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Letter to the editor: A wildlifer’s look at the 2050 Plan

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?"

July 17, 2014 | Todd Holbrook | Letters


Initial 2050 Plan meeting crash and burn

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.

July 15, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter from Harry L. Long

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 ...

July 08, 2014 | Harry L. Long | Letters


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Archive By Section - Letters


Letters to the Editor - Let it shine

Dear Editor: I had the opportunity to attend a performance of the Social Circle Theater "Stories from the Well - Let it Shine" this past weekend. What a hidden treasure we have in our area! The Theater itself is a gem of a venue. The many cast members, including very young chidren, had obviously rehearsed their lines and choreography endlessly. The play had an uplifting message and every member of the cast was enthusiastic and talented. According to the program notes, the script was written, directed and performed by local talent. They did, indeed, "Let It Shine" on Friday evening.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letters to the Editor - Phantom garbage

Dear Editor: I can't believe Ms. Pittman would print a story about the murder of a young boy at the Alcovy Trussel without notifying the family that this type of garbage is going to be published. Ya'll are pathetic people!!!! Why would you intentionally hurt and bring up such a horrible incident as this, that they are now having to relive after 23 yrs. How would it feel if this was a member of your family. I hope this is a lesson learned and my prayers are with the family of this precious young boy who was loved ...

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letters to the Editor - Dog Day Afternoon

Dear Editor: The inclement weather did not curb the enthusiasm of anyone who attended Georgia Rescue and Rehabilitations first annual A Dog Day Afternoon on October 17 at Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Thanks to Social Graces, in downtown Covington and Flaunt Salon in Covington that donated items for our auction and helped to make it a great success.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Please slow down

Dear Editor: Every morning, I stand outside and watch my son as he waits at the bus stop. Every morning, my son and the other kids at the bus stop have to jump into the ditch to keep from getting run over by cars that come speeding down the road, swerving. Our road, Airport Road, is a short cut between highways 142 and 81. The speed limit is 35, but it is rarely, if ever, followed, even by law enforcement. I have stood in the road in an effort to slow people down, only to be cussed out by the ...

October 25, 2009 | Cindy Mock Oxford | Letters


Disappointed by vendor

Dear Editor: I would like to begin by thanking the Rotarians for bringing the car show to Covington to benefit the young people of the Miracle League.

Being a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to be supportive of other local business owners. I was very disappointed that the restaurant The Varsity was brought in from Atlanta to sell food during this function. We have our own local restaurants that people could have chosen to eat at.

October 21, 2009 | Martha Engle Family Health Food Store | Letters


Henderson's disrespect

Dear Editor: Commissioner Henderson has overstepped his bounds as he wants respect but he doesn't give respect. When you hit another man' child, you have disrespected that man. Sandy is not his child. If I attacked his daughter, he would respond so I'm responding to his attack of mine, if not physically then verbally.

He thinks so little of me that he did not honor my request not to put his hands on my child. He quickly got defense for himself; if nothing was done, then there's no need of defense. If the problems in the relationship ...

October 21, 2009 | Rev. James Durden Stone Mountain | Letters


Heroes in the middle

Dear Editor: I attended a town hall meeting Sept. 26 along with approximately 100 plus. The meeting was not in Covington but at Alcovy High School - this probably reduced the number of people because of the last minute scheduling.

Congressman Marshall of the 8th district of Georgia was aggressive and did insist on the crowd being respectful of others and himself when some did get loud. The range of questions was varied, but mostly the people seemed to be angry at the government for moving too fast and trying to pass legislation without good review by either the congress or ...

October 21, 2009 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters


Commending The News

Dear Editor: Though the series is only two-thirds published, I commend the Covington News and reporter Gabriel Khouli for their thorough and insightful retrospective on the explosive growth and subsequent collapse of Newton County's housing market in the first decade of this century. If you have not read the first two installments of this series, you should. There are lessons there for all of us.

Anyone who sees a simple explanation for the global credit crisis of the last several years really doesn't understand it at all. As Mr. Khouli shows, the factors that combined to create that ...

October 21, 2009 | Maurice Carter Covington | Letters


Domestic violence awareness

Dear Editor: I was very saddened to read the headlines of Wednesday's Covington News regarding domestic violence in one of our local families. However, if you take the time to read the jail log each week, you will find that many families in our community experience family violence in their homes. When I was raising my daughter in Newton County in the 1970s, every weekend we had a neighbor who would beat his wife. It would begin inside their home and end up in outside. I didn't know what to do, but I never forgot it. After working ...

October 21, 2009 | Vickie Stevenson Executive Director of Project ReNeWal | Letters


Let’s talk about it

Dear Editor: I'd like to comment on the letter regarding a reaction to a bumper sticker and free speech.

October 18, 2009 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters


Protect this program

Dear Editor: As Congress debates and lurches towards health care reform, lawmakers should seek ideas from programs that are already working rather than reinventing a very expensive wheel. Medicare Advantage is one such program which has been very successful.

October 18, 2009 | John Douglas Ga. Senator, R-District 17 | Letters


Impolite audience

Dear Editor: I read the article by Amber Pittman in the Oct. 7 Covington News which summarized the lecture given to the ninth grade class at Newton High School by Mr. Andre Kessler. Mr. Kessler is a Holocaust survivor and shared many personal and agonizing memories from his childhood. This reminded me of a similar lecture given to a fifth-grade elementary classroom in Newton County by another member of the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum of Atlanta that I had the privilege to attend nearly 10 years ago. At the conclusion of that lecture, a fifth-grade boy stood up ...

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Bad neighbor

Dear Editor: I read the article about District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family dispute and resulting arrest. First, the man's innocent until proven guilty on this matter. Whether his wife ran into the door, he hit her, or something else happened will be determined by due process.

October 16, 2009 | Joe Smith Covington | Letters


Cemetery Respect

Dear Editor: My father and my hero, Ray Howard, passed away on April 5, 2009. He was a World War II veteran, member of the Covington Lions Club, American Legion and Covington First Baptist Church. He was a Newton General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer serving over 3500 hours...and he loved the Georgia Bulldogs attending most home games for some 40 plus years. As a tribute, my family has placed several small Bulldog flags in his flower arrangement at Lawnwood Memorial Park. Unfortunately, these have been removed and the arrangements have been destroyed. I even wrote a note on the last ...

October 16, 2009 | Linda Bruce Covington | Letters


Good work Clements

Dear Editor: Recently we read the wonderful news of Clements Middle School being removed from the Needs Improvement List. The hard work and efforts that moved Clements Middle School, now Liberty Middle School, away from Needs Improvement was led by Dr. Sylvia Jordan. So how does the Newton County School System utilize such talents? For that answer you'll need to ask the Newton County Superintendent of Schools and the Newton County Board of Education.

October 16, 2009 | Mark Perez UniServ Director, Tucker | Letters


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