June 3 Rockdale Citizen Poll

The Citizen Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Sunday. The Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments in favor of or in opposition to candidates for elective office. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 402, emailpoll@rockdalecitizen.com or complete the online form.

"Congratulations to all of the Citizen staffers who won awards from the Georgia Associated Press Association! Congratulations to Michelle Floyd, Crystal Tatum, Barbara Knowles, Aimee Jones and to Erin Evans! A big congratulations goes out to Erin Evans for winning the 2011 Photo of the Year! Keep up the good work!"

"Congratulations to the Conyers Police Department for regaining their certification! Chief Wilson and all the dedicated officers should be very proud of all their hard work and the city can feel a bit safer knowing their police department is one of the best in the nation! Job well done."

"Yesterday I saw Greg Gutfield taking about how the media always gives Obama a pass and works to discredit anything that makes him look bad. He gave several examples and it would have been funny if it wasn't so frightening that the mainstream media slants the news and openly supports Obama. He called it the 'never mind theory.' For example, Romney put his dog on the roof of his car but Obama ate a dog. Never mind then. Romney is a Mormon, what about Obama's history with Rev. Wright, never mind. What about Romney's history at Bain Capital, Obama has never worked at a private company or created a job, never mind then. Romney is rich but what about millionaire Democrats like John Kerry who made his money marrying rich women, Ted and John Kennedy who got their money from their father's bootlegging business, Rockefeller who inherited it but Romney worked in business for 25 years and earned his money, never mind then. Food for thought!"

"Rockdale Property Assessors needs to update their website. The information is all at least six months old and does not reflect recent foreclosures or purchases. What is the timetable on adding updates?

"Thanks a lot! You moved here because you heard about available jobs, low cost housing, good schools, Southern hospitality and good weather. You bought homes with 100 percent financing, six months no mortgage payments, and way more home than you knew you could afford. Now you're gone, heavens know where! Homes are empty and deteriorating, yards look like landfills and whole neighborhoods appear abandoned. We who have been here for years are stuck! Our homes are worth 50 percent of what they were before you came. I don't blame you entirely the mortgage companies and builders saw dollar signs when you came to town. But you knew better, of course you did! Thanks a lot!"

"Very disappointed that during Mr. Fowler's and the student speakers' remarks at graduation, that they didn't mention that Heritage has a state wrestling champion. They mentioned how well football, baseball, soccer and band did this year but did not mention anything about wrestling. This was only the 2nd state wrestling championship in the history of Heritage High School. Yes, football, baseball, and soccer may have made it to the playoffs but none of them brought home a championship. Mr. Fowler, you missed a great opportunity to recognize this accomplishment for your school."

"Beware of parking at Longhorn's in Conyers. We parked right underneath the Monastery Sign (which can be seen from the interstate) and the lights shining down on the truck were like the sun itself, extremely well lit. Having said that, I did my due diligence to park safely, I guess Longhorn's didn't feel it was necessary to install any type of camera system in their parking area to keep 'us' the customer's safe. There is a certain amount of responsibility that should be taken by the establishment to keep their clients and their property safe while you are there, even the PD agrees with that, a camera system is a deterrent, it may not stop the crime but it sure might help to assist the PD, I guess we just weren't important enough. We only realized the truck was vandalized after we got home, smooth criminals! When we called the Longhorn back to ask if they had any type of camera system to help identify the criminals, the manager on duty would not even come to the phone, showed absolutely no concern and advised 'they are not responsible and to call CPD.' ... I am sure our truck was not the only one and I am terribly sorry for any other victims, forget what was stolen, the repairs only will be costly. Conyers beware!

"With a mini-series on the Hatfields and McCoys feud coming up, I asked my high school-aged kids if they'd be interested in watching it with me. Their reply, 'Who's that?' What are they learning in school now?"

----"I have a job. I work, my employer pays me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). What I do have a problem with is the re-distribution of a portion of my earned income (i.e., taxes the government takes away from me) to people who don't have to pass a urine test. So, here is my question: Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to receive Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8; up to $2,200/month), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or any other social welfare financial assistance because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with subsidizing a higher standard of living for someone who is or may be doing drugs while I work. Can you imagine the potential reduction in waste of taxpayer dollars for each state if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? Maybe the program can be called, 'Urine or You're Out!' Also, an afterthought, all politicians should have to pass a urine test too! They should also have to pass an intelligence test, a criminal background, a credit check, a common sense test and an understanding the constitution test! Remember November is coming!"

"Again Jeff Meadors is inconsistent on telling the truth about what happened to state funding of public schools in Georgia. For the past 12 years the Republican Party and governor have been busy cutting funding from public schools and passing to private and religious schools through various laws. The Atlanta Journal on Sunday, May 27, 2012 about a special law that allows anyone to contribute money to a private school and deduct the donation from the taxes they owe. This has been a major drain on the taxes collected and then they use the scholarship money they donated to educate their children in private or religious schools -- and you the taxpayer are paying and supporting this. They also are using charter schools to move state money from the public schools and giving it directly to the private charter schools. Why is the school board raising your taxes? Blame it on the Republican Party in the Georgia Dome. Thanks Sonny Purdue and Nathan Deal. It is not the Democrats raising your taxes."


John 3 years, 3 months ago

When you say "This has been a major drain on the taxes..." Can you be significantly more definitive and provide a "quantitative dollar amount" to more accurately define what "major" means? Secondly, a significant portion of your property taxes goes to support the public school system & you can deduct them from your income tax, so why not those that willingly donate funds to support charter schools be allowed to do the same. Heck, they pay property taxes too!.


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