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.
"March 29, 2013, as we celebrate this Good Friday, I am reminded that it was 10 years ago today, March 29, 2003, that one of Rockdale County's own, Diego Rincon, made the ultimate sacrifice of his life in service to his adopted country. While thinking he was going to the aid of citizens in Najaf, Iraq, he was killed by an explosion. Pfc. Rincon volunteered for his military service without benefit of being a citizen of this country, an honor bestowed posthumously. It is my hope that there are still many in this community that remember his sacrifice for his family, and the rest of us in the community, state, and nation; and that we also remember the many women and men before and after him that have served and sacrificed for us all. God Bless you Diego."
"As a teacher, I found out that we are going to a new computer program next year that keeps up with grades and attendance. I am glad but I also want to know who decided on this latest one and how much it costs. Our school board is struggling to meet budget every year and we have people making huge salaries that should know better than throwing money around. Pick the best thing available and stop wasting money."
"There's a home in south Rockdale county with a huge wood pile next to the street, junk all over the front, side and back yards which are all visible from the street. The latest addition to the 'beauty' is a toilet on the front porch. If it's not bad enough driving by the place every day, what must their neighbors think? Do we really have a code enforcement department that enforces the codes? It is an eyesore and could be attracting vermin and doesn't even appear safe for human habitation."
"I would like to thank God, the first of the month, and an RCSO-delivered eviction notice for ridding my neighborhood of two rental nuisances. You can never know how wonderful it is after a year to be able to walk out to get the mail or do yard work without packs of pit bulls howling and trying to knock their fences down so they can rip me to shreds. Blessed peace. I think I'll plant some flowers!"
"Now that Beverly Hall's been indicted, I wonder if all the folk screaming about haters have the nerve to come out and admit they were wrong for supporting her. Black folk don't need to cheat, lie and steal to get ahead; there are plenty of us making it through brains and hard work and belief in making things better, not taking money and cheating the community and especially the children. We need to stop protecting these lying fools, and stop the get mine thinking and letting people cheat, because you ain't helping nobody but the cheater. Letting them do what they do just tears down the community as a whole. Look what it did to the kids in this case, and they deserved the best we could give them."
"Do the animal shelters in Newton and Rockdale adopt out cats? If so, you would never know it, based on their 'adoption of the week' things for the paper. I only ever see dogs there and the last thing we need around here is more dogs."
"Say what you want. Everyone knows that online degrees are not as good. It requires less work and ability. Yes, online education serves the needs of students who cannot afford or are too lazy to go to a regular college. Just like fast food restaurants serve meals that satisfy basic immediate hunger. But don't try to claim that they are as good."
----"The 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are: Niger, Chad and Central African Republic, Bangladesh, Guinea, Mozambique, Mali, Burkina Faso and South Sudan, and Malawi. That's right -- all but one are in Africa, where girls are routinely married off at puberty (13 or younger) to any old goat who pays their family the right price. Think about that next time you call yourself 'African-American' rather than 'American.'"
"I do not have children in the schools here any longer but I fear for those that do. Education is the only way up for a child. They need a good start and those who are disruptive can just sit in the hall. "
"As I grow older I understand that people are not as sensitive as they used to be. This is the reason why. My mother said I was 'husky.' The lady at Belk said I should go to 'Big and Tall' section. The kid at Walmart said I was 'fat' and my doctor told me I was 'obese.' Which one is it?"
"On a Friday early in March I had to call the Rockdale County sheriff to report the theft of an iPhone from my son at a Rockdale County school. The teacher had called the office to report the theft but the resource officer was not contacted because it was quitting time -- 3 p.m. The phone was stolen by a student ... who took the phone off the teacher's desk in another classroom. When I called Monday after the weekend the school administrator recognized the person I identified as stealing the phone and said that he was withdrawing from class because he lives out of district in Newton County. That same day I gave the resource officer the information and the serial number for the cell phone but he did not act on the information given. The student was bragging all day Tuesday that he stole the phone. What does it take to stop crimes in schools? How many more crimes go unreported?"