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A local resident associated with the highway construction industry sent me a link to Equipment World that reported the following: "Beginning in 2025, construction will begin on a two commercial-vehicle-on lanes will be added to northbound Interstate 75 from Macon to McDonough at a cost of $1.8 billion. The 40 miles of non-tolled lanes would have their own entrances and exits and be separated from the regular travel lanes by a barrier. GDOT estimates the lanes will reduce delays 40 percent on 1-75 North in 2030. "GDOT said it chose the location of the lanes because of the heavy truck traffic coming from the Port of Savannah and from trucks entering the state delivering products. The commercial vehicles lanes would be the first of their kind in the United States:' HAVEN'T been able to confirm this rumor yet but will let you know when I verify whether or not Michael Nor- ris, Forsyth Economic Development director and Tammie Pierson, Main Street director, have purchased a drone. Guess they will be using it for whatever promotional purpose. ,Wonder if they will loan the drone to Forsyth Police Chief Eddie Harris to make sure ve- hicles parking in downtown are at least at the 12 inch mark from the white line. Wonder how many warning tickets Chief Harris and his gendarmes have issued? AS YOU are aware, Forsyth collects a hotel/motel tax from the 12 hotel/motels and KOA. Forty percent of the taxes col- lected go to the Forsyth Con- vention and Visitors Bureau and the balance of 60 percent goes into the city's coffer to use however they deem fit. The CVB is supposed tospend their share promoting the city and the hotel/motels that collect and pay the tax. Each month, a hotel/motel tax report is provided to the CVB with the latest report, January, reporting $29,580.34 collected with the CVB getting $11,832,14 and the city getting their hands on $17,748.20. Here is a list of the top five tax collectors: Holiday Inn Express, $8,031.89; LaQuinta Inn and Suites, $5,501.66; Days Inn, $3,164.09; Comfort Inn, $2,572.95; and number five, Red Roof Inn $2,299.23. The least paid and collected taxes were from Budget Inn, $80, and Rodeway Inn, $194.22. THE CORRECT answer to last week's "The Ques- tion" was Magnolia MedSpa, which was recognized by Forsyth Main Street with a business award. Susan Parker gets the goody certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Jonah's Cookie, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, sandwich, chips and drink at The Pickled Okra. Here's "The Question" for this week: How many Easter eggs were dropped from a helicopter last Friday at the Monroe County Recreation Department. TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens In his latest novel tiffed, "Who is the King in America? William J. Federer quotes Carl Sandburg, a Swedish-American poet, writer and editor as saying, "When a nation goes down one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from" In the same perspective, Mexis de Tocqueville, a French diplomat and historian, is quoted as saying, 'When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." When I read these quotes from two of our great historians I am sud- denly reminded of our present-day school children and their lack of knowledge of our American history. I think of our college students and their beach parties where young men and wom- en pour alcoholic bev- erages down funnels and into their throats to prove they're part of the carefree gang. I am reminded, also, of college students being asked to identify a picture of our last Vice President of the United States and having no clue who this individual is; this very same person who may well run for the 2020 presidency of the United States. Some cannot name our 16th president of the U.S nor are they aware of the great Civil War our country so long endured. Oh, yes, I am aware that most students can operate a computer and cell phone much faster than I can. I've watched my very own grandchildren play video games with quickness and skill that I and most adults can only dream of. I'll be the first to admit it. I also know that many of our children do know the history of America. They do know about our founding fathers. They do understand where America is heading, perhaps more than many of our present-day, political leaders. But I believe ffAmerica is going to survive this world of chaos and chal- lenges it will be because our people understand where we came from. As de Tocqueville says, "When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness:' I realize, too, that it wasn't our children who threw God out of our schools. It was we adults who shamefully allowed this to happen. Perhaps our spirit now walks in darkness! It is said that when Mohammed moved into a country he accused his hosts of being intoler- ant; you know, where the attacker blames the victim until he and his followers finally drive the host out. Hmm! Let me think on that one for a while. The host is intolerant of those who move into the country. Something sounds familiar here! According to Federer, Mohammed's tactics could be summed up as, "1. Immigrate 2. Increase (in numbers) and 3. Elimi- nate (through violence)!" Immigrate! Increase! Eliminate! Well, it worked for Mohammed! But many may say, "That could never happen in America!" Well, let me think about that one, too! Continued from Front fire fighters were called to the first blaze around 8:50 p.m. on Thursday at 221 Martin Luther King Drive, at the corner of Union Hill Road, a rental home owned by local busi- nessman James Green. Forsyth fire chief David Hemdon said firefight- ers contained the fire to the attic and kitchen. However, firefighters were called back to