Dear Editor: Though the series is only two-thirds published, I commend the Covington News and reporter Gabriel Khouli for their thorough and insightful retrospective on the explosive growth and subsequent collapse of Newton County's housing market in the first decade of this century. If you have not read the first two installments of this series, you should. There are lessons there for all of us.
Anyone who sees a simple explanation for the global credit crisis of the last several years really doesn't understand it at all. As Mr. Khouli shows, the factors that combined to create that ...
October 21, 2009|
Dear Editor: I was very saddened to read the headlines of Wednesday's Covington News regarding domestic violence in one of our local families. However, if you take the time to read the jail log each week, you will find that many families in our community experience family violence in their homes. When I was raising my daughter in Newton County in the 1970s, every weekend we had a neighbor who would beat his wife. It would begin inside their home and end up in outside. I didn't know what to do, but I never forgot it. After working ...
October 21, 2009|
Executive Director of Project ReNeWal
Dear Editor: As Congress debates and lurches towards health care reform, lawmakers should seek ideas from programs that are already working rather than reinventing a very expensive wheel. Medicare Advantage is one such program which has been very successful.
October 18, 2009|
Ga. Senator, R-District 17
Dear Editor: I read the article by Amber Pittman in the Oct. 7 Covington News which summarized the lecture given to the ninth grade class at Newton High School by Mr. Andre Kessler. Mr. Kessler is a Holocaust survivor and shared many personal and agonizing memories from his childhood. This reminded me of a similar lecture given to a fifth-grade elementary classroom in Newton County by another member of the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum of Atlanta that I had the privilege to attend nearly 10 years ago. At the conclusion of that lecture, a fifth-grade boy stood up ...
Dear Editor: I read the article about District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family dispute and resulting arrest. First, the man's innocent until proven guilty on this matter. Whether his wife ran into the door, he hit her, or something else happened will be determined by due process.
Dear Editor: My father and my hero, Ray Howard, passed away on April 5, 2009. He was a World War II veteran, member of the Covington Lions Club, American Legion and Covington First Baptist Church. He was a Newton General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer serving over 3500 hours...and he loved the Georgia Bulldogs attending most home games for some 40 plus years. As a tribute, my family has placed several small Bulldog flags in his flower arrangement at Lawnwood Memorial Park. Unfortunately, these have been removed and the arrangements have been destroyed. I even wrote a note on the last ...
Dear Editor: Recently we read the wonderful news of Clements Middle School being removed from the Needs Improvement List. The hard work and efforts that moved Clements Middle School, now Liberty Middle School, away from Needs Improvement was led by Dr. Sylvia Jordan. So how does the Newton County School System utilize such talents? For that answer you'll need to ask the Newton County Superintendent of Schools and the Newton County Board of Education.
October 16, 2009|
UniServ Director, Tucker
Dear Editor: How does Sandy [Henderson] appear now before other women like commissioners' wives? What warrants a woman to be beaten? Staying out? Cheating? Or elected official's anger? Other people are hurt by this - parents, brothers, sisters and children. Prayer to the political gods may work now, but Almighty God does not hear when the law is misused. Strange that a deacon's wife's lip is swollen and neither can answer. Maybe a sponge door will help. Maybe Sandy won't be so clumsy next time. God and his word is above the political gods. I love my ...
October 16, 2009|
The Rev. J. Durden
Dear Editor: Here is a good one for you. On Sunday afternoon about 5 p.m., my wife and I went to Longhorn Steak House in Monroe for dinner. My truck was parked in the parking lot with metallic signs on each front door that read AMERICA "THE GREAT" Born July 4, 1776 Died Nov 4, 2008. When I returned to my truck, I noticed a note on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt placed underneath the door handle that read " Good thing our America isn't full of Communist like you!" A major problem is that the spineless creep ...
October 14, 2009|
Hubert L. Townley Jr.
Dear Editor: With a broken little finger, I was waiting in a little room at the emergency room when finally the doctor came in. Two of my Christian friends were on either side of me. The doctor asked about previous surgeries to see if I was fit enough to have another one on my finger. Next January I'll be 73 years old so I'm telling him how blessed I've been with good health but that I'm accident prone.
October 11, 2009|
Joella “José” Rhodes
Dear Editor: Is anyone lost in a maze of traffic, ready to spit hairs, going crazy one red light at a time? If not, then try Salem Road to and from work, any hour of the day, except 1 until 4:30 a.m., and you will pray for it to be widened. What is going on with this road that no one cares enough to face the fact that it is only getting worse? Can anyone feel good about their drive on Salem Road on the Covington or Conyers side of things when it comes to this mess we ...
Dear Editor: Sometime in the near future, if you have not already seen one, you'll soon see a shriner with a bucket at an intersection taking up money for the shriners' hospitals and burn institutes. Please drop a donation in the bucket because this is the way that shriners collect money to help support the 22 shrine-hospitals and the three burn institutes for crippled children.
Since 1922, when the first shriners' hospital was built, more than $2.5 billion dollars has been spent building and operating shriner hospitals for cripple children. For a child who is under the age ...
October 11, 2009|
Charles D. Strickland
Dear Editor: The Newton County Home Builders Association hosted their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, and is pleased to announce that the association raised over $1,000 for our scholarship fund. Each year the Newton County HBA awards $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton High as well as to our two Partners in Education, Oak Hill and Livingston [elementaries]. In addition to supporting our local school system, the HBA awards two scholarships to children of members of our organization. This, our 11th year of awarding scholarships, the HBA will have given over $30,000 ...
October 09, 2009|
President, Newton County Home Builders Association
Dear Editor: In the health care reform bill debate, town halls are becoming a way of life it seems, but what good are they doing for the debate. I say this because Representative Jim Marshall just had one this past week. I could not make it to this town hall, but in talking to some people who did go, they said they felt that they were not really being listened to. One of them said that they felt as though there was a feeling of elitism and that they were treated as a threat. They could only ask questions that ...
October 02, 2009|
John A. Sutherland