Appreciate changes to newspaper

Congratulations to John Winters. Since becoming manager of The Newnan Times-Herald, he is slowly but surely making a profound difference. He has evidently recognized that Newnan and Coweta County are no longer the basically agricultural, rural area it was during the ‘40s and ‘50s, dominated by white segregationist protestant conservatism, but that it is becoming a vibrant modern community with differing ethnic, social, religious, and political ideas. I do not believe this makes him a liberal — just a good, fair-minded businessman.

While still allowing the traditionalist to have their say, he is making The Newnan Times-Herald a modern news service for modern times. He is not only permitting but encouraging opposing views on the Opinion Page. I am seeing more and more moderate and liberal letters and Sound Offs.

John has indicated to me that he believes that one of the most important responsibilities of a newspaper is to be a forum for the healthy exchange of ideas. Since there are many mainstream denominations that are non-fundamental, I hope he can also start adding additional ministers to write columns for "Pastor’s Corner.” Leaders from other world religions should also be invited to participate.

I additionally want to applaud him on his foresight in the orderly transition of the newspaper to an Internet website. Although I personally prefer my old crinkly newspaper, I realize that the tide of change is inevitable. If it means someday getting my Monday and Tuesday "papers" back, maybe it will be worth it.

Good job, John.

Dennis Thompson


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