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“I want to tell the community how wonderful Keith Dalton is. He is the most honest; he started working when he was so small he had to stand on a stool to wash dishes at Henderson’s Restaurant. He started his business in high school and whatever he’s made, he made himself. He hires a a lot of people that need a chance, but the main thing is what he does for the community. That man votes to represent his constituents. I talked to him after the article that was in the paper about the license and he truly did not know. … I want people to know what he does for the community. That man cooks for 75 people at Christmas and Thanksgiving and furnishes all the food. He does this free every year. Every year he’s been doing this at the cancer Relay For Life. He had a booth that did barbecue and he paid for all the food and gave every bit of the profit to the Relay For Life. I don’t know know how many thousands of dollars he gave to that. … All you have to do is ask the man for a donation and he generally gives it.”
“As a long-time subscriber, I am disappointed in the ‘improvement’ of the Newton Citizen. First of all, why was Dr. Roach’s medical column removed? It seems to be worthwhile, the way it addresses specific medical problems. Secondly, why was the Saturday crossword puzzle removed from the Friday edition? And why was the Premier crossword puzzle removed from the Sunday edition? Crossword puzzles help me get my aging brain started in the morning. Lastly, we’re now missing some good comic strips, namely, ‘Bound and Gagged,’ ‘Mallard Fillmore’ and ‘Pros and Cons.’ A statement should be issued from those in charge of the Citizen as to exactly why these changes were made.”
Editor’s note: The changes in our content were made necessary by a decision to combine the copy desk function for all seven of our newspapers at one location. In order to make this possible, all seven newspaper editors had to agree on some common content elements. Each editor gained some and lost some. We have reinstated the health column, To Your Good Health, which will appear Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on Page 2A. The Sunday crossword puzzle was omitted last week as an oversight and should resume publication this week. There will no longer be a Saturday crossword puzzle as it appeared on the TV listings page, which has been replaced with weekly TV listings.
“Now, after raising our taxes, there is a possibility the county commission will get a pay raise? Who would have ever thought it! Gun control, higher taxes and maybe a nice pay raise. Those folks are on a roll. How long has it been since county employees have had a pay raise? Four, five or six years? How long have county employees had furlough days, state and federal holidays they have to take off without pay? I bet we see the same commissioners pushing for the pay raise that pushed for the tax hike. They don’t care about the working men and women of this county anyway, just how much we can make and send to the courthouse. Those commissioners already have two strikes on them from gun control and higher taxes. Will this pay raise be strike three? We are watching.”
“Drove up and down Floyd Street (from 278 to the Square) three times last week and couldn’t help but notice how few (less than a handful) households were complying with the ‘no yard debris in the street’ regulation. They were way outnumbered by the multitudes of households that just seem to resist change. Maybe it is time for a door-to-door campaign or a rolling ‘bull horn’ announcement. I don’t live in the city of Covington but my debris is not left on the street — I take it to the recycle center or burn when I can.”