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Newton Citizen Poll for June 15, 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 note: comments either for or against candidates seeking elective office are not accepted. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“I think a grand jury should look into the copies made at the Nelson Heights center and look into the BOC itself.”

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“No, do not give Hunter Hall more money for retail recruiting. He is clueless as to how to improve our county from our view. Is it true he is a Morgan County landowner before being a Newton one?”

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“The dime store psychology lawyer is back on the commenting sections. Bless her heapin’ heart.”

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“I looked with interest for the article about the shooting at the Nelson Heights community center on Thursday, June 5. I wanted to comment but noticed it was nowhere to be found. I am interested to know why? I did comment by going to it by means of a Facebook link provided by one of your commenters. News is news, no matter who it involves, and if a politician or anyone else makes the news before an election they shouldn’t expect special treatment. Thank you, Covingtonian.”

Editor’s note: The story is still on our website, although it may have been moved from “Top Stories” when you checked. Here is the link to the story: www.newtoncitizen.com/news/2014/jun/03/gunshots-arguments-break-out-in-wake-of-nelson/

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“I wonder if the citizens of Newton County fully realize how the funding cut proposals by the Newton County commissioners have brought the morale of all Newton County workers to an all-time low. Newton County workers have not had a cost-of-living adjustment in seven years and all of our other benefits have been cut, cut, and cut again to the point that we are far behind what other government agencies offer. All hope that in 2014 the county commissioners would start to recognize the years of Newton County workers’ loyalty, hard work, job education and commitment has been smashed and there is nothing left. There is only gloom and despair. Skilled, experienced employees are leaving in droves for better jobs. No experienced employees are applying. We cannot even attract enough no-experienced entry level minimum skilled applicants to replace the people leaving.”

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“I really think we need more centers like Nelson Heights. But not just in Covington, we can put some out in Newton County. There are plenty of beautiful subdivisions and other areas that would appreciate a place where their children and older adults could go and enjoy themselves. The old folks could play bingo or knit, while the youngsters and their friends from the surrounding counties could just hang out and listen to music and have a real good time. A couple of these places that I know that would welcome these centers would be like River Cove and the area around Nicklaus Circle in east Newton County, and if the city needs another center, a good place would be in the Flat Rock Trail area. And for good measure, maybe we could put some industrial areas in their back yards. I would like to make sure that all our county residents can avail themselves of these centers and industrial benefits. Remember, we can’t have just a few of our selected and special friends enjoying all the prosperity.”

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“I have a few questions and some advice for the Armchair Activists out there who want to sit around and constantly complain about the Newton County School System. How often do you take your child or grandchild to the library? Can you name any of the books on the Summer Required Reading List (found on the library’s website)? What do you actually plan to do (other than complaining) to address issues you see in the school system? I apologize if this sounds harsh, but perhaps more action and less complaining could produce much more results. My advice would be to get involved. Volunteer to shelve books, answer phones, clean cafeteria tables, or help with parking lot duties at one of the local schools. Let your passion turn out to be something productive for the community and the school system, and we will all be the better for it.”

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“I have an idea for Nelson Heights. A ‘bounce dat politician’ event and we bounce Schulz and Maddox for wanting high millage. Are they involved in family businesses in Newton? Bounce Turner to Savannah permanently since we paid for that dumb BOE to party there this week, and we bounce the mayor and his trolley back to Alpharetta.”

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“What the heck is up in transportation at NCSS where a wonderful employee seems to be on leave pending the board attorney’s review? Is NCSS discriminating against age of employees?”

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“I want more info on Schulz and Morgan and the minority contractor who walked away leaving mechanics liens on NSP homes. Was federal money used in compliance with law and is anything criminal going on or went on here?”

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“I think people worry too much about trying to ID who calls this Poll and too little about investigating whether some of it may be true. We’re not in Kansas anymore, oh but we did bounce Dennis near there didn’t we?”

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“Doug Holt, please stop your columns. They are condescending and annoying. So glad you are soon gone.”

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“Turn the community centers into Dollar Generals and maybe Hunter can ring his bell.”

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“I think Keith Ellis is a weak leader.”

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“The more I hear Keith Ellis talk at BOC the more I get the feeling he just needed a job when he ran for BOC chair. Limit his term in 2016.”

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“Just do not get all these crazy job titles at the Chamber. For a county of 100k people with no ocean, no huge lake, no real attractions for our parked trolley, why do taxpayers have to fund these useless Chamber jobs that are often duplicative? …”

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“In Doug Holt’s column about ‘what is that lawmaker saying’ he forgot to say that thank God he is saying ‘Goodbye!’”

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“Can someone check the receipts next week to make sure we are not paying for school board luxuries in Savannah this week? Remember Turner’s $2K trip to DC a few years ago? We need to know what is being paid for on our dollar and if we are paying for family member hotels.”

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“I want to know more about the ORRs Dennis Taylor requested.”

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“I think it is awful that the tuitions keep rising at colleges and in return service is worse.”

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“So Obama cries about gun outlaws. Well, maybe if he wasn’t such a lawless prez others would respect laws. Public schools brainwash students to be liberal. Your best investment in life and America is to get your kids to private schools even if you have to take on part-time work. Shutting down or severely cutting funds to public schools should be priority. Waste is rampant. Just take the massive dollars for example Alcovy has spent on juice, candy and snacks at Title I meetings. That is federal tax money we all pay for.”

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“So how will the board vote if Fuhrey asks for a contract extension on July 22.”

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“WSB just reported Georgia has most unsafe schools for students and teachers in the nation. Can we see local school crime stats please?”

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“The sorry BOC does need to lower property taxes and remove Chamber leadership and shut down Nelson Heights. I cannot believe how tone deaf they are acting like the JC thugfest is not just cause for swift action. .. ”

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“I had to laugh when I read the June 11, 2014, Newton Citizen story ‘BOC mulls millage rate and bonuses.’ I have classmates from school and friends from civic organizations who work for the Newton County Fire and Sheriff’s departments. Six or seven years ago when the recession hit, the Newton County Board of Commissioners made a conscious decision to make Newton County employees shoulder the economic burden of the recession by laying off employees from every department to form a bare minimum skeleton force staffing level. Many talented and experienced employees were laid off and many other remaining skilled and educated employees saw the writing on the wall and fled as opportunity arose. Commissioners continued cuts by slashing the remaining skeleton force employees’ pay by over 7 percent via five furlough days, plus they took away all 10 traditionally paid holidays. Thanksgiving Day, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years are words still not heard in county offices. The Newton County commissioners did not stop there. They continued cutting by scraping the county’s modest retirement system and eliminated all superior work performance incentives, educational pay, and degraded the insurance plan to force increased employee costs for health care and prescription costs, in some instances by 800 to 900 percent. The end result was that long-serving, highly trained employees left Newton County in droves, only to be replaced by young inexperienced employees who, once trained, left soon too. The Newton County Internet website has continually open applications for Fire Service Firefighters, Deputy Sheriff’s and Detention Officers because they cannot attract and hire enough minimum level employees to replace the qualified trained employees who are resigning. Now the county commissioners want to spend tens of thousands of new budget dollars on metal detectors for ‘extra security measures’ when the new gun laws come into effect July 1, 2014. Guess what, commissioners, from what I hear, there are no experienced qualified applicants to man current positions. Who do you think will man your metal detectors?”