The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-787-7303, ext. 1101. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."In response to the Free African American. You are a slave to propaganda. There are people that want you to believe that you once lived in a peaceful little village where the lion and the lamb laid together. That's not the case. The case is that most African leaders by far have always brutalized their own people more than white people have. Black on black crime is nothing new. By reading your response to my post I can tell you're a product of the public school system. Maybe the Atlanta, Clayton or DeKalb public school system. In the days of slavery you would have been known as a straw boss, or a sell out. Right now there is a straw boss in the White House. That was made evident when he didn't show up to address that special interest group called the NAACP. The reason he didn't, in case you haven't figured it out, is because he would have been confronted behind the scenes as to why the unemployment rate for blacks is so high. The Republican candidate did confront that special interest group and if he would not have had to be politically correct he would have told them it's because of education in the black community. In conclusion, there was a responder to my post that wrote that we should start calling ourselves Americans instead of White Americans, or Black Americans. I would have to agree with that poster ... "
"This letter is not intended to put another negative mark against the NCSS but Dr. Dennis Carpenter addressed a group of employees last year concerning their job status, with Michael Barr in attendance. As a result of this meeting, over 20 transportation employees were told they would not have a job the following school year. This group was also told that their performance was not an issue and everyone was considered to be doing a good job. Length of time on the job was the only factor as to who would keep their job. Also, if anyone was needed to fill these positions, their names were on a list for call back. Several were called back within a month and as I understand it, subs were hired during the school year without any consideration to the persons on the call back list. ... These jobs are not high paying but nonetheless important to the employee(s) that were laid off. I prefer to work to drawing unemployment. If performance was not an issue; why was this job posted on the website for new hires? I know the 'buddy system' plays a big part in most hirings or firings in local, state and/or government jobs and if personalities clash then the part is even bigger. I know that it is at any department leader's discretion as to who is hired and fired (or laid off) but ... whatever happened to common courtesy and doing the right thing? Just for the record, in my opinion, Dr. Carpenter's wife reporting to him is a serious conflict of interest and should not be allowed. I hope the Carpenters have health insurance, can pay their bills on time and drive nice vehicles on their combined $200,000/year-plus salaries. Please post this. Thank you in advance."
"I had assumed that the column in the Newton Citizen, called the Newton Citizen Poll, was a compilation of opinions submitted by readers, especially since that is the exact description by the newspaper itself. My husband and I sent three children through the Newton County School System, over a period of 15 years. They all received excellent training and went on to graduate college. I have no up-to-date knowledge regarding the current members of the B.O.E. I do, however, feel that the recent ongoing debacle of lawsuits and veiled threats is totally unprofessional and uncalled for. When I last checked my constitutional rights, all citizens are afforded free speech!"
"Am I wrong about this or is there wide misinformation concerning the law about pedestrians crossing in crosswalks? I think some in the public assume that if they cross the street in a crosswalk oncoming traffic is required to stop. My interpretation of the law is that designated crosswalks that have the sign in the roadway is the only place where vehicles are required to stop when the crosswalk is occupied. I will always yield to pedestrians in the roadway whether they are in a crosswalk or not, but I think that some in the public think that the law mandates that cars stop at all crosswalks that aren't controlled by an electronic traffic device. Brown Street and Clark is an example, a heavily traveled street because of it's proximity to the post office."
Editor's note: Following is the state statute regarding crosswalks: -:- 40-6-91. Right of Way in Crosswalks:
(a) The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching and is within one lane of the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For the purposes of this subsection, "half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel.