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"As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods ---- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh.... Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a gazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big national chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I know I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly people, do you really need to buy another 10,000 Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a $5 string of light, about 50 cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice big tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine. This is the new American Christmas tradition! This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?"
"I use the library on a regular basis. I know many people think we should do away with this because of costs. What a better use of tax dollars then a great place to have thousands of books , movies ,magazines , and movies to take home and enjoy. How many people are going to use the new million dollar ag center our clueless county officials think is so great. But people please treat the books and other items with respect. Almost every book I check out has been dog eared or the backs broken out or pages torn or something spilled on. Do you really treat your own items this way? There are book marks everywhere for free, take one and use it. Please show a little respect."
"Fans of Herman Cain insist that the sexual harassment charges against him are part of a Democratic conspiracy. Well, Cain's payouts to the victims are a matter of record. So what are we supposed to believe? That these women knew 10 years ago that Herman Cain was going to run for president and conspired to smear him? Not likely. So why are conservatives so angry at these women? Perhaps they honestly believe that a successful businessman has every right to feel up his female associates, and victims have an obligation to keep quiet."
"Reagan was such a lousy actor. How did he convince middle-class America that our own elected United States government is bad, but unelected, self-serving, profit-seeking corporations are good? We have all become victims of that trickle down theory, haven't we? Now middle America is falling for Herman Cain who is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. Cain is a radio talk show host and motivational speaker who came into favor with the Tea Party (also backed by the Koch brothers special interest) when their first choice, Rick Perry, fell apart. Puhleeze, people, wake up and smell the coffee. It is time to gain some knowledge and vote accordingly. Remember, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke at an Americans for Prosperity event and proudly claimed to be the 'Koch brothers' brother from another mother.'"
"I agree entirely with lifelong Republican in last week's Poll. Why aren't all those welfare lazy bums working at the millions of jobs the 'job creators' are begging us to fill? These 'jobs creators' are even willing to cut into their own huge profits to give decent wages and great benefits to all who will just seek a job -- still no one will apply! Shame on them!"
"I am amazed. Finally a Republican with a heart and brain. U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland stated that the Bush Bailouts of 2008 caused Georgia to have 'more bank failures than any other state.' Westmoreland even went on to say he believes Bush should not have adopted the bailout plan for some of the nation's largest banks. The congressman believes that Bush should have let some of the big banks fail and provided support for community banks."
"In the past two weeks I have received five emails from various acquaintances who believe that President Obama is trying to sneak through a new tax on Christmas trees. A Republican congressman issued a news release about this and the Republican National Committee tweeted' "Obama creates new tax on Christmas tree farms, fees get passed onto the consumer.' The gullible public needs to develop a logic filter for these rumors. This tax idea preceded Obama's presidency and the idea originated with the fresh tree group as a method to better promote their products. Don't forward this nonsense. It makes you appear to believe it! However, I have learned not to refute their silliness as they continue to send the propaganda -- just not to me."
"What is the problem with Newton County attracting more entertainment options, I mean Winder has opened a new movie theater, Loganville is in discussions to get one and don't say how close we are to Conyers. Snellville is close to Loganville and Winder but Carmike or Regal still decided to open that close to each other. It's great that our Chamber of Commerce is going after industrial industry but we still need more commercial businesses to open here."
"We moved to Covington last year and were happy to get out of traffic and living next to Section 8 people, who won't cut their grass. We built our retirement home on 2 acres of land. My husband has worked so hard for everything we have, but now we have a young man knocking down trees and putting up cheap homes on lots that have creeks either side or in the front yard. He is bringing Section 8 out to a neighborhood of wonderful hard working people. Does anyone have any suggestion how we can stop this. He only cares about himself and the almighty dollar. One house is being rented as though we don't have enough of houses in foreclosure. Please help us. He has lost his mind! Thanks, my heart is so heavy."
"Those of us who are over 60 can recall the popular song, 'Sixteen Tons,' recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Some of the lyrics or lines in this song are: 'St. Peter don't call me because I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store.'An analogy to these lyrics can be applied to the recent election of Covington mayoral candidate Ronnie Johnson. Instead of owing his soul to the company store, he owes his election solely to the Covington Police Department. He now owes his soul to the people who put him there. I am not sure this scenario is healthy for the people of Covington. This puts a damper on the 'checks and balances' that must be prevalent for any government to adequately function."
"Well, the dust has settled over at the Newton County commissioners meeting and let me wrap it up for y'all. Mort, Tim and J.C. got their way, you knew they would. John Middleton made the deal with the devils, and I hope he now knows they control him. They gave you your job, Mr. Middleton. You will have to give them their way. You should have went on and retired. I don't appreciate the 'gang' taking my vote away, as I see it. I voted for Chairman Morgan to run the county and I liked what she was doing, and who are they to change who runs the county, basically taking away the person I voted for. I will remember this when they come up for re-election. Mr. Middleton, be glad I can't vote for you. The word shady comes to mind. Also, would any of this be happening if Ms. Morgan was a Mr.? How is this going to affect Ms. Morgan's pay?"
Greed, that's what it is all about. Besides the corruption of our local B.O.C. can anybody explain to me why it seems that Thanksgiving was just forgot about this year, to the point where stores are making their employees work. It's all about making money. Have they forgot we don't have money to spend? Where did traditions and just being with your family for the holidays become such a chore. Thanks to the law enforcement that have to work these holidays. I wonder if stores like Wal-mart, Kmart will feed their employees a good hot meal on Thanksgiving."
As if morale couldn't be lower among Newton County teachers! Board member Shakila Henderson-Baker feels compelled to advise middle school teachers that they should run their school more like the school her children attend (the Newton County Theme School), and if they aren't willing to do that, maybe they should turn in their certificates and do something else! This just points to how out of touch Ms. Baker is with the realities of working in the NCSS! Other schools try the same types of initiatives with parents and students, but are lucky if a handful of parents show up! Other schools have PTA meetings, and most of the attendees are faculty and staff! I was hopeful that Ms. Baker would be a positive force on the BOE, but it would seem that she is very quick to criticize and very uninformed about the efforts of any school other than the precious Theme School!"