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"Florida is the first state that is now going to require drug testing for welfare! Some people are crying this is unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional? It's completely legal that every other working person had to pass a drug test in order to have a J-O-B that supports those on welfare!"
"It is truly amazing how the Newton Board of Commissioners still has their most expensive 'employee' on the payroll in these times of economic crisis. With payments of nearly three quarters of a million dollars to Tommy Craig for legal services it is obvious that is about $500,000 too much, or more than all the surrounding counties pay for legal services. How many employees could we have kept on to do the citizens' business without that wasteful boondoggle. I am guessing at least 10! Those payments are just a drop in the bucket compared to the wasteful projects the county attorney has talked the board into over the years ... . These types of problems are endemic of what is wrong with our budget here at home and the country at large. Common sense is all it takes to see through this charade, common sense folks."
Editor's note: Legal fees for the County Attorney's Office total $205,326 for the first five months of 2011, some $300,000 less than they were for the same time period last year, according to a breakdown of charges supplied by Craig to the Board of Commissioners.
"This is Chop. Do you know what I don't understand why is there a pill for everything. Commercials today advertise, hey you have trouble concentrating you may have ADHD, and then they tell you to choke down this pill. It will solve everything. This is my favorite, hey you need to lose weight, take this pill. What happened to cutting back on the cheeseburgers and exercising or going outside. I mean what the $%#@, what is next, hey if your toenail is growing crooked, take this pill. There is even a pill if your muscles hurt. They call it fibromyalgia, and first of all if I woke up and nothing did hurt on my body then I would be worried. The side effects most of the time are worse than what the pill is said to fix. Hey, I lost weight but my hair fell out and I formed a third eyeball. Listen up people, here is the Chop's cure all, chicken wings, Miller Lite and BC Powders. You take these in any combination -- problem solved."
"This is a must read for all potential voters! The National Association of Realtors is aware of a ploy to steal millions from unsuspecting homeowners. How many Realtors do you think will vote Democratic in 2012? Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it? That is $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc. You ask yourself, when did this happen? Surprise -- it is in Obamacare and goes into effect in 2013. Wonder what else is hidden in the over 2,000 pages? Why 2013? Could it be to come to light after the 2012 election? So, this is the change you can believe in? Under the Obamacare health plan all real estate transactions will be subject to this 3.8 percent sales tax. This bill is set to penalize the retiring generation who often downsize their homes. Does this enlightenment make your November 2012 vote more important? Oh, you weren't aware this was in the Obamacare bill? Don't feel alone, there are more than a few members of Congress that aren't aware of it either. Voters need to vote Obama out! His time is up in 2012!"
"Not to be obvious but it seems to most people that when John Middleton leaves, the commission chair should have to go back to work to fill those shoes. No need to hire anyone else. ... "
"Republicans in Congress are unwilling to endorse raising the debt ceiling. How ironic, since it was their Bush/Cheney administration who ran us into this financial catastrophe by involving our country in two bloody, costly and useless wars -- Iraq and Afghanistan, which are now costing billions a week. The Bush administration took office with a $3 trillion treasury surplus, left by the Clinton administration, yet had to raise the 'debt ceiling' eight times to fund his useless wars. Obama and the Navy Seals took care of Bin Laden which is what needed to be done in the first place. The Republicans are trying to blame President Obama for this war-caused recession. Sen. Obama was against the Iraq war. George W. Bush has the ugly distinction of sending American troops to invade a sovereign state -- Iraq -- without provocation. Let's cut off his fat pension! Also, Reagan raised the debt ceiling nearly 20 times."
"I think it's a shame that the people who are 'in charge' in our county school system have been out of the classroom, if they ever were in one, for so long that they create chaos instead of plans and leave it to their underlings to deal with the backlash. The perfect example is having the high school open house on the Monday after school starts. Open house is traditionally when the kids go to see who their teachers are and where their classrooms are. Why bother to have it after the third day of school? At Alcovy they are making schedules available for pick up in person at the school on the day before school from 1 to 4 p.m., but this is certainly not convenient for working parents, is it? Why even have student portal if they don't use it?"
"I just wanted to thank the sweet woman who helped my husband Friday night (July 29) when his truck battery died at the Kroger on Salem Road. Thank you for reminding us that kindness still exists. We will surely pay it forward!
"Today, the county rulers have decided that they will tax any activity in the county that might possibly make a resident a dollar or two. Listen up citizens, you will not have a yard sale or a lemonade stand or sell some firewood in your front yard without the permission of these (officials) we have elected. It's time to stop this! These people have got to go! Since the economy has worn heavily on the average citizen, I have noticed that the aforementioned are looking for any way to get the last dime out of our pockets. I believe next election cycle let's vote these good-for-nothings out and not replace them. We can't afford them, we would be better off with their salary in our pockets. Let these tin horn dictators aggravate their neighbors in some other county! Thank you (and I'm not Chop.)"
