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Ramsey: Power of the press to do good

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | | Letters


Davis-Viniard: Thanks to Partners in Education

Dear editor,

July 22, 2014 | Sherri Davis-Viniard | Letters


Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

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 ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters


Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

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.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


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


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A new signal

Dear Editor: I have read about the coming improvements for Newton County's roadways being funded with the $26 million dollars of stimulus money. A few of the projects are sorely needed to help ease congestion and improve quality of life, including the improvements to the US 278/Ga. 142 intersection and the traffic signal at Salem and Spring roads. I question the wisdom of the proposed roundabout at Turner Lake and Clark streets, but that's a question for another day.

I propose another traffic issue that has needed to have been addressed for 10 years. A traffic signal ...

September 23, 2009 | William Scott Jr. Covington | Letters


Meth epidemic

Dear Editor: Recent and current news stories present a decline in the quality of life in America and Newton County. Current FBI crime studies show an overall increase of crime in Newton County. Much of this is caused by newer and more addictive illegal drugs. Recent articles in magazines such as Newsweek and other journals describe meth as America's new drug crisis.

Law enforcement officials say the increased use of meth is out of control and has reached epidemic stage and is getting worse by the month. We read where the Atlanta metro area is now the illegal drug ...

September 23, 2009 | Curtis Smith Covington | Letters


The gang of six

Dear Editor: The health care reform bill seems to be getting somewhere now.

The gang of six, that is the three Republican senators and three Democrat senators, have been trying to get to some middle ground on the health care debate, and they have come up with some compromises. The compromises that they have come up with have lead to some agreement in the US Senate.

September 23, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters


T. Pat at the Tea Party

Dear Editor: A bit unusual it is for newspaper executives to stretch their legs and often ample waist-lines in anti-government protest marches. But there was T. Pat Cavanaugh in that Washington "Tea Party" a week ago Saturday parading down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Georgia delegation.

T. Pat, if you didn't know, is the general manager of The Covington News, the local branch of Savannah-based Morris Multimedia, the print outlets which are noted for a strong list to starboard.

September 23, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


Truth to Carter’s statement

Dear Editor: I am responding to your comments in Friday's paper entitled, "Stick to peanuts, Jimmy." I certainly believe you do not have to be racist to disagree with President Obama's policies. Constructive criticism is a necessary and beneficial part of our system of government. Also, racism surely can cut both ways - not just white people can be racist.

September 20, 2009 | William B. Wade Jr. Covington | Letters


So very proud

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to speak about the District 4 Community Center at Nelson Heights. This has been a dream of mine and many others for the past several years, and I can't express how glad and appreciative I feel that it is finally coming together.

September 19, 2009 | J.C. Henderson Commissioner, District 4 | Letters


Always available

Dear Editor: I regret I was unable to hold a town hall meeting in the northern part of my district during our August recess from votes in Washington.

That entire month was booked long before the recent (astounding) surge in public interest for town halls. So I was only able to squeeze in two. And as I expected, these were great events from my perspective. I wish I could have done dozens.

September 16, 2009 | Rep. Jim Marshall D-Ga. 8th District | Letters


Issue without merit

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 | Earnest Simmons District 2 Commissioner | Letters


Just another speech

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 Covington | Letters


Making a miracle

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 | Tommy Hailey Director, Newton County Recreation Commission | Letters


Facade of excellence

Dear Editor: Georgia and its taxpayers finance public elementary and secondary schools to provide education up to the college or post-secondary level. Colleges pick it up from there.

Now, Newton County is seeking a $3.1 million grant for a proposed institution to be named the "Newton College and Career Academy."

September 09, 2009 | Claude Sitton Oxford | Letters


Come to Covington

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 | John Douglas Ga. Senate | Letters


Letter to the editor... Good Marshall/healthcare coverage

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 ...

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Poor EHS coverage

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.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... ER thank you

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.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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