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The: Ma rae County R porter May 30. 20]8 ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel here is some stunned silence after last week's elections. On the local level the power of one vote was particularly evident in the school board races. Voter turn- out was pathetic? None of the winners can claim winning by an overwhelming majority. Oh hell, in their opinion they won and received a mandate to keep on doing what they have been doing. The long-time school board member and chair- man of the school board squeaked by with a slim voter turnout. Also, long-time BOE member Phil Walker saved his throne on the first ballot but is facing a run-off challenge by first-timer Greg Head. Voting along racial lines was overwhelmingly evi- dent not only in the Forsyth city council election but for the state-wide gubernatorial challenge by the two Stacey's with the African-American Stacey getting solid and overwhelming African-American votes for governor all over the state. As the Wall Street Journal reported, "Georgia has never elected a woman or an African-American as governor". Now here is what I do not comprehend: Ms. Abrams owes over $54,000 in back taxes and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service with the emphasis on back taxes. If you and I owed that kinda money to the IRS we would have liens filed against us and be barred from voting because we would be looking out through bars on the door and windows. Ms. Abrams has been totally aware she owes the IRS money but very obviously has chosen to ignore her fiscal responsibility. So, tell me why she got elected. Obviously violating the law, being black, female and Democrat gives you a free ticket to run for office and with the possibility of getting elected governor. Here is a request: Tell me why you voted for someone who has been arrogantly breaking and ignoring the law. So Ms. Abrams is going to be on the ballot with either Lt. Governor Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the two candidates who earned a run-off challenge for Governor. Now, that brings me to another point which I do not comprehend as to why any Monroe Countian voted for Kemp. We will find out with this issue of The Reporter how many votes Kemp got in Mon- roe County. I guess those in the county who voted for Kemp must own property close to or on the Bibb-Monroe County line dispute. Or maybe they will plead for a state job. It is obvious as Secretary of State Kemp has blatantly ignored the law he is supposed to be upholding and enforcing and was ordered to make a decision. He has to be guilty of contempt of court for refusing to do what the Supreme Court has ordered him to do. So, here is a request for any of you who voted for Kemp for governor: Why did you vote for him. THE CONFERENCE Center was the correct answer as to where the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame Gala will be held. Susan Parker was the first with the correct answer and receives a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Jonah's cookie, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's strawber- ry pie, a sandwich, drink, and chips at The Pickled Okra. Herds The Question of this week: How many votes did Phil Walker and Greg Head receive in the board of education race? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the certificate. THANK you all you Venters for your comments about Will. What some of you don't realize, you have the freedom to express your opinions and very obviously from your expressions, Will is doing a great, if not a superb, job reporting and commenting on the news and what is happening in Monroe County. I am proud of Will, "The Dude" Richard Dumas, Diane Glidewell, and Trellis Grant. Thank you for continuing a tradition begun in 1972. MAYBE one of our local State Farm Insurance Agents will respond to this: State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, "we don't provide coverage for businesses engaged in manufacturing firearms". HERE'S kudos (believe it or not) to the board of education in their idea of providing graduation coverage via huge TV screen in the gym if they had to move the ceremony inside to the Fine Arts Cen- ter. Thankfully the rain held offbut it was a good backup plan. THIS FROM Ken Bowman: The more I get to know people, the more I realize why Noah only let animals on the boat. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at LETTERS TO THE EDITOR e ! To the Editor: Even though I live in Jackson I have had many ties to Forsyth and Monroe County all of my life. I was born at High Falls where my daddy was employed by Georgia Power. For many years we always had a copy of the paper. I bdieve it was called the 'Advertiser". It has only been a short while ago that a friend of mine shared some old Reporters with me. I enjoyed them so much. The Re- porter is a great paper and I look forward to many more copies of the Reporter. ! especially enjoy the Opinions and Editorials. My mother always enjoyed Don Daniel. Diane Glidewell and I have been friends for a long time. I have great love and respect for her. I could not end this letter without talking about the Monroe County Hospital. It is a wonderful one, and I hope it can be kept going. My daughter was there last week with a kidney stone. She received the best of care. Dr. Craig CaldweU is my family doctor. We have one of the best doctor-patient relationships. Mrs. Banks A. (Jeanette) Weaver Jackson TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by D.aie L kens O O oday I hear people moan and complain about our present world. Politics, lack of money, broken homes, crime, old people telling young people