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Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

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July 24, 2014 | C.M. Brandenburg | Letters


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

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July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


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

Dear editor,

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

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

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June 17, 2014 | | Letters


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Archive By Section - Letters


Transportation toll

Dear Editor: First, I would like to say that the after school programs is full to capacity. Many parents like me waited to find out about transportation options before the start of the school year and at that time the parents who could not keep their child at the theme school had to make a decision. At open house I found out that my child will be picked and dropped off by bus, and this change without any consideration for the parents and the kids is absolutely disgusting. It is not fair that after parents invested money for uniforms and ...

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Lesson learned? Maybe not...

Many of us could do better at living within our means.

But, your editorial "Lessons in Credit" illustrates another shortcoming in America today - the need to oversimplify complex situations and cast blame without pausing to look in the mirror. You broadly blamed our economic woes on government and individual borrowers, while turning a blind eye to those most guilty.

August 19, 2009 | Maurice Carter Covington | Letters


We need health reform

Dear Editor: There are so many arguments about health care reform that the opportunities are in danger of being lost. But our country has a great opportunity to fix at least two serious problems. The first is we need to make sure that every woman can get maternity coverage. For example, if pregnancy is defined as pre-existing, then a woman might not be able to afford needed maternity care. A second reason to improve the current system is to make sure that children who are born with a birth defect or serious condition, including disabilities caused by being born preterm ...

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor...Expensive to play

Dear Editor: Once again our school year has begun, and once again I question my (and my husband's) ability to pay for our children's various extracurricular activities. What classes do they take? Ballet? Art? No. Our children participate in various sporting activities at their school. I know I am getting up there in age, but when did it cost a fortune to play football? Play in the band? Cheerlead? At what point did it become necessary to keep up with the other schools? Purchase new uniforms yearly? Eat out before and after every meal?

I participated in flag ...

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Face the voters

Dear Editor: Last Friday, I called Rep. Jim Marshall's district office in Macon regarding when he has plans to set up any town hall meetings for his district, GA-8. Marshall's spokesperson told me a press release will be coming out shortly. I reminded him that Congress is in recess.

Could it be that Mr. Marshall is running scared and does not want to confront his constituents? Could it be that he does not want to endure the angry remarks of his constituents who have read the House version of the health care bill and want to know if ...

August 12, 2009 | Chris Miller Covington | Letters


Town hall meeting

Dear Editor: Are we still living in the USA? Well, when I read the news and watch the news on television, the more it does not seem like the USA. That is when I hear things like U.S. Senators are saying they will not be having town hall meetings about health care. They say the reason for this is that the people who are coming to them are just manufactured and are really not concerned with health care and are no more than members of the GOP who are mad that they lost the presidential election. That is absurd ...

August 12, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


Not following his logic

Dear Editor: I am trying to follow Mr. Durusau's logic in his Aug. 7 editorial titled "Between You and Your Doctor." He asserts that with the government running the health care system he is replacing one bureaucrat he does not elect with one he does elect. I believe he misses the point that with his private insurance, he has entered into a contract with his insurance company. This contract lists the services the insurance company will and will not pay for. Mr. Durusau is free to un-elect his private bureaucrat by voting with his dollars and changing insurance companies ...

August 12, 2009 | Tim Cooper Covington | Letters


Big government

Dear Editor: The big government takeover has to stop. Ever since liberals claimed power, it's been one bureaucratic scheme after another. Their newest target, health care, is the most dangerous intervention yet. Politicians, special interests and central planners should not come between patients and their doctors. We shouldn't have to wait for Washington to tell us if we can have the treatment we need. We shouldn't have to wait in long lines because hospitals are overrun and doctors are in short supply. But that is what could happen if the Obama/Pelosi health care plan is allowed ...

August 12, 2009 | John Parlato Covington | Letters


Shedding a little light

Dear Editor: I am Sherri Powell, the mother of Thomas Powell. I cannot tell you how horrified we were when Tom shot the two Newton County deputies the day he died. No one had any idea that his emotional and mental turmoil had gotten to the point that such a thing was even possible. Now we understand that he was dealing with more than the sane mind can comprehend. My purpose in writing this letter is to try to tell you of the Tom, who gave such joy and light to those around him, before the mental illness he was ...

August 09, 2009 | Sherri Powell Covington | Letters


Sincere gratitude

Dear Editor: My prayers and thoughts are with the two injured officers, the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the men's families. Even though I do not reside in Newton County, I worked in the county for over 20 years. In that time I came to appreciate the Newton County Sheriffs Department for their interest in the welfare of the citizens, the professionalism they exhibit, and the integrity with which they perform their duties. I never voiced my appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make. I do now. Thank you.

August 07, 2009 | Nancy Beverly Conyers | Letters


Remember to love

Dear Editor: My heart goes out to both the deputies and the Powell family involved in the tragic shooting that occurred Monday August 3. A situation like this is never easy for any parent and my heart goes out to this family. As a parent of two 20 year olds, I can only imagine what they might be going through and my prayers are with them, as I hope many others are. This unfortunate incident should remind us that our kids face a very different world than we did at their age and that life is precious and short and ...

August 07, 2009 | Beth Rowe Newborn | Letters


Namesakes

Dear Editor: I want to commend the Newton County Board of Commissioners for their decision to name the newest Newton County park for Denny Dobbs and for their role in naming a stretch of U.S. Highway 278 for Jack and Davis Morgan. The philosophy embraced was one of giving much deserved recognition to three Newton County citizens who devoted their lives to and gave so much to Newton County and its citizens. Furthermore, this is in keeping with a long-standing and well-established American tradition.

Obviously, I do not speak for all citizens, as there are those who somehow feel ...

August 07, 2009 | Nathan M. Pulliam Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Among angels

Dear Editor: Let me tell you a true story. On Saturday afternoon, my husband was stung by many yellow jackets. He was in a lot of pain. We treated him with everything we could think of and finally he said, "If you'll go into Wal-Mart and buy some Benedryl, I'll drive you." So, off we go. He drove me up to the front door and said, "Call my cell phone when you're finished and I'll come back and pick you up." OK, I reply and get out of the car and go into Wal-Mart (I did ...

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Opposing government-run health care

Dear Editor: I strongly urge you to oppose any legislation that would enact a government-run, public health care plan.

The small business surtax would devastate small businesses already struggling with a severe recession. This surtax would hit those who create jobs especially hard because more than six of every 10 affected are small business owners, who have led America out of the last seven recessions and create two out of every three jobs during a recovery.

July 31, 2009 | Susan Flake Oxford | Letters


Callous disregard

Dear Editor: I am writing this with a heavy heart for close friends and a vast amount of disappointment for the Covington News. As a lifetime member of this community, it was upsetting to see what I and many others deem as irresponsible journalism. The power of the pen has mighty and callous disregard for a victim's family when it is coupled with this type work.

July 29, 2009 | Judt M. Hooten | Letters


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