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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


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Big government

Dear Editor: The big government takeover has to stop. Ever since liberals claimed power, it's been one bureaucratic scheme after another. Their newest target, health care, is the most dangerous intervention yet. Politicians, special interests and central planners should not come between patients and their doctors. We shouldn't have to wait for Washington to tell us if we can have the treatment we need. We shouldn't have to wait in long lines because hospitals are overrun and doctors are in short supply. But that is what could happen if the Obama/Pelosi health care plan is allowed ...

August 12, 2009 | John Parlato Covington | Letters


Shedding a little light

Dear Editor: I am Sherri Powell, the mother of Thomas Powell. I cannot tell you how horrified we were when Tom shot the two Newton County deputies the day he died. No one had any idea that his emotional and mental turmoil had gotten to the point that such a thing was even possible. Now we understand that he was dealing with more than the sane mind can comprehend. My purpose in writing this letter is to try to tell you of the Tom, who gave such joy and light to those around him, before the mental illness he was ...

August 09, 2009 | Sherri Powell Covington | Letters


Sincere gratitude

Dear Editor: My prayers and thoughts are with the two injured officers, the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the men's families. Even though I do not reside in Newton County, I worked in the county for over 20 years. In that time I came to appreciate the Newton County Sheriffs Department for their interest in the welfare of the citizens, the professionalism they exhibit, and the integrity with which they perform their duties. I never voiced my appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make. I do now. Thank you.

August 07, 2009 | Nancy Beverly Conyers | Letters


Remember to love

Dear Editor: My heart goes out to both the deputies and the Powell family involved in the tragic shooting that occurred Monday August 3. A situation like this is never easy for any parent and my heart goes out to this family. As a parent of two 20 year olds, I can only imagine what they might be going through and my prayers are with them, as I hope many others are. This unfortunate incident should remind us that our kids face a very different world than we did at their age and that life is precious and short and ...

August 07, 2009 | Beth Rowe Newborn | Letters


Namesakes

Dear Editor: I want to commend the Newton County Board of Commissioners for their decision to name the newest Newton County park for Denny Dobbs and for their role in naming a stretch of U.S. Highway 278 for Jack and Davis Morgan. The philosophy embraced was one of giving much deserved recognition to three Newton County citizens who devoted their lives to and gave so much to Newton County and its citizens. Furthermore, this is in keeping with a long-standing and well-established American tradition.

Obviously, I do not speak for all citizens, as there are those who somehow feel ...

August 07, 2009 | Nathan M. Pulliam Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Among angels

Dear Editor: Let me tell you a true story. On Saturday afternoon, my husband was stung by many yellow jackets. He was in a lot of pain. We treated him with everything we could think of and finally he said, "If you'll go into Wal-Mart and buy some Benedryl, I'll drive you." So, off we go. He drove me up to the front door and said, "Call my cell phone when you're finished and I'll come back and pick you up." OK, I reply and get out of the car and go into Wal-Mart (I did ...

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Opposing government-run health care

Dear Editor: I strongly urge you to oppose any legislation that would enact a government-run, public health care plan.

The small business surtax would devastate small businesses already struggling with a severe recession. This surtax would hit those who create jobs especially hard because more than six of every 10 affected are small business owners, who have led America out of the last seven recessions and create two out of every three jobs during a recovery.

July 31, 2009 | Susan Flake Oxford | Letters


Callous disregard

Dear Editor: I am writing this with a heavy heart for close friends and a vast amount of disappointment for the Covington News. As a lifetime member of this community, it was upsetting to see what I and many others deem as irresponsible journalism. The power of the pen has mighty and callous disregard for a victim's family when it is coupled with this type work.

July 29, 2009 | Judt M. Hooten | Letters


Remember the families

Dear Editor: I am Stephanie Singleton, the sister of Rodney Singleton whose murder was a top story in your Ashes to Ashes series last week. I am writing this letter on behalf of my family and the extended family and friends of Rodney Singleton to express our disgust at the insensitivity of The Covington News and to request that the Ashes to Ashes series be discontinued at once.

July 28, 2009 | Stephanie Singleton | Letters


Obamanation

Dear Editor: Our mystic president from Hawaii or Indonesia or Kenya or wherever (but then who cares) promised a transparent and open government as basic for him if elected. Instead, after almost six months in office, his administration seems more politics of smash and grab than ever before seen. As he frantically goes about totally dismantling what it was that got us where we once were, there is little or no outcry from the media, his political opponents and us, the ones who put him there.

While Obama's governing appeal may have reached an apogee, too many stick to ...

July 24, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Careless accidents

Dear Editor: Just as we should hold accountable public services when they do not perform to standard or satisfaction, we should also commend them when they perform their duties in an exceptional fashion. The latter applies in this case.

On Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m. I was driving south on the Bypass in front of Covington Place. A dog entered the road and the cars in front of me slowed. I also slowed as did the car behind me. As I cleared the dog, I started to accelerate. Unfortunately the driver of the vehicle two cars behind me ...

July 24, 2009 | Jared Rutberg Covington | Letters


Take better care

To the editor: In the black section of the Covington City Cemetery, tombstones have been knocked down, vandalized and carried away over the last 50 years. City officials have done nothing. These tombstones were very close to newly built houses. In the last 5 years, the tombstone of Emory Willis, a World War I veteran, has disappeared.

At Westside Cemetery, Henry Willis's tombstone was in place a couple of years ago. He died in the late 1920s. Now that space has been cleared and the marker is gone. The space has been cleared to bury new people.

July 24, 2009 | E. Horne Covington | Letters


Appreciative

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the support you gave the 181st historic Salem Camp Meeting. The great articles by Colleen Jackson and the pictures by Brittany Thomas were outstanding and should win a Georgia Press Association award.

Salem was very successful this year. I am thankful that we have a newspaper that supports religious institutions that are working for a better community.

July 24, 2009 | Sam Ramsey Chairman, Salem Board of Trustees | Letters


Buy local

Dear Editor: As a resident of the county, we decided our family should support the community that supports us. We had not thought about it this way previously, but in hard times, good decisions need to be made.

We had occasion to visit a local eatery, Debbie's Deli on Pace street. She supports radio with ads for her restaurant and she supports local outings such as the Porterdale July 4th celebration. We were pleasantly surprised. Food at the restaurant is super. Service is impeccable. It's just a really good place to have a meal.

July 22, 2009 | Beverly Kussman Covington | Letters


A different point of view

Dear Editor: Chavez states, "Identity politics involves a sense of grievance against the majority, a feeling that racism permeates American society and its institutions, and the belief that members of one's own group are victims in a perpetual power struggle with the majority."

I strongly disagree with this on two fronts. Identity politics is an interesting term, probably concocted by some conservative spin doctor. I don't accept Ms. Chavez' definition. We all practice identity politics. If we are involved politically, it is because we identify with a candidate, cause or party because their views express our point of ...

July 22, 2009 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


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