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Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 24, 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. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“Much has been made of reports that Russian military aircraft have penetrated U.S. airspace 16 times recently. But the so-called incursions aren’t a violation of any treaty, national border or military agreement, according to federal defense officials. Russian military aircraft training in the Northwest Pacific Ocean near Alaska have caused North American Air Defense officials to scramble fighter jets to check them out recently. But the aircraft have not penetrated U.S. airspace, according to John Cornelio, NORAD’s deputy director of public affairs. Same thing happened during the administrations of Nixon, St. Ronnie, and both Bushies. When you see their names together, you realize just why right wingers so aggressively persecute Democratic administrations. If you don’t know just how bad those Republican presidents were, you need to turn off Rush and Faux ‘News’ and read any of several well-documented books on the topic of their real agendas. Mittens ‘Corporations are people, my friend’ Romney is just what Koch brothers and their ilk wanted. Republicans are already trying to impeach Hillary and she hasn’t even been elected yet!”

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“Having served on a controversial committee here in Newton County I think it is important to share something about this forum. Please know that groups get together and ask people to send in their comments, for or against a topic, person, group. Not to say this is always the case but I do feel that when we constantly see the same topics, people, groups being attacked by the posts that this is a few people doing this or a very aggressive group trying to annihilate someone or something. They then ask a few people to send in several posts. Having been there, I firmly believe this. Now, I also expect to see many ‘comments’ about how this is not true and that it is just a lot of folks feeling the same way. That could be the case, but ask yourself, ‘How many people do I know who actually send in comments?’”

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“Where did the $250,000 for the 2050 Plan of taxpayers’ money go? What did it pay for its time for an audit or a recall of commissioners for lack of oversight.”

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“Congratulation Republicans of Newton County. The 2050 Plan will give the Democrats a lock on the county 2024 forever!!! So can we rename it the 2024 Plan? Hope you in the east can play Democratic politics because that what it will take to get anything over there.”

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“If we put all the growth on the west side of the county, won’t the county capsizes into the South River? No 2050! Yes to liberty.”

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“Who put the shag carpet in the Civic Center we paid for with SPLOST money? It’s time code enforcement writes a citation for tall grass and gives it to the BOC.”

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“Can we get our own county in the west Newton? I tiered of the BOC messing up our area of the county. We need to control our destiny. Stop 2050!”

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“I started to cut all 22 oak trees down in my yard before the 2050 Plan is voted on so I will not need a permit. Anyone need firewood?”

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“It’s time for the Newton County Grand Jury to look into the $250,000 the Center got for the 2050 Plan.”

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“No, we won’t have all of these new cities popping up because of the 2050 Plan …we will have existing towns annexing land from the county into them. Ellis and Hunter Hall live on the east side of the county so I’m sure they want to keep it as is, which is fine with me as I live over here too, but I have less than 2 acres. I just don’t like being told what color paint and what kind of windows can be used which is also part of the 2050 plan! Both Ellis and Hall were in the building/subdivision/development business prior to their existing jobs … humm.”

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“Take the funding from the Center tell them to find real jobs. and take the next $250,000 and pave a road.”

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“Hunter needs to go no more funds from Newton County taxpayers until he goes.”

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“Ever wonder what politicians in Newton County paid there fines? Go to http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Search/Late/Late_ByName.aspx and find out. Get the checkbooks out guys Gov. Deal needs your money.”

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“Ole Eddie Johnson seemed kinda pouty so I wonder is he mad he has not got his way at all in a long time with who gets jobs? Word on the street say so, oh my gracious. Maybe he can turn his farmyard into a landing field for planes like the one that landed there before and he can hitch a ride and leave Newton. He is an embarrassment to this school system.”

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“So I was told that the NCCA job went to the right guy and the only internal candidate bottomed out, just plain bombed the interview. Supports what we know we have weak leaders on the inside.”

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“Hard to believe some bored, useless wonk whines about a columnist being photographed last week. Get off your EBT backside and do something good for our community and maybe your whiney self will get pictured too.”

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“Thank you dear Lord for the school system not hiring anyone at NCCA to replace Mr. Woodard. They have been getting the principal hirings right for a while, thank goodness.”

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“I think Eddie Johnson should go back to driving a bus.”

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“So they could hear Eddie Johnson screaming through the BOE walls last night and then they say one left and Johnson came out looking sweaty and confused. Settle down…, dust off that chip on your shoulder.”

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“West Newton, we know who is not looking out for us. Sims and Shultz need to go and put a true Community Leader in. Repeal the Salem and Almon overlays. No more growth sent to the eastside. No TDR’s. No 2050. Yes to six lanes on Salem Road like the community voted for seven years ago.”

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“I guess Shakila Henderson-Baker did not find the Career Academy vote significant. She did not show up for the whole meeting.”

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“Paschal, take your smart growth ideas and crawl into your hole.”

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“Well, we dodged a big one here at NCCA where not one trainer or associate has any respect for current admins that I know of. Thank you, Coggin and Meadors for making us breathe a sigh of relief! Whew!”

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“Tuesday night, the Newton County Commission voted to keep the 2050 Plan alive and well. In spite of the best efforts of the 1st District Commissioner, the full commission voted 3-2 to continue to spend money, time and effort on a failed plan that is wildly unpopular in Newton County. Commissioner J.C. Henderson voted with Commissioner Douglas to kill the plan while Commissioners Maddox, Schulz and Sims voted to keep the plan alive. Now the plan belongs to those commissioners who voted to save it. They alone are responsible for its survival and any future money spent on it. Commissioner Sims faces the voters in November while Maddox and Schulz face the voters in 2016. These are the same commissioners who have voted to raise property taxes for the past two years. See a pattern of bigger, more intrusive government? It should be very clear by now who is for the people of Newton County and who is not.”

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“Thank you to the many courteous and patient drivers along U.S. Highway 278 on school days. Slowing down to allow cars move in and out of Peachtree Academy is greatly appreciated. Your kindness is a help to everyone who uses that road on their way to and from school. May your good deeds become contagious! And a thank you to all at the school as well as to Keith Ellis for their diligence, which led to the placement of school zone signs this past week.”

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“Thank goodness we have one county commissioner in Newton County who cares about individual rights, less government interference and how this county spends its money. Commissioner Douglas stands alone in those areas and once again has shown the other commissioners how to represent a district. He is a lonely voice now but he will not be alone after the others go through another election.”

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“What credentials does Smart Growth president Jon Paschal really have? Outside of only recently moving here compared to us who go back generations, who is he to be schooling anyone on growth? We have empty school buildings, sitting, rotting eyesores. Jon, go scrub those down, that would be smart.”

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“Please vote Levie Maddox out of office next time!”

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“Can the paper tell us what we as taxpayers pay Hunter Hall?”

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“Are there tax liens against Tommy Craig at the courthouse?”

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“Nancy Schulz makes my stomach turn.”

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“I do not trust Almond Turner.”

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“Is there any relationship between Almond Turner on the school board and the career academy counselor with the same surname?”

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“I just watched two school board meetings and have to ask. Is Eddie Johnson literate?”

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“Is there any way to know if the only internal candidate for the career academy CEO job was the bottom choice? If so, doesn’t say too much for Newton school admins. I guess showing up at the BOE building in the deputy superintendent’s office the morning after Woodard announced could be perceived as an unwise career move.”