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& EDITORIALS "Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not." - Jeremiah 50:2 A 2018, 2017, 2016 winner:. EdJtorJal Page excelbnce 2018 winner: Best Headline Wri[JNg /O~~t~~ 2018, 2017 win--: Besl News Photography I~1~'-0-'1" 1~1 2Ol. winner. Bos, V:. ki SI 2018 winner:. Bes, Serious Col n lhe Porch~*~'~'~q~/ 2018, 2017 winner:. Best Humorous COlumn - On the Porch ~,~ ~i~ ON THE PORCH by Will Davis Me YesOfyou know that our family has two Great Pyr- dogs, which weve found to be the sweetest, st affectionate and ab,solutely most hard-headed, ain-in-the-rear dogs weve ever had. These large white polar bears are one reason we are moving from a ne'tghborhood to the country next week. Last Saturday my in-hws were helping us pack when I volun- teered to take the S-year-old and the more active of the two dogs to the creek (the other Pyr would drown because she's too lazy and fat to stand up in the water). "I will be the MVP ofthis paddng pmject ' I announced, "ifI get the 5-year-old out of the housed' Everyone seemed to agree, and besides I'm not a very neat packer. ,On e thing about a Pyrenees is you cant just let them walk alongside you. They dor/t listen. In fact one !i: of the great mysteries of life is why God bothered putting ears on this breed in the first place: They run awa); and it doesri't matter how sweetly you call their name they will not return. For years. Just ask our friends in the Chriswood subdivision who enjoy visits from their local Great Pyrenees. rm told that in the summer this white beast traipses from pool to pool, and has sired not a small number ofpups. He probably doesn't need ears either. As we approached the creek on a narrow trail, Asian was getting more and more excited and began dragging me on the leash downhill toward the water. My protests as I was about to fly head first into the creek bed were met with indifference. But I managed to hold onto the leash and the dog and boy enjoy the cold creek water for some time. As the sun got lower, we finally headed home. But just before we left the woods Asian spotted another Wail that headed back to the creek. She lowered her head, yanked her collar and leash off, and darted down the hill towards the water and out of our view. I was mortified. At 2, Asian is our ba . Every morning she snuggles up next to me on our bed, and paws at me until I pet her. She was not a rescue, but we got her from a farm in Bamesville that has re- cently been shut down as a puppy mill She was our first Pyrenees; our second one, Coco, was a tree rescue with just one eye that we took in just to calm Aslan down. But now she was gone and I was certain never to return. I went and got my wife" the golfcart and Coco, our bait, and began crisscrossing the woods searching for Asian and calling her name, knowing it would do no good. AS we followed the trail toward the creek, we saw a giant white blur cross our path in the distance. She was moving faster than a deer. "This will be a long aftemoon ' I sighed. I walked Coco in the creek hoping to make Aslan jealous and emerge. To no avail We drove down some more trails but saw and heard nothing, She was gone. My wife called it quits and returned to packing. I kept searching but the sun was getting low. Then I heard someone yelling my name. ' V" " "Will!!!!! Shes home!!. It was mywife. I drove the golf cart home and there was Aslan surrounded by our family just lounging in the yard like nothing had happened. My in-hws explained that they were packing boxes when they heard a dog come inside and thought it was Coco. Then my daughter Abbie entered the room and asked where we went. "The're looking for Aslan? "Well Aslar s right here!" replied Abbie. That's when they real- ized the dummy had sprinted through the woods, who knows where, and then finally drded back home. She's a lot smarter than she acts. I wanted to kill the fool dog. But there she sat licking my hands, batting her white eydashes, and pawing at me to pet her. Who can stay mad at a dog like that? eee I know I risk harming her bypraising her, but it is due. Monroe County purchasing agent Phyllis larrdl deserves the county's ap- plause for standing her ground when commissioner Larry Evans chided her for not hiring his niece ( see page 1 A). Such behavior on Evans' part, if true, is unacceptable and he should apologize. Not only is it wrong to use govemment for family favors, but it also breaks the chain of command. We all know that some public offidals like to give jobs to family members. But that doesn't make it right. Government jobs should be given to the best candidate available" not family members of those in power. We commend larreU for her bravery in telling the truth in the face of threats, and urge District i voters to demand an explanation from Evans. the Monrtye Gmnty www. is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President. Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer w ov~ Publisher/Editor News Editor Carolyn Martel ~ Advertising Manager Trellis Grant Business Manager Diane Glidewell Community Editor Brandon Park Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St PO Box 795 - Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER 478-994-2358 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County: $40 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 of The Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield it comes to the na- tional debt, 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year. People in fiscally responsible states like Georgia could bear the brunt of a move in the wrong direc- tion. First, the bleak but totally pre- 1 dictable news: The trustees 1 of Social Security and Medicare this past week said next year will be the first time since 1982 that Social Security will cost more than the tax revenue it brings in. The trend will only get worse. The trustees said the pro- grams' trust fund would be depleted by 2035; if nothing is done, retirees would see a benefit cut at that time. That's only adding to a national debt that has already surpassed $22 trillion and is on track to grow by almost $1 trillion this year. It's bad enough that neither major political party is proposing a way to eliminate the annual deficit, much less begin paying down the debt or put Social Security and Medicare on solid footing. But even worse, the pro- posals already coming out among those who are run- ning for president in next year's election stand to make this dismal outlook even drearier. A leading Democratic candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachu- setts, is out of the gate with a bid to cancel up to $50,000 in student debt per bor- rower. The relief would start declin- ing after one's earnings hit $100,000 per year. (I'm so old, I remember when it took $250,000 a year for liberal politicians to consider one "rich:' At this rate, we'll all be "rich" soon.) The price tag for War- ren's plan - which is deemed even more generous than the one she