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Dear Editor: With the request for additional revenue for the GDOT from the upcoming election to add another penny to the state sales tax, many citizens throughout the State are realizing the GDOT is out of control.
Dear Editor: I have read that one out of three adults will suffer some form of serious vision loss in their life times. This is a staggering number of people who will need help in the form of technology for the visually impaired and/or counseling on how to cope with devastating loss. I, for one, have been dealing with significant vision loss since I was 30. I don't want to give away my age, but that was 36 years ago. I have not driven a car in over 25 years. I do not recognize people's faces when ...
Dear Editor: I cannot for the life of me understand why the taxpayers allow the city of Covington to selectively enforce the codes. On one occasion, I asked why a complete remodel of a structure two blocks from the code offices did not have a building permit. It was under construction for the better part of a year and every official who works for the city had to have passed it every day.
Dear Editor: I am troubled by the actions of the BOE regarding efforts for teaching Christian principles. Statements by the petitioners and some members of the board indicated that nothing would be required except permission. If there is no involvement of the education system then why appear before the board? By simply doing it after school hours and off campus, then all potential issues are avoided.
Dear Editor: The new website for the NCWSA billing section is being operated now by OFFICIAL PAYMENTS.com.
Dear Editor: I have seen multiple articles, letters to the editor and editorials in the past few months regarding the development of Newton County. Overlay plans, town centers, consultants - all the buzzwords with which I am familiar. You see, I moved to Covington from what it appears we are trying to become.
Dear Editor: On May 4, I learned of a meeting at Alcovy High school, that graduating students were informed by the staff that there would be a pat-down of each graduating senior prior to graduation to assure that no beach balls, cell phones or car keys were brought into the graduation area. I sent an email that night to all members of the Board of Education and to the superintendent asking if this was the policy of NCSS and who made the decisions to do pat-downs?
Dear Editor: FaithWorks has reached a milestone in its service to the community. As of the end of March, FaithWorks has served over 15,000 individuals in Newton County. We thank our sponsoring churches, area businesses, individuals and organizations for their support that has allowed us to provide mortgage/rental and utility assistance to our neighbors in need. We are especially grateful to our volunteers who give their time and talents to benefit others.
Dear Editor: This is a personal opinion, not one representing the Lions Club.
Dear Editor: The Society of SVDP would like to thank all who had a hand in making the Silent Auction and Wine Tasting on April 27, a success. We had a profound outpouring of generously donated items both local and beyond.
All of the profit will go to the Society which is a nonprofit organization. Fox Vineyards (wine and Fox Vineyard glasses), Sherry Odum (catered the event), Michael Frederick (music), are so much appreciated. We thank The Covington News for their donation and professional ad writer Diane Barber. SVDP members secured the items, packaged some of the baskets, set up ...
Dear Editor: I, Shannon Black, come forward to identify myself as "MsLoy" and "KBeet" named in a civil action on free speech web comments. I do not agree with the attack on free speech, but by coming out I share a voice for employees under attack who need their jobs.
While I removed my child from NCSS last year, I maintain close internal contacts and will continue to share comments with the public through the Citizen site. Employees will be heard through me since Human Resources is overseen by Carpenter's husband. Employees complain openly that he tells her everything ...
Dear Editor: What a shame! A small town paper advertising prostitution with a large, attention-getting provocative figure of a prostitute on the front page of your Sunday edition.
Dear Editor: Much to the dismay of a handful of people in our town, I am capable of both spelling and writing the English language as well as Spanish.
To the editor: Considering that political robo-calls are universally reviled by us citizens, it is obvious that our "representatives" who use them have nothing but contempt for us.
And then they wonder why we have lost our trust in them.
To the editor: I am writing to invite Newton County residents of all districts to my fourth public forum on school topics. I will host "School Board on Your Corner #4" on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastside High School. I will bring updates from my April training delivered by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) on "Finance & Accountability" and allow time for public input.
While I represent district one I encourage all Newton residents, with and without children in NCSS, to join me to learn more about the challenges facing public schools ...