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.
----"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."