Letters to the edi­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Thanks to of­fi­cer

Dear Edi­tor: On Dec. 31 I was in the lo­cal Kroger store, and the place was packed. In the check-out line be­hind me was a city po­lice­man. He had one can of soup, one item, and I had a cart full of gro­ceries.

I told him to get in front of me since he had only one item, and I had many. He said, “Are you sure?” I said that I had plenty of time. He thanked me, checked out and left.

I went to pay my bill and the cashier said that my bill had al­ready been paid. I said I did not un­der­stand. The cashier said that the po­lice­man ahead of me paid my bill. I could not be­lieve it.

This is a man I did not know and had never seen be­fore. I asked the cashier for his name, but she did not know.

She said that he said this was his good deed for the day. I am a very el­derly woman and have lived in Cov­ing­ton for over 50 years. I have never had some­thing like this hap­pen to me be­fore.

I want all of Cov­ing­ton to know this is the kind of po­lice depart­ment we have in Cov­ing­ton.

(The Chief) and all in our city should be proud of this depart­ment. L.W. White


SPLOST ou­trage

Dear Edi­tor: Like many other Newton County cit­i­zens, I am ab­so­lutely shocked by the ac­tions of Com­mis­sion­ers Ewing, Flem­ing, and Hen­der­son in re­gard to the up­com­ing SPLOST project list. These guys ob­vi­ously just don’t get it.

Com­mis­sioner Schulz is ab­so­lutely right. This is not what we put the com­mis­sion­ers in of­fice to do.

We’re all mak­ing tough choices in our own bud­gets right now.

The least we could ex­pect is for our lead­ers to do the same — es­pe­cially when it comes to curb­ing their ap­petites for spend­ing our money on their pet pork projects.

Be­lieve me, I to­tally un­der­stand how and why main­tain­ing the SPLOST is im­por­tant. I have voted in fa­vor of ev­ery sin­gle one on the bal­lot as long as I’ve been el­i­gi­ble to vote.

But what these three have done here is to ef­fec­tively hold it — and county govern­ment — hostage and de­mand ran­som from us for what most of us would char­ac­ter­ize as lux­ury items in an econ­omy like this.

Rather than act­ing re­spon­si­bly and ex­er­cis­ing some lead­er­ship by prop­erly align­ing pri­or­i­ties (adopt­ing the sub­sti­tute list of­fered by Com­mis­sioner Schulz would have been a sober, rea­son­able com­pro­mise, which also in­cluded more funds al­lo­cated for pay­ing down debt), they have in­stead in­sisted on forc­ing the vot­ers and tax­pay­ers of this county into mak­ing the choices for them.

Many of us jus­ti­fi­ably re­sent that.

That said, I will vote against the SPLOST for the first time ever in March.

And I hope, when given the op­por­tu­nity, the vot­ers will kick these three out of of­fice.

I just re­gret that I can only vote against one of them. In the mean­time, I cer­tainly don’t want to hear any blath­er­ing about fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity from them. Bart Buff Cov­ing­ton

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