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Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters


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


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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


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


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