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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“The city of Covington seems to have no procedure when it comes to taking complaints against their police officers. In the past six months I have tried to file two complaints: one for me and one for my daughter where we felt like we were rudely mistreated. On one complaint, the officer we were directed to only stared at us and never asked us for our names and never recorded or wrote anything down. On the second complaint, we called the police station and were told an officer would be ‘right out.’ He never arrived. I wrote the two complaints down and mailed them to the police department, and never heard a word back. These people must not have any oversight.”

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“Spring will soon be here and it will be the time for my wife and me to take our grandkids out on weekend outings. Last year we stopped taking them to Turner Lake Park. A large number of people were always there from other areas, and we were unable to use the children’s playground. On two occasions we were told that we could not use the park because they had rented it for the weekend. This year we plan to take them to Chimney Park behind the county library. This is a magnificent park for children, and we want to thank the people who planned and built it.”

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“Citizens have put forth a reasonable list of recommendations to help Newton County dig out from under bad management by the Board of Commissioners and stratospheric legal expenses. But the silence from the board and chair is deafening. Like Scarlett, they plan to worry about it tomorrow, but since tomorrow never comes, they think they have only to wait out the critics. One more big mistake.”

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“To the commenter who ‘hopes to see a flooded field to oppose BOC 2 and 4 and BOE 1, 3 and 5 in 2016’ in the March 1 Citizen Poll, I say to you don’t hold your breath. The voters are either too ignorant to know better or just don’t care about their representation. Many vote totally based on skin color and even then still not for the most qualified candidate. Remember the late mayor of the District of Columbia Marion Berry caught smoking crack on tape, re-elected; Victor Hill over in Clayton County, re-elected to office with some 30-plus indictments pending against him. Lester Maddox reached the highest office in the state as an avowed racist, and the list goes on (Ecclesiastes 8:9).”

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“In the March 1, 2015 poll a respondent wrote in part, ‘Walton County spends $350,000 on legal fees, Newton County spends $1,100,000 on legal fees.’ Is this true? Is Newton County spending 200 percent more in legal fees than Walton County?”

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“To the commenter last week who wants John Douglas to get off his butt and clean trash up in District 1. John is too busy writing letters to voters calling them a lynch mob. Vote him out in 2016.”

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“Dave Belton, we really are sick of your anti-education tirades. You only got elected as a byproduct of nasty infighting in Newton politics. Go fly your plane and get out of the columnist business. No one cares if you met with Donald Duck or the police chief or Willy Wonka. Your arrogance is weird.”

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“Newton County commissioners, here is a personnel management question for you. Can you tell voters what reward the 2013 Newton County Deputy Sheriff of the Year received? The correct answer is … nothing. If you work for Newton County it does not matter how hard you work or what you achieve, Newton County commissioners will not reward you. Where is the 2013 Deputy Sheriff of the Year today? Well, she quit! She accepted a position with another department that pays tens of thousand of dollars more, that has better benefits and she now has a real defined benefit retirement system.”

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“I appreciate that the county has finally done something about the bridge on Oak Hill Road, but now something needs to be done about the traffic lights on Salem Road at Walmart if traffic has to be rerouted for six months. Traffic backs up past Smith Store Road and those of us trying to get onto Salem Road face a nightmare. Even when the light turns green for the traffic on Smith Store you can’t go anywhere because the light at Walmart is red and holds up traffic. Please do something to help this situation.”