While Newton County has an identity, Oak Hill, Oxford, Porterdale, Covington and Mansfield all have their own unique personalities. The people from these communities and the rural lands in between are from somewhere – somewhere with its own identity. Have you ever asked yourself where places like Clarkston, Lithonia, Doraville and other such "towns" start and stop? Folks of my vintage will remember a song from 1974 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section with the lyrics, "Doraville, Touch of country in the city." Really? Exactly where is that "touch?"
Not a single person, citizen, taxpayer, landowner who spoke or asked questions during the meeting sounded positive in any way, shape, form or fashion about any part of this proposal. With little to go on, these local people shot holes in the plan from almost every angle anyway.
I have known Phil Johnson and Sam (Martin) Hay III for most of my life, and I totally agree with their opposition to the county's "so called" 2050 Plan. I view this plan as a direct attack on an individual's freedom and liberty. I have raised my right hand twice, and each time I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Immigrants started pouring into the U.S. (colonies) in the 1600s through today mainly for two purposes: I. To be free and II. To own property in "fee simple." In America ...
Dear Editor: I just had a discussion with a 68 year old in Walmart. First, he told the store clerk he was 68, and he could aggravate anyone he wanted to. Then his wife paid for their case of coke, sitting beneath the seat of his motorized cart, with food stamps. I said Romney planned to add an additional $6400 per senior to the cost of Medicare. I had checked it on Factcheck before going to the store. The additional cost of Medicare as currently consituted by the year 2025 was projected to be $6,350 beyond Medicare payments. Under ...
Dear Editor: Thank you for printing the statistics on the national debt. One very significant aspect of the data is that the working force of the USA is about half the population and therefore those who work for a living owe about $100,000 each, thanks to the irresponsible spending and borrowing of the national government.
Dear Editor: The mayor and the council have once again decided to split the D.P.S., two departments, two chiefs and more dissension. We have tried different chiefs with different ideas. We hired a director with an excellent resume. Most of us thought he would be good for the community. Somehow I guess he did not fit well with the politicians. If we had established a chain of command from day one, we could have avoided plenty of heartburns. A council member suggested that the director should answer to them. They convene one night a month. The D.P ...
Dear Editor: Article VIII Section I Paragraph I of the Georgia Constitution states in part "The provision of an adequate public education for the citizens shall be a primary obligation of the State of Georgia."
Dear Editor: Another political campaign seems to be heating up. While studying the sides of many issues, I am reminded of one of the grandfather's favorite stories.
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.