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Posted: January 8, 2009 5:52 p.m.

Our thoughts...Thoughts and things

 The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to www.covnews.com.

 This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.

 The only thing that will make this ordinance work on those who could care less is strict enforcement. If that is not in the plan, then this ordinance will be worth no more than the paper on which it is written.

 We applaud the city of Social Circle, which has recently started a crackdown on abandoned houses and property in disrepair. Already a major trash eyesore has been removed on Ga. Highway 11, Cherokee Road, that runs through town. City manager Doug White said that even more properties will be ticketed and taken to court.

 Most of these eyesores are owned by absentee residents, who do not care about people’s home values or the quality of life that a city like Social Circle provides its residents.

 Last week Covington Police arrested a man for appearing nude in the local Wal-Mart. It seems the gentleman wanted to practice a few martial arts moves and thought that in appearing buck-naked in the Wal-Mart would surely incite someone to fight him.

 We think the man picked the wrong place to accomplish his mission. A local bar visit would have probably been better suited for him.

 We can only imagine the good folks who saw this spectacle, murmuring the famous line from "The Streak" by Ray Stevens, to each other, "‘Don’t look, Ethel!’ But it’s too late, she’d already been incensed."

 We we’re very proud of our community’s rally during the Christmas season in donating to our local food banks.

 As the economy worsens there is even more of a need to help our neighbors. Please, contact the Community Food Pantry at (770) 784-0037 if you are able to donate.

 Harry Reid the Senate majority leader recently said that George W. Bush will go down as the worst president in history. These words were spoken by a so-called leader who publicly and proudly announced that we had lost the Iraq conflict. This is a man who has time after time put his own self interests over the interest of the country. This is a man, who also is in the middle of waffling on the Senate appointment nominee of a corrupt governor.

 We would suggest that Senator Reid was looking in the mirror when he accused Bush of being the worst.

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