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"Some people in Newton County and many other places seem to be very trusting. When you go to any store Walmart, Kroger, Home Depot, Ingles, Home Depot etc. shoppers going into or exiting the store just walk across the drive area with their heads down, never looking to the left or right with children or a shopping cart in tow whether in the designated cross walk or not and 'trust' that any driver will stop. And I have observed that certain drivers will speed up when they observe a walker about to enter the crosswalk or cross the drive lane 'cause they are in a hurry. IMHO this is blind trust and the laws of physics says when a 3,000 pound vehicle contacts a human body, no matter the size, you will lose. Forget about the laws of right of way. Simply pause before you walk into the crossing road and look both ways before you leap. Certain people do not drive very well 'cause they are always in a hurry and they may not have insurance or assets you can sue for. Prevention is always the best medicine."
"I would expect those that blogged seven complaints about the inconveniences of the filming in and around Covington will be chirping soon as the downtown area and for about four blocks in all directions, Covington was in total lock down for the Christmas parade today (Dec 1.) or maybe not. They might have been riding on one of the floats or in a vehicle."
"Newton County, Christmas parade, Christmas songs, kids jumping for joy and free candy, waving and saying Merry Christmas. Families with children on their shoulder. That's Christmas spirit. While holding my child, I hear 'Look at dat hoe,' then very loudly a hoodlum yelling 'skeet skeet,' the NHS dancing girls with their bottom butt cheeks hanging out of their pants. They were dancing as if they were on a pole. What a disgrace to all the hard work and Christmas spirit. Their parents must be very proud of the trash that their kids were showing. What a disgrace!"
"Misinformation in the poll of Dec. 2 needs to be corrected concerning non-union utility crews being refused work in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. Don't believe anything the likes of Rush, Boortz, Beck, Cain, Faux 'News' or Rove have to say unless you are just getting a chuckle out of their so-called 'entertainment.' This is a quote from the Atlanta Journal with correct information concerning this matter: 'There were initial reports of non-union utility crews from Alabama being turned away by New Jersey, but a spokesman with Jersey Central Power & Light denied this, telling News 12 New Jersey: 'We have not turned away any help. Absolutely not.' Crews from California, Idaho, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina were working in New Jersey just days after Hurricane Sandy. Crews from Alabama went to New Jersey to offer assistance but were sent to Long Island, according to nj.com and al.com, websites for newspaper groups in New Jersey and Alabama. One crew returned home over confusion about paperwork and another crew went to Denton, Md.' The Republican Party caused their own problems by not silencing the extreme right-wing Nazi gasbags who are paid millions of dollars to espouse what the super wealthy want you to believe. That fact along with the voter suppression in red states sent eligible Democratic voters to the polls by the thousands who stood in line to vote even after the election had been called for President Obama. Did anyone else notice that the states with the best educated electorate and the highest living standards voted for the reelection of the president?"
"Now that Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday (which I think started last month) has passed, the turkey has been done away with along with the other amenities, the Old Man would like to know, did you take time to remember what we should be thankful for? I know things have looked tough for a while but you know we brought most of this on ourselves. We will cry and scream as to how bad we have it and we will talk on our Smart Phones to let everyone know as we stand in line to get into the stores at midnight to get those wonderful things you have always wanted. I hope and pray that you will all take your time to stop for just a short moment and remember that Jesus died for you. I know that some of you do not believe this and that is your prerogative, but please do not look down upon those who do believe. The Romans did this and placed the Christians in the arena with lions to amuse the non-believers. Let us hope that civilization has advanced beyond that stage. Merry Christmas to all and always look on the bright side."
"Two pedestrians killed on Ga. Highway 36 in less than a month. It was just a matter of time, I've seen this coming for a long time. There seems to be a misconception that the little bit of pavement outside the 'fog line' (white reflective line near the edge of the pavement) is a sidewalk. I see people walking there every day with no regard for the speeding traffic going by just inches away. As a matter of fact I have even seen strollers, with babies in them, being pushed along the way. And almost half of them walking with the traffic, instead of facing traffic -- at least then they could see what might hit them. Is there a law saying they are supposed to be so far from the edge of the pavement? I have heard it said 6 feet was about right and I have heard it said that pedestrians always have the right of way. Really! If there is a law then maybe law enforcement should enforce the law. To save face another law might be passed just to 'CYA.' I hope this gets published, as I have submitted info on this subject before but never saw it in the poll. Thank you for the space! I care and I worry about other people."
(Editor's Note: Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright provided the code section relating to pedestrians walking on or along the roadway:
TITLE 40. MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
CHAPTER 6. UNIFORM RULES OF THE ROAD
ARTICLE 5. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF PEDESTRIANS
O.C.G.A. -:- 40-6-96 (2012)
-:- 40-6-96. Pedestrians on or along roadway
(a) As used in this Code section, the term "pedestrian" means any person afoot and shall include, without limitation, persons standing, walking, jogging, running, or otherwise on foot.
(b) Where a sidewalk is provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to stand or stride along and upon an adjacent roadway unless there is no motor vehicle traveling within 1,000 feet of such pedestrian on such roadway or the available sidewalk presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to such pedestrian.
(c) Where a sidewalk is not provided but a shoulder is available, any pedestrian standing or striding along and upon a highway shall stand or stride only on the shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(d) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian standing or striding along and upon a highway shall stand or stride as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-lane roadway, shall stand or stride only on the left side of the roadway.
(e) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(f) No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate, or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given.
(g) No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.)
"I would like to ask the Newton County school board to enforce Policy GAG that they retained. I would also like to tell them that any marketing they do for SPLOST is being watched carefully. NCSS employees cannot push or oppose SPLOST, so if they do it needs to be outed. I personally have read about far too many mistakes with Dennis Carpenter to think he can be credible selling this SPLOST or overseeing that amount of money. ... "
"To the two clowns from the city of Covington Police Department who tried to direct the traffic on 278 and Alcovy Road Saturday Dec. 1 after the parade: Please before you try to direct traffic next time, learn how.""I was calling about the Newton County (High School) Band in the parade Saturday. The band was all right, but the support dancers I feel like were inappropriate. We all know Christmas is for kids and there were no telling how many over there. I just feel like it was inappropriate for them to come out dancing like a night club act or something."
"I was calling about the Georgia/Alabama game Saturday. Rambo came out before the game and said that Georgia was better at every position -- not just better, better at every position. I hope there was a lesson learned here that he'll keep his mouth shut. I think that fired up Alabama and that had something to do with how the game was played."
"This goes out to all the Georgia fans. I wonder if y'all went to Uga's funeral after he got trampled on by the elephant."