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Dear Editor: I read in The Covington News that the Newton County Medical facility is in the black, making a profit and that's good news. Doesn't surprise me though. I walked in the Patient Emergency area the other day, after a home accident and walked out about three hours later after receiving excellent treatment and care. A few days later, I received a statement for $3,579.21. Just like freedom is not free, neither is good medical care.
Dear Editor: Reflecting on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and what it might mean, it occurred to me that in some sort of karmic way, I'm part of the problem. Maybe the biggest part.
Dear Editor: I am urging the Newton County School Board to place a law enforcement officer in every elementary school. The law enforcement officer needs to be at the front door of each elementary school to ward off maniacs and any other gun-carrying individual.
Dear Editor: We, at Southern Heartland Gallery, read with great excitement, the article by Gabe Khouli in the Wednesday edition of The Covington News. Located at the corner of Washington and Monticello, we welcome our position and that of oft-time partners and neighbor, Arts Association in Newton County, anchoring the east-end of the proposed Washington Street Artistic Corridor.
Dear Parents: By now, you are well aware of the tragic school shooting that occurred Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As a parent, I am heavy-hearted and know that you, like me, are hurting. There will be extensive media coverage of this terrible tragedy on the news and much discussion about it in our communities in the days and weeks ahead.
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 ...