where they're going Right wrong and young people telling old people they're too old to understand; the list goes on and on. Sometimes I wonder if there is any answer to our mindset. We seem to have so much more today than ever before and yet we lack the simple love and beauty /-d around us. When our one grandson was very young and playing soccer he just they get He waited a while for an answer. Then the man near the window responded. "No? In fact I'm looking out the window and I see a beautiful world out there. now I see a young mother and father sitting on their front porch, smiling as they watch their two children run- ning around the front yard playing tag with each other. The two children are laughing and jumping happily as their cute little dog runs behind them. It's just so nice to see such happiness in a family." A few days later the man by the door called to the other man again. "I don't know where this food, but I think stood on the field and watched it must be left over from some the other team run by him and lousy restaurant down the road." score. His mother asked him why "I hadn't thought about it one he didn't try to stop the other way or another," the man by the team from scoring. He looked up window answered. "I'm too busy to her with a sad look and said, watching this family outside "Why can't we all score and then my window eating hot dogs on we'll all be happy?" It reminded the porch and laughing to each me of a story I heard many years other. The little boy pretended ago. he was going to eat his mother's Two men were placed in the hot dog and they're all laughing same room in a hospital. One about it now. How happy they was placed in a bed near the win- seem to be?" dow while the other, of course, Another few days passed by was placed in a bed close to the and the man by the door called door. A curtain separated the to the man by the window. "I two men and they never saw the suppose that storm I heard other except for bathroom breaks awhile ago made a mess outside or trips for x-rays. One day the that window of yours." man close to the door called "Actually the storm has passed over to the man by the window by and the sky is the most and complained about the noise beautiful blue you could ever in the hall and the lack of con- see?" The man by the window cern of the nurses. "It's just that responded. "The two children way every day around here," he and their father are jumping complained. "Nobody cares! It's barefoot in and out of puddles the worst place I've ever seen? I while their mother is standing suppose it's no different on your beside the front porch smell- side of that curtain?" ing the most beautiful red roses I have ever seen? The dog can't seem to decide who to run to, the children or their father. I would say it was a pleasant rain after all!" Then one day the man by the window passed away. "Do you suppose I could move to the bed the other man had?" The man by the door asked the nurse who was cleaning the bed. "I sure would like to be in the bed by that window. It must be a whole new, wonderful world looking out that window each day!" From the other side of the cur- tain the nurse softly answered with one word as tender tears ran down her cheeks. "Sure," she said. The following day the nurse placed the man by the door in a wheelchair and pushed him to the other bed. "Please, miss, would you kindly open the win- dow blinds so I can see outside?" He anxiously asked the nurse. "I feel like I must meet this won- derful family that lives next to this hospital!" Quietly the nurse lifted the window blind. As the blind lifted slowly, a brick wall much higher than the hospital window appeared. Nothing could be seen beyond or around that wall. Once again the tears rolled slowly down the nurse's soft cheeks as the man sat sadly star- ing at the brick wall. "You see," the nurse said to the man in the wheelchair, "Mr. Thompson was blind. He never saw the wall you now see. He looked beyond that wall into a world of love and beauty. His world was a world you and I cannot see. His world was in his heart, not his eyes?" God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. Austin (not 10ng in) City Limits Monroe County's congressman Austin Scott (R-Ashburn) held his last Town Hall with his constituents in Forsyth (at right) on Aug. 20, 2014. Scott defeated incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall in 2010 after Marshall went several years without hosting a Town Hall meeting with his constituents in Forsyth. Scott did attend a chamber of commerce event on May 1 but did not take questions from constituents and therefore cannot be considered a town hall meeting. If you want an opportunity to let Scott know what you want him to do in Congress, call his Washington office at (202) 225-6531 and let him know. When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, 2010, Terry Scar- borough's survey of the Monroe-Bibb county line was 'on his desk. The law says it's his job to do something with it. But Kemp an ambitious politician who announced on March 13, 2017 his intention to run for governor, punted. He announced on Aug. 23, 2011 that he was rejecting the Scarborough survey be- cause he can't be sure it's the original line. Unfortunately, the law gives him no such option. So on March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to set the hne and resolve the dispute. That was four years ago. The Reporter is devoting this space each week to counting the number of days Kemp has been on the job, and yet not done his job. If you want Kemp to do the iob which he's sought three times before he gets a promotion to governor, call his office at (404) 656-2817 and let them know.