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"Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not." - Jeremiah 50:2 A 2018, 2017, 2016 winner: Editorial Page excet!ence 2018 winner:. Best Headhne Writing /O~qL'~ 2Oi8, 2017 wlnner:Best News Photography i~l~| 2018 winner. ~st Serious Col On the PorchKql~l~'~"(~/ 2018, 2017 winner Best Humorous Cdurnn - On the Porch ~'~,h~,~i~ ON THE PORCH by WilJ a:vis mceour oldest child is.n0w a junior at Mary , Persons, I Ve taken particular interest in last weeks 7 scandal that actresses and others are getting busted f0t spending $500,000 and more trying to get their kids t0* olleges like Southern California. My first thought is that I didn't knowpeopte were'thatdesperate to into Southem California I mea0 !love the Trojans and They ma7 have a bad, football team la l,but th ey bo tithe-- best fight song in college football (entitled "Fight On", strangely en Jugff)[-in fact, I read where t la pii6ts would play Fight L" in',While taking off0n bomb- !!i ffi during World War 2 to pui p them up for the ride. And ::wtiat re&blooded American man ,Tdo6sfi' to see the USC Cheerleaders wearing their white : we'aters and cheering On the football team amidst the palm trees of Los Angeles? But I'm told the school is located in the sktfias, and I didn't think going to USC was like Harvard Yal /aguamntO of future success. ;Andifit takes a $500,000 bribe to get into USC, can you imagine what it takes to get into an Ivy League school? A!as, I think the whole scam lays bare the real seam that is higher education. I mean I love the IDEA of college. I love the idea of young people spending those critical years in gastqral settings ivy towers, green lawns .etc thinking an d-de g thebigideas of Westem Civilization. College wi d be'great ifTonng-Americans were taught the dassics of our civilization and our nation: The Federalist Papers, Shakespe e, Latin and Greek, and (cough, cough) The Bible, And that used to happen. Interesting aside: When I was at UGA, I spent a lot oftirne at LeC, onte Hall, home of the history department, since I earneda minor in history.Ve minor. Anyway, the build- ing is,named for Joseph, LeConte, an influential science profeksor at UGA in the 19th century. But he didn't last. Do you know,why? He was teaching Darwin's theory of evolu- tion in contrast to the Christian woddview in fashion at the time. So he went offto California where he helped found the' University of California at Berkeley; where he was surely a better fit. Burr it's not just UGA. Harvard and Yale were founded as seminaries for the spread of the Christian gospel. Back then colleges had not just an intellectual mission but a spiritual and moral one as well. Today; our universities are mostly divorced from their spiritual and moral roots. As a result they are rootless. Just think about the word universi . It combines the word unity and diversity. A good university would present to students the Stride/of the diversity of the created and intellectual world, Unified by a moral and spiritual purpose. Does that halSperiAnymore? Hahahahah. Now parents pa ; well, at USC $55;000 pet for their kids tO examine gender studi s, studfeK feminist studies and multi-cultural studies, a hodge-p0dge of flim flare, with no value to the student, So hen parents to bribe people to get their into.certain schools, they are not looking for an actual edu fion to make theh" children better people. No surprise. Do ese seem like people who want tomake their kids bet- ter people. No, they re seeking a status symbol. They want to tell lulie Jealous at the country dub that their little Chase goes to Southern.Cal . There are exceptions to the college fraud. A few, very few, colleges haven't trashed Western Civilization to focus on turning,out obnoxious, air-headed liberals. And if you're studyingsomethiiag specific and practice, like law, medicine orlengineering, they can be very valuable. SO as We head treacherously into the college years, I am OK not having $500;000 to bribe my daughter's way into the right coll g .' Some things just arefft Worth it. www. MyMCR.net is published ever), week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will D,~vis, Presicleni ' Robert M. Williams Jr.i Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer ' Will Davis Publisl~erlEditor publisher@mymcr.net RichardDumas News Editor' ' f~rsyth~l~ymcr.net Trellis Grant Business Manager business@rnyrncr.net Diane Glidewell Community Editor news@mymcr.net Carollm Martel :[~l Brandon Park Advertising Manager " Creative Director : '~fl}~nhymcr.net '~ giaphics@mymcr.net official Organ~of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth s0 pO Bo gs. o s th,6/ Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 . . POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER. 478-994-2358 iUBSCRiPTiON P&TE: In County:. $40- Out of County:. $48. Single Copy: $1 Oe~cllines n~n on Friday prior to issue. Comments tenured On opinion pages are the creation of the w~ters, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions ofthe Reporter mamgement. PublicaUon No. USPS gg7-840 I I II III II II II I I I II I I PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield Gov. Brian Kemp's effort to chart a unique path to healthcare reform for Georgia has found criti- dsm on both sides of the political aisle. To borrow a phrase from my newspapering days, he must be do- ing something right. Kemp wants permis- sion from the federal government to change two things: Medicaid for the working poor, and federal subsidies for plans bought on the private insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act. There's a great deal of room for improve- ment for each, and innovation by the state is the only good and realistic option for fix- ing either. I use the words "good" and "real- istic" advisedly. The left's alternative, a full-blown Medicaid expansion in Georgia followed by some version of "Medicare for All" nationally, is not good. And the right's preference, to repeal the ACA, is no longer realistic. Let's set Medicare for All aside for today and focus on what Georgia can do. Democrats want to expand Medicaid to all Georgians who earn up to 138 percent of the federal pov- erty level, which this year amounts to about $17,236 for a single adult. That's the ceiling allowed by the ACA. Kemp wants to limit it to 100 percent of