As of Friday, December 28, 2012
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The Citizen Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The 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. 402, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online form.----"I know a few people who are recently divorced who look to be jumping right back into another mess with someone new. It seems so stupid to me to start a relationship soon after a divorce. Something is obviously wrong with the way you picked your last spouse or the way you handled the marriage. Your lesson has not been learned in three weeks or a month or even a year in most cases. Lives get ruined every time you obey the stupid impulses that get you into these messes. Slow down. Put this newest relationship on hold. You can be by yourself for a while. The longer you are alone, the better you can see your own faults and not make any more huge mistakes. Especially if you have children. You know I'm right."----"Did you guys do a Citizen Poll for Dec. 23? I didn't see it and can't find it in the normal spot on the website."Editor's note: The posting has been corrected. Thanks.
"Thank you Wilson's Body Shop for the beautiful Christmas ad in the Citizen ... Lovely to see the Nativity! What Christmas is all about!"----"In 2003 laws were passed to arm airline pilots. Airline pilots were trained and armed under the federal flight deck officer program. Some airlines have up to 50 percent of their pilots armed at any given time. The program has been hailed as an efficient, effective and extremely inexpensive national defense measure. There have been very very few problems with the program. How many hijacked airplanes have we had since? How do you protect valuable people or materials? Armed guards or employees trained to carry and use weapons. Private schools (where your congressperson's kids go to school) have armed guards. We need to think about putting another obstacle for the crazies besides some new law that will not really help anything. I know this is a controversial issue, but let's all keep open minds and use common sense. Weapons are widely available, and it's likely they will be widely available in the future. A ban on new things sold is not likely to make a huge difference."----"Drivers entering Rockdale County on Highway 212 from DeKalb County encounter a passing lane at the county line and immediately pull into the left lane, hugging the yellow line. These drivers are either ignorant and can't read the sign that says 'Slower Drivers Keep Right' or arrogant and don't believe that sign pertains to them. It creates a dangerous situation when we have to pass on the right, hence the sign. Also about 90 percent of the drivers using Ga. Highway 20 from Honey Creek to I-20 interchange use the left lane no matter how fast they are traveling and creating the same unsafe condition."----"I just wanted to say thank you again to the sweet lady in Publix on Thursday who helped me with my son after he fell out of the buggy. She went to get a cool rag and ice for my 2-year-old son's head as everyone else stood and stared. She also offered to help with my grocery shopping. Thanks so much for your help. You calmed me and both my kids down as well."----"Lawmakers should be tougher on criminals and defense lawyers who get them off on technicalities. It's too easy to take protection away from law-abiding citizens just to say you tried something. Go after the criminals and quit being so weak about them. I am also OK with longer waiting periods and mandatory training but would like to see tougher penalties and I do not understand why liberals can't see that they are too soft on crime."----"I would hope that Mr. Obama would have more on his mind than his political agenda of gun control, and try and work something out for me on my taxes; as so many Americans now wish for .... as our government will support me for the next four years ... you know food stamps, welfare, free meals, Medicaid ... etc."----"Escorting my granddaughter to the gate at the Atlanta Airport (for she was traveling alone), she carried her laptop and book. We ate lunch and then she proceeded to open her laptop for we had some time. She asked me to hold her book for her. Being a smart child, I thought that she would be working on some smart math problem. Being from the old school of mind, I glanced at the program to see what she was working on, or should I say playing, Mind you my granddaughter is only 9 years old. It consisted of plant life figures shooting zombies with their guts flying all over the place. As I observed her skills, I thought of the children 6 and 7 that will miss Christmas this year. The foundations we as a society accept as laptop instruction for school-age children really don't appeal to me. The bottom line is attitude ... What we accept as educational games or material are nothing more than teaching our children violence. Control and regulations in my opinion should start with these types of games."----"Heritage needs a new wrestling coach. Time for that program to be taken to the next level with a coach that is passionate about the sport."----"One of the things I learned from Occupy Wall Street is that people will go completely nuts if we were to have a serious economic collapse like the Great Depression. If the extreme ones are willing to camp out and protest against the government because they cannot find a job, what would they do and who would they blame if everything tanked? Self-reliance in most city and suburban people is pretty much non-existent. I am not a doomsday prepper but I think firearms are necessary protections against people who will go wild. Many people are already immoral and don't mind cheating and stealing. That behavior will increase exponentially if they are desperate."