"To the person who says we don't know anything about President Obama's background, I have but one question: Were you drunk the entire year of 2008? All the media did was dig into that man's past and you're still trying to tell me that you don't know anything about him. The only explanation for that is willful ignorance on your part. If you want to know something, look it up (and while you're at it -- grow up!). Allow me to tell you what I was told for eight miserably long years that were known as the Bush Administration -- you lost, get over it!"
"I read through all the tripe that was this week's poll and all I can say is that you people need to quit watching so much Fox News. Honestly, would it kill you people to just actually look up something or is it that you are just too lazy or just too stupid to find out the truth for yourself? The president is going to get rid of your Social Security! The president is going to single-handedly steal money from your bank account! The president is going to make all your kids gay! Honestly people, if it's that easy to get you lemmings to follow along, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you in Brooklyn -- real cheap!"
"This is Chop: this week the news is jam-packed full of controversial debates. We have the debate to raise or not raise the debt ceiling. Now there are reports that the White House is forcing the insurance companies to provide birth control at no extra cost basically meaning for free. Are you @#! $%& kidding me, whatever happened to personal responsibility? I see now what will take place. Those of us who have insurance will see a price increase in our premiums to pay for this. What makes Congress think by providing this that they will take the birth control. I mean, they are only $9 a month and a certain select few don't take them now. My personal favorite is the more kids I have, the more money I get from the government. This sure is another brilliant stupid move from the idiots in Congress."
"OK, what the devil are the two women who I saw driving their golf carts on Pace Street thinking. These women had children under the age of 5 years riding and one of them did not have any kind of restraint. The ... women on the blue cart who came from the plaza across 278 onto Pace had two girls who appeared to be 3 or 4 sitting on the back. The booster chairs had a lap restraint and that is all. Lady, what protection do you have from being hit and killing these precious little ones. None. ... May the powers that be please pass some type of ordinance banning children from these dangerous adults before we bury a child. This is child endangerment, is it not? Citizen, please print the new law and the city ordinance. Maybe this will deter this ... behavior."
Editor's note: According to the city's ordinance governing motorized carts, Pace Street is listed as a street where golf carts are not permitted to be operated. The ordinance allows motorized carts on Pace Street only at intersections with streets that cross Pace Street.
"I am an employee of the NCSS and I also have two children who attend school here in Newton County. I would just like to know why we are having open house on Wednesday night. I attend church on Wednesday night as I'm sure many others do, too. Is there some reason why we could not have held it on Tuesday night. I'm just wondering."
"Hey y'all I've got a kick the last couple of times that I sat back, drank my coffee and get a good laugh from the poll. From Chop tanning with his neighbor, sounds like an addict this week, to folks still trying to get inmates to work some, but I think I'll write in this time to comment on the whole private school thing. I'm a father. My daughter used to come home and tell me stories of how bad the schools have got, so I started listening, going to pick her up, meeting some of the other parents, etc. The public school is not like it was even 10 years ago. There are kids still being bullied to the point they fear to go. Girls are being touched as they walk down the hall. Racist (people) are still trying to control the turf. I'm broke, but at least I know my child is safe. I would like some help with supplies. If I stand correct, the last time I bought supplies I had to buy several of everything to make sure those whose parents were cheap could have the same opportunity as the kids whose parents had a little more income. If you are on welfare keep your mouth shut because it's the first of the month. Y'all will have my money in a couple of days. Feel free to call me and I'll come share a cook out on you ... "
"Please, please someone tell the (person) that is riding their children on the back of the blue golf cart that it's too hot to have them little girls on the back. Also, do they not care for the safety. All it would take is a truck with one of those brush guards to hit them little kids and kill them. I also notice they was not in a car seat. Even in a motor vehicle by the law they have to be in a car seat. Someone please tell me the reason why anybody would ... put those beautiful girls in harm's way."
"I am a retired police officer living on Lake Jackson, and I would like to comment on a response from Capt. Ken Malcom printed in your July 23 edition. He seemed to be trying to justify why the Covington Police Department's record for solving crimes was dismal at best. In his response we were handed the general or standard replies given by all police departments when they are questioned about their performance and the statistical results and information pertaining to their ability to solve crimes. None of this type of information was given by Mr. Malcom. This fact alone should tell the residents of Covington that they have a low performing police department. They appear to cover up their lackluster achievement record by staging many public relation and civic type events. They try to relay a message to the citizens that if they are good at these events, then they are good at solving crimes. They have created a false illusion of themselves and tried to create an image that does not exist. As one commenter so adequately stated: 'You can Google this and find out for yourself.' I would advise all the citizens of Covington to 'Google' their police department for (1) the number of major crimes committed as compared to the state and nation and (2) their ability to solve them. They may be in for a rude awakening. Sincerely, been there many times!"