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The Covington News - - Opinion -

A wicked wind

Our prayers go out the vic­tims of the storms that blasted the South on Wed­nes­day and into the early hours Thurs­day. There was death and de­struc­tion of near-Bib­li­cal pro­por­tions suf­fered by our neigh­bors in Alabama and in north­west Ge­or­gia. The sight of the storm that rav­aged Tuscaloosa was ab­so­lutely as­tound­ing.

We were for the most part quite lucky here in New­ton County, with most of us los­ing noth­ing but a lit­tle sleep as the storms blew through just af­ter 1 a. m.

Even our friends in New­born, which seemed to sus­tain the most dam­age in the area, were lucky. There were no in­juries and no loss of life there.

Trees were down. Power was out. Roads were blocked, all within some 90 sec­onds of wind­whipped fury.

But New­born was still there, and the cleanup be­gan. Vol­un­teers were out in force, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Roger Sheri­dan.

Once again, cit­i­zens of New­ton County have shown their met­tle, pulling to­gether to help those in need. This is in­deed a great place to live, and we have much to be thank­ful for.

Gas tax

Last Wed­nes­day we ran an editorial con­cern­ing the state gas tax that will go up 5 cents this Sun­day.

In the editorial we said that the state of Ge­or­gia be­cause of the sys­tem that is used to cal­cu­late these things will im­pose a 2.8 cent tax on Ge­or­gia mo­torists ef­fec­tive this Sun­day. That part is cor­rect, but the fact is our gas taxes in New­ton County will rise 4.9 cents be­cause New­ton County will also be the ben­e­fit of a 2.1 cent tax in­crease on gas.

In the same editorial we urged you to con­tact your leg­is­la­tors and the gov­er­nor to stop this raise in the state gas tax from hap­pen­ing. We gave the gov­er­nor too much credit. He can’t stop the tax from hap­pen­ing, but he could, if he wished, or­der the tax not to be col­lected, and the leg­is­la­ture would then need to vote to back up the gov­er­nor’s or­der.

The gov­er­nor has said this week that he in­tends the ad­di­tional tax to be im­ple­mented. We owe this bit of in­for­ma­tion to lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­pert Jim Tu­dor, whose col­umn runs on this page to­day.

Be­cause of this editorial and at the re­quest of a reader, you can now find a com­plete list of all our leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing their con­tact num­bers, on our cov­news. com web site.

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