RetiredGuy 1 year, 9 months ago on SPLOST could purchase safety equipment, help property taxes

School systems are run using real estate taxes, or are supposed to be. Real estate taxes are deductible on State and Federal tax returns. SPLOST is just more sales taxes which are not deductible if you want to itemize your State income taxes. If the schools really and honestly need more money it should be from real estate taxes.


RetiredGuy 1 year, 9 months ago on Douglas formally announces bid for Congress

John Douglas is absolutely wrong for the Congress. There are way too many of that ilk he is so proud of in the Congress now and they have to be voted out in 2014. Our representatives should be moderate conservatives and democrats who will work for the common good. Douglas and Broun are not those people.


RetiredGuy 1 year, 9 months ago on Darrell Huckaby: 'Mayday!' call brings unexpected response

"I opened my phone to my Facebook account and typed "Mayday! Mayday!" and put my phone away and didn't think another thing about it."

Unbelievably dumb thing to do. Even if you were as sick as a dog. You do not send out a "Mayday" just like you don't call 911. They are supposed to be used for Emergencies. You surely did not have one.


RetiredGuy 1 year, 10 months ago on Newton Citizen Poll for Jan. 13, 2013

The person who wrote:
"Obama -- who thinks he walks on water and the liberal media who back him up -- will once again pull a backdoor executive order to get his two nominees sworn in."

Shows his/her true nature of hate. If Obama were white would this person be spouting this bile? This person even hates the Chief Justice. Why? Because a black person who is President, got a bill passed in Congress and then signed into Law.

This out pouring of hate is a sickness in itself.


RetiredGuy 1 year, 11 months ago on Darrell Huckaby: 'Two Nations; One God' A personal view of the War Between the States

I think Mr. Huckaby needs to go further on several points in his discussion of the Civil War. It was not just "The War", nor was it "The War of Northern Aggression". Brother fought brother or father fought son or relatives fought relatives. That is a Civil War.

Slaves were brought to the South by Christian businessmen. It was apparently easy for them and their pastors to declare blacks to be subhumans, except when it came to buying and selling them. It didn't matter how much brutality was given those blacks. They were not full human beings. The result was that these Christian businessmen got rich by abusing other people. Makes one wonder what their common Redeemer thought.

Mr. Huckaby mentions the abuse of the Irish (Catholics) by the Northern (Christian) businessmen. Very true, but it was just not in the North. The Southern Christian businessmen also abused the Irish (Catholic) immigrants. In a situation where there was a dangerous job to do the Christian businessmen would not send their slaves to perform that job. They hired the Irish. Why? Irish Catholic men had no monetary value. The slaves were worth the price that the slaveholder businessman paid for the slave. Why would one group of Christian people hate, really hate another group of Christian (Catholic) people?

Then there is the War itself. At least 650,000 men from both sides lost their lives, the number could be even higher. Many hundreds of thousands on both sides were wounded, maimed and disfigured for life. And for what? For an economic system created by Christian businessmen on the backs of fellow human beings they used as slaves.

What sort of person, Christian person, would send 10, 20, 30 thousand men to their death in one day or three days? And in the end it that fight was a draw. And they did this war of attrition day after day for five years.


RetiredGuy 2 years, 3 months ago on Library facing staffing shortage in wake of budget cuts

Libraries will never become obsolete and they are far from being on their way out. All you need to do is visit the Newton library. There is always a line to get on the library internet computers. There are always people reading the local and out of town news papers. Many people visit to read the magazines. Adults as well as kids have educational activities. People bring their own laptop computers and do research in the library.

Libraries have been a part of the education of people since the 3rd century BC in Egypt. They will be with us for the rest of mans history. All we need to do is get the politicians to fund it the way it should be funded.


RetiredGuy 2 years, 3 months ago on Library facing staffing shortage in wake of budget cuts

All of these staff cuts and reductions in funding by the state and county are wrong, just plain wrong.

A library is part of the education system for children as well as adults. The Newton County Board of Education as well as the County Commissioners should find more money some place in their budgets to provide more money to the Library.

My wife and I are both retired and we visit the Library every week. The Library is an essential part of the community in Newton County and needs to be funded as such.


RetiredGuy 2 years, 3 months ago on Bradford wins in Newton sheriff's race; Ott defeats Lindsey in race for judge

No Billy! Let's have everyone obey the speed laws. Then there will not be a need for "speed traps" as you call them. Try leaving ten minutes earlier so you don't have to speed and be a menace by running up on the rear end of the car in front of you to try and make them go faster and break the speed laws.