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Newton Citizen Poll for March 9, 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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“This is in reference to the three teenage girls who have returned home after much resources were expended to locate them and ensure no harm had befallen them. According to the news article, no criminal charges against the girls are expected however, NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison said that investigators who had been in contact with two of the girls and their families had advised them to go to Juvenile Court when they were ready to return. I sincerely hope that this means that these girls will be under some court supervision until they become adults unless there was something going on in each of their homes that made their staying in the home dangerous physically, emotionally or mentally. The latter is unlikely because DFACS likely would be involved. Also the statement that none of the girls has been forthcoming about where they have been or who they have been with could be significant. Sgt. Morrison says finally, ‘The important thing now is that they have been found safe and unharmed.’ I agree, but, it is just as important that if any are found to be nothing more than unruly teens, the court should exercise as much compassion to them as these girls showed to their families by their just choosing to vanish.”

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“It’s great that the city of Covington is updating their personnel policies, but they may want to look into all the wasted time/taxpayer dollars that are spent on needless overtime. There are several projects and work that are done after hours and on weekends that could be done during regular hours, and done by employees who are not at the top of the pay scale.”

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“First of all, I would like to say thank you to the workers of Oxford, they really do a good job. The streets stay very clean and they keep the grass cut, it is very a nice. I give the employees an ‘A’ for good work. But one spot stands out on Highway 81 where the new College dorms are being built. The workers park their pick-up trucks across the street in a vacant lot. There are old trees that have rotted down and fallen. The lot has grown up really bad and it is really an eyesore for Oxford. They need to clean the lot up and send the bill the owner of the lot.”