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Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard, publish, and conceal not, Jeremiah 50:2 & EDITORIALS 2016 q~l 2017 winnen Editorial Page excellence ~,~ 2016 ~ Sports Photography excellence /lO'~tl~t,~ 2016 WhlMr:. News Photography excellence tO U~dil~l 2016 whv~r': Front Page excellence ~*~-'~Y~I~/ 2011 winner:. Best Humor Column- On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Wift Davis Herds how I'm voting "Ttet another reason early voting is a bad idea is that it has V almost killed the Election Eve rush of last-minute en- ][ dorsements, dirty tricks and horse swapping that made politics somewhat fun. S'mce halfthe vote is often already in the books by election day there's less buzz from candidates making last-second pleas for votes. Hopeful, we're on our way to ditching, or at least severely limiting the early voting experiment. Early voting was added as an overreaction to the controversial 2000 presidential dection. That was the one when AI Gore and the Democrats whined that Republicans in Florida "disenfranchised" voters, costing them the dection. Like almost everything else Democrats sa) this was pure hogwash. Alas, the race-baiting, victimhood playbook dies hard. Anywa because of early vofing ifI was going to endorse candidates for office, I should have done it weeks ago. As usual, rm late to the game Nevertheless, rve been getting lots of calls and messages from people wanting my voting preferences.'Call them crazy if you want. I guess people know I'm loony and masochistic enough to follow politics dosely so they don't have to, so they can enjoy normal lives. So here's my ballot, recalling that I am voting on the Republican ballot because not much of value happens on the Democrat ballot anymor GOVF/hNOR - Despite an open govemor's seat, this has been the quietest govemor's race in recent memor Many of our local leaders -- outgoing sheriffJohn Cary BitUck, former state lawmaker Jim Cole etc. -- are supporting Casey Cagle. After seemingly 73 years as lieutenant governor, Cagle is by far the best-connected and best-financed candidate. But I concur with my friend Erick Erickson, the Macon-based WSB radio host, who said Cagle maybe a fine governor, but hds too establish- ment to get his vote. His loyalty will likely be to the well-connected blob that feeds off state government. Secretary of state Brian Kemp has made a splash with his pro-gun ads. Let me tellyou a secre I like Brian. Despite exposing his failure to do his job every week in this paper for years (see page 5A), I like him He knows we rip him in this paper and still cordial every time we meet. A politician who doesn't seem to collect grievances is a good thing. But I still cafft support him because under a Supreme Court order, and it's cost Monroe County millions. Clay Tlppins has a home just across the river in Jones Coun but said he will not support the Religious Freedom Act, so out for me. Hunter Hill is a former Army Ranger with a proven conservative record, endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz, the gold standard of conservative politicos. I'm vot ng Hunter Hill LT. GOVERNOR - David Shafer (you know, guy with the adoption TV ad) has been a leader for conservative reform in the state senate and will be an excellent lieutenant governor. SECRErARY OF STATE - Georgia actually has an embar- rassment of riches in this race John McKoon, Buzz Brockway and David Belle Isle are all rock-solid conservatives with no known character issues. But it is Bmchcay who told a Monr County group this spring that he was used to making tough decisions and vowed to resolve the county line dispute. Buzz, ap- propriately enough, is a Tech grad, and I'm still voting for him. TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX - Six years ago voters in Monroe County and most of Georgia rejected an attempt to impose a 1-percent sales tax for transportation. In tom, hwmak- ers gave voters a big middle finger and imposed a gas tax increase anyway. Now here they are again wanting us to increase our sales taxes locally from 7 to 8 percent for mad projects. This would siphon about $4 million per year out of Monroe County families and businesses and into regional and local mad spending. Yes get a few roads re-paved. But think about this: Even if you generously assume that half of those sales tax revenues would be paid bytravders coming through the count, each of Monroe County's 9,500 households would still be forced to fork out $210 per year under the new tax. Over 10 years, it would be more than $2,100. That's less money for your groceries and bills. In the words ofmy father in law Mike Head: "Politicians will fight tooth and nail to get a-hold ofyour mon So don't EVER hdp them by voting yourself a tax increase:' THE OTHER RACES? They're up to you Monroe County If you're a reader of this newspaper, that means you're smart, educated and informed: Vote well! the Monroe County www. MyMCR.net is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Che~l S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer OU Will Davis Publisher/Editor publisher@mymcr.net Richard Dumas . News Editor forsyth@mymcr.net Carolyn Martel i~ Advertising Manager ads@mymcr.net [ Trellis Grant Business Manager business@mymcr.net Diane Glidewell Community Editor news@mymcr.