Here's some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:
There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.
We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.
We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.
Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.
"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."
During the recent primary election, many of Newton County's voters didn't show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county's voters bothered to head toward the polls.
The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.
Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.
This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).
Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America's history – has been preserved in print.
This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.
This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.
In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.
Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that's what they are going to do.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.
Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.
As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.
There's no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.
We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.
The Washington Street Community Center is a busy place that is the heart and soul and pride of the communities surrounding the Washington Street corridor.
Newton county is about to lose one of its finest public officials.
This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.
It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.
"The United States and the freedom, for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Whatever political party you are affiliated with should not cloud how you deal with the welfare of our veterans.