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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


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Letter to the editor... Rail supporter

We need everyone's help to make sure our Newton County Board of Commissioners knows we have many citizens in Newton County who support the development of a county-wide trail and greenway system. And, that we believe the County should investigate the potential purchase of the Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way from Porterdale to Mansfield and the possible development of a multi-use trail along that corridor.

May 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Not the delusional one

Dear Editor: In response to Patrick Durusau's Friday column "Delusional CIA operatives who tortured people" - seriously? This is what you say about people who risked their lives to protect your life and my life and all of the many other millions of American lives. I can understand if you suffer from the BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome - people who blame everything in the world on Bush), nothing new there, but to insult members of our CIA who were just following orders in an effort to save American lives. Seriously?

I respect that we all have freedom of speech and you ...

May 01, 2009 | Elizabeth Christian Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... Best kept secret

 Dear Editor: With teacher appreciation week coming up, I'm moved to thank the Montessori School of Covington for its amazing curriculum and philosophy. I hope to share this fantastic secret we have in our community. I have not one, but three kids thriving beautifully at this school. We have been there for 8 years. Our oldest started, in their Early Childhood program, at age four.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... The meaning in life

Dear Editor: Maybe it's coincidental timing, but we seem to be losing many of our community's longest-standing pillars in 2009. With the recent passing of Jack Morgan, Lamar Hays and Otis Spillers, we are witnessing a generational passing of the torch. Through their business interests, public service and private charity, these men laid the foundation for much of what we know as Newton County today. The losses sadden us, but we have much to celebrate, considering all the lives these men touched.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter to the editor... Keep running Nat

Dear Editor: In response to Barbara Morgan's critique of Nat Harwell's many columns, if I'm not mistaken, Mr. Harwell's columns appear on what is known as the "opinion" page, i.e. these are his opinions. If Ms. Morgan wants to write articles for your opinion page, I'm sure many would be open to hearing her opposing point of view.

April 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Porterdale's 911 dilemma

Dear Editor: Unfortunately more and more smaller cities such as Porterdale will not be able to afford to be a functioning city. I agree with them that it seems like double taxation, but it would cost them more than the fees at hand to set up 24-hour dispatch and staff it, I'm sure. I think the city of Porterdale should look closely at paying the sheriff's department to patrol their city. Sure they could disband their police department and just let the sheriff answer calls, but in California where I am originally from many smaller cities have contracted ...

April 15, 2009 | Bill McDaniel Covington | Letters


Did you actually read it?

Dear editor: For the love of journalistic integrity, please pull Mr. Patrick Durusau's column entitled, "Irrelevant Rand," so that Mr. Durusau can actually read the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Mr. Durusau's interpretation of this novel is so egregiously wrong that there is no possible way that he has read it.

April 10, 2009 | Christopher Peters Lansing, Mich. | Letters


Typical baseless criticism

Dear Editor: Mr. Durusau correctly identifies that sales of "Atlas Shrugged" have skyrocketed recently but quickly loses touch with the facts after that ("Irrelevant Rand" 4-3-09). Greenspan associated with Rand years before he rejected her Objectivist philosophy. Someone who understands and is committed to defending individual freedom would not agree to fill the role of Chief Economic Dictator of the United States. Unfortunately, we are now paying for Greenspan's abandonment of those principles: his cheap credit policies at the Fed made him a primary architect of the housing bubble.

Durusau implies that Rand believed all people act in their ...

April 10, 2009 | Justin Ketterer Atlanta | Letters


Time warp

Dear Editor: I re-read Columnist Nat Harwell's article on Fixing America three times trying to uncover exactly what it was that ignited reader Barbara Morgan. To me every word penned by Mr. Harwell was the ungarbled and unvarnished truth. However, Ms. Morgan has paid for "rights" to mock and disagree with Mr. Harwell to her heart's content. Nonetheless, a line should be drawn for anyone's dissent at going after another's job because he has different values and views. So Democratic, isn't it? They espouse and demand their inalienable rights but deny and attack other's ...

April 10, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Enough of the time warp

Dear Editor: My first stab at a response to Nat Harwell's Sunday column ("Fixing America") was a point-by-point rebuttal to his analysis of what's wrong with America - as if that's something of which we need to hear more - and how it should be fixed. I tried and I tried, but the task simply overwhelmed me to the point of feeling faint. How could one writer be so wrong, ill-informed and out of touch in so many ways.

My response is, therefore, directed at you, the editor. I would ask you to reconsider the space you give free ...

April 08, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters


Exceptional learners blocked

Dear Editor: I am a highly upset student attending Alcovy High School. Recently, our Board of Education decided to succumb to the whims of the "Eastside Culture" and place all Newton County high schools on block scheduling.

April 01, 2009 | Zackary Elliott Covington | Letters


Letter to the editor... BOE or real estate tycoons

Dear Editor: Open letter to the Governor of Georgia: Just a little over two year's ago, then Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, running for elected office, spoke at a Republican party meeting in Covington and stated that if he was elected, "I will take the board of educations out of the real estate business." This he has failed to do.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Don't be afraid of peanuts

Dear Editor: The recent salmonella outbreak that has been traced back to peanut butter made by the Peanut Corporation of America has left many consumers questioning the safety of peanut products. The deaths and illnesses caused by this outbreak are disturbing and regrettable. The reported sanitation conditions at the processing facility that led to the outbreak should not be tolerated. I'm a farmer, but I'm also a consumer. My family and I eat peanut butter and peanut products, just like you.

The peanut butter affected by the recall was sold in bulk by PCA to other food manufacturers ...

March 20, 2009 | C. Brent Galloway President, Newton County Farm Bureau | Letters


A waste of money and a danger to our citizens

Dear Editor: For those of you who don't know it, the county is spending $1 million to buy railroad track property in the county. This is only the beginning. To pave this 40-mile stretch of "Walking Trails" will cost approximately $20 million.

And heaven only knows how much of our tax dollars to maintain this project over the years.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Thanks Snapping Shoals

Dear Editor: I want to commend the men of Snapping Shoals E.M.C. What a wonderful job they do. They work hard and put in long hours, both night and day restoring people's power, including ours, during the bad weather.

We are blessed in our county to have such dedicated men who care about their community and do their job with excellence.

March 13, 2009 | Brenda Cason Mansfield | Letters


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