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: email@example.com or complete the online form. Please remember, the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments on candidates seeking elective office."Voter suppression efforts are aimed squarely at women. They'll attack our health care, attack our freedoms, and now they're doing everything in their power to take away our right to vote. We can't afford to lose this one."
"You go Mr. Meadors! Facts are facts, no matter how deep they are buried, they are still the facts. Baxter International will be doing their homework and will be aware of the facts whether printed in the Citizen or not."
"Has anyone noticed how unsafe those school trailers are? I understand that schools are overcrowded, but there should be some safeguards in place for the students. I noticed that the second-grade and fourth-grade trailers at my child's school have no security cameras, no automatic lock doors, and no fencing enclosing the trailers."
"I have a request for my fellow Christians here in Conyers. Please take a second and pray this prayer. Make yourself a reminder and pray it every time you feel discouraged about the condition of our county. 'Dear Lord, Broken Arrow. I repeat, Broken Arrow.' This is a last resort command I learned about in the service. It means an American position is overrun by the enemy and you need every air and artillery asset within range to bring support to bear on your enemy. I feel like Conyers, Ga. is about to fall to the enemy. We do not have the human power to fix our local government or schools. These complaints are not working. We need his help. God promised, 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.' So, tie a string on your finger or put a sticky note on your mirror and add it to your meal-time blessings. 'Broken Arrow. I say again, Broken Arrow.'"
"I have a question for the teachers, principals, administrators, and higher-ups in our school system. If you found out that your performance in your job was hurting the chances of success of our students, would you have enough courage to step down? Or would you just keep on going to keep your paycheck coming in? Somebody (or more) in this system is not being effective. Is it you? Do you have the courage to tell the people who are doing the most damage? Is your job more important than the future of the students? This question is directed at about 5% of the teachers and 75 percent of the higher-ups."
"I'm a big fan of the Auburn War Eagles! Goooooooooo War Eagles!!! The Auburn War Eagles are gonna claw and peck on the ULM Warhawks!!! Then on to Arkansas flap on the Razorbacks."
"Could the paper please do a performance report on the current judges and the district attorney. I would like to know the conviction percentage on the DA and am interested if there is a performance standard for the DA's office and for the judges. The police have their accreditation thing and they run off of stats. I wonder if the DA and judges do. How do they know if they are doing a good job? Thanks for whatever you can do."
"I just wanted to say thank you to Coach Elder at RCHS. I see the work you and your coaches are putting in. I know you are having to revisit a lot of the basics including attitude, work ethic, and basic knowledge about the game. You just keep at it coach. The wins will come and the young men in this school district will be better off because you were their coach. Again, thank you so much."
"We need to be pushing the development of new tech to replace the gasoline engine as much as we are pushing finding a cure for cancer. The biggest danger in our world is the crazy folks in the Middle East. We need to take their power away. I agree with drilling for oil here in the U.S. also as soon as someone with brains gets elected. But people aren't saying, 'cancer cures aren't available for now so let's stop trying.' There are scientists who spent their day at work today trying to figure out how to beat cancer. That is what we need for technology to replace the gas engine. We put people on the moon; we can come up with something on this!"----
"Clark and Elmo, please keep your comments to eight lines or less. You are taking over the comment sections. Also, do either one of you think you have changed the other's mind? Clark cannot grasp reality and Elmo, you are wasting your breath and taking up too much room in a hopeless effort."
"When I was growing up in Texas, my mother paid a 'poll tax' to exercise her right to vote. Every time I go to the ballot box, I'm reminded that it wasn't so long ago that millions of Americans sacrificed to ensure we all can get to the polls on Election Day. That's why I'm excited to let you know about our My Vote, My Right program and an online tool that will allow tens of thousands more people to register in Georgia before Election Day. Unfortunately, the right to vote is under attack again from extreme politicians who are manipulating election laws for their own political gain. These laws have cut back early voting days and disproportionately penalize seniors, veterans, young people and people of color -- all people who may have a harder time maintaining a current driver's license, even though they are legally eligible to vote."
"Hrm, looks like while the T-SPLOST defeat might have stalled rail service to Rockdale, it didn't stall local bus service out there. Several of the Xpress buses serve 'local' routes such as East to West Conyers, and those to the Drivers Services office, and carry local passengers between the three as well as serving passengers coming out from Atlanta."
"As a high school teacher it seems like every time I turn around, someone above me is coming up with a new way to increase my accountability for the grades of my students. I have to contact parents, develop action plans for all students who are failing, provide make-up work and extra credit, allow re-takes on all tests, and accept late projects. I can do that and will continue to do my best to jump through your hoops. But, could you guys come up with at least one thing to increase accountability of the students? How do you accept that they are giving you their best and somehow we are to blame for their failure? They are supposed to care about their grades more than you and I. Many do not care and that is the primary reason for their failures. It is not the fault of my lesson plans and not your report card or grading system. Do I need to do a scientific study that relates apathy to failure for you to get this? Do you need charts and graphs to prove it?"
"Dear Rockdale School Board. Failing is part of life and is sometimes necessary for people to get their act together. I turned around when I had to do summer school in 10th grade. Failing changed my life for the better. I am glad no one 'saved' me from it. You guys are doing the equivalent of helping the baby chick break out of the egg and you are hurting the kid's chance at survival. If those kids fail, they will get over it. They are young and will bounce back. They can pass these classes. They just have to do it. School leaders like you are the reason that MIT and Georgia Tech are filling up with foreigners and community colleges are busting at the seams. Your schools are too easy and American kids are paying the price for your rubber spine."