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Page 6A June 26, 2019 iR pOrter JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver week while he can to keep blacks down. ,"watching the news Again, that was a lie. Biden | and national eventsknew he was telling a He I was reminded of knew that Romneyisnt a Mark Twain's famous quote, "If you don't read the news- paper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are mis- informed." Twain's quote is spot on with the accuracy(or inaccuracy) of today's media, as theygo from fake news to fake news and faux outrage r=:', to faux CLI . >U outrage. The first outrage was Joe Biden's comment. That was followed by outrage over reparations for slave KNOWING THAT Biden has a history of making stu- pid comments, what did Joe say this time? First off, former vice president Biden is a throwback politidan. He's old school - meaning that he can work with all factions and groups to accomplish legisla- tion, he puts America first over his par,and he believes that the United States is the greatest country on earth. In other words, Joe is the exact opposite of his fellow Demo- crats who despise America, who want America to be wealse r than our adversaries because we're too successful, who put Democratic Party success, o er the success of the nation, and who think the United States has become a superpower by exploiting other countries and thus want America to fail. NOW, CONSIDER Biden's comments. At a fundraising event, Biden recalled being a senator back in the 1970's and said he was able to work with southern Democrats who staunchly opposed desegregation and dvil fights. Joe specifically mentioned working with Sen. James Eastland (D-MS) and Her- man Talmadge (D-GA). Biden said, 'At least there was some civility. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished." OMG - from the hatred spewed at poor Joe, you'd have thought he was President Trump. Every me- dia outlet and every Demo- crat pounced on Joe for having the audacity to have once worked with avowed Democrat segregationists, and admitting it. NEVER FAILING to keep their audiences misinformed, the media (i.e. what Twain was referring to) went Into full scale Fake News mode. The media said that segrega- tionists Talmadge and East- land were Republicans. That's a lie; they were both Demo- crats, as all segregationists have been. Then, the fake news media misstated the context in which Biden made his comment. Biden's point was that, despite disagreeing with others, he can work with them to get things accom- plished. The press knew that and other Dems knew that but low-information Democrats don't. And it's the low-information Democrats the media targets with their fake news. KARMA HAS a way of coming back and biting you, and it's happening to ole Joe. The media and other Dems are calling Joe a racist. For decades, Dems have painted Republicans as racist. Prime example, back in the 2012 election, Biden was speaking to a black audience and, re- ferring to Mitt Romney, said, "They're going to put you all back in chains? Biden's message was that Romney is a racist and will do whatever racist, but that didn't matter. The Dems' divisive narra- tive is that Rel ublicans are racist, and Dems lie to keep that false narrative going. It's ironic that ole Joe is be- ing called a racist when previously he used a bogus racist accusation against his op- ponent. AND DID you see the media hit piece against Joe Biden last week? For years, con- servatives have known that when Joe was VP, he and his son, Hunter, had shady dealings with China (pay to play) and with the Ukraine (more pay to play). Finally, liberals and Dems are finding this out be- cause the liberal media, who remained silent for years, are trying to "take out" Joe and are now publishing these stories. Why are they doing this? Simple - Biden is an old white and for years, the Dems have insisted that old white guys are the problem with America. Joe, what goes around comes around. It's called Karma. HEY JOE, if you want to salvage your campaign, herds what you must do. First, grovel to AI Sharpton, genu- flect, prostrate yourself, kiss his ring and tell him you're not a racist by donating thousands to Sharpton's bank account. Then, hold a press conference and apologize for your white privilege. Make sure you tell the 12 attendees that you cannot understand being disadvantaged because you're a white guy who has never been without anything in your life. Next, apologize for your "cisgender" sexual identification. Because you're cisgender, you're advantaged in that you don't know what it's like to be confused about your gender or confused about which bathroom to use or what pronoun to call yourself. Your