Jan. 15 Newton Phone Poll

"Would the county please pave the Falcon Ridge Subdivision. The road is a mess. It's coming apart, a new pot hole every day. It has dips where the water department had a leak and washed the road out."

"About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: 'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.' The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

  3. From courage to liberty;

  4. From liberty to abundance;

  5. From abundance to complacency;

  6. From complacency to apathy;

  7. From apathy to dependence;

  8. From dependence back into bondage."

The Old Man would like to talk about TV today. I know I get a little wordy sometimes, but I just can't help it. Once I get wound up I don't know when to stop. It seems like the good programs (the ones that make you think) are a thing of the past. As I surf the programs, I see that most of the new ones are quite violent. The thing is that each one tries to outdo the other with blood, guts and mayhem. Never mind the story line; just blow everyone away. Some of the stories look like the writer snorted a couple of lines and then proceeded to write something from his dream world. Then there are all those beautiful young ladies. They never say a word but they sell sex whether it is a candy bar, an automobile or a bird feeder. I guess that is the way to get into show business. Then let's take the infomercials. I think about a fourth of the channels are taken up with them. This doesn't count the pop-ups that come anytime. Many times they obscure some of the program. The regular programs are bad enough. Out of every 15 minutes of a program, five minutes of the time is taken up with commercials. Then, of course, there are the reality shows. Who are the Kardashians? I looked at the one show they have for about five minutes and couldn't figure out what they are doing. I guess some people like them because they are still on. Either that or they have some kind of political pull with the networks. It looks to me like TV is heading in the direction of smut, foul language and very little story line. Seems like every show is a bedroom scene. If they would just fade out and then fade in later it would be great. Instead they spend 10 minutes demonstrating like nobody knows what to do and so they decide to show us. Whoopee! And as you see, the FCC doesn't seem to have any control. Seems like they are told what to do and they do it. There is a lot more I want to say, but I guess I'd better close for now. All I've got to say is when the History Channel starts adding sex, I will go back to reading. Next time around I would like to talk about religion and politics. Seems like they are both being dumped on."

"I want to know why something hasn't been done to alleviate the everyday back up that occurs for morning drop off at Oak Hill Elementary. One problem is the parents who think that their sweet child cannot walk the 20 or 30 yards into the school. The drop off area runs from the front doors all the way down the sidewalk to the right of the doors. But you always have parents who can't let their child out along the sidewalk and hold up the line to let them out at the door. If you can't abide by the rules, than walk your child in. One time the teachers that are outside were waving the kids out of the cars and sometimes helping them out by opening the doors but you have rude parents cursing at the teachers that are only doing their jobs and calling the school board complaining about it. Now the teachers just stand around talking to each other because the board tells them not to do anything. The rules are the rules and that is what the board should have told these parents who thank they are too good to abide by them. I am tired of getting to the school at 7:15 a.m. and still not getting up to the drop off point until 7:30 or even later. Another problem is all the drivers who think they can pass in a right turning lane instead of waiting in line on Hwy. 212. You people know who you are and when you cause an accident and hurt a child because you are in too much of a hurry, I don't want to hear you complain. You are breaking the law and maybe one day the Sheriff's Office will be able to get someone to direct traffic for 20 minutes in the morning and will pull you over. When and if this ever happens, I will be clapping and praising the Sheriff's Office for possibly saving a child's life and finally doing something instead of blaming or passing the buck."

"I read the poll religiously every week. Most of the comments are negative, but I am submitting positive comments today. Most of us complain about a lack of stores to shop in Covington. Depending on what you are looking for and the amount you're willing to pay for an item, Covington is limited to a degree. Several years ago, I was looking to purchase a new sofa and chair. I walked into Ramsey's and promptly found exactly what I was looking for. My husband and I live on Social Security and have little available cash to splurge on furniture. After speaking with Sam, a payment was worked out; my furniture was delivered promptly. I would just like to say that Tony and Sam Ramsey are two of the nicest people to do business with. If you have not been in their store lately, take a minute. You"ll be glad you did!"

"I, along with many other people, wish to thank the Citizen newspapers for their Sunday Opinion Poll feature. This gives the average citizen a voice in local, state and national politics. I also have reservations concerning the operation and policies of the Covington Police Department. When it comes to promotions other law enforcement agencies have standardized tests and review boards that applicants must pass to provide their qualifications in order to be successful. Their past performance is also reviewed. Covington seems to have none of the above, and promotions appear to be awarded through a 'good ol boy' manner. As a previous pollster stated: It is based on who kisses what. I have always thought that every agency or department within any government always had an elected official over it, thereby making it accountable to the people. Who is the elected executive type official in Covington over the Police Department? There seems to be no one, thereby allowing the department to operate in a laissez faire behavior. The department's image seems to have deteriorated to that of security guards blocking streets for movie companies. The taxpayers of Covington deserve better."

"Thank you Newton Citizen for providing your online news free of charge."

"Thank you to the person who corrected Darrell Huckaby about his misinformation article on President Obama. He never misses a chance to berate or write untruthful facts about the president. Too many people actually believe what he writes. Thanks again to someone who knew the true facts . We can't believe what a so-called journalist (i.e. Darrell Huckaby) says and let them get away with it."

"Let's take America back! If it don't say 'Made in USA' — Don't buy it!"


John 3 years, 8 months ago

Looks like whoever put this Phone Poll together is a member of the 501 club with all the run-on comments and did not check there work before posting - less than professional for sure.. Oh, the 501 Club are those that WILL leave work promptly at 5:01PM come hell or high water.


will 3 years, 8 months ago

Check you own use of grammar Mr. 501 President. I bet you get ready to leave work at 3:01. I will give you a hint, its their not there. Good luck in the future


John 3 years, 8 months ago

Sorry Will, would luv to bet you but don't want to take your $$ but: 1. I am retired 2. I only worked for 41 years & can only recall 2 weeks when I worked a 40 hour week. Always on the job & RTG by 7 AM, left at 6 PM or later and worked Saturdays and Sundays as needed. Straight salary, no overtime pay. 3. At this point in life your comment on my grammar really makes little difference to me as I "ain't" being paid for my work (as are the NC employees are) or being graded for it.


will 3 years, 8 months ago

John,you are the one who pointed out the run-on comments and mentioned the phrase less than professional for sure. If you throw stones check yourself first. Look at your last comment (as are the NC employees are). John I am also retired I worked for 43 years and ran my own business for 42 of those years. When I sold my business I stayed on as a consultant and made money even in retirement. I employed 25 employees when it was sold and we were like family. When I retired I was working 60 hour a week and loving every minute of it. I wanted my employees to spend quality time with their families so I did not want them to work Saturdays and Sundays because I did not. Family time is more important than work time for sure.


mustardandbiscuit 3 years, 8 months ago

Is the old man saying that the CPD needs a change in leadership?


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