"Why is NCSS paying to have computer hard drives shredded? What do they have to hide from open record laws?"
Editor's Note: According to a report read to the Newton County Board of Education Tuesday, the Newton County School System's technology department accumulates hard drives from administrator computers that are replaced. Since they may contain sensitive information, NCSS found a company in the spring to shred hard drives to make them totally useless and unreadable. NCSS will shred hard drives each spring as part of security measures to protect digital information, according to the report; 93 were shredded on March 27.
"I just wanted to say thank you to the person that found my Redbox movie that I left in a shopping cart at Food Depot on Highway 278 on Monday, June 4. I really appreciate you being honest and returning it in the kiosk! You saved me $20-plus. Thank you!"
"I have emailed Newton County on two different occasions about not mowing the sides of the road in my area and the fact that the fire hydrants are covered over so you can't see them. Somebody did uncover the one. I would imagine it was one of the homeowners. The homeowners do mow their edges but there are too many empty lots. The other item I wanted them to react to was why haven't our hydrants been flushed to see if they work. If either of these are not the county's job, all they would have to do is email me and be nice enough to let me know. Then I would try to find out whose job it is."
"Thanks to one of Newton County's citizens who worked with the owners of the property to eliminate what had become the truck stop behind CVS at Brown Bridge and Salem roads. Not only did it rid that area of a safety issue for drivers in and out of that location but it also eliminated an eyesore. No thanks to the county who refused to do anything to help in this effort. Too bad the county doesn't even want to get involved when there is a safety concern and its citizens have to resolve matters on their own."
"OK, I have a dilemma. If a person writes into this poll and exercises 'political free speech,' meaning they say something about the way a person does their job, doesn't do their job, etc. -- just like the politicians do (and I believe it is legal) -- and the said person brings a lawsuit to get the names of those who wrote in, to do I'm not sure what with, and (run on sentence!) hires an attorney who is running for judge -- what are we to think of this attorney possibly being a judge who seems to support this person who does not believe in free speech? I guess I'm wondering if this judicial candidate does, in fact, believe in free speech. Just saying."
"I'm calling in response to the Porterdale story that hit the Newton Citizen Poll on Sunday, June 3, 2012: To the City Council for allowing this to happen -- you're a disgrace to this town; to the current mayor of this wonderful town, you are a disgrace. The local government is a disgrace to the people of Porterdale. There is no hope for the citizens of this town as long as you people are in charge of this town. I do not expect this to be printed in the Newton Citizen, but I think it's time for the Attorney General's Office to investigate Mayor Chapman and the City Council members. You have a police officer who was on the car accident scene that (had been drinking). I know this because I'm the waiter that served him at the restaurant. Thank you. Good luck and I hope the people of Porterdale see it my way. Get ... out of town."
(Editor's Note: The item apparently referred to was not a story, but a comment from a citizen who was complaining about tickets being given for failing to use turn signals at the intersection of Crowell Road and Ga. Highway 81.)
"I was calling about the Alcovy High School principal, the one that's making such a big fuss about people commenting on what she does. My experience with that is the best way to keep people from talking about doing wrong is do right."
"Once more a disgruntled employee has bashed the current elected officials of Newton County. Once more this same employee tries to drag down all of us who work for the county. So, again I say speak for your emotional status and not for mine. Mort is out. I am a member and customer of Farm Bureau and oppose the ag center and Mort has been gone from Farm Bureau for many years. So give it a rest. ..."
"If you are a conservative who hates taxes: Do not use Medicare. Do not use Social Security. Do not become a member of the U.S. military who are paid with tax dollars. Do not ask the National Guard to help you out after a disaster. Do not call 911 when you get hurt. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home. Do not call the fire department to save your burning home. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, interstate or bridge. Do not use public restrooms. Do not send your kids to public schools. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors. Do not live in areas with clean air. Do not drink clean water. Do not visit national parks. Do not visit public museums, zoos or monuments. Do not eat or use FDA-inspected food and medicines. Do not allow your children on public playgrounds. Do not use sidewalks. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job. Do not apply for food stamps when you can't feed your children. Do not apply for subsidies for not growing crops on your land. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason."