Here in Georgia, we have desperately needed rain. For the last seven months, we have had fair to moderate precipitation - enough to take us off the drought list.
This past week we have received more rain than we ever could have imagined. It has rained so hard and so much that the soil could not absorb any more. As a result there has been major flooding across north Georgia as well as the property damage and, unfortunately, loss of life that accompanies such natural disasters.
The Vietnam era in this country was one of highs and lows. At first, it was patriotic to be in Southeast Asia to protect the world against the spread of communism. Then through the blunders of the both the Johnson and Nixon administration, who both handcuffed their military commanders and refused to have a policy that assured winning, this country was almost torn asunder.
We are heading down that path again; President Obama made the winning of the war in Afghanistan a cornerstone of his campaign policy. Since he has taken office, the death rate of our troops, which is ...
We are pleased that Congressman Jim Marshall has listened to the requests of his local constituents and will hold a town hall meeting here in Newton County this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Alcovy High School.
Marshall, who is considered a Blue Dog Democrat by some, has given his time to be with us, and we appreciate that. We think he should be even more visible, so this is a good start.
There has been much debate and concern about what entity should be placed in charge of the new Nelson Heights Community Center. We think that the suggestion that the Newton County Recreation Commission be in charge of running the center is a good one and a sound one.
We have been pleased that in these tough economic times that our locally elected officials in Covington, Social Circle and Newton County have tried their best to keep their budgets balanced without raising taxes and putting a further burden on the tax payers in those communities.
Former president Jimmy Carter expressed a view point the other day that basically said that if you are against the policies of the Obama presidency and have the courage to speak out about those polices, you are a racist. To his credit, the president publicly disagrees with Carter's viewpoint.
Carter and his ilk are afraid of the truth. A majority of the American people are concerned about the policies of this administration, as they were when by some freak of political nature, Carter was elected our president.
There was a genuine sense of pride in the air last Thursday as the Friday night warriors of old came out to celebrate the dedication of Wolverine Field.
R.L. Cousins High School was Newton County's black high school during the time of segregation. While that time is a scar on the South and this community's past, the memory of Cousins remains an immense source of pride for not only the black community of the county but for all residents as well.
Eight years ago today, the people of our country were shocked and numbed by an incident - the second in this baby boomer age - that forever changed our dreams, our ideas and destroyed the fabric of comfort and safety we felt about being Americans.
In 1963, the sudden and swift death of the age of innocence after the assignation of John F. Kennedy brought about one of the most violent social changes in the history of our nation. The scars from that time still affect all of us in this country; our distrust of politicians and the media began then, and ...