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Ellwanger: Let's come up with a plan that fits our community

Dear Editor,

July 22, 2014 | Gregg Ellwanger | Letters


Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

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July 22, 2014 | | Letters


Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

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July 22, 2014 | Sherri Davis-Viniard | Letters


Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters


Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such "towns" start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, "Doraville, Touch of country in the city." Really? Exactly where is that "touch?"

July 17, 2014 | Todd Holbrook | Letters


Initial 2050 Plan meeting crash and burn

Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.

July 15, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter from Harry L. Long

I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county's "so called" 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual's freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in "fee simple." In America ...

July 08, 2014 | Harry L. Long | Letters


Letter from Willie Nolley

Dear editor,

June 28, 2014 | Willie Nolley | Letters


Letter from Barbara M. Morgan

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June 26, 2014 | Barbara M. Morgan | Letters


Letter from Sam Martin Hay III

Dear editor,

June 24, 2014 | | Letters


Hay: Land use plan from hell

What is on my mind and the minds of many other Newton County citizens is the plot by a small group of people to pull off a new zoning plan to severely restrict what you can and can't do with your own property.

June 19, 2014 | Sam Hay III | Letters


Letter from Randy Vinson

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June 17, 2014 | | Letters


Seeking a leader with character and honesty

Dear editor,

June 03, 2014 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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Let’s talk about it

Dear Editor: I'd like to comment on the letter regarding a reaction to a bumper sticker and free speech.

October 18, 2009 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


Protect this program

Dear Editor: As Congress debates and lurches towards health care reform, lawmakers should seek ideas from programs that are already working rather than reinventing a very expensive wheel. Medicare Advantage is one such program which has been very successful.

October 18, 2009 | John Douglas Ga. Senator, R-District 17 | Letters


Impolite audience

Dear Editor: I read the article by Amber Pittman in the Oct. 7 Covington News which summarized the lecture given to the ninth grade class at Newton High School by Mr. Andre Kessler. Mr. Kessler is a Holocaust survivor and shared many personal and agonizing memories from his childhood. This reminded me of a similar lecture given to a fifth-grade elementary classroom in Newton County by another member of the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum of Atlanta that I had the privilege to attend nearly 10 years ago. At the conclusion of that lecture, a fifth-grade boy stood up ...

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Bad neighbor

Dear Editor: I read the article about District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family dispute and resulting arrest. First, the man's innocent until proven guilty on this matter. Whether his wife ran into the door, he hit her, or something else happened will be determined by due process.

October 16, 2009 | Joe Smith Covington | Letters


Cemetery Respect

Dear Editor: My father and my hero, Ray Howard, passed away on April 5, 2009. He was a World War II veteran, member of the Covington Lions Club, American Legion and Covington First Baptist Church. He was a Newton General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer serving over 3500 hours...and he loved the Georgia Bulldogs attending most home games for some 40 plus years. As a tribute, my family has placed several small Bulldog flags in his flower arrangement at Lawnwood Memorial Park. Unfortunately, these have been removed and the arrangements have been destroyed. I even wrote a note on the last ...

October 16, 2009 | Linda Bruce Covington | Letters


Good work Clements

Dear Editor: Recently we read the wonderful news of Clements Middle School being removed from the Needs Improvement List. The hard work and efforts that moved Clements Middle School, now Liberty Middle School, away from Needs Improvement was led by Dr. Sylvia Jordan. So how does the Newton County School System utilize such talents? For that answer you'll need to ask the Newton County Superintendent of Schools and the Newton County Board of Education.

October 16, 2009 | Mark Perez UniServ Director, Tucker | Letters


Hurting for my daughter

Dear Editor: How does Sandy [Henderson] appear now before other women like commissioners' wives? What warrants a woman to be beaten? Staying out? Cheating? Or elected official's anger? Other people are hurt by this - parents, brothers, sisters and children. Prayer to the political gods may work now, but Almighty God does not hear when the law is misused. Strange that a deacon's wife's lip is swollen and neither can answer. Maybe a sponge door will help. Maybe Sandy won't be so clumsy next time. God and his word is above the political gods. I love my ...

