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"General Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old X-ray division from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing. In addition to moving the headquarters, the company will invest $2 billion in China and train more than 65 engineers and create six research centers. This is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United States last year, but paid no taxes -- the same company that employs more people overseas than it does in the United States. So let me get this straight. President Obama appointed GE Chairman Jeff Immelt to head his commission on job creation (job czar). Immelt is supposed to help create jobs. I guess the president forgot to tell him in which country he was supposed to be creating those jobs. If this doesn't show you the total lack of leadership of this president, I don't know what does."
"Fibervisions wants to dump 3.6 tons of pollutants in the air and that seems to be fine with Mr. Cromwell of the Environmental Protection Division. Maybe it's not so fine for those of us who live in close proximity to Fibervisions. Dumping pollutants in the air happens in poor areas where companies feel there won't be any backlash. The air in Newton County is among the worst in Georgia and Fibervisions would like to add to that. If Covington is supposed to be a family-oriented city, I don't think this is going to help people relocate here. What is Fibervisions doing to contain these particles? This is a multi-multi million dollar company. How much have they invested in containing these particles? Ask Mr. Cromwell this and other questions. 404-463-7000. Keep toxic manufacturing out of Newton County. Citizens health before dollars."
"I read with interest the poll each week as a subscriber to this paper. I hope this will be posted as it is a question to readers who have I'm sure have been confused as I am about Medicare and finally figured the best way to go. I will have Medicare this year and I would like to know if I purchase a Medicare Advantage policy am I still required to have Part B thru Medicare? According to the paperwork I received this week $115.40 will be deducted from my Social Security check. If I choose Part B and then I must purchase Part D to help out with medication. The information can be very confusing. Please post this."
"Yesterday Mr. Obama's Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated 'Food stamps are an economic stimulus. They are putting people to work. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it ... ' I do believe those stockers, packagers, etc, already have a job. That's why they are not receiving food stamps. But let's give Obama and Vilsack the benefit of the doubt by putting everyone on food stamps. That way, we can recover the 2.5 million jobs that have been lost since Obama took office less than three years ago!"
"Would be nice to see the polls for the 13th and the 20th!
"I'm sending the poll an email this week because there are people in the county that think they're animal lovers but are not. If you keep a cat you are not an animal lover. Cats are not meant to be domesticated. That is why they jump from 20-story buildings in the city. They are trying to get back to the wild. I catch cats because they kill the cottontail rabbits that are there for the hawks and night owls, and I enjoy watching the cottontails in the evening chase each other around. So to all you so-called animal lovers, either keep your cat in the house with its smelly cat litter or there are plenty of people out there who will catch them and take care of them for you ... "
"Attn.: Newton an Rockdale Citizens Folk:. OK, you have a great new web look. Now how about getting things in order like up to date. Today's (08.20.11) Citizen Polls posting are dated as follows: Rockdale Citizen Poll -- 08.13.11 (that's one week better than the Newton Citizen) -- My grade for you D-. Newton Citizen Poll - 08.06.11 (in the old format there was a posting dated 08.13.11 -- hmmm something got lost in the translation). My grade for you F- - - - - (that's a big failing grade)."
Editor's note: Thanks for the input. We're working on correcting the problems -- and improving our grades!
"This is Chop; I call this story shredding it up. Please do not try this at home for I am a trained professional and this was done on a closed course. I just recently purchased a new Tony Hawk skateboard special complete with helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. I bought these not for me but for my 8-year-old for a birthday gift. Oh! The excitement. He could not wait to get on this board. Seeing this made me jealous. The kid at heart for me wanted so bad to jump on this board and see what I've got. Well, I finally got my chance. My two little ones screamed, "Hey Dad why don't you try it." So there I was, top of the hill also known as my steep driveway, they are cheering me on by this time. The neighbor's kids came over, they are cheering me on. This was the particular moment I became Tony Hawk, I had morphed into a legend. There are people driving by. Hey is that Tony? Nope I say it's me, the Chop. I stand on the board, kick off down the driveway. The board is going every direction but straight, I manage to straighten the board out just in time to do a face plant right into the side of my truck. It looked like a cartoon where the character does a face plant into something and then slides down. The pain set in, Everyone laughed and asked are you OK? I am fine, no need to panic, I told myself I will not let them talk me into anything else again. Also the Texas Pete on my pizza was awesome. Thanks and I will be more than glad to swap houses to live beside Police man if you are willing to look after tanning boy."
"A rolling stone is worth two in the bush, thanks to this article."
"The fire and police of Newton County are great. We complain about them, yet they are the first call we make when there is a problem. When I had a lightning strike, I called 911. The nice lady stayed on the phone with me until the fire truck arrived. They went through my house to make sure there was no fire inside. The lightning had struck a pine tree, come down the tree through the ground and into my house. When they checked my attic, they came out and told me that the lightning had burst my main gas line and main water line. They cut off my gas and water and put out the fire. My son came to cut my grass when I was out of town. He set off the security alarm. Newton County police came. He had to show identification and they ran this name through the system to prove he was my son. They did not just take his word. Were we upset? No way. They were doing their job as it should be. Thank you fire and police for being there when I needed you. Next, when complaining about the people in office, both locally and nationally, remember we voted them in. We can vote them out. Make your vote count. Last, I think anyone receiving welfare and/or food Stamps should have to undergo random drug testing. I had to take drug tests when working; I am retired now. I had no choice. If on drugs, not welfare and not food stamps. I don't think welfare should pay for someone to keep having babies. Should not pay or more than one or maybe two."
"For the person who is sick to death of working their 'butt to the bone' to support deadbeats, well me too! I'm sick and tired of corporate America raping and pillaging its way through our money. I'm sick of the corporate welfare that these deadbeat Welfare Kings take and take and then stick me with the bill. But what I'm really sick of is people talking out of their butts (that are supposedly being worked to the bone, whatever that means) and not having a clue as to what they are talking about. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on the class warfare that is being perpetrated every single day by the 'haves' of this country against the 'have-nots" (clue for you -- that's you)."
"I would like to educate the person who tried to defend the city of Covington policemen for their continuous and rude behavior displayed by them in their blocking of city streets for private events. You can have only two kinds of events. One is called 'public' (which is a government entity), the other is 'private' (which is nongovernment). The 'Fuzz Run' is a private event since none of the proceeds or revenues go into the city treasury. These types of events block off several neighborhoods where hundreds of people cannot egress and ingress their homes and businesses. I know, I live on one of these streets. I do not understand how the mayor can legally give these policeman the legal authority to act as government policemen when they are being paid by private concerns, and their legal status is that of a private security guard? Most of the houses in the affected neighborhoods were built when the police station location was that of a school house. Why didn't the caller talk about the large volumes of crimes committed in Covington when compared to the small number that are solved! The caller also seems to think it is OK for policemen to act rude because of what he conceives to be low pay. He also failed to mention the large number of city policemen living in mansions. I have also read where some Newton County Commission board members were receiving numerous complaints from citizens who were blocked from using the public town Square. Hopefully they can put an end to some of the useless blocking of streets and neighborhoods."