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E D ITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard: publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 A 2016 and 2017 whner: Editorial Page excellence 2016 winnen Sports Photography exceti /g~'k"~ ,/l% 2016 wJnngr: News Photography excellence t~lb~i/~! ,w: Fro t Poge o,co"0oco Wednesday May 30 2018 2o!7 winn H mor Cdum, - Onthe Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis What are we creating? aise your hand is you're NOT rmming for Monroe County sheriff this year. . Six candidates have now tossed their Stetsons binto the ring and there may be more. Competition is good, and giving Monroe County citizens a lot of choices means we'll emerge with a better sheriff than we would without competition. There's always a con- cern that sheriff's office employees who don't win won't be able to keep their jobs. That's because the winning candi- date is usually not inclined to keep employees who op- posed them. But the number of MCSO employees running for sheriff may mean the winner will HAVE to keep some of them employed lest he be forced to re-staff the entire department. eee Wereported last week that there's a new industry coming to the IDI industrial park on Rumble Road which may bring as many as 250 jobs to town. We don't have many more details yet, but we do know that the company has withdrawn its request to rezone the property from indus- trial to commercial. Development authority president Bo Gregory said he told the company that there's no reason to seek a more restrictive zoning classification (commercial) when industrial will suffice for the distribution center now underway. But the biggest need for almost any industry is not good zoning, but good employees. Talk to any employer and they'll tell you it's very hard to find qualified workers these days. Some of that is thanks to a good economy, where unemployment has dropped to 4 percent. Fewer people need jobs when that happens. The other problem is our generous welfare and disability payments, which sometimes make not working more profit- able than working. But another problem pointed out by development author- ity member Greg Head is that our schools are urging so many students to go to college rather than training for good-paying vocational jobs like welding, auto mechanic or, for Head's business, heating and air. Head said even offering strong pay, $15-$20, he has a very hard time hiring good techni- cians, and he's made the lack of vocational training a big part of his so-far successful run for school board. I thought of Head on Tuesday when I was talking to the owner of the press plant where we publish the Reporter. He was explaining that he had bought a sophisticated piece of equipment to insert sales paper into newspapers but that his employees couldn't figure it out and he's having to l uy an older piece of equipment to accommodate his employ- ees' lack of technical skills. That led to a broader discussion of hiring problems. He told me that he had scores of employees lay out this Me- morial Day weekend, without giving notice, forcing him to go to the local homeless shelter to find people willing to do the rush jobs a press must handle. It's not a new complaint, finding good help is always hard. But it doesn't seem to be getting better. Monroe County chief deputy A1 Shackelford has his own theory about we can improve how we raise youngsters. He recalled going to his grandchild's Kindergarten gradu- ation recently and watching the children march in caps and gowns as if they had. achieved great honor by finishing Kindergarten. Many of them were given awards for various things. "I remember when I reminded my parents that I was graduating from high school on Friday night" recalled Shackelford. "My dad said, 'Well son, what's the big deal, isn't that what you're SUPPOSED to do?" Maybe we could teach the generation that endured " the Depression and fought World War 2 a little bit about showing love and affection. But maybe they could teach us something about raising hard workers who aren't wimps and snowflakes too. the Monroe C~oumry www. is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc Will Davis, President Robert M. Williams Jr, Vice President Cheryl S, Williams, SecretaryTreasurer STAFF Will Davis Publisher/Editor ] ]~ pub,she.m =et , Richard Dumas : News Editor ~ I ] : ] Trellis Grant Business Manager Diane Glidewell Community Editor dve s,ng aro, a.e, Manager r ii Brandon Park Creative Director 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 Phone (478)994-2358 - Fax (478)994-2359 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 of The Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield O O O probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about utility poles, but the pepple shaping the furore do. Much of what we envision for the years to come - from digital educa- tion to telemedicine to