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Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled “The Importance of being Earnest”: “When I see a spade I call it a spade.”

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:31 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county’s form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

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Posted: aug. 30, 2014 4:33 p.m. | Updated: aug. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:09 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County’s Manager.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter: Keith Ellis on Henderson's pay advance

(Unedited letter from Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent to The News and to Newton commissioners regarding the Aug. 27 article, "County cuts Henderson pay advance")

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:58 p.m.

The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for “children” to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the “little old ladies” of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:11 p.m.

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn’t get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:10 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:50 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current “hybrid” system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: aug. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.

50 years in newspaper industry

The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry — it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:57 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Political stereotyping

While we might like to think that voters research the issues, review the candidates, and then vote for the candidate that best reflects their views, the reality, based on political science research, is much different. A

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:55 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Tuition pays for this

According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they’re getting for their money.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:54 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:51 p.m. | Updated: aug. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

One letter not enough to polish liberal credential

Rap! Rap! Rap!

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:39 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle — emphasis on walking.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:42 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Held to an unobtainable standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn’t do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that’s exactly what Israel would do.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:41 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Saying ‘I love you’

As I get older unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.

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Posted: aug. 16, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Updated: aug. 16, 2014 10:00 p.m.

County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn’t have an easy answer. But it should.

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Posted: aug. 16, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Updated: aug. 16, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Letter to the editor: Fire down below

The political machine that controls Covington, Newton County and the remainder of small towns here has set in motion a plan to facilitate a virtual take over of property owners’ rights. In the process, they have spent unbridled and without any sense of direction which would focus upon what the citizens’ desire.

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 5:32 p.m. | Updated: aug. 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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