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Our thoughts: There should be no end to the gratitude

On Wednesday, Covington, Newton County and the country honored the men and women who have defended us. There were celebrations of remembrance, local establishments giving ...

November 15, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: It’s a new day

Each new day holds opportunity.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Now what?

Members of the Newton County commission surprised everyone with last Tuesday's vote to suspend action on the Bear Creek reservoir and focus instead on ...

October 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Don’t post, tweet or yik-yak wolf

Walking through the children's books section at the local big-box store there are a ton of cute stories for modern children with dinosaurs, witches ...

October 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Freedom of speech and transparency

A proposed motion during the recent Board of Commissioners meeting would have stifled citizens from speaking about certain topics at the public meeting, but that ...

October 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Archive By Section - Our Thoughts

The good war

Afghanistan was supposed to be the good war - the one Democrats said we should be fighting instead of Iraq. We heard it over and over again during the presidential campaign, as if to exorcise the image that a Democrat wasn't tough enough to assume the role of commander in chief. Candidate Obama repeatedly called the war in Iraq "a dangerous distraction" from the fight we should be waging and promised to "tak(e) the fight to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan." But with a new poll out showing that a majority of Americans now think the war in Afghanistan ...

August 23, 2009 | Linda Chavez | Our Thoughts

Open letter to Chief Stacey Cotton

Dear Chief Cotton:

August 23, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... An optimistic BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners made a prudent decision last week.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Parental involvement?

Lately, there has been much discussion about the new Newton County theme schools. Unfortunately, most of it has been negative. However, the bad news has been about administration and parental issues rather than academics.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Golf for good

For 82 years the Kiwanis Club of Covington has held up the club's mission "to serve the children of the world."

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...We want you

This page is titled the "Opinion"; we believe it should reflect our community's thoughts and actions.

We reserve the right to express our viewpoints in this space as you reserve the right to express yours, even if we don't agree with you.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Expensive extracurriculars

In a letter to the editor in Friday's paper, K. Miller made some very interesting points on the escalating costs of students' extracurricular activities, both in our schools and in other community programs.

If you missed the letter, we suggest that you read it on

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Following through

We greatly anticipated the opening of two new Newton County Parental Involvement Theme Schools. This type of teaching atmosphere is, in our opinion, ideal for students striving toward higher education. We applauded required uniforms (that are simple enough for students to wear outside of school). Uniforms put all students on a level playing field so that materialistic teasing is squelched, and uniforms take unnecessary distractions out of the classroom.

Our favorite tenet of the new schools was that parents had to sign a letter of commitment for volunteer service for the school as well as a promise to abide other ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Lessons in credit

We hope that our elected officials from the federal government down to the local level are starting to understand that the credit system in this country had become out of control.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Radio woes

When we heard that public safety departments in Newton County would be able to intercommunicate digitally with a brand new, state-of-the-art radio system, we were thrilled. The addition of top-notch technology to our top-notch law enforcement, fire and emergency services would add another perk to living in the area.

Little did we know, our paper would be denied access to the time-honored tradition of having a working newsroom scanner to alert us to local emergency situations. But, that wasn't the worst surprise we got.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Raising millage rates

We are dead set against raising taxes in this year of economic distress.

We have two local municipalities whose councils are talking about raising millage rates.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Support boys and girls

These are hard times for local non-profits as they struggle to make up funds cut by groups such as United Way.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Volunteer opportunity

If you have some time on your hands and you would like to help a child reach his or her full potential in life, the Washington Street Community Center needs your help.

The center has an excellent tutorial program Monday through Thursday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Taking a stand

You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe.

The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Let the board handle it

We are glad to finally see the Nelson Heights Community Center finally is to become a reality.

County Attorney James Griffin has suggested that a new director be a county employee; we disagree with this suggestion.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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