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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“In respects to the BOC budget shortfall: Yes, we need to address mismanagement of departments and bringing legal in-house, but these are ultimately short-term fixes — critical nonetheless. The long-term problem is related to revenue! No one wants an increase in taxes, that is a given. You can only cut costs so much. To create revenue without raising taxes, the county has to grow the tax base — property tax and sales tax, etc. This will take more time than an election cycle. This will not get you re-elected. It will help us get on the right path long-term. Please think 10 or more years down the road.”

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“To the commentor asking will anyone praise a BOC member for apparently cleaning up Highway 142 and 278 (and there is still trash all over them, btw), no we won’t. They should look into this type of crap long before it takes the Newton Citizen Poll (which thankfully is having a good impact on our lives) to make it happen. Thank the good Lord this poll exists.”

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“The person complaining about Mayor Johnston’s ‘rose-colored glasses … would you hush already. I don’t live in the city but as best I can tell, he is a leader! He has certainly put his money where his mouth is as well as run for an office that pays about nothing and has to deal with clowns like you complaining and not leading! Opinions without actions, like yours, reflect why we have loads of Waffle Houses and dollar stores. I would take his city leadership over our BOC leadership any day!”

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“I noticed that the GOP had to have police at their meeting but the group that left had no police at their meeting nor was it needed. … Way to grow a party. Newton GOP are now using Obama and Clinton tactics. Makes me wounder if they’re not really Democrats.”

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“Reading the local papers this week, we learned that our mayor is actually a right wing Republican, hard core conservative. According to the reports, he was with a group of similar thinking folks who attended and then walked out of the Republican meeting last weekend. Soon, he may or may not be running for re-election. Will he run as a Republican in a city that has many, many progressive Democrats or will he apparently try to hide his real beliefs from us again? It’s time for change in Covington. Let’s get the city out of the restaurant business and back to the business of taking care of our citizens.”

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“I read this week about the discord in the Newton County Republican Party. (I am a staunch independent and self-proclaimed moderate.) Hats off to the 60 that walked away from the Flemings and Perigino camp. It is a new day and the old Newton County Republicans need to move on. Fleming family, based on their last election run, has no support or voice. The last candidate they put in as BOC chair has no support or voice. Their style to lead from the shadows is no longer acceptable. I like the new directions of those that walked and their apparent value of transparency. I look forward to seeing the candidates they put forth.”

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“Thanks to Commissioners Nancy Schulz and John Douglas for voting no on yet another starter subdivision in west Newton just off Iris Drive. How many times will the majority of the county commission let builders pile homes on top of homes anytime developers think they can make a buck? The subdivision passed 3-2; shame on those who voted for it. Also, thanks to the commission for delaying the landfill decision and especially for the new citizens committee to work out the landfill issues. Finally we have some common sense in the discussion, so thanks to Levie Maddox and John Douglas for the delay and committee.”

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“For those inside sources, remember it is an elected official you work for and his position is an office not a department of Newton County government. The absence of yearly salary increases started long before the current leader began his term in this office. This leader has consistently asked for benefits beyond just salary increases and those that control the budget strings have denied the majority of those requests. If those folks that spout obviously wrong inside information would attend those monthly commissioners meetings you would have correct up-to-date information … For those that choose to wear the STAR in Newton County, thanks and to those families, thank you.”

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“This is why we don’t need another expansion on the landfill: on Saturday around 7:20 p.m. we were on our way home and we saw a white pickup truck with a trailer stopped where the police shooting range is below the landfill, just freely dumping some of his debris and not thinking anything about it. We do not need an extended landfill.”

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