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E DITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 2016 am11017 win~ Editorial Page excellence ~,~A~, 2016 wln~ Sports Photography excellence 2016 wi~en News Photography excellence 2016 winnen Front Page excellence 2017 ~ Best Humor Column- On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis Another Bibb bungle yC u ho deu may have seen that funny TV skit where the main aracter languishes in the dentists waiting room in rror listening to the screams and cries of patients r the care of heavy drilling behind the wailing room door. It's almost as funny as the Tim Conway dentist scene on the old "Carol Bumett Show". (Google it, it's on You- Tube). Anyway; that's what our office sounds like this week. Well, not the screams and cries ofpatients, but at least the heavy drilling, sawing and hammering. But you know what? It sounds beauti- ful to me. (I dare not speak for my co-workers, however). The reason it sounds beautiful is it's another sign ofprogress in lovely downtown Forsytk You see our friends at Fair Masonry have bought and are renovating the old Thompson Insurance building next door here on Jackson Street. For those of us who endured the recession that wiped out so many businesses in downtown Forsyth a few years ago, it's good to see our main business district coming back to life. The square is just about full. And you, the residents of Monroe County, can help make sure it stays that wa : When you forego that trip to Macon to shop in Forsyth, you're helping our businesses and our downtown not just survive, but thrive. Couldn'tyou see Forsyth becoming like Madison, a lovely small town square that attracts visitors from all around? I could. But local restaurants and shops can't survive on interstate traffic alone. For instance, Minori's Italian Restaurar on the square had a delirious family- style Easter meal on Sunday after church. It was terrific. An eatery putting out food that good needs and deserves local sup- port. They need locals to patronize them for when the Spring Break interstate traffic dies down. So you have your challenge, Monroe County: Shop locally this week eee More good news: The Mon- roe County sheriff's office did a drug-dog sweep for narcotics and weapons at Mary Persons High School last week, just before Spring Break, and found xtothing. Principal Dr. Jim Finch said the search was another measure they use to keep &ugs out of MP. "Drugs threaten our school safety and we expect students to say something ffthey see somethingP said Finch. ' All of us--teach- ers, administrators, students and parents have a responsibility in keeping drugs out of our schools:' "We really do have good kids in this communife' said Mon- roe County Lt. JeffThompson, who helped supervise the sweep. lie Tough news for Forsytb2s pole vaulting champion Carson Dingier, currently vaulting for Stephen E Austin University in Texas. Carso mother, Ju@, reports that Carson has had to have an injection to hopefully relieve the pain of a labral tear in her hip. If that doesn't work, she will have to have surgery to repair the tear ffshe wants to conth3ue to pole vault. Otherwise, Judy wrote on Facebook, she'll have to give up the sport. Carson is an incredible athlete who's followed in the footsteps of her father, Kip, a former track star for the Florida Gators (I know, hold your vomit, Dog fans). Prayers for a full recovery as many are counting on seeing Carson at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. eee The biggest room in the house is the room for improvement, and it's our job sometimes to point that out in Monroe Coun But sometimes it helps to travd to other communities to appre- ciate our own. The Mary Persons soccer teams were scheduled to play at Howard on March 27. First of all, while we enjoy a lush, well-kept soccer field at MP, Howard has to share a dismal field at the Ed DeFore complex (scoreboard didn't work last year) with other Bibb County schools. That was booked, so we had to play them at the Macon Soccer Club. Nearly 100 parents, a set of grandparents from Canton, Cra, two Monroe County school buses carrying our teams, and even a Bibb County deputy had arrived waiting for the game to start when Howard realized that the Bibb County athletic office had forgotten to schedule referees. Oops! Everyone had wasted 1-2 hours for the day It was an honest mistake, and to their credit, Howard is let- ting MP host the game instead this coming Tuesday Whatever their problems, say this for Bibb County: At least their taxes are higher. dm Monroe C~ty 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 STAFF Pubtisher/Edit0r i i :~ ~,~ /! f rsyth@N:yWSEcrd)::~ 2!' ~ n e, g Advertising Manager ads@myrncr.net Trellis Grant Business Manager business@myrncr.net Diane Glidewell Community Editor news@rnymcr.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: I:HE 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 Friday prior to issue. