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Newton Citizen Poll for Oct. 13, 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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“So I been told for years Gaither Plantation been closed to the taxpayers, who would like to have a picnic. Or throw the football, but know they are allowing nonprofit organizations to use the grounds, but it’s my money that’s paying the bills and toiletries. That’s not going to work.”

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“The Old Man has been a little under the weather lately, but you aren’t really interested in that. What I’ve been noticing for a while is the number of people with cell phones stuck in their ear. They are coming out of their driveway oblivious to traffic. They are in the grocery store talking away. If they were checking on a product that would be different, but they are just chatting. It has really gotten bad, but the worst part is, moms think their first-grade kids need them to protect them. This goes on up through the 12th grade. I think it is great unless they get mugged on their way to school or on their way home. Why do they need it in the classroom? Is it to communicate between classes? If that is the case wouldn’t plain old talking do just as well? I don’t know what the schools are doing and whether the principals are afraid they might get the mothers mad at them. All students should check their phone into the office when they enter and pick it up when they leave, maybe that will start kids talking and doing less texting. Who knows.”

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“Good articles.”

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“Two weeks in a row — not one posting of the Newton Citizen Poll on Sunday. Guess the new ‘Facebook only commenting’ is working — the lambs have been silenced. Good job I say, with tongue in cheek.”

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“Dozens of Newton County bus drivers take children under a large tree that is hanging over Moore Road between Mt. Olive Baptist Church and the Little Springs Farm driveway. It is being held up only by a small tree. Someone needs to remove this danger to so many of our school children, or it will fall onto the road. Do you want to be the one driving under it when it does?”

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“If you think about the reverse mortgage program, the plan is backed by the federal government, which is over 17 trillion bucks in debt. Really isn’t too much security is there? Plus this gives someone a second on your paid-up home, which would have to be satisfied before your inheritance is distributed. Not for me.”

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“Why are older people so opposed to the Affordable Healthcare Act and scream about socialism at every opportunity when they are recipients of Social Security, Medicare and in some cases Medicaid? Remember folks, Affordable Healthcare is for the working poor and those with preexisting conditions. It is simply making health insurance affordable for the many, not just the wealthy in this country.”

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“I have worked for Newton County for over six years. Y’all know our county commissioners choose to balance the recession on the backs of the working class by cutting our modest retirement, eliminating all our holiday pay, cutting and reducing health care and eliminating what few other benefits we had. I make less today than when I started six years ago and we were the lowest-paid government agency around before the cuts. Now I read the commissioners are going to pay thousands of dollars to the cut grass along some state roads in and around the city of Covington. Really! Really! The Newton County working people get the message loud and clear. The Newton County commissioners do not care about the workers that make the county function. Workers and our families have suffered for years at the hands of the county commissioners and now we learn that grass cutting is a higher priority than we are.”

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“I read where Beaver Manufacturer owner, innovator and leader Edward Needham passed. It was reported that Mr. Needham was an innovator and he was ahead of his time as he knew the value of the people who made his products and always treated them as family. Newton County commissioners’ action do not follow Mr. Needham’s formula for success.”

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I was calling about the Olivia Ware situation — about the ex-candidate mayor of Conyers. In my opinion, she should have never been running for mayor. I think what should happen is, they should sue her and demand that she pays the taxpayers back every penny she cost them. Either that or go to the pokey.”

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“I was calling about the upcoming Christmas season. I don’t know how far along the Porterdale gym construction is, but if they have it completed, I would like for them to have the Christmas program like they used to have down there at the gym. I think it would be a big Christmas spirit booster and I know I would enjoy it.”