the poverty level, which is $12,490 for an individual. That's a better approach for a few reasons. First, those earning between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level aren't left out; they already can buy heavily subsidized insurance on the exchange. If you don't think that coverage is ideal or even sufficient, well, we agree - which is why the other part of the plan is to broaden the choices available on the exchange and reduce both premiums and out- of-pocket costs. What's more, a large chunk of the Georgians who would become eligible for Medicaid under a full expansion already have private cov- erage. A study last year by the Urban Institute indicated this would be true for about a quarter- million Georgians, or 1 in 3 potential new Medicaid recipients. It's important not to move that group to Medicaid, and not only be- cause it would cost taxpayers more. The private insurance available on the exchange typically offers better access to care than Medicaid, which isn't accepted by many doctors in Georgia. Having an insurance card in your wallet doesn't do much good if you can't find a doctor who will take it. Now, what about criticism from the right? It mostly comes from some Republicans who don't want to see anyone at all added to Medicaid. Reforming the private exchange without addressing those below the poverty line is about as unrealistic at this point as repealing the ACA. Politics isn't the only reason. The subsidies for exchange plans aren't going away. But they can be used more wisely. That means letting people use their subsidies to buy less comprehensive coverage if they want, and encouraging them to shop around by allowing any unspent funds to be used for out-of-pocket expenses or saved for an emergency. Wiser and more flexible use, how- ever, can only go so far. All indica- tions from Washington are that the subsidies can't go to those below the poverty line. They can only receive Medicaid funds. What those Medicaid funds buy, however, could be the same as what the subsidies buy. If Georgia can create a more vibrant and competi- tive private insurance market on the exchange, denying the poor the use of their Medicaid dollars for those private plans would be folly. Keeping someone just below the poverty line on Medicaid would mean a com- plete change of coverage, with all the disruption that brings, if she got a raise and moved just above the line. (This would also be true if Georgia were to simply expand Medicaid, as Democrats want.) Such a scenario could make her less likely to take the raise. That might be rational for her in the short run, but creating such a system is shortsighted of the rest of us in the long run. The president and CEO of the Geor- gia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens s I have said so many times before, I love good, dean joke. I love to laugh and I love to make others laugh. Sometimes my quips are sudden and without much thought. I enjoy when others know I'm only kidding and they laugh in return. Howev- er, one time in a small group of friends someone ex- plained that she was sometimes seeing double when she looked at this certain per- son in our group. Without thinking, I burst in and said, "what she means is you're two faced!" BoingI That went over like a lead balloon! Nobody laughed and I felt like crawling into a hole and hiding. Usually I will explain what I have done to my wife and I would tell her, "I just don't think enough before I speak. I really am trying" However! Here is a joke I think everyone would enjoy. Once a city-slicker was lost in some remote area of West Virginia. Fi- nally he saw some house lights and pulled into the driveway. "I'm lost;' the man said to a farmer in a field next to the driveway. "Can you tell me where the nearest town is?" "Too far away;' the farmer said. "Come inside and eat with my wifeand me and we'll show you how to get to the nearest town in the morning" When they were through eating, the farmer told the man his wife made a pie for des- sert. "You must have a piece of pie;' he said. "Oh, I can't eat another bite;' the city-slicker said. "Sure you can!" The farmer replied. "No, I really can't!" The city-slicker argued. The farmer then went to his wall and pulled down a rife. "I said, eat my wife's pie, city- slicker!" The city-slicker gulped the pie down. ' re you finished?" The farmer asked. cc ~ . Sure. The c]ty-shcker answered nervously. Then the farmer handed the city-slicker his rifle and said, "Here! You hold the gun on me while I eat a piece of her pie!" Here are some more one-liners that may tickle your bones: 1. George Bernard Shaw to Win- ston Churchill: "I'll give you two tickets to my show. You can bring a friend--if you have one!" Winston Churchill to George Bernard Shaw. "Can't come first night. Give me tickets for the second night--if there is one!" 2. Lady Astor remarked to Winston Churchill-- "If you were my husband I would put poison in your coffee!" Churchill replied, "If I were your husband, I'd drink it!" 3. Clarence Darrow--"I have never killed a man, but I have read some obituaries with pleasure" 4. Unknown--"Mae West's mother should have thrown her away and kept the stork!" 5. Groucho Marx, "I've had a perfectly wonder- ful evening, but tonight wasn't it!" 6. Gracie Allen: "You can't eat these peaches, it's 12 oHock!" Harry Morton: "What has that got to do with it?" Gracie: "It says right here; should serve from two to four!" 7. George Burns: "This letter feels kind of heavy. I'd better put another stamp on it" Gracie: "what for? It will only make it heavi- er!" 8. Finally: Real Estate Agent: "I presume the bedrooms are upstairs" Gracie: "Yes, except when you're upstairs. Then they're on the same floor!" Yes, I still miss those wonderful radio shows of long agol God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. TO THE To the Editor: ton't have any junk cars in my yard. But, this junk car ordinance is B.S. John Ambrose and the lot of them are no better than a home owner's association trying to gov- ern everything. I am a sixth-generation resident of this county. I am tired of any government telling me what I can and can't do on my own property. Who cares ffthe person's junk next door lowers your property value? Why buy a place ffyou are worried about property value? If it bothers you that much, you should just rent. Todd Bates Forsyth