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Newton Phone Poll - 09/19/09

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.

"If the NCSO had a quota for tickets to meet, they could easily make that on Airport Road in Oxford. Every morning, children must stand in the woods to prevent being hit by the (drivers) that use this road as a short cut between Hwys. 81 and 142. Complaints to the NCSO go unanswered. Does a child have to die before anything is done? How about installing a couple of speed bumps like Oxford did? If you have to drive so fast to get to where you are going on time, then leave your home earlier ... !"

"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And Recovery is when Obama loses his."

"I just finished listening to Nancy Pelosi and her sidekick Harry Reid speaking about the health care plan and other issues. I finally found out why my garden didn't do so well this year, I was putting the wrong fertilizer on it. How can they stand there and say what they say with a straight face. Do they really believe what they are telling us? Maybe if they had spent some time in the real world their tune would be different. I'm a firm believer that a person running for public office should first have to spend some time working in the real world with the people that they want to represent, and second of all, they need to have a complete physical to be sure that they have a backbone so that they can stand up for what is right and that they don't have two faces so that we can believe what they say. Our politicians need to remember who they represent."

"Why is it summer and we are having school? I really do not like the balanced school calendar and think that we need to change it. The NBC nightly news reported that approximately 20 percent of the nation's school systems are on this schedule with no proven higher test score results. We are wasting valuable resources both in the community and in the school system by conducting school on this calendar. I would like for the community to take a serious look at starting school at least two weeks later, but preferably the third Monday of August."

"I would like to know why South Salem Elementary does not have caution signs, speed limit signs, etc. on Salem Road. They have been open two years now and that is very important. People go through there at a high rate of speed. The new school on Kirkland just opened and they already have their signs. Please see what you can find out. Thanks."

"The Republicans showed their true colors Wednesday night during President Obama's speech calling him a 'lie.' Classless Republicans, the only thing that did was help Obama's case. Remember how Sen. McCain's rants helped Obama?"

"It was my opinion that you had to have a valid drivers license to drive a golf cart in the city of Covington. If this is true, why are .... underaged children driving golf carts in our neighborhoods?"

"I just want to say thank you for a great paper. I love the religion section and I especially love Julie Anderson and her comments about various churches. You can worship God anywhere, and I don't think it has to be any particular church. I just wanted to say I lived through the Great Depression, I don't remember too much about it, however, I was just a kid, but I know we were foreigners and we were never hungry. Now that I am older I wonder if I will make it this time. I figured my budget today - my only income is Social Security and I will have $46 left to live on for a month. My insurance is over $300 a month, but God has always and will always be here for me. I am not complaining; I am just praising God for that. Keep up your good work; I love the paper."

"Many people know the cliched definition of insanity: to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Yet politicians and their devotees don't seem to recognize their own insanity. When the highly regulated financial industry collapses, what do Congress and the president call for? More regulation and oversight. When the auto industry fails, what do the Congress and president do? Take ownership of automobile companies that are already told what kinds of cars and trucks to make and how to make them - more regulation and oversight. The health care and health insurance industries are nearly unsustainable under the weight of state insurance mandates and government-controlled reimbursement rates for doctors. So, what's the only solution Obama and congressional Democrats can see? More regulation and government control. The more the government regulates and controls, the worse those weary industries seem to fare decade after decade. So now that health care is at a crossroads - or in the cross hairs - why not try something new and roll back some of the regulations and just see if things improve. We've been steadily increasing government involvement in health care for 50 years and things have only digressed to the point that the president says there is no time to wait. Show us some change, Mr. President, and stop the insanity."

"I've read with interest the comments about shop local and the need for some place to buy sewing notions, fashion fabric, etc. The last couple of years I've contemplated opening a shop selling those items. Even have a name picked out. But to be honest, there is no way I would be able to compete with the prices of (large retailers) .... Let's be honest, those are the kind of prices you want. To the people complaining of the prices of mom and pop shops - do you even understand the workings of business? Of course things cost more at a mom and pop because they aren't able to buy and warehouse large quantities of merchandise. Your big box stores and department stores have professional buyers and centralized warehouses. Same thing with the chain restaurants. When buying in bulk, usually the larger the order the smaller the price. Before anyone starts screaming I'm a business owner, I'm not. I work for a large corporation. I try to shop locally as much as possible. I hate Conyers traffic and only go there because that's where I work."

"Why is it that the athletic directors at Newton High and Rockdale High let the oldest rivalry of the six area high school football programs just die. When I was in high school Rockdale and Newton played each other every year almost guaranteed. I know we only have so many non region games that we can schedule, but those were the days. We acted as if we were preparing to go to war."

Editor's note: Rockdale and Newton cannot play each other due to the fact that Rockdale has a 10-game region schedule, which leaves no room for any non-region games.

