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& EDITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 2016 end 2017 winner: Editorial Page excellence ~rC~ @ 2016 winner: Sports Photography excellence 2016 winner:, News Photography excellence 2016 winner:, Fronl Page excellence 2017 winner:, Best Humor Column - On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis makes progress Tw Tbs up to Monroe County school superinten- ent Dr. Mike Hickman for conceding on Friday at ifhe knew then what he knows now, he uldnt have hired attempted child molester Javis Stewart as a substitute teacher. It's a small step of progress, about as much we can hope for, apparently. In an email to school employees and later sent to the wider com- munity, HAckman noted that when he applied for a job, Stewart provided them with a first-offender court order telling employers they can't hold Stewart's con4iction against, him. "They felt if they violated that order they would be violating the law;,' district attorney Jonathan Adams told the Reporter. Adams met with HAckman last Tuesday about the issue. Adams informed HAckman that the order failed to note that under Geor- gia law, school systems, and many others, are exempt -- they can [and should] hold it against him. How the school system attorney didn't know that, we're not sure. HAckman continued: "Our focus nowis to move ahead; to work with officials in correcting what was a serious legal mistake so neither our nor any other school system falls victim to a similar situation" Whether that was the most serious mistake in this case is up for deq~ate. The school system is technically and legally correct that the "first offender order" was mistaken. But as Adams notes, since Georgia is a "right to work" state where employers can hire and fire at will, the school system still could have used its discretion not to hire a man convicted of attempted child molestation. Or it could've taken the time to find out what Stewart actually did, as this newspaper did, and that he did it as a substitute in Bibb Coun- ty. Or it could've pressed Stewart to know where he worked for 10 years as a substitute teacher as he daimed (hint: he didn't). And after all that, if it still felt that legally it had to put him on the substitute list, it could've at least discouraged schools from using him in the class- room (it didn't; he worked a LOT here in three months). Or, it could've just decided that in this particular case, right and wrong are more im- portant than the demands of the law. That's what Adams said he would've done ffhe were in charge. "When I hear the word molesta- tion" said Adams, "that's the end of the conversation:' But the school system did not, and to some, that was the bigger mistake. Indeed, one school official told me that the central office will admit pri- vately that hiring Stewart was a mistake, but won't say it publicly. Instead, the superintendent made his first priority of his ematl to question this newspaper's reporting. "First and foremost, regardless of what you read this week in our local newspaper," wrote HAckman, "there are NO efforts underway by our District Attorney to call for a grand jury investigation or an outside probe in this matter:' HAckman quoted Adams saying that "a lot of information in the artide that is out of context:' Herds what we had reported: "But [Adams] said if school officials don't address it, there may need to be an independent investigation, perhaps by a grand jury, to find out who knew what, when:' Those are a lotofifs, ands and buts. The district attorney told me on Monday that we reported his words correctly. "Everything in the artide was accurate," Adams told me flatly. Recall that Adams' comments came three weeks after we first reported this story; and school officials still had made very little public comment and had not apologized for pu ng a molester in our children's classrooms. Adams said the confusion may have come because the Reporter " talked with him for our story last Monday. A day later, on Tuesday, Adams finally met with HAckman where they reached the conclu- sion that Stewart's first-offender order was in error. Then the paper came out on Wednesday with Adams' comments about wanting a resolution. Adams said that's why his comments about perhaps considering having a grand jury look at it, which were predicated on the school board not addressing it, were moot by the time the paper came out. . Alas, hopefully we can all put this episode behind us now, and be wiser for it. Adams said the school system now knows that it can call on his office or the sheriff's office flit ever has another questionable applicant. And it be er understands the first offender law. That is progress. As for admittingmistakes and acknowledg- ing that they work and answer to the taxpayers, who pay them very generously? Well, let's just say top school officials still have a little work to do on that count. tim Monroe C~mnty www. is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl 5, Williams, Secretary-Treasurer STAFF Will Davis ~ ~ Trellis Grant Publisher/Editor " Business Manager Richard Dumas ~ ~ Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor Carolyn Martel Brand0n Park Advertising Manager Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth SO N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER - p.o. