Dear Editor: In last week's Covington News, weekly columnist Patrick Durusau made reference to the county subsidy of cell phone service for county commissioners. He commented that instead of providing this service to the commissioners the money should be forwarded to the Sheriff's Department for the purchase of bullet proof vests. In writing the article Mr. Durusau did not take into consideration critical factors that come into play when composing his reasoning and rationale for his article.
Since the year 2000, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has been involved with the Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program. It ...
September 16, 2009|
District 2 Commissioner
Dear Editor: I was reading the news this week about the upcoming speech that President Obama would be giving to a joint session of Congress. I was listening to his speech to hear if there was going to be a public option in the bill and if there was going to be any middle ground on this. He and others seem to think that there is no health care reform without the public option, and to me it sounded like that has not changed. I did not see any middle ground. His speech did not seem like he was talking ...
September 11, 2009|
John A. Sutherland
Dear Editor: The Newton County Recreation Commission would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Newton County community for coming out Friday evening, Sept. 7, to attend the John Berry concert on the downtown square. One of Newton's most active corporate partners, General Mills, made the concert possible in celebration of their 20th anniversary of calling Covington/Newton County "home."
Heartfelt thanks to Mark Bible, plant manager, for bringing John Berry to Covington. In addition to General Mills, special thanks to Chick-fil-A, Joe Pittman, Score Photo and United Bank for providing the concessions - and donating all proceeds to ...
September 11, 2009|
Director, Newton County Recreation Commission
Dear Editor: A recent letter congratulated Congressman Jim Marshall for a recent visit to Covington where he met with local doctors and hospital administrators. They discussed the proposal for the government take over the health care system and the proposed giant expansion of the federal bureaucracy, in spite of its disgraceful record of running other agencies.
While the meeting may have been a rousing success for the very few invited, hand-picked guests, it points out the Democratic Congress' mode of operating now that their socialized medicine plan has become so unpopular. Jim Marshall slipped into town, allowed no prior publicity ...
September 04, 2009|
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