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February 21, 2018 Page 5A Re orter U- ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel 0 lhave probably written this before so you might want to turn the volume up because it is worth repeating. A news reporter has a certain format to write a, news story with the lead 1Sara graph answering the who, what, when, where, how and the hardest, why. The "why" is the question that will be bantered around by every news pundit in an attempt to arrive at a plau- sible reason a student would with malice and intent mur- der 17 people. Just moments after the "~ ,~/~ story '%roke" on national television there was that sound in the reporters' voices and look in facial expressions asking why. Closure for an event such as what trans- pired at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla will be a long time coming and the why will be as elusive as the imagination creates. Before the blood dried, the anti-gun fanaticals were attempting to hog the news and their mantra of "do something" will be beaten like a drum. I'm gonna quote a Facebook posting: "In a DUI, we blame the driver. In a bombing, we blame the bomber. In a shoot- ing, we blame the gun?" The future of our nation is in the hands and minds of our young people. The 17 minds that were destroyed will have an impact on our country's future. A time of reasoning and above all, compassion is nec- essary for their and our future to be a part of our his- tory. WILLIE NELSON'S "On The Road Again" is a proper theme song for our county commissioners now that they are going to be taking their "show" on the road with the first being held at the city hall in Culloden last night. Wonder if they had a Sheriff blue light escort? Besides making financial guarantees to the Monroe County Hospital, just last month we paid over $5,000 to the hospital for inmate medical expenses. NOW that our sheriff has been nominated as a U.S. Marshal, an open race for the wanna-be sheriff for the first time in just about forever, you might think there will be no Bittick on the ballot but not this time around. UNBELIEVABLE that the producers of the new Peter Rabbit movie felt they had to apologize over a scene that seems to make tight of food allergies. It was one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Regardless of the apology, I recommend you see '[Peter Rabbit" and '[Paddington". Both will restore or reignite your feel- good feeling. Going to a movie when I was growing up in Harrison was a special treat, with the "movie houses" being in Wrightsville and Sandersville, 20 miles away in opposite directions. It was a Saturday afternoon treat. The first Technicolor movie I remember was "Song Of The South" based on Uncle Remus stories, written by Joel Chandler Harris, who by the way, worked on the newspaper, The Monroe Advertiser, in Forsyth. It was a Walt Disney film. Then there was one of my favorite books that was read to me until I learned to read, "Little Black Sambo". It was a story, and illustrated, about a young Indian boy who outsmarts four tigers that threaten to eat him he turns them into butter. The reason I write about these two, I am sure if "Little Black Sambo" and "Song of the South", were to be re-released, there would be a segment of our society that would condemn, march and boycott both on the basis they were racist. Just like the "food allergist" movie protestors. THE OLDEST business still operating in Monroe County is Castleberry Drug Company which was iden- tiffed in The Question by Susan Parker. She gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Jonah's cookie, two Lucky Caf egg rolls, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, The Pickled Okra sandwich, chips and drink. Here's The Question for this week: Who is Monroe County's top speller according to a "Community 1C" front page story? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the goody certificate. IT IS being called a Special Election, but really it is a vote for or against a special 1 percent sales tax for transportation system (infrastructure) to be held on May 22. Both Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson and Commission Chairman Greg Tapley are in favor of the tax and actively campaigning for it to pass locally. So, far there has been no vocal dissention by other mem- bers of the council or commission. The Mayor and Chairman are promoting five city/ county projects: Bridge replacement on Johnstonville Road at Rocky Creek; West Main Side connection; study of Forsyth truck bypass; Indian Springs/L. Cary Bittick/GPSTC intersection improvement; Widening and resurfacing Montpelier Road and Thornton Road. UNDERSTAND a new business has opened up on the square next to the Grits and had a by-invitation- only "soft" opening on Friday night. Along those same lines, a relatively new business, Sage and Sparrow, will be hosting the Forsyth-Monree County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Thursday beginning at 5:30 at 19 E. Johnston St. OF course you are going to be seeing and hearing a lot about the Forsythia Festival, March 10-11. This Saturday you can get your car "forsythiaed" at the local Dairy Queen between 9 a.m. and noon. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at LETTERS TO THE EDITOR O To the editon in Forsyth" in the Feb. 14 paper Will, I'm and I came to realize that, like not sure if you myself, you really only want remember me but what is best for Forsyth-Monroe I just wanted to county as well as for America a minute to herself. Mr. Will, I am a big apologize to you sir. I know you enough man to admit when I'm have no idea what for, so here it wrong so I would like to extend is. I have held a grudge against my deepest apology to you. May you for many years over some- God keep His hand over your thing foolish and not worth men- family and business for as long tioning. I have had ill feelings as 'you want it and thank you for towards you thinking you would your newspaper, my Reporter. print anything to sell newspa- I look forward to reading your pers. However I read your On paper next week as I have every the Porch column, "Papa John's week for I know the last 10 years. I hope you accept my apol- ogy and God bless. Bobby Bunn Jr. Forsyth Editor's note: Bobby, we are not in the