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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

Dear editor,

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

Dear editor,

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


What legacy?

"A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions."

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


A Firestorm that Came from Nowhere

Dear editor,

May 27, 2014 | Sam M Hay III | Letters


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Roundabout agreement

Dear Editor: No, Dennis, you're not the only one who considers building a turnabout and pedestrian tunnel on Turner Lake insane. (Covington News 09/25/09) It's just that the rest of us are still in shock after reading about it. We're going to spend almost a million dollars of our money, and, yes, it's our money - the government doesn't have any money - on a project that, as you say, a turn lane and a arrow on a traffic signal would suffice. It truly is insane.

September 27, 2009 | Grier Livingston Sims Covington | Letters


I had a dream

I had a dream.

September 27, 2009 | Emm G. Oxford | Letters


A turn lane is a better option

Dear Editor: The roundabout to be built for Turner Lake is a project to be paid for in part by stimulus money, paid by taxpayers of the United States, Georgia, Newton County and Covington.

I have some questions and concerns. How many roundabouts are there in the U.S.? How many in the Southeast? How many in Georgia? What is their safety record in the U.S.? What is their safety record as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal? How efficient are roundabouts as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal?

September 25, 2009 | Dennis G. Mangham Covington | Letters


Good planning

Dear Editor: The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to uphold the vote of the Newton County Board of Commissioners denying a conditional use permit for an asphalt plant near the city of Oxford again validates the role of local government in land use planning. It also reinforces the idea that citizen participation can make a difference.

Hundreds of Newton County and Oxford residents signed petitions and attended Board of Commissioners meetings. Some provided expert testimony but most were residents with no special qualification other than that they care about the community in which they live. There is ...

September 25, 2009 | Jerry Roseberry Mayor, Oxford | Letters


A new signal

Dear Editor: I have read about the coming improvements for Newton County's roadways being funded with the $26 million dollars of stimulus money. A few of the projects are sorely needed to help ease congestion and improve quality of life, including the improvements to the US 278/Ga. 142 intersection and the traffic signal at Salem and Spring roads. I question the wisdom of the proposed roundabout at Turner Lake and Clark streets, but that's a question for another day.

I propose another traffic issue that has needed to have been addressed for 10 years. A traffic signal ...

September 23, 2009 | William Scott Jr. Covington | Letters


Meth epidemic

Dear Editor: Recent and current news stories present a decline in the quality of life in America and Newton County. Current FBI crime studies show an overall increase of crime in Newton County. Much of this is caused by newer and more addictive illegal drugs. Recent articles in magazines such as Newsweek and other journals describe meth as America's new drug crisis.

Law enforcement officials say the increased use of meth is out of control and has reached epidemic stage and is getting worse by the month. We read where the Atlanta metro area is now the illegal drug ...

September 23, 2009 | Curtis Smith Covington | Letters


The gang of six

Dear Editor: The health care reform bill seems to be getting somewhere now.

The gang of six, that is the three Republican senators and three Democrat senators, have been trying to get to some middle ground on the health care debate, and they have come up with some compromises. The compromises that they have come up with have lead to some agreement in the US Senate.

September 23, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


T. Pat at the Tea Party

Dear Editor: A bit unusual it is for newspaper executives to stretch their legs and often ample waist-lines in anti-government protest marches. But there was T. Pat Cavanaugh in that Washington "Tea Party" a week ago Saturday parading down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Georgia delegation.

T. Pat, if you didn't know, is the general manager of The Covington News, the local branch of Savannah-based Morris Multimedia, the print outlets which are noted for a strong list to starboard.

September 23, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


Truth to Carter’s statement

Dear Editor: I am responding to your comments in Friday's paper entitled, "Stick to peanuts, Jimmy." I certainly believe you do not have to be racist to disagree with President Obama's policies. Constructive criticism is a necessary and beneficial part of our system of government. Also, racism surely can cut both ways - not just white people can be racist.

September 20, 2009 | William B. Wade Jr. Covington | Letters


So very proud

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to speak about the District 4 Community Center at Nelson Heights. This has been a dream of mine and many others for the past several years, and I can't express how glad and appreciative I feel that it is finally coming together.

September 19, 2009 | J.C. Henderson Commissioner, District 4 | Letters


Always available

Dear Editor: I regret I was unable to hold a town hall meeting in the northern part of my district during our August recess from votes in Washington.

That entire month was booked long before the recent (astounding) surge in public interest for town halls. So I was only able to squeeze in two. And as I expected, these were great events from my perspective. I wish I could have done dozens.

September 16, 2009 | Rep. Jim Marshall D-Ga. 8th District | Letters


Issue without merit

Dear Editor: In last week's Covington News, weekly columnist Patrick Durusau made reference to the county subsidy of cell phone service for county commissioners. He commented that instead of providing this service to the commissioners the money should be forwarded to the Sheriff's Department for the purchase of bullet proof vests. In writing the article Mr. Durusau did not take into consideration critical factors that come into play when composing his reasoning and rationale for his article.

Since the year 2000, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has been involved with the Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program. It ...

September 16, 2009 | Earnest Simmons District 2 Commissioner | Letters


Just another speech

Dear Editor: I was reading the news this week about the upcoming speech that President Obama would be giving to a joint session of Congress. I was listening to his speech to hear if there was going to be a public option in the bill and if there was going to be any middle ground on this. He and others seem to think that there is no health care reform without the public option, and to me it sounded like that has not changed. I did not see any middle ground. His speech did not seem like he was talking ...

September 11, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Making a miracle

Dear Editor: The Newton County Recreation Commission would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Newton County community for coming out Friday evening, Sept. 7, to attend the John Berry concert on the downtown square. One of Newton's most active corporate partners, General Mills, made the concert possible in celebration of their 20th anniversary of calling Covington/Newton County "home."

Heartfelt thanks to Mark Bible, plant manager, for bringing John Berry to Covington. In addition to General Mills, special thanks to Chick-fil-A, Joe Pittman, Score Photo and United Bank for providing the concessions - and donating all proceeds to ...

September 11, 2009 | Tommy Hailey Director, Newton County Recreation Commission | Letters


Facade of excellence

Dear Editor: Georgia and its taxpayers finance public elementary and secondary schools to provide education up to the college or post-secondary level. Colleges pick it up from there.

Now, Newton County is seeking a $3.1 million grant for a proposed institution to be named the "Newton College and Career Academy."

September 09, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


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