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"We are asking everyone to say a prayer for 'Darkhorse' 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan amd they have lost 12 marines in four days ... Nothing has been in the media about these guys because no one seems to care. They are: Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Chase Stanley, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24; Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; Sheldon Tate, 27. All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week."
"We all know something is terribly wrong with gasoline pricing. Last Saturday, QT price $3.64/G. We drove to Rome, stopped in Cartersville at QT to fill up, $3.25/G. Drove thru west side of Atlanta, $3.73/G at another QT. I am positive that local taxes do not jack up the prices that much. I guess I need to be a stockholder in QT to benefit from all of this."
"Thank you, Mr. Bolton, for your letter to the editor on Aug. 22. Your letter was so true and I vote every time an election comes up. My only problem is, who do you trust? Politicians at one time use to consider the people who put them into office but now it is debatable. Many politicians get richer while in office and then if they are out of office they become lobbyists or college presidents or some federal employee where they can double dip. They continue calling Social Security and Medicare welfare. That is not the word they use (entitlement) but to them it means the same thing. My family has paid in to it for years. How much has the politicians paid into it? What a joke. You are right to listen to your elderly friend. We are beginning to see this in federal, state and local government. Now we get out to vote, but do we get any background on those who are running. You cannot believe what each one says about the other. They should be giving us a look at what they expect to do and not key it to special groups. And then there are the ones who believe anything the naysayers preach on the television. I really love this country and I don't want the politicians to ruin it. I will be voting in November and I hope the message gets across to the public that vote your own heart and mind and do not let the naysayers and gloom spreaders do your voting for you. Thanks again for your article."
"As a citizen of Newton County and as a resident of the Rocky Plains area, I would like to do something that is all too often neglected. I would like to thank some individuals and organizations in my community. I have recently had the fire department respond to my home on several occasions due to medical issues. I have been utterly amazed at how fast, competently, and friendly the fire fighters and EMT's have been in these very difficult times for me and my family. I want to especially thank stations 2 and 3 for their quick response and friendliness. The new Fire Chief O'Brien must be doing something really right. His men and women seem to value his leadership and uphold very high standards of care as I have seen first-hand as a patient. Thank you to all the service individuals in the county but I want to especially thank Chief O'Brien, Station 2, 3, and all the supporting staff. You have all been life savers, literally."
"The election for chairman of the Newton County Commission will be very important. For the first time in several decades, the new chairman will not be named Varner or Morgan. The person who takes office in January will be responsible for guiding Baxter International
into Newton County as they settle into Stanton Springs. It must be done right because Baxter will pick up and move to North Carolina in a heartbeat if we mess this up. After the Governor and many other senior officials got personally involved in securing Baxter's arrival, messing
it up now will make Newton County the last place new industry will look at in the future. Of the two candidates left running for Chairman, the people of this county must decide who has the experience, knowledge and the expertise to land Baxter successfully. Who's hand do you want at the controls for the next four years to ensure a smooth landing? There is no room for error now, it must be done right. Please remember that when you vote for the next chairman of the County Commission."
"I was calling about high school test scores in the paper this morning. It seems like for years it's always Eastside leading the way, always. How come other schools like Newton and Alcovy can't bring up the slack?"