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.
"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."