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.