Letters to the editor
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
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