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"This is in response to the citizen that thinks I will get into trouble for catching cats. The cats I catch I take to Animal Control, and they are glad I catch them because they are an infestation, and as I explained cats should not be domesticated. If you were a true animal lover you wouldn't keep one in the house, and make your family suffer from smelly kitty litter, the spraying that males do, or the things that the cat drags in. Why are there people that just don't get it. Dogs can be domesticated. Cats cannot. Cats like bobcats or cougars, are beautiful animals. They are not meant to be bred and kept as house pets. Leave them in the wild and stop breeding these ugly little versions of them ...."
"To the person that was whining about the police, I just passed you and you was flashing your headlights to warn us of the copper ahead. What good does that do? That's why we don't see enough patrolling cause of idiots like you that want to be cool and you think you have a tough guy morale. Newton County crime is raising and I thank you for your whining. Do us a favor. Build you a suggestion box, cut a hole in the top and bottom and place it over your trash bin. What the sheriff/chief should do is start buying paddy wagon vans and with about four coppers riding deep and then fill them seats up while having to take a number ... free rides downtown and instead of having to protect and serve. have 'fighting crime busting punks' right on the side."
"Most will agree that first impressions are important and often are correct. If not correct, they are lasting. That being stated those in 'power' in Newton County and the city of Covington might want to put the 'heat" on the owners of the vacant Exxon fuel station at Exit 93 (I-20) & SR 142 and other locations that will be mentioned later. This looks like a bombarded remnant of the time when Sherman's troops moved through Newton County or it has achieved the highest award of a real eyesore for several years running. What a great impression this building and associated signage give first time visitors! Huh! When one travels down 142 towards Hwy. 278 and looks to the left just past Wendy's they can get a view of former housing buildings that look like many of the vacant housing projects in downtown Detroit. If one continues to travel on 142 and turns right on 278 to get to the Square they get a third impression of yet another long-standing eyesore, this being the partially demolished Shell fuel station, next to the former location of Covington Ford. This little tour was inspired by a song performed by Aaron Neville 'The Grand Tour' in his album with the same name."
"I just read the 'new and improved' Sunday (combination) edition of the Newton Citizen. I was underwhelmed. But my real issue is fairly basic; as the paper now stands, it is more of a history lesson than a newspaper. And with the reduction of product (from six issues a week to five), are subscribers going to get a refund on subscription costs?"
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"I would like to know how the homecoming court at Alcovy was chosen. My child (not a girl either) was very upset with the selection process. As the teachers were supposed to let the kids vote during class -- many of the teachers chose not to and many of the kids didn't get a vote. Come on teachers and administrators -- no this isn't a major political issue -- but where is the fairness in the process. Also, I remember my child's freshman year -- students were told that the choices needed to be even (as far as black and white) -- check out the sophomore class this year -- they're all black and the majority of those chosen were as well. And -- no I'm not white -- but fair is fair. If it's going to be mandated that way one year, it needs to be that way every year unless the students are told differently. Also, it makes you wonder if the choices would have been different if every student that wanted to vote was given the opportunity."
"The old man has been reminiscing again. I remember a wonderful lady with a beautiful voice who always started her program with the following; 'While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, let us pledge allegiance to a land that's free. Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. Then it goes on with God bless America, land that I love.' I guess so many have forgotten this wonderful lady and the song she sang. Her name was Kate Smith and she meant every word she sang. I wonder what has happened in this country since she sang such a wonderful song with such a beautiful voice? At one time we folded our hands and prayed to God, but then we got prosperous and found a new god. It was green and could give us anything we wanted. We continued praying to our green god and thumbed our noses at our real God. We started taking pills for everything because our green god gave us the way to do it. Then we decided everyone was having fun with dope so let's have some fun. We can afford it. Then we started spending on things we didn't need because we could. During this time we started idolizing crooks and guys who beat their girl friends. The father of those kids took off and forgot he had to help pay for them. The law called them deadbeat dads. We lost our pride, became rude, our ethics were gone and we just became slobs. Finally the bottom dropped out and we were left standing with nothing but the clothes on our back and they weren't paid for. Then the courts got quite lenient with those who broke the law. The police would bring them in and the lawyers and the courts would let them go. When the bottom dropped out and the powers that be said we should cut the police forces' finances, cut the school finances, cut Social Security, cut Medicare, cut Medicaid and cut everything but our salary and our perks, then they start asking questions like, do we need all of these old people, or we've got to get rid of some of these people who can't get a job. Other things ensued but that is enough for today. Next time I want to discuss music."
"On the Square: Our new wave of 'planners' have long wanted to cut down all the trees on the Covington Square! Two are gone already for no reason except someone's 'vision' was that we would be better off without them. They have now found another way to get rid of them. By having the concerts on the Square, we have compacted the soil to the point the trees will all soon die if we don't stop having large groups compacting the soil. We have two choices, (1) Move the Concerts on the Square or, (2) Lose all our beautiful magnolia trees on the Square. I would sure like to hear others post on this subject of whether our Square would ever be the same again without the magnolia trees. There are plenty of other places around the Square without endangering our trees to have the concerts. Leave our historic Square alone!"
