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Courage and change

"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow."

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Remembering 9/11

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 ...

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


President Pinocchio

President Obama decried opposition to his health care proposal Saturday saying that the other side has offered no plan and that the government plan is the only way to ensure health care coverage for those who can't afford it.

Mr. President, we wonder why your nose does not grow bigger like Pinocchio's for telling such a tale.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A positive message

Never before has a president's speech to school children been met with so much nationwide cynicism and distrust.

It turns out that the distrust and concern was much ado about nothing.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Run and read

As temperatures cool, weekend activities in Newton County heat up.

On Saturday athletes will take to the streets of Covington in the 26th Annual Fuzz Run and then the Learning Center will take over the Covington square with the sixth annual Literacy Festival. Both events are not only a whole lot of fun for the family, but also benefit two very important local efforts.

September 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... See you at the fair

Earlier in the century, one of the joys of the end of summer was the celebration of the town fair.

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mistrusting the media

When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote for a conservative Christian college in which he condemns homosexual behavior, criticizes feminism for being anti-family, and questions the effect on the family of the ...

September 06, 2009 | Linda Chavez | Our Thoughts


Labor Day musings

The arrival of September is always poignant; this year's release by the United Kingdom of the one person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, made it more so. Seems the guy has terminal cancer and wants to die at home among his family and friends, so the Brits rolled over and let him go. When the plane landed in Libya the terrorist was given a hero's welcome.

September 06, 2009 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Fun for some

God give me work, till my life shall end

September 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Wretched Wrangle

Charlie Rangel is a disgusting little man who represents the 15th district of New York. He currently is the chairman of the Congressional Ways and Means committee, which among other things is supposed to be the watchdog for the IRS. During his leadership, Rangel has jammed through laws that insure there is no mercy given by the IRS for mistakes and impose penalties on honest mistakes, penalties that can financially ruin people for the rest of their lives.

Now it seems that Congressman Rangel has forgotten to pay taxes on more than $600,000 of unreported income.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A special salute

This is a special salute to the efforts of Gunnery Sergeant Ret. Sherman Smith, who has led his charges in the Newton High School MCJROTC to victory again this year - as they have for the past eight straight years - earning national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit.

This action places the troops at Newton High in the top 20 percent of all Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the country.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cheers to the career academy

We are always pleased to support the positive actions of our Newton County School System.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the school system will submit a grant request to the Technical College System for $3.1 million in grant funds needed to create a new Career Academy at Newton High School.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Health scare: WWJD?

Are we a nation that measures the human worth of individuals based on their ability to pay? It's time for those who are religious and oppose single-payer national health care to tell the rest of us how, literally in God's name, they can do so. Have they traded their Biblical beliefs for political philosophies? Are they now serving two masters, and is Mammon winning out over the other? What would Jesus do? Would he care who paid for a child's expensive operation, would he say, "I'm sorry but if the government pays, it's a sin ...

September 02, 2009 | By James H. Haygood Jr. | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... InVEST in the NCSO

By of the grace of God and the protection of a safety vest, two sheriff deputies - Jim Trent and Wesley Atha - are still around to celebrate life with their families, friends and neighbors.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... An American spirit

The American spirit has carried us through revolution, civil war, world wars, depressions and national tragedies. Each and every time the grit of the American spirit comes through and says enough is enough.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Judge Ozburn

We were disappointed - as we are sure his many friends were - that our own Judge Ozburn did not get the nod for the open spot on the Supreme Court. We greatly appreciate Senator John Douglas for nominating him.

August 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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