The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Newton 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. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“Ronnie Johnston must have on some real rose-colored eyeballs. Covington, No. 1 place to live. The other paper says 18,000 of us are hungry. Well, they aren’t at Walmart. Everyone I see at Walmart has eaten plenty. West Newton has basically gone to hell and the schools are full of crime. The only award our high schools can get is one tied directly to Title I: the AP Honor Schools Award. To even be eligible the schools must have almost half on free or reduced lunch. They are not hungry, by the way. That is a feel-good award since it would be insensitive to tell it like it really is. Ronnie, stop your media campaign for re-election and get real.”

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“I enjoy reading the poll every week as well as the comments at the end. I have to ask though, am I the only one who has trouble understanding some of the comments? I’m not trying to be the grammar police, but some of them are full of run-on sentences that make no sense. I have to read them several times just to try to get the gist of what they’re saying. It’s just hard to get your point across if the rest of us can’t understand you. Think about it.”

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“I wonder if those (who are) blasting public officials here about the litter on the side of Highway 142 will now say thank you since both Highways 142 and 278 have been swept clean in east Newton? Or is their criticism a one-way street?”

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“City of Covington spent under $110,000 on legal fees last year, Newton County spent over $1.1 million on legal fees last year. When will the Board of Commissioners get Newton County’s legal fees under control?”

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“You are a 40-year-old male, 5 feet, 9 inches, 180 pounds, in good shape. He is a 22-year-old male, 6 feet, 2 inches, 220 pounds in good shape. He gets mad at you, he is going to pound you into the ground. Unless you get mighty lucky there will be little you can do. Even if you are a cop. Unless you want to die or be badly hurt, if you have a gun you had better shoot him. If he has mental problems, or is on drugs, a Taser might not even faze him. And if he is charging you, you only have seconds!”

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“There have been a lot of comments about the need to raise Newton County deputy salaries. Well, the sheriff has submitted a plan to raise those salaries. But who read the fine print? He wants minimal raises for his lowest-paid deputies while he wants huge 10 percent pay raises for his highest-paid senior staff. Is that what is considered looking out for his lowest-paid employees? Is that what the speakers at various meetings have in mind? If the sheriff won’t look out for his own lowest-paid people, who will? Second, why has the sheriff over-spent his budget by nearly a million dollars for the last several years and not provided a pay raise to anyone? Where did that money go? What’s the point in having a budget if it won’t be enforced? I have inside sources in the Sheriff’s Department and it is clear the problem is not money but leadership. Next time speakers, get it right.”

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“They are rushing the exit doors at GPC. Third VP out the door. Two retired. One to UNG.”

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“Hillary Clinton would be perfecto for either the Newton BOE or BOC given how opaque she is.”

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“GPC has lost another VP announced this week via email to the college he is going to. GPC is going to be killed off as people leave because no one cares anymore.”

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“Hi Hillary, turn over your server. Old bag has no chance of being prez!”

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“While I like to think crime has left Newton public schools, I doubt it, so why is your paper so irregular with the school crime reports? There used to be good analysis on the schools, and it is gone, too. Have you decided to shut us out of what happens in schools we all pay for? The media is a proxy for the people, so put some light and analysis on our schools like you used to do.”

Editor’s note: The Citizen routinely covers crime that occurs in the community, including in the schools, as the reports become available.

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