I would like to comment on a rambling unsubstantiated narrative written by someone who believed the Covington Police could do no wrong. First, he failed to address the fact that the police blocked all the streets on both ends and also blocked the entire neighborhood where the Fuzz Run, along with other track events, are held. Second, he failed to address the fact that it is the duty of a police department to protect the rights and privileges of all citizens. They are not empowered to take away the rights of many for the pleasures of a few. Third, he stated that policemen got their legal authority to act from the state of Georgia. I believe we elect a mayor and council, and they then hire a chief of police who reports to them. City policemen are paid and hired by the city of Covington and they report to the chief; not the state of Georgia. Fourth, he gave no statistical nor verifiable data detailing the number of unsolved crimes in Covington as compared to the number committed. This would tell us how safe the city is. Fifth, he described a mansion as a residence with over 8,000 square feet. I looked up the definition of a mansion in four dictionaries (used for years by Newton County and other schools) and they all basically described the word 'mansion' as a dwelling or residence of considerable size. No amount of square footage was mentioned. Citizens in Newton County are confused as to why policemen and teachers are always complaining and belly-aching about low wages when they live in larger homes and drive nicer cars then the average Newton County citizen. Sixth, where a policeman or any other city employee chooses to live has no bearing whatsoever on the manner and efficiency in which a department head runs his department. I do not know who this person was trying to give some 'proper schooling,' but he failed his assignment miserably. I hope he is not a 'sworn' police officer."
"I am contacting the Sunday Citizen Poll in response to the person who defended the Covington Police Department when they block off the entire neighborhoods for their so-called Fuzz Run. This person's comments were high on sarcasm and short on facts. I wonder what planet he came from and what shift he works on for the Covington Police Department. He talks about two ways to egress and ingress one's home during the Fuzz Run, and that the people in the affected areas only know one way to get home. I live in the area and all streets are blocked. The only way you could get out would be to call a helicopter and have them airlift you from your roof. I will drive my car to one of the hospital parking lots or to the Kroger parking lot on Friday evening before the Fuzz Run. I will then walk to it on Saturday morning and drive to work. This is asking a lot from a woman over 55. The caller stated that a previous caller 'must have slept in class as you attended the Newton County Schools.' Based on his comments, I wonder if this police defender ever even attended school in order to have even slept in class."
"We, my wife and I, moved to Covington from Ohio after our retirement five years ago. Our comments are in regards to statements made by what appeared to be a police officer printed in your Sept. 4 Citizen Poll. This person seemed to infer that is acceptable and legal to block streets and deny a homeowner or business owner the right to enter or leave their property by vehicle as long as the denial is for a worthy cause. In Ohio, and other states we have lived in, property owners have what is referred to as 'fee simple' rights to their property along with that of 'quiet enjoyment.' This signifies that they can come and go 'at will.' When a government enforcement agency denies a person these rights (short of an emergency situation), it would appear that these rights have been abridged without proper cause and due process of law. This amounts to a weird form of condemnation where private lands are literally taken for private use instead of for public use. Not only is the use of one's property restricted, but their personal mobility is also curtailed. America was settled mostly by Europeans who had a strong desire to own their own property. In Covington it has become questionable whether the city or residents own the neighborhoods adjacent to Conyers Street. Are we approaching a Covington Police State?"
"Religious freedom? Discrimination? Political correctness? Obama has done it again. You can be sure he had the final sayso of the persons invited to participate in the special interfaith observance Sunday evening at the Washington National Cathedral. The two religions not included are Evangelicals and Southern Baptists. Participants do include a rabbi, Buddhist nun, representative from the cathedral, and, of course, an imam and Muslim musicians. Maybe they are the same ones he had at the White House for the third annual celebration of Ramadan. This man had the audacity to cancel observance at the White House of the National Day of Prayer and now does this -- a slap In the face to Evangelical and Southern Baptist Christians. I pray that we will remember this next November 2012 and make sure that Obama is a one term president!"
"I am a home health care provider. I see patients in the Conyers Street area. The caller who stated you could get to homes in that area where the Fuzz Run is needs some type of health care himself. I have to plan my schedule after the Fuzz Run to see my patients. The police at the road blocks will not let you through."
"I recently read where eight to 10 deputies are going to be sent to provide security for the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.. I thought the Newton County Sheriff's Office was short staffed and the county was facing a budget crisis? As a taxpayer, I would like to know who will be paying the salaries, insurance, travel expenses, hotels, and per diem expenses of these eight to 10 deputies while they are at the Democratic National Convention? I would hope that the Sheriff's Office will be compensated for their expenses! If the Sheriff's Department is not going to be compensated for their expenses, as a taxpayer, Sheriff please tell the citizens of Newton County how much this trip to the Democratic National Convention will cost us! Also, is our crime rate that low that we can afford to send 10 deputies to the Democratic National Convention? If so, then maybe the sheriff could help the county budget crisis by cutting his personnel budget by eight to 10 officers."