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Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; & EDITORIALS ) publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 2016 and 2017 winner: Editorial Page excellence 2016 winner: Sports Photography excellence 2016 winner=, News Photography excellence 2016 winner:. Front Page excellence 2017 winnen. Best Humor Column - On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis churches around Monroe County this past weekend marked Sanctity of Life Sunday, which always falls around the anniversary of the dread- Roe vs. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. While it's awful to be reminded every year that the running total for abortion deaths is now 60 million since that awful 1973 decision, the Monroe County Pregnancy Center has noted that abortion rates in our county have plummeted in the recent years. According to meticulous stats of abortions worldwide compiled by William Robert Johnston, Monroe County's abortion rate has been cut in half the past 10 years. In 2005, the number of Monroe County women having abortions was its highest-ever, 80. By 2014, " that number had plum- meted to its lowest levels in decades with just 27 abor- tions reported for Monroe County women. In the most recent year available, 2016, that number had remained lower, at 34. Movene Futch, a founding board member of the center and its indefatigable advocate, has often said she hopes the Pregnancy Center will work itself out of a job one day. They're not there yet, but they're much closer than they were. If you know of anyone who's pregnant and needs help, take them by the Center on the Square or have them call (478) 994-3173. They have baby clothes and countless items to help women make the choice for life. How did you mark the snow day last week? When I was a kid in Raleigh, N.C a snow meant all the neighborhood tykes headed to Hillandale Road where we would sled down, walk up, sled down and walk up until frost-bite began to kick in. Then we'd head home for grilled cheese sandwich- es, soup and maybe some home-made Snow Cream. With only an inch on Wednesday, our kids didn't get a whole lot of time for sledding last week. Before long you were riding on grass and pave- ment. But we did/hake the Snow Cream and it was a big hit. If it snows again, you may want to try it. Here's the recipe: 1 gallon of snow (make sure it's not yellow), two cups of milk, a cup of sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla. Whisk vigor- ously and enjoy. County manager Anita Buice was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, telling members what her job is like. "when I tell people what I do and they say 'that must be fun', I know they don't know much about my job," joked Buice. To give her audience a taste of her duties, Buice walked members through her Monday. She recalled arriving at 8 a.m meeting with two sheriff's deputies about a matter, handling a zon- ing request, compiling the minutes from the com- missioners' retreat and fielding a call from county commission chairman Greg Tapley. When she was done, Kiwanis president Wes Cone joked that he thought she was going to say that once she got the call from the loquacious Tapley, she couldn't do anything the rest of her day. That drew chuckles from the audience. Our new chair- man would probably be the first to admit he's rarely at a loss for words. the Momoe Ckmmy www. MyMCR.net is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer OUR STAFF i !, ii~ ,~, i Will Davis I~ ~ Trellis Grant Business Manager Publisher/Editor I publisher@mymcr.net business@mymcr.net Richard Dumas ~ : ~- Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor forsyth@mymcr.net : news@mymcr.net Carolyn Martel Advertising Manager ads@myrncr.net Brandon Park Creative Director graphics@mymcr.net Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER RO. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County:. $35 Out of County:. $48. Single Copy:. $1 Deadlines noon on Friday prior to issue. Comments featured on ~nion pages arelhe oealion of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions ~ Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield mazon this past week eliminated 218 cities from its HQ2 )stakes, and wasn't one of them. Instead, Atlanta made the 20-city "short list" of candidates still in the hunt for a $5 billion investment and 50,000 high- paying jobs. Celebration is not only premature but a bit unseemly. There's a long way to go, and it would have been shocking had Atlanta not made this cut. In football terms, it'd be like Alabama tout- ing its inclusion in the preseason rank- ings. At this point, allAtlantans can say is at least we're not Detroit. Or Charlotte. Speaking of rank- ings, this list isn't one. The cities were listed in alphabeti- cal order, which is like the College Football Playoff Committee releas- ing its list in order of mascot size. It's nice anytime you're listed first, as Georgia's alphabetically advan- taged capital was, but what you really want is to be No, 1 at the end. So the work is just beginning. Emissaries from Amazon will soon scout the potential locations, sizing up their strengths and weaknesses. This may be the po'mt at which you start to get a little queasy at the thought of opening up the state treasury to attract a single compa- ny, no matter how large (although a recent AJC poll suggested the pros- pect of offering Amazon as much as $1 billion to come here doesn't faze Georgians, whether they live near Atlanta or not). If so, keep reading. Landing Amazon would be a big deal. It might even be worth all the money state officials are prepared to throw at the company. But the real opportunity here is to concentrate minds on what needs to be done in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia to attract and sustain growth well beyond what Amazon would bring. When I worked in Brussels, seat of the European Union, there was a line of thought that most of the good new members accom- plished by joining was in meeting the requirements for entrance. That is, a nation would be better off hav- ing made the prescribed reforms to open its markets to cross-border trade, limit its fiscal profligacy, clamp down on public corruption, and so on, even if it were for some reason denied membership in the end. What it got from EU member- ship after joining paled in compari- son. (Britain is something of a test case for this theory as it negotiates its exit from the EU.) We might find the same is true in the case of Amazon. If beefing up transportation infrastructure including transit will help attract jobs, it ought to make sense even if Amazon goes elsewhere. Some thoughtful people question whether Atlanta find its near suburbs can offer enough affordable housing to handle 50,000 new Amazonians. Well, that l be a challenge no mat- ter what, given that the region is projected to add more than I mil- lion jobs by 2040. Conversely, if a particular expen- diture only makes sense because Amazon might bite on it, maybe it deserves to slide down the list of priorities. As if to underscore the bigger picture beyond Amazon, Apple this past week also announced it will spend some $350 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. That includes a new campus which is sure to set off a frenzy similar to the one chasing Amazon's second head- quarters. There aren't many of these ' vhales" out there. But the ones that do exist, plus more numerous medium-size fish, will want some of the same basic conditions to invest in Georgia. If there are things we need to do anyway to be more com- petitive, let's get moving. Kyle Wing ld writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Monroe County Reporter and other newspapers. Reach him and read more at www.bit.ly / Kyle Wing ld. