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.

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“As I watch the news (and I watch a lot ), I continually hear references to ‘the first black president’ and ‘the first woman president.’ I fail to understand why color or gender are of any importance for this most critical position. With the situation this country is currently in, we need the very best person for the job. Whomever ends up as president will certainly have a can of worms to deal with. I don’t envy them. I do wish them God speed.”

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“As a teacher I would like to thank the school system for the 3 percent raise. It adds up to about $30 more per month. I would also like to see on your list of financial goals to get us back up to our step increases. For the layman this means that teachers get paid a certain amount according to how long they have been teaching. This school system froze those increases a few years ago. Most of the surrounding counties have reinstated the step increases because that is the right thing to do, and if any of our teachers want a $3,000 to $5,000 raise, all they have to do is switch counties. Please put this at the top of your list RCPS.”

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“I just read the article about two teens being pulled over with drugs in the car. The passenger claimed that all the pot was his but the officer found the several bags of pot in the pocket of the driver. Why wasn’t the driver charged? If it’s in your pocket, isn’t that possession? Just curious.”

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“You show me an American ghetto, and I will show you a Democratically controlled voting district. It’s simple, Democratic voters have been fooled for years. If you want a good, safe place to live, vote conservative not liberal.”

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“Dear pastors in Rockdale: This world is hard and confusing. The only thing that can help us is God. Not some preacher with an agenda or pulling something out of his backside. Do not step into the pulpit this week unless you are in touch with God during the week. We do not want to hear your opinions, your stories you have heard, and your jokes. If God is real, then bring fresh revelation and teaching inspired by him, his word, and his holy spirit. Anything else is dead. Get on your knees. I will be praying with you. This town needs help.”

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“Here’s the dirty secret about free and reduced lunch programs: no one is verifying whether or not these kids are truly eligible. So when you talk about ‘hungry children,’ you are leading people to believe that 71 percent of kids in schools cannot afford or will not have access to food for lunch during summer. That is not true.”

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“Does the traffic engineer ride around in Conyers? Why is it so hard to get on I-20 at Higwhay 138 from the north side of town? Lots of lights need to be reprogrammed When are we going to get the yellow flashing turn arrows? I can see when I need to turn but red arrow prevents me from going.”

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