"If the Chamber of Commerce wants me to shop locally then they should really stress to the merchants they need to take pride in their businesses. I refuse to shop in the shopping centers that look like rusted tin cans or the restaurants that are set up in wooden shacks. Also, who is going to spend almost $400 on an outfit in Covington? I can go to Lenox or Phipps and get more for less. I don't think too many people are making plans for a weekend trip to the local hardware store to find something to complete their outfit. As far as shopping locally goes the chamber needs to remember that 'if you build it they will come,' and we are not going to come until we get some major big box retailers. We don't want more mom and pop stores, just look at the numbers. We aren't supporting the small stores, we are leaving the county to get access to the national chains. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't."

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.'- Ronald Reagan

"All the problems that we have in our fine country can be explained by Ephesians 5:12. The surprising thing is that I heard a TV commentator say the same thing not too long after I made my notes. Great minds must run on the same track. It's not about the left or the right. It's about what is right and wrong. Our elected officials seem to have forgotten who they are representing. We, the people who many of them resent instead of represent, have finally woken up and came o our senses. After rubbing the sleep from our eyes, we noticed a nasty taste in our mouth. We turned the news on and the nasty taste is from things trying to be shoved down our throat. Many of these elected officials have been in office for so long they have forgotten why they are there. Others think that they are to vote based on their personal feelings with no consideration for the desires of the ones that voted them into office, and then there's the ones that are just totally clueless. I have to admit, there are some that know what they are doing and do it well, but the number of them is small. The way that we vote in the future elections is going to have some effect on our future, but the only way to truly correct it is in 2nd Chronicles 7:14."

"To the person still ranting on about the fact that some of us actually like 'Hollywood' being here, you will have to go back to the 1950s to get back to a time when they weren't coming here to film movies, it all started with a filmed titled 'A Man Called Peter' in 1954 I think, and if you want us to go back to those rustic days something is seriously wrong with you. Our population has gotten bigger and younger and full of newcomers that could really care less about what our past was like. You talk as if you want to stay stuck in some kind of time warp and while it's OK to remember the past we should really be more concerned about our future. For the record I have never been inconvenienced by a movie that was shot here or mocked by any crew member and I have lived here all my life through a majority of the shows that were filmed here, and yes, these movies do benefit us. Tourists come to see the filming locations and they have to eat and sleep somewhere. I see someone on the Square at least once a week taking pictures of the courthouse."

"To the person who commented in the Citizen Poll 9-12-09 about the large black truck: ironically, I too, experienced a very threatening encounter with a large black truck on 09-02-09 morning (the day before your incident). I'm not sure of the school zone you were at when you had your experience; however, I was riding through Oxford, Highway 81 going north towards Loganville when me and my 18-year-old son (who was driving) noticed a large black truck was quickly approaching us and veering over into our lane. We only had a couple of seconds to decide what to do about it before impact. However, there was a steep ditch to our right and I knew driving into it could possibly be worse. So, my son just drove over the farthest possible side of the road he could without crashing into anything. As the truck got closer, we could tell the driver was a very young white male and he was leaning over his steering wheel (driving with his wrists) texting! He quickly swerved back over into his lane just before he got to us. The only other details to mention would be that I am positive this truck was an American-made truck (Ford or Chevy) and that the front bumper was orange. I am begging anyone who reads this and knows of anyone with this description (truck and driver) to please warn his parents and others of the danger he is causing others. My son is not allowed to use his phone while driving unless it is an emergency in which he is to pull over to use his phone. I believe he understands the dangers, and this incident just reinforced our point. Go to www.youtube.com and type in the search words - teenager driving texting - to see for yourself."

"The way I understood the buy local campaign is IF the product or service cannot be found in Newton County, then by all means go elsewhere. However, we really need to make the effort to buy here first if possible. ... Please make a small effort in finding these places to shop before assuming we do not have it and helping the surrounding counties' tax base. No wonder they have more retail stores we all want, we support them first! I am definitely changing my spending habits after learning how money is circulated when and where I spend it. I think we all need to spend here first before any new retailers will even consider making Newton County their next location. Big chains want to see money being spent here at the current time they are considering our area. If the next counties over are getting our revenues too, then guess where they will build? It will take some time and effort on all of us before we see a difference. Just change your spending habits where you can, that's all."

"I can certainly understand the comments regarding the 'outfit' Mrs. Oglesby purchased to illustrate how one can shop in Covington. I suspect her objective was to show that Covington has the bit more quality products that one does not typically see at some of the other retailers. I might have suggested that she approach each retailer to see if they would like to demonstrate how a family could be outfitted at their respective businesses such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Cato, Brendells, Flaunt, Cititrends, etc. I suspect that anyone who can purchase a Brighton handbag knows exactly where they can do so. I might suggest giving this another try ... "

"RE: Chamber president resigns. I am curious as to why you did not report his age. It seems almost every article (and TV story) first mentions the person's age and race. Actually, I found it refreshing and wonder if more people refuse to give their age when interviewed, will this absurd practice stop? Yes, it is sometimes relevant to the article, but most times it is not. btw- several years ago I called Newton Sheriff's non-emergency phone to report I found a motorcycle in the corner of our yard. They sent a deputy to retrieve and he said my age was required for his report, in addition to my lifelong details! What? Here I am doing my civic duty and I get treated by the Sheriff's Department like I'm the crook. Nothing like discouraging a citizen from acting in good faith!"

