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Newton Citizen Poll for March 2, 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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“Now, now, Kelly. You and Dennis settle down attacking the writers.”

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“I applaud Jessica Pierson, Larry McSwain and citizens like Dennis Taylor. They are leading the pack in taking on possible corruption in county government. I would like voters to vote out every incumbent in November. It is time for Newton to have fresh faces in all seats in 2014 and then do the same in 2016. Then maybe the BOC can clean up Chamber of Commerce leadership. They create jobs all the time like the BOC so it must be rubbing off. In the meantime, they said goodbye to 97 Baxter exec employees based on information from their own office. They are awfully proud of themselves and like to pose and smile crooked for the photo ops but they keep Dressing us for Less and Dollar Treeing us up.”

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“Is there any truth to the rumor at the high school Friday that some BOE members are trying to make the central office people go after (a Newton High employee)? True or not? I thought board members did not meddle at this level but at least one keeps digging.”

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“Listening recently to Faux ‘News’ will make you believe the president’s stimulus bill was a failure. Actually, that bill kept us from a deep recession, folks. But Republicans learned a lesson from the stimulus that Democrats didn’t expect: unwavering opposition, distortion, deceit and ridicule actually work, especially when the Democrats don’t put up a fight. The lesson for Democrats seems equally clear: when government works, let the world know about it.”

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“The Old Man would like to discuss teachers because I was a teacher for several years. I’ll talk mainly about me because I know many teachers can relate. When I first went into the classroom I was the boss. If there was any controversy about this the student would go to the dean. No matter what, the teacher was always right. If this didn’t suffice, the teacher was called in. There might have been times (very few) when I (the teacher) might have been a little out of line. The dean still backed me, but we did compromise. Everyone left the dean’s office happy and I was still the boss. I left teaching and went into sales for a few years and then I went back into teaching. What a change. It seems the teacher was always wrong and the student ruled. The principal was afraid of losing his job and going back into the classroom. Most of the time the teacher wasn’t even part of the discussion with the student. The principal wanted to get rid of all of the older teachers because they were a little set in their ways. Although as I talked to many younger teachers, the principal did not care for them if they didn’t think like him. And then there was the Board of Education. They at one time had ice cream socials and other money-making things to help supplement the schools. Later many got on the school board because they had an ax to grind and usually it was against a teacher. The board used to confer with the classroom teachers concerning books and other items relative to their programs. Before I retired I found the board determining what the teacher should teach. At the onset I loved teaching even though I began teaching in the ghettos. I also taught in a junior college. (There I was still boss). Later I moved to a very high class high school and I had a boss who backed everything I did. I feel for those that were caught changing grades. I don’t condone what they did and I guess I will never know why they did it. But things are tough in the classroom with limited discipline and limited support from administration and parents. I am not saying this is true in all schools but … Next time I would like to discuss the police and fire department.”

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“The Newton Chamber of Commerce sounds comically disorganized. Promotions within a month. Nuts.”

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“Well, I was calling about my paper. The first day I was supposed to get it from the mail carrier … guess what, it ain’t showed up!”