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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

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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


Seeking a leader with character and honesty

Dear editor,

June 03, 2014 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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Enough of the time warp

Dear Editor: My first stab at a response to Nat Harwell's Sunday column ("Fixing America") was a point-by-point rebuttal to his analysis of what's wrong with America - as if that's something of which we need to hear more - and how it should be fixed. I tried and I tried, but the task simply overwhelmed me to the point of feeling faint. How could one writer be so wrong, ill-informed and out of touch in so many ways.

My response is, therefore, directed at you, the editor. I would ask you to reconsider the space you give free ...

April 08, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters


Exceptional learners blocked

Dear Editor: I am a highly upset student attending Alcovy High School. Recently, our Board of Education decided to succumb to the whims of the "Eastside Culture" and place all Newton County high schools on block scheduling.

April 01, 2009 | Zackary Elliott Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... BOE or real estate tycoons

Dear Editor: Open letter to the Governor of Georgia: Just a little over two year's ago, then Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, running for elected office, spoke at a Republican party meeting in Covington and stated that if he was elected, "I will take the board of educations out of the real estate business." This he has failed to do.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Don't be afraid of peanuts

Dear Editor: The recent salmonella outbreak that has been traced back to peanut butter made by the Peanut Corporation of America has left many consumers questioning the safety of peanut products. The deaths and illnesses caused by this outbreak are disturbing and regrettable. The reported sanitation conditions at the processing facility that led to the outbreak should not be tolerated. I'm a farmer, but I'm also a consumer. My family and I eat peanut butter and peanut products, just like you.

The peanut butter affected by the recall was sold in bulk by PCA to other food manufacturers ...

March 20, 2009 | C. Brent Galloway President, Newton County Farm Bureau | Letters


A waste of money and a danger to our citizens

Dear Editor: For those of you who don't know it, the county is spending $1 million to buy railroad track property in the county. This is only the beginning. To pave this 40-mile stretch of "Walking Trails" will cost approximately $20 million.

And heaven only knows how much of our tax dollars to maintain this project over the years.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Thanks Snapping Shoals

Dear Editor: I want to commend the men of Snapping Shoals E.M.C. What a wonderful job they do. They work hard and put in long hours, both night and day restoring people's power, including ours, during the bad weather.

We are blessed in our county to have such dedicated men who care about their community and do their job with excellence.

March 13, 2009 | Brenda Cason Mansfield | Letters


Making the front page

Dear Editor: Concerning your front page story "BOC will not help fund July fireworks, the people of Newton County don't have to worry about missing out on Fourth of July fireworks. For many years, our neighborhood puts on a better firework's display than the county pays for on the square.

There are three businesses operating in my neighborhood. There are no signs to let you know they are businesses (the first two houses) and then you go another couple of thousand feet up the road and there is the other business.

March 11, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Misbehaving politicians

Dear Editor: I don't know about the rest of you, but I am beyond tired and disgusted with politics-as-usual within our state and country. We are constantly - forcibly - reminded that to not follow the rules and laws of the land will earn us a place in state or federal custody; however, our lawmakers - both state and federal - our judges, and even our president are setting the stage for a division among citizens: the ruling class, and the ruled.

These are our elected officials; they are supposed to represent us, not rule us. They should not be allowed to trample ...

March 11, 2009 | Lisa Francis Covington | Letters


Concerned about EMT service?

Dear Editor: I am concerned about our ambulance service in Newton County. I have lived here all my life, and let me say we have the best EMTs that can be found. I have been a diabetic for over 37 years, and there were times when my wife would call 911 to get me help. This happens with all diabetics from time to time, and the EMTs have gone above and beyond to help me as well as others. My wife called them a few nights ago because my sugar had dropped and she could not wake me. They came ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Tickled pink

Dear Editor: Please allow me, in all good humor, to point out the irony of the conservative talk radio listeners who have written you of late. To them we know nothing about President Obama, implying that he may, emphasizing "may," be a risk to our nation. Then they claim to know him so well that they can predict he will be nothing but bad for the country. They simply cannot know and not know a person at the same time.

 They need to get their thinking together on this. This stuff tickles this left winger pink.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Republican convention

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to all Republicans, dissatisfied Democrats and Independents, especially those who do not like what is going on in Washington. All of you are invited to attend our next Newton County Republican Convention Saturday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Historic Courthouse, also referred to as the "Old Courthouse," here in Covington.

If you have any questions, you may call Steve Bray, chairman of the Republican Party, at (678) 296-0461 or you may call me, Charles Strickland, at (770) 786-6124. There should be an official announcement of the meeting in the ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Represent me

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the Capitol Columns written by state Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt. Politicians never cease to amaze me with their doublespeak and politalk. One of these days we will have a local representative who will abide by the will if their constituents instead of the button-down lobbyists. Sometimes you forget that you are supposedly voting on issues that are in the best interest of all taxpayers, not a well oiled behemoth lobbyist called Georgia Power.

 They went about their business of getting SB 31 passed through our local "politicians" like a ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


A necessary reminder

 Dear Editor: Your Sunday editorial decrying "flag-draped coffins" stirred conflicting emotions in my soul. First, you confused the issue by comparing reactions to the Iraq War with those of Vietnam. Have you actually heard any reasonable commentator who "vilified" the brave soldiers who have served in Iraq? The only rightful villains in this story are those who sold us the lie about "weapons of mass destruction" and the non-existent connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11/01 attacks.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Agreeing with Mr. Harwell

Dear Editor: I can only guess that reader Ron Slade's smoking letter to the editor was in response to Nat Harwell's article on the number of months remaining for President Obama's (hopefully one term) in office. Containing his anger as he composed his missive must have left Mr. Slade with his wits caught down and sudden memory loss with what the object of his frustration (President Bush) had to deal with during his two terms in office.

 Could it be possible that his assessment of Bush failed to recollect that we were attacked by terrorists who would ...

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Taxes and jobs

Dear Editor: Anyone who claims that tax cuts create jobs is trying to fool you or themselves.

 Here is the basic equation: increase in sales cause increase in production which eventually leads to hiring employees. Sales of products cause job creation. No business that uses good, honest judgment will create a job that doesn't lead directly to increase in profits. Yes, decreasing taxes on businesses will decrease business expenses and increase profit margins but not product sales. However any decrease in a business' overhead will have no effect on sales unless the products quality or features increase or price ...

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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