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: THE 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 pdor to issue. Comments fe~umd 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 Wingfietd Tackling Georgia's problems with health care must be a top priority of our next govemor. Sowhy did the current governor this past week veto a bill intended to bring experts together to craft solutions to those problems? In short, the bill added complexity and bureaucracy to a system already plagued by those ills. Senate Bill 357 was the chief prod- uct of the Health Care Reform Task Force the Senate convened in 2017. The idea, as stated in the bill, was to create a "state-wide coordinating platform" that would "unite the ma- jor stakeholders and components at all levels of the state's health system:' Here's what that meant in practice: first, the creation of an 18-member Health Coordination and Innovation Council comprising eight existing state agency heads, the attorney gen- eral, six gubematofial appointees and two legislative appointees. 18th member would be a new "Director of Health Care Policy and Strategic Planningf tapped by the govemor and authorized to hire "such other professional, technical and clerical personnel as deemed necessary." There would also be an advisory board to the council with between 13 and 19 members, all appointed by the governor. Finally, more than a dozen current boards, agencies and commissions would report their work not to the General Assembly, but to the newly created counc'fl. For those keeping score at home, that's as many as 26 new gubemato- rial appointments, not Including the five agency heads who already are sdected by the governor; plus at least one new state employee and likely several others; as well as a significant shift in oversight from the Legisla- ture to the executive branch. The polite term for all this is "streamlining" A less generous description would be "centralizing power" and "growing government" So many problems with our health-care system stem from put- ting too much authority in the hands of too few. Anyone who recognizes that must view SB 357 with deep skepticism. As should anyone who knows the value of such appointments often accrues more to the persons making and receiving them, rather than to the citizens and taxpayers. Indeed, Gov. Nathan Deal ex- plained his veto by saying the bill, "while well-intentioned, creates several unnecessary additional levels of government." There's also reason to doubt the bill's premise that government must not only coordinate health care itself within the state but innovation as well. That is exactly backward. In fact, there's already a great deal of health-care innovation in Georgia. Companies large and small, rural and urban, are improving their em- ployees' health and their bottom line JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver 1 Ln udaSt week, President Tromp kept another one of his campaign , by cancelling Obamas ear agreement. Just like when Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, again, liberal heads exploded because Obama is being erased from history. Actual,Trump didn't pull us out of anything because there never was an agreement to begin with. We never had an agreement we never had a treaty; we never had anything other than Obarr own pledge to give cash to Iron so they could continue sponsoring world-wide terrorism without worrying about crip- pling economic sanctions. The agree- ment boiled down to Obam personal pledge to help Iran at the expense ofthe United States and at the expense of our allies. There was nothing that binded the U.S. or Iran to anything. IMMEDIATELY AFTER Trump cancelled the Iran nudear agreement, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) summarized it quite succinctly: "The Iran deal has al- ways been terrible. Today is a reminder that if you live by the pr 'ldenc you die by the pres'ldenc . We ought to be dear about this: Donald Trump isn't ripp'mg up a treaty; he's walking away from Barack Obama personal pledge. Two- and-a-halfyears ago, Pr ident Obama made a bad deal with Iran without sup- port from Congress, and today Presi- dent Trump is pulling out of President Obama s personal commitment, and he doesn't need Congr 's support to do it. American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people? OBAMA NEVER took his Iran deal to Congress, and it was never presented honestly to the American people. Even a sycophant Democrat like Chuck Schumer was against the agreement be- cause he is smart enough and patriotic enough to know a terrible deal when he sees one. Obama "agreement" gave ev- erything to Iran and demanded nothing in return. A president cannot commit the United States to an international treaty s'unply because he wants it - he must get approval of Congress. Obama didn't care. He couldn't get Congr 's support so he imposed his agreement by executive action and executive order. If Obama had submitted the Iran agree- ment to Congress, and Congress had approved it, Trump could not pull