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Newton Poll - 12-25-10

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"I must have missed something. Who died and left Mort Ewing king of Newton County? He is acting like a taxing and spending pork barrel Washington liberal. The last thing the GOP needs is a wolf in sheep's clothing in the party. Will someone please revoke his GOP membership. PS: young Mr. Fleming — Ditto."

"Just a reminder: Ewing and Henderson are two of the commissioners that approved the Wal-Mart on Salem Road. But they will not improve the roads in the second and third districts for the traffic that their Wal-Mart vote is going to bring us. I ask everyone to send these two commissioners a message and vote no on their special interest Washington-style pork spending (SPLOST). It is time that Tea Party politics starts at a local level. Also will someone who has not lost touch with the little man please throw your hat in and run against King Mort. It is not too early. They are already lining up in Rockdale."

"The way the BOC is being run maybe Mort should change his name to JR. (For you young people, Google it.)"

"We are one of the most stressed counties in the nation. Wow, you can thank your commissioners for that. Had they not approved so many cookie cutter starter subdivisions maybe it would be different and the garbage from DeKalb County wouldn't have moved here increasing the crime rate and lowering our school test scores. If only we had a Forsyth County frame of mind."

"To the person commenting on my unemployment story. For one the story you read was in a different newspaper. For two, the article misquoted me and did not tell the entire story. The interview lasted probably about 30 minutes and they only put about two quotes from me and those weren't the complete quotes as I stated. Yes, the interview stated that I had gotten two job offers, but what it didn't state is that the offers were for less than $10.00 an hour. I can't just take any old job for $10 per hour. I even broke down the math and explained that a $10 per hour job would be $400. After taxes it would be about $320, minus about $275 day care would leave about $45, then if you fill up with gas, which would run around $30, that would leave me about $15 to take home for the week as profit. That would not even pay the telephone bill. So, you tell me, is that worth it? No. So, before you say that I am sitting back and ‘taking a handout' and relaxing, you need to put yourself in my shoes. There is no relaxing when you have bills to pay, two kids to feed, two kids to buy Christmas for, repairs needed on cars etc. etc. etc. …"

"I'll stand up for the Post Office on the late delivery issue comments. I have averaged mailing seven-plus packages or thick envelopes per week over the last year. Late deliveries = 0. Lost packages = 0, damaged packages = 1; insurance reimbursement = Yes. Not a bad track record in my book. ... By the way, nor do I or any member of my family work or ever have worked for the USPS."

"As a NCSS educator ... I certainly hope when budget cuts are being considered that positions at the county office are reviewed. There are certainly a few positions there that can be cut. Hopefully school councils and other stakeholders will suggest this in their meetings. I'm not sure how we can do with fewer teachers, particularly at the elementary level."

"To the person who said I should have walked at Turner Lake. Who said I was walking. I did the laps in my truck. Me and my friends are going to meet at the roundabout at 5 p.m. on 12/23 and just do laps for two or three hours. I wonder how the traffic would be then."

"As I was coming home Friday night, there was yet another accident at the Oak Hill/Magnet Road intersection. Why can't we get a red light there? There are many accidents and have been deaths at that intersection, including a small child. It is dark there and hard to see oncoming traffic ... let some of our tax dollars help protect the residents that live in Newton County. That place is the intersection of death!"

"Hello there, Newton County, Pork chop is back! What the $#@! is this I'm hearing about a new agriculture center? Unemployment is at an all-time high, unemployment benefits are expiring but look at the bright side of things. We can sell our cow at the new agriculture center. Do we not have something similar to this at Highway 11 and Highway 142? So why should the taxpayers have to pay the bill of a new one at the cost of $1.1 million. Is this price just for the building and will the taxpayers also have to buy the land if it is not donated like they hope it will be? So, worst case scenario $1.1 million for the building and piece of commercial property in the area of the municipal airport. Depending on the size of the land — $100,000. This price is in today's market. We are now at $1.2 million, plus operational costs for something I will never use. Well, no thanks Ewing! Hey I want you to tell the constituents that when there are no firemen to put fires out and no police to stop crime, well you can sell your horse or cow. Sincerely, The most interesting man in the world. Stay thirsty my friends."

"So, news of the sex act on a Newton County school bus made the AJC. To tell you the truth ... it's about time some of the behavior in our schools gets laid out there and then actually punished. You would be amazed at what is swept under the carpet. Students sent to the office in one of our schools get treats and get to work a puzzle with the principal instead of suspended. These kids learn that it's just fun to act up for the teacher and then get out of class. Time to toughen up administrators ... back the teachers up and send these kids home. Make it hard on the parents and maybe they'll get their little darlings to straighten up."

"This should concern all citizens of Newton County that our county wants to build a new fire station on the north side of town at a cost of $1.1 million. We already have a fire station 8 on the north side and it is a volunteer station that can use an upgrade that will not cost $1.1 million. As a matter of fact this station was to have two paid men in it and the county has pulled them due to manpower shortages at the paid departments even though I heard that the volunteers have paid out of their budget for these men to be there. So, that brings up the next problem that if the county builds this station, how will they staff it? SPLOST money can only be used to build this and not staff or maintain the building, so will the county raise out taxes even more to cover the cost of staffing this station. Anyone with a computer can search firefighter jobs on line and see that each one will cost us an average of $25,000 a year and up. So now we can say this new department will cost $150,000 a year-plus just in staffing not to mention cost of buying new trucks (average $750,000 and up) and fuel cost. With this in mind, would it be cheaper to fix up a building that is already there and have the qualified volunteers run it or do you the citizens and voices of the county want to let the county waste more money and run free help off? Speak up now or don't complain when you have to get a second job just to pay your already higher than needs to be taxes. We as a nation have told Congress just how we felt about how they were not doing their jobs, now it's time we tell our own county. By angry citizen and taxpayer."

"I'd like to weigh in on the new roundabout on Turner Lake Road and Clark Street. I for one think it's a great addition to the area and a big improvement for the traffic flow over what used to be there. I travel through it twice a day, once in the morning heading to I-20 and once in the afternoon heading home (and no I don't live in Clark's Grove) and I've never had any problem with it. I've seen tractor trailers and school busses easily maneuver through it as well. I've driven on roundabouts in other cities and other countries and they are very simple and easy to use if you just pay attention to the movement of the traffic. My observations so far are that we have three types of drivers using the new roundabout: (1) folks like me that understand how to use it and glide right through it with no effort at all; (2) folks who can't seem to figure out whether to stop and wait forever and, therefore, back other folks up or pull out too slowly and cause confusion; and (3) folks who are idiots and think they can just rush right through it without any concern for right of way or other folk's safety — these are the same idiots that run red lights, weave in and out of traffic, pull out in front of anyone without looking, don't yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks, talk on their cell phones instead of paying attention to traffic, and the list goes on. Hopefully, those folks in category 2 will get used to the roundabout and move into category 1. It's likely that those folks in category 3 are hopeless and the rest of us will just have to continue to watch out for them and their selfish ways no matter which road or highway they are on. The only thing I'd love to see added to the new roundabout is an awesome statue or fountain or some landscaping to make it blend into the local area like it had been there as long as the Square. Good job to all who were responsible from bringing the new roundabout to Covington. It's great!"

"The danger to America is not a Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. 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, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."