the same home around 1:30 a.m. because the fire had re-started, and they were also called to two homes on nearby Sharp Street that were in flames. Forsyth police Inv. Alexander Daniels said the state fire investiga- tor ruled that the fires at 114 Sharp Street, which were owned by Willie Dumas of Barnesville, were ruled to be arson. He said there was evidence that someone had thrown gasoline on the homes and said it was appar- ently the work of an amateur. However, the state ruled that the fire at 221 MLK was an accidental fire because there was no evidence of gas and it apparently started near the stove, and re-started later that night in the same spot. Reached by phone on Friday, Green said he was in Detroit to watch his grandson play basketball but said firefighters called him around 11 p.m. about the first blaze. He said he had just renovated the home and that a family was sup- posed to move in on Friday. "Sometimes stuffhappens" said Green. "Forsyth has got a good police department so I feel confident they'll resolve this briefly:' Green said he would be working to find a place for his tenants to live while he did repairs because they had already paid a month's rent plus a deposit. Herndon said he thought the home could be repaired. While the state ruled the MLK fire was an accident, Herndon wasn't so sure. ' M1 these fires are suspicious and they are all under investigation;' said Herndon. Today I watch our school children walk out of their classes, gather on the streets by the thousands and protest our second amendment. Well, you must admit we who carry guns are intolerant! Shame on us for wanting to protect our families and ourselves! However, I must admit I can't understand where this knowl- edge of right and wrong was thrust upon such young leaders who have never been taught the history of our country. Have they not read about our early Americans who picked up their guns and went to war against the monarch of England to defend our God given rights? Have they not been taught that our freedoms in America are constantly being chal- lenged? And I'm sure they do not remember when Premier Khrush- chev threatened that Russia would 'take America from within" Many years ago, my wife and our two young children and I visited Williamsburg, Va. While there, we watched a movie where our founding fathers of our new nation gathered together to decide whether to go to war with England or cower and sink into abysmal shame. Were the colonists willing to be ignorant by not paying attention to what the British were doing? Patrick Henry bravely stood up and glared at the founding fathers with great resolve and asked the question, ' kre we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not?" May I ask the same question of America today? May I also add to this question? "Do we have voices and speak not!" God Bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. Green bought the 1,500-square- foot home from the Elizabeth Hart Estate in 2016, and bought an adjacent home next to his used car lot at a county tax auction in 2011, according to property tax records. Hemdon said he's proud of his firemen and thankful for the help of the county fire department as they worked together to put out blazes in three homes overnight. "They did an outstanding job," said Herndon. "Our resources were stretched thin, but despite that, with a lot of hard work, they did a great job." The original report was that four homes were burned and that Green owned them all, but that turned out not to be true. The state fire marshal is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to an arrest and conviction for arson. Call 1-800-282- 5804 if anyone has information on who burned the homes. TALK on the street was that a potential business/indus- try group visited Forsyth/Monroe County last week under the cover of secretness with a select few locals getting to meet and greet the visitors. Whatever the business/indus- try group was, heard they would hire 200 if they located here. That would be great. CONTACT Don Daniel to answer The Question or make a comment at Listen to The Reporter On The Radio on Sunday mornings on Majic 100 at 7 or anytime by clicking on the radio tab at You can also watch and listen to Will, The Dude and Don on Forsyth Cable. his last Aug, incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall in 2010 after Marshall LOOKING over the checks approved for payment by went several years without hosting a Town Hall meeting with the County Commissioners, 10 checks were written to pay his constituents in rs h. If want an opportunity to let garnishments of six county employees in the amount of $eott know what you want him to do in Congress, call his $1,311.83. A check to the Georgia Public Safety Training Washington office at (202) 225-6531 and let him know. Center in the amount of $13,028.40 was paid for meals for inmates in the county hoosegow. The largest check in the most recent pay-outs went to WalthaU Oil Company in the about of $55.623.90 for "inventory gasoline" for all county owned vehides. No lawyer, commissioner reimbursements nor inmate medical bills were paid in this go-round of writing checks. ACCORDING to the Forsyth City Council agenda for this past Monday night's meeting, the Council was going to decide when the election will be held for the Post 1 seat on the council previously held by the late Dexter King. I am sure Diane Glidewell will have a front page story on the council's decision for the election. Word is already out there, there may be more than one if not three candidates qualifying for the seat. ON THE lighter side: The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness, q-hink of your three best friends---if they're okay, then it's you! t