us out without Congress's approval. by experimenting with the ways they pay for and, in the case of on-site clinics and pharmacies, even provide care. The state needs to learn from them. But that doesn't require a new coun- cil, board and sure-to-grow agency. There is a place for a more limited group to review how state govern- ment can be more effi- cient in providing access to employees as well as those on safety-net pro- grams such as Medicaid. There's even a blueprint for such a group: the Criminal Justice Reform Council. That council, also cre- ated by statute, includes 15 members chosen by the governor, more than half of whom are already elected or appointed officials. But it doesn't require a separate board to advise it, nor a new director and additional support personnel. And while it can request data and records from state agencies, it doesn't shift their reporting duties - and thus much of their oversight - away from the Legislature. Its only real power is to recommend legisla- tion to the General Assembly. That's the model for the next governor to follow when it comes to improving health care. CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingdield's column runs in newspapers across the state. SO, HOW did the Obama regime convince the media and the gullible half of America that the Iran agreement was a good deal? Simple, they lied about the details. Ben Rhodes, Obama deputy National Security Advisor and spokes- man said, "Your average journalist is 27. They don't know anything; they bdieve everything we tell 'em. It was a snap? So, in August 2015, Obama's people ran around feeding false information to joumalists knowing they wouldn't do any fact checking and would print any- thing they were told. (Perfect example ofwhy I say the Democrat Party and the media are one in the same because they are.) and we would give them three weeks' notice if we wanted to inspect any fadlities that we thought they might use to do so. Thank God President Trump cancelled that terrible deal MEANWHILE, SECRErARY of State Mike Pompeo successthlly negotiated the rdease of three Ameri- can prisoners hdd by North Korea. Upon their retum to the U.S President Trump greeted them and welcomed them home. Trump was criticized for using their release as a "photo op? Guess the media doesn't remember Obamds 'photo op" when he announced the release of Army traitor Beau BergdahL HOW BAD was the Iron deal for America and the wodd? Itwas so bad that both Israd and Saudi Arabia actually agreed that it was terrible. John Kerr secretary of state, admitted that some of the $150 billion that we gave Iran would probably be used to fund terrorism. We now know that some ofthe $t50 billion went to Syria, to the Taliban, to Hamas, to Russia (Russia was building nudear infrastruat for h-an), to Yemen to fight Sandi Arabia, and to Hezbollah for then" war on Israel. The only thing Obama got in retum for the $150 billion was promise to not build a nudear weapon for 10 years; but Obama agreed that we would give Iran three weeks' notice ifwe ever derided to inspect their facilities to see if they were complying. Ohama didn't even require the mullahs to sign the agreement. All of this is why Trump said that the Iran "ageement" was one of the worst deals in history- because it was. Makes you wonder why Obama and Kerry would agree to such a bad deal. Were there any kickbacks? Just asking. 5/oan O/;v r LET'S RECAP - Iron couldn't violate the agreement because they never signed anything. The agreement was an Obama/Kerry political document, never presented to, ratified b); or agreed to by Congress. It was dishonestly presented to America by feeding false information to the media. The "agree- ment" gave $150 billion to Iron, lifted economic sanctions on them, required ' them to do nothing except promise not to build nudear weapons for 10 years, LAST WEEK, I discussed the two Board of Education (BOE) elections (District 3 and 5) and the ] Georgia House District 141 election. Those are three ofperhaps 20 elections that voters are voting on next week. To find your individual ballot go to "My Voter Page" at: www.mvp.sos. ga.gov At that website you'll be asked to enter your basic voter registra- tion information (Name, County, and Birth Date); hit SUBMIT and you'll be taken to a webpage that provides you with all your voter information - polling place, early voting information, district maps, and a sample ballot for either party. S'unply click on either Republican or Democrat to see who is running for what offices. Over the past week, I've been doing just that so I can do some research on the candidates for the various offices. Ad- ditionally, the Democrat ballot is asking voters about several issues important to Democrat voters - banning bump stocks, expanding Medicaid, increasing spending on mass transportation, and ending political gen'ymandering. Again, I support Greg Head for BOE District 3, Matt Morris for BOE District 5, and Todd Tolbert for District 141. WEEKLY QUOTE: "Politidans and diapers mustbe changed often, and for the same reason:' - Mark Twain Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife San- dra. Email him at sloanoliver@earthlinl net. i -.it,