Dear Editor: On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, the Covington Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary. I would like to thank the Covington News and its staff for helping to make the public celebration possible. As the wife of a City of Covington Firefighter I was deeply touched that the Covington News published a special supplement on the Covington Fire Department as well as providing refreshments for the celebration. The brave men of the Covington Fire Department put their lives on the line each and every day for us and I'm sure it means a great deal to them to ...
December 02, 2009|
Judy G. Dial
Dear Editor: After reading the Josh Briggs' article concerning the refs. ejecting two coaches from Eastside vs. Franklin Co. I just want too say how disappointing an article that was. What is the lesson we are trying to teach our young people? When things don't go our way, we will use our newspaper to complain? Mistakes might have been made by the officials, mistakes were made from our sideline by not controlling our mouths, but the biggest was made by Mr. Briggs for writing the worst article I have read in my lifetime. We have great kids at Eastside ...
Dear Editor: November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage you to visit www.knowitfightitendit.org to learn how to take action against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in our country. With your help, we will increase the number of our community volunteers and advocates, and urge them to raise awareness and help us raise the cure.
By the end of this year, this deadly disease will have claimed more than 35,000 loved ones. Among them notable American's including actor Patrick Swayze, NCAA President Myles Brand and NBA Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly.
November 13, 2009|
Dear Editor: I was in Newton County during the week of Oct. 13-17, and I experienced something that I thought no longer existed.
A jury trial, where a jury convicted an innocent man. The trial was that of Franklin Benson. Mr. Benson was charged with murder in Newton County. All during the trial I listened to testimony and waited for something that would convince me of Mr. Benson's guilt.
November 11, 2009|
Dear Editor: In today's world of newspapers, it often reeks of a stale environment when it comes to reporters actually reporting and the opinionated writing of columnists. What a deep breath of fresh morning air when reading two particular articles in your Sunday edition. Nat Harwell's column on his remembrance of his dad's respect for our national anthem and the commitment of veterans everywhere was especially moving and sincere. Say what you want about Nat, but his columns do make you think, not only about Newton County, but most importantly, the state of affairs in the entire ...
November 11, 2009|
Dear Editor: On Saturday night the health care reform bill passed the U.S. House by a vote of 220-215. Well, they in Washington have done it again. They have passed this bill without listening to the people. This health care reform is suppose to cost only about $ 1.5 trillion over the next ten year so they say. I could see that being possible when you see that they will be cutting the Medicare by about $500 million. I do not think it will just cost $1.5 trillion just because has there been any thing like this in ...
November 11, 2009|
John A. Sutherland
Dear Editor: The CW is threatening once again to cross the boundaries of good taste, social responsibility and decency by promising to air a sexual threesome between three major characters in the teen-targeted drama "Gossip Girl."
November 08, 2009|
Dear Editor: If you weren't at the meeting of the Friends of the Library on Tuesday night, you missed a truly special event. Four fabulous women (Louly Hay, Loy Summers, Judy Greer and Jane Atkinson) shared their memories of Newton County going back 60 or more years (with some help from the audience). These four women embody so much of what makes this a special place to live: dedication to family, friends and community, committment to education and the arts and that special sense of humor that is native to the south.
As I sat in the meeting last ...
November 06, 2009|
Dear Editor: I wasted a perfectly good Thursday evening attending the "Health care town hall meeting" which the Covington News featured at the top of page one of its Oct. 28 edition. It was a BIG disappointment. The "panel of health care experts" was non-existent, the "attempt to separate facts from myths" turned out to be a myth, and the structure of the meeting was not conductive to open discussion, but rather a very biased presentation of one side of the health care issue. I hope you research your articles more carefully in the future. I expected more objectivity from ...
Dear Editor: "Not impossible, but I'M possible!" was the vibrant message given by Keith Brown, the "Motivator of the Millennium" to just under 100 teens at the recent "Teens Keeping It Real" summit at Newton High School, and on behalf of the Newton County Community Partnership we want to thank all the volunteers and funders who made this conference happen. The goal of the Summit was to motivate, educate and inspire Newton's youths for success at home, in school and with employment, and everyone left more than satisfied. Youth were given an opportunity for leadership and excellence and ...
November 01, 2009|
Executive Director, Newton County Community Partnership
Dear Editor: I have sent a letter to Rep. Jim Marshall saying that President Obama's signature of the Defense Authorization Bill that includes "hate crimes" against homosexuals and transgender is outrageous. It is outrageous that it is a violation of Equal Protection Under the Law as defined by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. It also makes a person criminal for thinking about doing the crime rather than person actually committing the crime.
Dear Editor: Our Newton Board of Commissioners has revised a request regarding billboard placement on Interstate 20 right of way. This request was rejected by our planning commission, and if approved would gut a sign ordinance passed and court tested years ago.