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.
"'When I was in fights back in school they gave us whippings. Now they arrest kids." (comment from last week) ... Are you serious? How out of touch are you? 'Whip' a high school student? Even some middle school students are bigger than many adults!"
"I would like to address all of the commenters that keep saying 'Get out while you can' or welcome to 'East DeKalb' or 'Little Detroit' or the thousand other declarations that Rockdale has gone downhill. Are you guys helping anything? I grew up here (45 years ) and I have seen the same thing you have, and I do not argue that we are experiencing some tough times. But is this helping? Do you think you are making some bold observation that so one else can see? Do you think it takes talent or skill or courage to say stupid negative things like that? It reminds me of the ever-present sissy in any survival movie. They always say things like 'we will never make it' or 'you are just wasting your energy.' Those folks never help the others build a signal fire or hunt or survive. They just sit around and bring everyone down. ... If you can say how this helps anything here, please present it but it would be better for you guys just to shut it."
"The leadership in this county needs to take a long look at what the people want and need and put that over what they think serves us best. I have lived in this county 23 years and the county I love is crumbling before my eyes. Our schools have declined, getting worsening scores yearly. Our roads are cracked and full of potholes, not to mention every line is faded to the point they have almost lost visibility. Our kids have nothing better to do than get in trouble and hang around with the wrong crowds when all they need are activities to do that truly interest them and a better education. The leadership in this county can't and never will have the ability to relate to what the people in this county need. Every single member of our local government has had easy rides. None of them have lived paycheck to paycheck. A sign to welcome people to West Avenue. Why? The road is faded, the buildings are run down or out of business. How about we fix the roads and bring business back to West Avenue so that the people coming can actually be happy to be here. The leadership must change and if they don't, we the people have to do our job and kick them out. We need the leadership we deserve. We pay their salaries, they work for us and they need to start acting like it. It is our job to serve our county by ensuring the best leadership is in place. Let's do our job."
"I have noticed a big difference between Democrats and Republicans who find themselves in trouble. It seems like Republicans have more class and put the greater good over their own personal ambitions. They usually just step down when they have been caught doing wrong. Democrats fight to the end, lie, spin, and bring the system to a screeching halt no matter if they were right or wrong. The greater good is of no concern to them. Of course this is just my impression further proven by Bill Clinton, APS teachers and superintendent, Clayton school board, DeKalb school board, and some of our local Democrats. It must be a deeply ingrained value and it is killing the country. You should admit when you are wrong and accept the consequences. It is better for everyone in the long term."
"Quit calling Social Security a 'federal benefit.' A federal benefit is something the government takes from those of us who worked for it to give to others who have done nothing to earn it. The federal government has not contributed one penny to Social Security. Employees and their employers are the only ones who put money in! Congress (with the help of all recent presidents -- Republican and Democrat) have taken the money we invested while working so we would have a retirement income. Instead they took our money to spend for their own projects and gave us an IOU. The IOU won't buy my food! If I had invested the money I have given to the government for Social Security and received a minimum return, I would get twice what I currently receive, and it would last at least 30 years. Now I'll get half of what I should be getting, and if something isn't done soon I won't get anything. Obama promised that if Congress would pass his tax increase he would cut spending. He got his tax increase, but now won't honor his promise to cut spending. He wants more tax increases! It's up to him to stop the sequester -- all he has to do is honor is promise! He doesn't deserve any more of our hard-earned money until he shows he can be responsible with what he already gets, pay back the IOU to Social Security, and leave our retirement accounts alone!"
"I'm not the ripest pear on the tree so I don't understand all of the hype about texting while driving, each TV station is giving out apps to use to stay in constant contact with driving conditions while driving."----
"I guess if you walk to your mailbox to get your check each month you don't need to worry about how much gas costs! Go ahead, hit the snooze button, you're dreaming! Wake up."
"If folks could read my mind, I'd get punched in the face ... a lot!"
"During the last few weeks there was a crew (I'm assuming from Rockdale County) doing some road repair in a street near Shoal Creek Elementary. So they finished doing their work and then paved the whole street where they had been digging. Literally 10 feet from where they finished the paving out onto Flat Shoals Road there was a pothole about 2 feet across. Did they take a shovel of paving material over there and fill it? No! Maybe that wasn't on their work order. Can you tell me that was beyond the scope of their duties to fill a pothole that was right there in front of them? Sad, very sad. And they also left their lunch trash on the ground where they were parked."
"So you worry about a shade tree mechanic in your neighborhood. Well, maybe we could swap. In our little subdivision, off Klondike Road, we have a new big open-front metal barn, (which is another story), a dump truck parking lot and a tractor-trailer rig that is parked in a driveway on the weekends ... at the front entrance no less! Top that off and we have a foreclosed house, being gutted and remodeled for nearly a year now with all the gutted stuff and building material scattered all over the yard. Thing is ... it's a corner lot! What a good view! Pity the neighbors that have their property up for sale! Maybe we should go ahead and post a 'Zone Law Free' sign up at the entrance!"
"My girlfriend said to try and see things from a woman's point of view. So, I looked out the kitchen window."
"Just in case anyone of you think that those shoes that look like gloves are cool looking, they aren't. They look dumb. Sorry. I know you want to be cool, but they really aren't. Take them off and put them next to your played out Birkenstock, Dock Martins and Members Only jacket."----
"Hey, big heads in charge. The Falcons are looking for a new home. There's a lot of room at GIHP for a nice stadium. Even plenty of parking. Image the money it could bring in? We already took the chili cook-off from Stone Mountain."