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Newton Citizen Poll for Nov. 3, 2013

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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“I wanted to express my appreciation for Covington First UMC for hosting another annual ‘Change the World Day’ at their location. It was a wonderful day of fellowship and service to others. Being able to participate and see the smiles of appreciation on the faces of those less fortunate made my day! It’s wonderful to see that we still have so many in our community that are willing to help others! I love Covington and pray that we’ll continue to grow this ministry for years to come! A special thanks for Claudia Minge and her team for organizing this event!”

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“I read in the local papers where the recreation board hired a man who had worked in the department 18 years. The articles stated he was the assistant director. The park at Turner Lake has been going downhill for years and hardly anyone uses it. The local population has been thrown under the bus in favor of out-of-towners. The question I wish to ask the board is: Why did you hire someone to run the department who was a party to its decline?”

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“In my opinion, the extended school zone hours of 7 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on Brown Bridge Road in front of Veteran’s Memorial Middle School is a speed trap. I have never seen those restrictions in any other school zone.”

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“I read your poll last week about the Christian Learning Center (and) did some investigating of my own. These programs would be fine if they were accredited, but how can school children leave a school campus and take classes that are not accredited? I am told the CLC is not accredited. Do they just not want to take the time to get accredited? If that is the case then I say no to them. I am a Christian but our county has the lowest SAT scores around and there was one article in the paper showing they are below Atlanta and DeKalb schools. If Newton schools were at the top of the pile, so to say, and the CLC was accredited then I would be okay with them, but none of these things are true. I was told by the county office that if they let in a program like CLC, then they also have to let in for-profit programs as well and children could actually leave with a Newton diploma without even taking some of the main courses like math. I say put the brakes on the CLC before it gets out of hand, and why was I told they want to start it at Newton High when it was reported last year to start at Eastside High? Is there a lawyer that failed in some big ways last year trying to make her mark behind the scenes? Are there emails that show where she offered to drive the last school superintendent to Walton County to push the CLC issue? Come out and make yourself known if you are the one telling the school board that they are mandated to let the unaccredited CLC take place during the school day. If you want it so bad, put it after the school day. I want the Citizen to do its job and ask each board member what is going on with this and you may learn a lot.”