Newton Citizen Poll for April 22

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"I'm sending the Citizen an email this week because I was looking out my back door and I saw four cottontail rabbits running around chasing each other. I love to see the little bunnies playing in the grass. Catching all those nasty cats in my cat trap and delivering them to animal control has really paid off. Those rabbits are meant to feed hawks and owls not nasty house fed rodents. Some people understand this. For those of you that don't I want to lecture you again. Cats are wild, they will always be wild, they cannot be domesticated like dogs can. They should not be bred. Stop bringing them into the house, and letting them out in the evening to feed on the natural wildlife. Leave them in the wild, dummies. Look at it this way, they won't be -------- in a box and smelling up your house anymore. That's the lesson for this week."

"I saw y'all's story about the Clerk of Superior Court Mrs. Linda D. Hays. Only had one thought. She should be required to repay every dime for every year she has taken that money from us. If she really uses our county office space at the courthouse and our county employees to fill out those passports then it is clearly our money. Pay it all back now! If it takes a judge and a jury to make her pay it all back to us, then so be it. Some had said it may be as much as $80,000 per year. That would pay for two more county employees salary that had been laid off. I don't know how long she was in that office but 10 years would be $800,000 of our money in her pockets! Pay it back now!"

"The Old Man would like to discuss how we are becoming a bunch of slobs. Now, if you don't fit into this category, don't be offended. I used to make my Boy Scouts clean up our campsite before we left. The motto was 'Leave it cleaner then it was when we arrived.' I sure hope they carried that with them. In my travels I would stop at rest stops and they always had trash barrels every 10 feet, but people would get out of their cars, empty their ashtrays right outside their car door and then sweep all the trash they accumulated onto the parking lot. As I drive down the road I see trash all along the road even though much of this is about a half mile from the place that they could dump it legally. I realize that much of this comes off the back of pick-up trucks because it isn't tied down, but come on people, let's take a little more pride in these things. We are known as ugly Americans in many countries, but we are really American slobs here. This doesn't mean everyone, but you know who you are. Yesterday I was at Aldi's and stepped out of my car and stepped on a pile of trash from a fast food joint which was in the area. Aldi's has a trash barrel so why was the trash in the parking lot? We are a bunch of slobs. Next time I would like to talk a little about politics."

"This is the actual quote from Hilary Rosen concerning Ann Romney's qualifications to advise Mitt on financial issues of working mothers: 'His wife has actually never worked a day in her life, She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.' Amen to Rosen's statement. Ann Romney never had to go to work hoping the school would not call her to come pick up a sick child or worry about being told to work unexpected free overtime hours and subsequently incurring expensive surcharges from the day care center for arriving after the center's closing time. Or worse yet, being held up in traffic and being reported to DFACS for not being home when the bus delivering her special needs child arrived. These are just some of the real issues facing real 'working' mothers! I know it must have been tough on Ann Romney though when she had to chauffeur her five boys to their yachting and polo classes. But this probably only happened a few times since she could afford nannies, cooks, maids, and chauffeurs."

"I am so sick of the American give me, give me mindset. This concept of the liberals and their term entitlement is absurd. I worked 25-plus years and had the maximum amount deducted for Social Security and Medicare. I still have Medicare deducted from my Social Security check each month, so in reality, I am still paying. Nothing is free for me. I also pay another $190 each month for a supplemental policy since Medicare pays so little. I received in the mail today, an advertisement from Assurance Wireless. No wonder this country is going bankrupt. It stated if I was on Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Senior Citizen Low Income Discount Plan or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I could qualify. This is such a wonderful offer, I am sure from our Socialist President Obama. The best part is it states it is a Lifetime Assistance Program, brought to us by Virgin Mobile. Last time I checked, Virgin is a company owned by a British citizen? Why should any of these people be entitled to a cell phone, when battered women get a cell phone free, but only to dial 911? I have to pay for everything I receive, so why are we giving a free cell phones to all of these people? Obama wants everyone indebted to him and depending on him. Wake up America! He is not God! Vote him out of office and believe that this is the only way the America we remember and love will ever be allowed to return to her once proud place. The choice is ours -- Vote 11/06/12 to make the transition begin. A different president is our only chance."

"The Newton County Board of Education (representative) Jeff Meadors is busy worrying about New York City and the School Chancellor just to make fun about black school officials. What are you doing about the graduation rate in Newton County -- under 60 percent and the drop out rate? Why is no one complaining about the billion dollars in revenue cuts to education that Republicans have passed? Why is Georgia ranked 50th or tied for last in SAT scores and no complaints? What about all the millions of dollars spent on Georgia college presidents? Just stick to the local issues. We have enough dirty laundry in Georgia to try and fix."

"I appreciate a father that looks out for his son. Thank you for filing the ethics complaint against two of the city councilmen of Covington."

"I was calling about Darrell Huckaby's column in the paper on the 18th. I agree with him wholeheartedly. The thing is, I feel like it should have been done a long time ago. I just quiver when I think a lot of my hard-earned, taxpayers money is going to contribute to somebody's situation. You should never have to be forced to contribute to anybody's habit, especially like that. To the people who are grunting and groaning about it, I think it just should be put to them, learn to live with it."

