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Newton Citizen Poll for June 8, 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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“I do not understand why the school board allows Eddie Johnson to act like he do at the meetings.”

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“Ronnie Johnston and the Chamber maids need to tell us an update on the Covington Movie Star trolley. Is it working for ya?”

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“Holler fer ye dollar and welcome Hunter Hall, who I call the grand chamber daddy of dollar trees and tattoo parlors and title loan shops. Thanks a lot!”

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“Eddie Johnson, please keep your mouth closed during board meetings. In fact, all of you sound like the most UNeducated board of EDucation in Georgia. Who in hell came up with the idea to tape these meetings and share them on FB. No one will move here after watching this.”

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“The city of Covington police has not added any extra police officers in years. There are more businesses, crime and traffic. They don’t need to hire extra officers. The Police Department is too top heavy. The sergeants and lieutenants and captains do not do anything. They don’t go on the road or help the officers. Make the supervisors go on the road. … ”

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“I hope the school board … keeps up with their receipts when they all go to Savannah this month on our dime. Who is paying for the Pirate’s House dinner they squawk over?”

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“I agree with the lady complaining about CPD not getting out of their chairs. Lazy cops and chiefs at CPD.”

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“I do not understand to save my life why Eddie Johnson runs wild at public meetings and the chair nor any of them put an end to it. Our schools look terrible with the bad behavior on display.”

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“I find JC Henderson and Keith Ellis shameful with this vulgar twerking party mess at Nelson Heights. We just gave eight thousand taxpayer bucks to this mess approved by the BOC earlier this year. Newton County is going to the dogs!”

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“Hey Ronnie Johnston, does your Hollywood trolley stop at Nelson Heights for twerking?”

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“We have school board members who cannot speak correct English. Horrible examples.”

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“Midnight basketball at Fairview results in arrests and a school employee gone, and twerking gangsta at the taxpayer-funded Nelson Heights. Where does this fit into the awesome 2050 plan?”

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“Can we do a Twerknic Festival on the Square? Hunter can ring his chamber bell to open the event.”

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“I was astonished to read of how the taxpayer-funded Nelson Heights Community Center was recently used (abused) by parents who rented it for a ‘graduation party,’ but in fact let out-of-control teens conduct a ‘twerking’ party. For those who don’t know that word, it is when teen girls turn their backs to the audience, poke out their bottoms and shake them as hard as they can. It’s a vulgar display no parent should encourage or allow their daughters to participate in. Three problems arise from the event: the parents who reserved Nelson Heights lied about its use, the party was allowed to go on even with a county commissioner present and there were many racist comments that followed the online article. Those parents should be banned from ever renting the facility again, the commissioner should have shown good judgment and leadership and stopped the event, and to those racist bloggers, it was two white commissioners who provided the votes that allowed the center to be funded and opened. Be careful who you throw mud at.”

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“I am so sick of Doug Holt’s columns and am glad he is soon gone, but when he endorsed a non-Newton candidate, he did his ultimate smack-down of the county that paid to clear snow from his driveway under Kathy Morgan. Good riddance!”

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“Newton County has descended to hell. Twerking parties sponsored by at least $8K of taxpayer money as pompous BOC officials just let it happen, and a school board that votes on racial lines while city council goes realtor, buying steals. Who is gonna help Chief Cotton fight the thugs and gangs and twerks and gunfire? Get off your butts, CPD and BOC and clean this … up!”

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“Republican voters are so uninformed they will believe anything. One of the favorite memes of the right these days is that ‘Gas prices have more than doubled since Obama took office.’ Now, while that is technically correct it is also highly misleading. It’s true that in January 2009, when Obama was sworn into office, the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. was an artificially low $1.61. But that was a direct result of the massive recession we were living through at that time. What the right won’t tell you is that, just six months earlier, in the summer of 2008, the price of a gallon of gas peaked at $4.11. The highest price so far under Obama has been around $3.90 per gallon - about 20 cents less than it was under Bush and of course the economy is much better now.”

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“I am ashamed to live in Covington city limits. Hell on earth.”

