Letters to the editor
A response to Carter Dear Editor: Mr. Maurice Carter in “Stuck in Beeping Reverse” tries to explain why the T-SPLOST lost so decisively in last week’s election. He says it was because of “confusion, mistrust and misinformation” and then quotes from polls from the AJC when the only poll that counts was that held last Tuesday.
There was no confusion over the fact that this represented the largest tax increase in Georgia’s history. Half the money was going to go to bail out MARTA ,which becomes more of a boondoggle daily. “Special” taxes have a history of never going away. Many of the projects had a life that would have lasted longer than 10 years. The highway projects would have been a witches’ brew of crony capitalism, joint ventures and set asides for “minorities” and Davis-Bacon wage demands. foisted such a complicated mess on us (I understand at least a half-dozen incumbent legislators lost their re-election bids -- one in Newton County -- over their support of T-SPLOST). This mistrust continues. People don’t like to be blackmailed into voting to raise their own taxes.
Under the category of misinformation was the revolting ad that ran on TV and radio that stated that Ronald Reagan would have endorsed, signed and voted for T-SPLOST. Yes, taxes were raised a couple of times under Reagan, but not because of him. He was dragged kicking and screaming by the Democrats and Bob Dole into signing tax increases after receiving promises of spending cuts that never materialized (incidentally, that’s why conservatives don’t believe the promises of liberals now that if we will just raise taxes, they will match the increases with spending cuts). Also, don’t tell us that raising taxes $7 billion over 10 years will increase employment.
Incidentally, Alexis de Tocqueville did not say “people get the government they deserve” --unless he said it when he was six years old. Joseph deMaistre said it in 1811. Covington Library Dear Editor: The Aug. 5 edition carried two of the best letters to the editor that I have ever read. Written by Ms. Tamela Mills and Mr. Sam Hay, the letters showed concern about the downsizing and deterioration of the Newton County libraries. Both Ms. Mills and Mr. Hay have been friends of mine for years, and they only write letters and express concerns based on fact and logic, no on suppositions, innuendos and emotions.
I have routinely used the Covington Branch Library since its inception. Ms. Lee Ellen Digby and I have, over the years, put historical and Christmas displays in the glass cases at the entrance. When I go into the library, I always look to the left and feel pride about the children’s section and the large number of children using it. Two weeks ago, I went to the library to use the legal reference section, and all I found was empty space. An employee told me the section was done away with Law Dictionary. I walked around the library and found an atmosphere of confusion and defeat.
I have worked in poverty areas of Newton County (mostly with underprivileged children) for over 50 years. We, at the Pine Valley Mission, have given out school clothing, schools
Fred Wheeler supplies, books and other children’s needs for over 20 years. The children we deal with have no reference books, computers or other learning aids in their homes. Many of them are lucky to have a roof over their heads. Their households live from hand to mouth. Over the years, I have seen these children using the county library. Their numbers are increasing, not decreasing.
Any society is judged by how it treats the elderly, the poor and their children. All of these visit and use the Newton County libraries. These facts alone should dictate a growing library, not one in decline due to cutbacks. Any politician who votes to cutback funds for a viable library must have pea soup for brains.
I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Hay when he questioned the agenda of the “rails to trails” fanatics. Turner Lake Park is located in the heart of Covington and has miles of walking and bike trails that are maintained by our tax dollars. I have walked these trails daily since the part opened. Most of the time, the trails are deserted. Practically no one uses them.
What makes a politician think that anyone would use an abandoned railroad track in rural Newton County when they refuse to use the state-of-the-art trails at Turner Lake?
I believe it was the NAACP who coined the phrase “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” As far as our commissioners are concerned, I hope logic and wisdom prevail over special interests and emotions. Thank you Dear Editor: First, I want to thank the voters of the 1st Com support. Being elected as the next commissioner for east and south Newton County is a very great honor that Susan and I will cherish. Meeting so many of our citizens in person, sitting on front porches chatting, listening to your concerns and as we move forward beginning in January.
For those who supported me, thank you for your votes. I pledge that I will work with, listen to and assist you in every way I can over the next four years. For those who did not vote
The key issue of the campaign was maintaining the quality of life we have in this part of Newton County. I will work with all my ability and strength to maintain our rural and semi rural atmosphere, to avoid congestion, maintain lot sizes and keep out apartments, condos and multi family housing. I will not of living pay raises for our employees, especially public safety heroes, and will continue the hands on approach to serving
Finally, let me say to my former opponent John Strauss, you ran an honorable, tough campaign that could have easily resulted in a different outcome. I appreciate your desire to serve our county and look forward to wise counsel and advice from you over the next four years. Once again, Susan and I thank the citizens of the 1st Com anticipate the opportunity to serve you once again in a new capacity.