"Well, I just wanted to respond to the (person) who called in about the trucks parked on Salem Road. They just don't know what they go through. Maybe the poor truckers were tired after fighting traffic, I just don't know. I was the wife of a trucker and I am a mother of a trucker, and I don't like people talking about any trucker. You just don't know what they go through. You couldn't eat, buy groceries, get medicine, have a job or ride around if it wasn't for trucks. As the saying goes, Whenever trucks stop, America stops. Whenever you see a trucker, wave and have respect for them."


Frustrated 3 years, 5 months ago

To the wife of the trucker, we arent disrespecting them in the least but what gives them the right to park their rigs in a roadway creating a safety hazard for others? Go by the CVS at Salem Rd and see how bad it is. They take up one whole lane of the driveway so people coming off Brown Bridge have to play chicken with anyone coming the other way or get run over by someone coming in behind them. I know because its happened to me. If they didnt abuse the privilege no one would complain. The "poor truckers" must be really tired because they leave the trucks there all weekend.


amp72 3 years, 5 months ago

To the person who claims Jeff Meadors is worried about NYC and "making fun of black officials," and not Newton County... you are a prime example of what is wrong with this county- a fundamental lack of reading comprehension and common sense. You are foolish if you believe that he is making fun of anyone, and that he doesn't care about NCSS. That is precisely what he is doing! He used the NYC example to illustrate his point, which clearly sailed over your head If we can hire and bring in outside consultants to "fix" our education system then why can't Mr. Meadors use outside examples to illustrate HIS point about education? Please give proof of where Mr. Meadors "made fun of black officials." You can't do it. He wants what is best for NCSS and apparently you don't. Well, that's your problem.


spdracer90 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Amp72 for telling it like it is--couldn't have said it better!!


Megirl 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't think you read the article whom ever decided to talk about Mr Meadors. A persons last name is not making fun of Black people. Seriously people that is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard PLEASE REREAD the article then tell us again what it says.

Thank you Amp for saying what you did. The man hasn't made fun of anyone at all and I think he should be able to illustrate his point anyway he chooses.


Insdiejob2012 3 years, 5 months ago

Who said anything about black people? He did not mention black people one time and I have gone back over every one of his columns? Do you feel guilty? Is this DC? I know for a fact there are black administrators who supports 1000% - a fact. My impression is that he cannot stomach weak leaders no matter what they look like and thank God for the sake of my kids. It's about time an elected official stood up for what is right and got what is wrong " off the bus."


MissLoy 3 years, 5 months ago

The only time he mentioned the word "black" in the column was the last name of the white woman Cathie Black- What are you smoking? It must be really good.


kiwanisauditor 3 years, 5 months ago

He is focusing on local issues. The biggest local problem we have is NEPOTISM.


Henrycounselor 3 years, 5 months ago

I know several people who are black who agree 100% with what he writes andare fed up with the conflict of interest in our system.


CBSfinder 3 years, 5 months ago

When I read this week's column- and I love them- the main idea I took from it is he wants us to eat ham. Did you get that? My reading comprehension is as good as the dum dum who posted it. He is trying to make all of us eat ham.


Kodaanddylansmom 3 years, 5 months ago

I am black and he is on the money at just about every issue.


Beautifulblueeyes 3 years, 5 months ago

I think it is a real compliment to Meadors and to the newspaper that you are reading. You need to read more as you are not good at it at all. Not Once id he mention black people in the article about a white named Cathie Black. The lady he went after was a white lady. But then this is Newton County and you are still fighting the Civil War. You could at least read the article before making a dumb comment do you have a job by the way? You should be working on your reading. Who are you anyway? A local husband of a local wife?


Calisweetheart 3 years, 5 months ago

I heard him speak at the new career building last night. The place was packed and I'm sure it wouldn't had been had anyone else led the meeting. I can tell you one thing he is one of the smartest people I have heard talk about college for my kids.


Wildwomanoftigertown 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree let's ask him to address local issues. Let's start - since you brought up race- with why the only high school in the county above the state graduation rate is the majority white while the mainly black high schools are below state. Fact. Plain. Simple. You started it.


Bemused 3 years, 5 months ago

To the person who thinks liberals are the ones calling things "entitlements" and trying to take them away - please put the crack pipe down. You obviously meant to say it was the Republicans who are trying to say that the money that we have paid in all our lives to Social Security is now an "entitlement" and is trying to take it away from you. Please pay attention or please stop opening your mouth and showing your ignorance. Also, please don't vote since it is painfully apparent that you have no idea what you are talking about.


John 3 years, 5 months ago

For the record, once upon a time the Social Security trust fund had an large excess of funds. Then along came President Lyndon B. Johnson who needed funds to finance his social programs & in 1968 was able to maneuver and open these funds for "other" use and replace the funds with a worthless IOU note. Yes, LBJ started this raid of the SS trust & 6 other "progressive" groups did a similar maneuver.


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