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"Another 'brilliant' statement by the mayor's husband Maurice (there must be something in the water) was that bike riders are not limited nor legally bound to ride in the city of Covington's bike lanes. That being the case, why in hades are we going to spend a fortune, as if this was still the days of wine and roses, to fix the sewer grates so they are level with the street? The number of kids on bikes when I was growing up in Covington outnumber present riders by 50 times and no one ever made such a big deal about such silly things as what we are hearing today? If these people are too wimpy to be able to ride bikes on what we have already maybe they should just leave bike riding to the alien population and those who have had their drivers license revoked for one reason or another. It's a necessity for them and they don't ever seem to complain!"
"Illegal aliens, technically, are like sperm. Millions come over but only one works."
"Could we just cut off a little piece of Newton County and give it to Chairman Morgan and Mayor Carter so they could go down there and rule dictatorially and not have to listen to the wants and needs of the majority of their constituents?"
"Does anybody hear this Chop guy? ... Newton Citizen ban this (guy) and his petting zoo."
"Far as the inmates go, no you're wrong, you're just making excuses, maybe for a loved one or yourself. Maybe you never had to work in 100-degree sun for your county public works because someone complains. Maybe you don't pay taxes or care what they do with your money. But I know while I busted my tail I still reported to work knowing that it could be the last. I struggle to pay bills and feed my child, but I can afford to care for the inmates. Wake up."
"Chop sounds like meat on a butcher block. I do have to ask could my kids hang out at your petting zoo, but please no hugs while I go meet the tanning boy. I bet both of you could almost have like a fair in your back yard."
"This excerpt from the Scottish history professor in 1787 seems to be just as true today as when he spoke it then. God have mercy on our great nation, America! 'In 1787 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburough, noticed a continuing pattern in the advance and decline of the world's democracies. He stated that a democracy would continue to exist until such time that the voters discovered that they can literally vote themselves from the public treasury. From the moment that revelation is made, the majority proceeds to vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury.'"
"I read the comments in the Citizen Poll as they come out. I think it is a shame that since the president began his run for office, there are so very, very few good comments made about him. However, the negative remarks have been constant and with no end in sight. We have a man in office and that's all. (Except ruining our country.) Exactly who is he, did he go to college, what about no longer practicing law, anything to the bogus Social Security number, exactly how did he accumulate all his wealth, and you can fill in a lot more unanswered questions. Personally, I am very concerned about the lack of knowing about him. What's worse, the news media, all other powers to be, cannot do a thing to correct the situation. Vote right in 2012."
"Social Security! The people who believe President Obama opposes Social Security and Medicare benefits must be the same misinformed individuals who believe that President Obama is responsible for the Bush bailouts, two unfunded wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, no taxes for multinational corporations, and the war on the middle class. What is the problem with the reading and listening comprehension of such people?"
"Just wanted to know why you do not print more NASCAR news? We NASCAR fans really need to know what is going on. Can you please keep us informed more? From: just us fans."
Editor's note: Thanks for the input. It is helpful to hear from readers about what they'd like to see in our pages.
"It is my understanding Michelle Obama is unhappy with her role as First Lady and her duties at the White House. I have formally appointed myself a committee of 'one' to cast my vote not to re-elect Barack Obama as president of the United States of America in the year 2012. Because, everybody knows -- when Mama ain't happy -- ain't nobody happy!"
"I would like to make a comment to the person who was annoyed because they did not receive free supplies. This person's children attend a private school. If they can afford to send their children to private school then I think there is no need for them to receive free supplies. Most of these are given to children whose parent's can't afford to even buy food and clothes. I think this person should quit complaining and thank God that they have the means to afford private school. If you need money for supplies perhaps you should consider enrolling your children in public school and taking the extra money you save and buy supplies. Many smart and wonderful people graduate from public school and go on to succeed just as much as those from private school."
"With the upcoming need for new management personnel at both the city and county level, several local business people have suggested a professional approach for filling these positions. Steve Horton and John Middleton will both be leaving us soon. There are educated, experienced managers who could step into these positions if you just know where to look. In my years as a manager, my personnel file was always replenished on a regular basis, just in case. The recent suggestion sparked my attention because it was the same technique I used for years to hire top personnel and managers. Contract with a 'headhunter' to seek out about a dozen top qualified applicants. In our case as suggested, have a group of local businesspersons sort the list down to three. Turn those over to our elected officials to select the most qualified candidate. This assures screening by three different groups and multi-faceted committees of experienced business people. I believe this suggestion is the best way to find the best person(s) for the job to fill some big shoes in a time of serious budget shortfalls and allowing the taxpayers to get the most bang for their buck. Any other system used in local politics may encourage cronyism and politically connected hires rather than selecting the most qualified applicant for the job."
"Here is another dissertation from the old man. Let's talk about TV and music. It used to be that every 15 minutes of a show the network was allotted three minutes for commercials. Occasionally a local would pop in there that extended the time to four minutes. Now out of every fifteen minutes there is five minutes of commercials. Most of the commercials are only fifteen seconds because they don't figure our attention span is no longer then that and they don't want you to get up and get something to drink. I believe that will be about eighty commercials an hour. Thank heavens for the DVR. Most of the shows anymore have at least 15 to 20 minutes of bedroom scenes. No matter what the show. And the language is ridiculous. I guess the FCC has lost complete control. Then there is the music. There are so many screamers today. All the Bing Crosby, Perry Como etc. are gone. They used to sing without having to make corrections for mistakes, they didn't bounce around like they had ants in their pants, and they didn't have to eat the mic. I guess they do that today so as they lip-sync no one can see any mistakes. But this is just the rambling of an old man. And as an afterthought and going in another direction, if the taxpayers had to bail out the banks, the automotive and Wall Street why don't they now bail out the country. And if there is no way to stop making the dollar president's coins, instead of spending billions to store them why don't we use them to pay off some of our bills since they can't get us to use them. This is just an old man talking."
"I have never had to sit at a red light eight minutes! At the intersection of Highway 278 and Mill Street at CVS. With the way gas prices are don't you think three or four minutes is enough? There isn't enough traffic for this to take place. I've waited less in Atlanta! Please check on this and do something!"
"The fact that Chris Smith puts forth an effort and voices his concerns at council meetings is the reason there is so much talk about him. At least he does contribute (as all should) instead of just sitting there like a bump on a log or talking out of their head without sense. Give the guy some credit. ... You can complain about how he votes and how he justifies his voting but not how hard he works. ... Oh and I'm not a Yankee either and have not only lived in Georgia but in Covington all my life. I do travel a lot here and abroad so I am aware of things outside of Covington."
"The president keeps threatening to default if an agreement is not reached to increase the debt ceiling. He also is threatening the seniors that depend on their Social Security checks that they will not get them. Social Security should not even be a part of the debate because we, the working people, pay into Social Security every time we get paid. Social Security is suppose to be separate from any other money that goes to the government, but our elected officials have used our money for things other than what it is there for. If Social Security is broke then it is government's fault because they done away with the money. We all need to stand up and let our voices be heard and demand to know what has happened to our money that we pay in for our retirement. I for one am going to do my part in the elections of 2012. The president has done nothing to help this country in the time that he has been in office but has done everything he could to hurt the American citizens, especially the senior citizens. He cares about no one but himself."
"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 is 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. ... "