Rockdale Citizen Poll Feb. 24, 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.

"This is in response to last week's complaint about hairstylists. You are correct about the cost of supplies, they are relatively inexpensive, but what you are forgetting is the education you are paying for. The years of experience, trial and error. I don't know how many times I have been to the doctor and he didn't use any supplies. You pay for knowledge and experience. That is why you are always charged similar prices no matter the service. You are paying for time. Now I will say your stylist should tell you beforehand what your services will cost so you are not surprised when you go to check out. I personally am more upfront with my clients and they always know what the charges are before they get any services done."

"Is the school board going to give us a school calendar for next year soon?"

"Just wanted to remind everyone of some prominent Democrats since it is Democrat history month. The KKK were originally almost all Democrats. James Earl Ray was a Democrat. He killed Martin Luther King Jr., who was one of the greatest Republicans of all time. And let's bring it down to the streets. Almost every drug dealer, pimp, and convicted street criminal you can think of is a Democrat or would vote Democrat if they were allowed to do so."

"This quote is for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and all of the African-American community that still holds resentment and hate towards our Caucasian brothers and sisters: 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.'' -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

"I think it's time for Code Enforcement to ride through Stag Court, Old Camp Trail, and Little Fawn Trail. A guy is still working on cars in his driveway, day and night. Parking tow trucks in the road, on a hill, and in a vacant driveway across from his house. His neighbors moved away because they were tired of living beside people that don't care about their house and yard. Ridiculous!"

"'The Rockdale Jail Blotter uses more ink than any other section in the paper!' (someone's comment from last week.) Well, we all know exactly why the police blotter has gotten so huge! DeKalb County, Fulton County and Mexico."

"I heard that about a week ago somewhere around Friday, Feb. 8, there was some sort of altercation at Salem High School. Supposedly about six students were arrested and taken off in handcuffs. Word has it that the school resource officer was physically assaulted in some way. But of course there has been nothing in this paper about it. I know that the school system will never make this public but the newspaper should. I'd love to see the district report that the system has to send to the state department documenting school violence and criminal charges. I'm sure that at least half of what criminally takes place in this school system never appears on a report that the state department sees. My son was a fifth-grader at Flat Shoals when Salem opened. As a family, we were so excited when it opened. It was a fabulous school and we were thrilled to know our children would attend. When he graduated things were still good and students came to learn. However, when my other children got middle school-age, we took them out of Rockdale County schools due to the poor leadership and violence at Memorial and Salem. Now Salem High School should be renamed the Rockdale County Preparatory School for Future Incarcerated Persons. Let me say I know that there are still great teachers trying to teach and that there is a small percentage of students who come each day to learn and take advantage of all the opportunities they are afforded. Yet I feel for those students because they are being shafted by the population that wants everything but has no desire to work for anything. I appreciate the education my son received there but am so disheartened that other families won't have the same opportunity. Maybe you could exercise your duty to inform the public and look into the situation."

"It's funny that every conversation I have with one of the education 'experts' from the county office, they have ideas of changing grading procedures and how kids are graded. Every change they come up with is always easier on the students. Their ideas are never to make it tougher on the students or hold them to a higher standard. It's weird how they are saying they want more rigor, but they want to relax the requirements by outlawing zeros and homework. It is amazing really the skill it takes to talk out of both sides of your mouth. The bottom line is that they do not believe our students have the ability to pass normal coursework. I disagree. I think the students are capable, but our leadership is incapable of standing their ground and doing what is right. The school board should clean house at our county office if they want to reverse this dangerous trend."----

"I agree with the post last week about the lottery. It hurts poor people and takes advantage of the fact that they stupidly think they will win. No matter who gets the scholarships of HOPE, the money is being taken from people who cannot afford it."

"When I was in fights back in school they gave us whippings. Now they arrest kids. They get police records and have to spend community service. And the wannabe thugs brag about jail time. Back then spankings worked better, cost less, and didn't scar anyone for life. And no one was braggin' about it. Just sayin'."

"A party of ding-dongs and ho-hos, vs the party of the Jim Crow laws and continued bondage, think I'll continue to support the ding-dongs and ho-hos."

