The Rockdale Citizen Poll for Oct. 3 is an open line. Please keep in mind that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments on political candidates.

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“I read the letter about the proposed development in Covington. They talk about high-end stores, bike paths and greenspace. So in Rockdale, what kind of stuff do we get? Cheap little stores, empty storefronts, pawn shops and hair weave shops. The big development here was going to have the ‘Taj Mahal’ of basketball courts, which, as we see with what’s happening at Pine Log Park’s courts crime-wise, we don’t need another basketball court in Rockdale. Newton County is pulling in the industries and jobs; Rockdale is pulling in the renters, the single-parent families, the crooks and homeless. So now Rockdale wants MARTA. Great, bring in more people too broke to have a car. Bring in big buses coughing all that exhaust to create worse traffic on West Avenue and 138. Put in some bus stops for people to get robbed at. That’s all we need.”

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“I wish you could please get details on the crimes happening in our area and publish them. For instance, I’m looking at the crime map for Rockdale and see a breaking and entering in the 1500 block of Sigman Road. There’s no houses there. So what got broken into? The Waffle House? If people knew more about what kind of things were happening, with detailed reports about what kind of crimes were occurring, rather than just businesses or meth, they would be more vigilant and proactive I hope.”

Editor’s note: Please see the Wednesday, Sept. 30, edition of The Citizen for a story about this incident. Thieves apparently broke into the Citgo located there and stole the ATM.

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“How worthless are you if you are 25 years old, stealing spray paint from a store so you can go tag a basketball court with gang signs? I’d love to have a few words with his mama. She raised a real piece of trash.”

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“I would like our county commissioners and city council to address the issues of businesses that hurt our community in the long run. Low-budget hotels, tobacco stores, porn shops, etc. The more of these types of stores that locate themselves here, the more attractive we are to illegal activity like drugs, prostitution, etc. I am sure that right now drug dealers are meeting in Conyers because they can buy stuff they need here. The pornography shops sell scales for drugs, pipes, bongs, small (plastic bags) and other things for dealers to do their business. I am tired of our leaders looking through their ‘freedom to party’ life filter. There are consequences to allowing these businesses here. If you are not wise enough to see that please step down.”

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“With all the movie and TV productions going on in Conyers, it seems like a website or newspaper posting weekly informing people would be useful. Between closures of roads and businesses, detours and such, the citizens need to know what is happening and when to plan, outings, business and travel routes accordingly.”

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“I don’t understand why our school system is getting a grant to ‘promote literacy.’ Isn’t a school by its definition supposed to remedy that?”

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“I’m still disturbed by the officer who left the dog in the car. According to your story, he ‘went to work out’ after getting off his shift at 6 a.m. So presumably he left that poor dog in the car while he worked out? Why not take it home first? At the very least he should have been charged with neglect.”

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“No metals recycling company! We do not need another impetus for theft here. I don’t care what ‘standards’ a metals company says it holds to, anyone who’s recycling catalytic converters or old metal furniture or copper wire is absolutely going to have stolen items that get destroyed before police or owners can get to them. We have pawn shops and gold buying places all over here that likely have stolen items, too. We don’t need more help for crooks. As someone who was the victim of a theft and never got her items back, I strongly oppose this business being here!”

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“I would like for everybody in Rockdale County to write the president or the Congress or the Georgia General Assembly about these young people who are out here stealing and robbing and raping and breaking into people’s cars all over the state of Georgia. They are coming from the east coast to the west coast, north and south, and they are all out here stealing and the police ain’t doing nothing, the sheriff’s department’s not doing nothing, the FBI’s not doing nothing. … I wish the people of Rockdale County or the people of the United States would call and write … and see if they can get something done about these kids who are out here doing all this bad stuff. Either put them in the Army, the Navy or Marines or ship them over yonder to Iraq or Syria or somewhere or another. Let’s get rid of them so we can get our stuff back so we don’t have to have all this crap going on.”

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“Dear friends. If I ever get cancer or am having a crisis, please don’t say, ‘You’re in my thoughts.’ I guess that’s kind of nice and everything, but I would rather you pray to God in heaven for me to be healed. I guess to people who have given up on believing, it is fine to ‘think’ about them. But I would rather you pray if possible. If you have a hard time believing, just pray anyway. He is there and He is listening.”

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“One question and one recommendation: Question, why is the Board of Commissioners weighing in on the zoning standards in regards to churches desiring to create food pantries and clothes closets? Is this not in the realm of responsibility for the Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission? Where are they in these processes? Any zoning changes should funnel through the Planning Commission first. Having centralized locations for these activities, similar to Goodwill and the like allows a centralized organization to reach out further with consistency, have greater abundance of resources and better organization. One recommendation to the BOC. It would be interesting to see a real time accounting of our county budget and expenses, live posted on the Rockdale Citizen or BOC web page. I’ve heard DeKalb County may be considering something like that to create transparency and improve accountability around county budget spending. As our leadership continues to create reasons and arguments for higher taxes, millage rates, less homestead exemption, it sure would be nice to have a monthly accounting of how our money is being spent.”

Editor’s note: The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission does hear proposed ordinances or changes to ordinances, zoning requests and the like. The body makes recommendations to either the Board of Commissioners or the City Council, which then takes those recommendations into consideration when it votes on the requests.

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