Dear Editor: I have been a Newton County homeowner, taxpayer, educator and registered voter for the past five years. Up until this school year, I have remained uninvolved in politics until now.
Last month, I contacted State Sen. John Douglas to relay my concerns about this crisis. I suggested exploring other sources of revenue, such as an increased cigarette tax, which, according to an article last month in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, many states are using to close the funding gaps.
April 25, 2010|
Brian L. Thompson
Dear Editor: In regards to the decisions by the Newton County Board of Education, the following are concerns I as a citizen feel should be considered and addressed:
1. Why do we start the school season in the peak energy demand months? As a utility employee, we establish utility rates based on seasonal demand and wholesale costs. Traditionally, electrical rates are at there highest in the summer months. In years past, Newton County Schools started the school year later into August or even September thus lowering their energy usage and utility expenses which also lowers operating costs. When considering the ...
Dear Editor: Busy lives and long commutes require too much time indoors and in cars. In recognition of the many health, civic and economic benefits afforded by a small investment in our quality of life, the Newborn Town Council has wisely affirmed their support of a recreational bicycle and jogging trail to be fashioned from the railroad bed donated by Norfolk Southern.
Dear Editor: I do not envy Dr. Whatley or the school board the difficult decisions they will have to make to balance a school budget that has been drastically cut by our economic crisis. However, the wisdom of the choices they are making is highly suspect.
First and foremost, the hardest hit will be elementary education, which is the bedrock of our children's learning. Most of the staffing cuts will be aimed at the elementary schools, and for that, class sizes will increase and teacher paraprofessionals will be eliminated. The basis of our children's learning will be greatly ...
April 25, 2010|
Dear Editor: I am a concerned mother and citizen of Newton County. I do not understand the latest cuts by the Newton County School Board. Teachers and students are our future, and without them this country is nothing. They all deserve to be treated with respect. I feel that the people sitting in a big office on Newton Drive have forgotten what it is like to be a student or teacher. Someone needs to bring them back to reality.
You have given an estimated 170 teachers or para pros their pink slips and you tell them you can not ensure ...
Dear Editor: As a parent of an elementary age student in the Newton County Schools, I am distressed about what is happening to education funding on both local and state levels. Last week, major budget cuts were announced locally that will affect my child and thousands of others, as well as many friends and family who serve this community as teachers in the local school system. The local cuts are due primarily to years of under funding of public education by the state where education seems to have become a decreasing priority by those who purport to lead.
April 23, 2010|
Abigail Morgan Coggin
Dear Editor: Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the local news about the price of education in Newton County. The stories that I have read go a little like this: county schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit, planning cuts for staff and faculty members, officials have already determined who will be cut.
It is sad to think that the education of our children is less important than the current salary that was given to the new BOE superintendent Gary Mathews.
Dear Editor: "Sounds in town declare the interconnectedness of all life and the living." Indeed. That is the very reason we moved into town. Barbara Morgan [in her 4/16 column] beautifully describes the reason that city living is just as delightful and interesting as country living. They both have their advantages, and both can be enjoyable beyond compare. But, we made the choice to live downtown because we wanted to be a part of the life that is Covington. We wanted to be close to the square where we regularly experience decidedly irregular things like concerts, parades, festivals and ...
Dear Editor: Georgia Senator John Douglas, who represents our district, is one of the co-sponsors of SB 67 - also known by many as "Kia Go Home." Unfortunately the ramifications of this legislation have not been well thought out.
Dear Editor: We would like to thank all of the precious people who donated money and their time to help purchase safety vests for our Newton County Sheriff Deputies. We are so thrilled that we have met our goal. Thank you to all the individuals, churches, Sunday school classes, civic groups, restaurants, businesses and industries for your help in accomplishing this goal. We would especially like to thank the Covington News for publicizing our efforts every week in their paper. Once again, thank you for caring about the safety of those who put their lives on the line to protect ...
Dear Editor: The Miracle League of Newton County would like to express its sincere appreciation to the Newton branch offices of BB&T, Bank of North Georgia, Newton Federal and United Bank for partnering with us during the month of March to raise awareness of the exceptional children of our community. These fine financial institutions allowed signage in their branch offices (as well as some monetary donations to be collected) to help educate and raise awareness of the over 2,400 special needs children and youth we have here in Newton County.
The money that was collected within the branch ...
April 07, 2010|
Consultant to The Miracle League of Newton County, Newton County Recreation Commission
Dear Editor: I have heard those who are against the Health Care Reform Bill carry on and on about how horrible it is. I agree that it is not the best it can be, but finally someone put something down on paper so that they can start somewhere and make changes to make it better. Before this bill, your health care coverage was run by the insurance industry that pays for your bills. Somehow, I would rather the government who is elected by the people of the United States be responsible than the companies who are trying to make a ...
Dear Editor: The arts are proven to help close the achievement gap. The collection of research described in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development finds that learning in the arts may be uniquely able to boost learning and achievement for young children, students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students needing remedial instruction.
March 28, 2010|
Thomas A. Seddon Jr.
Dear Editor: My father, Robert H. Greene, owned and operated Greene's Pharmacy on the square in Covington for a number of years. I believe he sold it to Dan Wiegel when I was still in school and James Hutchins later owned it in that spot until he relocated to the other side of the square. I don't think there was ever a pharmacy on that site after that. Now, as a senior citizen, I look back on the years there with nostalgia. My grown children missed knowing their grandfather as he died in 1959 and would love to ...
March 27, 2010|
Vivian C. Greene