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions oflhe Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS.by Kyle Wingfield Lethegislators passed scores of bills this year, as usual. But e 2018 session, which nded just after midnight Thursday, will be remembered best for three seemingly contradictory fiscal measures. The state's reserves remained on track to hit $2.5 billion by year's end. K-12 public schools were fullyfund- ed for -- depending on who you ask -- either the first time since 2002 or the first time since the current for- mula was created in the 1980s. And yet, lawmakers also managed for the very first time to cut the state's top income-tax rate. It's worth reviewing how all this was possible, because it shows how steady, conservative governance works. When Gov. Nathan Deal took office seven years ago, the situa- tion was bleak. Revenues were still recovering from a $2 billion hole the Great Recession blew in the state budget as businesses dosed and people lost their jobs. Public schoolo were in the first of four straight years in which spending was cut by $1.1 billion, which was actually an im- provement over the $1.4 billion cut they saw the year before that. How did Deal and legislative lead- ers respond? They didn't raise taxes. They managed the budget cuts as best they could. And they set about trying to improve the state's eco- nomic climate to attract the jobs that would fill that budget hole. Seven years later, Georgia has been named by one magazine as the No. 1 state in which to do business for five years running. Such name brands as Caterpillar, Mercedes-Benz, State Farm and more have made substan- tial investments in the state. Geor- gians went back to work, and the state's coffers filled back up. It didn't happen all at once. Along the way, some impatient folks called for tax hikes to speed up the fiscal re- covery. But such a move likely would have di- minished the economic recovery Georgians continue to enjoy. Seven years later, annual revenues have soared from their low- est point during the recession, to a pro- jected $26 billion from $16.6 billion. Except for the 2015 boost in gas taxes to fuel more transportation infrastructure, to the tune of about $1 billion per year, the increase has come from economic growth. Ultimately, growth is the best way to fill a budgetary hole. But the fruits of that growth mustn't be squandered. Deal set two dear priorities for the state's surging revenues: reducing the austerity cuts for public schools, and building up the state's reserves so that a future downturn might not be so crippling. Seven years of keeping his eyes on that prize allowed the big break- JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver T you don't know about an event or ever learned about an event, does II it mean that it never o xd? Or L.does it mean that youre ignorant about that event? Most intelligent people, when confronted with some- thing that they've never heard about, will admit their ignorance and listen open minded to an explanation. How- ever, that's not true for liberals. Let me explain. RECENTLY, I took a four-part lecture on the history of Turkey It was taught at Wesleyan College by a Turkish woman who was born, raised, and educated in Turkey:. During the course, it became evident that she was extremely ignorant about certain aspects of Turkish history- particularly events surrounding World War I. I'm no expert on Turkish histor However, I know that the Ottoman Empire sided with the Central Powers during the war; that the Central Powers (German Austria-Hungar and the Ottoman Empire/Turkey) lost the war; and as the defeated - signed peace treaties favor- able to the victors. Also, I know that the 20th century's first genocide occurred when the Ottoman Empire/Turkey executed over 1.5 million Armenians in what the world calls - the Armenian Genodde. THESE EVENTS happene& They are facts; they occurred. If you don't know about these events, it doesn't mean they didn't occur; it means that you're ignorant. And the instructor was ignorant of these events. She denied that they even occurred. For example, she claimed that the Ottoman Em- pire entered WWI only after being attacked by the Brit at Gallipoli. Not true. Then, I asked her about the Armenian Genocide. She said, "It's a lie, it never happened." I was absolutely dumbfounded. Here was an intelligent woman who was 100 percent ignorant about an historical event that happened in her own countrg. Several analogies I could draw would be if an American denied that Native Americans were slaughtered in the 18th and 19th cen- turies or if an American denied that we ever had slavery. e e SUBSEQUENTLY, I learned that she only knows the Turkish version of events. And in Turkey it's illegal to teach about the Armenian Genodde. Ifs illegal to teach, rea& or discuss that the genocide ever happened. Thus, Turks are ignorant of the genocide and any throughs this year: not only getting schools to full funding, but cutting the top income-tax rate to 5.75 per- cent next year and eventually to 5.5 percent. Those rate cuts may have been possible only because of the federal tax reform that broadened the state's tax