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Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor: Fire down below

The political machine that controls Covington, Newton County and the remainder of small towns here has set in motion a plan to facilitate a virtual take over of property owners' rights. In the process, they have spent unbridled and without any sense of direction which would focus upon what the citizens' desire.

August 14, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the editor from Sandy Morehouse: Self defense

Members of my family have lived in Newton County since 1809. Early members were simply subsistence farmers; some were successful planters; some were Methodist ministers; architects; economists, etc. Some were considered wealthy, others financially challenged. But regardless of the times - various depressions, Civil War destruction and the real estate collapse of recent years, one member of the family has managed to survive without selling any of the land left by our forefathers. For eight generations we are proud of that accomplishment.

August 12, 2014 | Sandy Morehouse | Letters


Letter to the editor

A performance bond is a surety bond issued by an insurance company or a bank to guarantee satisfactory completion of a project by a contractor or sub contractor. In this example, The Chamber and The Center have failed to 'perform' in a satisfactory manner and the County has recourse with or without the performance bond.

August 09, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


The 2050 Plan: Comments from a citizen member of the Leadership Collaborative

My wife and I moved to Covington in January of 1982 after an extensive search for a place to live and raise our family. I had taken a position working in downtown Atlanta and could have lived anywhere in the metro area. We chose Covington because of its small town atmosphere, the picturesque City Square, and its rural countryside. Like most citizens in Newton County, we had real concerns when the building boom hit in the 2000's and the county started experiencing massive, out of control growth. We saw the very characteristics of the county that brought us here ...

August 07, 2014 | David Waller | Letters


In memory of Mr. Rigney

Basil Rigney was laid to rest today. He was truly a one-of-a-kind educator. In Mr. Rigney's band class, there was no coddling, and praise was given only if truly deserved. He had a keen sense of each band member's strengths and potential, and he was not one to give up easily!

August 05, 2014 | Ken Simons Cook | Letters


Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

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


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

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

Dear editor,

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


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Thank you not enough

Dear Editor: It is true that thank you, perhaps the two most overused words in the English language, are filled with a wide range of emotions, all of which are accompanied by some measure of gratitude, sometimes merely simple expressions while others have a grander flair. There are, however, times when although powerful, these two universal words fall miserably short of their task in conveying our heartfelt gratitude. What I am about to share with you is one such event.

On April 23, 2009, my family was altered in a very dramatic way, at least for us. My father (83 ...

July 17, 2009 | Kevin Carnes and family | Letters


For the birds

Dear Editor: On my way to work this morning, I picked up one of your papers at my local gas station on Highway 36. I read it at my office in less than five minutes. Your opinion page is for the "birds" and is being sent back to you.

On second thought, I don't want to pay the additional postage. I don't care what unknowns like Dick Yarbrough, Tom Crawford or the people at your paper think. I, like most readers, want to know what the people of Newton County think. I did not even bother to read ...

July 17, 2009 | Jimmy Arnold Covington | Letters


Bravo Porterdale

Dear Editor: Bravo to Porterdale for stepping up to the plate and putting on a fabulous Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks were fantastic, vendors hopping, shops full of people and kids enjoying free inflatables. People were spread out everywhere in anticipation of the show. Traffic was handled well, with free event parking sites.

All of this was paid for by donations. No public monies were utilized. Over 7,000 people attended this wonderful event.

July 17, 2009 | Carol Veliotis Covington | Letters


Lamenting litterbugs

Dear Editor: As a proud citizen of Newton County I'm disheartened to see how unappreciative citizens of our county fail to value some of the benefits we enjoy and are going to ruin a good thing for all county tax payers. As citizens of the county we enjoy the benefits of the neighborhood recycling centers, which we enjoy without fees. Over the July 4th holiday I noted a mounting pile of garbage bags outside the closed gate [at] the Oak Hill recycling center. There are signs posted stating what the holidays are for the center and directives as NOT ...

July 10, 2009 | Joan LeJeune | Letters


Thanks Porterdale

Dear Editor: I wanted to express my sincere appreciation to the city of Porterdale for hosting an incredible Fourth of July celebration. The bands that played, the vendors who offered tasty and affordable foods, and the amazing fireworks display made for a wonderful evening for my family and hundreds of others in attendance.

July 08, 2009 | Gina Bryan Social Circle | Letters


Healthcare limited now

Dear Editor: With regard to the healthcare debate, one fact must receive emphasis: corporations took over our health care decades ago. The cost of this takeover has been great, both to our economy and to our health.

