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"My amazing, determined husband/best friend Robert 'Geta' Burt passed away June 11, 2008, after an eight-month heroic battle with colon cancer. At the time of his diagnosis he was employed with CR Bard in Covington and I was employed at Veterans Memorial Middle School. We were also blessed to have a wonderful host of friends and family that took care of us here in Covington. I just wanted to let everyone and anyone reading this know how you have forever touched my heart. Such wonderful groups of people that went above and beyond in being there for our family. Monetary donations, fund raisers, sponsored at Christmas time, letters, cards, food, phone calls, paying some of our bills, weekly visits ,,, this all touched our family so much during that time. We were and still are so blessed to have such a combination of selfless, giving people in our lives and to be employed by companies that considered you family, not just employees. Over a year later I get a phone call from CR Bard to come over for a tree planting in Geta's honor. They planted a dogwood tree in his honor right at the employee entrance of CR Bard. There are wonderful, amazing people in our community that genuinely care whether it's a friend, a family member or an employee. Through this holiday season, please be thankful for and appreciate the good in people that surround you. Thank you to our family and friends in Covington and friends at CR Bard and Veterans Memorial Middle School, you have given new meaning to humanity!"
"It's good to know that we are not in a war in Iraq or Afghanistan but rather helping the local law enforcement to do their jobs. Neither can be called a war as we have never issued a declaration of war, so instead we are faced with another $10,000-day event which only costs the United States casualties plus untold billions of dollars to participate in, an action which we will never win and after we leave both areas, the population will revert back to their old way of life. Throw in the towel now. We started out without knowing the basic things to accomplish a goal -- who, what, when, where and why. Without these in place to start, you lose. So, your president will outline his plan as to what to do; however, it will not be their plan as to what they want. Wasted tax dollars once more."
"My wife is a bus driver for the Newton County School system. A few weeks ago I was called at home early afternoon and was told that I needed to come to the high school on Ram Drive and pick up my wife because she was ill. From the time that I left our house, less than a mile away, what was a medical situation had turned into a medical emergency. When I arrived I was advised that an ambulance was on the way. Because of a combination of medical issues she had passed out and her breathing was so shallow that the EMTs were told she was in cardiac arrest. I praise God for putting the right people at the right place at the right time. The bus drivers that were there were attentive to her needs. The school staff did a wonderful job of controlling the students because this happened right at dismissal time, and I especially want to thank the school nurse for the medical attention while waiting for the ambulance. And to think that a short time ago school systems were thinking about doing away with the position. I cannot thank you all enough for looking after the one that I love, second only to my Lord and Savior. Through this adventure, I also came to realize that the kids that ride her bus also care very much about her because of all the calls and text messages she received from them. I also came to realize the care that the bus drivers have for one of their own. I, we, thank all of you for caring so very much."
"Thank you to all who voted for Mr. Obama. He has managed to ruin our business, empty our 401K, and is raising our health care premiums to a level we cannot pay. Congrats!"
"One of the first things that Gov. Perdue did at the beginning of the current economic downturn was to close state parks and cut back on recreation to save money. These expenditures are classified as nonessential and exist for only convenience and pleasure. Our elected officials in Newton County seem to be doing right the opposite. They are spending mega bucks for new ball parks and for an expensive house next to Turner Lake Park. If the whole recreation department in Newton County was closed up and shut down in six months it would be forgotten about. In Newton County far too much property has been taken off the tax digest by governments and non-profit and charitable organizations. Most of the 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations are churches that do very little or nothing to help the poor. The callous actions by our elected officials are making it harder for struggling homeowners to keep their homes and pay their taxes because more of their tax dollars are being spent for the pleasures of a few instead of necessities. We need Gov. Perdue in Newton County."
"Let me get this straight: We're going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn't read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. What possibly could go wrong?"
"Let me see if I have this right. First the mayor of Covington and the chair of the county commission succeed in throwing the Newton County Chamber President John Boothby under the bus with the cooperation of the current Chamber leadership. Now the same two 'leaders' propose to increase funding to the Chamber over 100 percent with the provision that the new president be accountable to an economic development steering committee, including the same two people. Can you say micromanaged meddling? Let's hope that our elected city council and commissioners as well as the new Chamber leadership summarily reject this blatant attempt to place economic development under the scrutiny of politicians. Hopefully, these two will be gone after the next election anyway. One would think the bailout of GM, AIG, Chrysler, so forth, would prove very clearly that accepting government money comes with heavy strings attached. Wake up residents of Covington and Newton County. These two leaders are hindering not helping."
"From last week's poll, it seems at least some of us are paying attention to local politicians, namely J.C. Henderson. It's appalling that Mr. Henderson has not resigned or been removed from his position as a Newton County commissioner. First, he's arrested (on a charge of) abusing his wife, and then asked for the citizens of the county to pay for a public defender for him. Then, he wrote a letter to community affairs that appeared to have been written by a first-grader. Mr. Henderson, please step down. Your legal problems and obvious inability to even communicate in a piece of written correspondence should be an embarrassment to you. It certainly is to those of us who live in the county."
"This is for the lady who was thanking the Good Samaritan who turned in her purse at Wal-Mart. You are quite welcome. I, too, have left my purse in a buggy twice but luckily it was still there. I didn't want to go through it cause it seemed a bit like an invasion of privacy. I was hoping you would go to customer service and asked for it. I hope you have a great day."
"I was reading an article about the city of Porterdale trying to find ways to fund the DDA; how about the City Council of Porterdale try to find the funds to help the PPP of Porterdale (Poor People of Porterdale). They are raising all these fees and all that, doing this and doing that, buying this and buying that. Where is the normal Americans, Porterdale residents, coming from? They cut services to everybody. They are not picking up garbage like they should. Come on Porterdale."
"I just wanted to say congratulations to the Georgia State Patrol. I just left Newton Plaza on Black Friday and a Georgia State Patrol officer was helping a motorist with her car. You need to hire more officers like that."
"I agree with Mr. Winston Menzies' letter to the editor about Obama's actions speaking loudly that he isn't a Christian. The answer to this is we Christians must pray to God for Obama to have a change of heart and also for the United States of America. Prayer is the answer."