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Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

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Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 4:02 p.m. | Updated: jul. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It’s time for a change on the 2050 Plan — both to the document itself and officials’ approach in presenting it to the public.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2014 5:50 p.m. | Updated: jul. 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

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Posted: jul. 19, 2014 4:41 p.m. | Updated: jul. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. | Updated: jul. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Locals speak out at 2050 hearing

The first public hearing for the 2050 Plan was held Monday night, giving the public an opportunity to let themselves be heard.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Show up for the 2050 Plan

Here’s some of what we have heard from concerned citizens over the last two weeks:

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 6:40 p.m. | Updated: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on passion

There is one person in town that we doubt that anyone who knows him could ever question his passion for the things he believes in.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the Fourth of July

We are grateful that the long holiday weekend passed, and despite all the people and activities occurring with the Fourth of July festivities, there were no major reports of injuries associated with beverage consumption, firework exhibitions or rowdy behavior.

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Posted: jul. 08, 2014 6:49 p.m. | Updated: jul. 08, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on outside vendors

We are never happy to see groups come into our community, especially on holidays, to set up shop for a week or two and sell products that rob profits from our local merchants who pay taxes on a regular basis.

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Posted: jul. 05, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Updated: jul. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.

OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:52 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts: Fourth of July

“Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.”

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Posted: jul. 03, 2014 5:51 p.m. | Updated: jul. 03, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the runoff

During the recent primary election, many of Newton County’s voters didn’t show up. They paid no concern to who would represent them and a minority of the county’s voters bothered to head toward the polls.

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Posted: jul. 01, 2014 9:18 p.m. | Updated: jul. 01, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the CRCT: Back to square one

The final year of CRCT scores for grades three-eight throughout the state were released this week. Did we score high or low? It seems like a little bit of both.

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Posted: jun. 28, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Updated: jun. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the 250 Plan

Ten years ago a group of people got together, politicians and concerned citizens alike, and made a decision that Newton County, inevitably, was going to grow.

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Posted: jun. 26, 2014 6:42 p.m. | Updated: jun. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on Georgia Perimeter

This past month the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to reaffirm the accreditation of one of our local higher learning institutions, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

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Posted: jun. 24, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Updated: jun. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on Vivian Harris's work

Kudos goes out to local community activist Vivian Harris. Through her determination and countless efforts, a part of Oxford – and America’s history – has been preserved in print.

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Posted: jun. 24, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Updated: jun. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on being alert

This past week a father in Marietta loaded his 22-month-old son in his SUV to take to day care and forgot he had done it, instead driving to work.

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Posted: jun. 21, 2014 3:45 p.m. | Updated: jun. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on the death sentence

This past week Marcus Wellons was put to death for the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

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Posted: jun. 19, 2014 5:44 p.m. | Updated: jun. 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday’s paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

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Posted: jun. 17, 2014 5:42 p.m. | Updated: jun. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on Jajuan Shaw’s winning agenda

Betty Ray Shaw explained to us that children of autism have their own agenda, and when they get something in their mind that they want to, or think they need to do, that’s what they are going to do.

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Posted: jun. 14, 2014 4:16 p.m. | Updated: jun. 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on what to do with Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had a lively debate this past week about what to do after a May 30 party at the Nelson Heights Community Center was marred by a gun reportedly being fired into the air by a passing car and hours of people milling about in the streets afterward.

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Posted: jun. 12, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: jun. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county’s foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

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Posted: jun. 10, 2014 6:02 p.m. | Updated: jun. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.

A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

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Posted: jun. 07, 2014 4:58 p.m. | Updated: jun. 07, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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