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.
"I can understand when renewing a drivers license that proof of residence is required and other certain documents are also required. I do not understand why a copy of a Social Security card is made and retained. I can close out my bank account since a copy of this was also made, but I can't get a new Social Security number. I feel this is just wrong."
"I realize that the Rockdale Citizen makes its money from advertising, but that totally tasteless ad from a pawn shop with Santa holding a gun was just too much. The season is not about guns."
"Just heard a good idea from a friend. We should pay our politicians based on how well their constituents feel represented. Put their salaries on a percentage based on evaluation vote. If 100 percent of their constituents give them a favorable evaluation, they get 100 percent of their salary. They say they are moving toward something like this for teachers. I say let's start it out with Oden and Nesbitt."
"I think it is wrong that the president wants to restrict gun ownership for us out here in the streets when he is fully protected. Here is a quote from him in a recent article about his daughters: 'I always talk about how one of the main incentives for running was continuing Secret Service protection so that there are men with guns around at all times (for my daughters when they start dating).' -- Barack Obama"
"The Newton County Board of Education is going to be very busy to find replacements for Mr. Mathews and Mr. Carpenter. I wonder if the county feels like they received a good ROI (return on investment) hiring Mr. Mathews and his rather short tenure as superintendent of schools. I recollect, and correct me if I'm wrong, it was reported in the local newspaper shortly after he arrived that he was applying for a position elsewhere. Mr. Carpenter was doing the same thing. In my opinion, if a person is busy applying for jobs elsewhere, how can they possibly be doing a good job in their present position? Is Mr. Mathews really retiring? I think not. As for Mr. Carpenter going to Missouri; I hope he 'shows' them he is a real leader. I also think that he and his wife have overstayed their welcome in the Newton County School System. I truly hope the board in charge of finding replacement(s) will do better background checks and not hire someone that is 'just biding their time' until retirement. Please post this."
"The demands on teachers have reached an intolerable level. A teaching job here has become one that no human can do within a 12-hour day. Teachers are working nights and weekends to do what they've been asked, but still they never catch up. Is this fair or even legal? Teachers say they are miserable. Their health is declining and their families are falling apart. In addition to the increasing CO demands, teachers have to teach to students who never stop talking and argue when asked to follow rules. Students have gotten away with bad behavior for so long, that being cruel and disrespectful to their teachers is the norm. Student behavior here is ridiculous and everyone knows it. Teachers are left, day after day, as sitting ducks to be treated in ways that would be considered illegal abuse in any other profession. Yet, they are responsible for the guaranteed academic success of those students who abuse them and the system. We don't want our teachers treated this way. We want them happy and healthy so that they can best serve our children as well as take care of their own families. They should be treated kindly and expected to do only what is reasonable. Thanks to the parents whose children contribute to a positive learning environment. Whether they want to behave or not, they do. They've been taught to do what is polite and best for the educational experience of everyone. To the parents whose children are mean to their teachers and disrupt learning, you brought them up that way and should be ashamed. Know that your children are why so many teachers leave and why our schools have become so ineffective. Let's all help return the profession to an honorable one to which our best students will be attracted. In my school years, if I had observed teachers being treated as they are in classrooms today, I would never in a million years have chosen to become a teacher."
"Ladies, if your Facebook profile picture is of you rock climbing, I am going to assume you are into rock climbing. If your profile picture is of you, in a seductive pose, wearing very little, I am going to assume you are into other things. Double check your daughters' pages please."
----"If y'all gonna charge $4 for coffee can y'all use some of the money to hire some people? We 'bout ran out of gas sitting in the drive through for 10 minutes. For reals?"
"I just have to say after watching the news on 12-31-2012 stating the swearing in the 'slate of eight,' I have to say this county is more divided then ever. I cannot believe that anyone thought this statement of the 'slate of eight' was a good idea. With this statement we just let everyone around the world know that the South has not changed. If all eight of the people we elected think this is a good statement or is a good thing, just shows that maybe we elected the wrong people to represent this county. I can only hope that this statement does not represent how things will be run."
"If the Citizen would like to do an article on Eagle Scouts, that would be great! However, you should highlight all of them. The Eagles of Yellow River District do extraordinary things and they all should be recognized, not just some. A disgruntled Parent of an amazing 2012 Eagle"
"If you voted for Obama, you are the main cause of this fiscal cliff situation. This situation needed leadership. It needed competency, calmness, vision, and someone who cares about our nation more than their own political power. Obama is not that man. Many people are to blame. But a good leader would accept responsibility and get it turned around. We do not need a president who is good at blaming. we need one who can get things done. As voters, we have let ourselves be tricked by smooth talking politicians who are in bed with the media."
"A good leader would bring this country together. Listen, the Republicans do have some good ideas that would help the economy and the Democrats are famous for throwing money away on social programs that have proven to make things worse. Why can't he just give in on a few things? A good president would."
"Eric Levett is the only local Democrat I would have voted for. I think he will do fine. I am convinced the rest are here to take advantage of our county. If the jobs of commissioners and tax commissioner and judges were open for interviews to the general public instead of election, none of these candidates would have been hired. They are completely unqualified. They rely on a voter base with an ulterior motive. A voter base that was glad that OJ Simpson got away with murder."
"I'm a teacher with the RCPS. I have a work day this week. My administrators have meetings and other activities for our staff to complete on this day. However, I know that some administrators at other schools in the county told their staff that they didn't have to come on the work day if they had completed their conferences. Point 1) this is a work day because we are all getting paid to attend school on that day. 2) I have completed my conferences after school for the past four weeks on my own time. 3) This work day was not a day to have student conferences. If my administrator expects me to be there on Tuesday, then every certified teacher employed by the county has to be there. I've worked just as hard as the teachers at that school. In the end, it is one of the 190 days we are expected to work. If you didn't show up on the work day, then your pay should be docked. Again, this is an example of how this school system needs consistent leadership from the county office. I can't believe that Mr. Autry is not aware that this took place. Maybe the principals at these schools should have some kind of reprimand since they told their teachers not to come to school. How is it that some are told they have to attend but others are told to stay home? They are still getting paid for not being at school. Everybody just does what they want to do. I dislike people who aren't rule followers. Especially teachers who expect their own students to follow rules but ignore the rules they are expected to follow."
"I think they should outlaw subway trains because people were killed this year in New York by being pushed in front of the trains. We cannot stand by and allow people to be killed this way. Only dummies would let this continue to happen by not outlawing these dangerous trains."----
"Could someone with better understanding please explain to me why African Americans seem so much more willing to forgive and forget? Blacks seem more likely to give second, third, even a fourth chance. For example the checkered pasts of (some) commissioners, the sheriff-elect in Clayton County, Marion Berry in Baltimore, even Ray Lewis (just announced retirement) who has never come clean about the two murdered during the Atlanta Super Bowl but now mentioned as one of the greats. I just don't get it. People are responsible for their actions and should be judged upon their pasts. If someone could please explain the reason other than voting color I would be greatly interested."