The tale of two coun­cil­men and the Lone Ranger

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Last week this news­pa­per re­ported on the City of Cov­ing­ton’s trans­ac­tions and de­ci­sions re­lated to East Ge­or­gia Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and the re­newal of its con­tract as the city’s pro­ba­tion ser­vice provider — out­side of the scope of a for­mal­ized bid process. The fact this con­tract was re­newed af­ter all the prob­lems that oc­curred un­der its watch was, as we pre­vi­ously said, rep­re­hen­si­ble.

Fol­low­ing that story The News’ ed­i­to­rial board pre­sented a hard-hit­ting ed­i­to­rial deal­ing with the whole is­sue and the coun­cil­men who voted in fa­vor of the re­newal.

Af­ter the ed­i­to­rial ap­peared in Wed­nes­day’s pa­per, Coun­cil­man Chris Smith came down and met our pub­lisher and the two men dis­cussed their con­cerns with each other. Our ed­i­to­rial board or any mem­ber of man­age­ment is al­ways avail­able to dis­cuss any con­cerns any com­mu­nity mem­ber has about the pa­per.

Coun­cil­man Keith Dal­ton didn’t show the same level of courage, choos­ing in­stead to call our re­porter over to his home to blast the pa­per and say he would no longer be speak­ing to us.

This news­pa­per will con­tinue to cover Cov­ing­ton’s city coun­cil as fairly and hon­estly as we know how to. Whether an elected of­fi­cial de­cides to talk to us or not, we will con­tinue to re­port on the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive things that hap­pen in our com­mu­nity.

We pub­lish this news­pa­per with the phi­los­o­phy that we are try­ing to do what is in the best in­ter­est of the cit­i­zens in the com­mu­nity we serve. We want very badly for Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County to con- tinue to pros­per and flour­ish, and we be­lieve that it takes trans­par­ent, en­light­ened lo­cal lead­er­ship in or­der to ac­com­plish this.

We are for­tu­nate here to have a re­spected city man­ager and a new mayor, who has no agenda but to do what is right for our cit­i­zens and for our com­mu­nity, and a coun­cil that gen­er­ally votes for what is best for the whole.

There re­ally is no need for a Lone Ranger on the coun­cil who thinks he is the only one with a white horse and sil­ver bul­lets, “Hi-yo, Sil­ver! Away!” in­deed.

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