Newton Citizen Poll for May 12, 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.

"Honestly, how long does it take the Newton school board to make a decision. You have plenty of time to interview and announce a new superintendent by now. Don't you have the respect enough for NCSS employees who may want to put in their resignation and transfer out based on who you choose? Thoughtless bunch of elected officials you all are. I hope the voters vote everyone of you out next cycle and the ones who have served for decades. If you serve for decades and have bad test scores and bad school crime to show for it, then you need to excuse yourself from the board at this time."

" ... I have to wonder about the City Council when you have a new city manager who comes to you with a budget plan and you oppose it. You should try to support her as much as you can. Remember you are the ones who just picked her for the job. Stand behind your people, support your people. When three of the key leaders with the city say that the employees need to see the 5 percent pay increase and all for different reasons, pay attention. It may be harder to get that half a mil back in the future. Don't just do things to get votes for the next election, because you may be too late to help yourself. We remember how you have been handling business the past few months."

"The Old Man thought he was doing pretty good. Most people were writing about what they thought about what was going on in Covington. I thought I should write about what was going on outside Covington. I didn't do this always but most of the time. Can't figure out what happened the last time. Was my article too controversial, did I go too far or is the paper cutting back on the space? I noticed that a half page was allotted for Rockdale and half a page was allotted to Covington. This has been trimmed back to a quarter page each. Maybe someone can give me the answer. If there has been some complaints about my articles, then so be it."

"I graduated last week after 33 radiation treatments from the Newton County Radiation Therapy Center. When the doctor told me that I had lung cancer it scared the bejeebers out of me. When I went in for my first treatment, I was very nervous and wondering what radiation was and what were they going to do to me. I was at once assured that there was nothing to fear by a very assuring staff. Their treatments were provided with great care and compassion. I am unable to walk or transfer alone. The staff gathered together and 33 times lifted me to the table and lifted me off with not a word of complaint. It almost seemed like it was routine to hoist my 165 pounds on and off. There are not enough words to thank all of them for leading me what seemed to be a very dark road, they gave me the ability to see the light and have no fear."

"The Newton Citizen deserves to be commended on its journalistic courage in printing my letter exposing wasted tax dollars in the Sunday, May 5, Citizen Poll. Following my letter a response was given by the county manager attempting to justify the landfill manager driving the county vehicle home daily ... . I may only be a retired taxpayer but I can still recognize fabrications, distortions and intensely misleading statements. I can consider the response from a career government bureaucrat trying to justify wasted tax dollars about as credible as having an alcoholic bartender explain missing liquor. ... If it is so necessary why not put it on the agenda for discussion at the next board meeting? The question remains, if the Board of Commissioners has voted against this insult to taxpayers, why does it continue? Isn't it your job to implement board directives and not to make your own policy? ... "