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
Dear Editor: The Stone Mountain Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Feeding Unit has been deployed to the Glen Forest Baptist Church in Mableton to begin mass feeding by noon on Monday. This is in response to the floods in Metro Atlanta and in at the request of the Georgia State Emergency System in cooperation with FEMA. We have been asked to initially provide 3,500 meals a day. The first team will leave early Monday morning and the second team is being enlisted for deployment on Thursday.
Dear Editor: No, Dennis, you're not the only one who considers building a turnabout and pedestrian tunnel on Turner Lake insane. (Covington News 09/25/09) It's just that the rest of us are still in shock after reading about it. We're going to spend almost a million dollars of our money, and, yes, it's our money - the government doesn't have any money - on a project that, as you say, a turn lane and a arrow on a traffic signal would suffice. It truly is insane.
September 27, 2009|
Grier Livingston Sims
Dear Editor: The roundabout to be built for Turner Lake is a project to be paid for in part by stimulus money, paid by taxpayers of the United States, Georgia, Newton County and Covington.
I have some questions and concerns. How many roundabouts are there in the U.S.? How many in the Southeast? How many in Georgia? What is their safety record in the U.S.? What is their safety record as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal? How efficient are roundabouts as opposed to two lanes and a traffic signal?
September 25, 2009|
Dennis G. Mangham
Dear Editor: The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to uphold the vote of the Newton County Board of Commissioners denying a conditional use permit for an asphalt plant near the city of Oxford again validates the role of local government in land use planning. It also reinforces the idea that citizen participation can make a difference.
Hundreds of Newton County and Oxford residents signed petitions and attended Board of Commissioners meetings. Some provided expert testimony but most were residents with no special qualification other than that they care about the community in which they live. There is ...
September 25, 2009|