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: I don't know if it's called sloppy journalism, headline grabbing to sell newspapers or new to the community editorial staff, but the very idea of that the top of the front page in Sunday's paper says in bold print "Sexual texts" instead of the sad announcement of the passing of a dear, giving, Christian man who devoted his life to the betterment of Covington, Oxford and Newton County.
Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.
Dear Editor: This election is not about Democrat versus Republican. It is about capitalism versus Communism and the fundamentally changing of America as we know it. I have asked myself why anyone would want to change a system that has done more for mankind than any other form of government. It is not about what has done the most good; it is about idealism (Utopia). The Communists do not believe in God so they try to create heaven on earth (as they see it).
City Manager Doug White of Social Circle said the city government has a vested interest in the downtown businesses. Mr. White said other businesses are looking to move into the Covington/Newton County area. So federal tax dollars were used to paint the store fronts. He is hoping that someone will ride through and, perhaps, stop and purchase one of the empty ones. He also mentioned that perhaps some of the Baxter employees could settle here.
Dear Editor: I've always prided myself as being neutral when it came to voting...but can I say that anymore? It really saddens me, but I don't believe that I can. After watching the Democratic Convention, it seems like they have pretty much drawn the line in the sand. • They have openly voiced a choice to embrace abortion
Dear Editor: In your "Our Thoughts" column last Wednesday, you encouraged voters to wait until after the presidential debates before casting our ballots. I thought this was good advice. The more information we have upon which to base our decisions, the better our decisions should be. And like many others, I look to The Covington News as a source of informative news and opinions to help me formulate my decisions.
Dear Editor: I just read the Letters to the Editor in the Oct. 5 edition. I was dismayed that you would print such an article filled with so many falsehoods and misrepresentations of what was said by Mitt Romney.
Dear Editor: My name is Matthew Ozburn, and I am a senior in high school. I am writing today to express my concern in the diminishing Biblical values in our country. I believe that Biblical values and morals are what make America the great country it is. The problem is, over the past couple of years I have paid more attention to what is going on across the nation and it concerns me.
Dear Editor: Governor Romney debated better Wednesday night than President Obama did. Clearly, the president was stumped by the governor's latest recreation of himself. The governor started with the proposition that nothing he had said to date was his real position and that only what he said Wednesday night was true. For me, that presents a credibility problem, but how do you debate against it? The governor also said that, for the most part, he ...
Our much-beleaguered school system appears to be making steady progress as Eastside and Newton high schools both saw their average SAT scores rise in reading and math in 2012, though Alcovy unfortunately saw drops in both areas.
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).
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".
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.
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.
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 ...