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Newton Poll - 07-24-10

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"Does anyone know what they are clearing the land at the old hitting range on the Bypass Road across from Zaxby's for?"

Editor's note: According to the city's planning director, Covington Ford has been approved and granted a ground disturbance and grading permit for the site. They have submitted site plans for approval; no building plans have been submitted yet.

"Front page, Wednesday Citizen. Fred Greer getting vaccination. The ensuing article clearly states: 'The vaccine is not licensed for people 65 years of age and older.' I happen to know Mr. Greer is (older than 65) because he graduated high school with me. What's up?"

Editor's note: Only one of the vaccines available was identified as not being licensed for people age 65 and older.

"In response to the Fox News Junkies ... I'm glad I got you off the couch to respond to my post."

"To the person who referred to mowing and trimming along the highways as social work, definitely not social work. People do so much talking and criticizing without the facts, and they assume so much. First, not everyone sitting in jail is guilty, many are there awaiting court -- they haven't been convicted, just arrested which (means) they are innocent until proven guilty. A number of inmates belong to the state, so to speak, and the state pays the county to house them. The cost of having inmates do work that is currently contracted out is a lot more than what is currently being paid. The county would have to pay for licenses, workers compensation, liability insurance, the salaries of one or two officers to watch them work, truck/trailer to haul equipment, commercial size mowers, blowers, trimmers, etc., plus someone to drive the truck with trailer and to load and unload the equipment for the inmates to use, not to mention the cost of materials, fuel and maintenance on equipment. So your great savings plan costs the taxpayers more money."

"Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work. Harry Truman deported over 2 million illegals after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback'... It was done so WWII and Korean veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them! Now ... if they could deport the illegals back then -- they could surely do it today?"

"Could someone please explain to me why Covington has the highest gas prices? (A Henry County grocery store) is $2.49 and the (same store) in Covington is $2.56 and Madison is cheaper. If there is any explanation I would like to know."

"This is the man who busted his knee open on the 4th of July. On the last part I said I may be down but I am far from over."

"This is one of your avid readers -- just had a comment on whatever happen to the no shirt, no shoes, no service. Today I saw a young man walking into (a large discount store) with no shirt on, half of his underwear was showing, and I thought what in the world is happening. A week ago I was in a restaurant having a meal, a guy came in, sat down had an undershirt on, and if I had a store or a business and someone walked in that way I would not serve them. I think that people have a right to eat in a place where a man's hair under his arms is not half way down his body. Also, I get so tired of seeing men's underwear. What if women walked around like that? You think they wouldn't arrest us the moment we step out of the car. We don't have to put up with this, but we do. If somebody would just say 'no service' one time it would be wonderful."

"I am calling in to the poll today to thank the county commissioners for hiring Durden Maintenance Service again. He does a fantastic job. I ride around the county. I see what he does. I live close to East Haven over there. The water plant has not looked as bad as it does now in a long time. When Mr. Durden did that it looked fantastic. They want Newton County to look beautiful they are going to have to get somebody like that to do it because he takes a lot of pride in what he does. I just want to thank the commissioners for keeping Billy there. He does do a good job."

"This is in response to the ... person who made the comment last week 'go and look at Durden sites' for Newton County. Well, I did. I visited the landfill, the Animal Control, various recycling centers throughout the county every single one of these locations are very well maintained. The grass was cut no weeds the fence line maintained, no trash in sight. These sites looked better than most people's personal yards. Mr. Durden has maintained my grandmother's yard for over 10 years with absolutely no problems, which is very rare considering she is extremely particular about details. For the record the sites throughout this county which are not a part of Mr. Durden's contract are the lot beside the administration building, the lot beside the Judicial Center, the parking deck near the railroad track and the Baptist Church, Williams Street water plant, and Public Defenders Office. These places are currently maintained by the community service workers and prison inmates. Thank God the commissioners decided to keep Mr. Durden's contract intact instead of going with the finance department decision to use prisoners and community service workers. If this is an indication of the work that the finance department had in mind, our whole county would be in an unacceptable condition."

Poor sportsmanship. Mr. Simmons, I can believe it. You should have returned a few calls. A group of over 100 citizens banded together on July 4th and pledged to vote for Sims. Just like we did 4 years ago to put Simmons in office.

Never before in the history of America have we been confronted with problems so huge that the very existence of our country is in jeopardy. Our biggest enemy is not China, Russia or Iran. Our biggest enemy is a contingent of politicians in Washington, D.C.

One more comment on Durden's Landscape. The purchase of your lawn equipment does not occur every year go bark up another tree. Inmate labor is not the answer it was a solution to a problem but because of budget cuts have you noticed that these programs were cut. Yeah, Billy, let's see if you will step up and handle these duties for free. You argued against inmate labor lets see. Inmates worked on a volunteer basis, the same taxpayer who pays you will pay for this inmate to sit in jail. The cost of that inmate will occur whether sitting in jail or cutting grass. The laid off jailer's base salary is some where around 30,000. Tell the truth, Billy, you do not cut all county property. Most is handled by other county employees and the equipment has been bought and paid for. Take your contract and cut grass. Opening your mouth is foolish.

I see the city of Porterdale raised the millage rate and is having to borrow (money) to pay the city bills because they say they do not have the money to operate. The thing that gets me is where the mayor and council are pushing and supporting to purchase the railroad for the rails to trails project. We all know who the burden of paying for this will be put on. Our elected officials should concentrate on trying to do what is right for the citizens instead of someone's personal interests. We all need to get out and vote and make a difference in November and let the politicians know that we are fed up with what is going on. Every elected official that we have from local to federal government needs to be replaced. I for one am fed up with all the tax and spend politics.