"In reference to the comment about drug testing food stamp recipients, all people who are on any welfare or government assistance should be drug tested, period. It does not matter what your last or current job title is. The person mentioned an attorney and real estate agent as an example of people they know who get food stamps. What's your point? I have personally seen people in both of these fields abuse drugs so you need to think of a better example. If you get down to it there are drug abusers in all fields so do not try to put these people on a higher level. They are just people. People usually are drug tested before they are offered a job, so drug test all people before they get a dime from the government. White collar or blue collar or unemployed or politician or doctor or homeless if you want government help you should be drug tested and if you fail its your own stupidity. People need to make wise choices or be prepared for the failures that come from poor choices."------
"We need to show more sympathy for these people. They travel miles in the heat. They risk their lives crossing a border. They don't get paid enough wages. They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do. They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language. They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day -- every day. I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans I'm talking about our troops! Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops? Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!"------
"Yes. all food stamp users need to be drug tested or turn in their receipts. As a taxpayer I see young kids buy candy bars and energy drinks and soda. I see families check out while telling the snot-crusted nose kids no, they can't have candy but they are buying beer and cigarettes. They should have to be counted for every penny they spend."------
"I have an iron in the fire when it comes to food stamps. I personally think we should drug screen. How can you defend the not guilty when you are being cut short your true wage due to all who is abusing the help. Yes, I work for the county and was turned down twice until the county cut my wage that last time. At one visit to DFACS I had to walk through the front door while young black men were smoking and jerking their so cool dog leash chain that's made for towing cars to have to stand in line with others that stunk of cigarette smoke. I was there for 10 minutes and thought that I did not want to be judged like this. For my kids sake I toughed it out only to be told that I made $13 too much and I was being penalized for being married, too. To the person that is defending the system, maybe you have not had to go stand in line, or you're that person that I wonder how can they drive that car, buy that car or buy clothes while being on the food stamps."
------"Newton County firefighters wrestling, knocking over chairs several videos have surfaced on YouTube. Is this what my hard-earned tax dollars are going toward?"
"I am amazed at the manner and extent used by the Covington Police Department in their investigation of the recent theft of campaign signs. I, along with some of my family and close friends, live in Covington. We all have been victims of thefts and property damage. The total cost of these would run well into the five figure category. To my knowledge none of these crimes have ever been solved or even investigated by the Covington Police Department. You either never hear anything, or you get an immediate letter from someone from the police stating that your 'case status is currently inactive.' Up until the Sigman case, the stealing of campaign signs was treated as no more than a Halloween prank. What is so highly unusual about the Sigman case is the type of 'entrapment' that was used by the Covington Police. The used a form of 'derivative entrapment.' In part this is where the government uses a private person acting as an agent of the government to induce the subject of the entrapment to commit a crime. We don't know if the 'agent' was a church deacon or a dope head? We don't even know if he had something to gain by working for the police? Some at the Covington Police Department seem to act like publicity hounds who love to see their pictures in the paper and on TV."------
"I need to put my two cents worth in on the subject of drug testing for people on food stamps. I'm sure, as the one person said, that there are many people on food stamps that had upstanding careers. I also have known people that had upstanding careers that were drug abusers. I don't want my tax dollars supplying drugs, paying for abortions or supporting the ACLU so they can continue their witch hunt for Christians. Right now I would settle for drug testing anyone that is getting government aid and I would gladly fill the first cup. The only ones that should be against it are the ones who have something to hide."------
"Well, I see the mayor is up to her tricks again -- bringing up the railroad issue. Seems like all the council members have voiced their positions on the topic, except for one. Mike Whatley -- looks like you are being your same old self, as usual. Playing both sides of the fence. It looks like you should do something on your own and not wait until someone tells you how to vote. What are your real feelings about the railroad? Or are you waiting until after the election to see how you should vote?"------
"The Covington News Shows Their Colors -- In today's edition of the News, the slant of articles gives you a feeling that anything Covington's wealthy and elite desire gets plenty of coverage. The questions to the candidates was especially strange because their continued guilty until proven innocent questionnaire to Sigman just happened to be all about his sign plight sting while the other candidate's question was quite different. And, more on Kim Carter and the Rails to Trails issues after the council has turned it down numerous times in favor of more spending for pork projects. And how Janet Goodman can ever get reelected again due to her support of the (Rails to Trails) rich and famous is a mystery. She wants to take money that could result in reduced utility bills and spend millions of it on a walking trail! I didn't see it all before, but now it is clear where the New's loyalties lies. Isn't it about time to have an 'Occupy Covington' movement to call out those who don't work for the good of the community, but for their own personal wishes?"------
"Last week someone was commenting on a Cracker Barrel. I really think if some of the fast food restaurants were smart, they would build a fast food restaurant somewhere on the 26-mile stretch of Hwy 36 between Covington and Jackson. There is a ton of traffic through in the morning and afternoon and folks heading home that won't have time to cook supper. Right next to the Dollar General is a lot that is just begging for a fast food restaurant. This is also close to the cross roads of Ga. Highway 36 and Ga. Highway 212 so you would get lots of business."