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.
"Obama keeps blaming the Republicans. Why? They gave him the tax increase he wanted in exchange for his promise to cut spending, so why does Obama refuse to live up to his promise. Even when he gets what he wants from the Republicans, he wants more. If we are going to make any progress on the budget, Obama is going to have to follow through with the balanced approach he claims to want. All I see from him is more and more taxes, with little or no budget reduction. The loopholes do need to be closed, but this issue can be addressed in the future. He has already increased the taxes, the loopholes can wait until next year. The sequestration problem could be solved if Obama would just agree to wait one year to close the loopholes. The Republicans have already said they are willing to close the loopholes, but not right after a large tax increase. The sequestration is being caused by Obama's refusal to live up to his promises, not the Republicans. By the way, I am not a "rich" person who is getting any benefits from the loopholes. I am a retired teacher who is afraid of losing Social Security completely when the US goes bankrupt because of Obama's spend, spend, and spend even more policies."
"I mostly like my job as a high school teacher. As a former construction worker, the physical demands of teaching are nil, we have good vacations and the kids are fun to work with. But all of these women in charge panic too quickly. They are very caring but if there is an emergency or any disruption, they do not know how to stay calm. It causes fear in the teachers when leadership doesn't stay calm. And this new superintendent seems to lead by fear. It's a bad combination with all of these females in charge. Things go south in a hurry based on emotions."
"So Jake Gyllenhaal has a requirement that no one be within 100 foot radius of him. So due to this rule the staff put the fans way the heck away from the shooting to respect this rule. They won't tell this to your face and just lie saying 'Oh you'll be in the shot.' I was actually a very well behaved fan and was there to just witness the movie. I had no interest in yelling or running after the stars. I can't do that anyway because I'm too sick from a rare disease to do that! I wasn't even there to see Jake anyway! Jake Gyllenhaal you obviously have a lot to learn. 1. It's the fans that pay your salary. We can turn on you quickly. 2. You act like you are an elite actor, you're not. You weren't even in the leading role. No one knows movies you have been in except 'Brokeback Mountain' and that wasn't a leading role either. 3. It is not wise to upset those that have debilitating diseases that can kill someone quicker than your career. I hate to have a flare up and the last thing I remember about you is how much of a jerk you are. Luckily you aren't worth my thoughts. If I survive long enough I expect to see you on some low list reality show where you beg to be important. I only support actors that show love and support to the people that pay to see their movies."
"Is it just me or do you have to ask yourself was the City Council asleep at the wheel when they okayed Elite A to open business on Hwy. 138 near Golden Corral. I just Googled it after reading the sign and what they are going to sell and the one in Douglasville is listed under adult entertainment. Is that what we want in our town? Why not just bring in the strip clubs now. It's a sad day in Conyers from what I thought I was buying into 30 years ago."
"I was fortunate to attend the event at RCA last Sat. night. The Culinary Arts teacher and students catered the affair and I must say that they did an outstanding job. The food was delicious and was presented beautifully and professionally. Kudos to Cathy Harris and the RCA Culinary Arts program!"
"I don't like to be negative, so here's something positive. I'm positive it's going to get worse!"
"Is it any coincidence that the cars I see failing to yield at yield signs also tend to be sporting crushed in rear panels or busted taillights? Yeah, I know, you're in a hurry and you're a great deal more important than me and that second you saved in not yielding will get you to the McD's drive-thru line faster. But you could save yourselves the headache of police reports and higher insurance premiums -- not to mention the overall look and condition of your ride -- if you would actually adhere to traffic rules and have a little consideration for other drivers."
"Why is it that the Conyers Horse Park leaves the lights on every night? There are around 200 street lights that are not necessary! We can't pay teachers but we can keep lights burning when there is no activity going on! I just don't understand."----
"Clark asked me to see things from his point of view so I did not go to Lithonia and look at what MARTA has done over there. I just pretended that the only thing that would happen if MARTA came here would be gas savings for me. In other words, I ignored reality."
"The new cross walk, warning signs and lights on Ebenezer Road at Johnson Park, installed at a cost of thousands, could have been easily and economically replaced by a simple "LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING" sign. The new left turn signal and lane onto Johnson Road makes as much fiscal sense as buying more rocks to decorate the Interstate. Hard to convince anyone of a lack of funds when we see such squandering of taxpayer dollars. Great work politicians!"
"As a U.S. Citizen and 80% disabled Marine, I hereby forward an article to all U.S. Citizens and especially you VETERANS: Changing Benefits Formula could hit Veterans Hard ... A proposed formula to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and other federal benefits-called the "Chained CPI" (C-CPI)- would save money for the government, some budget experts say. But it would also take a disproportionate toll on one group -- disabled Veterans. It was calculated that a 30 year old veteran of the Iraq or Afghanistan war who has no children and is 100 percent disabled would likely lose about $100,000 in disability compensation by age 75 (calculated in today's dollars), compared with benefits under the current cost-of-living formula. Over a 10-year period, 23 million veterans would lose $17 billion in compensation and pension benefits, according to the calculations. The CPI would also reduce benefits for current and future retirees, costing the average 65 year old nonveteran retiree about $3,900 in Social Security benefits by age 75. The Congressional Budget Office says the C-CPI would rise about 0.3 percentage points less each year than the current consumer price index measure. ... Tell Washington to leave Social Security and Veterans Benefits out of any budget deal.... Call 866-584-3909 toll-free to let them know where you stand. ..."
"To the driver of the mocha Chevy Tahoe with Rockdale plates who was going 60-plus mph down Parker Road in the right-hand lane: You knew you were going to turn left at Flat Shoals -- was it worth endangering others just so you could get two car spaces ahead and get to the red light first? There's a word for your kind, but this paper won't print it."
"While we're watching the budget debacle in Congress, and while those of us who work watch our taxes go up and our insurance premiums skyrocket and the cost of living skyrocket and our salaries diminish (because few of us who actually WORK are getting anything approaching a raise or COL increase), I'd like to remind everyone of the dingbats who were re-elected by the entitlement recipients in our area particularly the inarticulate and low-functioning Hank Johnson. Let us all recall the following which occurred at one of his rare personal events at the senior center here in Rockdale back in 2011: '"When a suggestion in the audience was given to start by looking at cuts in politicians' salaries and benefits to help balance the budget, Johnson said he needed the $174,000 he's paid to 'make ends meet...Don't get me wrong. I make good money ... but it's not big money.' So he tells an audience in an area where the median income is around $30-40k, that his taxpayer funded $174k is 'not big money.' Is it any wonder that this country is in a financial tailspin, with great minds like that in Congress?"
"I can't understand why this paper allows some of the most hateful comments to be published on the web page lately. Some are so hate filled it makes me wonder what kind of society Conyers/Rockdale County have become. Why not block such anger/hate filled comments? They serve no purpose but to add fuel to the fire. I understand free speech but there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech disguised behind an anonymous user name."