There are two actions, one taken and one on the table of the city council. The council has given themselves, including the mayor, a 50% pay raise. The proposal that is on the table would cut the property tax millage rate by half a mill.
With the proposed reservoir nearing the construction stage, there has been no protection for the citizens'/ratepayers' protection provided by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.
The past five years, I have watched the Alcovy Tiger band improve; that is thanks to one man who has come to work on his furlough days (that is days the BOE did not pay him and other teachers) with students to prepare them for the upcoming football season.
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Dear Editor: "Most prominently, we have a president who talks incessantly about class, particularly the middle class." This is what Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said about President Obama recently. House Republicans could give 98 percent of Americans a tax cut right now, but instead they're holding the middle-class tax cut hostage unless they can give an extra cut to the to 2 percent.
Dear Editor: The letter from Tyler Collum that was published in Wednesday's Covington News is confusing. I don't know Mr. Collum or his connection to the Dowdy campaign, but I do know Dan Walden and know him to be a man who loves his community. I met Mr. Walden through his work at First Presbyterian Church and worked with him on the Board of Directors of the Main Street organization.
Dear Editor: When I read a political editorial or opinion column in the newspapers of today, it leaves the impression that nearly all of the dialogue is misleading, inflammatory or derogatory. The columns today appear to be obsessed with partiality on both sides of the political spectrum. When Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, criticized Representative Bachmann's, R-Minn, claim on the Senate floor for accusing Huma Abedin, a senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of ...
Dear Editor: I am a descendant of the brave people who settled this country. I am nearing 100 years of age and have lived through many wars and the Depression in the 1930s. Hard times, I will allow, was felt at unexpected times and all in between.
Dear Editor: First, thank you for great coverage of local elections. I don't live in Newton County, but covnews.com is my homepage on my computer. I love journalism and I have a particular fondness for local papers. Your news coverage is wonderful.
Dear Editor: Thank you for publishing the current national debt on your recent business page.
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the great publicity of the 184th Salem Campmeeting which helped make it one of the best ever.
Dear Editor: As a resident of District 5 in Covington, I have followed the County Commissioner's race with great interest. I have spoken directly with three of the candidates running on the Republican ticket for this district's seat including Mr. Dowdy, Mr. Maddox and Mr. Rutberg. That said, Mr. Dowdy's use of an unnamed source in a CovNews print advertisement on Friday defaming Mr. Rutberg, is the worst kind of political gamesmanship. Mr. Dowdy should ...
Dear Editor: On July 11, I received a phone call with a pre-recorded message making untrue statements about the current directors of Snapping Shoals EMC, and about cost increases of $200 per year for Snapping Shoal member owners. Two days later, another call, a live caller with the same story. My caller ID showed this call originated in Cottonwood, Utah. After challenging the lady caller, she quickly ended the call. I know these claims made ...
Dear Editor: In the July 8 edition of The News, I found a response from Mr. Heaton to my letter printed July 6. This will be my first and final response in regards to this topic. First, while appreciate the opinion that Mr. Heaton puts forth, I must reiterate my earlier argument: please pay closer attention to the meaning behind the words you use. If Mr. Heaton would care to look more closely at his ...
Dear Editor: I recall an old story about a wolf in sheep's clothing. The folks attacking Snapping Shoals EMC put on a smiling face and act like they care about us, but the more I look into the radical environmental organizations that are behind the anti-coal efforts, the more fishy things smell. Snapping Shoals has a long history of good management. As proof I'll offer the fact that our electrical rates are some of the ...
Dear Editor: Today, one out of every two people in this country is living in poverty. Forty-six million are living on food stamps. Two out every five are living below the poverty line. As a matter of fact, worldwide 1.4 billion of us live on less than $1.25 a day; 25,000 children die daily because of poverty.
Dear Editor: In the midst of gatherings of family and friends, fireworks, cookouts and other 4th of July celebrations, it was good to read The Covington News' emphasis on Independence Day. Years of struggle and wars to preserve our freedom were in several features. Of special interest were stories of our own Lt. Col. George Stamps and the pilot who flew 22 fallen Seals home. Margie G. Cline
Dear Editor: We want to thank Hobby Lobby for getting all the information together in the article, "In God we trust," and The Covington News for featuring it in the July 4 paper. That information was just what we needed in these times when so many of our leaders seem to be moving away from our heritage. You and Hobby Lobby have done Newton County and our country a great service, and we are indeed grateful.
Dear Editor: This is in reference to the letter written by James R. Hays and posted in your July 6 edition, which I find somewhat disturbing. In attacking my supposed ignorance, I can only assume he must be a friend of William Perugino. I re-read my letter to your paper and was unable to find any self-righteous, political or zealotry. In his letter, he stated; "In the future, it might behoove the author of said ...