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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

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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

Dear editor,

June 17, 2014 | | Letters


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Archive By Section - Letters


Letter to the editor... CTAE important for our future

Dear Editor: I was pleased to see in The Covington News of Sunday, May 10, the supplement on Career, Technical and Agricultural Education in the Newton County School System.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... School session proposal

Dear Editor: With our budgets stretched beyond the limits I would like to request the School Board at least discuss the possibility of a new schedule for education in Newton. This trend will be sweeping the nation very soon and we could be first, not last in line for tens of millions in property tax savings.

May 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... No handout from me

Dear Editor: I don't buy or do any business with any company that is such a failure that it must take federal tax payers' money. Chrysler is the latest example. Consumer Reports magazine rates Chrysler with the worst quality of all car manufacturers in the USA. Italian Fiat is the worst auto company to ever come to the USA, worse than Yugo. They make small cars, but they get good fuel millage because they are light and small, not because of new engine technology.

May 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Supporting the NCSS public relations director

Dear Editor: Teachers are inundated daily with work to do. That's a fact. We're so fortunate because getting the word out about news occurring in the system doesn't fall on our shoulders. We can choose to let the public relations director inform the media of events or we can call ourselves. When I've chosen to call, the media chooses not to cover the event. When I've asked our public relations director to call, news media deems the event newsworthy. Hmm, I think the way to get any news out in reference to the school system ...

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... An insult to the BOE

Dear Editor: I am a parent of a child at Alcovy High School. I read the article where Amber Pittman crime/education Reporter made the statement, "Newton County school system officials deny the school was ever in lockdown and that a Coke bottle that contained a liquid was thrown in the commons area of the school and the bottle cap did blow off."

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Fairy houses at Chimney Park

Dear Editor: For a few brief hours last Saturday, Chimney Park was transformed into an enchanting, wondrous place. From the moment visitors entered the park, they too were transformed - into playful, imaginative children. Sights and sounds of sheer delight filled the air. What happened at Chimney Park on that day, for those hours? Fairy houses. Built by families, individuals, community groups and schools, representing a broad cross-section of our beloved community, these tiny, whimsical habitats were everywhere. Made of natural materials and constructed in ways limited only by imagination, they were enthralling.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Rail supporter

We need everyone's help to make sure our Newton County Board of Commissioners knows we have many citizens in Newton County who support the development of a county-wide trail and greenway system. And, that we believe the County should investigate the potential purchase of the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way from Porterdale to Mansfield and the possible development of a multi-use trail along that corridor.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Not the delusional one

Dear Editor: In response to Patrick Durusau's Friday column "Delusional CIA operatives who tortured people" - seriously? This is what you say about people who risked their lives to protect your life and my life and all of the many other millions of American lives. I can understand if you suffer from the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome - people who blame everything in the world on Bush), nothing new there, but to insult members of our CIA who were just following orders in an effort to save American lives. Seriously?

I respect that we all have freedom of speech and you ...

May 01, 2009 | Elizabeth Christian Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Best kept secret

 Dear Editor: With teacher appreciation week coming up, I'm moved to thank the Montessori School of Covington for its amazing curriculum and philosophy. I hope to share this fantastic secret we have in our community. I have not one, but three kids thriving beautifully at this school. We have been there for 8 years. Our oldest started, in their Early Childhood program, at age four.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... The meaning in life

Dear Editor: Maybe it's coincidental timing, but we seem to be losing many of our community's longest-standing pillars in 2009. With the recent passing of Jack Morgan, Lamar Hays and Otis Spillers, we are witnessing a generational passing of the torch. Through their business interests, public service and private charity, these men laid the foundation for much of what we know as Newton County today. The losses sadden us, but we have much to celebrate, considering all the lives these men touched.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Keep running Nat

Dear Editor: In response to Barbara Morgan's critique of Nat Harwell's many columns, if I'm not mistaken, Mr. Harwell's columns appear on what is known as the "opinion" page, i.e. these are his opinions. If Ms. Morgan wants to write articles for your opinion page, I'm sure many would be open to hearing her opposing point of view.

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Porterdale's 911 dilemma

Dear Editor: Unfortunately more and more smaller cities such as Porterdale will not be able to afford to be a functioning city. I agree with them that it seems like double taxation, but it would cost them more than the fees at hand to set up 24-hour dispatch and staff it, I'm sure. I think the city of Porterdale should look closely at paying the sheriff's department to patrol their city. Sure they could disband their police department and just let the sheriff answer calls, but in California where I am originally from many smaller cities have contracted ...

April 15, 2009 | Bill McDaniel Covington | Letters


Did you actually read it?

Dear editor: For the love of journalistic integrity, please pull Mr. Patrick Durusau's column entitled, "Irrelevant Rand," so that Mr. Durusau can actually read the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Mr. Durusau's interpretation of this novel is so egregiously wrong that there is no possible way that he has read it.

April 10, 2009 | Christopher Peters Lansing, Mich. | Letters


Typical baseless criticism

Dear Editor: Mr. Durusau correctly identifies that sales of "Atlas Shrugged" have skyrocketed recently but quickly loses touch with the facts after that ("Irrelevant Rand" 4-3-09). Greenspan associated with Rand years before he rejected her Objectivist philosophy. Someone who understands and is committed to defending individual freedom would not agree to fill the role of Chief Economic Dictator of the United States. Unfortunately, we are now paying for Greenspan's abandonment of those principles: his cheap credit policies at the Fed made him a primary architect of the housing bubble.

Durusau implies that Rand believed all people act in their ...

April 10, 2009 | Justin Ketterer Atlanta | Letters


Time warp

Dear Editor: I re-read Columnist Nat Harwell's article on Fixing America three times trying to uncover exactly what it was that ignited reader Barbara Morgan. To me every word penned by Mr. Harwell was the ungarbled and unvarnished truth. However, Ms. Morgan has paid for "rights" to mock and disagree with Mr. Harwell to her heart's content. Nonetheless, a line should be drawn for anyone's dissent at going after another's job because he has different values and views. So Democratic, isn't it? They espouse and demand their inalienable rights but deny and attack other's ...

April 10, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


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