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Newton Citizen Poll for April 20, 2014

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. Please remember, the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments in favor of or in opposition to any candidate seeking election to office. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“I do not get why a school employee and 30 others are playing basketball with drugs on premises and a firearm at one of our elementary schools that taxpayers own? Has NCSS lost all control? What has become of this system that now led by majority Democrats has stopped doing prayers. Godless full-of-crime schools.”

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“No, no, no, to letting our schools be out of control with late-night basketball and drugs and even a gun. NCSS is failing all of us.”

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“Why would any of us go listen to Fuhrey at some educator summit talk from her NEA union talking points. Her central office thugs keep downloading crap for us to do so we cannot teach. We are waiting to see who she appoints to NHS now the search is over … . Government schools are the pits here.”

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“I would never put my children back in Newton schools. They are full of nepotism and crime and drugs and stay below state on success measures. Do your child a favor and home school or use a public cyber school like Provost academy or Georgia Cyber or Georgia Connections or go like we did to private school. Your child stands better chances in today’s world of success by leaving NCSS, and I used to teach in them.”

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“I read it but did not believe, but video shows it to be true. The BOE chair halted a BOE meeting to Tweet out a photo. Is this crazy town?”

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“From Mitt Romney’s ‘corporations are people’ to the Paul Ryan budget, which slashes domestic spending for the middle class and poor while giving exorbitant tax breaks to corporations and the rich, the GOP serves primarily as the handmaiden to corporate power. Therein are the roots of the GOP’s slide towards outright fascism. Neo-Cons are those politicians such as Ted Cruz who are trying to hasten the degeneration of our country. The author of our Constitution wanted a strong federal government to prevent just this chaos. Corporations saw the Republicans — already business-friendly — as the perfect vehicle to forward a more radical view of private corporate power. The other aspects of fascism are there: the nationalism, the sexism, the scapegoating of the ‘Other,’ the attempt to control elections. All of these are major aspects of the fascist program, but all serve as fuel for the engine of corporate control. Without the corporate money that greases Republican politics, the GOP might still be a relatively responsible conservative party. But the corporatists, the segregationists, and the social conservatives saw racism and code words as their opportunity to take over a political party, and they seized it. Recall Nixon and his Southern Strategy? What about Reagan with his fake sunny smile claiming that corporations are good — government is bad? They would have fit well on the last Republican primary’s clown car.”

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