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John 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Judges: Expansion needed soon

If the court rooms are only used 170 days per year & there are about 222 work days per year after discounting holidays and a liberal amount for vacation time, that equals 76.6% utilization. Some one LOGICALLY explain what is the urgency to spend $7 to 15 million and probably more??? or would it be much more efficent to just hire another judge or two to get close to 100% utilization of what we already have and are paying the heating & cooling bill of empty rooms. Makes sense from here.

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John 7 months, 4 weeks ago on Judges: Expansion needed soon

If the need more seating capacity, why don't these judges find a suitable spot in and around the Square where the can have a Georgia first courtroom tailgate style party to handle all the needed crowd overflow - pipe in some close circuit TV, buy 3 or 4 big screen TVs at Wal-mart and they are good to go. They could rent spaces and when they collect enough money to buy the furnishings, fixtures, etc to the tune of an additional approximate $2.9 to $8 million etc.

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John 7 months, 4 weeks ago on Newton ACT averages still below state, nation

"Effecting improvement over time" does not really help todays high school students some will graduate next year that are about to graduate. This comment reminds me of an old Four Tops song "It's The Same Old Song" and that is what the last NCSS super said but at least the pay check didn't bounce.

Just my opinion to get the most out of the 180 day school year simply cut out the "year around approach to the school year those 9 day breaks (two weekends and M-F) is a deterrent to the students learning ability - no doubt teachers have to spend a few extra days when the student come back reviewing what was covered the week before the break - a waste of class room time. Additionally, starting a school year in early August in the Deep South is not the best idea - those typically warm & muggy rides on those school buses are not a good way to start out the mornings and even hotter going home. Students (and the rest of us) learn more as they are more alert when it is cooler (this year is atypical). Plus, it doesn't teach students what to expect in life after high school whether it is going to college or in to the job market. My final comment it is a total inconvience to those with the youngest students and provides way too much idle and unsupervised time for those where both parents work, especially if the have a drivers license - idle hands is the devils work shop - so I was taught. The only benefit for these breaks are for teachers & admin folks - but they chose their careers.

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John 8 months ago on To our subscribers...

And now no Citizen Poll for August 25, 2013 - not a good track record for a recent award winning publication - Hmmmm!
Maybe key staff is still celebrating.

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John 8 months ago on More than $420k spent locally on Miracle Field

Newton county - does offer theraputic activites for many of the citizens - just frequently visit the Recreational Complex on Turner lake - there are exercise activites for seniors, daily there are walkers on the upper track around the basket ball courts, used to see a elderly lady walk around the basket ball course with her walker thathad 4 tennis balls on the legs, specials needs students have competetive volley ball matches, in addition to gym activites a school . And the Rec departement does more than just baseball - there are others like football and basketball. But I would like to see more spent on real road repairs vs tempoary patch work and law enforcement, traffic control, especially county - that benefits ALL the citizens and property taxpayers.

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John 8 months ago on School leaders cheer on bus drivers

Now I see why bus drivers are exempt from obeying speed limits signst with or without students on board at least in our subdivison. Guess those squeaky brakes can stop on a six pense.

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John 8 months ago on BOC discusses go karts, purchasing policy

Strange how things work at time - ived in a small village once upon a tiem an area of high property tax rates 9liek 2900/year for a 1/4 acre lot & home in 1975) and there was a plot of land 61+ acres than was right in the middle of village boundries - kinda' like a donut hole in side the outer village limits. This donut hole was considered to be in the county vs the village (tax avoidance reasons fo sure). But there was a code on the village books that said any undeveloped property less than 60 acres had to be annexed into the village limits. Hmmm!

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John 8 months ago on Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 18, 2013

This terrible situation has nothing to do with what high school this student went to but has everything to do with the footsteps his parents made for him to follow and their failure to accept their "full time" responsibility of properly raising & providing for a child they mutually brought into this world - it is a 24/7/365 or 366 job. My son went to EHS and there are the same issues there too, just not the frequency. The principal is not the primary reason why EHS has less reporting of issues, it is the number of involved parent, as in the students life & with the schools tehy go to) that make the difference. For the record EHS has had 4 different prinicpals since 2005 and a new one this year - which one made the difference? I have total respect for the last two - I knew them when they were coaches.

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John 8 months, 1 week ago on BOC discusses go karts, purchasing policy

Have to totally agree with this post. Especialy when the county claims they have a tight budget and can only do WWII inner tube type patch work jobs on certain steets in subdivisions - Eastwood Forest to be specific. A 5% savings (maybe more if a greater number of bids are submitted) on a significant project is a bunch of money. I say if you can't play with the big boys get out of the game. Oh the big boys should have a higher overhead cost due to infrastructure size and more than likely have a current business license. As an old saying goes "If you want to fly with the eagles, don't hoot with the owls."

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John 8 months, 1 week ago on Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 18, 2013

Just a couple side notes worth recalling, G-M has always been on the for front of introducing fuel efficent automobile to help American wean off fossil fuel. In but not very succesful track record, in 1979 and early 1980's G-M brought to market the infamous front wheel drive "fuel efficent - X body car line like the Citation (sold 800K first year) and a little later the General Motor passenger car "diesel" engine (not to be confused with the G-M 3.53 which was a great truck engine. This part of history G-M would like to forget. The X body car line was hard to stop (loss of braking) & had charactristic of the late Elvis Presley hit song- "Shake, Rattle & Roll". The pass car diesel, actually a converted big block 350 gasoline engine, had all sorts of problems, like in the fuel injection system, did not like to start in the "cold temperatures of central Texas" and lots of engine vibration, that caused the transmission torque converter to fail without warning about 35K miles (good news for G-M it was past the warranty period. Oh, I had one as a company car in 1982) and it did not start for almost 2 weeks in Waco, TX when it was cold about 0 F, when it hit +32F no problem starting.

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