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Newton Citizen Poll for March 25

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 poll@newtoncitizen.com 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.

"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."

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amp72 2 years, 9 months ago

"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."

Wow. That says it all right there. R rated movies, fights, drugs, etc. No control. And if the BOE and Dr. Mathews allow it to happen, they too have lost control. People are getting upset, saying the newspaper is picking on Alcovy or making it out to be a bad school. Not at all! The News just reports what is going on there. The people like us who are speaking out want nothing more than to make the school a positive place that generates positive news. BOE and Mathews have the power to make change so that happens!

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Silverbullet 2 years, 9 months ago

Once stated by a writer here that the only hope to bring our schools up to par is to hire a company that specializes in locating professionals. SCHOOL BOARD should send such a company their criteria, first being the candidates come from school systems in the top 10% academically, and interview those people for the ultimate hire. This is rule number one in the corporate world. Maybe our problem is we dont have anyone on the BOE who has ever been past the city limit sign. Or, maybe they were educated in the Newton County School System!!

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momofone 2 years, 8 months ago

Regarding the car accident that claimed Ms Bell's life. I know of several cases that have taken a year to get the offender charged because by the time that GSP finished the report, it was over 1000 pages. Please be patient.

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Silverbullet 2 years, 8 months ago

An inordinate amount of time is spent by the commissioners and the city council on special projects. We have all heard from the proponents, "We are getting grant money to do these projects." (Remember 'grant money' is still our tax dollars) It seems obvious to most that when we spend our own tax dollars to come up with these projects, then prepare a plan, then prepare the grant submission, we have spent a lot of time and money before we even know if the project will be approved. Then, and here is the real kicker, these grants require matching, or at least some local tax dollars to qualify. Did I say LOCAL TAX DOLLARS? A number of these projects are seen as useless and way down on the list of priorities. Why dont we spend time for grants on items that are priorities instead of building more projects we cannot afford and certainly cannot afford to maintain, heat, cool, grounds kept, employees to run them, forever, and most of all, dont seem to even be used but by a very small percentage of the taxpayers of Covington and Newton County. My guess would be 100% of the taxpayers are paying for projects for 2% of the population who use them. In a flight to Covington with richest of my personal friends, in the billionaire range, he once told me, "Sometimes the best deals you will ever make are the deals you dont make." I believe this is true of many of these come lately items such as the walking trail, tunnels under streets to benefit a very few, a possible road from Flat Shoals to Walkers bend to benefit a wealthy landowner whose property bounds Walkers Bend, a walking trail from Eastside to the library which has already been declared by Chief Cotton as dangerous situation, and last but certainly not least, Walker's Bend. And speaking of which, how on earth did some hot shot salesman talk the county into taking on the upkeep of Walkers Bend when it is a City of Covington project. It will cost more to maintain over the years than all the money spent to do whatever it is the City is doing there! We met the enemy and he was us. Please, please, refrain from taking on these projects in a time of economic strife. "Just say no!"

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