"Perhaps if the schools would stop pushing for and rewarding children for 'perfect attendance,' parents would stop sending their children to school sick."

"Your child being sent to school sick, so that they can earn perfect attendance, means my child's education is interrupted. If you are sick - please stay home and don't infect everyone else."

"I was calling about Lil Wayne, the rapper. He was sitting on TV the other day smoking marijuana and to my understanding that is still against the law. Where was the law at?"

"I read in your wonderful paper about the school needing more cuts. Well ever who put the two signs up at Eastside and Alcovy, you can't read them and it tells the time of day and Go Tigers or Go Eagles. You can't read them unless you pull over on the side of the road. Every one has a clock in their car or on their cell phone. Who needs the time of day. That is wasting electricity. The school system needs to think about saving money. This is a stupid idea to have these signs on and the electricity on 24 hours a day."

"I pay for the Newton Citizen and enjoy the poll on Saturday. Why is it that the Internet is free and there are more phone poll comments on the Internet that are in the paper."

Editor's note: There is unlimited space on the Web site.

"I was calling about Newton Citizen discriminating against Georgia Tech. Now I know last Saturday Georgia lost and there was two big pictures on the sport page Sunday with a big writeup on the front page and Tech won Thursday night and I have seen nothing about it in the Newton Citizen at all. This was a conference game it was a big game, Tech won, but I have seen nothing about it in the paper whatsoever. Come on give me a break."

"If Obama and his administration pass the Obamacare health plan, it will be unconstitutional. This proves to me that they care less whether they are breaking the law or not. All they want is to shove their ideas down our throats whether we want their health care or not. Last Saturday, 9-12-09, thousands upon thousands of people met in Washington, D.C., to show their disapproval of the direction our nation is heading with the health plan, irrational spending and all around lapse of judgment by Obama and congress. He, conveniently was out of town. Since little to no coverage was given this event by the 'left-wing media,' a lot of Americans were unaware of just how many true patriots, of all colors and nationalities, were there to show how unhappy they are with the way our freedoms are slowly being taken away by the current administration. Wake up Americans! We must stand up and make our voices heard now - before it is too late. We cannot allow our democracy to be taken from us. ... "

"Maybe the government is pushing the H1N1 vaccine on everyone to justify the hysteria and resulting expense that they caused by overreacting to a strain of the flu. People need to educate themselves about how little testing was completed on this vaccine and how most people with H1N1 have milder symptoms than the seasonal flu. Yes, there are severe cases, but there are also severe cases of a cold, stomach virus, etc."

"What have we done? We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. We have removed God and prayer from our schools. What a mess we have made. May God have mercy on our souls."

"If Georgia loses Saturday, Hibbits and Wal-Mart should be having a clearance sale. ... and to all my bosses at work - it's not my fault Georgia lost its first game. Don't take it out on me. I hope they don't win another game. Go Jackets."

"I personally do not see how President Obama could possibly order the USPS to print and make available this stamp. It goes far beyond the real. Shows exactly what sort of temporary president we have. Vote him out the next time around, if it isn't too late. Here is something to chew on ... Muslims don't even believe in Christ, and they're getting their own Christmas stamp! But, don't dare to dream of posting the Ten Commandments on federal property! This is truly unbelievable!"

"Where is any good news these days. Reported crime in Newton County during 2008 was over 7.8 per day. Covington crime down slightly in 2008. So we thank them for shifting it to the county. NCSS short over $6 million causing reductions in all areas. However, we can spend over $900,000 on a turnaround that will not solve any traffic problems, plus an underground tunnel designed perfectly for more crime going to a center that is also is facing financial problems. Now looks like another community center takeover that is not in any reported budgets and total cost unknown. Does reducing our school personnel make any sense while we are on the low end of Georgia educational levels? Lack of education and instilling self-pride contributes directly to the first two items mentioned above. We simply cannot afford to waste funds during our present economical situation."

"I am so sick and tired of the articles about the new theme schools. I am a parent of a middle school student and was thrilled that there was going to be another school option for him. However, the more information that surfaced about this school, the more suspicious I became. A parent involvement theme school. Whatever does that mean? A parent should be involved in their child's education at whatever school that child attends. Every school in the nation should be a parental involvement school. You cannot, and should not depend on the teachers, or a school system, to teach your child everything they need to learn. If you want your child to have a more rigorous lesson plan than what is being taught in the class, speak to your child's teacher. I can assure you most teachers are willing to give your child more advanced course work. If you are not satisfied with that, you as a parent have the responsibility to offer your child more advanced work. I think this school has become in less than nine weeks exactly what I thought it would become. A school where parents want to run the school, that is tell the administrators and teachers how to operate the school. It is unfortunate that this is happening. This school could have been something great had it been offered as a magnet school or charter school, and not a parent involvement school. My son is a straight A student, is well behaved, and well spoken. He will succeed at any school that he attends, because we, his parents, are extremely involved in his education."