whiteness and cisgender identification are proof of the privileges you've enjoyed your entire life and you must apologize for the sin of being a privileged white gnS (Note - Cisgender is a "woke" term that refers to peqple who identify with their birth gender. Libs insist that cisgenders are "advan- tagea" because they've never been confused about their gender.) LAST WEEK Congress held hearings on slavery reparations. Simply put, Dems and their constituents want you and me to give money to blacks because 150 years ago there was slavery in the United States. Hey Dems, if you want to give blacks some money for your past sins and for what you've done to blacks for 300+ years, I'm good with that. However, you won't get a dime from those of us who had nothing to do with slavery, nothing to do with Jim Crow, and nothing to do with segregation. IfI were a Democrat, and knew how badly Democrats have treated blacks since before the founding of our country; R1 feel guilty too. However, I'm not a Dem. So, Dems pay up and perhaps you'll feel absolved for past sins. WEEKLY QUOTE: Repa- rations: A way for Democrats to buy black votes by asking everybody to pay blacks for what Democrats did to blacks. - The Intemet Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer who writes a weekly column for the Re- porter. Email him at sloanoli- ver@earthlink. IN LOV I N G Tommy Jackson July 4, 1937 - June 24, 2019 Juliette - Joseph Tommy Jackson passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, June 29, 2019, at East Juliette Baptist Church with burial in the church cemeter Rev. J. R. Jones will officiate. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m Frida); June 28, 2019, at Monroe County Me- morial Chapel. Tommy was bom July 4, 1937, in Porterdale to the late Joseph Samuel JACm Jackson and Georgia Nancy Wilkes Jackson. His brother, Buck Jackson, preceded him in death. He was a 1956 graduate of Jones County High School where he earned a basketball schol~rchir~ 'r a ~ -~ l~r.hin~ Air Force Base and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Survivors indude his wife, Lena Williams Jackson of Juliette; children, Donna Home (Ronnie) of Gray, Sharon Williamson (Kelly Green) of Eatonton and Frankie Lord (Mark) of Juliette; sisters, Wylene Corbett of Jacksonville, Florida and Diane Johnson of Flovilla; grandchildren, Joseph Tanner (Missy) of Gray, Bob Home of Gray, Jesseca WiUiamson of Haddock, Kim- berly Williamson of Milledgeville, Jeremy Williamson of Forsyth, Robert Shupe of Juliette, Cassandra Shupe (Shawn Garbee) of Williston, ND; great grandchildren, Harleigh Marie Tanner of Gray, Camryn Elaine Allen and Autunan Kate Allen of Haddock and Jod Braxton Smith of Milledgeville. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapd has charge of arrangements. Hubert Giddens January 13, 1943 June 2Z 2019 Culloden - Hubert Giddens passed away Monday; June 24, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 at The Sanctuary Baptist Church with burial in Russellville Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Dean will officiate. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the Church. Mr. Giddens was born Jan. 13, 1943 In Eastman. His parents George W. (Dick) and Jimmie Giddens, his son, Kenneth Gid- dens and his sister, Sally Smith preceded him in death. He was a founding member of The Sanctuary Baptist Church in Juliette and owner of Culloden Fire & Safety. He was an avid fisherman and his best days were spent fly fishing and even better if he was fishing with his grandchildren. Mr. Giddens is survived by his wife, Flora Giddens; daughters, Kim Giddens, Sarah (Dan) Curr Karen (Jerry) Harrell and Joana (Chuck) tames; sister, Wylene Pittman; brothers, George Giddens, IW (Aurella) Gid- dens and IJ (Kathy) Giddens; grandchildren, Nathan (Courtney) Perkins, Danid Curry, Kaylin Curry, Gun- nat James, Heather Thomas, Hannah Thomas, Brinson Abal, Jonathan Thomas, Anna Leigh Ingram, Chaz Giddens and Millette Giddens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Sanctuary, P.O. Box 425, Juliette, GA 31046 or to Patti Anderson Youth Home, 1704 Mclntosh Street, Vidalia, GA 30475. Please visit www.monroecountymemorial- to express tributes. Henry Claude (Hank) Stephens March 20, 1958 - June 10, 2019 Forsyth - Hank Stephens, 61, of Forsyth passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2019. A cdebration of his life was held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on June 22, 2019 with the Rev. Keith Harris and the Rev. Stanley Harrell officiating. Burial was at Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery immediately following the service. Mr. Stephens, the son of the late Richard Lamar Ste-: phens Sr. and Joann Adams, was born March 20, 958. His brother Richard Lamar Stephens Jr. preceded in death. After graduation from Mary Persons High School, Hank proudly served in the United States Army. Upon his hon- orable discharge he returned home and worked for the Forsyth Police Department. Before his retirement, he was employed In the trucking industry. Hank loved his church, his family, his friends and his music. