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Newton Poll for Dec. 15

The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Newton Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Sunday. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“The Newton County Board of Commissioners proved in their last meeting that they don’t want input from the citizens of Newton County. A citizen asked that the 3-minute citizen comment time be waived so he could complete his comments. Chairman Ellis refused without giving reason. There was only one more citizen lined up to speak. After being refused the extra time, the citizen asked for the full board to vote to give him the additional. The county chairman jumped in and stopped the BOC stating that the chairman was the only one allowed to call for a vote. This statement is not true, according to the Newton County code of ethics for meetings. The code of ethics states that the BOC is the only ones allowed to give more time yet they were shut down by Ellis and (County Attorney Tommy) Craig. The code also gives 5 minutes for citizen comments, yet when Ellis took office he cut it to 3 minutes without going by law and getting the ordinance voted on and changed by the full board of commissioners.”

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“Fifteen dollars an hour for fast food workers! Do they and the administration really think that would work? Then everyone would want a raise. A manager would say I only make $15 dollars an hour, I want $30. And then everything would go up. The Happy Meals would go from $5 to $10, the can of beans from 89 cents to $2, your phone service from $30 to $60, your rent from $550 to $1,200. So even though you are now making $15 an hour it would be the same as $7. The best way to increase your pay is the way it has always been done. Increase your education and go up for promotions!”

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“The Old Man has been laid up for awhile but it has given him a chance to think. You know if congress would stop thinking about themselves and whether they will be able to be reelected and start working together things could just turn around faster. I know this is a Christmas wish, but instead of trying to dump anything the President is trying to do, take a look at Obamacare, as they have dubbed it, and talk about the weak spots. I would almost doubt if many of them have read the total program. Instead they would rather bad mouth this to their constituents then really try to understand it. I know I am barking up the wrong tree and I know that the Republicans want to get the Democrats out of the top position. My thoughts at this time is will they shut down the country again? The last time it cost taxpayers 20 million or more dollars and what did it accomplish? Wouldn’t it be nice if our congress would start working together and for the people! I know this would be wishful dreaming, but when I go to see Santa Claus I will tell him that all I want for Christmas is what I just suggested and that we put God back in Christmas. After all, it is suppose to be His birthday. Merry Christmas, everyone.”

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“The new Executive Director of Rockdale Emergency Relief Andrew Peabody recently stated, ‘One of the best ways to (deliver results to the community) is to look at doing things better and not always chasing bigger, bigger, bigger. We can always improve upon what we do and deliver better services.’ I’d propose that perhaps this is a strategy that should be better adopted as some department requests soar relative to the county budget and available funds.”

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“I am not shocked one bit that NCSS has flat performance on writing scores. Have you heard the destruction of grammar by the school board and principals at most schools? Poor leadership and bad modeling gives you low performance. The system should not hire and we should not elect these types.”

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“Shame on Newton High School for a 16 percent drop in the grad rate and shame on Newton County leadership and board of miseducation for governing a system with a 5 percent drop in grad rates from last year. OK, folks, you bit and bought the E-SPLOST they sold you under false pretense and this is your payoff for your vote and your tax money. It goes spiraling down the drain with a drop in graduation rates. A brand new building on the backs of taxpayers gets Newton High a 16 percent drop in grad rates. Throw the board out now and clean out the Clamp Building; this is unacceptable. Newton County is becoming synonymous to poor quality education.”

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“Only in public schools can you pay the central office leaders six figures to deliver to us at Christmas a 72 percent graduation rate. Outrageous. Cut the salaries until the return on investment improves. I bet you regret approving SPLOST now.”