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"Over Memorial Day weekend my family took me to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II and the Vietnam War monuments. It is amazing the manner in which the National Park Service maintains and protects these monuments. I asked one of the park rangers if the city of Washington, D.C., was allowed to have sideshows and concerts near the monuments. He looked at me as if he thought I was crazy. I told him the city of Covington, Ga., did it all the time. He couldn't believe it. An article in your June 23 paper showed the picture of a man named Mack McKibben who said on July 4 a crowd of between 7,000 and 10,000 people would be at a music show on the Square where Newton County's War Memorial is located. I recommend that Mr. McKibben and the mayor of Covington place a large blue roofing tarp over this monument to prevent further desecration. I am a World War II vet (European Theater). I am sending a copy of this poll to Mr. McKibben and the mayor of Covington."
"I would like to say it is time for senior citizens to stop paying school taxes. We get nothing back but horrible schools that build huge buildings. The career academy has many empty rooms in it with less than 700 students. The new high school at NHS will seat 2,500 and there are 1,800 students. WHY the crazy building? And why won't board members answer as to why they cast votes of no to our new Superintendent? Why won't board members tell us how many of their family member are being hired? Let's begin a move to stop school taxes for senior citizens. They don't pay them in most other counties. Gwinnett never has. Maybe that will spur the COC to bring in some decent businesses to offset the tax revenue."
"How many more lives to be lost a Factory Shoals? When will there be a park ranger that responsible to walking path and camp site? These camp sites are overrun with drunk people every weekend."
"To the owner (or family of) the maroon Beaumont showcased in last weekend's classic car show... I am the individual who spoke with you guys about taking pictures for my 'adopted' troops in Afghanistan (from the www.adoptaussoldier.org group). Although I know I said it on Sunday, please know that I was very honored by your offer/financial gift to help with the next care package being sent out. If I had been thinking straight, I would have at least introduced myself and offered to shake your hand. However, I must admit, I was so shocked at the random act of kindness that for a few moments, I couldn't get out much of anything verbal, other than a stutter or two. From the bottom of my heart ... thank you for your prior service in our military, for your continued support of those currently serving, and for your generosity. This Saturday, a new package will be shipped to Frank (last name withheld for his privacy). It will contain many pictures from the car show, including that beautiful Beaumont (with notes of our chat), trail mix, cheese crackers, baseball cards, a harmonica, comic books ... and of course, the aforementioned mandatory supply of beef jerky ... enough to share, in fact."
"The tax hike crowd on the county commission has gotten very quiet. Are they starting to hear the sounds of their voters or are they in the full ignore mode? At least one is answering phone calls from unhappy constituents but so far, two are not. If there is one thing more career-ending in politics besides raising taxes in a difficult economy, it's ignoring your voters. We put you in office and you better take our calls and emails. Trying to pretend we aren't out here and hiding under the bed hoping all this will blow over is a recipe for political disaster. We are not going away even after you raise taxes, we will be here and you will have to answer to us eventually. There is still time to turn this issue around and vote no to higher taxes, to listen to the working men and women of Newton County and to act like we expect you to act once in office. Listening to the sweet sound of more and more money flowing into the county treasury at our expense is not why we elected you. We expect better from all of you. Ignore us at your own political peril."
"I sure hope Samantha Fuhrey shuts down the Bibb County to Newton County pipeline that seems to be starting for hiring in NCSS, particularly at Newton High. ... It was good to dismantle the leadership team at NHS before this got worse, thanks at least for that. Is NCSS setting itself up for some serious lawsuits and when is there going to be a non-black counselor at Alcovy High? It is outrageous to have a school counseling team that is 100 percent one race."
"First, I would like to tell the BOC that I am against a property tax increase (rollback). Also, I am not in favor of a user fee for the recycling center. If you are going to start charging user fees then why not do it for everything? Why not charge to use the parks, the library, to fish at the reservoir? If you have to charge a user fee, if you did it for all the county facilities it would not be that much and would affect everyone that uses county facilities, not just the people that use the recycling center. For the less fortunate give them a card that lets them use all the facilities for free. I'm sure they also use the recycling center, why put a burden on them?"