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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 ...

While my thoughts should be remembering the attack on our country 13 years ago, they are on the headlines of this paper two days ago…

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton BOC Methods Disappointing

The structure of county government was on the Newton County Board of Commissioner's (BOC) agenda again at its Sept. 2, 2014 meeting. It was on the secret agenda of District Commissioner Levie Maddox, that is. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion since February and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission several times. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that having both a full time commission chairman and a county manager should be changed to improve the efficiency and ...

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

There is an old adage that legislating in a nasty business, kind of like making sausage. Well I have made sausage before, and it was not nearly as nasty as the legislating I saw last night at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

August 28, 2014 | | Letters


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor: Fire down below

The political machine that controls Covington, Newton County and the remainder of small towns here has set in motion a plan to facilitate a virtual take over of property owners' rights. In the process, they have spent unbridled and without any sense of direction which would focus upon what the citizens' desire.

August 14, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


Letter to the editor from Sandy Morehouse: Self defense

Members of my family have lived in Newton County since 1809. Early members were simply subsistence farmers; some were successful planters; some were Methodist ministers; architects; economists, etc. Some were considered wealthy, others financially challenged. But regardless of the times - various depressions, Civil War destruction and the real estate collapse of recent years, one member of the family has managed to survive without selling any of the land left by our forefathers. For eight generations we are proud of that accomplishment.

August 12, 2014 | Sandy Morehouse | Letters


Letter to the editor

A performance bond is a surety bond issued by an insurance company or a bank to guarantee satisfactory completion of a project by a contractor or sub contractor. In this example, The Chamber and The Center have failed to 'perform' in a satisfactory manner and the County has recourse with or without the performance bond.

August 09, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters


The 2050 Plan: Comments from a citizen member of the Leadership Collaborative

My wife and I moved to Covington in January of 1982 after an extensive search for a place to live and raise our family. I had taken a position working in downtown Atlanta and could have lived anywhere in the metro area. We chose Covington because of its small town atmosphere, the picturesque City Square, and its rural countryside. Like most citizens in Newton County, we had real concerns when the building boom hit in the 2000's and the county started experiencing massive, out of control growth. We saw the very characteristics of the county that brought us here ...

August 07, 2014 | David Waller | Letters


In memory of Mr. Rigney

Basil Rigney was laid to rest today. He was truly a one-of-a-kind educator. In Mr. Rigney's band class, there was no coddling, and praise was given only if truly deserved. He had a keen sense of each band member's strengths and potential, and he was not one to give up easily!

August 05, 2014 | Ken Simons Cook | Letters


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | C.M. Brandenburg | Letters


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Agreeing with Mr. Harwell

Dear Editor: I can only guess that reader Ron Slade's smoking letter to the editor was in response to Nat Harwell's article on the number of months remaining for President Obama's (hopefully one term) in office. Containing his anger as he composed his missive must have left Mr. Slade with his wits caught down and sudden memory loss with what the object of his frustration (President Bush) had to deal with during his two terms in office.

 Could it be possible that his assessment of Bush failed to recollect that we were attacked by terrorists who would ...

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Taxes and jobs

Dear Editor: Anyone who claims that tax cuts create jobs is trying to fool you or themselves.

 Here is the basic equation: increase in sales cause increase in production which eventually leads to hiring employees. Sales of products cause job creation. No business that uses good, honest judgment will create a job that doesn't lead directly to increase in profits. Yes, decreasing taxes on businesses will decrease business expenses and increase profit margins but not product sales. However any decrease in a business' overhead will have no effect on sales unless the products quality or features increase or price ...

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to county employees

Dear Editor: I attended the commission meeting last week and listened to the "I feel your pain" speeches as they discussed furloughs, layoffs and cutting your salary. They promised to leave no stone unturned as they look for other ways to cut the budget. But there is one stone they refuse to turn over and that is the Denby property condemnation.

 The reservoir will not be built for many years and the expenditure of $500,000 could easily be postponed until another year. This means 15 employees would not have to take a 10 percent pay cut.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Morgan’s off the mark

Dear Editor: There have been several news reports both on television and in the print media where Kathy Morgan is quoted as saying the land must all be acquired prior to getting permits for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


What a hassle

Since when is a state issued Ga. drivers license not an acceptable form of identification and proof of residency in Newton County. I can and must use this license to vote, get a passport, apply for employment, buy alcohol or tobacco, apply for a gun permit, get a loan or checking account, and numerous other privileges that all Americans are accustomed to. It's called life.

