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 best part of the Citizen online is the comments. Elmo is my favorite! I wish Elmo would run for local office. Meanwhile, maybe the Citizen will give him a guest column."
"This is in response to the comment about RCHS's school newspaper, or lack thereof. I graduated from RCHS in 2003 and I was a member of the school newspaper staff for all four years. The teacher at the time was Mrs. Toebbe, and her no longer being there probably has a lot to do with why the school does not have a newspaper. My fondest memories were being a part of that group. We sold advertisement, wrote stories, interviewed students, and learned how to edit a newspaper. I now work for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and I owe that to Mrs. Toebbe and the school newspaper for giving me the experience I needed and helping me get to where I am today. Shame on RCHS for taking this away from students and robbing them of the job experience and school spirit I received during my four years there."
"The people. It's rather obvious: Planet Democrat is inhabited by people of different colors; Planet Republican is monochromatic. This stark contrast has long existed and is not a surprise. Yet shifting from Tampa to Charlotte is not unlike the moment in The Wizard of Oz when black-and-white gives way to the full spectrum. In Tampa, it seemed there were more black and Latino Americans on the stage than among the audience of thousands of white people. Tampa was an antiseptic affair. The arena was in a security area that resembled a Green Zone. Delegates were bused in, then bused out. With scant interaction between the convention and the rest of the world, no sense of community was created. It was as if the GOP delegates were suburbanites -- or exurbanites -- commuting to and from their place of business, zipping past the locals and their neighborhoods. In Charlotte, the delegates and others have flooded the downtown area, walking from one event to another, interacting with one another, the residents of the city who have flocked to the city's center, and even the street-corner anti-abortion protesters."
"Thank goodness the Honey Boo Boo family is not from Rockdale County."
"To all of those who are against abortion and/or gay marriage, let me just say this: Just because the law and government says it's all right, doesn't mean God is going to let them into heaven. So, when you lay your head down on the pillow each night ... you can still sleep soundly, knowing that God is up there with a goal line defense we've never seen before."
"Is there any rhyme or reason to how the Board of Education chooses a school to be renovated or an addition added? People, citizens and teachers would not have to use the phone poll to ask questions if the board would inform people to what is going on within the county. Teachers would not have to use the phone poll to vent if they had any type of communication with the school system. There is none. They do as they choose. JH House terribly needs some remodeling. Their office is not big enough to turn around in. The parking there is just a mess. The cafeteria is so outdated and small. Shoal Creek is a relatively new school and should be last on the list. CJ Hicks has been rebuilt and PSE has been redone since several of the other schools. How about looking at JH House for a change."
"Tongues are nasty. Keep them in your mouth. When you are eating something, do not stick your tongue out when you take a bite. It looks terrible. Also, don't lick your lips all the time. And if you ever kiss someone in front of others, No tongue! Licking an ice cream cone trying to be sexy? No. Not sexy ... Nasty. Also, if you smoke, please figure out a way to exhale that does not look ridiculous. Out the side of your mouth is stupid-looking and definitely french inhaling makes you look like a corpse."
"Just saw the news about radical Muslims attacking a U.S. embassy over some movie. Those people in the Middle East are basically cave men. We have to do something about them controlling our oil. We need to drill here in America and we need a strong technology push for viable options to the gasoline engine. We have to do it now. Those nut cases will destroy the world if they get enough money to buy nukes."----
"Can both local papers contact teachers who complain that discipline referrals disappear at this school and are handled differently based on who the student is or what they look like?"
"Dear RCPS, If you want the public and teachers to stop complaining in the paper, you have two choices. 1) change their mind with facts on how they are wrong about the school system. Real evidence of happy students being successful. Not just scores. Show proof that your school system is awesome. I'll go to choice 2 because number 1 is not going to happen. 2) Institute radical improvement in your school system. Take a hard line on discipline and show angry parents to the door when they attack the school in defense of their disrespectful, rule-breaking children. Support your teachers and quit questioning every thing they do. I promise, the minute they see you getting in the trenches and solving problems for them, the good people in this county will back you. Take a stand. Get in the schools and make them better. That's how you keep the bad press away. If we saw you guys giving it everything you got, we would back you. Re-watch 'Lean on Me' with Morgan Freeman. This system needs a 'New Sheriff in town' type of leader. This whole school board knows that children are getting away with too much and running the good families out of town in search for better schools. It's time to stand up and do something."
"I would like for this to be printed in the Rockdale Citizen Poll concerning the codes for Rockdale County on the south end, particularly on Highway 20. We have junk cars in yards, cruddy carports and the house that has already written in about. It seems like nothing has been done about a lot of the old cars sitting in yards and old buildings. Could we please have a copy printed in the Citizen about the codes?"