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An­other fun week­end

Pleas­ant au­tumn weather cou­pled with the charm of New­ton County’s land­scape and peo­ple pro­vide the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to hold week­end events in which the whole fam­ily can par­tic­i­pate.

Last week the Har­vest Week­end in Cov­ing­ton, the City Re­union in Por­terdale and the Friend­ship Fes­ti­val in So­cial Cir­cle gave area res­i­dents a chance to get out­side and chat with friends and neigh­bors and have fun without wast­ing a tank of gas driv­ing into At­lanta.

This week­end the Cov­ing­ton Lions Club will host their an­nual Sher­man’s Last Burn­ing Bar­be­cue Cook-Off at the Le­gion Fair Grounds on Fri­day and Satur­day. How­ever, suc­cu­lent, in­ex­pen­sive bar­be­cue isn’t the only at­trac­tion. A beauty pageant, singing con­test and dozens of other en­ter­tain­ers and ven­dors will at the fair grounds.

Por­terdale will again draw res­i­dents to the banks of the Yel­low River with the Yel­low River Jam Satur­day. The day be­gins with a river cleanup and con­tin­ues with bands and mu­si­cians of all kinds per­form­ing all day and into the night.

We al­ways en­cour­age our read­ers to think and buy lo­cally. In this time of eco­nomic un­cer­tainty it makes sense to keep our money as close to home as pos­si­ble. Add a few good causes — such as help­ing the blind and car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment — into the fun and it’s like frost­ing on the prover­bial cake.

Stop steal­ing signs

In the last week we have had two let­ters to the ed­i­tor con­cern­ing van­dal­ism and theft of candidates’ signs.

Per­son­ally, we think can­di­date signs are un­sightly and clut­ter our land­scape.

But, po­lit­i­cal candidates feel this is very ef­fec­tive ad­ver­tis­ing and we sup­port that de­ci­sion.

To post a can­di­date’s sign on your prop­erty is a fun­da­men­tal right you have as a ci­ti­zen of this coun­try. That right is pro­tected by the First Amend­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Who you sup­port and how you do it is also your pro­tected right.

The peo­ple who think it is OK to go on some­one’s prop­erty and de­stroy or de­face a sign, which is the prop­erty owner’s right to free ex­pres­sion, are break­ing the law and should be pun­ished if caught.

Those mis­guided souls who are vi­o­lat­ing other peo­ple’s rights are also child­ish.

If you know or see some­one who is tram­pling on your rights or your neigh­bor’s right to ex­press them­selves by hav­ing a po­lit­i­cal sign on their prop­erty, call the au­thor­i­ties and then let us know. We will be glad to run their ar­rest and con­vic­tion in the pa­per.

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