"Someone should look into how RMSST students have a significantly higher amount of money spent on them than other high school students. Those kids should go to regular school and stop wasting my tax dollars! The school is nowhere near as good as it is portrayed as they aren't even ranked by U.S. News top high schools!"

"This is a citizen of Rockdale County. I would like to know why we can't get a Rockdale policeman to investigated a house in a subdivision off of Christian Circle. We have called numbers of times and even given the tag number of the drop man from Atlanta that comes two and three times a day, seven days a week and they do nothing. I think the police should be investigated like Fulton and DeKalb counties by the GBI and the FBI. And they may be done if we can't get something done with the house on our street."


november 2 years, 9 months ago

It [lottery] hurts poor people and takes advantage...

Can anyone honestly state that poor people would be better off financially if the lottery didn't exist? Wouldn't it be more likely that they would just find something else to spend it on when a majority of their mentality is to spend not save? They aren't impoverished by the lottery; the lottery is just one way they keep themselves in poverty.


johndoemo_ 2 years, 9 months ago

November, just because poor people would waste money on something else doesnt make it right for our government to trick them into paying for kids college. Bottom line is the lottery is a bad idea and it hurts us just as bad as the government giving checks to people who dont work. It is one of the things making us weaker. Think of all the millions who are hoping to win only to be cursed by winning. It almost always ruins the winner's lives. The whole concept is based on a person's desire to be lazy and not work. WHen truthfully, working and struggling is what makes us great. Not hoping that the lottery would rescue us.


Frustrated 2 years, 9 months ago

How do you figure the Govt is "tricking" them? Everybody knows some of the money from the lottery goes to help the HOPE scholorship, and pre-K.


heresyafacts 2 years, 9 months ago

If poor people are paying my kid's way through the HOPE scholarship, at least I'm getting back some of the money I paid in taxes that goes to welfare, WIC, EBT cards, food stamps, free housing, etc.


Clark 2 years, 9 months ago

Not to mention, no one's forcing them to buy lottery tickets, and no one's trying to hide where the money goes.


conyersgirl 2 years, 9 months ago

hey HERSYAFACTS.....OMG...this may be the most intelligent comment i have had the pleasure of reading in this paper. you are so right and its not being forced on them like taxes are to everyone one of us who go out and work everyday. these same people that are being "TRICKED" and taking advantaged of are just like a guy who use to work for my husband....get paid on friday broke by monday but he always had his cigarettes and beer on friday afternoons. they dont set their priorities nor have any motivation to change their circumctances which is why we have to foot their existence.


stephensansing 2 years, 9 months ago

Just to clear up a couple things:

  1. The Magnet School is not an independently operated high school. Just as students attend RCA and their home school, grades are reported back to the home school. Students take classes at the Magnet School, but also take classes "up the hill" at the RCHS campus. All scores, graduation rates, etc are reported with RCHS (this is good and bad for both). The Magnet School is an extension of RCHS, which is why its students are allowed to take part in the band, chorus, drama, and extracurricular sports offered at RCHS.

  2. Any extra money that the Magnet School gets is through their fundraising efforts. The Magnet Fund has several fundraising opportunities that many parents put their hard work into running every year.

  3. RCHS and RMSST have been named on many lists for top schools in the country, as just recently the Superintendent presented the faculty with an award for being named an AP High School award winner. Neither school would be complete without the other.


Elmo 2 years, 9 months ago

The last time I checked, playing the lottery was totally voluntary, totally! No one is "taking" money from the poor. What's the clerk supposed to do, say "I'm sorry but I can't sell you a ticket because you look so poor."? Then he would be accused of "profiling"

Maybe a showing of last years tax return would be required to prove eligibility for buying a lottery chance.

The so-called "poor" in this country are well off compared to poor people in other parts of the world. They have cars, LED TVs, cell phones, X-Boxes, and computers, surely a couple of bucks for the chance to win a little money can't be a budget killer.

Besides, what people do with their money - rich or poor-is no one else's business, so long as its legal.

