"I know this is going to upset some people but I have to complain again about the tractor trailers parking behind the CVS at Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road. I attempted to turn in last Sunday and there were so many trucks parked there, I could not get into the driveway. Before you go jumping on me about the drivers spending all week away from home, understand this. I understand that but when does their convenience overrule the safety of other people? I say safety because it was a hazard the way they were parked. They were blocking half the roadway. Maybe if the Sheriff's Office or the owner of the property were to put up no parking signs, like they had to do at Kroger, it would help. Not to worry, Walmart will be open soon and they can park there. Oops I forgot, Walmart doesn't allow overnight parking (yeah right)."
"In response to a comment published in your newspaper concerning Snapping Shoals EMC, the decision to continue to support the coal-fired power plant doesn't seem to be the only problem members have been talking about. Just as a brief summary on that subject, the poison mercury in the sea which is contaminating our largest food source comes directly from residue in the smoke you see rising from coal-fired power plants. If you knew something you were doing was killing you, wouldn't you stop doing it? The best case scenario, certainly not being nuclear, is the new oil deposits in North Dakota."
"Can anyone tell me why Newton County is on the line for a loan for Newton Medical Center, a privately owned corporation, for $20,000,000! And who is responsible for paying off this loan? And why has it not been paid off since it was taken out over 20 years ago? Who has been paying the interest on the loan? And why the taxpayers of Newton County have to pay money to the hospital every year for indigent care? Don't all other private hospitals have a set-aside for those types of expenses? I don't suppose anyone would be able to see the accounting records of the hospital because it is a private facility, but without review they should not be given another cent! It seems our taxpayer funds given to the hospital are just providing a uncontrollable gravy train for the administrator, president, CEO and all the people at the top. Who is responsible for approving these 'gifts' and why isn't someone in a position of responsibility with the County reviewing these expenditures? If I'm not mistaken the county is in a budget crisis and no one seems to know where all this money is going for sure. The county sure doesn't own the hospital any more since they gave it away to a private corporation."
Editor's Note: Emails sent to County Manager John Middleton and Chairman Kathy Morgan seeking explanation were not returned.
"Snapping Shoals Directors. Do they not know the cost of coal-fired plants and nuclear plants which I guess the membership has invested in? All the smart money is going into Siemens petrol fired turbine generators. There is no comparison in the sulfur and mercury toxins released by the coal-fired plants. You could build 50 Siemens plants for the cost of one nuclear plant. And no one ever talks about the cost of the fuel rods for the nuclear plants. Even at today's cost of petrol, it's a lot cheaper than buying fuel rods! Are you people 'directing' or simply being 'directed'?"
"I see where a white thug has killed 16 people in Afghanistan. I guess even white people break the law. The point of this comment is to show you Internet racists how stupid you sound when you blame the majority of the ills of society on blacks. I also take exception to the comments about every race having experienced some form of slavery. This is true, but this is about the slavery that happened in America not elsewhere in the world. One final thought, the vast majority of slavery in the world's history has been perpetuated by the white man. This country was built on land stolen from the native Indians with forced labor of the black slaves."
"Thanks very much for the life stories of our veterans which appear in the Citizen each Wednesday. While all veterans are very special and deserve recognition, I owe more than I can repay to those whose were in World War II. I was 10 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked, so it was those of the 'Greatest Generation' who, by their sacrifice, allowed me to have a childhood free from aerial bombing and invasion. The kids of Europe and Asia were not so fortunate. And their assistance to me did not end there. It wasn't long before I graduated college and entered the U.S. Army as a very green second lieutenant. And as luck would have it, the sergeants closest to me were World War II vets. They were my mentors and I'll never forget them!"
"Darrell Huckaby's editorial on March 7 with the caption, 'America needs our votes early and often,' was appalling. Not only did he admit to the felony of voter fraud in 1980 in a federal election, he also implicated his mother by stating he drove from the county where he was registered and in which county he had already voted to Newton County to vote illegally in Porterdale at her request. He even went on to say '...but come November -- well, if I thought I could talk somebody into letting me vote twice, I just might give it a try.' What an awful example for him to set for his own children and for the young people that he teaches. I am surprised that he was allowed to publish this example of criminal arrogance in the Newton Citizen. I am proud to say that my mother would never ask anyone to commit voter fraud, and I would be very disappointed if my children committed this crime! I hope he does not incite others to follow his lead as there are serious penalties for this!"
"During the debate of March 4, at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., between Progressive Lawrence O'Donnell, and right-wing Ann Coulter, Coulter was definitely way out of her league. She made her showing worse by standing behind her earlier statement that women should not have the right to vote. She further reiterated that Americans should not be allowed to vote until age 26 when they pay for their own health insurance! Naturally, since this was a college crowd, Ms. Coulter received a lot of boos."
"Obama's Department of Justice is at it again. They are blocking the new Texas voter ID law. They are also going after a similar one in South Carolina. Anyone with a brain can see why this is happening. Obama wants to make sure all illegal aliens will be able to vote for him in the next election. His future plan will be to pass a law; all on his own, of course, since he never follows the rules of our Constitution, behind closed doors in the middle of the night, as he did Obamacare, for all illegals to be granted amnesty. Don't you love it? His transparency is unbelievable. His utter disregard for our laws must be stopped once and for all by firing him in November! True patriots, who love this country and want it restored to its previous glory -- the time is now -- we must work hard to make sure Obama is a one-term president. Holder needs to be fired as well. He has proven how incompetent he is. He is a puppet, not a leader. They both need to go!"
"I don't understand why Porterdale is trying to get an ordinance for baggy pants or any other city or county. I thought we had an indecent exposure law. It sounds like police are either too lazy or too scared to actually make them pull up their britches."
"I was calling about bringing wrestling to Porterdale. I think it's a good idea. I hope they make it a weekly event."
"I would just like to know why on the website the Newton Citizen Poll is not there. The latest one on there is March 4. Did you not have one this week? I'd be interested to know why the Newton Citizen Poll is not on the website this week."
Editor's Note: It is on there now. We had technical problems with the website.