Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.
The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...
While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such "towns" start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, "Doraville, Touch of country in the city." Really? Exactly where is that "touch?"
Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.
I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county's "so called" 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual's freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in "fee simple." In America ...
What is on my mind and the minds of many other Newton County citizens is the plot by a small group of people to pull off a new zoning plan to severely restrict what you can and can't do with your own property.
The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.
"A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions."
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Dear Editor: I want to personally thank the citizens of Newton County who live in District 3, for supporting me in my campaign to be their next County Commissioner. Although I wish the outcome would have been different, I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to run in this race. My campaign team worked hard and I believe we left no stone unturned. I am a winner because I did something that I believe in and because I did my very best.
Dear Editor: "Honey, Daddy and I want you to come home for Thanksgiving dinner with us. Your brothers are hoping to see you this year. You haven't been home for more than two years. Grandma and Grandpa keep asking about you and sure hope you can be here this time. You are our daughter and we love you with all our hearts. Baby, you know we've been over this several times before. No, darlin', we sure hope you don't bring Ann with you. You know how we feel about your partner. And you know what the preacher ...
Dear Editor: This is the America that I am glad to be a part of. Monday night, I left my wallet on top of my car after getting gas on Ga. Highway 81. I noticed Tuesday it was gone and I prayed that I would either find it or it would find me. On Wednesday, a nice couple brought me my wallet after finding it on the side of a busy road, while the gentleman was on his daily walk.
Dear Editor: So Americans have chosen to continue down the road of expanding government scope and power and national bankruptcy (as your "Do The Math" indicated again today). And many who can see beyond "stimulus checks" must have voted for accelerating this direction. Strange. Strange, indeed.
Dear Editor: I don't know if it's called sloppy journalism, headline grabbing to sell newspapers or new to the community editorial staff, but the very idea of that the top of the front page in Sunday's paper says in bold print "Sexual texts" instead of the sad announcement of the passing of a dear, giving, Christian man who devoted his life to the betterment of Covington, Oxford and Newton County.
Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.
Dear Editor: This election is not about Democrat versus Republican. It is about capitalism versus Communism and the fundamentally changing of America as we know it. I have asked myself why anyone would want to change a system that has done more for mankind than any other form of government. It is not about what has done the most good; it is about idealism (Utopia). The Communists do not believe in God so they try to create heaven on earth (as they see it).
City Manager Doug White of Social Circle said the city government has a vested interest in the downtown businesses. Mr. White said other businesses are looking to move into the Covington/Newton County area. So federal tax dollars were used to paint the store fronts. He is hoping that someone will ride through and, perhaps, stop and purchase one of the empty ones. He also mentioned that perhaps some of the Baxter employees could settle here.
Dear Editor: I've always prided myself as being neutral when it came to voting...but can I say that anymore? It really saddens me, but I don't believe that I can. After watching the Democratic Convention, it seems like they have pretty much drawn the line in the sand.
• They have openly voiced a choice to embrace abortion
Dear Editor: In your "Our Thoughts" column last Wednesday, you encouraged voters to wait until after the presidential debates before casting our ballots. I thought this was good advice.
The more information we have upon which to base our decisions, the better our decisions should be. And like many others, I look to The Covington News as a source of informative news and opinions to help me formulate my decisions.
Dear Editor: I just read the Letters to the Editor in the Oct. 5 edition.
I was dismayed that you would print such an article filled with so many falsehoods and misrepresentations of what was said by Mitt Romney.
Dear Editor: My name is Matthew Ozburn, and I am a senior in high school. I am writing today to express my concern in the diminishing Biblical values in our country.
I believe that Biblical values and morals are what make America the great country it is. The problem is, over the past couple of years I have paid more attention to what is going on across the nation and it concerns me.
Dear Editor: Governor Romney debated better Wednesday night than President Obama did. Clearly, the president was stumped by the governor's latest recreation of himself. The governor started with the proposition that nothing he had said to date was his real position and that only what he said Wednesday night was true. For me, that presents a credibility problem, but how do you debate against it? The governor also said that, for the most part, he would do exactly what the president had done except all of the laws Congress passed under him would be perfect, unlike the flawed laws ...
Our much-beleaguered school system appears to be making steady progress as Eastside and Newton high schools both saw their average SAT scores rise in reading and math in 2012, though Alcovy unfortunately saw drops in both areas.
Dear Editor: Thanks to Mr. Robinson for calling it out loud in his article "Romney's class warfare" in the weekend issue. Even though we merely pay income tax, my husband and I are hardworking people and pay our share in payroll tax (which I consider just another form of income tax), property tax and sales tax. It was simply outrageous what this arrogant person let out at this fundraiser (assuming these 47 percent of "lazy bums" would never get to hear this).