Dear Editor: I wasted a perfectly good Thursday evening attending the "Health care town hall meeting" which the Covington News featured at the top of page one of its Oct. 28 edition. It was a BIG disappointment. The "panel of health care experts" was non-existent, the "attempt to separate facts from myths" turned out to be a myth, and the structure of the meeting was not conductive to open discussion, but rather a very biased presentation of one side of the health care issue. I hope you research your articles more carefully in the future. I expected more objectivity from ...
Dear Editor: "Not impossible, but I'M possible!" was the vibrant message given by Keith Brown, the "Motivator of the Millennium" to just under 100 teens at the recent "Teens Keeping It Real" summit at Newton High School, and on behalf of the Newton County Community Partnership we want to thank all the volunteers and funders who made this conference happen. The goal of the Summit was to motivate, educate and inspire Newton's youths for success at home, in school and with employment, and everyone left more than satisfied. Youth were given an opportunity for leadership and excellence and ...
November 01, 2009|
Executive Director, Newton County Community Partnership
Dear Editor: I have sent a letter to Rep. Jim Marshall saying that President Obama's signature of the Defense Authorization Bill that includes "hate crimes" against homosexuals and transgender is outrageous. It is outrageous that it is a violation of Equal Protection Under the Law as defined by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. It also makes a person criminal for thinking about doing the crime rather than person actually committing the crime.
Dear Editor: Our Newton Board of Commissioners has revised a request regarding billboard placement on Interstate 20 right of way. This request was rejected by our planning commission, and if approved would gut a sign ordinance passed and court tested years ago.
Dear Editor: I had the opportunity to attend a performance of the Social Circle Theater "Stories from the Well - Let it Shine" this past weekend. What a hidden treasure we have in our area! The Theater itself is a gem of a venue. The many cast members, including very young chidren, had obviously rehearsed their lines and choreography endlessly. The play had an uplifting message and every member of the cast was enthusiastic and talented. According to the program notes, the script was written, directed and performed by local talent. They did, indeed, "Let It Shine" on Friday evening.
Dear Editor: I can't believe Ms. Pittman would print a story about the murder of a young boy at the Alcovy Trussel without notifying the family that this type of garbage is going to be published. Ya'll are pathetic people!!!! Why would you intentionally hurt and bring up such a horrible incident as this, that they are now having to relive after 23 yrs. How would it feel if this was a member of your family. I hope this is a lesson learned and my prayers are with the family of this precious young boy who was loved ...
Dear Editor: Every morning, I stand outside and watch my son as he waits at the bus stop. Every morning, my son and the other kids at the bus stop have to jump into the ditch to keep from getting run over by cars that come speeding down the road, swerving. Our road, Airport Road, is a short cut between highways 142 and 81. The speed limit is 35, but it is rarely, if ever, followed, even by law enforcement. I have stood in the road in an effort to slow people down, only to be cussed out by the ...
Dear Editor: I would like to begin by thanking the Rotarians for bringing the car show to Covington to benefit the young people of the Miracle League.
Being a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to be supportive of other local business owners. I was very disappointed that the restaurant The Varsity was brought in from Atlanta to sell food during this function. We have our own local restaurants that people could have chosen to eat at.
October 21, 2009|
Family Health Food Store
Dear Editor: Commissioner Henderson has overstepped his bounds as he wants respect but he doesn't give respect. When you hit another man' child, you have disrespected that man. Sandy is not his child. If I attacked his daughter, he would respond so I'm responding to his attack of mine, if not physically then verbally.
He thinks so little of me that he did not honor my request not to put his hands on my child. He quickly got defense for himself; if nothing was done, then there's no need of defense. If the problems in the relationship ...
October 21, 2009|
Rev. James Durden
Dear Editor: I attended a town hall meeting Sept. 26 along with approximately 100 plus. The meeting was not in Covington but at Alcovy High School - this probably reduced the number of people because of the last minute scheduling.
Congressman Marshall of the 8th district of Georgia was aggressive and did insist on the crowd being respectful of others and himself when some did get loud. The range of questions was varied, but mostly the people seemed to be angry at the government for moving too fast and trying to pass legislation without good review by either the congress or ...
Dear Editor: Though the series is only two-thirds published, I commend the Covington News and reporter Gabriel Khouli for their thorough and insightful retrospective on the explosive growth and subsequent collapse of Newton County's housing market in the first decade of this century. If you have not read the first two installments of this series, you should. There are lessons there for all of us.
Anyone who sees a simple explanation for the global credit crisis of the last several years really doesn't understand it at all. As Mr. Khouli shows, the factors that combined to create that ...
October 21, 2009|
Dear Editor: I was very saddened to read the headlines of Wednesday's Covington News regarding domestic violence in one of our local families. However, if you take the time to read the jail log each week, you will find that many families in our community experience family violence in their homes. When I was raising my daughter in Newton County in the 1970s, every weekend we had a neighbor who would beat his wife. It would begin inside their home and end up in outside. I didn't know what to do, but I never forgot it. After working ...
October 21, 2009|
Executive Director of Project ReNeWal