The Citizen Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The 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. 402, email poll@rockdalecitizen.com or complete the online form.

This week’s question was: “Newton County Commissioner John Douglas has come under fire for racially and sexually derogatory comments he posted on Facebook and has apologized. Do you think an apology is sufficient in this case? Why or why not?”

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“TO THE EDITORS: I’m more offended by the icons for Facebook posters than I ever was for anonymous comments. There is a ‘Rico More’ who has posted a response on the Douglas story. His response I don’t care about, but his Facebook ‘picture’ I find to be highly offensive and disgusting. Is this the kind of thing that represents your paper? Please find a way to remove offensive pictures from your posts. Thank you.”

Editor’s note: We have checked for the picture that you are referring to and cannot find it.

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“Why are you polling Rockdale readers about something happening in Newton County? Please stick to Rockdale topics, if you insist on feeding us questions. That’s part of the problem with our BOC as it is — they spend far too much time worrying about what’s going on in other counties, cities and states than they do with what’s happening in our county. And another thing — I’m really really tired of media over-saturation with every single stupid racial comment that this or that person makes. That’s between them and who they insulted, we do not need a geographical peanut gallery weighing in on what they think. Time to put big boy pants on and stop looking for bogeymen under the bed, because we have far more important matters that actually affect people in this community. Namely crime, a declining school system, an increasingly less diverse community, and blight.”

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“Way to go, RC. Get right in there on the race-baiting. Maybe we can all just march on Covington and burn and loot the Square.”

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“Is Mr. Douglas’ apology ‘sufficient?’ That should win the Darwin Award for the dumb question of the year. If it isn’t, then what? Give up the first-born male child to Planned Parenthood? Perhaps he should be locked in the public stocks for a year and suffer ridicule and scorn. Tar and feathers? Needles under the fingernails? Exactly what would make the hate-filled liberals happy? Oh, wait … of course, the usual thing … money! People salivating to make that ‘one call’ to line up an attorney for the lawsuit. It’s clear that apologies and requests for forgiveness no longer mean anything. More of the Morlocks are surfacing in our society to destroy civil behavior and peoples’ lives. Meanwhile, the media denies freedom of speech in the same breath in which they condemn others’ words. What Douglas said is not of consequence to world peace, and those pulling up their ‘offend’ panties don’t have to associate with him … and the media needs to stop throwing gasoline on the fire.”

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“What does this have to do with anything in Rockdale?”

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