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"The greatest effect from our just-completed, very expensive presidential campaign was to take money from deep pockets, inject it into general circulation, which in turn stimulated the economy, hence unintended consequences."
"To all the Republicans that are upset about our local elections: If you want to blame someone for the outcome of the elections, you only have yourself and your friends to blame. Let me explain. In the mid 2000s, there was a huge 'white flight,' remember all your bigot friends that were so selfish and only thinking of themselves, they deserted you and your perfect little town. If they had stayed and held onto their properties, what happened at this election would never have happened. Then the rest of you who stayed, made no bones in making anyone who wasn't a Rockdalian, black, white or Hispanic feel extremely unwanted. I am a white female who moved here with my family and I can't tell you how many times I've been told I'm an 'outsider.' So I find it apropo that this has happened. This might be a good time for you to reflect on a few things: Instead of claiming to be Christians, act like one. Learn to love your neighbors as yourselves, learn tolerance over bigotry, treat everyone as God made them, equal in his eyes, stop hating and fearing what is different from yourself. And one last thing, don't you believe that everything happens for a reason? Well, it happened, what are you going to learn from this?"
"Please post. I was tricked. I thought the smart black people here would recognize that there were some white folks here that wanted Conyers to be the first urban sprawl area that worked together. I have prayed and worked hard for it for about 10 years. But I can't work with Oden, Nesbitt and all the other unqualified ... folks that were voted in. You got the steering wheel and ran it straight into the ditch. Don't you guys notice what happens when Democrats are in charge? Detroit? Baltimore? Lithonia? How can you not see it? We had candidates that would have worked with everyone and actually knew how to run a county. You guys voted in the 'Good Ol Cuz' network. Please post."
"I'm asking everyone to please be aware at the DMV office when getting your driver's license. While I was inside, someone managed to pop the hood on my car in an apparent attempt to steal my car battery (the covers over the connectors had been lifted). I do not know how my hood was popped, as the car itself did not appear to have been broken into (and the door was locked). I did not call the police, because other than the hood itself and a suspicious-acting man in a small yellow car with a customized spoiler (who was parked beside my car and who backed out and left the scene very, very fast), I have nothing to really report and I'm not going to waste their time with a report with so little information and no real proof of a crime. Nothing appears missing, the car started, and there was no visible damage to the car. I will also add that I was just a few spaces down from the entrance -- in clear sight of the windows (had anyone been looking) and visible from the doors. So everyone -- be extra careful to lock doors, don't have anything out in plain view, and watch your car or bring a friend to watch it. I hope that police will also read this and maybe put a patrol through there to keep a check. Again: small yellow car with loud engine and custom spoiler, possibly other alterations but he fled too fast for me to get a good look. I'm not surprised, as this is the new reality in Rockdale County, but the fact that is was at the DMV office caught me off guard. You and your belongings are truly not safe anywhere in this county. It is unfortunate that we no longer have a State Patrol office attached to the DMV."
"Is there a common name for the black version of the 'good ol boy' network? They definitely have one. This election in Conyers is all that is. Friends doing favors for friends. Well, in any color, it always hurts the people."
"I am also a ninth-grade teacher and will tell you one thing. The kids from Davis Middle are the best. Hands down."
----"Do not agree with provisional ballots. You should come to the polls ready to vote with all of your ducks in a row. If you cannot do that, you should not be allowed to vote."
"I would like to say this: I am not a Republican. I am a 32-year-old black female who is married. My husband and I have lived in Conyers for 22 years. We voted for Jason Hill, Rudy Horne (who married us), Lillis Brown, and Wigington. We voted for these people because we remember how Conyers used to be and we want it to flourish. We believe these people understand that. However, Jason Hill and his followers never campaigned in my neighborhood. He never 'knocked' on our doors. If Republicans/conservatives want to win then they have got to stop assuming that black people will not vote for them. You can't assume Hispanics will not vote for you. You have got to get out there and spend the money in neighborhoods where you think you have no chance! There are black business owners and blacks who want the same vision for this community, but if you don't get out there and persuade them of your position then you will never win! There are many African Americans I talked to who were in Conyers from the start. They voted for the same vision. There could have been more that would understand this, but Republicans have to get out there and reach these communities. If you get just 1 percent of these minorities vote then you are making headway!"
"Just remember, Levett may have won the position as sheriff but the person that will be running the department has not been announced yet, deputy chief. ..."
"To the newly elected officials of Rockdale County. If you start to get rid of the white employees it may be a violation of their civil rights. It would require action by the U.S. government to correct this problem. I just hope the Rockdale Citizen does not look the other way. We are a nation of many cultures, many who served in the military. I just hope the military veterans make their feelings known."
"I am disappointed with the new school board members if they just rubber-stamped extending Jack Lance's contract without looking into his performance and how he advises this system to take the path of least resistance no matter what the long-term effect is to the kids. It is my opinion that this guy is a main contributor to the discipline issues in this system. Does anyone know what the vote was? Can we know who voted to keep him and who voted against? Jim McBrayer, you were in this system and watched its decline while Mr. Lance swept issues under the rug that should have been confronted. Are you just sitting on the board for fun or do you want to help the kids and teachers that are in the trenches every day?"
"I have a question, why is it that a civilian is wearing a fire department uniform but they are not a fire fighter with this county or anywhere for that matter. Is this not a liability in some way? Not sure that I would want some random Joe off the street to jump out of the fire truck and help me if they have had no state certified training."
"I would like to know why we do not have a recycling program for the entire county of Rockdale. I am all for 'Going Green' but when I called to see about getting a recycling bin at my house, I was told they did not pick up outside of a certain area. You have people who are willing to help keep this county looking decent, but it has to be within a certain area? The revenue that it would bring back into the county would offset any cost. How about it newly elected officials? Can we get a recycling program for all of Rockdale, please?
"We need to change the signs at the entrance to Rockdale County. They should read 'Welcome to Rockdale County -- The Clayton County of East Atlanta.'"
----"'Symbol of Sacrifice' a small caption under the photo mainly about the memorial. Three pavers on 'walk of stars' unveiled, almost half of a page story. What's wrong with this picture?"
"The Democrats have won. They are going to make the rich man pay more taxes! If you believe that then you may be interested in buying some ocean front property in Wyoming, and you probably think your Obamacare is going to be free. Guess where that rich man or woman, black or white, gets the tax money that they pay. It's built into the price of his goods and services. Yes the Democrats will raise taxes in such a way so that anyone with less than a ninth-grade education will blame it on the evil rich man. Sad to say, most of those people are Democrats but not all. Unless you are an American leech, You will be paying his higher tax. There are a lot of rich Democrats! Do you really think they are going to raise their own taxes? (Just my opinion folks.)"
"Looks like we get more rocks bought to decorate I-20, more pictures on the wall, more wheelchair ramps to nowhere, more new trucks for the stormwater people, more flushing tax money down the drain. Congratulations to the Rockdale voters."