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|
Dear Editor: There are so many arguments about health care reform that the opportunities are in danger of being lost. But our country has a great opportunity to fix at least two serious problems. The first is we need to make sure that every woman can get maternity coverage. For example, if pregnancy is defined as pre-existing, then a woman might not be able to afford needed maternity care. A second reason to improve the current system is to make sure that children who are born with a birth defect or serious condition, including disabilities caused by being born preterm ...
Dear Editor: Once again our school year has begun, and once again I question my (and my husband's) ability to pay for our children's various extracurricular activities. What classes do they take? Ballet? Art? No. Our children participate in various sporting activities at their school. I know I am getting up there in age, but when did it cost a fortune to play football? Play in the band? Cheerlead? At what point did it become necessary to keep up with the other schools? Purchase new uniforms yearly? Eat out before and after every meal?
Dear Editor: Last Friday, I called Rep. Jim Marshall's district office in Macon regarding when he has plans to set up any town hall meetings for his district, GA-8. Marshall's spokesperson told me a press release will be coming out shortly. I reminded him that Congress is in recess.
Could it be that Mr. Marshall is running scared and does not want to confront his constituents? Could it be that he does not want to endure the angry remarks of his constituents who have read the House version of the health care bill and want to know if ...
Dear Editor: Are we still living in the USA? Well, when I read the news and watch the news on television, the more it does not seem like the USA. That is when I hear things like U.S. Senators are saying they will not be having town hall meetings about health care. They say the reason for this is that the people who are coming to them are just manufactured and are really not concerned with health care and are no more than members of the GOP who are mad that they lost the presidential election. That is absurd ...
August 12, 2009|
John A. Sutherland
Dear Editor: I am trying to follow Mr. Durusau's logic in his Aug. 7 editorial titled "Between You and Your Doctor." He asserts that with the government running the health care system he is replacing one bureaucrat he does not elect with one he does elect. I believe he misses the point that with his private insurance, he has entered into a contract with his insurance company. This contract lists the services the insurance company will and will not pay for. Mr. Durusau is free to un-elect his private bureaucrat by voting with his dollars and changing insurance companies ...
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 ...