One thing I found out today was that I can't use the license as a form of identification to use the local recycling centers. I have lived in Newton County since 1996. My ...

February 18, 2009 | By Timothy D. Jackson Covington | Letters


Through the partisan lens

Dear Editor: I must have missed the headlines when the Covington News hired its panel of economic experts to develop an alternative national policy for economic recovery. It is comforting that, despite alarming indicators to the contrary, you have concluded we have no economic crisis to be concerned about in our country. I'm referring, of course, to your Feb. 11 editorial "Not Targeted or Temporary," in which you liken the president to a "little boy who cried wolf" concerning our nation's current economic conditions.

 Your conclusions are quite a relief, since you reported just a week ago that ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Blessing at the BOE

Dear Editor: I want Newton County to know what a wonderful receptionist the Newton County BOE has. She is a native of Covington and has been here all of her life. Her dad was the late Wallace "Happy" Edwards. Anyone who knows our family can relate to the warm, loving and friendly individual she is. She just happens to be my mom, but she is also a super "hero" to many more people. I could not imagine dealing with the entire population of parents, teachers and administrators that she does on a daily basis. I hope if you ever get ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


In response

Dear Editor: ? On Tuesday, Jan. 13 there was a Public Work Session held after the Public Hearing regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This work session was held at The Newton County Recreation Complex in the B.C. Crowell meeting room.

 At this work session we talked about what was going to be placed on the Jan. 20 agenda. At that time I requested that Marcia Allen give us a financial update at the Jan. 20 meeting. I stated that I believed five working days should be enough time to get any information anyone would need on these additions. I remember ...

February 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Change for the better

Dear Editor: As one of his so called "bleeding heart liberals," I again take issue with Nat Harwell's column: "USA: Beware the USB." Mr. Harwell seems to follow in the footsteps of a Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell or some noted others in diverting attention from the real issues and crises of our country in order to project blame for such on our new president - not without a hint of bigotry, distortion, innuendo, tone-deafness and cynicism. Maybe, just maybe, it takes some assertive, unilateral action on Mr. Obama's part to undo the irrevocable damage that George W. Bush has ...

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


I made a mistake, I’m sorry

Dear Editor: Thank God that we finally have a new administration that understands ethics and integrity.

 As the new administration begins to fill its cabinet posts, it certainly is refreshing to see that our new Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, was asked to explain why he did not pay $43,000 in back taxes while he was at the International Monetary Fund. We have been told, "It was an honest mistake."

February 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Where have you been?

Dear Editor: The essay by Mr. Nat Harwell, published in The Covington News Sunday, Feb. 1, is a prime example of blind partisanship. His last sentence states "beware, the USB: the Unilateral Sate of Barack" because of the use of presidential directives. Where has Mr. Harwell been for the eight years of the G.W. Bush administration? Is he ignorant of the 92 presidential directives issued by Mr. Bush? For example, where was his article in 2007, when Mr. Bush produced National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 that, on the President's say so, does ...

February 03, 2009 | J.J. Hayden Covington | Letters


Punishing a good man

Dear editor: I am writing this letter to introduce you to a man I met several years ago while doing research on the Bear Creek reservoir in Newton County. His name is Emmett Denby. Emmett has the misfortune of owning a home that sits in the footprint of the dam site of this proposed reservoir. He has lived under the threat of condemnation for the last 12 years.

February 03, 2009 | Ken McMichael Covington | Letters


It’s time to grow up

 Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.

 You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.

January 29, 2009 | Andrew B. Senn Covington | Letters


Broken trust

 Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.

  Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...

January 29, 2009 | Ron Slade Sr. Covington | Letters


Not the Three Stooges

Dear Editor: On Sunday, Jan. 25 The Covington News ran an editorial accompanied by an artist's rendering of the late trio, The Three Stooges. The editorial took issue with the way three commissioners cast their vote regarding a hiring and spending freeze. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the newspaper staff of a few points.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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