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. The Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments about candidates in political races.
"I don't like tattoos anyway, but I saw one today that was idiotic. It was a hooded figure with a gas mask on. Bright green. Some dummy paid several hundred bucks to get this on his arm where everyone could see it. It boggles my mind that they think this looks good. The only good thing from tattoos is that it visually shows the rest of us who the dummies are without having to get to know them."
"As a teacher I have a simple question: 'Is anyone above me in the chain of authority going to bat for me or is everyone just assuming I am doing a terrible job without and real info from inside my classroom?' I don't have the impression that anyone cares about the teachers. I may be wrong, but I would like to see some evidence to the contrary."
"Elmo, you do love talking but you have gotten better. My main comment was toward Vpublicola. I have thought that you were the same person because you both sound the same and are extremely long-winded and do not mind dominating the conversation."
"I couldn't find the Oct. 21 Citizen Poll on the normal link with the rest of them."
"I agree with making schools more attractive to draw good people to want to move here. Truthfully, these are solid public schools here with decent staff. The problem is that they are allowing terrible kids to stay in there. If these principals would just start pushing back against bullying parents and not put up with 4-inch-thick discipline files, these schools would be great. But there is a window. If they stay like they are for too long, the school staff cultures will get hopeless and just turn to trying to hold on to their jobs and give up on making a difference."
"I have seen many comments from teachers in these recent polls. A few are just whiners but more and more seem to be logical, fair, and honest. It seems like a sign that there really is a problem. They aren't just complaining about furlough days, time off, and stupid minutia. It seems like they just want a safe place to work and bosses that actually try to help them."
"The basic root of the problem with the school system is the 'new' students in the last few years... you know, the same ones who have ruined Rockdale County... No pep rallies because of poor student behavior, worries of gang violence at football games, etc.... You all know exactly the types that I am referring to."
----"I know no one really cares but I am scraping to pay my city and county property taxes this year. It's going to be a lean Christmas again. It would make it easier to swallow if the schools were excellent and didn't have all the problems. No one on my street even sends their kids to county schools because of the bad environment there. Yet we are paying taxes for them."
"In Georgia, there is no such charge as attempted murder. That is covered in aggravated assault."
"Those $1,000 push guards on front of squad cars aren't designed to push damaged cars out of the road, especially if they are severely damaged. Plus, in serious injury or fatality accidents, the scene has to be completely investigated. Go around another road, and get over yourself. God forbid, something happen to someone in your family, and the scene is compromised by recklessness of something being moved."
"A big thank you to the Conyers policeman who removed the flags from the flagpoles at the subdivision near the corner of Sigman and Irwin Bridge roads. The flags should have been removed years ago. You couldn't tell what colors they were and the stripes were separating. Thanks again to the Conyers Police."
"To the person who commented on the aggravated assault charges against the shooting suspect in Milstead: The reason the suspect was charged with aggravated assault instead of attempted murder is probably because it is first, easier to prove aggravated assault than attempted murder, and second, aggravated assault carries a 20-year sentence and with the 90 percent parole rules, they would have to serve 90 percent of the sentence. With attempted murder, the state would have to prove the intention to cause the death of another, with express or implied malice aforethought. That is a tough burden to meet, so aggravated assault is the more appropriate charge, easier to prove, and will put the criminal away for a longer time. Also, 'attempt crimes' carry half the punishment of the 'full crime.' Years ago, the state Legislature decided that crimes punished by life in prison would carry a 10-year sentence for 'attempt.' So a half a life is 10 years? Doesn't make a lot of sense does it? So aggravated assault gets the criminal sent away a lot longer."
"Mr. Jenkins' column on Sunday, Oct. 7 is very slanted about taxes. Fair taxes is not where everybody pays the same amount but the same percentage of taxes. As the tithes is 10 percent in church and not an amount that everyone pays. What is even more unfair are the tax deductions for the wealthy that the others cannot take. From those that have much -- much is to be given. ...Why should someone be able to donate to a private school where their children attend receive a tax deduction in Georgia. Why should my tax dollars support private schools?"
----"Regarding Darrell Huckaby's viewpoint on Oct. 24, 2012, needs some updating to current history. He needs to study his history about the need for a large naval force necessary in the 21st century. While he is correct that in the 20th century (1914) Alfred Thayer Mahan wrote a book on the 'Influence of Sea Power Upon History' was true back then. The world and history of World War II and the invention of jet planes and missiles along with drone remote control aircraft has made the battleships and aircraft carriers easy military targets for cruise missiles. We cannot safely sit in the Mediterranean Sea with a large naval force and fight a war against Syria or Egypt without major losses as proved by the Japanese suicide bombers during War World II. Our biggest concern is the nuclear missiles under development by North Korea and Iran. Pakistan and India both already have nuclear missiles. ... "
"I know the economy is struggling so I always like to help out whenever I can. This means getting out and enjoying a meal at a restaurant. The quality of food and service has gotten so bad in Conyers that I am running out of options to visit. Most of these restaurants should have great service and food as they are chains. Sadly I get greeted by hosts with attitudes or not welcoming me and I get food that I can cook better at home. I will just have to spend my money at the grocery store and cook for myself. I received a dish at ... with a bug crawling all over the dish, and that was the second dish as the first one was over seasoned to being inedible. ... The fast food restaurants have made awesome turn-a-rounds though. The McDonalds on West Ave and also on 138, the Wendy's on Sigman, and the Waffle House on Salem Road near I-20. Luckily these restaurants have healthier options now so I can spend my money there instead of these horrible 'sit down' restaurants we have in this county. ... I believe in second chances as many of these places received second chances already. I hope they change their ways. I'd rather spend my money at 'mom & pop' shops anyway."
"To Emo, Cluck, and V-pewbic, you certainly can go 3,000 characters if you want and the paper lets you. But come on. Learn how to be succinct. If you can't or don't care, it's up to you. Or you can all get together on the back deck and verbose yourselves to death but please keep it shorter. You have decent opinions, but golly, do we have to hear every little thing you are thinking. Or at least make one comment a week that is positive and uplifting about someone."
"As a teacher for over half of my life, I wonder why administrators are always telling their teachers to be positive with their students, but they aren't positive with their staff. It's so depressing to never receive a positive comment or an 'attaboy' when we're all working twice as many hours as we were a few years ago! I've never seen or heard from so many disgruntled teachers -- we're 'beaten down,' and feel there's no hope of it getting better. I hope the school board will read the polland know that teachers are at their breaking point! Help!"
"It seems things must be getting bad around Olde Town. After many years a tradition for our local school children has been cancelled due to budget cuts. I was told this on Oct. 30 there will be no trick or treating for local school children in Olde Town this year. I have spoken to many of the merchants in Olde Town. Everyone seems disappointed young and old. This was not a decision the merchants made themselves. I am not sure where the budget cuts come into play. The merchants have always provided their own candy to pass out to the trick-or-treaters. For many of these children this would have been the only chance to go trick-or-treating .Can someone tell me how this happened? I don't see how this could cost the city anything. It does not seem to matter to the city when Hollywood wants to come into Olde Town and disrupt local business for a week or more at a time costing the Olde Town business owners a lot of money. They also provide city police when this happens (tax money). I think it's time to stand together and let them know the citizens should have a chance to speak before things like this happen."