No other industrial country spends as much as ours on healthcare. The difference between what we spend compared to the rest of the industrialized world is around 4 percent of our GDP, our entire multi-trillion dollar economic output. Yet this massive amount of money comes from the provision of the spotty health care we receive now.

July 08, 2009 | Roy Evritt Oxford | Letters


Time to speak up

Dear Editor: Like most decent citizens I often ruminate about what is happening to my beloved country, state and county. In the past I found a 100 reasons for staying uninvolved in most civic acts and responsibilities. I rationalized my actions by believing things that I'd sometimes been told like, "Nobody wants to hear anything from you," or, "If someone wanted your input, they'd ask for it." All that and more worked very well for me until June 29. Just prior of 11 a.m. I took a family member to a medical appointment at Newton Medical Center ...

July 02, 2009 | Elie McCoy Covington | Letters


Irresponsible adults

Dear Editor: I am in total agreement with the letter titled "concerned about drug use in the county" written by a Mr. Harry Long on 5-29-2009. The part that overly concerned me is where Mr. Long spoke on drug usage in our schools. I have a daughter in college and a daughter entering Eastside High School this year. Both have lost friends due to their drug use. Many of these students either fell behind or dropped out of school.

Before drugs can come into a school there has to be several adults involved. An adult has to furnish the drugs ...

July 01, 2009 | Bonnie Bragg Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... I agree with Ms. Banks

Dear Editor: I was appalled by the letter to the editor from Katie Hurd in the June 14 edition. She was very critical of a previous letter from Ms. Mae Banks. In that letter Ms. Banks was complaining about a type of lascivious behavior shown by mostly white women in some of our restaurant parking lots. I am in 100 percent in agreement with Ms. Banks.

June 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Judge not

Dear Editor: This letter is in reply to Ms. Mae Banks' letter concerning her disgust over women she describes as "floozies." As a Christian, I was appalled by the hateful, judgmental attitude Ms. Banks displayed. She insinuated that as a woman who "attend[s] church every Sunday" she has the right to judge others. I invite Ms. Banks to read John 8:1-11, in which Christ defends a woman accused of adultery. I also would like to remind her of Christ's own warning in Matthew 7:1-3 against judging others. Calling someone a "freak" under the banner of Christianity ...

June 14, 2009 | Katie Hurd Covington | Letters


Watch out for your kids

Dear Editor: Mr. Long had a fine letter in your paper on May 29. I saw some of my own kids and grandkids go to jail because of drugs. They got with the wrong people, who, every time, were older than they were. Older drug heads don't care about how much pain they cause those younger than they are or their families. I hope you will print this letter so parents can call 911 if they see any drug use around their kids.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... An embarrassment to Covington

Dear Editor: I am a 78-year-old woman, and I agree with a recent letter in your paper from Mr. Harry Long. When our ladies group goes to a local restaurant with a bar, we see these girls - floozies - in the parking lots. They are half-naked and look like tattooed freaks who just arrived from a Nevada brothel. They act indecently and will wallow all over any man who will let them. I see what Mr. Long was talking about as these women seem to want to sell sex, probably for drugs. These women do all appear to be white and ...

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


They died for freedom

Dear Editor: Mr. Harwell, I am one of those Jehovah's Witnesses you recently decided to write about and am also a Vietnam Veteran, who had to go through a very hard time after I came home and there was no flag waving for us.

The reason I am writing is about your misinformation about Jehovah's Witnesses. While it is true that we do not salute the flag, which has been treated and deemed as an object of worship, we do not desecrate it either. We stand respectfully as a matter of honor to those who wish to salute ...

June 10, 2009 | Ulf Gross New Holland, Pa. | Letters


Made you look bad

Dear Editor: Nat has a right to believe what he wants. He also has the unalienable right to free speech. However, the speech in the referenced article makes you look bad. It is just stupid. This was the first time I read an article in your publication (on the Web site) so perhaps you allow this sort of article as "balance." I can understand that. However, if I were to judge you by this one article you would look bad.

June 10, 2009 | Jan Wade Bellingham, Wash. | Letters


Column contradictions

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the article today in your newspaper titled "The America They Fought For" by Nat Harwell.

Since when have Jehovah's Witnesses not supported the United States? They don't pay taxes? Obey laws? Help citizens in need? Set an excellent example of community involvement and support? I can somewhat appreciate Mr. Harwell's outrage at Jehovah's Witnesses, but he is literally extracting a needle out of a haystack in saying they are "un-American" because they choose to exercise their American liberties in covering up what they consider to be anti-theological rhetoric ...

June 10, 2009 | James Boyd Oregon | Letters


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