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Newton Citizen Poll for Feb. 16, 2014

The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments and opinions 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 want to voice my support for Covington Municipal Court Judge Steve Hathorn, who basically was forced to resign his position because of comments he made to some defendants in his court. I imagine that what he said was out of frustration with dealing with defendants who, again and again, make bad decisions and then show no interest in doing what is necessary to change the track they are on. So it is politically incorrect to point out the obvious fact to someone that his/her own bad actions are going to negatively impact his/her future? Come on, does anyone really believe that pointing out this truth is a bad thing?”

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“This past week I witnessed my second serious car accident of this school year on U.S. Highway 278 in front of Peachtree Academy. Why no school zone sign? The lack of any sort of acknowledgement that there is school traffic in the area is extremely unsafe for all drivers, not to mention parents, students and visitors to the school for sports and other events.”

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“So sad to hear that Covington Municipal Court Judge Steven Hathorn put his foot squarely in his mouth yet again. As a black male who is 60 years of age and raised in the area I understand his frustration but cannot condone what was said. I try to look at all sides of an issue and I do agree with the judge when he is quoted as saying that ‘young black people in our society are still disadvantaged.’ Society as a whole has deteriorated and will continue to do so if Bible prophecy is to be believed. We have people from all over the Earth and other states within the U.S. that we use to read about, committing atrocities in other places in the news, who are now our neighbors and we are having to contend with them and in many instances their untrained, violent and ignorant (meaning uneducated) children. Many have black skin color but are not from this country. There is much that could be written as to why there is a disproportionate amount of people of color in our penal systems, but that isn’t why I comment. Judge Hathorn, in my opinion, showed a lack of discretion and sound judgment in his comments directed toward people of color on at least two separate occasions and a lack of forethought in expressing himself, even up to his resignation comments. I would not feel that I could be judged impartially by this man after what has taken place recently. City of Oxford I hope you’re listening.”

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“To the city of Covington leaders and Newton County government officials: After the severe weather we’ve already had and any possible future threats has anyone considered a local emergency radio channel? This would be a channel that county residents could tune in for reports on road closings, school closings or any type of emergencies that affect the county at large. I have approached officials with the local radio station WGFS 1430 am on a couple of occasions about some local airtime but quite frankly there are many drawbacks that don’t make this feasible. Just an idea.”

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“Sounds like Newton lost a great judge who really advocated and cared for black youth and all youth really. Too bad. Now maybe someone won’t cut them any breaks. Who keeps attacking the BOE members? It is old. If you look back at minutes every board member has missed a meeting — closed or open — or been tardy, so give it a rest dude or dudette. The real problem in the schools is low achievement and no one wants to move here because of them. Most people pay no attention to the school board; it’s the results that matter. Crush your sour grapes into wine — not whine.”

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“Seems the Chamber of Commerce in Newton has backwards leadership. Murphy says out loud that 10 of 98 Baxter exec families are moving here and then they launch this listening event. Why didn’t you listen 10 years ago when the Baxter embers began burning and bring quality biz here then instead of tattoo parlors, tire sellers on Highway 278, fast food crap and a Dollar Tree for every oak tree? Bass ackwards.”

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“For a news channel that squawks all the time about those poor big corporations and how their liberties are being stepped on by everything from the ACA to gun safety laws, they sure know how to go out of tune on CVS’ decision to quit selling tobacco products. Fox News responded to the announcement that CVS would no longer sell cigarettes by criticizing the pharmacy chain and leveling attacks at President Obama and Obamacare after he expressed support for the company’s decision. As if on cue, Fox News responded to Obama’s praise by manufacturing a controversy over the CVS decision. Gretchen Carlson approached the CVS decision with suspicion and a remarkably uninformed premise, asking, ‘Is it OK legally … to restrict tobacco availability in a private store like this?’ She questioned her guests as to whether they would continue shopping at CVS and observed that, ‘For people who smoke, you know, they have a right to buy cigarettes. It’s not illegal.’ I guess liberty only matters if it means opposing the president.”

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“To the person that made this comment, ‘Does anyone care that Covington Police Officer Brian LaMacchio tasered a 13-year-old boy in the back on Christmas Day? 13 years old. He was with an 11-year-old. The United States Department of Justice should investigate.’ Why did you not state that there was a gun involved and that the outcome could have been much worse if not for the restraint of that officer. I’m sure the parents of those children were very happy of the outcome. Get your facts before you make such a comment!”

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“Why is it that only a handful of citizens are concerned with what is happening in Mansfield? Every meeting, the mayor and council say they believe government should be open, but their words and actions disagree. In January alone they had three closed meetings. In one called public meeting, an agenda item was to discuss and vote on a settlement agreement. Actually, all the discussion was done in a closed meeting and they did not publicly state what they were voting on. When asked about it at the next meeting, the mayor danced around, saying it was done in closed session and it was confidential. After further pressing, she only stated that it was a personnel matter. All I have to say is, if you pay taxes and utilities in Mansfield, you’d better get involved or else don’t complain when those bills start going through the roof to pay for the mayor’s mistakes!”

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“I read the story by Aimee Jones ‘Juveniles find beaten man on side of street’ in Tuesday’s Newton Citizen 2/11/14. In this story she quotes a juvenile as saying, ‘Jessie was the one that beat him up.’ Later in the story she writes that the juvenile told police that Jessie told them as they passed on a path through a wooded area ‘There’s a cracker laying in the woods that’s been beat up.’ I find it offensive that this word ‘cracker’ was used to portray a white man. If the race of the victim were changed would the story have contained the offensive name for a black person? How about any person of another race? Japanese, Chinese, racists have offensive names for them all. Jones writes in the article that these words were written in the report. I ask the same question, is this how a white person is described by Newton County police in their reports?”