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.
"With Karen Handel now jumping into the U.S. Senate race, at least now the Democrats have someone they can vote for. Up to this point, Gingrey was the most liberal candidate, but with Handel, she takes the liberal lead for that honor."
"The only reason that company wants to build the 'mixed use' property on Iris is for the apartments. Tell them you will make the deal without any more residential rentals and see how fast they run. The thing at Parker and Flat Shoals is making money. Just on the apartments. They are fine with that. All they want is apartments, they are putting all this YMCA crap on the table so they can build their apartments. I bet they split it up after they build it so they can own only the apartments and get rid of the business parks. Conyers needs to say no to anything that is not normal. Stop getting creative. These people are used to going around to little towns like us who aren't savvy."
"Found out my son was using his phone to cheat on tests. He took pictures of his notes and just looked at them on his phone since his teacher lets them have their phones out during tests. She says they like to listen to music while they take tests. How dumb can you be? They are texting each other answers and looking at notes. This school system is hurting."
"The median on Hwy. 138 between Target and Honey Creek Road looks like trash. High grass and dead trees does not attract good residents. If you dimwits want more property taxes, you will need to keep this county attractive so that folks with money and families will feel OK about moving here with kids. Every decision you make affects property value. And property value affects tax revenue. I do not understand what you think your job is but spending 80K per year on some goofball from Lithonia to do something no other board of commissioners ever needed is not good management when there are easy, fixable problems out there that would help the county."
"Dear RCPS school board. Please buy out the contract of our school system lawyer and replace him. Get a strong, dedicated, moral, lawyer that wants to confront and beat cases and show the parents in this county that the last thing they ever want to do is go to court with RCPS. This will free up principals and county office brass to stop worrying about getting sued for doing the right thing. Also, change the school system lawyer job so that we don't have to sign a long contract with them if they are not doing their job. Every administrator I know asks themselves if they will get sued while they are dealing with each discipline issue. It is unreasonable to ask these professionals to do the right thing when our county lawyer and superintendent don't have the sand to back them up."
"This is in response to the RV guy at (a local coffee shop). It seems that you are looking for anything to be able to make a racial accusation. I am white and if a white guy were doing the same thing you are doing, I would feel exactly the same way. I don't care what color you are and most people don't. In what decade are you stuck? It is creepy to me that you are there with your lap top apparently video-taping people. I will not let my teenage daughter go in there to possibly be a victim of your camera ... You should be ashamed of yourself and try hard to find something to do with your life that can add something positive to the human experience. You are not making racial relationships any better and certainly don't represent the African American people I know."----
"Next time RCSO brings the prisoners out, can they pick up trash on McDaniels Mill? The Lake St. James riffraff are dumping their trash bags on the side of the road and it looks awful."
"Would like for everyone to know Conyers Lowes is great! We bought a ... stove and after six months the paint bubbled. (The manufacturer) would not honor their one-year warranty for a product defect. Dwayn, Jesse, Johnny and Claude (special installer) with Lowes stepped up and had a new part to replace the defected part. This process took almost two months (which was not due to Lowes). (The manufacturer) first sent the wrong part then sent a defective part. Thank you, again, to the nice four guys at Lowes."
"Do you ever notice that the same people that blow their horn all the time, don't use their blinkers?"
"OK, this rampant, unchecked growth in this county must stop! I personally counted 13 empty stores, plus the empty Publix in the old Publix shopping center on Ga. 20, and a developer is proposing to build even more stores? If we can't even fill the ones we have, why are we considering allowing the construction of an even larger number of buildings? This extends to residential development as well. People just aren't moving to Rockdale right now. Let's fill the houses for sale first, before building hundreds of new apartments that will sit empty for years."
"Everyone needs to read the book 'Intellectuals and Race,' written by Thomas Sowell, who is an educated, successful black man. He recently gave some other reading recommendations, so those of you who would like to know the truth about our world, instead of what the media and Internet tell you, might want to read some of these, especially the ones dealing with race and welfare:
"If the City Council can be so blinded by greed as to begin talking about approving the Four A project with agreement in mind, then it is just as simple for the citizens of Conyers to begin sharpening up the pencils to file the lawsuits against the inept Gang of 6. Unless they decide to rewrite the city charter, the first clause dictates that the Gang of 6 are to do everything in their power to protect the health and safety of the citizens they serve. Consider that we already lack the water and sewer capacity to support the development and you have created a health hazard for the rest of us and that includes all county residents. Here is what the Four A group would have to agree to for this to work at all: Pay and build one new elementary, middle, and high schools along with paying for the construction and at least five years of operation of a new 6 million gallon capacity sewer plant, then drill into the aquifer for your own water supply, and finally pay for all road construction in the city and county to widen the roads. This comes up to about $250 million at today's rate, so let's see how serious they are about supporting our community. In the meantime, the inept Gang of 6 needs to get their checkbooks out because you are all responsible for your actions."
"The Code of Flag Display and Use (Public Law 829): The Flag shall be displayed on Memorial Day (Half Staff until Noon) That is correct ... Until Noon ... That in simple terms means 12:00 a.m. When the clock strikes noon, the flag will be sharply raised to the top ... Thank you all ... you Patriots..."
"I have a comment about Obama coming to Morehouse College for his speech. Do I think it was racially motivated? Yes, I do. You can fool some people by denying it, but you can't fool mother nature."