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.
"The Rockdale Jail Blotter uses more ink than any other section in the paper!"
"Who is manufacturing, paying far and using domestic Drone aircraft? This is money we are told that we don't have. Where is the money trail?"
"Ms Kito. The bad part is not about whether poor kids receive the HOPE scholarship. The messed up part is that poor people are paying for the HOPE scholarship. They are dumb. They put false hope in the lottery and are paying for the college of middle and upper class kids. Yes some poor kids get HOPE but the study I saw showed that 80 percent of the HOPE scholarship recipients had other means available to afford college. Don't get me wrong. I am happy for them. I just feel sorry for the hopeless dummies who are funding it. I find it very ironic that they are trying to get rich but instead are paying for rich folks to go to great schools. The rich stay rich. the poor stay poor."
"Still more Republicans are in favor of 're-branding' their party. Here's an idea they might consider. Buy the Hostess Bakeries' brand of treats. They have a wonderful collection of popular names. Even I could be tempted by the Twinkies, the Ho Hos and the Ding Dongs. But maybe I'm too late with my suggestion. They have a wonderful collection of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs already active in their current party. Hey! How about the Pillsbury Doughboy? What's more appropriate than a fat white man who giggles when you poke him?"
"My workload has greatly increased this school year as a high school teacher. There is so much extra stuff that the county is requiring that takes up my time. I love teaching and thinking about new ways to teach things, but I am swamped. If feels like all these extra things we are doing are not even being looked at by anyone. I thought to myself today, I could get all of this paperwork done better if I didn't have all these classes to teach. Isn't that what we pay the county office people for? So we can teach and they can do the other stuff?"
"What is the city and county policy on police officers talking and texting on cell phones while driving? I see it going on all the time. I think it should be against the law; nobody can do this without being distracted nobody!"
"I think scrap metal thieves and recycling centers who are involved in making money off stolen materials should have much stiffer penalties. I know that hunters who are caught poaching get their trucks and equipment taken immediately and permanently. I think the same thing should happen to copper thieves and air conditioner thieves. It's time we got serious about this."----
"Well, good ol' Rockdale Water Resources has ruined another street. Driven down College Avenue lately? That ridiculous abomination of a patch was brought to you by RWR. If nothing else displays their level of 'so what?' that sure does. They've mutilated streets all over the city and county; common sense and decency would seem to say the street should be repaired to as near as it was before the break, but they just throw in some cold patch and leave. It's just disgusting."
"FYI: If you have alphabet fridge magnets and morals, you probably wanna rethink inviting me over!"
"In Wednesday's paper there was an article on an issue with storm water repair. It was stated that they only had $200,000 a year to make repairs. I did not do badly in math but that equates to 5,000 houses in Rockdale County. I don't think so. Where is the money? Also am still waiting on article about snow plows."
"I would like to say thank you to the lady that has recently retired from Rockdale County Public Works Department. I have on many occasions called to report potholes or traffic lights out. She took my reports and made sure they were passed to the correct party. I have recently called and been either transferred or given other numbers. The number of the state Transportation Department did not want the report and wanted me to call a third number. What has happened to public service? It seems that now 'It's not my job,' to the forefront."
"I think we have too many lawyers in Washington. In law school, lawyers are taught one main lesson: Win. By any means, get the win. Too many of those guys in the same room is a bad combination. We have liberal and conservative lawyers running our government who only want their team to win and they are not solving problems and the country is divided. Doctors, engineers, scientists and business people by nature are our best and brightest at solving problems. We need more of them in politics. We are smart enough to solve all of our problems but everyone is too focused on their side staying in power. The lawyers are killing us."