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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“Well, well, so yes I must be the chosen one of the two dozen chumps selected to tell the GPC peeps what they should have known as enrollment at Newton dropped and dropped and dropped to where it is a virtual wasteland now that withdrawals are almost done. GPC Newton is smaller now than some middle schools. Why, you ask at the top? … Let’s review what you already know: 1) bad scheduling by department chairs. 2) rude service employees in Student Life and Student Services … … 3) you lose forms sent to you. 4) you ill-advise students making it longer to attend so they leave. 5) poor communication. 6) some department chairs must be hired for affirmative action first, quality last. 7) professors who openly proclaim themselves atheists in the middle of a Christian community. Just keep it to yourself since we do as students/employees. 8) ridiculous confusion in the app process and sorry, lame, awful, disorganized orientations. There. I just saved the thousands you are paying (someone) to tell you what you know. … ”

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“Did the sheriff accuse the chairman of ‘kicking an issue down the road?’ You didn’t expect leadership or taking responsibility did you?”

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“If Georgia Perimeter College is only going to offer us one campus cafe, the least they can do is post a health score above an 80. Nauseates me. Trashy school all way round these days.”

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“We should all be thankful that we have the Newton Citizen as the fair and balanced newspaper in Newton County and that it delivers the local news in a manner we appreciate. If we had to depend on your competitor we would be without news in this area.”

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“I for one am proud of our mayor for sticking his neck out to support a good group of people by showing up to the Republican Party Convention on March 14th. … as mayor of Covington, he wanted to do the right thing and show support for all of those that were turned away from involvement in the political process. I think if citizens were being disenfranchised at the Democratic Party Convention, he’d be right there supporting that group as well. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the real reason why you see the one or two negative comments against the mayor in this poll on an almost weekly basis. There are the good ol’ boys that run this county, then there is the mayor, who won’t march in step with them. I typically don’t trust any politician, but we’ve got one that breaks the mold in Covington, y’all. I can’t say enough good things about him and his family. I stand proudly beside them, and I look forward to watching Mayor Johnston implement his vision for years to come.”

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“So I am a faculty member at GPC Newton. I was asked to participate in an interview today about what is wrong with GPC at Newton. I gave honest details. Let’s see if anything changes since they ignored what students reported in paid focus groups in the past. It starts at the top if they want to clean up and turn it around, if they even can. We truly have some employees who do not treat students well and they are still sitting in their offices two years after you knew who they were. Slow learners, GPC?”

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“How easy is it to use this blog site to post anything without regard to the truth? Some people come here and write very critically and never have to worry about making decisions that actually impact people. It is so easy to sit on the sidelines and never offer constructive solutions when you can be anonymous and say anything without regard to the consequences.”

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“In reference to the March 25, 2015, Newton Citizen front page story titled ‘Sheriff says comp time more costly than OT pay.’ Thank you, Sheriff Brown, for telling the Newton County commissioners the truth about how their personnel policies are hurting departments and their employees.”

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“Here it is again in the middle of the week and all of the Recycling Centers are still full. What seems to be the problem? Why is it so hard to clean the Recycling Centers up? If the problem is with management, then I think management needs to be changed. I ask that Chairman Ellis and the Newton County Board of Commissioners look into this problem to get this corrected. Enough is enough. It seems that the citizens are paying the price; and we are tired of all of the lame excuses that we are told when we call the landfill and complain about this problem. It has gone on long enough and there needs to be a change.”

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“I wonder how many citizens of the Brick Store area of Newton County dreamed of having a new home just down the street from a Target or a LongHorns? Or, I know, we all dreamed of having a Dollar General next door. Well, folks our dreams are coming true. We have our Dollar General and soon to come are all kinds of treats, even an automobile manufacturing plant. Are you just overcome with pure joy?! Baxter is nearing completion and all of the shops it promises to bring will soon follow. But guess what, all the way to the junction of Highway 278 and Highway 11, the county commissioners want more. Has anyone been to Conyers lately and seen the abandoned shopping centers and the blight that comes with it? All of that plus nightmare traffic. Has anyone seen the traffic here in the afternoon when the construction workers are leaving Baxter … a steady stream as far as you can see. Lord help us if we had an emergency during quitting time. Our commissioners have sold us out. Who are they in office to serve? Obviously not the citizens of Newton. Wonder what was in it for them? Certainly not re-elections. (They) just got their money and said ‘screw you.’ Oh by the way, let’s request a couple of Title Loan stores, just for balance, you know.”

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“Why in the heck are we paying for a dean of student services, a director of student life, a coordinator of student life, and a records coordinator for only 1,800 students at GPC Newton? What the hay? Mark Becker, please rein this spending in when you take over GPC. Nothing, and I mean nothing, for students takes place with the massive student fees stolen from us students except events for non-students like hot dogs or groups of one race and gender. Stop it now! Our money, our rights!”

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