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Januar ,2019 Page 5A iR orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel go r by the time you are reading this, the govemment shutdown will be over and Presi- dent Trump has gotten his and our wall We have heard that government employees are not getting paid. Well that is not exactly the truth. No they are not getting a weekly or biweekly check Let me take a few paragraphs and explain. According to a friend who does work for the government, she along with the 800,000 are not getting their check but when this is all over, those employees will be getting a whopping, hugenormus check. In other words, they will still getting paid, just not getting a paycheck OVER AT the county, commissioners, John Ambrose, Eddie Rowland, George Emami and Greg Tapley, along with 41 county employees, got their $480 county cell phone bill paid. Here are a couple of other checks paid out of the $165,397.19 we owed. Buming up some plastic and paying off the county BB&T credit card, $4,190.52. Buice's Garage got a lot of county repair business with a $8,345.42 check County lawyers Dillon and Vaughn got . a $6,337.43 for legalling for us. To keep the lights on and power flowing, we paid Georgia Power $13,516.24 to keep the juice flowing. Commission Chairman Greg Tapley got a reimburse- ment check for $1,164.66 which induded $539.66 for travel and his $480 cell phone tab. We rented two portable toilets for $170. Gas inventory had to be replenished to the tune of $15,892.55 to Walthall Off Company. AS YOU will read, several county citizens were recog- nized for their service to the county. Each commissioner selected an individual that deserved recognition for their community/county service. Well deserved and honored. Here are some unattributed commissioner comments: "You have my bless'rag and prayers"; "We are part-timers"; "I love this tradition"; "This is under the radar". BREAKING NEWS: it has been discovered that the swimming pool on the Titanic is still filled with water. SOME OFF the wall, New Year stuff and random thoughts: Newly-elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spent govemment shutdown in Hawaii. Maxine Waters stayed in the Bahamas. President Trump stayed at the White House and went to Iraq to visit our troops. From President Theodore Roosevelt: Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all. To my children: IfI had to choose between loving you and breathing, I would use my last breath to tell you I love you. And this funny: Instead of John, I call my bathroom Jim. It sounds better when I say I went to the Jim first thing in the moming. Hope you did this before the clock struck midnight Dec. 31, you raised your left leg. That way you started the year off on the right foot Research has shown that laughing for two minutes is just as healthy as a 20-minute jog. So now I'm sitting in the park laughing at all the joggers. Even though there are days I wish I could change some things that happened in the past, there's a reason a car's rear view is so small and the windshield is so big: where you're headed is much more important than what you left behind. Sick of my tax dollars being wasted digging up dirt on Trump while the evidence is blatantly clear against Hi[lary and Obama It's called a joke We used to tell them before people became offended by everything. A good Pastor isn't in it for the income. He's (She's) in it for the outcome This from President Trump: President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot wall around their D.C. mansion com- pound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version. And these from the MCR Vent: Over five years without taking a day off. That is unbeliev- able. Should get a perfect attendance badge for his uniform. Hot-Diggity-Dog! 'Attractions" signs at the 475 exit (15) ramps. How do we go about getting the Bolingbroke Pothole Museum posted? Somebody keeps stealing my election signs. Quit whining county employees. Your salary and ben- efits are provided by taxpayers. They have a right to know how it is managed. Anyone can look if they file an open records request. If you don't like it, get a job in the private sector. VALENTINE'S DAY is on a Thursday and Nancy Parker was the first with the correct answer to The Question. She receives a certificate for dozen Dunkin Donuts, dessert at The Sweet Tea in Bolingbroke, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, Dairy Queen Blizzard, sandwich, chips and drink at The Pickled Okra, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Here's The Question for this week: what firm bought land in the industrial park? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the certificate. LISTEN TO The Reporter On The Radio Sunday morn- hags at seven and anytime by clicking on the radio tab at Also watch us on Forsyth Cablevison. Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Contact him at tullaybear@ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR O To the Editor: in Memphis, Tenn and this type of be concerned. eautify Forsyth is tobacco has been around in America of Grizzly cans discarded on For- back again since the late 1700's. syth's right-of-ways guarantee, to us with a We must report warnings anyway, a banner year for your stock ~ ~~ tip for on the can about mcotme purchase. Our opinion comes at no savvy investors, addiction, gum disease charge! A product we and tooth loss (appar- Tom Perry ~ ~ ~7 find remflarlv enfly a major concern littermg the Tennessee users). In Forsyfh ground around ; 'q l/l ri ddition, the National P.S. As always, please keep your our town is Ins t.te has home n ,or us e G zzlysmoke-'qJ ' .!lml]jjlV me tionedotherpoten- cleanoflitter, and if you need exer- less tobacco can. e effects like oral, cise call us at 478-994-5622 so we Grizzly is manu- :esophageal and pancreatic can discuss good options. Tom Perry is the chairman of Beau- factured by American cancer-s an-d heart disease, tify Forsyth. Snuff Company and headquartered But nervous investors should not To the Editor: lan to end government ishutdown. Trump said he would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it, so why is he asking the U.S. citizens for money? Why not compromise? For every verified $2 billion that Mexico sends us for the wall, we match with $1 billion. AU win. Trump gets his wall, Mexico pays, but we don't col- lar them with the whole cost and the Democrats have compromised with Trump. Now start up the govem- ment and wait for that first check. Bill Shaw Macon To the Editor: It is because of a good friend that I get the Reporter every week, They gave me a sub- scription. I pass it along to a friend as well as my daughter. I'm a native of Monroe County, having been born at High Falls in June 1923. My daddy was the coroner for 16 years. I read it from cover to cover, page to page. I've just finished reading the editorials. Thanks for those each week Forsyth has a very nice hospital. I'm very blessed to have Dr. Craig Caldwell and Dr. Moore. You have a wonderful staff. Diane Glidewell is a really good friend of mine. I have lived in Jackson most of my life, but I find my way to Forsyth on many occasions. Jeanette Weaver Jackson I 0 To the Editor: If it's not too much to ask, put prayer back in school People in Monroe County Law Enforcement, I don't care flit causes me to go to jail. I'll look up to every one of y'all, and I think we need prayer back in school and everywhere else. Please deport me in this act. I don't know where else to turn to, but God didn't turn his back on y'all or me or anyone else. Let's not turn our back on him. I am beg- ging on all knees. Help me. Our kids are being misled, and violence is happening every day. Innocent cops and people are losing their lives. Let's put prayer back in school. That's a start. Stephanie Smith Forsyth SMITH To the Editor: This (see photo) is on Rumble Road. I called the sheriff's office several times ,this weekend and told them about it because I.m worried about it causing a wreck I was told they would send someone out to dean it up, but it's Monday morning and it's still there. Angela Baggett Forsyth Continued from 4A 1his is the same woman who ripped Trump for using foul language. Tlaib is a Palestinian-American who wants to see Israel eliminated, and she supports the terrorist group Hamas. Also, after winning her election she didn't wrap herself in an American flag; she wrapped herself in the Palestinian flag. Note - Rom- ney called Tlaib out on her hateful, divisive speech -- because it was hateful and divisive. In a case of"trickle down profan- ity" Rep. Maria Chappelle Nadal (D-MO) had a Twitter hatefest in which she repeated Tlaib's words, "#ImpeachtheMF, #Impeach the MF, #Impeach the ME" Can you say "hateful, divisive, and uncivil speech?" Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA, 4th District) said that Trump was a Nazi and so are his supporters. (Note - Hank Johnson is perhaps the stupid- est person to ever serve in Congress. He actually thought that Guam might tip over if too many Marines deployed to that island.) Rep. Mexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist from Brooklyn, is call- ing for a 70 percent federal income tax rate. Then when a Republican criticized her desire to seize the income of others, she called him a misogynist and wants the IRS to seize 100% of his assets. (She might be stupider than Johnson.) IN RESPONSE to these Dem comments, President Trump tweeted, "How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that col- luded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?" GOTTA LOVE Trump; he fights back and hits hard. Other Republi- cans idiotically sit in silence and take their pummeling; not DJT. President Trump intentionally exaggerates (i.e. greatest election ever or the 93% claim). However, he knows that his statements drive the media and Dems bonkers - which is why he does it. ONE POSSIBLE reason there's so much racial animus in America is because of what's apparently be- ing taught in the "hood" to young blacks, specifically to black males. According to LeBron James, he was taught that whites don't want blacks to succeed. In an HBO interview and talking about his enrollment in an all-white high school, LeBron said, "I'm not P**ing with white people because I was so institution- alized growing up in the 'hood. It's like, "They don't P** with us, they don't want us to succeed. So, I'm like, I don't want nothing to do with white people" If what LeBron was taught is actually being taught to young blacks, it's no wonder we have such racial tensions in the country. (Note - LeBron, also, said NFL owners have a "slave mentality.") Growing up in a 1960's Midwest, I can honestly say that my "white" community never espoused such thoughts towards the black com- muni . I can only hope and pray that LeBron's neighborhood was a "one-off" and such attitudes are not taught elsewhere. I'll speak for 99 percent of whites; we want blacks to succeed - academically, socially, and economically. Wishing otherwise is crazy and stupid, and is against everyone's best interests. WEEKLY QUOTE: "Instead of putting the country first, the Dems are putting their hate of Trump first" - The Hodgetwins. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer who lives in Monroe County. Email him at sloanoliver@earthlink. net.