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April 3, 2019 Page 5A Reporter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel I had all intentions of attending the Board of Education open house last Friday to see the renovation of the old BOE offices. So, I have to depend on the comments by several who attended: impressive and well worth our taxpayer money being used. Hopefully I can get a private tour. As you are aware, our school system and facilities are a major selling point when the Development Authority of Monroe County is trying to entice industries to plop down an investment in Monroe County. I have seen more growth, potential growth and best of all, a work- ing together amongst the leaders attempting to take advantage of growth instead of growth taking advantage of us. Yes, we are all impatient to see growth to provide jobs but we are not quite ready for the often strin- gent and "where did that come from?" proposed resolution adopt- ing minimum standards for dwell- ings, buildings and structures. I have read the 20-page document and have come to the conclusion some parts of the resolution are !i ii.i :7 common sense but, on the other hand, Monroe County is not quite ready for "Persons shall keep their property free of weeds" and "owners and occupants of property shall not per- mit weeds or grass within 50 feet of any building or structure to grow on such property to a height exceeding 18 inches". I don't think you should have to, but you just might have to file an Open Records Request to get a copy of the resolution. Go up to the commissioners' office and request a copy. A special public hearing by the commissioners was likely to be scheduled on Tuesday at the commission meeting. Show up or shut-up. And this from The Vent: Monroe County Commissioners AKA (Also Known As) Monroe County HOA (Home Own- ers Association) I have often said and it is proven that when we don't govern ourselves, we become governed and when we do not exercise common sense, that common sense can and will be taken away from us. Having worked and consulted with govern- ments (except local) all over this state and nation, common sense by governments is hard to acquire and implement. Here's an update: Back in November, the Fabulous Five and The Czar inadvertently discussed adopting county business licenses. Well, it is still being studied like it has over the last 20 years. Last week's front page headline, "Growth is back: County getting more subdivisions" and stories by Will and Diane should have been an above the fold and in 72 points, big headline because it is indicative of the potential of Monroe County and is finally being capitalized on. Go back and read the first and second paragraphs and then read Will and Diane's story. Usually on Saturday or Sunday, I take a tour of Monroe County, just riding all over the county to see what's going on. We have a beautiful county, from rolling hills to wide open pastures. I am usually surprised at the humongous homes we have, many situated offthe beaten path and less trav- eled road. You ought to take a Saturday or Sunday tour of Monroe County. JUST SHUT UP and listen is obviously still the mantra of the board of education with freedom of expression and speech still limited if you attend and want to speak/address the BOE. Just in case you missed the story, individuals who want to address the board will have to submit a written request up to 15 minutes before the board meeting. Guess if you raise your hand to speak without submitting your request, you will be ignored and possibly be escorted out of the meeting. Quite often as history has proven the high and mighty have proven to themselves they are high and mighty and the public be damned. Just wonder what the board is afraid of by letting parents or whoever address them. I VISITED briefly the High Falls Civic Club meeting last week and Sheriff Brad Freeman was the speaker. Wonder why District 4 Commissioner George Emami, who repre- sents the High Falls area, didn't show up. Several of his voters asked the same question. There were about 40 people listening to the Sheriffand all were concerned with the "crime element" in the High Falls area with the Sheriff revealing just enough information to let High Fallians be assured the Monroe County Sheriff's' Office is aware of the drug reputation of High Falls and there were/ are "things" going on to stem and even eradicate the High Falls drug reputation. LAST WEEK'S question was name at least three persons to be inducted into the Forsyth/Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Susan Parker was again the first to identify Harold Clarke, Geraldine Ham and Tra Battle as being inducted. Susan added a footnote to her answer: "Don, went by Re- porter on Wednesday and got my $25 and certificate. Went to the FFA plant sale at Mary Persons and spent that $25. Believe in supporting the hometown. Thanks" Susan gets the certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Bolingbroke Sweet Tea dessert, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, slice of Jonah's pizza, sandwich, drink and chips at The Pickled Okra and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Here's The Question for this week: On the front page of Classified, in last week's paper, the Monroe County Commis- sioners had an advertisement for hiring what position? First correct e-mail after 12 noon on Thursday gets the certificate. Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth. net. ] TO THE To the Editor: a member of the Forsyth Lions Club. Our club is a community service organization who provides help for people who have problems their vision and can't afford to take care of it themselves. We also give scholarships and donate to other community causes. We actually do a lot in the community! Our problem is that all our members are getting old and there is no one to replace us. In a few months or maybe a year or two, Forsyth Lions Club will no longer exist. What will happen to people who need our services? I think that is true of many of the traditional service organizations and even some of the churches in our community. Can we all be replaced by a "Go Fund Me" page? We are looking for younger people to be "Lions:' We would be glad to have youl Join us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at Hong Kong Palace at 6 p.m. Although we ! have a serious mission, we have a lot of fun too. Sandra Monroe Forsyth To the Editor: honored the vote. We the American people are the ones "1" A "T"hat is gong on with people? I was a teen supposed to be in charge. I did not vote for people to ] in the 70 s we were all about peace, love go and work for their agenda, I voted for people to get a V and happiness. I have never in mylife jobdone. I research candidates and ifthey are running seen the hatred people portray becauseon my beliefs, I vote for them. This circus in Wash- of your political stance. I have always been involved in my community. I am from Atlanta, moved to Forsyth seven years ago. I have been voting since I was 18, I have never been denied service from a business due to my political bdiefs. I have never seen a President treated the way our President has and is being treated. What happened to honoring the vote, all sides working together to get things done? I don't care how anyone votes that is their business, but I know I have always ington needs to stop, they all need to get to work for the American people. When I went to school we were taught that the media was unbiased and honest, what you heard on the news was fact. Not anymore. However you vote I don't care, but please tell the people you vote for to work for the American people, not their agenda! tinda Sanders Forsyth ! To the Editor: It shouldn't come as a surprise that I am responding to your On the Porch column last week. Your gloating is a sign you are suffering from premature adjudication. The column was straight out of the right-wing playbook and Fox "Faux" News. I was not surprised that Muel er did not find proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump did not collude. However, he was not exonerated, either. I have long believed that Trump is a mas- ter mob boss and knows enough to keep his hands dean while getting the job done through vague lan- guage, a wink and a nod. Like a mob boss, Trump passed the dirty work offto his underlings- Manafort, Flynn, Cohen, Stone, and the many others indicted for their role. Then in the end, he found his perfect foil, Bill Barr, who had already dedared he did not believe a President could obstruct. I will always believe that Trump colluded with Russia; it just wasn't proven. I am not "insane" to believe that. I know Trump obstructed. I am not "insane" or "mentally ill" to believe that either. We must see the full Mueller Report to know the truth. Bill Barr can only stall so long. Obstruction is not a decision for Bill Barr to make. The Constitution placed that decision in the hands of Congress. If it is proven that Trump did not obstruct, then you can gloat. Your assertion that a coup was attempted against Trump is laugh- able! As a former member of the intelligence community myself, I say unequivocally they were doing their job. They did not "cook up" an investigation. Their mission is to protect our country against enemies, foreign and domestic. I took that oath, and everyone in the government took that oath. Since there was a mountain of evidence suggesting Trumps collusion, they would have been derelict in their duties to ignore it. The same goes for obstruction. Further, it is asinine to claim that Democrats all got together and concocted a coup or as Trumps says, "a hoax,' requiring tens of thousands of actors, even some Russians, and tricked Trump into saying things like, "Russia if you're listening, find Hillary's emails". It's obvious you don't know much about Democrats. Nothing has changed since Mark Twain said, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat" Me, too! You know I have more to say, but my cruise ship horn is blowing. I'm going to "plop" down on a deck chair and practice the shark song while George and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with our family. Marilyn Langford High Falls To the Editor: I decided to label your statement in last week's On the Porch as the quote of the week. "Take Georgia's own Stacey Abrams. I mean please, somebody take her" Well said Will. I am very concerned about our country. On another note, I went to see the movie presently playing in Macon, "Unplanned." I did not want to see it, but felt because of what I do, I needed to see it. I was right. It is graphic and the world needs to see graphic, but even then some will not change. I do understand that only God can change a heart. I do pray for that. May both Stacey Abrams and those who are in the mindset and path that Abby John- son once was on, come to know the God who places value on human life. I pray that we can continue to teach truth to Monroe County stu- dents about relationships and life. Movene Futch Forsyth To the Editor: County Depart- ment of Family and Children Services review the HIPPA policy and follow it. Birth certificates, social security numbers, drivers licenses, all documents that are to be shredded or secured. Yeah, three days later the lady pulls 'em out of the trash can under her desk. But don't worry, thanks to every- one's advice here, I recorded it all! Mostly because I filed and submit- ted paper work seven days ago and they still haven't been uploaded. Monroe County, you're pissing off the wrong woman. You take better Care of your meth-heads than the children. Melissa Snarke Forsyth J To the Editor: 1o the angel at Minorfs Italian Ristorante tonight that paid for my son and his lady's meal, They didn't know until after you left; I pray you can see this. THANK you from the bottom of my heart!! You are definitely an angel senti! You have no idea how his father and I have struggled to make sure he had a good time tonight. He is our first-born and has also struggled to graduate, so tonight is ver very special to him and to us. You are the first one to show him how a strang- er can be kind and that means more than you will ever know! Whoever you are, I'm sure God will know; You will forever be in our prayers and thanks! Jade Marie Forsyth