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July 11, 2018 Page 5A Jl porter W~ ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Dan O el LeaSt week the Forsyth City Council, without hesita- tion, voted ,4,-0 to approve it. What was it? Under agenda ',A, pproval of Req sitions Greater an $5,000 was the item Calibration Controls- --floccuUator shaft repair $8,613.24". No discussion and no council member questioned nor asked what a floccula- tor was/is. They just approved the taxpayer expenditure without any discussion. At the end of the council agenda there is the item for Public Comments. Since I had never heard of a floccula- tor and had no idea what it was, I asked ffthe mayor, any council member or city manager knew what the gadget was that they just approved $8613.24 to repair. None spoke up to admit their ignorance. "Just pay it" was the vote. Coming to the defense of the mayor and council, the city manager said she would find out what a flocculator is, sup- ply me, the mayor and council with darification and what the item does and she did. Here is a very brief synopsis of what it does: The flocculator is the second stage of treat- ment in our process. We have what's known as a mechani- cal horizontal paddle wheel flocculator Meaning, that it is a motor driven, center shaft, with horizontally placed paddle, much like a paddle boat. Long story short, the shaft got broke, the flocculator didn't work and the shaft had to be repaired to the tune of a $8,613.31 taxpayer cost. The moral of the story is don't let you flocculator get broke because it is expensive to repair. Next time you see the mayor, city council member or city manager, just ask them how the flocculator is working. Here are some unattributed council member comments: "By far the cheapest option"; "I had a frog in my throat"; [ "I don't do anything"; "I'll be your assistant"; "People are not using common sense"; "One more thing I have heard"; "Tech guy needs whatever"; "One more thing I have heard". OKV[ pro football fans! If the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the "Jags" and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as known as the "Bucs", what does that make the Tennessee Titans? I AM carrying on a family tradition every Fourth of July. First, I had an uncle who landed on Omaha Beach the day after D-Day and he fought in WWII until the day the peace treaty was signed and he came home. Uncle Billy was a total patriot, honoring the American Flag, The National Anthem, you get the idea. I don't remember when public television began airing 'A Capitol Fourth" but it became an "Uncle Billy Tradition" to watch the live show with patriotic renditions of many songs and honoring every branch of our Armed Forces. He didn't get a chance to see the show being broadcast live from Washington but was intently engrossed in the celebration from his chair in front of the television without interruption from anyone. We understood. The other night, there was the informal television news poll asking 10 people the significance of July Fourth. The answers were disgusting and I stick my nose out and say a failure of our educational system when there were "no idea" and stupid answers by over three-quarters of those asked. HAD several correct responses to "The Question" a couple of weeks ago, identifying a new inductee into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Wesley Pope was the first naming Peppi Zellner. James Webb named Charles Dumas and Sandi Williams named Rhonda Griffin Hardy, coming in second and third. Wesley gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Jonah's cookie, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, sand- wich, drink and chips at The Pickled Okra. Here's The Question for this we& Name the person who just retired after 54 years and was known as "Mr. School Bus". First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the certificate. A FRIEND sent me this and even if you have heard it before it is worth repeating: Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah; Protestants to not recognize the Pope as leader of the Christian faith; and Methodists do not recog- nize each other in the liquor store or Hooters. PROBLEMS at Forsyth's public showers, better known as The Splash Pad, have been fixed, according to the city. HERE are a couple of interesting checks that have been approved by the Monroe County Commissioners: The Backlot Players $675 (wonder if the commissioners get complimentary tickets to performances); $609 to Custom Stuff for summer camp shirts; $7,030.12 to Georgia De- partment of Labor delinquency charges 2017 taxes; $675 Hubbard Alumni Association; $39,375 to Mauldin and Jenkins; $209,188.90 to Monroe County Hospital which included two $100,000 appropriations; $675 to Mon- roe County Historical Society; $96 for portable toilets; $19,055.48 for fuel from Walthall Oil Company and then $1,586.30 to Watts Service Center because the fuel depot was dosed. GOT A COMMENT or a suggestion? Contact Donald Jackson at and listen to The Reporter On The Radio on Majic 100 on Sunday morn- ings at seven and watch Will. Richard and Don on Forsyth Cablevision. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at TO THE To the editor, is a reply to Marilyn Langford editorial pub- lished in the Monroe County Reporter on June 27. You have kept up a steady stream of comments on President Donald Trump, most of it bad. And we live in a society that allows for freedom of speech good or bad. But I've never seen as many bad things that people say about any President, especially our current one, but this constant bashing is unheard of, all because the other candidate didn't win the election. And I realize that you can't believe 50 percent of what can be read on social media FACT: The law that calls for family separation was enforced by the BUSH & OBAMA administrations and you say that this is "Trumps heinous crime against humanity" and he is the one that ended it. But if you read the details of this law then it becomes apparent of why this law was written in the first place, and properly endorsed by the previous administrations. There is a lot of talk about the sep- arations of families at the border, but what about the separation of families of our great troops that serve our country? They volunteer for this when deployed to a foreign land to fight for our freedoms and may return wounded or dismembered as a result of an IED or not return alive, and the wives and children never seeing their loved ones again. What about those people? And think about the Sailors and other Service Warriors that are deployed around the globe, all 1.3 million of them, 15,000 in Afghanistan alone. America needs to salute these brave men and women that serve our country. Upon entering Military Service, I took a