. Again, good job Newton County!"

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"Where's Jesse Jackson, Where's Al Sharpton? Where's the NAACP? On Easter Sunday, five people died as a result of a hit-and-run driver. All the victims were black. The perpetrator and her mother remained silent and even had some of the damage to her car repaired. Where is the outrage? Where are the demonstrations calling for justice? There is none. You see, the perpetrators are black, as well."

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"To all those who wrote in to the Citizen Poll a few months ago condemning coach Rick Hurst from Eastside before you had all the facts need to apologize. Coach Hurst happens to be a very good role model and a great coach who we supported through his whole ordeal. He showed his players responsibility by turning himself in and being honest and open about what was going on instead of running and hiding like most of you probably would have done. Whatever happened to innocent till proven guilty? Coach Hurst is a great person and I'm glad to have him as my son's coach. I hope if the rest of you who had bad things to say ever get caught up in something you didn't do, that everyone will support you instead of jumping to conclusions."

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"I am calling with a question for the Newton County Board of Commissioners. I have noticed in the past few weeks on the county Web site there are two job openings being advertised. One is for a Mechanic III and the other for a part time CD truck driver. If the county is under a hiring freeze then how can these jobs be advertised? I understand that these jobs might be a necessity, but how can the county afford to pay for these jobs when the county is still facing budget shortfalls? All this means is that some other county worker may have to lose his or her job later down the job if these two jobs are filled. I think the Newton County Board of Commissioners should make sure these jobs are absolutely needed at the present time. Being a tax payer I would like to make sure my tax dollar is being used wisely and not wasted."