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Newton Citizen Poll for May 11, 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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“In 2006, Aaron Brooks ran for the same Georgia House seat he is running for now, but as a Libertarian. He leads the Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance which is a group of Libertarians. Yet he says he is running as a Republican. When did this leopard change his spots? Remember this when you vote for the person to represent you in East Newton and Morgan Counties: Libertarians are for no drug laws, abortion and gay marriage. I don’t think the people of this area support those ideas and don’t want a state representative who does.”

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“Just finished reading the May 4th Newton Citizen Poll (and laughing hysterically). Mr. Meadors really needs to do a better job disguising his submissions. Surely he could make a better effort by taking a creative writing class at Perimeter or something. Until then, the Citizen should at least give him a byline when they run the Poll.”

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“This week’s Newton Citizen headlines announced ‘Teacher pay raises priority for NCSS budget’ and explains that the school board does not want to lose good teachers due to salaries. Past Newton Citizen stories explained how Rockdale County had restructured their retirement system to a defined benefit plan to remain competitive. Then there was the Newton Citizen story of how even during this year’s restricted budget, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office was proudly announcing a pay increases and pay incentive package to attract and retain quality staff. And the city of Covington, of course, has consistently maintained a much higher level of pay and benefits than Newton County because they recognize that hiring the better qualified people, and training and retaining them, is how you raise the quality and the level of service to citizens. Newton County Commissioners, through their actions, have demonstrated that they do not care about retaining trained and educated customer service driven personnel. Newton County Commissioners pay just enough salary and benefits to attract GED-type people that they can easily control and that will keep their mouths shut. The extra money the commissioners save can be used for special pork barrel projects.”

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“Based on his columns and Poll entries, it appears poor ol’ Mr. Meadors suffers from a lifelong chip on his shoulder from never being asked to sit at the cool kids’ table. Bless his heart.”

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“Thank you Newton Citizen for switching to mail delivery. All these years I’ve thought I had a fungus in my yard, but now that the paper comes to the box instead, I’ve realized it was just Jeff Meadors’ column all this time. Thank you!”