Dear Editor: As a parent of an elementary age student in the Newton County Schools, I am distressed about what is happening to education funding on both local and state levels. Last week, major budget cuts were announced locally that will affect my child and thousands of others, as well as many friends and family who serve this community as teachers in the local school system. The local cuts are due primarily to years of under funding of public education by the state where education seems to have become a decreasing priority by those who purport to lead.
April 23, 2010|
Abigail Morgan Coggin
Dear Editor: Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the local news about the price of education in Newton County. The stories that I have read go a little like this: county schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit, planning cuts for staff and faculty members, officials have already determined who will be cut.
It is sad to think that the education of our children is less important than the current salary that was given to the new BOE superintendent Gary Mathews.
Dear Editor: "Sounds in town declare the interconnectedness of all life and the living." Indeed. That is the very reason we moved into town. Barbara Morgan [in her 4/16 column] beautifully describes the reason that city living is just as delightful and interesting as country living. They both have their advantages, and both can be enjoyable beyond compare. But, we made the choice to live downtown because we wanted to be a part of the life that is Covington. We wanted to be close to the square where we regularly experience decidedly irregular things like concerts, parades, festivals and ...
Dear Editor: Georgia Senator John Douglas, who represents our district, is one of the co-sponsors of SB 67 - also known by many as "Kia Go Home." Unfortunately the ramifications of this legislation have not been well thought out.
Dear Editor: We would like to thank all of the precious people who donated money and their time to help purchase safety vests for our Newton County Sheriff Deputies. We are so thrilled that we have met our goal. Thank you to all the individuals, churches, Sunday school classes, civic groups, restaurants, businesses and industries for your help in accomplishing this goal. We would especially like to thank the Covington News for publicizing our efforts every week in their paper. Once again, thank you for caring about the safety of those who put their lives on the line to protect ...
Dear Editor: The Miracle League of Newton County would like to express its sincere appreciation to the Newton branch offices of BB&T, Bank of North Georgia, Newton Federal and United Bank for partnering with us during the month of March to raise awareness of the exceptional children of our community. These fine financial institutions allowed signage in their branch offices (as well as some monetary donations to be collected) to help educate and raise awareness of the over 2,400 special needs children and youth we have here in Newton County.
The money that was collected within the branch ...
April 07, 2010|
Consultant to The Miracle League of Newton County, Newton County Recreation Commission
Dear Editor: I have heard those who are against the Health Care Reform Bill carry on and on about how horrible it is. I agree that it is not the best it can be, but finally someone put something down on paper so that they can start somewhere and make changes to make it better. Before this bill, your health care coverage was run by the insurance industry that pays for your bills. Somehow, I would rather the government who is elected by the people of the United States be responsible than the companies who are trying to make a ...
Dear Editor: The arts are proven to help close the achievement gap. The collection of research described in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development finds that learning in the arts may be uniquely able to boost learning and achievement for young children, students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students needing remedial instruction.
March 28, 2010|
Thomas A. Seddon Jr.
Dear Editor: My father, Robert H. Greene, owned and operated Greene's Pharmacy on the square in Covington for a number of years. I believe he sold it to Dan Wiegel when I was still in school and James Hutchins later owned it in that spot until he relocated to the other side of the square. I don't think there was ever a pharmacy on that site after that. Now, as a senior citizen, I look back on the years there with nostalgia. My grown children missed knowing their grandfather as he died in 1959 and would love to ...
March 27, 2010|
Vivian C. Greene
Dear Editor: Have you'll lost your minds? You are not listening to the people of Georgia. We do not want this bill and you are still supporting it. I know everybody I have talked to said no on this crazy healthcare bill. How can you do this to the American people? I do not want government to have any say in my healthcare. Freedom of choice - why didn't you'll let the people vote on this? I think you have all forgotten who you work for; I hope every one of you loses your jobs and is voted ...
Dear Editor: I am writing this letter today with great sadness in my heart because of the loss of another precious member of our community to domestic violence. I have spent the last seven years of my life attempting to educate those who will listen, about the horrible affects of domestic violence on our individual lives and our community. Even though our shelter helped over 3,600 individuals last year, this loss tells me that we have not done enough.
I understand that right now, everyone has the need to lay the blame for this loss on someone, when in ...
March 19, 2010|
Director, Project ReNeWal
Dear Editor: I was very interested in the information contained in the March 3rd article "City residents question electric rates, system." Now I understand from the mayor's own statement that our higher than normal electric rates are being used to subsidize lower city property taxes. There is a very basic problem with that process. A large percentage of Covington Electric customers do not live in the city limits of Covington. I live about 5 miles north of the Covington city limits in the county. This means I'm being taxed without representation. If I remember my history correctly, that ...
Dear Editor: The Church at Covington did, indeed, ring with the sounds of love and praise at the FaithWorks' benefit, Sing-A-Song of Love, on Friday night, Feb. 26. Choir members and performers from the churches and community came together to raise funds for our ministry to those needing rent or utility assistance in Newton County. Admission was free, but generous hearts contributed over $4,600 in offerings taken that night. We could never have imagined such an overwhelmingly successful event, an event that will be repeated again next year.
Our thanks go to our host, The Church at Covington, pastored ...
March 05, 2010|
Kendra W. Boone