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County: $35 Out of County~ $48 Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Fdday prior to issue. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of ' the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions of~e Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH S.TATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingf!eld To be two Georgias, or not to be. For going on 35 years, that has been the question. It was in the early 1980s that we first heard the notion that our state was really two, variously described as metro Atlanta vs. South Georgia or metro Atlanta vs. everywhere else. There's an argument to be made that there are more than two. The temptation under the Gold Domehas been to govern as if this weren't true. Policy makers are at pains to make their policies attrac- tive to urban and rural alike. There's even a state entity, aptly named the One Georgia Authority, aimed at "bridging Georgia's economic divide" Yet, the divide has only widened. Governing all for one, and one for all, hasn't brought shared prosperity. Nor has the focus on unity actually yielded much comity. The detach- ment from the capital region felt by the "other Georgia" is instead reciprocated by the typical Atlantan, who's as likely to have grown up in the Midwest as in Middle Georgia. What's Hahira to him, or he to Ha- hira, that he should weep for her? So perhaps the most promising development in this year's session is the emerging template for address- ing the different needs and wants in various regions. Two examples stand out. One is the push to organiZe true regional transit in metro Atlanta. The other is the move to ensure high-speed internet, or broadband, is deployed e across rural Georgia. Transit has remained a dirty word in Republican circles longer than necessary because it is such an urban concern. The recent uptick in inter- est in places like Gwinnett, north Fulton and even Cobb owes mostly to their increasing urbanization and need to compete with Atlanta proper. It remains a solution best suited to higher-density areas; the difference is the near-suburbs are begin- ning to gain some den- sity, and are projected to have more by the time new infrastructure can be brought on line. Alpharetta still isn't Atlanta, though, so the best model for regional transit isn't the monop- 4// oly service originally envi6ioucd for MARTA. It will look a little dif- ferent, not just in terms of favoring buses over trains but in terms of maintaining, and coordinating, a handful of service providers. (That's one of the reasons to favor the House's version of a transit bill over the Senate's. Another is the House's making use of an existing agency and board rather than the Senate's method of creating a new layer of bureaucracy.) None of which strikes much of a chord in Alapaha. That's where the broadband piece comes in. Hopping online virtually anywhere at high speeds is taken for granted in JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver e Last artide, I wrote that the leftist cabal (consists of leftists, emocrats, the media, and ow-information liberals) does, says, and writes so much that is dishon- est and ridiculous that it's difficult to winnow out the extraordinarily stupid from the average stupid. Last week was another typical week of leftist lunacy This time it's Jill Abramson. It's been 17 months since Donald Trump was elected president but Abramson continues to be so distraught that she carries, in her purse, a small, plastic Obama doll to provide her comfort. Did I mention that Abramson is the former editor of the NY Times - one of the most influential newspapers in the country? Can there be any doubt about Trump hatred, by the media, when the very person who derides what articles to print hates Trtunp to the point where she seeks comfort in an Obama doll? In the same interview, she goes on to say that "southem Republicans are racist." Abmmson's knowledge of history is very faulty because she's unaware that Republicans defeated slavery; fought against Jim Crow laws, and fought against discrimination while Democrats fought to preserve those institutions. It's impossible for sane people to understand the vitriol of the leftist cabal. But Abramson, like Hillary; is a typical Democrat who represents the thinking of most Democrats. SPEAKING of Hillary, I shouldn't be, but I'm constantly amazed at the contempt and scom that "tolerant" Democrats have for conservatives, espedally for conservatives whom Democrats think should be liberal. I'm referring to the scorn that Democrats have for conservative minorities and . conservative women. For proof, look no further than Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary was in India promoting her book"What Happened." Explain- ing why she lost, Hillary blam , married women calling them stupid and unable to think for themselves. She said that married women are controlled by their husbands, sons, and employers who tell hhem who to vote for. Hillary is pathetic. She touts herself as a feminist, but then calls women who disagree with her - stupid. Hillary is not alone in