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"Before you go to the polls on Nov. 6, be sure to look at the faces of your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Know that eventually they are going to grow old enough for your words and actions to become understood by them. If they end up having to work two, or perhaps three, jobs in order to pay for the debt that THIS generation has piled up, they are going to remember your words and actions. Are they going to remember you as someone that believed 'I'm going to make sure I get mine,' or, are they going to remember you as the person that decided to change the direction of all of this spending that is happening from the local level all the way to the national level? Will they think of you as someone that was concerned about their future, someone with the wisdom to vote for people with strong backgrounds in the areas of integrity and finance? Begin now looking into the background of every person on the ballot: there is a sample ballot available from both the Rockdale and Newton Board of Elections, all you need to do is call them. Eventually, all of our chickens will come home to roost, are you going to be able to look them in the eye when they do?"
"Thank God I have no children in NCSS. If I did I would have to find the money to move right now. All of the county officials, BOE members, and teachers posting here are proving they are hateful, backstabbing and semi-illiterate. The YouTube videos show that black students are allowed to rampage the schools daily. I would not let any child of mine go to NCSS even one day. It is obvious that the 'new' management order at Newton schools does not spend one minute caring about making kids into decent adults."
"I am thankful for Hercules Habitat. I enjoy seeing the deer grazing in the open space off Herring Street. I know a number of people who feel the same way about the Habitat area. As for Alcovy Road and the near misses maybe there should be a sign posted saying 'deer crossing' or "beware of deer crossings.' Possibly people when they see the 'deer crossing' signs would be aware of the deer in the area and slow down. I know for a fact that the speed limit is not enforced when I have been on Alcovy Road. So let's consider options for informing people that there are deer in the area. Contact people who could put up the 'deer crossing' or 'beware of deer crossings' in the area. To say that Hercules Habitat has seen its time is a definite, 'No way.'"
"Is there any information as to when the newly renamed Highway 36 section (formerly the Bypass) that comes off of Highway 142 will be expanded, continuing as a four-lane highway? The current design that requires drivers to start up after the red light, and merge together quickly is nuts. Traffic speeds up, right lane drivers cut off left lane drivers due to the limited space, (including 18-wheelers, such as the one that nearly drove into/over me when I was in the left lane today). Inevitably, someone at the front of the pack slows down (with or without a turn signal) and stops to make a left hand turn into the Ford dealership -- meaning that both lanes of traffic end up slamming their brakes to avoid a collision. The design is a complete nightmare. The sooner the lanes are extended down Highway 36, the better."
"Fellow Americans -- we must remember that while our nation was founded upon godly principles, we do not have a state religion. Rather, our Constitution provides for the freedom to worship without interference of government. Our forefathers shed their blood to win this right. We must be committed to electing a commander-in-chief who will protect this liberty and uphold the Constitution at all costs, as one nation under God, and who will ensure God's moral law will not be violated by changing the law of this land. ... God-fearing Americans have no desire to see America rebuilt -- but rather restored. To rebuild it would be to create a new nation without God or perhaps under many gods. This was never the intent of those who shed their blood for the freedom to worship as one nation under God. Let us pray that all Christians and God-fearing Americans will put aside labels and vote for principles -- God's principles -- that for many years have resulted in His blessing upon our nation. Nov. 6, 2012, is when our voices must be heard -- loud and clear. Please vote to make this a reality."
"Please Newton Citizen can you please investigate how many contracts that the Newton County commissioners have contracted out of county ... why is my tax money being spent for out-of-county services. Don't they have a bumper sticker that says, 'Shop in Newton County -- save taxes' or something like that?"
"Good news, good news. I just heard on the television Honey Boo Boo is coming back for a second season. I think she is all of that and a pack of crackers, too."
"About the Georgia Tech/Middle Tennessee game Saturday. Tech played the worst game I've seen anybody play all year. There should be repercussions starting with the quarterback. I don't know how long it's going to take or what he's got to do to prove to the coaching staff that he's not a winner. Face up to it."
" ... Ga. Tech's Coach Johnson said when he first came there he was going to make it a rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech, but he's only beaten Georgia once since he's been there and not won a bowl game since he's been there. We'd like to hold our heads up ... at least a bowl win or against Georgia. ... What happened to the quarterback that came from Monroe? He only lost two games in two years. Give him a shot. What do we have to lose? This season is gone anyhow. We've already had three losses. ... I've been a Tech fan since 1964 and I'm not changing now, but I'd sure like to be smiling wider."