Recently Matthew Parris wrote in the "London Times," "Missionaries, not aid money are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset." He says he has "become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa." Wherever missionaries lived, he wrote, "something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to. They see themselves as individuals who stand in direct relationship to God - not as subservient subordinates who must kowtow to tyrants." He concludes, "In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real ...
Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.
You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.
January 29, 2009|
Andrew B. Senn
Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.
Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...
January 29, 2009|
Ron Slade Sr.
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the south Georgia peanut butter plant at the heart of the salmonella outbreak.
The governor has instructed the GBI to see whether the state has jurisdiction under Georgia law to investigate violations at the Georgia plant. Lawmakers have called on federal authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) has been convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office.
His removal comes nearly two months after his arrest on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.
Gracie Lew Whitley of Covington died Jan. 28. The daughter of the late Ernest and Grace Rogers Gober, she was born in 1939 in Covington. Mrs. Whitley was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Barnette Whitley.
Mr. Roger L. Smith Sr., 79, of Conyers, died Jan. 21. The son of the late Homer and Ethel Matthews Smith, he was born in Duvall County, Fla., in 1929. Mr. Smith was retired from Eastern Airlines as an inspector and was a member of American Legion Post 77. He was preceded in death by son Roger Smith Jr.
Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...
Danielle Latasha Russell of Covington recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television. Samford University graduated 265 seniors during fall commencement Dec. 13. Among those graduating was James Whitlow Richardson of Covington with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.
ATLANTA- Powerful Georgia House leaders are backing a proposal that would preserve a property tax break for homeowners this year but would likely eliminate it next year.
The homeowner tax relief grants, which reduce property taxes by about $200 to $300 per homeowner, would be wiped out in Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed spending plan. He said it was "virtually fiscally impossible" to fund the $428 million program amid a $2.2 billion deficit.
Dear Editor: On Sunday, Jan. 25 The Covington News ran an editorial accompanied by an artist's rendering of the late trio, The Three Stooges. The editorial took issue with the way three commissioners cast their vote regarding a hiring and spending freeze. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the newspaper staff of a few points.
The next ACT achievement test will be administered on April 4. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Feb. 27. Late registration deadline is available Feb. 28 - March 13 for an extra fee. Students may register online at www.actstudent.org, or pick up registration forms from high school counseling offices.