Letters to the editor
In defense of the Rev. Clara Lett
Dear Editor: This is a letter to the “New People” of Newton County from those who have lived in and observed our community for decades. This is a letter that must be written about the Rev. Clara Lett and the Rainbow Covenant Ministry.
When you read or hear about one side of an accusation and don’t have full, balanced information, what do you do? You consider the source of the accusation, the credibility of the accuser and the reputations of those supporting and the reputations of those opposing the accused.
For Margie and me that is enough information. For years we have known and supported Clara Lett as her ministry has assisted the unfortunate and the unsuccessful. She has accomplished with a dollar what a government agency could not accomplish with $10, and with more love and compassion.
Let this unjustified attack on her personality and her ministry cause you to join us in increasing our support of her selfless ministry to those so desperate that they need a homeless shelter. Pierce L. Cline
Social Circle that didn’t exist and wasn’t permitted, starting in 2004. At that time Jasper was to pay 25 percent of all the cost that Newton County SAID they had incurred, including land acquisition, over the past several years. Jasper County had no say so in what was to happen, how it would proceed or what the cost would be; the taxpayers of Jasper County were supposed to cough up 25 percent of any bill Newton County presented. The taxpayers were against this plan and voted out all the commissioners that had entertained the idea of the “partnership”.
The citizens of Newton County should examine this deal closely. Bear Creek Reservoir will not cost tens of millions of dollars. Bear Creek Reservoir will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Hard Labor Creek Reservoir — a newproposed reservoir in Walton County— is estimated to cost $355 million to produce 40mgd. Bear Creek Reservoir will only become full by running a pipeline into the Alcovy River and pumping water night and day— reducing the flow of the river by more than half. The water in the reservoir will then have to be piped 10 miles to the filtration plant at Cornish Creek Reservoir (Lake Varner) in order to be used for drinking water.
Every citizen in Newton County has a right and should request a public hearing to find out the details about Bear Creek Reservoir. The public needs to know what this project has already cost, what it is going to cost and what it entails. The public has been left out of the process; it seems that only the Newton County Attorney and Board of Commissioners are “in the know.” Mary P. Patrick,