Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

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,


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