"Why are the water rates going up so high? Did you not find all the water leaks causing over 1,000,000 (million) gallons per month of treated water? Rockdale proposed rates will be higher than Gwinnett County. Is the new water rates to pay for Hill Phoenix to build a new complex with free water and sewer hookups on Gees Mill Road and Sigman Road. Proposed rates for water and sewer for Rockdale and current rates for Gwinnett.
per 1,000 gallons
rock w - 5.60 s - 7.17
gwin w- 4.69 s - 7.11
over w - 0.91 s - 0.08
Why so high and how much are we charging private companies to process sewage delivered to Quigley? Why don't we have a Quigley south? Why don't we have a second lake providing water? Why don't we have storage tanks like Newton County? It is a waste of money to keep RWS in service if they do not have any contingency plans."
"Who sits and waits in a drive-thru for 10 minutes for a $4 cup of coffee anyways? For reals? Quit yer grouching, get a coffee pot and make your own, ya lazy bum -- it'll take you less than 10 minutes and you can use the extra $$ toward paying off yer credit cards."
"'Any man who thinks he will be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.' -- Henry Ford"
----"Dear school board. As you are considering the budget, please take a hard look at two groups of people. 1) The people making big salaries in the county office. Not only are they making a lot of money, they are usually spending a lot on programs and curriculums and personal training and the like. There needs to be accountability there and cost vs. benefit analysis. Does anyone at the county even know how to do a cost-benefit report? When I think of all the money spent on the new report card , along with all of the training that required substitutes for every high school teacher in the county, twice! it bothers me. The good schools in Oconee and Gwinnett are not doing all this crap and their scores dwarf ours. 2) The second area to look at is teachers getting Dr. pay. They are getting huge money and are usually the worst teachers in the building from my experience. The best teachers are usually the younger ones from good colleges or passionate career switchers. Not online crap. Please clean house in the county office and the teachers that are making big money and giving no return."
"Have there been any discussions on installing red lights at the intersection of Highway 138 and Miller's Chapel/Parker Road? Whenever someone tries to turn left from Miller's Chapel onto Hwy. 138, the car behind them tries to go around them to go straight. The car going straight then risks getting hit head-on by the car turning left from Parker onto 138. This is really a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed."
"Dear readers. Please take a moment and think of the first Georgia city that comes to your mind which is run primarily by Democrats. Now ask yourself this, 'Does that city have a low crime rate? Does it have good schools? Is it a good place to raise children? Now think of a city primarily run by Republicans and ask the same questions. How on earth could you possibly trust the Democrats with the power to rule over us? They are bad at their job.""
"Someone asked 'Would 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,...' It is because they vote for black and that's it? Period ... They vote skin color ... they do not care about anything else...They usually have no clue about any issues... they just want black ... How ignorant is that?"
"The Republican member of the Rockdale Board of Elections should resign immediately. His outwardly racist editorial is evidence that there is no way he can represent all residents in this community. Luckily nobody actually reads the website it was posted on, but it was surely dispersed for political gain. Regardless, the 'story' this man tells is proof he is not worthy of a board position."
"There has been much discussion and hand-wringing over our national debt with proposed solutions that cut domestic spending but no mention has been made of the multiple wars that have not been paid for. Also, our lavish spending around the world attempting to buy friendship and influence that does not seem to pay dividends. It's time the people think for themselves and convey the message to their elected representatives."
"Never understood why Democrats leave bad areas, move to nice Republican-run areas because they are safer with higher quality of living, then vote in idiotic Democrats. Counties in Georgia that are run by Democrats are usually identified with bad schools, high crime, dilapidated businesses, and general decline. Why not move to a good area and decide to fit in to keep it nice instead of running all the good people off by voting in bad people?"
"As a teacher, I would like to say that I see many problems with this school system. I can live with almost all of them though. But the one thing this county needs to do is get tough with discipline. There are kids in this system that should not be here. There are kids who get away with very bad behavior towards teachers so you know they are mean to other students. The administrators are used to it so they don't give them too much punishment. I have many friends with small children that are saving their money for private school. I think it is terrible for a government to make them pay taxes for schools but not make the schools safe enough for their kids."
"I know you have the right to be selective of the letters that you publish, and have in the past published things very critical of local school board members and personnel. You have also published some things that I have sent, but when I send something highly critical of our local government elected officials you don't run those letters. For example after the last election I made some statements about why some officials were elected, and it didn't run. I don't know why anything I wrote is any less valid or even less truthful than some of the things that I have seen in this poll, where people's names weren't even used! I also send letters to the editor, and most of the time they get printed, but on this poll it seems that some things that some may consider overly critical don't make the cut."
"This is my New Year's vent! 1. If you don't have enough money to tip ... don't go out to eat. You sit in my section, tell me that the service was great and then say, 'You'll take care of me on your next visit' ... wrong. 2. This is to the mom in Walmart several weeks ago. Don't get mad at me for 'reminding' you of the two bags of cookies and two drinks that your children were eating while you were in line before the items were paid for. In my book that's shoplifting. And yes it was 'my business' to remind you since you weren't going to say anything to the cashier. That's why my soda went up a dime. 3. Speaking of buffets ... why must people load purses with dessert items and food wrapped in napkins at Golden Corral? Why go into restaurants, order food, complain after eating most of it and expect to get it for free? 4. Why block the intersections at Dogwood and 138, 138 and Iris? Just wait your turn. I wish I had a Monster truck that could just climb all over these idiots when they do this. Where is Conyers' finest? Great spot to increase revenue. 5. Thanks to Conyers Honda for blocking their driveway at night. Sure is nice seeing cars at 7-8 a.m. that thought they could drive around the light at 20/McDonough Road have to turn around and go all the way back out to the intersection and still have to wait for the light. The big guy upstairs is watching ... let's just do what's right. Enjoy the show and live."
"I understand that RCPS wants to be a debt free school system, because many school systems around us aren't that lucky. But, when are the teachers going to get a long overdue raise? We haven't had one in several years! It would also be nice for the board to restart matching our alternate retirement, which hasn't been done in three years either! Now that RCPS is debt free, it would be a great morale booster to raise teacher's salaries, not those of the county office staff. Teachers are the ones in the "trenches" educating the children and pushing them to work hard and meet the standards, which the county and state set. Where would Rockdale County schools be without their dedicated teachers?!"