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Newton Citizen Poll for June 22, 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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“We do not need a Hub overlay. Residents oppose it so keep pushing and you all will end up like Eric Cantor.”

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“Do we really trust a BOC like ours with an eastside overlay? No, we do not. Have you watched these clowns the last year or so?”

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“Chris Smith, use your own freakin’ money to buy land steals. …”

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“Central Office is so calm with the school board in Savannah this week. The problem is while achievement stinks, they plan to raise millage this summer. … Demand receipts for each of them and see who all stayed in taxpayer funded hotel rooms.”

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“Put the Hub overlay to a District 1 vote. We oppose this mess.”

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“So as a county employee I sweat, I bleed, I work in weather that prisoners are not allowed to work in. I scrape pennies to feed my family and I scrape dimes to buy gas, just to skip lunch while at work. I work 40-plus hours a week, just to be broke before the check clears the account. I do this while representing the county patch. I represent all county workers. I work representing the commissioners who sign my check. And this, Keith Ellis, is how you repay us. You have failed. You have suctioned to how you are to get votes. Well I hope your friend JC works out for you. Cause the big wooden door at the courthouse going to bust your a on the way out. If you can’t lead then get out the way.”

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Doug Holt gives me the creeps. Does he really think in his arrogance that his support of a candidate matters a flip?”

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“Please do an ORR on the expenses of school board members and who we paid for in their hotel rooms and meals from their Savannah trip. …”

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“Why is there no coverage of the thousands of Nelson Heights copies made during this election cycle?”

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“The ugly, negative comments in the Newton Citizen Poll will certainly discourage anyone from, 1. moving here, 2. starting a business here, or 3. moving their company here if read beyond the confines of this county. Think about that the next time you spew your vitriol.”

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“Ask Ronnie Johnston how much Hollywood has made on the trolley or is it a loss already?”

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“Citizens are opposed to the 2050 Plan. Kill it now!”

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“Imagine you are a stockholder in a local corporation in the 1990s. The company grew and grew as its customer base steadily expanded due to a regional economic boom. This growth continued for decades, with little or no effort by the part of the company’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors were friends with many stockholders as they were members of the same civic groups, churches and school organizations. More and more revenue continued to come in and there were excess profits to invest. As the company grew and prospered, individual directors received more and more requests from individuals and groups of constituents seeking company funds to support special interest programs. Directors received praise and re-election funding from these special interest groups as they agreed to ‘help’ and gradually the directors began to identify with and promote the special interest groups who supported them. At first this was not a problem as there were abundant excess funds and little opposition. Without warning, a major recession occurred and revenues sharply declined. The Board of Directors responded by implementing cost-cutting policies. Instead of approaching the cuts in a measured manner based on the company’s business model, the Board of Directors implemented policies aimed at cutting the maximum number of dollars, while protecting their special interest friends’ projects. The Board of Directors became a Special Constituent Interest (Pork Barrel) Protectorate. The fundamental reason the company was formed was discarded to protect and fund the Special Interest Groups the Board of Commissioners now serve. County Departments such as Planning and Zoning, the District Attorney’s Office, the Road Department, the Fire Service Department, the Tax Office, the Sheriff’s Department, the Superior Court, the Magistrate Court, the Probate Court Clerk, the Tag Office, the Juvenile Court , and all the rest become secondary. Special interest projects such as the Nelson Heights and Washington Street Community Centers received extra funding, Mort Ewing’s $1.2 million Agriculture ‘Cow Palace’ had huge set aside cash stockpile with no building plan of purpose documented, a $1-plus million Newton County Fine Arts Center that was to be partially private funding agreement collapsed and is in limbo. The list goes on and on. Then there is the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, who keeps coming to the county demanding more and more tax dollars to fund and support their for-profit interests to pay their employees big salaries. It is never ending.”

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“Obamacare can only improve USA health care. The news this week (not on Faux ‘News’) is we rank 11th among the developed nations. We rank 38th worldwide! The USA is the wealthiest country on the planet so every citizen should have access to the best health care system in the world. It makes no sense for Republicans to conspire to sabotage the Affordable Care Act instead of working together to improve the quality of health care for all Americans. It’s important to note that one reason for America’s lag is our historic absence of universal health coverage. But the data for the report was collected before the full implementation of Obamacare, which dramatically expanded health insurance, so it’s possible that the U.S. may rise in future rankings. Let’s hope so — it’s embarrassing! Especially when right-wing politicians who know better broadcast to their constituents that Obamacare is ‘messing up’ the best health care system in the world. The USA does not have the best health care, just the most expensive.”

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“Newton County (stinks) and has degenerated into drunks ending up at Micky Dees when they don’t like tacos and DUIs and vehicular homicides and shootings and taxpayer-funded centers saturated with drugs and thugs who can make this place better? No one; you have to move.”

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“Can we get the prisoners to pick up trash on Highway 278?”

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“Shame on Nancy Schulz wanting to raise taxes. The whole county is at poverty level, lady! Douglas is right. Lower the millage below 11 and return money to landowners or we will get the hell out and let it all become DeKalb East!”

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“With Republicans like Levie Maddox, who needs elections? Might as well vote Democratic.”

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“We have a dishonest BOC in Newton who told us last year when they raised taxes they would lower millage in less than two years and only Douglas is keeping his word.”

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“A shout out to Baxter recruits, even the hotels in Newton are crime-ridden and full of drugs. Go east, young men, keep going east!”