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Dear Editor: I like Mort Ewing. He has the fortitude to "do the right thing." In the Aug. 6 edition of the Covington News, the News’ editorial said Mr. Ewing "could have trusted the people of the county to do the right thing and vote for the good of the financial health of the county." The insinuation being that Mr. Ewing did the wrong thing. What Mr. Ewing did was to take into consideration the safety and well being of all its citizens. Did he "inflict his own personal views on the voters of the county?" Isn’t our form of government called a republic? That’s where you vote for someone to represent you. That is not "inflicting" as the anonymous Covington News pundit called it, but representing. He voted the conscience of the people who elected him.

No matter how disparaging the drawing depicts the three commissioners, no matter how they were belittled in the cartoon or the article, I still believe they had the "financial health" as well as the welfare of the citizens of Newton County in mind. Consider this fact from Mothers Against Drunk Driving: "In the year 2000, Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public $51.1 billion in monetary costs." Do the math. Do you really think "tax money" is a good argument for legalizing alcoholic drink like this? Just admit the facts. You are the one who wants to drink. You want it legalized and any excuse you can make sounds good to you. But please, don’t use the "tax revenue" as an argument to push this agenda.

Here is another fact from MADD: "A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested."