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Newton Citizen Poll for Sept. 8, 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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“The deal with not getting the paper has gotten old. Can call subscriber services and sometimes can’t even get anyone to talk to and if you do they tell you they will get someone to bring the paper and it never comes. This is a good way for the paper to lose subscribers. It looks like someone would try to get this issue resolved before they lose customers. This is very bad business practices because customer satisfaction should be one of their goals.”

Editor’s note: We are continuing to work to improve your delivery service and apologize for the inconvenience.

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“I do not understand. Our taxes and federal money which is tax too, people, went to pay thousands on thousands of dollars to an oh superior ‘doctor’ who for three years said he and his thousand-dollar professional learning guru were improving student achievement in Newton schools. Look at our ACT scores. They are and have been below state and national averages for years. What good did he do for us and what good is it doing for future test scores when our teachers are being forced to Twitter their special events on a daily basis. The tax-and-spend crazies at the school board need to cut it out. The test scores in all of Newton are plain bad, and I think trigger laws and special schools and charters and options need to be in place. I don’t want my kid in these schools any more and no one wants to live in Newton and put their kids in NCSS with these scores and the bad school crime. When will it end?”

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“This comment concerns the pedestrian crosswalks that Georgia law requires motorists to yield at when occupied. I don’t have a problem yielding, my problem is knowing when a crosswalk is present.There are two places that readily come to my mind and are heavily traveled: one is Usher and Lee streets; another is Floyd and Anderson Avenue. I have seen people waiting to cross the street and would have gladly yielded the right of way if I had known that they were waiting at a crosswalk. With the markings on the highway and no signage it is quite hard to know if there is a crosswalk or not. Of course I am aware of these but, there are others and I don’t want to get ticketed for driving past when I should have stopped. To those who may be thinking just stop anytime you see someone crossing the street, sometimes it just isn’t practical because people cross in the words of Art Linkletter ‘in the darndest places.’ Another note for the city street department: Could you please replace the yield sign that has been missing for months at Turner Lake southbound from 278 where traffic turns into Kmart? It is hard enough to turn left when traveling toward 278 when people aren’t aware that southbound traffic is required to yield when turning into Kmart. Thanks.”

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“A little while ago there was some discussion about giving a 5 percent preferential treatment to bids submitted by businesses located in Newton County. As a carte blanche policy I am dead set against that — long term this will not give the taxpayers the biggest bang for their buck — competition has always been a good way to ensure tax dollars are spent in the best interest of the residents. Then I started thinking — I personally know local business men that reside here in Newton County, operate their businesses in Newton county — one a plumber, one in apartment management and construction and another in the flooring industry. One thing these three people have done is given back to the community without wanting any fanfare — things like donation to schools for wrestling mats, a cooler machine for football players, weight exercise equipment for all high school sports, participated in booster activities and unselfishly volunteered their own time. This is the type of business people that give back and deserve such an advantage. So instead of a carte blanche approach to this 5 percent advantage, why not establish some stipulation for qualifications — like the owner or owners must live in Newton County — you know, pay property taxes and spend money and sale tax bucks locally vs to some other county, their company must employee X percent from Newton County (not counting the owners), has demonstratively supported the ‘public’ community with volunteered time, donations like needed equipment or financial support beyond donations to specific charities or other non-profits and do it on a regular basis — of course, this would need to documented and submitted with their bid proposal. I am confident that these three business men have been current on their business licenses, too.”

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“Its high school football time and many are very excited about this time of year. Eastside and Newton played last night in the first game of the year at Sharp Stadium so late last night, Aug. 30, and early this morning, Aug. 31, I logged onto www.newtoncitizen.com to get the score. It is nowhere to be found, but I did find your latest article on high school football, the Alcovy-Newton game, dated Nov. 7, 2011. Unbelievable. Then, just to followup, I checked www.rockdalecitizen.com and amazing, there it was, last night’s Eastside-Newton game, score and commentary. A hint for you: both Newton and Eastside are in Newton County and maybe should be covered in the Newton edition of your website.”

Editor’s note: We apologize for the confusion. Our sportswriters have been reminded to be careful about posting to the correct site.

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“With the high rise just off the Square I would like to see the proper pedestrian crossing signs around the area. Many of the senior citizens and physically impaired who live there walk or navigate by means of their scooters to various points around the city. A good starting point would be Lee Street from both sides of Washington, at Clark and Usher. There are already faded crosswalks on the roadway. Re-stripe and put up signs.”

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“It is coming up November and another SPLOST will be on the ballot. Please people get out and vote NO to this SPLOST. Newton County has went up on property taxes. They do not need another SPLOST to throw away. Nothing ever gets done like they say it will. Our roads are getting as bad as Rockdale County. Salem Road is more dangerous than I-20! When are they going to widen Salem Road? They have been promising to widen it for several years now and there is never enough money. They could use some of all the SPLOST money that they collect!”

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“Can the Board of Commissioners please look into what can be done about our lack of ambulance service in the county? The Oak Hill area still does not have an ambulance. Ambulances are taken out of service to sit at football games, leaving the county unprotected. To my knowledge there are only five in service during the day and four at night covering the whole county. Of course, this is nothing new; this information was released already a few months ago and still nothing has changed. Just the other night a kid was having seizures and Jasper had to run the call while our ambulance sat at the ball game. It took Jasper 30 minutes to arrive from what the family said. That’s right, I live in the same area and heard all about it. I’m sure this is one story the hospital does not want all to see.”