What's with this nanny-state-I've-got-to-tend-to-everybody's-business mentality that has taken over our free society? Mind your own business, and if you don't want to play the lottery, then don't freakin' play it! It's that simple, so simple a child could understand it.

If you disagree with the HOPE Schloarship program, get a job and put your own kids through college.

I think the lottery program for education is a great idea. It's voluntary, it's prosperous, it helps thousands of kids go to college. Too bad the government can't work that way.

And finally, you can't go through life trying to demand certain behaviors from people just because you don't oersonally agree with it.

So long as its legal, live, and let live.


johndoemo_ 2 years, 9 months ago

Sounds good. Why not just set up lottery sales booths at nursing homes and elementary schools? We are missing out on a lot of milk money we could be getting.


heresyafacts 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh come on -- convenience stores are easy walking distance from the playground, and practically all of them have wheelchair ramps. That's the problem with kids and the old these days -- no initiative.

On a serious note; your argument is, as Elmo remarked, very nanny-state. It is not the job of the government to regulate stupidity -- it simply can't be done. The "desire to be lazy and not work" existed before there was a state lottery; gambling would still exist if the lottery were abolished tomorrow. Even during the '30s, people were playing dice and running numbers in all kinds of illegal gaming operations because the market for gambling exists; it always has. With the state lottery, that money can be channeled into something positive for the community at large.


johndoemo_ 2 years, 9 months ago

That is the same argument people use about legalizing suicide. Are we being a nanny state there too? The general decline of our country is due mostly to laziness, low moral standards, and the loss of American ingenuity. If the gas prices were this high in 1955, they would have invented cars that got 60mpg and you know it. Now, We need to remove most of the government checks, the lottery, and tighten up penalties for crime. I know the lottery plays a smaller role than other factors but it is definitely bad for us as a society. I have witnessed people with gambling problems spend way too much on it.


heresyafacts 2 years, 9 months ago

Since when has more government solved a problem? Criminalization of certain behaviors does not translate into 'moral' or positive behavior. Even the most totalitarian of societies as not been able to eliminate the baser instincts or prevent some from acting on them, and the siren call of 'easy money' -- whether it's gambling, drug peddling, bootlegging, or loading up on government entitlements -- is always going to pull in victims. We are better served in providing treatment for addicts than with increasing penalties, with the added benefit of freeing up jail space and judicial resources for more heinous offenses.

The destructive forces in this country are unions, entitlements and petty lawsuits. When an individual or small group of individuals are able to economically destroy businesses and the creators who found them, paralyze school systems, infringe on free speech rights, manipulate political agendas, loaf on taxpayers' money, and dictate the who, what, when, where and how for the rest of us -- those are the full-on assaults on American ingenuity and initiative.


Elmo 2 years, 9 months ago

Wht is it with the constant reminders that it's "democrat history month"...I don't care.

Everyone has had a "history" but it usually begins for the typical individual at the time they are born.

We, as a nation, are currently repeating lessons we should have learned from history, like the fall of the Roman Empire, socialism/communism, Greece, and many other events that destroyed people and nations.

The country is falling because we ignore history, and were supposed to celebrate the history of ones who are destroying it? Pulllleeeezzzzze.


SandraC 2 years, 9 months ago

Since when was MLK Jr one of the greatest Republicans of all time? Wasn't he strongly supported by the Communists?


Elmo 2 years, 9 months ago

If you subscribe to the tribal mentality, and think that because one republican strays, they are all guilty, you probably think you made a valid point. But you're probably the first to object when the situation is reversed.

There are a lot of RINOs out there (Republican In Name Only) who don the cloak of republican for political advantage. In MLK's day, the democrat party was the popular conservative party, not the republicans.

Somewhere the democrat party veered hard to the left, and conservatives went republican.

Rewriting history to make an irrelevant point is a non-starter. I lived through it, did you?


Sundance 2 years, 9 months ago

How many lawyers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Only one but it really gets screwed.

also.... Keep Marta out


INJUSTICE_FOR_ALL 2 years, 9 months ago

Black history month,Correct on the front page everyday. Shooting,robbing and killing america


Sign in to comment