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"Darrell Huckaby should be ashamed of himself. Obviously, he isn't since he felt perfectly fine outing his own voter fraud and for that racist Reagan, too. Announcing his candidacy in Neshoba County, Miss. Yeah, we all heard that dog whistle. What a wonderful role model Huckaby is; it's only wrong if somebody else does it."
"Congratulations to the Board of No Education. You brought our county the great distinction of having one of the 78 worst schools in Georgia. Watch out Atlanta. We're coming after you for the worst spot. Gov. Deal, please use your powers to take over the school board before they lose accreditation."
"I certainly hope that Patent Construction (the group doing the road work at 278 & Covington Bypass) is getting paid on a fixed price contract basis rather than on a per-hour agreement. Because the way they work it certainly has all the signs of being paid by the hour -- work a little here and work a little there, then go back to here and there again and do a little more, then repeat the process again, again, etc. Certainly, it isn't because of the shortage of employees or shovels as it is a common scene to see several workers standing around and leaning on their shovels."
"I was wondering if there is any follow-up on the head-on collision that killed Allison Bell back in January. Has (the other driver) been charged with anything yet such as vehicular manslaughter at the very least. Has her blood alcohol levels came back yet -- it has been three months -- how long could it take? I hope that Ms. Bell's family stands firm and doesn't let this get swept under the rug because of someone's last name! Look at the 21-year-old girl that hit and killed the police officer in Atlanta (suspected DUI also) -- she was put in jail since day one. What is the difference? Oh wait, I already know the answer to that question!"
Editor's note: The Citizen is in touch with the Georgia State Patrol and they have advised charges are pending in connection with the crash. Here is a partial response from their office: "The SCRT (Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team) case is still open, as are several SCRT cases going back to 2011. The SCRT work on a case often takes an extended period of time due to the details their final report will present to a prosecutor. Their goal is to have all information readily available to answer any question the prosecutor may have when considering charges. That added to their work in the field at crash scenes, assisting other team members with work on their cases, conducting interviews with witnesses, following up on leads, awaiting lab results from anything sent to the Crime Lab for analysis, and add court time on other cases the investigator has pending at the time. ... Each SCRT case is thorough when completed and their work has a conviction rate in the high 90 percent range. I would like to point out to the writer that the crash occurred Jan. 28 -- not quite two months rather than the three."
"Unbelievable! Two more schools that are listed by the state as failing schools. It is time for a change in direction. When a football coach has lost control of the team they fire them. Well, the administration has lost control and they cannot spin this one saying, 'We don't control that school. We just give them money.' It is time for a change. It is time for the coach and his accident coaches to go. Hopefully, they will do the honorable thing and resign! What a disgrace."
Editor's note: The two Newton County schools named to the "focus" list are not "failing" schools.
"It still baffles me why the BOC is taking so long to vote on the alcohol sales ordinance. It almost makes me think they are dragging their feet hoping the people of Newton County will forget about the issue and they can then do what they want. This issue has been in the forefront for many months now, but the BOC can't even get it to the point where they vote to put it on the ballot. While surrounding counties are moving ahead with ordinances to control sales, Newton is once again behind the times. Not only are they dragging their feet, but they are trying to price the liquor license and servers' permits so high many restaurants would not be willing to pay and the servers can't afford. Is this their intention from the start? Makes you wonder if this isn't some backdoor scheme by some of the commissioners who think they know best."
"I was calling about the article in the poll March 18 about the woman buying groceries with the debit card. If you are trying and you need help, that's one thing. But a lot of people get help because they're too sorry to work and that ain't fair to nobody."
"I was calling about all the Newton County students and the problems they're having in school, being arrested and everything. I'm a senior citizen and paying over $500 a year in school tax, and to have students go over there and act like that, will somebody please tell me where that's fair."
"What is it going to take for the Board of Education to realize there is a serious problem at Alcovy High School? I have two students there and they are afraid to get up in the morning and go to school. It is not a very good learning environment. Every time almost I go out and buy the paper I read somebody has been arrested, beat up, threaten to kill, whatever at Alcovy High School. I'm not reading as much about the other schools as I am about Alcovy. We need a principal there that will get tough. We need some order and discipline at that school. Yesterday, while the older students were taking their graduation tests, my grandson went into his IF class and had to watch a dirty, R-rated movie. The teacher showed a movie that was laced with profanity. He said, 'Mama, they even gave each other the finger in this movie. I thought we weren't supposed to do that. Why are they teaching us this at school?' That's a good question, isn't it? We need help with our school system. Dr. Mathews, get off yourself and do something to help us.""For years our country has become more 'refined' as laws have been passed and enforced to protect innocent bystanders and their children from degrading or indecent words or behaviors. Well known examples of these might include, indecent exposure, foul language, graffiti, smoking in public places, etc. Many of these actions might force us to cover our children's eyes or ears to avoid their witness. Unfortunately, we can't always be with them. All of us have heard use of the (N-word) used more and more frequently by those that feel as though they have the 'right' to do so. This is totally inappropriate. I'm certain that any decent, law-abiding citizens of any race would feel the same way. If a local law were voted into place charging this as an indecent act with appropriate fines attached, we'd be one step closer to putting an end to this word."