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver e a gySident Trump was augurated one year o. For 75 percent of e country it has been ear of great economic news, great wealth creation, and sanity restored. For the other 25 percent, it's been a year that feels more like a decade because they want and need a bad economy in order to keep their minions addicted to govern- ment handouts and addicted to welfare programs. Let's do a quick review of the past 12 months to explain what I say. TRUMP was elected in a land- slide victory largely because he made several promises. Those promises can best be summarized by his campaign slogan, ' YIake America Great Again." The MAGA slogan was very simple and easily understood because most people realized that his predecessor, President Obama, and the Democrats did everything possible to destroy America. Why would Obama and the Dems want to destroy America? Simple; they want a large, powerful govern- ment that will control ALL aspects of society. And to grow govern- ment, they need America to fail. They need the economy to decline. They need a perpetual cohort of impoverished Americans. They need people dependent on govern- ment. Then, the Dems convince the impoverished underclass that they've been wronged by "evil" cor- porations who only want to exploit the workers. And the only way to "right the wrongs" of those evil corporations is to give the govern- ment ever increasing power over every aspect of society. That ended on Jan. 20, 2017 when Trump became president. ACTUALLY, Trump's MAGA plan began working the day after he was elected when several com- panies announced they were NOT MOVING jobs to Mexico (Carrier being one of them). And anticipat- ing a pro-business, less regulatory administration, the stock markets began a rally that has continued to this day. The President's MAGA plan is very simple - put America first, and by doing so, the economy will blast off like a rocket ship: When the economy "takes off," everyone's lot improves, and the country is stronger economically, militarily, and internationally. The official part of Trump's MAGA agenda began when he was inau- gurated. OLIVER UPON Trump's inauguration he began to implement his pro- economic growth policies. He has held true to his campaign promise to reduce government regulation. He signed several executive orders that have greatly reduced "red tape" and government regulations. Many of these regulations had been imposed by Obama to stifle business which harmed the economy. Last month Trump said, ' rlthin the first eleven months, we canceled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions, more than any previous president, by far." Also, Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord (PA). The PA was govern- ment regulation at its best. The Paris Accord was Democrat nirvana because it would have led to government regulation of every aspect of busi- ness - to include cow flatulence (yes, Dems want to regulate methane from cows.) Then, last month, President Trump can- celled "Net Neutrality" which was Obama's attempt to regulate the Internet. Finally, in December, the Republicans passed the Jobs Act and Tax Reduction Bill that great- ly reduces personal and corporate taxes. THE NET effect of President Trump's economic policies has been staggering. Regulations are down, unemployment is down, and optimism is up. Unemployment has fallen to 4.1 percent. Black unemployment is at 6.8 percent, and Hispanic unemployment is 4.9 percent - both are historic low unemployment rates. Since Trump's inauguration, other good economic news includes 1.8 million jobs have been created and two million fewer people are on food stamps or welfare. The recently passed Tax Bill has led to mil- lions of workers receiving $1,000+ bonuses and hourly wage increas- es. More than anything, the stock market is a reflection on the level of optimism in the country. Since Trump was elected, the markets are up well over 30 percent. People are optimistic about the economic future of our nation. Markets are up, not only in the U.S but around the world. So despite the vitriol spouted by leftists, the world is optimistic about the eco- nomic path that Trump is blazing. IN FOREIGN affairs, President Trump and the United States are back again leading the free world. For eight long years, Obama acquiesced and kowtowed to North Korea, Cuba, and Iran. Syria thumbed its nose and Obama did nOthing. Despite the brutality of ISIS, Obama said that we must learn to live with such evil. Our foreign policy feebleness was an embarrassment. So, Trump's big- gest challenge, the first year, has been to restore the international credibility of the United States. He has done that by defeating ISIS and by confronting ' Rocket Man" every time the North Korean dic- tater has threatened the world. ALL OF this great economic news is bad news for Democrats. That's because Democrat politi- cians need people dependent on government, not free from govern- ment. Many of the "permanently impoverished" are getting jobs, receiving bonuses, and receiv- ing pay raises which means they require less government assistance - that is bad news for Dems. As a result, the Dems, the media, and liberals are doing everything pos- sible to remove Trump from office and to obstruct every policy that Trump and the Republicans try to advance. Remember, all this great news was never supposed to happen because Hillary was supposed to be president. The fact that Trump is president and the economy is "on fire" is more than the Dems can handle. The day after Trump's inauguration, fringe waekos rallied in cities across the country in a "hate Trump" melt- down. The likes of Ashley Judd and Madonna literally screamed their hate of Trump and fanta- sized about blowing up the White House. Throughout the year, this group has been blinded and hypno- tized by "collusion." The evidence has clearly shown there was no Trump-Russian collusion; the only collusion was Obama, Hillary, and the DNC, all of whom conspired against Bernie and then against Trump. The clearest evidence that those opposed to Trump are irra- tional is that, despite all the great economic news, they oppose every aspect of Trump's economic poli- cies. WEEKLY QUOTE: "Some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back. What magic wand do you have?" President Obama, on PBS News Hour, mocked Trump when candidate Trump promised to create new jobs. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer. He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email at slo- anoliver@earthlink.net. L