autonomous vehicles - will require internet service that is faster, more reliable and more ubiquitous. That future may not be as distant as some people think. To get there will require agree- ment about how to attach futuristic antennae to the same kind of wood- en poles first used 200 years ago. Telecoms are abuzz about the impending roll-out of 5G (fifth- generation) wireless technology. The jump from the current 4G technol- ogy is said to be dramatic: Speeds could be anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster, with near-instantaneous response time between networks and connected devices. What's the difference? Here's how Bob Davis, vice president of govern- ment relations for Verizon, put it in a recent presentation to legislators when talking about how the new technology would work with driver- less cars: "If you use the current, 4G technol- ogy to try to stop a car it would take about 10 seconds;' he said. "So obviously that would not worL With the 5G, high-band spectrum, it's mil- liseconds:' That's truly the difference between life and death Davis was speaking at a meeting, of the House Rural Development Council in Blue Ridge on May 16. Two days earlier, at a Metro Atlanta Chamber event, industry representa- tives als0 talked about the impor- tance of 5G to Georgigs biggest city. When one idea resonates in both rural and urban Georgia, it's worth paying attention. What brought those two crowds together, though, wasn't just the technology it- self. It was the challenge of deploying it across a state with 159 different counties, even more cit- ies, and all their various approaches to regulating and permitting. To reiterate, 5G technology will require lots of small antennae, known as small cells. They may be attached to buildings in some cases, but more often they'll be perched atop utility poles, lampposts, traffic signals, all sorts of things that are elevated - and, the vast majority of time, owned by someone other than the company with the antenna. Most of the time it will be a.utility pole owned by a city, a county or a power company (Georgia Power or an electric membership corporation) and standing in public right-of-way managed by any of those or, in some cases, the state DOT. The various parties have spent months and months talking to one another. As of today, though, they have not settled on a standard way of handling permit requests for these small cells. The scope of this work is huge: At least initially, small cells will need to be within 250 to 750 feet of each oth- er, since one trade-off for the faster speeds and lower latency is shorter range. That, plus the aforementioned need for ubiquity, means some regulatory streamlining is in order. Nineteen states, including Florida, North Carolina and Tennes- see, have passed bills to provide that streamlining as well as cap the fees that pole owners can charge for access. They are better-positioned than Georgia to garner early investment in this technology. "This is a competitive industry" Davis told legislators. "Cost is a significant factor" in where a company such as Verizon spends its limited capital. Georgia's legislators seem reluctant to intervene in the negotiations un- less they absolutely must. It needn't come to that. The local communities and utilities that own these poles would benefit from having 5G every bit as much as the telecoms would from providing it. They can and should work this out on their own. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column appears in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by SIoan Olive ' Tow? Just when the Rus- the Russians infdtratm& trying to gain establishment and to question authority / siancoll, usioninvestiga-acc,e,trying to gain leverage and influ- because it was the establishment that 4 tion cant get any more ence. Then, Clapper had the audadty mntheFBI,theDepartmentofDe- bizarre, it does. Recall to say that Trump should be happy that fense, and other government agendes. March 2017, President Trump tweeted that he and his campaign had been wiretapped in 2016. That "wiretap" tweet caused the media and the Demo- crats (I repeat myself) to go berserL "How dare Trump accuse the most worshipful Obama of wiretapping the Trump campaign ' they screame& The media accused Trump of lying about being wiretapped. They mocked him for daring to accuse their messiah of rising nefarious means against a politi- cal opponent. Tunas out that Trump was correct The FBI and the NSA, no doubt with Obam approval, did wiretap Trump and surveilled several members of his campaign staff. The Obama regime used methods that Len- in, Stalin, and Hitler would be proud of They lied to a FISA (Foreign Intelli- gence Surveillance Act) judge to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump staffers to obtain information on Trump himself Then, the FBI used information obtained from the likely, illegal FISA warrants to justify the entire