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Newton Poll - 04/03/2010

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.

"Train tracks and bike trails. All the articles I read say that these train tracks are abandoned or unused. Who owns the tracks? Why are they not using the tracks? I have not seen a train, or anything else, on these tracks since 1993. If the tracks are indeed abandoned, tell the owners to use it or lose it. Do not pay out tax dollars to buy this rail line. Just condemn the rail line. Newton County has done this before with other property they wanted. After the county acquires the rail line, then a bid could be posted for a recycling company to remove the rails and pay the county for the scrap metal and ties. This money would be placed a fund to be used for the proposed bike path. In the meantime, if people really like to ride their bikes, they should check out a place call Stanton Springs. I hear that there isn't anything else going on there."

"This comment is for all of the Democrats that are accusing the Republicans of racism because we do not support the health care bill. First of all, that is a very unintelligent and uneducated statement. Have you even read any of the bill? In the bill, there is $7 billion set aside for jungle gyms, money set aside for rehab of Native American child molesters, the takeover of student loans ... it has really little to do with actual health care. There are many black Americans that oppose this bill as well. I go to church with black people that do not support abortion and, therefore, do not support the bill. Mr. Obama's executive order to ban funding for abortion is not worth the paper it is written on. Not to say that Republicans are perfect, and some are downright corrupt, but this bill is one-sixth of our entire economy and if you do your homework and actually read the bill instead of crying racism (beat the dead horse again), maybe you will learn a little something. Why do you just accept what you are told ... read it for yourself!"

"Thursday, April 15, is tax day in the U.S. There will be thousands of angry taxpayers attending a rally in Washington, D.C., on that day. I encourage everyone that can't go to refuse to work on that day and the following day as well in support of these fellow Americans. We have to show Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Washington gang that we are mad as hell and that we aren't going to be run over and robbed by this administration. Call or e-mail your congressmen and senators to encourage them to fight against this administration."

"Just a taxpayer question: If the Chamber of Commerce is now lobbying for the Republicans, should they be funded with public funds? A history thought: The Prince of Peace rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (not an elephant) with messages of hope, healing and love. The rich and powerful shouted, 'Crucify Him!' Speaking of history, in his classes I hope Darrell Huckaby teaches from the true history books, not the fair and unbalanced views he projects in his articles. If I were a parent with a child in his classes, I would look into it. His articles used to be mildly amusing until he began preaching the Republican agenda."

"To the 'Christian' (and I use the term loosely) who used references from the Bible to spew hatred toward homosexuals, I say keep reading. It also says 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'! You are a prime example of why I hate organized religion -- it reflects nothing of what I believe Jesus intended. You should be ashamed of yourself!"

"Last week a derogatory comment was made about the District 2 commissioner. I have a very different perspective. I have contacted the commissioner several times when I had strong opinions about county problems, such as the death trap at Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road, the new park, the new library, etc. He has never failed to respond promptly and mostly sympathetically to my concerns. I understand we will be getting some stimulus money for the badly needed light at Oak Hill and 212. I do not think the unkind remarks about the commissioner are justified and I am going to support his re-election."

"We really miss our Citizen carrier. She was always on time and the earliest paper delivered. Today was the first day of the combined Citizen/AJC delivery. My papers were one hour and 20 minutes late. Hope the service improves."

"The Trails -- in today's economic atmosphere are we really concerned about trails? Does Newton County not have bigger concerns? The problem I see is that proponents of the trail project say things like 'It will create jobs,' but they fail to say what sort of jobs, how long will these jobs last, where will the money come from to pay for these jobs and how many people will actually be hired to do these jobs. The trails will 'bring people to the community to spend money' -- great but what is the draw? Maybe bike races ... ? Why will people come to the community and for what? Be more specific! 'The communities along the trail will benefit.' Again -- how? Bikers are not likely to stop and dine at the corner restaurant and the corner restaurants are already going out of business. They will not be able to stay open for that occasional bike rider who wants a burger. Jim Marshall has applied for a grant to help obtain this property and that is wonderful on his part, but the question still remains, 'Where is that money coming from?' Do we believe it just materializes or will we actually, in some way, be paying for this through taxes, etc.? If the railroad donated the property to the county and the county could just sit on it until the county coffers had excess funds, maybe it would be a good idea but now, there will be opposition in droves. Suggestion: don't make statements without being specific ... "

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

"Let me get this straight ... we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke. What could possibly go wrong?"

I just called the Newton County Tax Commissioners office and listened to the recording of location and office hours. It said open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. On a whim I waited and held until an operator answered. They are closed Friday, April 2. Why, oh why, could they not have added that information to the recording? We had planned on stopping by to renew our vehicle tags on Friday. The lady was upset that it was a closed day and not paid. Well, I'd be happy to take her job as we are out of work. I'd have been really upset if we had driven over to find the office closed. Please Tax Commissioner - add closed days to your recorded message. Ditto other county offices!"

"To reply to the veteran's comments on 3-27-10, about my opinions of Obama on 3-20-10, I don't understand why you called me hateful, vile and not American. I called Obama a narcissist because that word best describes him. If he couldn't fly on Air Force One at least once a week and appear on TV, he would probably have a stroke. He is the one that does not accept those who disagree with him. He proved this with all the underhanded, behind-closed-door deals he made to get his health care plan passed. As a veteran, I assume you fought for our freedom at one point or another? How can you defend this president who is trying his best to take away our freedoms? I don't need a government to give me everything. I have worked hard for what I have, including my health insurance. I am a senior citizen and with this health care of Obama's, my and all the other seniors' life expectancy will be greatly shortened. That is one way to take care of over-population. You also accused me of being an anarchist. I am not for that, but I certainly am not for socialism and that is where Obama is quickly taking us. Americans want freedom not government control! I feel sure the majority of true Americans will show Obama and his administration by their votes in November 2010, we do not believe in his agenda and having it shoved down our throats. I do call upon God to help us make the change we need."

"It is amazing how many people blame Fox News for what is happening in this country. Apparently they don't watch it because they would know that the 'news' portion of Fox News is exactly that, the news. They are probably talking about the 'opinion' people on there that have an opinion, which I think is still legal in this country. As a matter of fact, I think that MSNBC, CNN, et al. all have 'opinion' people too! Hmmmm.... "

"Does anyone else get tired of hearing about the 'less fortunate?' Who are these less fortunate people? Are they the ones that have made bad decisions in their lives like dropping out of school, having too many children they can't afford or buying houses they know they can't pay for? The ones that have cell phones, Blackberries, ipods, a TV in every room, fancy hair styles, acrylic nails, expensive cars, etc. but don't have any money to buy health insurance? They then expect the productive people (i.e. those of us who pay taxes) to bail them out. Because hard workers have saved and spent wisely they have more and somehow the 'less fortunate' think that's not fair. You know what, like I told my children while they were growing up, 'Life is not fair, get over it.' Pretty soon the 'less fortunate' are going to outnumber the producers and then what are they going to do?"

"I see where Mr. Simmons is up for re-election as BOC in District 2 Newton County. I hope all you citizens of District 2 remember that Mr. Simmons could not wait to ask for a raise when he was elected the first time. It makes me sick for someone to get elected and right off ask for a pay raise. If a person runs for office they should know what the pay is and are not entitled to a pay raise. Also, how can Mr. Simmons get credit for the projects mentioned in the paper as these projects have been in the mill for years."