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The Covington News - - Opinion -

The Front Page

The front page of the paper for Fri­day was filled with three sto­ries that were im­por­tant but not nec­es­sar­ily the best of news for our com­mu­nity.

Two were fi­nan­cial in na­ture; a re­port on the Newton County school bud­get and one on the con­tin­u­ing real es­tate fore­clo­sure mess in the area and across the coun­try.

These sub­jects have been writ­ten about be­fore and ed­i­to­ri­al­ized about many times, but un­til that light gets brighter at the end of the prover­bial eco­nomic re­cov­ery tun­nel, there will in­evitably be fur­ther doom and gloom sto­ries about these is­sues.

The third story, a re­port on bronze flower vases be­ing stolen from lo­cal ceme­ter­ies, was more trou­bling.

These heart­less thieves des­e­crated graves and up­set griev­ing fam­i­lies for a few dol­lars worth of metal. We hope they are caught and pun­ished to the full ex­tent of the law. Po­lice are step­ping up pa­trols in re­sponse. When the thieves are caught, we will be more than glad to dis­play their heart­less mugs in the same place we ran this sad story.

To prey on peo­ple even af­ter their deaths is de­spi­ca­ble and to cause even more hurt to fam­i­lies who have left these mem­o­ries of love is rep­re­hen­si­ble.

The City Square

There is no ques­tion that our city square is as beau­ti­ful as you will find any­where in the coun­try.

A tes­ta­ment to that is its use by movie com­pa­nies through the years.

If you had a chance this past Christ­mas sea­son to go to town to shop at one of our lo­cal mer­chants or to eat at our grow­ing num­ber of restau­rants, we are sure you would agree with us.

The town square suc­cess is due in part to the ef­forts of a strong Main Street pro­gram, the city of Cov­ing­ton, the mer­chants and peo­ple like you who have taken pride in its con­tin­ued devel­op­ment.

Be­cause of the TV and movie no­to­ri­ety we re­ceive, the down­town square ac­tu­ally at­tracts a great deal of tourists who leave be­hind a nice bit of change, which helps the lo­cal econ­omy.

But there is one ad­di­tion to down­town that is needed badly, and that is a pub­lic re­stroom. We might sug­gest to city coun­cil as they pre­pare their bud­get to in­clude the build­ing of such a fa­cil­ity.

We can’t have a first-class tourist and shop­ping des­ti­na­tion with­out a first-class re­stroom.

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