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"This is for the Republican who is 'very disappointed' in his county commissioner Timmy Fleming and Timmy's 'friends' for turning their backs on voters and installing John Middleton in a county manager post created by County Attorney Tommy Craig. As a Democrat, I'm every bit as disappointed in my Commissioner J. C. Henderson for joining Timmy and Cow Palace Mort Ewing in the gang of three who pulled off this conspiracy against Democrat Kathy Morgan, the commission chair. J.C. must be feeling the heat. He can't even choose which of three redistricting maps promises him a chance for re-election now that he's shown himself to be not a Democrat, a Jayceecrat. What's more, looks like he's hired himself a public relations aide to write sweet letters to the papers telling folks to buy their Christmas presents from local merchants. Wonder if merchants will be thrilled by the Jayceecrat's endorsement?"
"Just wanted to know information on the new Walmart on Salem road ... Does anyone know when they will be hiring or if they are going to have a hiring event if so when and where?"
Editor's note: The store is set to open in the spring of 2012 and there is no word yet as to when they will be hiring.
"Just for your information, I am one of those people writing some of the hype and holler about Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Tim Fleming and I'm not related to Chairman Morgan. I am just a concerned voter and taxpayer in Newton County that thinks some of the things they do are wrong and are only self-serving. If the county manager position was not a setup it would have been brought before the people and let them vote on it and the position would have been advertised and more candidates interviewed. Surely there must be other qualified people than just Mr. Middleton."
"Old man, you make some good points sometimes, but don't you think you're getting a little lengthy as well are some other peoples posts. A novel is a little much."
"When is the new Walmart going to open that is being built at Brown Bridge and Salem Roads? I heard they were ahead of schedule and might open in January or February. Have they made an announcement? Also, what restaurants are going in on the out parcels in front of the new Walmart?"
"I find it interesting in looking back over the last three years of my tag bills, that my 250,000-plus miles automobiles have increased in the amount that I have to pay each year. I believe my bill has gone up on each vehicle more than $5 in the last three years, even though they are depreciating each year and have more mileage. Interesting, isn't it?"
"Rehashing the obvious: Thomas Craig, county attorney for Newton County, has done it again. He was quoted in a story in this paper last year he would have the permit for the Bear Creek Reservoir before the first of the (2011) year. Where is it? It seems like the reservoir project is a gravy train for him personally and we as taxpayers are supplying all the gravy. Probably up to over $50 million by now. The commissioners enable him to do his thing just like nothing is wrong. We have all discussed an in-house attorney for about $150,000 per year instead of the average amount we pay him, which is over $600,000 per year. Plus, no telling how much we would save in projects he interjects into the mix which cost us tens of millions each year... I suppose it will be interesting how much he charges the county to 'write' the new form of government when all the commissioners had to do was to get copies of similar county management plans from the counties who already have changed their form of government or from the Georgia Commissioners Association. And so, we all realize that as much as the commissioners like to think they are running the county, they aren't. Thomas Craig runs the county, the commissioners allow him to do it and it is costing each and every one of us a fortune every year that it goes on."
"This is the first time that I have commented in the Citizen Poll. It is time for the people of Newton County to speak up. I would like to know who made Mort Ewing, Tim Fleming, and J. C. Henderson chairmen over our commissioners. I don't remember seeing any of their names on the ballot when we voted for Chairman Kathy Morgan. They are trying to take our voting rights away from us. Also, John Middleton did not retire to spend more time with his family. He left to be county manager. I am with the other people that think we should get Newton County investigated by the state Attorney General's Office before they take all our voting rights away from us. Mort Ewing has always tried to run Newton County since he was voted in for commissioner. We need to get rid of the Three Stooges before they fire our other two commissioners."
"I'm not a person that complains very much. I'm a calm person. I have one issue that is making me crazy. I live in the west Newton area. My problem is with my mail carrier. When our packages are small enough to fit in our mailbox, no problem, she leaves them promptly; however, if we have a package that is too large for the mailbox rather than get off her tail and put the package promptly by the garage, she throws it back in her truck and back to the post office it goes. She never leaves a tag or notice to let us know why she took it back. I guess 'I'm too lazy to get out and leave it' wouldn't look too good. We have had this happen seven times this year and, yes, again it happened yesterday, the weather being nice, it was returned. I always end up contacting the sender giving the carrier the benefit of a doubt, only to hear them say, 'It's been shipped.' I've been to the post office to get a number to call and complain only to have it ring and disconnect. So there is nothing to hold her accountable. I'm sure the majority of all postal carriers are hard-working and do a great job. It's a shame that I have the one I have."
"I had an opportunity the other day while waiting in line at a store to hear a couple of 20-something females discussing their new Obama phones. I continued to over-listen and they talked about how they had gotten new cell phones and 250 free minutes of airtime each month. Keep in mind, they both had fresh new hairdos and freshly manicured nails. I was astounded, so I came home and Googled it, and sure enough Obama has started a program with a cell phone company to give welfare recipients free phones and 250 minutes free airtime. I am over 60 years old, and work every day, I have to pay for my phone and airtime while these young welfare recipients are sitting around having more kids and my tax dollars are paying for their phone service. What is this nation coming to? I can see maybe the elderly, but both these women were capable of working."
"In his recent column, Jack Simpson makes a valid point in equating burglars with 'rats, bugs and cockroaches.' All are certainly household pests. He states further, that 'they need to be controlled.' However, the problem of control lies in how it is done. Currently, when caught, the burglar is jailed for a number of years, while the other pests are exterminated. I think it's time to do the same with criminals because they are predators. When a felony is committed and there is direct evidence connecting the perpetrator to the crime, then he or she should be executed. And this would include all felonies without regard for it being a first time offense. Because of highly complicated legal procedures, our system of criminal prosecution has become far too lenient. Liberal judges, soft-hearted parole boards and judicial mistakes can lead to a criminal getting back on the street. Executions of first-time felony offenders will prevent that from happening."
"Democracy is a form of government in which only 51 percent of the people are required to make the laws. When the majority make the rules, the minorities have no rights. So be careful what you wish for."
"I wholeheartedly agree with the school teacher who volunteers her (his?) service toward helping those with drug addictions at Eastridge's Recovery Program. I believe that it is common knowledge that the city of Covington has no formulated or specific program in effect to combat their enormous drug problem. I am a retired law enforcement officer, and I also attend Eastridge and serve in some of their numerous outreach programs. Not only does the city of Covington appear to be a distribution and supply location for illegal drugs, but it also has drug suppliers who operate as route personnel and deliver drugs throughout the county. Most of Eastridge's members remember the recent immoral scandals that involved several high ranking city of Covington police officers and their families ... Based on their behavior it is easily understandable why Covington is unable to cope with its drug problem. Hopefully the election of a new mayor will bring needed changes. P.S., your 12-4-11 edition in a footnote stated that comments can be anonymous. Thank you for providing this fantastic service to the community."