co-sponsored a couple of years ago with a 2020 rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders - is $640 billion. Part two of the plan, eliminating tuition at public two- and four-year colleges, roughly doubles the cost to $1.25 trillion over 10 years. These are surely rosy- TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens arty C!,W Down- I town? Perhaps I'm not reading this story cor- rectly. Someone please tell me I'm not. Since this article first appeared in our Reporter on April 17, I have read and re-read this article over and over to see if I am dream- ing. Am I missing something? I have even asked my wife to re-read this artide to see if she understands its implications as I do. I had decided to think a little while longer on this article before I presented my thoughts about drink- ing alcoholic beverages in certain areas of our town during certain hours of each day. Today I share my thoughts with all who may read my artide. I recently wrote an ar- ticle for the Reporter ex- plaining what a wonderful town Forsyth is and how my wife and I enjoyed walking the streets. Okay! So my friends and I will simply make sure we stay out of the entertainment area during these desig- nated times. That's not a problem with me. I truly don't judge anyone who drinks alcoholic beverag- es. As a young man a few of my friends and rela- tives drank alcoholic bev- erages. I always ordered a soft drink. If we are with people who do drink my wife and I simply drink our water or soft drinks and con- tinue with our conversations. We will contin- ue to do so. It's our way of life. I do know people who began with one single drink and soon became alcohol- ics. Often times their marriages Cb/e became upset and ruined. It has happened in my family, and I saw the damage it caused. That's why I will not drink. Oth- ers may drink and never meet such problems in their lives. I understand that. I guess it's okay with our city council as long as passers-by on 1-75 stop at our motels and under- stand that alcoholic bev- erages are now available on our streets. It's good for our economy. The hours between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays have also been designated as appropriate hours to drink your selected beverages as you walk the streets of Forsyth. Now we church-goers can make sure we get out of church on time and run to the "Entertainment Area" before the big rush! I know what the council should do. lust an idea, scenario figures, as is War- ren's contention that she can pay for it all with her "Ultra-Millionaire Tax" that starts taxing wealth - not income - at 2% for those with net worth of at least $50 million. Wealth taxes, like high income- tax rates, are bound to disappoint because capital is mobile, and will flee to where it is treated more hospitably. But beyond the unsus- tainable nature of this and similar proposals, consider what it means for those who have been respon- sible. I'm not talking about individuals today. Nor am I talking about those who don't go to college, al- though as a friend of mine wrote on Facebook: What about the guy who takes out a loan to buy a pickup and start, say, a small con- tracting business? Where does he sign up for his loan forgiveness? No, I'm talking here about states that have behaved responsibly with their college costs According to the College Board, Georgia's two-year college tuition and fees were the 33rd-highest in the nation in 2018-19, and have ranked 31st on average since 2004-05, the earliest year for which data were available. For four- year colleges, the current ranking and the average of course, but why not throw in some marijuana while we're at it? Then we can post billboards all around the city and make sure drivers on 1-75 know we have something for everybody. My real question might be, "Did anyone ask the pastors of our town if they thought this was a good idea?" How about those of us who don't drink al- cohol? What about those who have small children? I know! Stay home! However, it's nice to know that residents who live in the entertainment district may buy cups for their use from Main Street. Wow! Did anyone ask the residents of that area? Oh, well! Let's all party! Since part of our Forsythia Festival will encounter some of the streets mentioned for car- rying these special plastic cups it was decided it might be better if people don't carry their designat- ed cups during the festi- val. Why not? I'm guess- ing there is an underlying message here. Perhaps we don't want children who come to our festival to see the freedom of drinking alcoholic beverages on our streets. No. That can't be. Otherwise they would not allow drinking for the entertainment area. Now rm confused more than I was before. Perhaps some may think I'm being somewhat childish in my beliefs. Of course that is a possibil- are both 37th. Our colleges are rela- tively affordable because they controlled their costs. Over the past five years, only eight states have increased their tuition and fees for four-year col- leges by less than Georgia's 1.66%. Twenty-five states, on the other hand, raised theirs by at least 10% dur- ing those years. The difference this year between Georgia's four- year college tuition and fees and that of the state with the costliest colleges, Vermont, is more than $8,000 per year. Perhaps Sanders should focus on containing costs back home. (Warren, too: Mas- sachusetts charges almost $5,000 per year more than Georgia.) By the way, neither Vermont nor Massachu- setts had a school ranked higher than Georgia Tech or the University of Geor- gia in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings of the best public universi- ties. Students and non- students alike in these lower-cost states will bear the real cost of these free- money schemes. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. ity. Or maybe they think I'm preaching too much against drinking alcoholic beverages. I'm not. What you or anyone else be- lieves is entirely up to you. I'm not a preacher nor have I ever considered myself worthy of being a preacher. My main con- cern is what message we are sending to our chil- dren. Whether good or bad, I was a teacher. I still am concerned about what we teach our children and the examples we set. when alcohol becomes a means to draw people to ,our town and to our restaurants I do have a concern. Maybe I truly misunderstood the artide in our Reporter titled "Party City Downtown:' If so, I apologize. Either way, I wonder what would happen if Christians throughout our town would carry their Bibles in designated areas and preach the word during certain hours of certain days. No! Perhaps that might be going too far. lust a thought. And speaking of Macon, as the article on April 17 did, there is a church that sits beside the Walmart store just off Exit No. 9 from 1-475 that has recently added a coffee house that serves coffee and is open to all who just happen to pass by. How original! God bless! Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County.