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"The 'Gang of Three' county commissioners have 'informally' decided we don't pay enough property tax in Newton County. Commissioners Sims, Schulz and Maddox think the government has more need for our money than we do and support this latest money grab out of our paychecks. Of course, the county does not want to see less money coming because we pay for a full-time county manager and a full-time commission chairman, and since it's government, it can reach out and slam us again. Thank you to the two commissioners who would not support this latest raid on our finances. And if you voted for the 'Republican' in the tax hike gang, Commissioner Levie Maddox, thinking he would be a good watchdog for our money, think again. The joke is on all of us who voted for him."
"A 60-year-old man that has worked hard all of his life loses his job because he requires emergency surgery to remove part of his intestines and the company did not want their premiums to increase, subsequently loses his home as well and along with his 70-year-old wife is forced to move in with relatives. He reaches out for help, something he never dreamed he would be forced to do. Humbly he goes to DFACS and says 'Can you help me?' No, your wife is two credits short to collect her Social Security and Medicare, even though she worked for many years, and the unemployment and small pension, together totaling $1,700 a month, that you receive is too much income for you to qualify for Medicaid or food stamps. Not long ago a cousin's mother-in-law moves here from India. She lives here part of the year and returns to India for part of the year. She never worked a second in the USA yet applied for and received, and continues to receive, both a $900 a month Social Security check and Medicare coverage. Am I the only person that is furious over this situation? Is there nothing we can do?"
"I know that the paper has tried to get Almond Turner and Eddie Johnson to explain why they voted against Mrs. Fuhrey and I know they have refused to respond. I think voters should remember this when these two are up for re-election. We should also remember that on June 25th at the public meeting of the BOE at 7 p.m. another family member of a school board member is possibly going to be on the personnel recommendation sheets. The nepotism in Newton County schools is serious and after we finally ran the Carpenters out of town you would think these board members learned a lesson. Please continue to push them for answers. Why did they oppose Mrs. Fuhrey?"
"We can certainly tell Obama has seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices in his hip pocket. This is either by threats, to those who do not agree with him, or promises of favors to those who do as he asks. Don't you love the transparency? He does nothing unless it helps him politically. He is favoring all the illegals because of all the ones who were able to vote for him (illegally), in 2012. They, of course, because of his promise to make them all citizens, will vote Democratic in the 2014 election. This country is not the America I remember or loved in the past. We must let our voices be heard to stop the insanity!"
"I really think if Obama and his administration wanted to prove that nothing they do is for political gain, they would ask the IRS to give the same scrutiny and obvious invasion of privacy, to ACORN, the ACLU, and Muslim organizations. After all, shouldn't liberal Democratic groups and Muslims also be harassed? This will never happen, of course, because there is so much mutual love there. President Clinton was impeached for lying about a sexual matter. Which affects Americans the most? That situation or the five on-going scandals that occurred on Obama's watch?"
"I watched a movie on TV the other night. It was called 'Enemy of the State.' It showed how the U.S. government was spying on Americans with satellites, cameras, and all types of sophisticated equipment. It showed drones taking out people on American soil. The movie was made in 1998. This appears to be what Americans are experiencing now. Maybe the producer was psychic? Obama and his administration are doing everything they can to take away our First Amendment rights. Never fear -- this is only the beginning. Remember when he said in his 2008 acceptance speech, how he was going to 'fundamentally change America?' What he has done to our nation so far, is certainly not what Americans (who voted for him), had in mind. We need to let Obama and all those elected officials on Capitol Hill know that they work for us, not us for them. If they want to keep their jobs, they all need to remember that."
"The incompetent Woodstock K-9 officer, who stupidly left their police dog in the car to die of heat stroke, should not only be fired, but should be prosecuted to the 'full extent of the law'! The local SPCA should follow this case to make sure justice is served. If this person is not made to pay for what they did, there is no justice for this poor dog. No one ever speaks up for the rights of animals and it is a sin and a shame for something like this to ever happen. Police dogs are trained to protect their handlers even if it costs them their lives. You certainly can't say the same for the human responsible for the horrific death of this dog. Let's hope this person does not have kids."
"I attended the county commission meeting June 18th with friends to talk against the property tax hike. What a disappointment at the situation we have in county government. It looks like the tax hike 'gang of three' are set to raise our taxes regardless of what we say or do. They refuse to talk to us, they refused to support another commissioner's efforts to even slightly reduce the budget, they march on determined to take more money from hard-working taxpayers at all costs. The Republican in that Gang of Three did not get elected promoting higher taxes. Meanwhile, where is the chairman, another Republican? He has provided not an ounce of leadership or direction for the budget process, seemingly satisfied with higher taxes. Well, we aren't satisfied with either of them and it will show in the next election. And Mr. Maddox, when the Democrats finish with you and kick you to the curb, it will be a lonely feeling indeed."
"I have lived in the Mansfield area of Newton County since 1984, and I have read the concerns numerous callers have expressed in your opinion poll concerning the veterans monument in the Covington Square. These callers stated that the town square was no more than a fairground and concert location. I saw this firsthand Friday evening around 7:30 while on my way to Kmart. The whole Square was jammed full of people. Many of the people were all over and all around this monument, showing no respect whatsoever. I am a Vietnam veteran, and this lack of respect for our 'killed in action' veterans clearly shows the degradation of the people of Covington. The Gods of the mayor and City Hall seem to be entertainment and money."