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Newton Citizen Poll for June 8, 2013

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 770-483-7108, ext. 403. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office.

"Attention residents of Newton County: The County Commission is set to vote on raising property taxes. How do you feel about that? Water and sewer rates just went up too. If you think government takes enough money already, let your commissioner know. Only government can go grab more money when it thinks it is needed. When my checkbook is empty, it stays empty until my next paycheck. It's time for government to get its sticky hands out of our pockets and let us use the money we work hard to earn. No tax increase!"

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"I may have been more disappointed in the Newton Citizen than I am right now but I just can't remember when. On May 30th, many Newton County citizens had the honor of being among the first Georgians to welcome home double amputee Army Specialist Sam Walley as he made his first return trip to his home state since losing an arm and a leg in Afghanistan. Many people lined Ga. Highway 11 from Interstate 20 exit 98 all the way to the Walton County line to wave flags and provide smiles and comfort to this American hero as he was driven home to Barrow County in a lengthy procession of police cars, sheriff vehicles and motorcycles. The Newton County and Covington fire departments teamed up to hoist a giant American flag over the interstate exit so he could see from a distance he was getting very close to home. My disappointment? Not one word in your newspaper, not one photo, nothing! You completely ignored his arrival and the great efforts Newton County citizens went to start his red carpet ride up Highway 11. Shame on you for being so indifferent and uncaring. And shame on the other newspaper in this county for driving past everyone at the Newton County preparations/welcoming to give extensive coverage to the welcome in Social Circle, again not printing one word or photo from Newton County. Both of your newspapers should be ashamed of yourselves."

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"This post is in reference to one last week questioning the hiring of a board member's relative. On Nov. 12, 2012, Board Policy Staff Conflict of Interest was adopted. This policy, in part, reads: Administrators and supervisors employed by the Newton County Board of Education shall not directly supervise, evaluate, or recommend for continuation of contract or termination of employment a spouse; parent: son or daughter: parent-in-law; son-in-law or daughter-in-law." An article written by Jeff Meadors published in the Newton Citizen on Aug. 1, 2012 titled 'Nepotism in school systems undermines public trust' addresses this issue. This is powerful article that I read from time to time. There is enough nepotism and cronyism in the school system now. If this hiring(s) is true; then the school system didn't learn anything from the Carpenter debacle."

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"I have recently emailed the city twice to remind them about the promise they made to keep the ditch (at a property on) N. Dearing St. clean and have yet to receive a reply. They assured us last year that they would keep it clean and running until they could come out and put pipes in. They have gotten everyone involved in this project to sign papers. This ditch has run-off that goes under the street. At the moment, it is so full of debris that the water is unable to move and it pools at the top of the ditch. My mother owns this property, but the next-door neighbor owns the ditch. My mother has pancreatic cancer and gets upset every time she sees the ditch and how unsightly it makes her property look. She has always took pride in her yard. I don't know what problems this may cause in the summer heat. I wonder why the city is not concerned that people living around this ditch could possibly contract some disease from all the mosquitoes that are sure to be around this ditch. I just wish our city officials would follow through on their promises."

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"I do not get why the local media does not press harder on Almond Turner and Eddie Johnson. The voters have a right to know why they vote on their behalf whether it is a yes vote or a no vote or a recusal. Men, please tell us why you voted no on Mrs. Fuhrey two years in a row, and Mr. Johnson tell us why you voted no on her contract and refused to sign it? Cat got your tongues? ... "

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"If Holder is allowed to resign (with all his benefits), after obviously perjuring himself, it will be the biggest Department of Injustice failure in the history of America. If this had occurred during President Bush's term, heads would have rolled when Fast & Furious was being investigated. Why is it that Democrats can do no wrong? What has happened to this once great nation? The truth needs to come out on all four scandals, that happened on Obama's watch! The truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God."

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"What a defiant act against the GOP by Obama. He has appointed Susan Rice as his National Security advisor. She was caught misleading Americans about Benghazi, and now she is promoted to this top job regarding our security. Obama's slap in the face of Americans by this move is disturbing. We must agree, however, that she is as qualified for this position as a 'community organizer' is to become president of the United States."

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"I say let the budget axe fall. The county needs to learn to live like a family on a budget. And just like a family on a budget you have to make choices on the things you have to have and the things that would be nice to have. You have to have food and a roof over your head, but do you have to go the movies? This is the way the county and the Board of Commissioners need to think. I cannot just vote to give myself more money! In good times you can have food and a roof over your head and go to the movies. But these are not good times and the county needs to realize that. If the commissioners vote on a tax increase (increasing property taxes is a tax increase) they should be run out of town."

Comments

dennistay53 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The board is set to raise the millage rate. This may give them temporary revenue but they will have shot themselves and this county in the foot in the long term. A tax increase will slow any possible chance of raising the tax base by getting quality growth of business and jobs coming to Newton County. Why would Baxter employees want to come to a county that increases tax. They just hired a lady out of Jackson County at the chamber who has a track record of bringing business to that county. Now they are planning to put her behind the 8 ball whereas she will have to explain to potential companies ( who would bring jobs) why they should locate to a county that raises tax? Is this the message they wish to tell the voters who passed their SPLOST? Repaying them with a tax increase? Is this the way this board wants to be remembered? A spending tax increasing board? This county will not be successful as a bedroom community whereas the government is supported mostly by property tax. The future of this county will be very poor without an all out effort to increase the tax base.

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