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"I found the comment in the 10-30 Citizen Poll thanking voters for 'Obamacare' interesting since the supposed new insurance conditions this person is facing couldn't be true. Not due to the new health care laws, anyhow. Funny, it came in the edition of the paper just before the mid-term elections. Coincidence? I think not. Oh, by the way, you're welcome. Health care reform is why I voted for Obama. If he will go farther with it, I'll probably vote for him again!"
"I read the Citizen Poll weekly. I find it a shame that more comments are not made about the state of our school system. The students of Newton County are being educated with minimal staff and minimal funds. Teachers have been taken out of the classroom, money is not available for the essentials. The teachers of Newton County schools have more students in their classes plus less paraprofessional support plus more paperwork to complete plus less time to plan plus less technology plus minimal supplies. This all equals students that will be unable to preform to the state standards. How can we expect the students to be able to learn at the same level as always without the same support as always. In 10 years, we will have students that do not know how to read, students that are not able to add or multiply, and you can forget being able to read the chicken scratch that they call writing. Last year there was such an outcry from parents about middle school sports, in five years we will have children that are unable to participate in sports because of their academics! Teachers are getting burned out trying to teach like they have always taught with less. Students are leaving, going to private schools that seem to have popped up overnight. Wake up, Newton County! The ones that will be taking care of us in our old age and ruling our government are the same ones in school right now. I know I want the person taking care of me to be able to read, and the one making laws for me to be able to write. Go to your local school and volunteer, the students need your help because the school system is failing them. If you are unable to volunteer, please say a prayer for the students and teachers of Newton County, pray for the government of our state and county to realize that you cannot take money away from our most important resource, our children!"
"Citizens ... will we ever reach a time when we no longer hear the dreaded 'N' word? Some members of society continue to use it both privately and in public, as unconcerning as saying 'Hey you' or 'What's up?' Usually, these comments are made without any regard as to where they're made or by whom they're heard. I'm a public school teacher, and I see and hear this behavior every day. Yes, school behavior codes are in place to deal with this issue, but, as you might have guessed, 'violating' this rule by one group is often looked upon as the norm, and as such, is largely overlooked. However, should another group behave the same way, either in anger or in jest toward the other, they're usually punished more severely because it's seen as more of a racist act. As my teaching career draws to a close, I'm often reminded of MLK Jr.'s words about the content of character as opposed to the color of one's skin. I think now of our president, Supreme Court justices, secretaries of state, four star generals, governors, political party leaders, athletes .... and the list goes on. How in the world can this horrible word still exist in anyone's vocabulary? Especially in the ones we're depending on to stop it .... our young people."
"The Anti-Trails folks know the facts -- that's why we are against it. We have signs in our yards letting our neighbors and fellow citizens know that they, too, should investigate for themselves the facts and determine if they, too, would like to join our side in being against such a waste of taxpayer money and resources. The great folks in eastern Newton County are against it and the mayors of Newborn and Mansfield should listen to their constituents and forget converting the railroad to a trail."
"Finally, some intelligent, enlightening commentary on the Rails to Trails fiasco (Citizen, Friday, Oct. 29, letters to the editor). Many thanks to Ed Needham Jr and Samuel M Hay. Hopefully, all Newton County citizens will take the time to read these comments."
"If something is not done soon about retaining firefighters for the county we will not have enough personnel for all the stations. I know of three to four looking for new jobs. There is no job security here. At the moment now we have like two personnel on an engine and the commissioners want to build another station. How are you going to staff it? Didn't you just lay off three firefighters?"
"I am so disturbed by the fact that the person (charged with molesting) his stepdaughter was only given a $26,000 bail, which means his parents only have to pay $2,600 dollars to get him out of jail. I can't believe that our judicial system gives such a person the ability to bail out. I wonder if they knew that this person is a flight risk because he has relatives in Michigan. ... I have noticed that in the past our judicial system ends up giving many of these (suspects) probation. We need to wake up in this county! How many more children need to be violated before we say enough is enough! ... He should be kept in jail until his trial."
"Morgan Vs Morgan 2012. Hate to be at the Morgan house this Thanksgiving."
"Recently, in the city of Dallas, Texas, they passed an ordinance that if you are pulled over by law enforcement and not able to provide proof of Insurance, your car will be towed right away. Afterwards, to retrieve your car after being impounded, you must require proof of insurance to have your car released. This has made it easy for the city of Dallas to remove uninsured cars that are typically driven by mostly illegals. Shortly after 'no insurance' ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up quickly and were full after nine days. Most of the impounded cars were driven by illegals. Not only must you provide proof of insurance to have your car released, you have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and charged $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot. I would suggest other cities across the nation to follow what Dallas, Texas, is doing. Not only is it getting uninsured drivers off the road, but it is taking away vehicles driven by illegals that have no insurance. Brings a tear to my eyes ... "
"We are an Afro-American ministry and we read the papers like everyone else. We read where it seems like only young black males are arrested for drugs. This is true in Covington and Newton County. We agree with the people who contacted your paper that the people who furnish drugs to these young black males are never arrested. We are calling on our three Afro-American Council members to see what can be done about this and give a response in the Citizen Poll."
"The people have spoken -- No more taxes. We are tired of taxes, we would rather die in a car wreck than give government more money when they waste what we give them now. To the BOC -- No SPLOST or we have a throw Tea Party your honor. That goes for both parties. Oh, one more thing ... Mrs. Mayor, you're invited to the Tea Party also."
"Tax and spend Jim don't worry -- Nancy doesn't need a lap dog anymore."
"Does anyone know the plan for naming the new elementary school which will take the place of Palmer Stone? Most people assumed that the new school would be named Palmer Stone since faculty, staff and students at the existing building would all be moved to the new building. However, rumors have begun to circulate that the city of Oxford opposes a 'new' Palmer Stone and has been pressuring board members and the superintendent to change the name. Will there be any public forum to discuss this? What should citizens, former faculty members and alumni do to be certain their opinions on this issue are heard?" Editor's note: According to Policy FDC, the Newton County Board of Education is responsible for naming new facilities of the district. Consideration for naming a school facility after an individual, living or deceased, may be considered if land was donated by the individual or the individual's family and such land was accepted by the board for the purpose of constructing a school facility or if an individual or individual's family donates the money to purchase land or construct a school facility and such money was accepted by the board for that purpose.
"So Mayor Carter wants the county to agree to the proposed changes to the Main Street program quick like a bunny, huh? I wonder if it's so that the bike trail that she and her hubby so fervently desire can be funded through Main Street's hotel/motel tax revenue stream before her City Council and others notice? I hope the County Commission is studying carefully before they get 'railroaded.' A quick and inadequately researched decision by them will indeed enable the mayor to move ahead with her scheme. Also hope that concerned land owners in the county don't mind having their concerns ignored by ambitious politicos."
"Just wanted to check on the Democrats in and around Newton County and see if you have a headache or perhaps are sick at your stomach yet. After learning that we are sending Obama and his 'entourage' to India for three, yes that is three days, at an expense of 'around' $2 billion, you should be trying to find a place to hide. But I forget, nobody voted for him! Isn't it amazing how no one voted for him yet he is our president/ruler. We have 34 ships going over there to protect him. If any of this makes sense to you will you please let the rest of us in on why we are spending this much?"