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Once again, we see the necessity of school systems in even the quietest locations having a plan in place to deal with what happened in Newtown, Conn. These tragedies are happening more and more and both school systems and businesses must have an Emergency Action Plan in place, practiced and ready in case the unthinkable happens.
Dear Editor: Our family is absolutely at a loss for words to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Amber Pittman at The Covington News, Captain Malcom and all of the Covington Police Department, Santa Claus and Diana Davis of Channel 2 News for everything they did last Thursday, Dec. 6, to bring so much joy to us, especially Sabrina, Joel and Chase, during this tragic time in our lives. All of the gifts on their Christmas list, the gift cards and all of the love you surrounded us with was overwhelming. So many thanks to all of you.
Dear Editor: As a member of Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful's executive board, I would like to thank you for bringing attention to the problem of litter in Newton County. As you mentioned in your editorial, litter can impact economic development and the way new and prospective businesses feel about our community. Likewise, litter has a negative impact on our own views of our community. Research has also shown that a littered environment increases personal stress levels.
Dear Editor: Last Sunday, Friends of Newton Parks welcomed some 1,300 guests and performers to our annual "Twilights at Chimney Park" festival of lights. It was better than ever, and the growth in attendance each year proves that Chimney Park and "Twilights" have become a must-see during the holiday season.
The lights in Chimney Park will be on every Thursday night in December from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and we hope you'll visit often to enjoy the magic created by so many talented volunteers and supporters.
Dear Editor: As Mayor for the City of Covington, I am proud to inform our citizens that today, Nov. 19, 2012, we have taken the first step toward securing a harmonious future for film-making in Covington.
Dear Editor: It is with sincere thanks and appreciation for everyone's efforts in making the 2012 Lighting of Newton County's Courthouse such a resounding success. There is quite a honor roll to thank!
The Street and Utility Departments literally worked down to the wire to get the district prepared for the lighting. It is always a large task,- add all the new lighting elements- and they had even larger task.
Dear Editor: I am appreciative of the recent column of Jason Dees for his biblical perspective of healing our political bitterness and divisions. Clearly, someone needs to say something about a true healing effort after the heat and emotion of the election we have just completed. The last decade has been an endurance test not for a few but all Americans. We endured 9/11, two costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffered the Great Recession. These endurances should remind us that we're all in this soup together - right wing or moderate or left wing - Democrat or Republican ...
Dear Editor: As a veteran, I thank you for the great honor you bestowed upon us veterans on Veterans Day. Your newspaper coverage of veterans was outstanding. Veterans and their families and kin make up a large segment of the reading public in Newton County and I believe who they enjoy reading about the stories of the veterans that live here among them. I give special thanks to you for hiring Pete Mecca and providing him a forum to tell the veteran's story. Pete, a veteran himself, knows the true reality of what it is to be a veteran ...
Dear Editor: I want to personally thank the citizens of Newton County who live in District 3, for supporting me in my campaign to be their next County Commissioner. Although I wish the outcome would have been different, I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to run in this race. My campaign team worked hard and I believe we left no stone unturned. I am a winner because I did something that I believe in and because I did my very best.
Dear Editor: "Honey, Daddy and I want you to come home for Thanksgiving dinner with us. Your brothers are hoping to see you this year. You haven't been home for more than two years. Grandma and Grandpa keep asking about you and sure hope you can be here this time. You are our daughter and we love you with all our hearts. Baby, you know we've been over this several times before. No, darlin', we sure hope you don't bring Ann with you. You know how we feel about your partner. And you know what the preacher ...
Dear Editor: This is the America that I am glad to be a part of. Monday night, I left my wallet on top of my car after getting gas on Ga. Highway 81. I noticed Tuesday it was gone and I prayed that I would either find it or it would find me. On Wednesday, a nice couple brought me my wallet after finding it on the side of a busy road, while the gentleman was on his daily walk.
Dear Editor: So Americans have chosen to continue down the road of expanding government scope and power and national bankruptcy (as your "Do The Math" indicated again today). And many who can see beyond "stimulus checks" must have voted for accelerating this direction. Strange. Strange, indeed.
Dear Editor: I don't know if it's called sloppy journalism, headline grabbing to sell newspapers or new to the community editorial staff, but the very idea of that the top of the front page in Sunday's paper says in bold print "Sexual texts" instead of the sad announcement of the passing of a dear, giving, Christian man who devoted his life to the betterment of Covington, Oxford and Newton County.
Dear Editor: By the time this letter will have been printed, our country will have decided whether to commit to socialism and bankruptcy, or whether we begin the long climb back to where we came from. With President Obama's record of ineptness on the economy and reckless forays into foreign affairs, we as a nation are mired in hopelessness.
Dear Editor: This election is not about Democrat versus Republican. It is about capitalism versus Communism and the fundamentally changing of America as we know it. I have asked myself why anyone would want to change a system that has done more for mankind than any other form of government. It is not about what has done the most good; it is about idealism (Utopia). The Communists do not believe in God so they try to create heaven on earth (as they see it).