A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.
Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.
Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.
Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.
The concept of a working committee to study the 2050 Plan proposal and make recommendations to streamline it seemed until this week to be a workable solution.
Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.
During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.
The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.
There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.
The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.
It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.
One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.
Lines wrap around the building, newly registered voters are brought to polling places and "I voted" stickers become the biggest fashion statement of the season every time a presidential election takes place.
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
We didn't know Dr. Bill Dobbs very well at the paper because most of his grand accomplishments occurred before our time, but what we have heard said and what we know of his accomplishments tells us he truly was a man who had his eye on the future at all times.
The more we think about the county's conversations about what type of government the county should have going forward, the more we believe the ultimate authority should be returned to the people through the elected county chairman.
The county's Board of Commissioners are mulling over what type of government we will have here in Newton County.
This week we had the pleasure of awarding our annual Hometown Hero award with our partner General Mills.
Should the elected county chairman be the top person in charge of making decisions for Newton County's government?
Some people carry around a big brass drum on their backs to announce every time they do something good or special for people.
In Wednesday's paper we brought out front and center the school system's scores from the last two years, with a combined average.
The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.
Today we celebrate Easter; so, sure it is a day that there will be plenty of chocolate candy in the house and decorated eggs in the yard.
There were two crime briefs that were in Wednesday's edition of the paper that deserve mention.
An important primary election is coming up on May 20.
"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.
It's no wonder that a majority of the American people think that our legislators, and the people they appoint to run commissions and the like, are morally deficit in the art of telling the truth.