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Clark Stephens, his daughter, Erin Stephens Crouch (John), sons, Paul Hartmann (Lynzy), Mike Stephens (Wendy), grandchildren, Susie Crouch, Oliver Hartmann, Axian Stephens, Ari Hartmann; sisters, Bitsy Stanford (Ray) of Forsyth, Missy Reynolds (R.J.) of Gray, brother, Jeff Stephens (Beth) of Forsyth; brother-in-law Marion Baxley (Donna) of Rome, Georgia; sister-in-law, Mome Stephens of Euless, Texas, devoted friends Darrell Smith of Forsyth, Tommy and Deborah Woodward of Forsyth; devoted pet, Nellie and several nieces and nephews. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia, 1959 Hamilton Road, Columbus, GA 31904. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapeLcom to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Stephen Wesley Terry June 30, 1950- June 23, 2019 Forsyth - Stephen Wesley Terry passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Forsyth City Cemeter The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at Monroe County Memorial Chapd. Stephen Wesley Terry was born in Columbus on June 30, 1950 to Derward Westley Terry and Margaret Ann Richards Terry. He departed this life on June 23, 2019. He was the husband of Pamda Mays Terry and the father of Valyne Kathryne Terry. Steve was a graduate of Columbus State University and served as a medic in the United States Army Reserve. He was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Ar- row, and began his career as a District Executive Director for the Boy Scouts of America. He was later In sales for the Coca-Cola Company and then Kinnett Dairies in Colum- bus. During his Columbus years he was active in Edge- wood Baptist Church In the AWANA program. In recent years In Forsyth, he was semi-retired as a part-time night auditor for Days Inn and was a member of First Assembly of God, Griffin, Georgia. He was preceded In death by his parents and his nephew, Shawn Ter He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Terry Corbett (Pete), Sandy Springs; a brother, Clifford Richards Terry (Ginger), WaynesviUe, N.C.; niece Christy Terry and nephews Will Bruer (Anya), Patrick Terry and Jonathan Terry; great-nephew Andrew Terry and great-niece Maggie Bruer. Steve had a great sense of humor and enjoyed cheering people up and mak- ing them fed at home. He was well known for his bak- ing and grilling skills and enjoyed using them to delight friends and family He was a kind and caring man who will be greatly missed. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. Continued from Front tinal, characterized by six hours of vomiting and diarrhea. All of those who became sick were children who had played in the four areas of the .water park within 36 hours of developing symptoms. The children were members of four unassociated groups visiting the water park. The District Health Department is still investigating, but Erickson said it seems that the illnesses were caused by some kind of viral infec- tion, possibly transmitted by touch- ing a door handle or railing. "We got a call from a parent telling us that four or five in his group were sick" said Erickson. soon as we got the call, we went and tested the water and concessions. We talked to the owners. All was in compli- ance. Then we got a couple more complaints. Some of the complaints went to other districts [because of where the children live.] By Friday at 3 p.m, the count was 17. There have been none since." Smith said there are very specific rules for water quality at public pools, frequency for testing the water and keeping records of the testing. The Health Department in- spects pools and water features each spring/summer before they open. All pools must have a certified pool Pad. Smith said the Health Depart- ment has never had a complaint of illness outbreak at the High Falls Water Park before. The Water Park is privately owned and is not affiliated with High Falls State Pare On Tuesday, June 25 the North Central Health District reported 54 cases of gastrointestinal illness in children at Rock Eagle 4-H camp the week of June 19. Samples tested by the Georgia Public Health Lab were positive for norovirus. Symptoms and length of illness are similar to the cases at High Falls Water Park. operator on staff. 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