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May,2019 Page 5A Reporter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel I received the most responses I have ever gotten to The Question last week. The question was what was the man driving when he was arrested for DUI. The answer was a lawnmower. I counted 18 correct answers with Dusty Peppers with the on-time correct answer. Dusty gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Sweet Tea dessert, slice of Jonah's pizza, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, sandwich, chips and drink at The Pickled Okra, and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Now, here's The Question for this week: what is the name of our district attorney who just returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq? First correct an- swer after 12 noon on Thurs- day gets the goody certificate. LET'S GO back to last week's front page. Four out of five county commission- ers rejected the request of a renowned local developer to get a piece of property he owns down in Bolingbroke re-zoned from residential to commercial. One commis- sioner excused himself from the deliberations and vote. Before the developer, Otis Ingram, made his appeal, county attorney Ben Vaughn reminded him that the law requires him to reveal any campaign contributions to commissioners. So Ingram announced that he had made $1,000 donations to Greg Tapley and George Emami. He was immediately corrected by Chairman Tapley, stating the campaign contributions were only $250. Since the rezoning was voted down, I wonder if Ingram is going to want his campaign contributions returned. AT THAT same meeting, there was anticipation that District 1 commissioner Larry Evans would get his hand slapped for his attempt at intimidating a county employee for not hiring his "niece". Didn't happen and my inside source told me the incident has been turned over for investigation to an independent/outside source. Don't worry Larry, ain't nothing goingto hap- pen to you. As I predicted, he is Teflon Larry. But, instead of being chastised for his attempt at intimidating a county employee, Commissioner Evans' supervisory responsibility of overseeing the construc- tion of the new fire station and headquarters was taken away. Instead commissioners gave that job to county manager Czar Jim Hedges. The fire station was sup- posed to be occupied over a year ago, March 2018. Here are a few of many unattributed commissioner comments: "We are not going to bite"; " to keep us from being here 'till midnight"; "Actually I shouldn't have asked that"; "Her "she shed"; "Someone standing there with a shotgun"; "A problem in years past"; "I see no problem putting a bathroom in"; "That would make me more comfortable"; "I'm very sympathetic" "That's not as clear as mud". OVER AT the Forsyth City Council, following and hearing what was/is being discussed in the temporary council meeting chamber is rather difficult. Of course that will have to be tolerated until a new city hall is completed whenever. Forsyth Police Chief Eddie Harris introduced to the council two new police officers, Kevin Powell and ]eremy Malone. Wonder if they have been issued their own ruler for measuring how close we park to the parking white line? Officer Alicia Beckham was recog- nized for completing her state certification. Regina Ivie was sworn in as city clerk and custodian of records. Councilman Mike Dodd was not at the meeting, but here are a few Forsyth City Council members' unat- tributed comments: "Great, great, great, great job"; "I think that is cheap"; "I agree with that part"; "The thing is "; "There is much debate"; 'Tm not saying you are"; "Somebody's not going to drink out the same cup"; "Breaks my heart"; 'Td like to revisit"; "She's got a problem"; "But, yeah I mean"; "One last thing". ONCE, SEEMS like long ago, I was in "downtown" Paris, France, when all of a sudden traffic came to a sudden halt and standing on the sidewalk, along came President Ronald Reagan's motorcade with his waving and smiling. Made me proud to be an American seeing somebody from home. I admired Ronald Reagan because, just like Donald Trump, he began restoring faith in America, not only in foreign countries but right here at home. His patrio- tism made me proud. IF YOU have a hankering for your opinion and ideas to be heard all over Monroe County and Middle Geor- gia, give us a call and come be our guest on Majic 100. We tape the show on Thursday for airing on Sunday morning at 7. Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@ bellsouth, net. LETTERS TO i ! To the Editor: Twas confused by the media | about who actually did, or did |not, benefit from the 2018 tax JL cuts. Did my wife and I? I hon- estly didn't know. So, I decided to find out for myself with a very simple, bottom-line com- parison. Since nothing else meaning- ful had changed for us over those two years, I compared just four (4) numbers, which took me 10 minutes d total. First, I compared our ' djusted your 2018 Form 1040. Gross Income" (AGI) for 2017 and Great News! We paid (9.4 percent) 2018. These two numbers are found LESS in taxes in 2018 than we did on line 37 of your 2017 Form 1040, in 2017 even though we had more and line 7 of your 2018 Form 1040. income. That's a "win-win" Good news! We had more income. Now I know how my wife and I Our 2018 AGI increased +5.1% from were affected by the 2018 tax cuts, 2017. and if you take ten minutes to check, Next, I compared our "Total Tax" you can know whether you were or liability for 2017 and 2018. These were not, too. two numbers are found on line 63 of Sam Henderson your 2017 Form 1040, and line 15 of Monroe County To the Editor: Itkl be nice if one could wave a magic wand and make I'm passing through Forsyth and enjoyed reading the abortions go awa)n But they're going to occur anywaln Reporter. I also read with interest what you had to In your column I saw no recognition of this and no say about the new abortion law. You can be for- solution. Turning troubled people into criminals does given for being young. Permit me to impart a bit of nothing to solve the root problems, h only exacerbates historical context. Abortions occurred before they were the situation by shoving it down a dark alley. legal. Unsavory, unsafe characters were happy to take the Tina Ferguson money of women who were in a bad situation. The tools Dover, Del. of the trade were far-ranging and often unsanitary. e To the Editor: his note was sent to county manager Jim Hedges about construction of the new fire station as reported in last week's Reporter: The construction methodology, time and resources consumed, and the ultimate cost of the fire station project are a concern for many Monroe County citizens/taxpayers. The following is offered to county manager Jim Hedges to provide con- textual relationship for our concerns regarding the methods employed during construction, and the basis for our request. One building was started then stopped after pouring concrete foot- ers. A second building was started after first burying the previous footers, and with no apparent final site grading done or final elevations set to accommodate hydrology or conflict concerns. At this point a contractor hauled in tons of gravel to raise the building footprint elevation one similar, to ensure project quality, 24"-34"; then ran a compactor over time used, and cost/resource con- it before digging it up to install pip- tainment for construction projects. ing. All of this seems odd. Hence, we wish to respectfully Some of us first tried to talk to request a full cost audit for the above Commissioner Evans, who deflect- facility to include all costs related ed, denied and ultimately refused to to the above Monroe County Fire talk with us. At this time Mr. Evans Station No. 1 from its point of ap- had the site "Posted Off-Limits" to proval through April 30, 2019, with all except county employees and its any pending or deferred charges agents, not posted, noted and included; to Some of us then met with Corn- include a completion date and a final missioners Ambrose, Rowland and estimated cost. then-County Manager Anita Buice, In consideration of this problem who were unable to answer our and numerous more recent events, questions and referred us back to perhaps a reading or rereading, by Mr. Evans; after this meeting a coun- the commissioners, of Aristotle's ty employee sought out the wife of Ethics and Heraclitus' Fragments one in the meeting to bully her at her for evaluation and application is in Work location. This county employee order. was apparently on county time. Your consideration in and of these Sometime around this letter's date, matters is genuinely appreciated. I discussed the Hospital and Fire Please advise at your earliest conve- Station with Chairman Tapley and nience. suggested the county use a project Dale D. Miller evaluation tool such as "PERT", or Monroe County SERVING YOU GEORGIA LEGISLATURE Robert Dickey R- District 140 Dale Washburn John Kennedy Susan Holmes R- District 141 R- District 18 R- District 129 404-463-2246 404-656-0152 404,656-0045 404-656-5132 MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Greg Tapley Larry Evans Eddie Rowland Chairman District 1 District 2 478-256-9277 394-0451 808-9354 John Ambrose District 3 960-0764 George Emami District 4 706-207-0383 Eric Wilson John HowardChris Hewett Mayor Post I Post 2 478-461-0889 706-819-2890 478-960-1017 Melvin Lawrence Greg Goolsby Post 3 Post 4 478-993-7841 404-402-1134 Julius Stroud Post 5 706-819-0797 Mike Dodd Post 6 478-994-6203 GET IT OFF :HEST We love to hear from our readers. 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