habit of getting letters like this. It is much appreciated. Thanks for your honesty and kind words. Of course I forgive you for whatever ill feelings you had. We do sometimes have to print things that make people mad but we always welcome them back as friends and readers. To the editon he Forsyth Woman's Club would like thank our community for another wonderful' Father-Daughter Dance, held at Hubbard Elementary on Saturday, Jan. 27. This was the llth year of this event, and it would not have happened without the support of many people and local businesses. We would like to say a special thank you tb: Hubbard Elementary/Mr. Jay Johnston, principal; United Bank; Alexandra's Formal Wear; Southern Smiles; Middle Georgia Realty/Mrs. Connie Ham; Mr. Will Davis & The Monroe County Reporter; Dairy Queen & Mr. Ronnie Daniel; Lt. Willie Brown; Mr. Curtis Banks; Ms. Georgia Tarpley; Mr. Gary Stark; MPHS Beta Club volunteers; MPHS Key Club volunteers; Reflections Photography Studio/ Ms. Jan Hatten; Mr. Tommy Johnston and State Farm We would especially like to thank all the fathers (or father figures) and daughters and everyone who attended. We appreciate your support of this event. The Forsyth Woman's Club is a service organiza- tion whose goal is to work together to improve our Jennifer Club. community. The money raised through our fundraising efforts goes back to the community in the form of scholar- ships for local senior girls and contributions to local organiza- tions that serve this community and our country. Scholarship applications for the 2018 scholarship(s) will be available soon. Applicants should be senior girls who reside in Monroe County. Thank you again, Forsyth/Monroe County, for another wonderful Father-Daughter Dance! Jennifer Lackley Forsyth Lackley is a member of Forsyth Woman's TAKING A LIKENS by Dale Likens o you think you know football. Well, I'm sure many of you do, just like the young man I spoke of a Jew weeks back. But as I said then, I need to be reminded time and time again that I know so tittle about football. But this I do know. I know who Dike Beede is. Do you? I also know what Dike Beede did to change foot- ball as we now know foot- ball today. Actually, I can just picture a few women, like my wife, saying, '~i know! I know!" Well, please let your husbands think on this question just a little while longer before you sock it to them and dance around the room celebrat~ ing. Let me give them a couple of clues first. Dike Beede coached many years ago at the same university as Jim Tressel, before Jim Tressel coached at Ohio State University. That's one clue. At what univer- sity did both men once coach? Okay! So many of you football fanatics guessed that one. It was the University of Youngstown in Youngstown, Ohio. Give your- selves an "A" on that one. But let's get down to the actual question {{ g ==:! I asked. What did Dwight "Dike" Beede do to change football as we now know football? Well, here is the answer. On Oct. 17, 1941, Dwight '`Dyke" Beede introduced the yellow flag we now see refer- ees throwing onto the field when there is an infraction or penalty on the field. I can just imagine some of you men out there are celebrating your victory because you knew the answer before your wives did. Wives, please make sure your husbands didn't check "Google" (as I did) before they shouted out the answer. The flag was first used in a game against Oklahoma City University at Youngstown's Rayen Stadium. The score of the game? Youngstown Penguins 48 while the Oklahoma City Goldbugs score was 7. Prior to the introduction of the penalty flag, officials used horns and whistles to signal a penalty. Why was the yellow flag so impor- tant? Players were sometimes confused because they would hear a whistle and stop playing and sometimes negate the yardage they might rightfully have gained. Also, fans and media sometimes could not recognize an infraction on the field because they had failed to hear the signal. Here is another question, now that you know Dwight "Dike" Beede introduced the flag to modern football. What color was the original flag? Let me first explain that Dike Beede's wife became known as the "Betsy Ross of Football" because it was she who made the penalty flags for the first college football game which used the flags. What were the colors of the flags? They were brightly colored with white strips from pieces of their daughter's Halloween costume and an old bed sheet. The original flag was 16 inches square. NFL penalty flags were colored white until 1965 when the color was changed to yellow. Well, I must admit that most of the information about the football flag was obtained from my phone by simply saying, "OK, Google!" However! I did have some knowledge ahead of this article Why? Because I graduated from Youngstown State University in ****! Let's just say a few years ago! God bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. OUR VIEW Monroe County's congressman Austin Scott (R-Ashburn) held his last Town Hall with his constituents in Forsyth (at right) on Aug. 20, 2014, which was 1,281 days ago. Scott defeated incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall in 2010 after Marshall went several years without hosting a Town Hall meeting with his constituents in Forsyth. If you want an opportunity to let Scott know what you want him to do in Congress, call his Washington office at (202) 225-6531 and let him know. When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, 2010, Terry Scarbor- ough's survey of the Monroe-Bibb county line was on his desk. The law says it's his job to do something with it. But Kemp, an ambitious politician who announced on March 13, 2017 his intention to run for govemor, punted. He announced on Aug. 23, 2011 that he was rejecting the Scarborough survey because he can't be sure it's the original line. Unfortunately, the law gives him no such option. So on March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to set the line and resolve the dispute.That was three years ago.The Reporter is devoting this space each week to counting the number of days Kemp has been on the job, and yet not done his job. If you want Kemp to do the job which he's sought three times before he gets a promotion to governor, call his office at (404) 656-2817 and let them know.