Russia-collusion investigation and the special counsel We've known all this for a year. So, what's new you ask? Spying is what's new. his campaign was spied upon became the FBI was trying to "protect" his cam- paign. George Orwell warned us about government bureaucrats like James Clapper. Clapper is a LIAR - he lied to Congress under oath when he said the NSA and the FBI doesn't conduct domestic surveillance (for you liberals - domestic means here in the U.S.) Then when caught in the lie, he admitted that the FBI spied upon Trump but had the temerity to say that Trump should be happy that his campaign was spied upon. This is how sick and warped liberals have become. At one time, the FBI spied on the mafia and on danger- ous street gangs; now, the FBI spies upon Obama's political opponents. LETME get this straight: According to Clapper and the FBI, the Russians were suspected of trying to influence the 2016 election, and the Russians favored Trump over Hillar . Also, the FBI suspected several Trump staffers of having ties to the Russians. So to protect Trumps campaign, the FBI's only choice was to The FBI did surveillance on Martin Luther King and on anti-war protest- ers; the DoD drafted students and sent them off to Vietnam; andhw enforce- ment agencies quelled the anti-war protests. The establishment was the FBI, the CIA, the DOJ, and the DoD. They were "The Maff' and the protesters were against the "Man? The Man was the enemy and Was not to be trusted. That period was the birth ofthe hippie movement where it was cool to "turn on, tune in, drop-out? Smoke some pot, drop some acid, groove to some music, live in some commune, and violently protest all authority were identifying traits of the hippie era LAST WEEK, Trump tweeted that Obama and the FBI spied on his dec- NOW, THOSE hippies are 65+ years old and have become the "Man." They are in charge of academia, the media, and government bureaucracy. They worship an ever ex- panding and increasingly powerful authoritarian government. At one time they would have fought government agencies conducting surveillance on U.S. dtizens. Now, theylre OK with a sitting president spying on a political rival Imagine the outrage if, in 2008, Presi- dent Bush had used illegal warrants to wiretap, surveil, and spy on Obama s campaign. That's exactly what Obama and the Deep State did to Trump. The truth about Obam illegal wiretaps and illegal spying is slowly emerging. As it does, it is being strongly res' ted by Democrats, the media, and the Deep State. We need a second special counsel to investigate the illegal activities of the Obama administration and the illegal activities of the FBI and the Depart- ment of Justice. Just like the 1960's, the upper echelons of the FBI and the DOJ are no longer trustworthy. tion campaign. Like Trump's wiretap wiretap, surveil, and embed a spy (pos- accusation, the media and the Demo- sibly several) into Tramp's campaign crats (I repeat myself) Went "How to see what the Russians were doing. dare Trump accuse the most worshipful Obama of spying on the Trump cam- paign;' they screamed. The media ac- cused Trump of!ying about being spied upon. They mocked him for daring to accuse their messiah of using nefarious ' means against a political opponent. Like before, Trump was correct. The FBI, no doubt with Obam approval, did spy on Trumps campaign. Once again, the Obama regime used methods similar to Lenin and Stalin by using spies against the Trump campaign. ]ames Clapper, Obam@ Director of National Intel- ligence, actually admitted to the spying when he appeared on "The View". ON MAY 22, Clapper appeared on ABC'S The View. Co-host, Joy(less) Behar asked him, "Was the FBI spy- ing on Trumps campaign?" Clapper responded, "No they were not, they were spying on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand - were That's what the Democrats, Obama, the FBI, and the media want us to believe. If that were the case, riddle me this; Why didn't the FBI simply warn Trump that he had hired several "questionable" staffers who had possible ties to Russia? And why didn't the FBI spy and wiretap Hillary's campaign, if she was, in fact, the target of Russian interference? The answers are obvious - the FBI, the Democrats, Obama, Hillar and the Deep State wanted to entrap Trump as their "insurance" policy should he win the election. ACTUALLY, IN a broader sense, Trump has exposed liberals for the dan- gerous leftists that they have become. They have become the very people they wamed us about. The current crop of leftist, liberal elites got the'tr start during the days ofthe anti-war protests of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Back then, it was "cool" and 'Trip" to be anti- WEEKLY QUOTE: "By any means necessary;' - The left's mantra, legal or illegal, toachieve their ends. Sloan Oliver is a mired Army office . He lives in Bolingtroke with his wife San&a. Email him at sloanoliver@ earthlinkwet.