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Letter: BOC continues to lack vision and leadership

Dear editor

October 18, 2014 | Aaron Brooks | Letters


Health needs as much attention

Dear Editor,

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Bear Creek Reservoir- A costly history of mismanagement

Dear Editor,

October 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 ...

While my thoughts should be remembering the attack on our country 13 years ago, they are on the headlines of this paper two days ago…

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton BOC Methods Disappointing

The structure of county government was on the Newton County Board of Commissioner's (BOC) agenda again at its Sept. 2, 2014 meeting. It was on the secret agenda of District Commissioner Levie Maddox, that is. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion since February and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission several times. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that having both a full time commission chairman and a county manager should be changed to improve the efficiency and ...

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters


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Archive By Section - Letters


Blessing at the BOE

Dear Editor: I want Newton County to know what a wonderful receptionist the Newton County BOE has. She is a native of Covington and has been here all of her life. Her dad was the late Wallace "Happy" Edwards. Anyone who knows our family can relate to the warm, loving and friendly individual she is. She just happens to be my mom, but she is also a super "hero" to many more people. I could not imagine dealing with the entire population of parents, teachers and administrators that she does on a daily basis. I hope if you ever get ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


In response

Dear Editor: ? On Tuesday, Jan. 13 there was a Public Work Session held after the Public Hearing regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This work session was held at The Newton County Recreation Complex in the B.C. Crowell meeting room.

 At this work session we talked about what was going to be placed on the Jan. 20 agenda. At that time I requested that Marcia Allen give us a financial update at the Jan. 20 meeting. I stated that I believed five working days should be enough time to get any information anyone would need on these additions. I remember ...

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Change for the better

Dear Editor: As one of his so called "bleeding heart liberals," I again take issue with Nat Harwell's column: "USA: Beware the USB." Mr. Harwell seems to follow in the footsteps of a Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell or some noted others in diverting attention from the real issues and crises of our country in order to project blame for such on our new president - not without a hint of bigotry, distortion, innuendo, tone-deafness and cynicism. Maybe, just maybe, it takes some assertive, unilateral action on Mr. Obama's part to undo the irrevocable damage that George W. Bush has ...

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


I made a mistake, I’m sorry

Dear Editor: Thank God that we finally have a new administration that understands ethics and integrity.

 As the new administration begins to fill its cabinet posts, it certainly is refreshing to see that our new Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, was asked to explain why he did not pay $43,000 in back taxes while he was at the International Monetary Fund. We have been told, "It was an honest mistake."

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Where have you been?

Dear Editor: The essay by Mr. Nat Harwell, published in The Covington News Sunday, Feb. 1, is a prime example of blind partisanship. His last sentence states "beware, the USB: the Unilateral Sate of Barack" because of the use of presidential directives. Where has Mr. Harwell been for the eight years of the G.W. Bush administration? Is he ignorant of the 92 presidential directives issued by Mr. Bush? For example, where was his article in 2007, when Mr. Bush produced National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 that, on the President's say so, does ...

February 03, 2009 | J.J. Hayden Covington | Letters


Punishing a good man

Dear editor: I am writing this letter to introduce you to a man I met several years ago while doing research on the Bear Creek reservoir in Newton County. His name is Emmett Denby. Emmett has the misfortune of owning a home that sits in the footprint of the dam site of this proposed reservoir. He has lived under the threat of condemnation for the last 12 years.

February 03, 2009 | Ken McMichael Covington | Letters


It’s time to grow up

 Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.

 You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.

January 29, 2009 | Andrew B. Senn Covington | Letters


Broken trust

 Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.

  Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...

January 29, 2009 | Ron Slade Sr. Covington | Letters


Not the Three Stooges

Dear Editor: On Sunday, Jan. 25 The Covington News ran an editorial accompanied by an artist's rendering of the late trio, The Three Stooges. The editorial took issue with the way three commissioners cast their vote regarding a hiring and spending freeze. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the newspaper staff of a few points.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


New ideas not necessarily bad

Dear Editor: I'm beginning to believe that education, like religion and politics, should not be discussed between seemingly like-minded individuals. One soon discovers that each views the other as having too little mind to share, or perhaps too much. The news report about the merger of the technical college system with two-year colleges has already begun a schism in the community, many of whom see the band beginning to rearrange the chairs on the Titanic.

 I don't have all the information to make many profound statements about the merger report, but I do have opinions about whether or ...

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Veterans’ services

Dear Editor: Once a man or woman leaves the military, they are entitled to earned benefits, but each must be applied for in writing. Within the state of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service provides their expertise, at no charge, to maximize each and every benefit applied for. Additionally, the veteran's spouse and children may be entitled at earned benefits. Each office is called a VSO - Veterans Service Office. The VSO in Conyers services the counties of Rockdale, Newton and Walton, but veterans and their families make use of this VSO from all counties along I-20, from I-285 ...

January 24, 2009 | Tommy Clack Manager, Conyers VSO | Letters


Best Wishes

Dear Editor: As mayor of Covington, I had the pleasure of working with John Grotheer, city of Covington finance director and city clerk, for over 10 years.

We worked together to create over ten budgets for the City of Covington. This process is never an easy one, because it is hard to estimate the income and outgo in a $122 million budget, with its many variables. However, during the 10 years that John served the City of Covington, we came within 2 percent of estimating income versus expenditures, and we also ended each year with a small surplus.

January 20, 2009 | Sam Ramsey Covington | Letters


Senior citizen aid

Dear Editor: Seniors over age of 65 should not be paying county school taxes. We have already satisfied our duties and obligations to schools during the years of raising our own children. Most counties around Newton have already paid respect to their senior citizens, for I know Walton County has eliminated school taxes for all seniors over 65. Most of us live on a very small fixed income, and by eliminating this school tax, we would have a little more to spend on medicines, doctor bills, groceries & other necessities.

In our case, our home is assessed at $100,000 plus ...

January 20, 2009 | Sandra Williams Covington | Letters


Judge not?

Dear Editor: This week I read in your newspaper, wherby Senator John Douglas, from District 17, was going to try and get a law passed, whereby, anyone that had any kind of a sex conviction, could not never be on any school board in The State Of Georgia, even after the person had served all of their court ordered time as well has having to wait 10 year's, to show the state that they have been a good person and stayed out of trouble for the ten years.

So, I ask this newspaper to please do some research and ...

January 20, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Failures

Dear Editor: Containing my anger as I write this is not easy. Eight years ago my country was prosperous, optimistic and moving forward. We were at peace, enjoyed a budget surplus and a good name throughout most of the world.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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