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Rockdale Citizen Poll for March 17, 2013

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 poll@rockdalecitizen.com or complete the online form.

----"Do we have a growing problem with our new nuclear plants and no way to save them if we have a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean? It's been two years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, a catastrophic event that decimated the lives and livelihoods of some 160,000 Japanese citizens with an estimated economic loss of up to a half a trillion dollars. Here in the United States, Fukushima heightened public concern and provided a rallying point for stronger nuclear safety measures. But the industry, its allies in Congress, and nuclear regulators have been dragging their feet."


"Dear Rockdale County. I am a high school teacher here in the county and I just caught myself doing something that I hate. I just found myself trying to figure out the best way to get to the front office without running into kids who are skipping or talking on their cellphone or out of dress code or all three. I can handle my own class, but the ones in the hall have learned to push back, walk away, ignore and there is very little disciplinary reaction. I can hardly walk by them because something inside really wants to fix these problems, and I don't want to end up like a loser that just lets stuff slide and the whole system goes down the tubes because no one feels like they can do anything to fix it. So, do I get a few behavior forms and walk down the main hallway and write them up and take time away from the huge load of work I have? Or do I walk outside and avoid confrontation? Today I will walk outside. Maybe tomorrow I will have enough hope that this county will back me and throw the book at students who disrespect teachers. The kids have learned it from their parents and it will take someone tough and dedicated to show these children who is in charge. Anyway, keep us in your prayers."


"I saw a story on TV last night about a Dukes of Hazard convention happening in Byron, Ga., and thought how sad that Rockdale or Newton could not have developed and hosted this and maybe reaped some financial benefit and business from it, considering this is where the filming was done. Then I remembered -- oh, yeah, that was a white people show. We're all about diversity and government money here."


"Isn't it interesting that Obama can't find money to pay for White House tours, but he can find $5.2 million to fund research on fish to find out more about democracy? His priorities are a little bit off, don't you think?"


"Charter school funding should not be used for private, religious or private schools created in the 1960s to avoid segregation. The tax dollars should be used to improve public education. Tis a sad day in Douglas County when public dollars are siphoned out of the public school classroom door to religious and to private enterprises. We need collaboration, not competition, to meet the diverse needs of our children in public schools. Separation of church and state is a bedrock value of a Democracy, and the wall of separation should be enforced."


"Charter schools are private education with public funding. Only if you are rich enough to transport your child to a private school do you qualify for vouchers. You and the Independence Institute are all about freedom and choice for families especially if they are privileged enough for the voucher to amount to the funding that a family needs to send their kids to any school they want. Ayn Rand's pipe dream is all great ... in theory. Right?"


"If the government can provide free housing to S-8, could they not also include a garbage service? I'm tired of smelling the burning plastic from the ones too lazy to even drive their trash to the grocery store dumpster or Goodwill box. Call the law, FD, or code you say? Good luck with that. They all point fingers at one another and nothing is ever dealt with. This isn't DeKalb East, it's Kenya West."


"Growing up in the '70s and '80s with parents that grew up in Riverdale and Jonesboro, I never really understood what my parents meant when they'd tell me, 'Where we came from used to be a great place to live.' Last week, I told my 6-year-old, 'Growing up in Rockdale used to be nice.' BAM! Then I realized exactly what they were talking about. I'm building a house right now in Morgan County because of what has become of this, once nice, town. I hope my kids never have to say that about Morgan County."----

"Regarding the March 10 note about the Elite A planned business opening, the city council wasn't asleep because the location is not in the city limits of Conyers. It's in unincorporated Rockdale County. You can find a map of the unusual city limits boundary at conyersga.com under 'City Leadership.'"


"I just read the article about the art teacher from Heritage getting sentenced for dating a student. Are there any ongoing training about how to prevent this in our schools? Apparently, years in prison is not enough of a deterrent. Are there danger signs training or reporting mechanisms in place to stop this sort of thing before it starts? Is it even being discussed in the faculty meetings or are we just continuing on the same way we always have and hoping it never happens again? Is the school board asking these questions or are they just assuming there is nothing to be done?"


"If guns kill people, do spoons make people fat? Should we outlaw matches to prevent arson?"


"Since immigration will soon be an an issue, I would like to make a few comments. Our country is, yes, a nation of immigrants. But, so are Canada, Latin America and South America along with the island nations of this hemisphere. The native inhabitants of these areas were conquered by the 'Old World.' Many wars were fought and lost by these countries for the land and bounties. Man has in the past, present and probably the future will always want to war against each other and the winner will enjoy the spoils. Such is man. If anyone can tell me that we are the only country who was built on immigrants. tell me. Example, Hispanic origins come from Spain, not Mexico. Spain created Mexico. It was not here until the exploration of the 'New World' began in the 15th century. Many countries laid claim to what is now our country. War decided who got what. We are now a nation unlike any other in the world. I am saddened that nobody remembers this or the sacrifices made to make it so. We are the land of the free, not an open house to every immigrant who wants to come here illegally. I am only saying do it the right way and you will be welcomed. However, do not bring the 'Old World' customs to us as we now have created our own like it or not. We fought and won freedom and welcome all who want to be members of the United States of America. Not to have you come here and want to change what we fought and died for, as well as fought and died for in other countries to keep freedom free. Everyone has connections to the 'Old World' but, this is the 'New World.' Like it or leave!"


