Dear Editor: The Friends of Porterdale Inc. wants to extend a very special thank you to all the people who contributed to the success of the Betty F. Jaynes Roast on May 15. This special thank you extends to the sponsors of our event, the volunteers, the contributors, the Betty F. Jaynes Roast committee, those of you who supported us by attending the event and the sports celebrities who gave their time and waived any speaking fees they normally charge to participate on the program. A very special thank you to Betty Faith Jaynes for allowing us the opportunity to ...
May 28, 2010|
Kay Shaw Coggin
President, Friends of Porterdale
Dear Editor: Friday's editorial about a potential millage rate increase is yet another example of a disturbing trend in the News' editorials of recent months.
The editorial blatantly misrepresented the facts involved in an attempt to support the News' blanket opposition to any and all tax "increases." The truth is that this moderate millage rate hike is not a net tax "increase." The higher millage rate will be roughly offset by declining property values and assessments. Moreover, you know this. Or at least you should. Your own coverage of the Board of Education meeting pointed it out ("Tentative Budget ...
Dear Editor: I would like to share my positive sentiments about Mort Ewing, 1st District county commissioner. Mort is a long-time friend of mine so my comments are admittedly biased. Nevertheless, I am long overdue at publicly thanking him for the wonderful job that he has done as a Newton County leader.
Over the years Mort has consistently worked for the good of the citizenry of our county. His motives have always been totally unselfish. His agendas have always been clear, honest and well articulated. I and others have not always agreed, but there is never any dispute who knows ...
Dear Editor: One year ago the city of Oxford entered into an agreement with Newton County for the county to provide fire and emergency medical service for the city of Oxford. This arrangement was initiated by Oxford because the Newton County Fire Service had grown and the quality of its equipment and personnel was superior to what Oxford was capable of providing for itself. This consolidation of an essential public service has been successful and beneficial to both the county and Oxford. The level of expertise and professionalism in the Newton County Fire Service is an asset that we recognize ...
May 26, 2010|
Mayor, City of Oxford
Dear Editor: To lay off 100 more county employees prolongs the recession, could add to foreclosures and will wreak havoc on families. Instead, why not cut work time and pay by 20 percent (or whatever percentage does the job) across the board. The county saves and no one loses a job. Maybe services are slower; they would be anyway with the layoffs. Most everyone can cut back 20 percent, I know as I have.
Dear Editor: On May 8th, the Covington Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Department, co-sponsored a Gun Safety Clinic at the FFA Camp. The class lasted all day with the morning being devoted to topics such as the Georgia gun laws, the fundamentals of shooting, the different types of weapons and home safety just to name a few. After lunch, we each got experience shooting on the firing range.
Dear Editor: Let me first say thank you so much to Newton County Board of Education for helping put sports back into the middle schools and I would like to apologize for thinking that the board was just letting us talk at Alcovy. When I came to that first meeting, I didn't think anything could be done. However, I wanted to teach my son that if you truly believe in something, you should do whatever it takes to fight for it. I wanted him to know that there is a right way and a wrong way. Then after coming ...
Dear Editor: The candidates have qualified to run in the primaries on July 20, 2010. It is now time for the Newton County Republican Party and all those, who wish to rid Washington of the Obama bunch and to take back this country from the nonsense that is going on in Washington, to stand up. We must get ready to clean up the mess that they have caused.
May 19, 2010|
Charles D. Strickland
Dear Editor: The wonderful and talented students of Newton High School's Fashion Marketing and Interior Design classes have partnered to help Hope 4 Women International's "Dress a Girl Around the World" campaign.
Dear Editor: This week I learned that our subdivision (The Links) which we just moved into last week, was rezoned to Cousins Middle School. This news was quite upsetting to me due to the fact that our house hunt was based on moving into the Indian Creek/Eastside school zone.
I am curious of whether during this time of financial crisis and budget cutbacks if the cost of transportation was taken into consideration. We live approximately 1/2 of a mile from Indian Creek Middle School, but yet these children will now be bussed across town on a daily basis ...
Dear Editor: I read with interest City Councilman Keith Dalton's response to investing money in The Main Street program. It is reported that he said "he would like to see extra money go toward curb and gutter." Mr. Dalton, how will extra money for "curb and gutter" increase tax revenue for the city? How will that keep and attract businesses on the square?
Dear Editor: I am honoring Ocie Franklin, a notable citizen of Covington who gave life-extending help to a down-trodden person for over five years. She showed love and mercy to him when he was without hope by taking him into her meager home. This was a time in his life when most others had ignored his problems - homelessness, alcohol, physical ailments and maybe others. Ocie did this by first taking him to her church, St. Paul A.M.E. on Stone Mountain Street. Here he was received with dignity and love by the pastors and membership. Ocie always told him ...
Dear Editor: At the BOE meeting on Tuesday, May 11 there was a large contingent of parents and faculty from Fairview Theme School who were able to speak before the decision was made to close Clements and keep Fairview open. Why was Fairview informed prior to the meeting that this decision would be brought before the board for a vote? Not one person at Clements, including the administration, knew that closing the school was even an issue under discussion or that it would be brought to a vote on Tuesday night.