October 16, 2009 | The Rev. J. Durden Stone Mountain | Letters


Kiss my bumper sticker

Dear Editor: Here is a good one for you. On Sunday afternoon about 5 p.m., my wife and I went to Longhorn Steak House in Monroe for dinner. My truck was parked in the parking lot with metallic signs on each front door that read AMERICA "THE GREAT" Born July 4, 1776 Died Nov 4, 2008. When I returned to my truck, I noticed a note on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt placed underneath the door handle that read " Good thing our America isn't full of Communist like you!" A major problem is that the spineless creep ...

October 14, 2009 | Hubert L. Townley Jr. Oxford | Letters


Cell phones

Dear Editor: With a broken little finger, I was waiting in a little room at the emergency room when finally the doctor came in. Two of my Christian friends were on either side of me. The doctor asked about previous surgeries to see if I was fit enough to have another one on my finger. Next January I'll be 73 years old so I'm telling him how blessed I've been with good health but that I'm accident prone.

October 11, 2009 | Joella “José” Rhodes Covington | Letters


Road rage

Dear Editor: Is anyone lost in a maze of traffic, ready to spit hairs, going crazy one red light at a time? If not, then try Salem Road to and from work, any hour of the day, except 1 until 4:30 a.m., and you will pray for it to be widened. What is going on with this road that no one cares enough to face the fact that it is only getting worse? Can anyone feel good about their drive on Salem Road on the Covington or Conyers side of things when it comes to this mess we ...

October 11, 2009 | James Crump Covington | Letters


Drop in the bucket

Dear Editor: Sometime in the near future, if you have not already seen one, you'll soon see a shriner with a bucket at an intersection taking up money for the shriners' hospitals and burn institutes. Please drop a donation in the bucket because this is the way that shriners collect money to help support the 22 shrine-hospitals and the three burn institutes for crippled children.

Since 1922, when the first shriners' hospital was built, more than $2.5 billion dollars has been spent building and operating shriner hospitals for cripple children. For a child who is under the age ...

October 11, 2009 | Charles D. Strickland Covington | Letters


Building a better community

Dear Editor: The Newton County Home Builders Association hosted their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, and is pleased to announce that the association raised over $1,000 for our scholarship fund. Each year the Newton County HBA awards $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton High as well as to our two Partners in Education, Oak Hill and Livingston [elementaries]. In addition to supporting our local school system, the HBA awards two scholarships to children of members of our organization. This, our 11th year of awarding scholarships, the HBA will have given over $30,000 ...

October 09, 2009 | Bob Goucher President, Newton County Home Builders Association | Letters


They're not listening

Dear Editor: In the health care reform bill debate, town halls are becoming a way of life it seems, but what good are they doing for the debate. I say this because Representative Jim Marshall just had one this past week. I could not make it to this town hall, but in talking to some people who did go, they said they felt that they were not really being listened to. One of them said that they felt as though there was a feeling of elitism and that they were treated as a threat. They could only ask questions that ...

October 02, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Disaster relief team

Dear Editor: The Stone Mountain Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Feeding Unit has been deployed to the Glen Forest Baptist Church in Mableton to begin mass feeding by noon on Monday. This is in response to the floods in Metro Atlanta and in at the request of the Georgia State Emergency System in cooperation with FEMA. We have been asked to initially provide 3,500 meals a day. The first team will leave early Monday morning and the second team is being enlisted for deployment on Thursday.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


So many questions

Dear Editor: This is a letter I sent to the two state of Georgia senators and the president of the United States.

This is just a thought but shouldn't senators and representatives and the president represent the citizens of the United States of America regardless of their political party affiliation?

September 27, 2009 | Becky S. Sutherland Covington | Letters


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