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“Monday at about 1 p.m. I turned from Washington Street onto Brown Street on my way to the Covington Post Office and the lady ahead of me stopped in the middle of the road, got out and proceeded to take care of something in the back of her SUV as if she was parked in the drive at home. I normally avoid this section of the street because of the day care activities and some of the parents stopping in the roadway to load and unload their kids. Why is this behavior tolerated? There was a gentleman behind me in a pickup truck who was partially stuck on Highway 81 because of this lady’s unexpected action and the amazing thing was there were empty parking spaces next to the church. I don’t like complaining about what churches do or don’t do but many of these parents don’t even attempt to pull to the side of the street, they just stop as if it’s their right. City Council, Chief Cotton, Pastor …”
“Just saw on the news about the painting at Alcovy High School with the words ‘God is dead.’ From the way it sounded nothing was going to be done about it. I have a real problem with that. First of all, God is not dead but very much alive. And second of all, if it had said, ‘God is king’ there would have been a piece of duct tape across it in a heart beat. Sounds like double standards to me and I certainly would not want this … teacher teaching my child.”
“According to the Citizen, a company has been awarded a grant of $118 million, presumably taxpayer funds, to deploy thousands of electric car chargers in major cities. And Covington is about to receive a couple. What happened to free enterprise? When automobiles went on the streets in the early 20th century, oil companies were quick to provide gas stations. Why aren’t the power companies providing charging stations? The reason may be, as one power company executive put it a few years ago, ‘We’d be glad to get the revenue, but I’m not sure we could keep up with the demand.’ It’s interesting that the president has called for a billion dollars to improve the nation’s power grid under the guise that people are suffering power shortages due to bad weather. He also said during his first term that he wanted one million electric cars on the road by 2014. The total electric car (not the hybrid) represents the loss of the freedom of instant mobility. Programming your lifestyle around the charging of your car, such as ‘shopping and dining in Covington while your car charges,’ is a step backward in the quality of life in what is supposed to be a free country. Just imagine an all-electric vehicle society. You call 911 and get the response. ‘I’m sorry, all our fire trucks/ambulances are on charge, but we’ll send one as soon as we can.’”
“About two weeks ago, I observed a very labor intensive maintenance project going on over a two-day period on 278. Each day there was a crew of at least two Newton County employees involved in cutting that ‘lil ole trapezoidal-looking grass strip that somewhat resembles the neighboring state to the north — Tennessee. The area I’m talking about is where all those beautiful crape myrtle trees used to be and was replaced with that California-style concrete look. On the first day, they cut the grass (employed the resources of manpower — at least two I saw, the super might have been in the truck), trucks, lawnmower, etc. On the second day, there was two more personnel out there with a truck and they were hand-raking this monument to the state of Tennessee. I said to myself what is wrong with this picture? I have 18,000-square-feet of grass to mow — which I do walking behind a self-propelled Craftsman mulching mower every week. It takes me 2-1/2 hours to ‘git ‘er dun’ when it is hot out and I take frequent water breaks and I am retired and have been eligible for almost four years for Medicare. I further understand from Robert Moon of the GDOT that all this road construction was done as a joint effort between GDOT and Newton County personnel. Then I said to myself, what were they thinking (or drinking)? What a long-term commitment (as long as that grass keeps growing — I’ve cut mine in January every now and then) to wasting manpower (a precious resource, I understand), money (another precious resource, I understand), if an all concrete median strip is good for 142, why not on 278? If this is truly a monument to the state of Tennessee, why not just cover it in orange Astro Turf and save the time and effort? Oh, the main reason I spoke with Mr. Moon is that I fully believe those areas that fall off on a steep angle are not in compliance with the maximum allowable by GDOT standards by a good margin — I actually measured the fall off angles in several places at the two areas of concerns. My concerns were safety based. Some days you just gotta’ shake your head. Oh, I’m not from Tennessee, but moved here from the Long (Ed. Note: Lone) Star State. That’s enough ranting. Have to go get another cup of coffee.”