This letter is a retraction of the comments noted in a letter published in The Covington News last week. I first must offer my apologies to the parties named in my letter regarding the project at Walker's Bend.
Dear Editor: How in the world did the library get this bad? Just a few years back, Newton County had the number one library in the state of Georgia. Where are we now? Closing the doors? The blame lies with the Board of Trustees. The person they hired from Waycross is not doing her job nor are you. You had people already on your staff, darn good people. Now most are gone. Thanks from an angry person who uses the library a lot.
Dear Editor: First, I want to thank the voters of the 1st Commission District of Newton County for their confidence and support. Being elected as the next commissioner for east and south Newton County is a very great honor that Susan and I will cherish. Meeting so many of our citizens in person, sitting on front porches chatting, listening to your concerns and traveling the district five days a week was very instructive and educational. All of that effort will work to benefit the district as we move forward beginning in January.
Dear Editor: The Aug. 5 edition carried two of the best letters to the editor that I have ever read. Written by Ms. Tamela Mills and Mr. Sam Hay, the letters showed concern about the downsizing and deterioration of the Newton County libraries. Both Ms. Mills and Mr. Hay have been friends of mine for years, and they only write letters and express concerns based on fact and logic, no on suppositions, innuendos and emotions.
Dear Editor: Mr. Maurice Carter in "Stuck in Beeping Reverse" tries to explain why the T-SPLOST lost so decisively in last week's election. He says it was because of "confusion, mistrust and misinformation" and then quotes from polls from the AJC when the only poll that counts was that held last Tuesday.
The last several weeks have been a time to reflect on all the calls and emails I have received concerning our ever degrading conditions at the Newton County Libraries. I cannot imagine walking into a library as a child or even as an adult and not be stunned at the disgrace some would refer to as a "Library."
We all know our elected officials and Newton County Library Board of Trustees and its staff have struggled with the issues of agency funding and specifically the library for months now. We know the monies are precious and lean and I respect your difficult decisions. When I attended the board meeting on Thursday with about 30 others, I saw that these are people who have long been dedicated to this cause, but need the help of citizens to go further. I, like many, often don't see these struggles because I don't attend the meetings and follow the issues ...
Dear Editor: "Most prominently, we have a president who talks incessantly about class, particularly the middle class." This is what Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said about President Obama recently. House Republicans could give 98 percent of Americans a tax cut right now, but instead they're holding the middle-class tax cut hostage unless they can give an extra cut to the to 2 percent.
Dear Editor: The letter from Tyler Collum that was published in Wednesday's Covington News is confusing. I don't know Mr. Collum or his connection to the Dowdy campaign, but I do know Dan Walden and know him to be a man who loves his community. I met Mr. Walden through his work at First Presbyterian Church and worked with him on the Board of Directors of the Main Street organization.
Dear Editor: When I read a political editorial or opinion column in the newspapers of today, it leaves the impression that nearly all of the dialogue is misleading, inflammatory or derogatory. The columns today appear to be obsessed with partiality on both sides of the political spectrum. When Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, criticized Representative Bachmann's, R-Minn, claim on the Senate floor for accusing Huma Abedin, a senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood; "When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the ...
Dear Editor: I am a descendant of the brave people who settled this country. I am nearing 100 years of age and have lived through many wars and the Depression in the 1930s. Hard times, I will allow, was felt at unexpected times and all in between.
Dear Editor: First, thank you for great coverage of local elections. I don't live in Newton County, but covnews.com is my homepage on my computer. I love journalism and I have a particular fondness for local papers. Your news coverage is wonderful.
Dear Editor: Thank you for publishing the current national debt on your recent business page.
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the great publicity of the 184th Salem Campmeeting which helped make it one of the best ever.
Dear Editor: As a resident of District 5 in Covington, I have followed the County Commissioner's race with great interest. I have spoken directly with three of the candidates running on the Republican ticket for this district's seat including Mr. Dowdy, Mr. Maddox and Mr. Rutberg. That said, Mr. Dowdy's use of an unnamed source in a CovNews print advertisement on Friday defaming Mr. Rutberg, is the worst kind of political gamesmanship. Mr. Dowdy should check himself. I know Mr. Rutberg, and I know that he is a conservative to the core. Mr. Rutberg and I don ...