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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“So Georgia Perimeter College has gotten so weak that they give extra credit in math classes for picking up leaves on the campus. What a worthless place.”

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“I just ate some baloney, Michelle Obama. What you going do about it? Nothing.”

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“Our Board of Commissioners is absolutely useless. They are worthless. They have no backbone. They cater to Tommy Craig. Throw every one of them out in 2016 that you can possibly throw out, meaning John Douglas and Nancy Schulz and Levie Maddox and most of all, Keith Ellis. There is only one reason that Nancy is talking about attorney fees now. She wants to run for the board chair next year. She has had years to look at these legal fees and she has turned a blind eye. Another Hillary Clinton.”

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“I can tell Georgia Perimeter College why all of their students have left. No one answers the phones. If you go in person they are nasty to you. If you are white they are nasty to you. They lose transcripts. They lose admissions documents. The people in financial aid are rude. They make fun of the college president for being spineless and correcting none of the problems he knows about.”

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“I think our Board of Commissioners is uneducated and unwise. I truly do not think they have the capacity to lead.”

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“We all surely wish that Rob Watts would stop sending out his diversity and gender emails. This is the … president who also told everybody to go see ‘Selma,’ a movie that is historically and flagrantly incorrect. How in the world did this man become a college president? Oh, I forgot. It’s only GPC. Only the most useless school in the state along with GPTC…. Surely Ron Jackson and Hank Huckaby can do better for taxpayers than these two.”

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“Under Georgia law, the sheriff being a constitutional officer (four-year elected official), can make his own determination on who gets what pay raise. The county commission will just send over a check to cover the total amount agreed to and the sheriff can use it any way he sees fit. So now let’s sit back and see who gets what sort of raise. This could be very interesting.”

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“Friday, April 24, the Citizen newspaper ran this story: ‘Hiring the best: Recruitment standards high for local law enforcement agencies.’ Sunday, April 26, here comes this story: ‘Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy terminated, four resign amid allegations of steroid use.’ I’m confused, tell me about those high standards again, please?”

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“In reference to the county employees receiving raises, a previous Poll commenter said, ‘I’m sorry to be blunt, but anyone who has to carry a gun and wear a ballistic vest deserves to be the first in line to get a pay raise.’ My response to that would be, that would encompass only about 6 percent of the NCSO employees because the rest of them are riding their desks or camped out at coffee shops or friends’ houses for their shifts. Why would they need a raise before a firefighter or EMT? Hopefully, we’ll have a new sheriff next year that knows where to cut the fat without prejudice. ”

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“There’s a lot of talk among deputies in Newton County, which are saying there’s always one name that has always stood out for decades to present day. That someone is Capt. Marty Roberts. Mr. Roberts has went beyond his duties as a husband, father and an employee of Newton County. His hours turn into days. His sacrifices turn into safer streets. For many years Mr. Roberts has given to his community. He is my hero, and I’m sure he is a hero to many others in countless ways. He is an mentor to all that work with him. He is a well-respected man. His leadership and morals extend to his family for which they uphold their duties within Newton County. They (his family) are also respected throughout the community. From one and I assume many, thank you, Capt. Roberts.”

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“I think the only office the Flemings, Douglas and Corley should run for is dog catcher.”

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“Was Ester Jr. a Democrat in the 1980s when the people he helped throw out of the GOP were voting for Reagan and Bush?”

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“The police are blamed for everything these days. They hardly ever get a thank you or a pat on the back for doing a good job and keeping the criminals away. I appreciate all our our police and thank them for the great job they do. Keep up the good work.”

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“On behalf of all Newton Democrats, we like to thank the Fleming family for ensuring the death of the GOP in Newton County.”

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“Other than the Porterdale Mill Lofts opening in Porterdale, Teri Haler was the best thing to happen for that town. Don’t see the current council being able to keep the momentum. Time to clean house?”

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“Thanking the sheriff for more money in the pockets of his staff’s pockets is all well and good. However, that doesn’t fix the problem. The problem is multi-faceted. The problem is a sheriff that has a huge crime problem, not enough personnel and he doesn’t know how to fight it. The problem is, the sheriff is elected by the people in a ‘good old boy’ county instead of being sought after and selected by a professional company via an application process. The problem is, there are tenured officers in command staff positions that could be better utilized in other positions and some that are coasting to retirement. This is ineffective management. The sheriff has been over budget every year, but has been continually ineffective.”

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