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"I am a 78-year-old Korean era Army veteran and I attended the ceremony yesterday (11-12-12). I was somewhat disappointed as this seemed to amount to no more than a showplace for politicians and a history of the speaker's life. I looked at the other veterans there and I am sure they lived their lives under a code of honor and ethical conduct. The residents of Covington seem to have no concept of what this means. In the old days most all governments had a form of ethical standards. Here in Covington when the legals are printed you see the homes of city employees that have liens, foreclosures, suits and judgement requests printed against them. You have seen employees arrested for stealing. Adulterous and moral scandals seem to be commonplace. When you look at the elderly veterans and then look of what is the norm today, you think was it all worth it? Older veterans are not even safe in their homes anymore."
"I never see editorials from this paper. Do the editors work in the shadows or have opinions?"
"The public cannot complain about nepotism if they are not willing to give input. Send input on nepotism and conflicts of interest in Newton schools to: email@example.com."
"I wonder if I am the only one who has grown beyond weary of Jeff Meadors' constant blathering from upon his self-invented soapbox in the Citizen. Do you guys actually employ any editorial staff? I ask because if you do, then surely you've noticed his brazen hypocrisy on Amendment 1, which recently passed thanks in large part to the wool being pulled over 58 percent of the electorate's eyes by couching it in criminally misleading language. During the General Assembly's 2012 session, surely you noticed that your narcissistic columnist, Jeffrey Meadors, railed against HR 1162, yet when the political winds seemed to blow a different direction in the fall, he simply reversed course and hoped no one would notice. Over and over, Meadors insists on insulting the intelligence of this paper and all citizens and constituents who read it. Don't take my word for it; go back and read for yourself. http://t.newtoncitizen.com/news/2012/feb/07/0208_meadorscolumn/ District 1 constituents, if you can't see through this guy's baloney, you're not paying close enough attention and are being duped by another typical politician whose true concern lies not in the public good but in his own self-interest. In light of all his pontificating about conflicts of interest, perhaps in the interest of full disclosure, he should do a series of columns about his own."
"So, our school board wants a $75 million SPLOST. First come completely clean on the allegations of missing money at Alcovy High on LaQuanda Carpenter's watch before I give you one red penny. Until the full disclosure comes out as part of your campaign I vote no. That means receipts on all monies collected cross referenced with bookkeeping logs from 2009 to now. No less. And have an independent attorney do it not your annual auditor. Vote no March 19. No new taxes."
So Dennis Carpenter pushes SPLOST. Uh, no. Think about his disastrous handling of the opening of Ombudsman. Airport Road. The Water and Sewerage litigation he made worse costing taxpayers more. Stadium light oversight at Newton High. Failure to save promised savings on gas cards. The whole Lead Learners mess. It goes on and on."
"I am going on record to say that I will vote against education SPLOST. How much has the LaQuanda Carpenter lawsuit cost us. Until we get an accounting of every penny she cost our system and until all parties are made 100 percent whole by her then I will push hard to fail this $75 million SPLOST March 19.
"For the record Mitt Romney won the popular vote. The popular vote is the vote of all the people in the U.S. The people wanted Romney for president, not Obama. The people wanted change. They want religious freedom, jobs, prosperity and security. That is not what we the people got. Pray for our United States. We need God's help. God bless America."
Editor’s Note: The Associated Press reports that Barack Obama’s popular vote total was 62,615,406 and Mitt Romney’s was 59,142,004 with 99 percent of the precincts reporting as of Thursday.
"I am glad the citizens of Newton County did not elect someone from the Covington Police Department to be their sheriff. The city of Covington needs to realize there is a large segment of the population who do not hold the city in high esteem, along with their police department. Their officers seem to be swamped with scandal and debt problems. The city government seems to put forth a bad image for the rest of Newton County."