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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

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


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


A response to ‘Romney’s class warfare’ article

Dear Editor: Thanks to Mr. Robinson for calling it out loud in his article "Romney's class warfare" in the weekend issue. Even though we merely pay income tax, my husband and I are hardworking people and pay our share in payroll tax (which I consider just another form of income tax), property tax and sales tax. It was simply outrageous what this arrogant person let out at this fundraiser (assuming these 47 percent of "lazy bums" would never get to hear this).

September 25, 2012 | Hiltrud Jones | Letters


Questioning the BOC

Dear Editor: There is an old saying, probably Southern, that goes like this: "Them that has, gets." To me, this means in general that a person or persons who have clout or influence can often "get" what others who don't have this advantage can't "get".

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Brown Bridge Road

Dear Editor: Due to the 2010 census our commission district lines were redrawn and this added more than 3,000 new constitutients to the fourth district.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Eastside academic team coverage

Dear Editor: My wife and I have been loyal, long time subscribers to The Covington News and we always encourage others to support the local paper.

September 06, 2012 | Carey A. Bryan | Letters


Remembering The Strand

Dear Editor: Once a week, The News carries a history article on what happened 50 years ago. Sometimes it contains movies that played during that time. Very few people in Newton County are still alive and can relate to this time. The movie theaters were the main source of entertainment in 1953 and 1954. At about this time, Henson Furniture Company and Covington furniture began to sell small screen black-and-white TVs and put them in their windows and turn them on at night. There were no day-time programs. People would bring their chairs and line the sidewalks in front of ...

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Akin’s proclamation on pregnancy from rape

Dear Editor: Three things are disturbing to me about the Akin proclamation on pregnancy from rape. One is that it implies that rape victims who become pregnant are really liars and willing participants. That is a myth frequently suggested by rapists in court. Two is that what Akin and Dr. Willkie, his source, assert is true was scientifically disproven by a Medical University of South Carolina study published in 1996 (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248). Three, that asserting populist hypotheses as fact even when contradicted by data collection and analysis appears to be a Republican tendency.

August 28, 2012 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Akin’s proclamation on rape pregnancy

Dear Editor: Three things are disturbing to me about the Akin proclamation on pregnancy from rape. One is that it implies that rape victims who become pregnant are really liars and willing participants. That is a myth frequently suggested by rapists in court. Two is that what Akin and Dr. Willkie, his source, assert is true was scientifically disproven by a Medical University of South Carolina study published in 1996 (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248). Three, that asserting populist hypotheses as fact even when contradicted by data collection and analysis appears to be a Republican tendency.

August 28, 2012 | Chris Roesel | Letters


Letter: Salem Campmeeting

Salem Campmeeting

August 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Medicare fact or fiction

Dear Editor: I just had a discussion with a 68 year old in Walmart. First, he told the store clerk he was 68, and he could aggravate anyone he wanted to. Then his wife paid for their case of coke, sitting beneath the seat of his motorized cart, with food stamps. I said Romney planned to add an additional $6400 per senior to the cost of Medicare. I had checked it on Factcheck before going to the store. The additional cost of Medicare as currently consituted by the year 2025 was projected to be $6,350 beyond Medicare payments. Under ...

August 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Debt clock

Dear Editor: Thank you for printing the statistics on the national debt. One very significant aspect of the data is that the working force of the USA is about half the population and therefore those who work for a living owe about $100,000 each, thanks to the irresponsible spending and borrowing of the national government.

August 23, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


The power struggle

Dear Editor: The mayor and the council have once again decided to split the D.P.S., two departments, two chiefs and more dissension. We have tried different chiefs with different ideas. We hired a director with an excellent resume. Most of us thought he would be good for the community. Somehow I guess he did not fit well with the politicians. If we had established a chain of command from day one, we could have avoided plenty of heartburns. A council member suggested that the director should answer to them. They convene one night a month. The D.P ...

August 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Education cuts

Dear Editor: Article VIII Section I Paragraph I of the Georgia Constitution states in part "The provision of an adequate public education for the citizens shall be a primary obligation of the State of Georgia."

August 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


A heated season

Dear Editor: Another political campaign seems to be heating up. While studying the sides of many issues, I am reminded of one of the grandfather's favorite stories.

August 21, 2012 | Staff Report | Letters


Retraction of Walker’s Bend letter

This letter is a retraction of the comments noted in a letter published in The Covington News last week. I first must offer my apologies to the parties named in my letter regarding the project at Walker's Bend.

August 14, 2012 | Samuel M. Hay, III | Letters


Newton Library

Dear Editor: How in the world did the library get this bad? Just a few years back, Newton County had the number one library in the state of Georgia. Where are we now? Closing the doors? The blame lies with the Board of Trustees. The person they hired from Waycross is not doing her job nor are you. You had people already on your staff, darn good people. Now most are gone. Thanks from an angry person who uses the library a lot.

August 11, 2012 | Edmund G. Cowan | Letters


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