her thinking as most liberals and Dem&Tats agree with her. I urge Democrats to continue allowing Hfllary to speak in public so everyone can see what Democrats and liberals really think about conservatives. Every time she speaks, she shows why she lost the 2016 election. HiUary proves what I say about Dems - they don't debate, they name call. ANYONE ELSE notice that the liberal media has no sense of humor? Recall during the 2016 campaign, Hillary destroyed or deleted over 30,000 emails. Her lies about the "lost" emails became a prime example of her dishonesty. In a 2016 campaign speech, Donald Trump joked by saying, "Russia: If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing7 The leftist media went berserk and said that Trumps comment was proof that he was collud- ing with the Russians. They had no due that Trump was mocking Hill- ary. Now, two weeks ago, Chinas President Xi ]inping appointed him- self"president for life? In response, Tromp completely punked the liberal media. At a fundraiser, Trump jokingly said, "President for life. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot someda) ' Democrats and the media (I repeat myself) went crazy accusing Trump ofwanting to be a dictator. It really is hilarious seeing how Trtmap plays the "never Trtunpers? They are humorless. YOU HAVE to laugh at the left and the medi fake outrage at Trumps joke about appointing himself president for life. That's because the leftist cabal nev- er saw a.dictator they disliked. While Trump joked about being "president for life;' only a few years ago Obama, said that he admired Chin one party system because it's easier to get things done. As far back as the 1930's, liberals loved Stalin and all things communist. They applauded Fidel Castro when he seized power, and they've refused to condemn any of Castro's human rights violations. It was Obama who reestablished diplomatic relations with the communist thugs getting no concessions in return. hen, Jane Fonda, a communist puppet, went to North Vietnam in 1972 and sided with our enemy while the North Vietnam- ese were killing American soldiers in South Vietnam. Fonda has never been Georgia's big cities. Not so in its rural areas, particularly in South Georgia. But their decline will only continue if that staple of education, com- merce and, increasingly, health care remains absent. And the steady stream of their residents bound for metro Atlanta -- requiring that even more schools, roads, etc. be built -- will likewise carry on. It would be nice for each area to recog- nize its enlightened self-interest in helping the other. But simply scratching each other's back will do. That's what legislators this year ap- pear to be on the cusp of achieving. Is there still a place for each to insist on frugal- ity on the other's part? There better be. Simply agreeing to give one's counterpart whatever they want, if they'll agree to return the favor, is a bad plan. But working on specific solutions for specific needs wherever they ap- pear, and not trying to pretend one size really can fit all, is the way to prod each part of the state to meet its potential. Kyle Wingfield writes for The Atlanta ]ournal-Constitution, the Monroe County Reporter and other newspapers. Reach him and read more at www. Wingfield. held accountable for giving aid and comfort to the enemy, instead she is treated like liberal royaI Throughout the 1980's, the American left continu- ally sided with Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev over President Ronald Rea- gan going so far as to say that Reagan was the threat - not communism. In the 2000'S Hollywood liberals couldn't give enough praise to Hugo Chavez, the socialist, Venezuelan dictator. They loved that Chavez seized foreign busi- nesses. Now, thanks to socialism, Ven- ezuela is one of the most dysfunctional countries in the world. Yet, liberals in the United States continue to demand socialism and its evil brother communism - proof is how much they worship the avowed socialist Bernie Sand- ers. And who can forget during a 2012 election debate, Mitt Romney said that Russia and : dictator Putin posed the greatest foreign threat to our countr)a. For that comment, Romney was mocked and sneered by Obama and the liberal media. How dare Romney think that Obam pal, Vlad Putin, was a threat to the United States? And the ignorant, liberal media thinks that Trump is the threat? FINAl&Y, A warning to all skeptics of climate change, a play tiffed "Kill Climate Change Deniers" might soon be coming to a theater near you. That title is not a joke; it's the actual name of a play originally produced in Austra- lia, partially funded by the Australian government, and recently brought to America. Andrew Bolt, a conservative Australian columnist asked, "What sane government donates to a project urging others to kill fellow citizens, even as a joke? Are these people mad?" Mr. Bolt doesn't know liberals and leftists because the answer is, "Yes, they are mad." With such liberal "tolerance': who needs Islam to prove intolerance? WEEKLY Quote: "Why do liberals remain enamored with communists and dictators?" - Titus Techera Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer. He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ earth!