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“Sarah Palin has once again embarrassed herself (granted it’s not hard for her to do and happens quite frequently) by posting about the ‘zombie apocalypse’ our government is apparently using tax dollars to prepare for. Recently, Palin posted on Facebook: ‘As unbelievable as it sounds, your tax dollars are funding the federal government’s Zombie Apocalypse Plan. I kid you not. (Google it; it really is the strangest thing. It’s not like government isn’t trillions in debt and wasting billions of your dollars everyday…but I digress.)’ Well, perhaps it sounds unbelievable – because it is. What really happened was in 2011 the Centers for Disease Control decided to ‘spice up’ their annual message about preparing for real disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters by playing up on the ‘zombie apocalypse’ joke that was fairly big. Essentially what they did was ask the hypothetical, ‘How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?’ question, followed by outlining real things people should do in case of an actual realistic emergency. Again, you would have to be quite possibly one of the most gullible people on the planet to really believe that the government was spending taxpayer dollars to prepare for a fictional attack by zombies. Yet Sarah Palin, the tea party darling and the person many of them want to run for president, actually believed this nonsense was real and succeeded in convincing many of her followers. Just when you think this woman’s stupidity can’t get any more laughable – all you need to do is just wait for the next time she says or does anything. And just think, she could have been a heartbeat away from being president had this country foolishly elected Sen. McCain. Who is worse — Sarah or Michele Bachmann?”

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“I think Hollywood South, aka Covington, (throw up in mouth) is perfect for filming ‘The Real Twerkers of Newton County aka Bounce dat A.’”

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“Phillips says we have seen an upswing in retail: Dollar General and pizza and beer. Oh, and a twerking palace at Nelson Heights.”

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“I read the article about the ruckus at JC’s favorite hangout and had to laugh when I got to the end. I think Stacey Cotton is the last person that needs to be expressing public concern over the behavior of a public official. Methinks the chief should look in the mirror and remember his own personal and professional baggage.”

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“I would not call Burnette’s departure from Alcovy a step down, rather step aside. The school thankfully got rid of some weak admins this year in the opinion of many.”

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“Seriously, can it get worse in Newton? Thanks, JC, for the twerking shame you brought us. Now it is clear to me why legislators in Atlanta mock Newton County as idiots and thugs. Why has no fellow commissioner spoken out against this taxpayer-funded shameful mess?”

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“Newton County, its Chamber, its trolley and horrible elected bodies is abominable!”

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“Maybe the Covington Police Department needs to move their base to Nelson Heights and get Turner out of the school system and focused on his job to help active officers in the field out?”

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“Can your paper elaborate on the very convincing argument Dennis Taylor is making about thousands of copies made at Nelson Heights through his ORR and tell us are we paying for this and are these campaign copies?”

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“Keith Ellis, do not even dream of getting my GOP vote in 2016, and Levie, you too.”

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“’Twerking.’ ‘Bounce Dat A ’ party involving gangs, guns and drugs at the Newton County Commission’s Nelson Heights Community Center. Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was on hand to see that the event went out of control and degraded to a melee. Wow … your and my tax dollars at work.”

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“Newton County employees have not had a cost of living increase in seven years and their benefits keep getting cut. Newton County employees are paid far less than city of Covington and other government employees and as a result the turnover rate is out of sight. Now the city of Covington is asking the county commission for $400,000 to fund operations and another position at the 911 Center. And the Chamber of Commerce wants county tax dollars to pay a retail recruiter! Experienced and trained county employees are voting with their feet and leaving Newton County in record numbers to work at institutions that value their service. New, inexperienced employees are hired and as soon as they are trained they leave, too.”

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“Newton County Commissioner and Nelson Heights board of directors Chairman J.C. Henderson was present at the county-owned community center during the twerk party that turned into a two-hour series of calls where police had to break up gang activity. Things are out of control.”

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“I would like Nancy Schulz to explain under oath what she knows about the minority contractor who walked off on NSP homes leaving mechanics liens. Was federal money used in compliance? What is in the presentment to the grand jury surrounding this?”

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“Here we go again. I am calling in regards to the boxes being full at the local recycling centers. Now, instead of the boxes being full on the weekends, in regards to Sunday afternoons, they are being full all during the week. What was the Board of Commissioners doing to get this problem resolved? Why is it so hard for the landfill management to get the boxes emptied for the citizens to use? As a taxpayer I feel we are not getting the best service we can in regards to the recycling centers being full on continuous basis.”