Dear Editor: Thank you for your fine coverage of the meeting at the Newton Medical Center on August 19 concerning pending legislation on Healthcare Reform. The comments of Dr. Steven Whitworth concerning controlling waste in the medical delivery system were particularly pertinent. As you reported, he commented on the waste caused by unchecked medical malpractice claim awards. I share Dr. Whitworth's concerns. I agree that reducing the costs of medical delivery is key to any meaningful healthcare reform and, further that significant waste can be found in the many costs associated with malpractice issues. I have corresponded with Congressman ...
Dear Editor: I did not have the chance Friday or Saturday to read the Friday edition and just now finished it and the Sunday edition. It is absolutely amazing that two teams that did nothing last year in football seem to be getting all the coverage. Neither Alcovy or Newton made it anywhere in the play-offs last year, yet we have a team in the county that made it to the elite eight and they are being treated by your paper as red-headed step-children.
Dear Editor: Last week, while moving plants on my porch, I was stung by a wasp. Having nearly died a few years a go from a sting, I expected the worst this time. Anaphylactic-shock they call it. In laymen's terms, that means looking and breathing like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Dear Editor: Finally, someone with good sense writes a letter about the Theme School issue and transportation. Hats off to Angela Ballard for a great letter. Now, if only the parents complaining all the time would read it….
Dear Editor: I'm writing because I am so tired of reading about traffic and bus issues at Clements Theme School. When we first learned about the theme school, we knew from the start it would be parent transportation only. I can't believe the comment in the article of someone asking if asking can she get a refund on their taxes because no buses were available. Buses are available at drop off points; your taxes pay for your home school buses.
This school is a choice that you and I made. The key word here is choice. Also, an ...
Dear Editor: In the Wednesday, August 12, Covington News, you stated that Commissioner Earnest Simmons suggested that the director of the Nelson Heights Community Center be a county employee. This quote is incorrect; my suggestion was that the board of directors for the Nelson Heights center come before the Board of Commissioners to give the proposed budget, mission statement, goals and the center operations - as was accurately reported in the Covington News by reporter Gabriel Khouli. My statement referred to County Attorney James Griffin's suggestion to District 4 Commissioner J.C Henderson that he make the director of the ...
August 28, 2009|
District 2 County Commissioner
I want to express my deepest appreciation to the people of Newton County and Walton County for your support of my nomination to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Although I was not appointed to the court, I will never forget your endorsements, resolutions, letters, words of encouragement and prayers from individuals, governmental bodies, civic organizations and others throughout the community.
I am honored to serve as a judge of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and I can assure you that I will continue to enforce the law fairly and to operate your court system in the most ...
August 26, 2009|
Judge Samuel D. Ozburn
Alcovy Superior Court
In the past weeks I have been reading about two high school principals in Florida who are being fired and may go to jail for saying a prayer in public. Then on the news there was a story about a high school valedictorian who could not give her address to her class because she was a Christian and a person of faith. She was not allowed to give the address because the ACLU had sued the school, so they said they would not let her give the address. Well I guess the ACLU can run over the first amendment right ...
August 26, 2009|
John A. Sutherland
My husband and I would love to thank all of you for the overwhelming show of support in response to the story about our son Noah. When Noah had his Nintendo stolen, it made us question the morals of the adult world today.
However, in your support, you have made us realize that there are still quite a few adults out there who would never do something like this. Noah was actually given a wonderful surprise when Investigator Mike Roberts of the Newton County Sheriff's Office came by our house on Monday night. A thoughtful gentleman (who still remains ...
Dear Editor: The family of Wesley Atha would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of the Newton County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Covington/Newton County SWAT team, the Butts County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Georgia State Patrol, the GBI and the staff of Atlanta Medical Center for the outstanding and professional job that was done during the recent unfortunate incident involving Wesley and Officer [Jim] Trent. This was a call that all family members of police officers everywhere never want to receive, and everyone who was involved did everything they could to help us ...
August 26, 2009|
Marshall and Dawn Atha
Dear Editor: I have had the privilege to host and observe the cast and crew of the "Vampire Diaries" for the past week. They have been the most polite and courteous people I have ever worked with. I realize that the influx of people and traffic creates some temporary difficulties. All of my neighbors were very accommodating during the filming, and I thank them for understanding. The entire town of Covington benefits in several ways from house and furniture rentals, direct retail purchases to sales tax collected. I know this to be true since I have pointed out businesses that ...
August 21, 2009|
Dear Editor: First, I would like to say that the after school programs is full to capacity. Many parents like me waited to find out about transportation options before the start of the school year and at that time the parents who could not keep their child at the theme school had to make a decision. At open house I found out that my child will be picked and dropped off by bus, and this change without any consideration for the parents and the kids is absolutely disgusting. It is not fair that after parents invested money for uniforms and ...
Many of us could do better at living within our means.
But, your editorial "Lessons in Credit" illustrates another shortcoming in America today - the need to oversimplify complex situations and cast blame without pausing to look in the mirror. You broadly blamed our economic woes on government and individual borrowers, while turning a blind eye to those most guilty.
August 19, 2009|