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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“I saw your article about the RCPS proposed budget last week. Are teachers getting the step increases back or is it just a 3 percent raise? By step increase, I mean the salaries on the state and local teacher salary schedules. Most of the surrounding counties are at full step increases and we are losing teachers to better-paying counties.”

Editor’s note: According to the school system, the raises are 3 percent for all employees, including non-certified employees. Step increases were not included in the budget.

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“I haven’t heard of business in Olde Town being ‘shouted down.’ I will say that most of the businesses that were complaining were ones that I never go to because they don’t really offer me anything. I am a 40-something man that likes antiques, sports and outdoor activities and all the other guy stuff. The only antique place that was any good down there was Sadie’s. If I did have a business down there, I would cater to people who live in the area as well as the workers coming in. If my store was antiques, I would start picking cool things that movie set people would want and actual cool stuff. Not ‘trash.’ If you have a store that is not run very well, fix it and adapt to what’s happening. This Hollywood thing is a blessing. Come out of your funk and capitalize on it.”

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“Shannon Black, what did you mean that people wouldn’t behave badly in restaurants if they didn’t drink the water? I sometimes think you are either drunk or so full of yourself that you think we all agree with you and understand you. The majority of your remarks are rude, tasteless and cryptic toward people we do not know about. Do you just like to read your own comments and hear yourself speak?”

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“Read the story about the Ready to Work event that Nesbitt is hosting, and I’m wondering, since when do job applicants have to put up their own money for drug screenings? Isn’t that up to the employer? I’ve never heard of applicants having to pay for their own. Seems like they would know themselves if they’ve been taking drugs, right?”

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“I know women who need to be friends with students or their own children and let their boyfriends live at their houses and let them drink alcohol. Adults need to be adults. Some types of people should never have had children. Now go take on the day and behave at Mickey D’s and Double Dips. Put the pig behavior to rest. Wash your shirts with Tide and do a Downy chaser. You will win friends and influence people, especially young people.”

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“The Memorial Day observance at the Walk of Heroes/Veterans War Memorial in Black Shoals Park turned out to be a very meaningful program. Although planned on very short notice, the entire program was very well organized with each presenter doing an excellent job with their respective part in the program. The organizers should be commended. They even planned it so that the rain held off until just after the program concluded! Although there was a good turnout, there should have been many more attendees as there are many veterans and friends of veterans in Rockdale County. The Walk of Heroes is a little-known gem apparently, but everyone in the county should take just a few minutes and visit it and see what a nice memorial that we have, as well as see the other amenities at Black Shoals Park.”

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“I saw the recent articles about Charles Mays and I am confused about what he has done or not done. His case was released in DeKalb but that seems like it was about the arrest warrants. As a voter and taxpayer, I would like to know the following: 1. Did Mays try to create an ‘accountability/ veterans’ court that is not legal even after he was advised of this? 2. Did he hire Pearson? (Yes or No) If so, was he authorized to hire her and did he pay her for what she did? 3. Why did he have her living in his house? This is not normal employer/employee behavior. I am not accusing anyone of anything I just want to know if this judge is as unprofessional and untrustworthy as all of these articles make it seem. I want to be informed when I vote.”

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“I don’t understand why we needed the Milstead splash pad in order for children to ‘enjoy their summer.’ When I was a kid, we played with a hose in the front yard or we rode bikes or played with squirt guns. We didn’t need the (county) to build a ‘splash pad’ to have a good summer. Maybe the problem isn’t enough area recreation, maybe the problem is parents who aren’t creative enough or ambitious enough to entertain their children themselves.”

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