solemn and binding obligation to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, the same as any President of our great nation and this obligation is until DEATH. I may not always agree with the decisions made by our leaders, but I support them as they were elected to serve as such, and I am not going to bash them on social media as have a lot of so called celebrities. Anyone that talks about causing harm to the President or his family should be locked up. I don't have all the facts on what you said about what President Trump pulling out of the different treaties. But I did read an artide written by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch that noted President Bush boycotted the United Nations Hu- man Rights Council and President Obama put us back in so Trump is doing the same thing that Bush did because the council is a joke. What about the efforts of our President to unify the Koreas and bring peace to nations that have long been at each other's throats since the 50's? That may even stop a war that would see great loss of life, ours and theirs. And maybe being able to pull our troops out of South Korea and not have to guard the 38th Paralel anymore wouldn't that be great. It is written that all legal immi- grants have the right to apply to become a naturalized citizen of the U.S. and then have all of the ben- efits as any other citizen. All illegal immigrants should be deported and returned to then" countries. Any and all welfare should be directed at the citizens first and legal immigrants second - iUegals should get none. I said the pledge of allegiance to the flag and morning prayers in all of my 12 plus years of school all of this should be returned to teach the children what a great nation we have and that there is a GOD. I can't imagine people that go through life without a supreme being. The ACLU needs to be abolished and proper teachings and common sense returned to the school system. If you don't support this country, leave it. Sonny McDonald Juliette TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens Tl ve to write articles of past ltimes; times of joy and fam- lilY fun. I remember my life as ,L.a child and enjoy sharing my family life with others. I love my wife and family and wish to share stories of our lives together. However, today I am quite concerned with the turmoil hap- pening in America. Today's article is about my concern for America. Recently two young black men sat in a Starbucks restaurant without purchasing anything. Because they did not buy a coffee or food the two young men were asked to leave the restaurant. Immediately this story hit the news and a national outcry was sent out to Starbucks. The next day Starbucks apologized to these two young men and set a date to dose their restaurants across the nation while training centers would be set up in each restaurant to teach their owners and workers to con- duct better concern for non-paying customers. Soon after this incident Kirstjen Nielsen, our Secretary of Home- land Security, was sitting alone in a restaurant in Washington, D.C. when hecklers began screaming at her. ' bolish ICE!" They chanted "Shame!" The screams and heck- lers were video-taped by another customer and sent across the nation. of the United States and their stand on immigration. This time Kirstjen rose from her table and left quietly. It seems our media did not concern itself with a paying customer who was quietly eating her supper Later hecklers gathered outside Ms. Nielsen's home blasting the sounds of crying migrant chil- dren who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border Signs and banners were raised above the gatherers read- ing "Child Snatchers!" "2,000 Children Ripped from their Families!" And "No Justice, No Sleep!" Meanwhile, Sarah Sanders, Press Secretary to President Donald Trump, and her party of seven family members were asked to leave "The Red Hen" a Virginia restaurant, while enjoying a family supper Why? Because of her affili- ation with our "immoral" President Donald Trump. Needless to say, Sarah Sanders and her family quietly left the restaurant. Unrelated to any of the incidents mentioned above, Peter Fonda wrote a tweet about President Trumps young son that is far too horrible to mention in this artide. Still the na- tional media picked up on this tweet and soon it was aired across our nation. Google explains that most of those responding to Peter Fonda's tweet agreed with his tweet. Presently, those of us who may have voted for President Donald The hecklers, it seems, were shouting out their complaints to Kirstjen for her connection with our President Trump are now being called Nazis! Why? Perhaps you can explain this accusation better than I. Politics and the media can often be vicious. Perhaps I'm just a little too old to understand the world today. Perhaps I need to ' et with it" as some say. Through it all, I still agree with our First Amendment which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of reli- gion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech. Or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Yes, I believe in free speech. I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. But I do question the right to harass an in- dividual in a restaurant or the right to inform a lady and her family they are not welcome in a certain restau- rant because of this woman's beliefs and position in our government. Is this not similar to the individual who refused to bake a cake because of his biblical beliefs? Am I not allowed to vote for anyone with- out being labeled a Nazi? Do these people have any understanding who the Nazis truly were? Should our Christian churches continue to ignore politics while our nation tumbles? God help us when we as a nation refuse to stand up against those who close their restaurants to those of us who may speak a dif- ferent voice. God help us when we don't speak out against such vile and wicked remarks! My prayer today is that Americans will wake up soon. Let's let God know we truly care for our country before it is too late. God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County. Austin (not long 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 did attend a chamber of commerce event this spring 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, Terr) h's survey of the Monroe-Bibb county line was on his desk. The law says ifs his job to do something with it. He announced on Aug. 23, 2011 that he was rejecting the Scarborough survey. Unfortunately, the law gives him no such option. So on March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to set the line. 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 job which he's sought three times before he gets a promotion to governor, call his office at (404) 656-2817 and let them know.