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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: 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: 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


Letter from Willie Nolley

Dear editor,

June 28, 2014 | Willie Nolley | Letters


Letter from Barbara M. Morgan

Dear editor,

June 26, 2014 | Barbara M. Morgan | Letters


Letter from Sam Martin Hay III

Dear editor,

June 24, 2014 | | Letters


Hay: Land use plan from hell

What is on my mind and the minds of many other Newton County citizens is the plot by a small group of people to pull off a new zoning plan to severely restrict what you can and can't do with your own property.

June 19, 2014 | Sam Hay III | Letters


Letter from Randy Vinson

Dear editor,

June 17, 2014 | | Letters


Seeking a leader with character and honesty

Dear editor,

June 03, 2014 | Felton Hudson | Letters


Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


What legacy?

"A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions."

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


A Firestorm that Came from Nowhere

Dear editor,

May 27, 2014 | Sam M Hay III | Letters


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Judge not

Dear Editor: This letter is in reply to Ms. Mae Banks' letter concerning her disgust over women she describes as "floozies." As a Christian, I was appalled by the hateful, judgmental attitude Ms. Banks displayed. She insinuated that as a woman who "attend[s] church every Sunday" she has the right to judge others. I invite Ms. Banks to read John 8:1-11, in which Christ defends a woman accused of adultery. I also would like to remind her of Christ's own warning in Matthew 7:1-3 against judging others. Calling someone a "freak" under the banner of Christianity ...

June 14, 2009 | Katie Hurd Covington | Letters


Watch out for your kids

Dear Editor: Mr. Long had a fine letter in your paper on May 29. I saw some of my own kids and grandkids go to jail because of drugs. They got with the wrong people, who, every time, were older than they were. Older drug heads don't care about how much pain they cause those younger than they are or their families. I hope you will print this letter so parents can call 911 if they see any drug use around their kids.

June 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... An embarrassment to Covington

Dear Editor: I am a 78-year-old woman, and I agree with a recent letter in your paper from Mr. Harry Long. When our ladies group goes to a local restaurant with a bar, we see these girls - floozies - in the parking lots. They are half-naked and look like tattooed freaks who just arrived from a Nevada brothel. They act indecently and will wallow all over any man who will let them. I see what Mr. Long was talking about as these women seem to want to sell sex, probably for drugs. These women do all appear to be white and ...

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


They died for freedom

Dear Editor: Mr. Harwell, I am one of those Jehovah's Witnesses you recently decided to write about and am also a Vietnam Veteran, who had to go through a very hard time after I came home and there was no flag waving for us.

The reason I am writing is about your misinformation about Jehovah's Witnesses. While it is true that we do not salute the flag, which has been treated and deemed as an object of worship, we do not desecrate it either. We stand respectfully as a matter of honor to those who wish to salute ...

June 10, 2009 | Ulf Gross New Holland, Pa. | Letters


Made you look bad

Dear Editor: Nat has a right to believe what he wants. He also has the unalienable right to free speech. However, the speech in the referenced article makes you look bad. It is just stupid. This was the first time I read an article in your publication (on the Web site) so perhaps you allow this sort of article as "balance." I can understand that. However, if I were to judge you by this one article you would look bad.

June 10, 2009 | Jan Wade Bellingham, Wash. | Letters


Column contradictions

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the article today in your newspaper titled "The America They Fought For" by Nat Harwell.

Since when have Jehovah's Witnesses not supported the United States? They don't pay taxes? Obey laws? Help citizens in need? Set an excellent example of community involvement and support? I can somewhat appreciate Mr. Harwell's outrage at Jehovah's Witnesses, but he is literally extracting a needle out of a haystack in saying they are "un-American" because they choose to exercise their American liberties in covering up what they consider to be anti-theological rhetoric ...

June 10, 2009 | James Boyd Oregon | Letters


What next?

First Chrysler, now G.M. - what is next?

Now that GM has taken federal tax payer money and then went bankrupt, I will never buy a GM product.

June 05, 2009 | Marion Mericle Covington | Letters


Caring community

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Walden and Bowles families, I want to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts and concerns during the illness of my daughter Jessica Walden Bowles. Special thanks to the churches and people of faith around the world who prayed for a miracle, Newton County paramedics, Newton Medical Center, Life Flight, Emory University Hospital and the many others. Without your selfless help, we could not have made it.

My daughter, who has never been sick, had recently graduated college, got a new job and was married. On Mother's Day she suffered a massive stroke, which ...

June 05, 2009 | the Rev. Tim Walden Covington | Letters


Differing opinions, united in Christ

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the Rev. John Pearrell's column Friday, May 22, 2009, titled "No such thing as a liberal Christian." I am grateful for Mr. Pearrell's faith and the opportunity my colleague and Christian brother has to present his views in our local paper, even if I might disagree with some of his views at times.

Mr. Pearrell cites Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Obama to speak at graduation, pointing to "the discrepancy we have allowed to develop in this country between faith and practice" and making the assertion that there ...

May 29, 2009 | The Rev. William B. Wade Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Covington | Letters


What is a veteran?

Dear Editor: What is a veteran? A veteran whether on active duty, discharged, retired or reserve is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check to the "United States of America" for an amount of "up to" their life. That is an honor, and there are far too many people in this country today who no longer understand and/or respect this fact. Let's work to change this misunderstanding.

May 27, 2009 | Ted Sheldon Newborn | Letters


Council errors

Dear Editor: I have seen a lot of politics in my day, but since Jan. 13, 2009, I have seen so much it makes me question the actions of the city planning commission and the council. I know from the first planning meeting on the private school issue, that it was a done deal. I attended three planning meetings and two council meetings. I watched the planning commission change its own rules and ignore other rules. When I questioned them, they said they have the right to change the rules. They sent it to the city council with their changes ...

May 24, 2009 | Tony Webb Covington | Letters


Say who you are

Dear Editor: I was disturbed to find out that many citizens of Newton County received anonymous calls from a recorded anonymous concerned citizen criticizing Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schulz, Henderson and Simmons while commending Commissioners Ewing and Flemming. The call spoke of ridiculous tax increases to pay for useless, wasteful, selfish special interest projects on the part of Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schultz, Henderson and Simmons. Despite whether you agree with views of the robo-caller or not, everyone should agree that there is one word to best describe the robo-call, gutless.

If those behind the call felt so ...

May 22, 2009 | Michael Geoffroy Covington | Letters


Gutter politics

Dear Editor: We are all aware that our nation is experiencing a severe economic downturn. State and county governments struggle with budget shortfalls along with the general population and attempt to continue services while they wait for better times. The mantra of the Great Depression spoke of better days being around the corner, but it took almost a decade for the economy to turn that corner. Thankfully, it doesn't look as if our corner is so far away. Nevertheless, short term adjustments are being made in personal and governmental budgets to plan for a turnaround in 2010.

I've ...

May 22, 2009 | Virgil Costley Jr. Covington | Letters


Keeping services

Dear Editor: The reports and comments about the Newton County Board of Commissioners as well as robo-calls and Libertarian-leaning letters are missing the whole point of what it means to be a community. The persistent calls for no tax increases no matter what defies logic: if public funds are not available, then our county budget must shrink to stay in the black. There is only one reliable source of county government funds: you and me, the taxpayers of Newton County.

Here is the tough question: How much and what kind of public services do we (taxpaying residents of Newton County ...

May 22, 2009 | JJ Hayden Covington | Letters


Letters to the Editor

Opposing trails

May 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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