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Rockdale Citizen Poll for Feb. 3, 2013

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 poll@rockdalecitizen.com or complete the online form.


"School funding per Doug Holt. The state created a new EOCT, end of course test, that is discriminatory so that minorities can't pass it and it counts as 20 percent of their grade. Now these high school graduates can't qualify for the HOPE Scholarship. When the test is not course- or learning-related it is a sham. Now the governor and Georgia Assembly want to punish poor performing minority schools with bad graduation rates and hold back funding. The Georgia Republicans want to lower the amount of money they send to the school boards instead of fixing the problem. Too bad, too sad to all the poor -- who will not be able to get a good job and will need assistance. Making students pay for school failures. See Friday, Jan. 25 Doug Holt gloating about the progress of the General Assembly after eating at the Wild Hog festive."


"Gun control only keeps guns away from law-abiding citizens. Do you really think any law is going to keep criminals from getting guns? How many crimes are committed by law-abiding citizens with legally obtained guns? I once heard an interview of a convicted criminal. He said if there were two houses side by side and he knew one of them had guns and the other one didn't, he would always choose to rob the house without guns. It makes his job easier if his victims are not able to defend themselves. It's also interesting that the country with the lowest crime has the highest percentage of gun owners (Switzerland). Could it be that criminals are afraid to attack law-abiding citizens who have guns of their own? I know if I was a criminal, I would think twice before attacking a person with a gun. If you want proof that gun control won't help -- look to history. We tried to control alcoholic beverages but failed. Look at our 'war against drugs.' We have many laws to control drug trafficking, but they have failed to stop the sale and use of illegal drugs. Instead of attacking the gun, we need to attack the causes of crimes involving guns. This should include stronger laws and harsher punishments for criminals convicted of crimes involving guns and better ways of identifying and treating people with mental disturbances. Banning guns because people use guns to kill other people is the same as banning cars because people kill other people using cars."


"As a football parent, I am beyond upset some the coaches of HHS have decided to leave because the head coach is moving on. OK, if he is moving on to a better position, I completely understand. I wouldn't want to hold anyone back from furthering their career. More power to him. But, what does it say to the players when the other coaches leave as well just because they don't want to coach there if Frazier isn't there? I know the players feel like they are being hung out to dry. Now that all of the star players are gone, you are just going to abandon the rest of the team? It sure looks like the coaches no longer believe in the program or players. I've heard these players talk about how they feel about all of this and these coaches should be ashamed of themselves to leave these players that once had so much respect for them. Good luck to Coach Frazier. Thank you for what you did for the program. You will be missed."


"Lefties and ... other uneducated people. Read the official reports on Newtown. A Bushmaster AR-15 was not used in the attack. Only handguns and numerous clips. Ban liberal media now."


"I like it better when a Republican is president just for the simple fact that you get the truth. The media doesn't let them get away with stuff like they do Democrats. I don't know if we will ever get the truth about Benghazi, but if it was a Republican president, we would know every detail."


"When we passed the law allowing the Georgia Lottery, did anyone foresee what is going on now? All the poor people who do not understand probability are feeding money into a system that is paying college tuition for rich high-performing students. The majority of 'Hope' students are upper middle and upper class kids. It is basically a tax on the naive people for not knowing that they could never win. We are tricking poor people into paying for the rich kid's college. Not to mention how bad it is for a person when they do win."


"If you think we are rednecks, youtube 'we love russians.' Those boys are stupid."

Comments

INJUSTICE_FOR_ALL 1 year, 10 months ago

Minorities, you must be talking about the poor white children forced to attend RCPS.

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MsKito 1 year, 10 months ago

I find it rather offensive that comments above imply that if a student is poor, they are unable to obtain the HOPE scholarship. How is being able to read, write and do arithmetic "discriminatory"? There are PLENTY of kids who are disadvantaged who get the HOPE scholarship because they apply themselves, they understand the value in learning, and they pay attention in class, do the classwork, and learn. The ones who do not value learning do not need to be in college.

There are enough who have been passed just b/c teachers don't want to make them feel bad or by teachers who have been warned not to have too many c's or d's or f's in their class or by teachers who do not give out c's or d's b/c that might keep some kid from getting HOPE -- that's why HOPE had to redraw the lines and stop paying for remedial classes. Talk to a few professors and see the real picture.

If the school is bad, it is up to the parents to put pressure on that school to change it. It is up to the parents to keep tabs on their kids and make sure they take advantage of the education that is freely available, both at school and at libraries. It is long past time to stop blaming the world at large for personal failure and lack of ambition -- we have immigrants every day coming to this country from places where there is not decent school, no free computers, no books, and they are able to apply themselves, get work, earn money and either attend college themselves and/or send their kids to college. I have no patience with people who've lived their entire lives in America and whine whine whine about not getting this or that -- you have to WORK for it and you have to put forth an effort, either as a student or as a parent.

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Plaincitizen 1 year, 10 months ago

How is the EOCT discriminatory to minorities? I would like to see this information.

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itsforthekids 1 year, 10 months ago

What the problem is, is that some people are making excuses why their kids fail. These are the same parents who ignore their children. They tell them to wach tv, play video games, or get out of my hair. The parents need to take responsibility for their childrens success or lack of.. They raise lazy childen, just like themselves. They don't want to discipline them, think that schools need to teach them everything, and they do not have to do a thing. You have students who run the schools, get to play video games if they go to class. They also are allowed to play in the front office, with refusal of the parent to get thier child. My whole rant goes back to the parent. YOu get what you raise. I'm sick of hearing poor children. Well guess what these poor children have more than you think, poor my foot. Stop expecting everything for free. If you earn it then great, if you don't you should have listened to your teacher and spend your free time trying to get ahead.

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VPublicola 1 year, 10 months ago

"When we passed the law allowing the Georgia Lottery, did anyone foresee what is going on now? All the poor people who do not understand probability are feeding money into a system that is paying college tuition for rich high-performing students. The majority of 'Hope' students are upper middle and upper class kids. It is basically a tax on the naive people for not knowing that they could never win. We are tricking poor people into paying for the rich kid's college. Not to mention how bad it is for a person when they do win."

It appears to some folks that some of the people getting SNAP, EBT, Section 8, school free lunches, and other dependency programs seemingly have money to perpetutate vanity, luxury (e.g., DISH, smartphones, nails, hairdo, fancy cars, expensive clothes, etc.) and cash to play the lottery. Thus, HOPE does provide a mechanism allowing the taxpaying citizens to get a return on some of all that entitlement money the government has taken from them to give to the richest poor people the World has ever seen.

No one is being tricked. All the information is available to inform a decision. The fact that people ignore that information, or read it and disregard it, only to make irresponsible decisions is their own fault. If their irresponsible decisions - in some cases made using my tax dollars - results in financial opportunities to fund my children's college education; then so be it. I say raise the required GPA for HOPE to reward success and achievement. Do not lower to reward mediocrity and failure.

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