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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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Making the front page

Dear Editor: Concerning your front page story "BOC will not help fund July fireworks, the people of Newton County don't have to worry about missing out on Fourth of July fireworks. For many years, our neighborhood puts on a better firework's display than the county pays for on the square.

There are three businesses operating in my neighborhood. There are no signs to let you know they are businesses (the first two houses) and then you go another couple of thousand feet up the road and there is the other business.

March 11, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Misbehaving politicians

Dear Editor: I don't know about the rest of you, but I am beyond tired and disgusted with politics-as-usual within our state and country. We are constantly - forcibly - reminded that to not follow the rules and laws of the land will earn us a place in state or federal custody; however, our lawmakers - both state and federal - our judges, and even our president are setting the stage for a division among citizens: the ruling class, and the ruled.

These are our elected officials; they are supposed to represent us, not rule us. They should not be allowed to trample ...

March 11, 2009 | Lisa Francis Covington | Letters


Concerned about EMT service?

Dear Editor: I am concerned about our ambulance service in Newton County. I have lived here all my life, and let me say we have the best EMTs that can be found. I have been a diabetic for over 37 years, and there were times when my wife would call 911 to get me help. This happens with all diabetics from time to time, and the EMTs have gone above and beyond to help me as well as others. My wife called them a few nights ago because my sugar had dropped and she could not wake me. They came ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Tickled pink

Dear Editor: Please allow me, in all good humor, to point out the irony of the conservative talk radio listeners who have written you of late. To them we know nothing about President Obama, implying that he may, emphasizing "may," be a risk to our nation. Then they claim to know him so well that they can predict he will be nothing but bad for the country. They simply cannot know and not know a person at the same time.

 They need to get their thinking together on this. This stuff tickles this left winger pink.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Republican convention

Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to all Republicans, dissatisfied Democrats and Independents, especially those who do not like what is going on in Washington. All of you are invited to attend our next Newton County Republican Convention Saturday, March 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Historic Courthouse, also referred to as the "Old Courthouse," here in Covington.

If you have any questions, you may call Steve Bray, chairman of the Republican Party, at (678) 296-0461 or you may call me, Charles Strickland, at (770) 786-6124. There should be an official announcement of the meeting in the ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Represent me

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the Capitol Columns written by state Sen. John Douglas and Rep. Doug Holt. Politicians never cease to amaze me with their doublespeak and politalk. One of these days we will have a local representative who will abide by the will if their constituents instead of the button-down lobbyists. Sometimes you forget that you are supposedly voting on issues that are in the best interest of all taxpayers, not a well oiled behemoth lobbyist called Georgia Power.

 They went about their business of getting SB 31 passed through our local "politicians" like a ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


A necessary reminder

 Dear Editor: Your Sunday editorial decrying "flag-draped coffins" stirred conflicting emotions in my soul. First, you confused the issue by comparing reactions to the Iraq War with those of Vietnam. Have you actually heard any reasonable commentator who "vilified" the brave soldiers who have served in Iraq? The only rightful villains in this story are those who sold us the lie about "weapons of mass destruction" and the non-existent connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11/01 attacks.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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


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