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Promote positivity at graduations

Longtime Eatonton Messenger Editor Don Richeson's "Ripples Across the Lake" column originally ran in The Messenger 2001-2004 and was reintroduced this past year. He lives in Putnam County. Email him at editor@msgr.com.

By Don Richeson / Staff

Fri
27
May

Please note word limit on letters to the editor

The Eatonton Messenger welcomes letters to the editor. We hope those doing so however will keep in mind that we are re-instituting a word limit. Letter submitters will be limited to 400 words. That is at the higher end of what most newspapers offer.

A word limit on letters is standard practice at most papers and was at this one too prior to about three years ago. Word limits are generally needed to allow room for multiple voices to offer their differing viewpoints in the marketplace of ideas that we champion. Giving overly abundant space to just a tiny number of submitters can tend to unfairly shove some folks off to the side. Especially in this election season, space on Opinion pages is in great demand.

Tue
24
May

PCHS valedictorian muses on transition from little eaglets to full-grown War Eagles

Putnam County High School graduating senior Sachi Shastri delivers the Class of 2016's valedictory address during commencement Friday night in the PCHS gym. Salutatorian Emily Newsome, who also delivered an excellent address, listens in the far left background. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Sachi Shastri / Guest Columnist

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Welcome, teachers and staff, family, friends and fellow graduates of Putnam County High School. It is an honor to stand before you today as the valedictorian of our class. To all the wonderful families, teachers, and staff: Thank you for being our constant supporters, advocates, mentors, and friends. We could never have made it this far without your guidance and wisdom.

As I look back at our years together, I am reminded of the amazing memories we have made. I still remember swinging on swings and taking naps in elementary school. I still remember the awkward middle school years, and walking into the high school for the very first time. We have come so far, and a lot has changed. We’ve grown together, walked these halls together, and here we are, graduating together. Soon, we will all walk across this stage to receive the diploma we have worked so long and hard for.

Tue
24
May

Messenger endorses re-election of Howard Sills as Putnam County sheriff -- vote May 24

Messenger Editorial

We endorse Sheriff Howard R. Sills in the Republican primary face-off between the five-term incumbent and political newcomer Dewey "D.J." Scott Jr. We urge that you cast your vote for him May 24. Since Georgia is an open primary state, Democratic voters can vote in the GOP primary too, rather than the Democratic one, if they chose to do so. We urge those voters to pick Sheriff Sills as well.

It is difficult to make the case to elect someone besides Sills, who has acquired the reputation of being a legend in law enforcement and who as Putnam's top lawman has positively put the county on the map around the state. Indeed, in the last Putnam sheriff's race in 2012, the seventh generation Putnam resident ran unopposed.

Thu
19
May

Old jail should be demolished -- its land added to adjacent park

A Veterans Wall of Honor Park spokesman is calling for the demolition this long vacant old jail building on West Marion Street in downtown Eatonton. Its land could then be attractively incorporated into the adjacent park. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Bob Landau / Guest Columnist

EATONTON -- Exactly 11 months ago, I stood at this same podium and requested you to approve the Phase II Expansion of the Veterans Wall of Honor Park. You did so unanimously, and six months later we dedicated that expansion phase on Nov. 11. The park has continued to be an inspiring venue for our residents and an attractive destination for visitors to our county. As an aside, this past Friday we hosted approximately 450 bikers from northern Georgia who came to Putnam County specifically to visit the park and eat lunch there.

Thu
19
May

Putnam Poll for May 19, 2016

This week's Putnam Poll respondents include, from left, Wesley Nelson, Lily Nichols, Corbin Inglett, Braxton Haralson and Shelby Brock. (Photos by Don Richeson.)

This week's poll question was asked to some of the 39 Putnam County Elementary School students participating in the school's May 12 Living History Museum presentation in which they portrayed various historical figures, then shared what they learned. Each was asked, "Name your character. What were you most surprised to learn about him or her?"

 

"General Hideki Tojo. I didn't know he was called 'Razor Tojo,' because he had bureaucratic efficiency."

Wesley Nelson

Putnam County

 

"Anne Frank. She died of typhus while held prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp called Bergen-Belsen."

Lily Nichols

Putnam County

 

"Adolph Hitler. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1938."

Corbin Inglett

Wed
18
May

Vote to re-elect Sheriff Howard Sills

Tom Thompson is the former chairman of the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.

By Tom Thompson / Guest Columnist

We will soon have the privilege of going to the polls to select candidates for public office.

This privilege should not be treated lightly by any of us, as the consequences of poor choices can have profound effects on our lives, family and community. Rather than make a choice based on who you like or don’t like, or are you members of the same church or club, or have you or your family been arrested for breaking the law, it is far more important to consider qualifications, experience, fairness, and track record.

One of the most critical areas of elected public office is that of sheriff. Many of our young voters were not old enough to have witnessed the Nuwaubian threat to our community in the 1990s, when children were repeatedly violated, bricks were thrown through windows

Wed
18
May

Days lengthen

Don Richeson is the longtime editor of The Eatonton Messenger. Email him at editor@msgr.com.

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- There's a sense of premonition in the air in Putnam County these days, vibes of things ahead. After seeing several guys at different times jogging through downtown Eatonton -- something you usually don't see that often at other times of year -- I remembered that's actually a typical Eatonton sight you begin to see in May as the days lengthen and folks start training for the Putnam County Dairy Festival's Torture Trail 10K road race. You can read more on that in our special festival preview section coming out in our May 26 print edition. (The festival is June 4.)

Sun
15
May

Challenger in Putnam sheriff's race gives reasons to pick him

By D.J. Scott / Guest Columnist

We have elections every four years for a reason. It is the solemn duty of the voters of Putnam County to remove any public official through the voting booth when that elected official begins to put their personal interests above the community. Elected officials with the largest taxpayer funded budgets have a longstanding harmful tradition in Putnam County. Once a new person takes office they always find a sea of mismanagement issues left by their predecessor. And everyone always gathers round and shakes their heads in disgust as they talk about how the former office holder (that they supported) should have had opposition long ago and been voted out of office much sooner.

Fri
13
May

D.J. Scott's background indicates he's unworthy of public trust

Larry Hone

Editor:

When Mr. Dewey J. Scott  Jr., candidate for sheriff, was challenged as to his eligibility, due to not having paid his 2015 property taxes, his reply was that it was “an oversight.” He promptly paid them with the associated late penalty and the challenge was dropped.

Oversight? If you go the Putnam County Tax Collector’s website, which is public information, you will see that for the eight years Mr. Scott has owned his property on Ward's Chapel Road, 

he has never paid his property taxes on time. Granted they have ultimately been paid, but one should question if this is a pattern you would want from the highest elected official in the county? The sheriff’s department is the largest portion of the county’s budget, after the schools. Are the rest of his personal finances conducted the same way? More importantly from the county’s standpoint, will he run the sheriff's department in this manner?

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