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"Residents on our street have done everything that was asked of us to get speed bumps installed to help slow down speeding cars before some child or animal gets killed. We've gone back and forth several times to Kathy Morgan's office and was told everything had been approved and they were waiting on orders for an installation date. They even sent men out to spray paint squiggly marks and numbers on the street where the speed bumps and/or warning signs were to be installed. Still getting the run around. Last phone call to county commissioners office indicated now they must wait for the entire Board of Commissioners' approval before action can be taken. I guess it would be even more useless to request much needed 25 mph speed limit signs on Bryant Road where speeders come off Georgia 81 at 55 mph and don't bother to slow down. They are waiting for a fatality to occur before taking any kind of action. Mercy! Our future is in deep trouble!"
"The Old Man has some deep concerns. Now you are probably thinking that the Old Man is a curmudgeon but I really am not. I have been in the Navy, I have taught school and I have been a city councilman. I have seen and done a lot of things in my life that gives me a different perspective on life. My concerns are, why do they cut money for the police department when crime is on the rise and why are they cutting money for the schools when our education seems to be falling apart and why are they cutting money to the CDC when the case of West Nile Virus is on the rise? Is it because the government has squandered our money over the years and now we have to pay for it or am I reading the news and watching it on TV and the competition between the networks has become so intense that they will report anything whether they know the facts or not? Now my wife says probably no one really cares what I write, but I get it off my chest so if you really don't like it just don't read it."
"'Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.~ Samuel Adams' I borrowed this from another publication and thought about the local races going on. Also written in this publication and in a candidate's flyer was a comment about 'minority of a minority.' This type of speech can and has led to people assuming that race has a bearing in an election. People, race should have no place in an election; however, it is and does happen. Remember on the local side of things, a person's race should not come into play just that person's track record and ability to represent fairly and evenly across the board. Whatever race you align with your vote is important, so please go vote. The ballot cannot see."
"I would like to know who at the Board of Education made the intelligent decision to print full color, glossy paper handouts for all students of Newton County schools. This handout was to promote the new website, Twitter account and Facebook account. FYI, the parents that are going to use these sites for their information already know they exist, all they have to do is a search or follow the link from their child's home school. I would like to request that my child be sent home only black and white copies on regular copy paper to save on the printing fees. I wonder what could have been purchased for a classroom with these funds? Twenty-thousand students x .50 per copy = $10,000.00 or 20,000 students x .02 per copy = $400.00 let's do the math ... a savings of $9,600! That's what a parapro makes in a school year, that would buy three active boards for schools that do not have them in every classroom, that would buy 16 IPads (my child's school currently has two), that would almost pay for all of the math CCGPS needs at a local elementary school. I want to stand up for the students of Newton County and say that I am sick of the waste! I am sick of teachers having to spend out-of-pocket money to educate our children because the school system spends our tax dollars frivolously! We do not need a career academy or a parent involvement theme school until the basic educational needs of all students can be met across the entire county! Something is wrong with the system when the two highest performing elementary schools in the county do not have the basic technology or textbooks that the lowest performing schools have. At what point do we quit rewarding poorly scoring schools? Why do we have a public school that children have to apply to gain entry? Why can't my child that is a special education student have the right to attend this school? The federal government states that he is entitled to a free and appropriate education, why can he not attend this parent involvement school if I am an extremely involved parent and he is a very well-behaved child? If you are a parent with a child in Newton County, you have the responsibility to start asking questions. Find out what happens in our schools ... I could go on and on."
"I was calling about Saturday football games. I've been watching football a long time and I've never seen as many big teams picking on little teams. Georgia is guilty of it, too. And by the way, I wish Georgia would come up with another saying. 'How 'bout them Dogs?' went out 10 years ago."
"I'd like to send out a big thank you to the men who stopped on Henderson Mill Road on Sept. 4 about 5:15 in Newton County to clear off the tree that was across the road. A gentleman in a blue pickup truck, a gentleman in a red pickup truck, a fellow on a motorcycle and then a city of Covington truck also joined in to help. I just really appreciate it because I couldn't have moved that tree by myself. I just wanted to send out a thanks, but I don't know their names."