base, but they wouldn't have been possible even then if not for deft fiscal manage- ment all along. To achieve both of those in one year, plus the large reserve fund, is the culmination of all that work. It's not as ffthese were the only fiscal chal- lenges along the wa)a Teacher pensions have required hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding, as has the state's Medicaid program, as well as its colleges and universi- ties. None of that prevented these latest achievements, just delayed them. So the other key here is patience. Growth takes time. Agencies and activists don't always want to wait, for more spending or for tax cuts. Lawmakers face pressure to "do something" -- now. Resisting that pressure is the way to do something better, in the end. A writer for the Atlanta ]ournal- Constitution, Kyle Wingfield is the new president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. event unflattering in Turkish history. They know an untrue version of events. They were taught a lie and thus they believe a lie. To the Turkish people, the event never happened because they werefft taught about it. However, in troth, the genocide did happen. WITH THIS this explanatidn about a denial ofhistor it becomes easier to understand the ignorance of liberals. For years, I've pondered how people, whom I know to be intelligent, could remain ignorant of the truth, espedally when the truth is there for the learn- ing. The reason they're so ignorant is because of their sources of informa- tion or as I like to say - their sources of propaganda. If someone only reads, watches, and listens to liberal news sources - then, that person only knows what that liberal media has told them. They re- main completely ignorant of events not covered by liberal media. This is hap- pening with increasing regularity among liberals. Liberals only watch, read, and listen to leftist media; and as a result, they know nothing other than the liberal slant on the news. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE for a conservative to go through the day without hearing the liberal slant of the news because it's everywhere. Not so for liberals. Most liberals go through life only consuming leftist media. Every single media outlet to indude NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, NY Times, Washington Post, the LA Times, the AJG the Huff- ington Post, Facebook, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Colbert Report, The View, Jimmy Kimmd Show, etc etc are extremely liberal and only cover events from an ultra-liberal slant. If these me- dia outlets ever do give the conservative view, they do so with snide, conde- scending remarl about how wacky and unstable conservatives are. GIVEN OUR current pop-culture and media, one has to go out of their way to acquire the conservative view of events, The only readily available, non- liberal sources of news are Fox News and talk radio. So, if a liberal never watches Fox and never listens to talk radio - they never get the conservative view of an event Thafs wh); if a liberal stumbles upon a Fox News dip, they say it's a lie because they've never heard it before. Liberals don't even realize how indoctrinated they have become due to the fact that they only receive their news from liberal sources. AN EXAMPLE of liberal acquisition of information, again, occurred during one of my Wesleyan class discussions. The class and discussion was about the medi coverage of the news. The discussion went back and forth when a retired Ph.D. professor proudly pro- daimed that he's very knowledgeable because he watches MSNBC, listens to NPR, and reads the NY Times, Wash- ington Post, and the AJC. Again, I was dumbfounded at his ignorance. There in front of me was an intelligent person who only received news from extreme- ly liberal sources and thinks he's getting balanced coverage. He's not - he consumes only leftist media and thus only hears, reads, and sees extremely slanted cover- age of events. ALL OF the above explanation and examples are proof as to why it's so difficult carrying on an intelligent conversation with liberals. A perfect -. example is Russian collusion. For 18 months, every liberal media outlet has said that Trump colluded with the Russians. Therefore, to liberals, the truth is that Trump colluded with the Russians. In really, there was no Tromp-Russia collusion; yet, liberals call it a lie to deny the collusion. Another example - liberal media has never covered the Deep State connections between Obama, the FBI, the intelligence community, and the Department of Justice. And if they do cover the connections, it's passed off as kooky conspiracy non- sense. Thus, liberals know nothing of the connections between the Deep State and Obama, Hillary, etc An individual is only as intdligent as their sources of information, and liberals have willingly taken the path to ignorance. Sad. WEEKLY QUOTE: 'A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes? -lVlark Twain Sloan Oliver is a retired Army office. He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ earthlinlcnet.