"I would like to thank the nice young Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy that stopped to help my young son on Sunday night with a flat tire at the intersection of Ebenezer and Flat Shoals. The three Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies that passed him before this one ... Shame on you!"


"Daddy was right! He tried to tell me that one day working, paying taxes and going to church would be considered old-fashioned! Guess what?"


"To the person who was complaining about Jake Gyllenhaal and the "100 foot radius" rule: If you had to deal with the kind of wing-nuts who show up at shoots and other places that he has to deal with, you'd want a 100 foot radius around you, too. This isn't about being elitist; it's about being safe."


"So does anyone know what is going in over on Gees Mill Road between Sigman and the train tracks? There's been a huge parcel of empty land for quite a while and the past couple of weeks there are construction vehicles there."

Comments

johndoemo_ 1 year, 5 months ago

To the teacher who is avoiding the hallways becuase of the bad kids, I feel bad for you. I say stay encouraged and keep doing your job to your best. One day, you may get a Principal or school board that will actually support you instead of just have rules on the books without real enforcement.

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LoveIt 1 year, 5 months ago

To the teacher who no longer walks down the hall. Yes, life takes courage for us all in different ways. Stand up and find your spine again. Be the change you want to see in others around you. If you care about these children who also have some hard lessons to learn, get to your job. Find your compassion for these kids and face your fears. While I may feel for you, I also feel for the students who are your challenge. So what if they argue? Didn't your kids do that too (and you as a teen)? Respect is not given or commanded, it is earned. Go down the hall and earn some.

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Clark 1 year, 5 months ago

So you'd rather that teacher get fired and unable to teach in Georgia again, and possibly unable to teach anywhere else? In the current school system, people who do the right thing get fired, or at minimum harassed into leaving. The people that need to grow the spine are the community members to demand change from the system at the top rather than the bottom. Demand that the system start disciplining the children up to and including expulsion, then lock up the parents if they refuse to send the kids elsewhere at their expense.

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shawty 1 year, 5 months ago

Lovelt, It can't be done alone. You MUST have allies! You must have administrative backing. Only superheroes in movies fight alone...

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Elmo 1 year, 5 months ago

Quote by William Shakespeare - "A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once...

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Sundance 1 year, 5 months ago

You do that job for a week. Then see if you call them a coward. That teacher does not sound like a normal complainer. Yes I still want them to keep trying but I would never call them a coward.

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Elmo 1 year, 5 months ago

If you thought I was calling him a "coward", you didn't read the whole quote.

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newsjunkie54 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow, this gets so tiring sometimes. This country IS NOT A DEMOCRACY! We are a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC. The person who commented about the separation of church and state obviously went to a government school because that is where they are teaching this nonsense. Separation of church and state was NOT to protect the government from the church, it was to protect the church from the government.You probably think it is in the Constitution too, huh?

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Elmo 1 year, 5 months ago

Yep, and that's why they're called "low information voters". Never has the population of America been so devastatingly ignorant about our history, and our government.

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MadHatter 1 year, 5 months ago

You can thank Neal Brootz for that.

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1ayk 1 year, 5 months ago

Let us not also forget that parts of the United States were purchased from other old world countries who had laid claim as well.

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Clark 1 year, 5 months ago

If Jake Gyllenhaal has a problem with people when shooting in a city, maybe he should only be in movies that stay in studios (like we actally have) where they belong. It's one thing to use public infrastructure to shoot a movie, it's another to hijack the area around a movie shoot because one of their special little snowflakes is a bit uncomfortable.

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superman 1 year, 5 months ago

I think that is par for the course. There is no secret of how our famous are hunted and idolized so he knew what could happen when he decided to become an actor. I'm pretty sure no one twisted his arm and made him get into acting so in my eyes he signed up for this treatment. It's like a fireman saying he's not going into a burning building because he doesn't like the heat. If you want privacy then don't step into the public spot light. All that said, he's just a human and he needs his space and privacy people. It just so happens a lot of people know his face and his name; is he (or any other famous person) that different from you or I?

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AWOL 1 year, 5 months ago

Hang in there teachers! I wish you could list the students who are doing bad things with no repurcussions and submit it to an open School Board meeting!

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kt 1 year, 5 months ago

To the worn out teacher: Keep fighting the good fight. Because it sounds like teaching is more than just a job to you, and that you DO care about the kids that are entrusted to you. I can only imagine what the burnout must be like, especially in March when everyone is tired and the patients are running the asylum. I hope that tomorrow you get the support you need and deserve. I hope t hat the parents in this county wake up and realize that a good, solid, loving education is the only way their kids aren't going to end up in prison, dealing drugs, and becoming the pond scum of society. Hold your head up. Most people who are saying rude things probably couldn't stand in your shoes for a day. Just think, only a few more weeks and you'll be home free ;)

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