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July 24, 2019 Page 5A iR Sorter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel The front page story about the Monroe County Board of Education deflecting and refusing to check the im- migration status of prospective students who climbed a border wall, swam across the Rio Grande, were caught in a van on 1-75 coming through Monroe County or just walked across the U.S.-Mexican border eventually and illegally showed up in Monroe County to take advantage of the educa- tion offered at one of the best school systems in the nation is the topic of conversation all over the county. You'll find lots of comments in The Reporter Vent and Facebook page. :" The BOE'S refusal, by a vote of 4-3, was a vote for letting someone else do the verifying, saying it's not their concern. It's a reflection of the chairman and several of his elected minions who are liberal, self-serving and personify a righteous attitude. As you have read, BOE members Greg Head, Eva Bilderback and Stuart Pippin are to be commended for speaking out for the local immigra- tion check, while the other board members cowered in the back and were led by the nose by Chairman Nolen Howard, shirking their constituents who elected them. There's talk of a recall. The other board members including my district member Judy Pettigrew, plus Priscilla Doster and J.P. Evans, voted along with chairman Howard not to check whether a student is an illegal alien. Guess they feel we do not have enough racial nor ethnic representation amongst the 4,000 students enrolled in Monroe County Schools We'll take anybody, seemed to be the justifica- tion. Wish my district BOE member had said what board member Stuart Pippin expressed. Here it is just in case you missed it: "The policy in effect gives illegal aliens a special exemption to the residency, birth and vaccinations forms the school system requires of American citizens" Obviously two other members agreed with Pippin but the four others were not persuaded. THE OTHER front page story, actually there is another one on the front page but first, along with the BOE debade, Sheriff Brad Freeman has let us, the state and President Trump know we are not a sanctuary city and any and illegal aliens will be turned over immediately if not sooner to the federals if they'll take them. Hey, Sheriff Freeman, if the school board encourages illegal aliens to attend school, why don't you mid the local school sys- tem? Might catch a few to send back across the border and river. THE OTHER front page story was about the train wreck at the contested crossing between Railroad Avenue and Indian Springs Drive in Forsyth. As you are aware, Norfolk Southern wants to dose the crossing but the City of Forsyth has said, "No- no. We'll use taxpayer money and hire more lawyers and sue you;' and that is what the Mayor and City Council approved. Wonder what effect the train wreck will have when it comes to lawyer versus lawyer. I say Norfolk Southern has an ace in the hole---"we told you it was dangerous"---but the city may blufftheir way for a stay open win. As commented on, that case could last as long as the county line dispute. SINCE THERE was no On The Outside Looking In last week and consequently no "The Question'; here it is for this weelc What is the name of the pastor who has been preaching for 40 years at Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Juliette? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, dessert at Sweet Tea Cafe in Bolingbroke, slice of Jonah's pizza, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, single dip of Scoop's ice cream, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, and a drink, sandwich and chips at The Pickled Okra. I HAD the unfortunate opportunity for a trip to Monroe County Hospital's Emergency Room Saturday because of a hedge trimmer attack. Not what I expected. In the past, using our local hospital emergency room could not only be demean- ing, but time-consuming too. Also friendliness was not a feature in their playbook Customer service was often non-existent, personifying a "why are you bothering us attitude". No more! We have all heard the past horror stories associated with our emergency room and rather than take a local chance, chose to high-speed it to Macon, Griffin, Thomaston or McDonough. Now from experience, I can vouch that has changed. First, the receptionist in charge of getting all my insurance paperwork, etc was nice, polite and encouragingly helpful. Professional would the best way to describe a first-time visit. I expected a long wait to see a doctor, which used to be a com- mon practice at the Monroe County Hospital, particularly since it was a Saturday afternoon and midnight hour rush had not begun. Second it was the nurse, a male nurse from Perry. His name was Bart and he knows my lawyer cousin Larry Walker. He looked at the wound and his facial expressions made me think I hope I have enough to cover this accident Then Dr. Kay came in, took over and decided stitches weren't needed but something like Super Glue would wore Dr. Kay had a successful career with Georgia Power and decided later in life to go to medical school and graduated from Mercers medical school. The nurse applied the Super Glue, bandaged me up and sent me home with specific instructions on how to keep from having to return for another Super Glue fix. Thank goodness my good friend and neighbor Lewis Mann was working with me or me with him when the accident hap- pened. He insisted we go to Monroe County Hospital Emer- gency Room. He kept insisting, you know there is a word for insisting. JUST SO you will know: Male bees, or drones, have only one job---to mate with the queen. Those lucky enough to do so, die in the act. Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth.net. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: officials, the emotional support dog T Tpdate on emotional sup- has been reunited with his rightful | ]port dog: After a month owner. Many thanks for all the help B of phone calls andand support in getting this accom- speaking with various plished. Rhonda Cobb Jesup JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver IP - Ross Perot. Perot was the epitome of a great American. He was patriot, philanthropist, and self-made. Books were writ- ten and movies made about him. If you're unfamiliar with Ross Perot, I urge you to spend a few minutes learning about his life. His straight talk about vva lnngtoifs prob- lems, along with being a complete "outsider;' struck a chord with millions of voters. However, when Perot ran for president in 1992, he helped elect Clinton by taking millions of votes from Bush. r ~ ~,k~* SEVERAL WEEKS ago, I highlighted the insanity of the 20 Democratic candidates who are hoping to become the next presi- dent. I proved that President Trump was the winner of the Democratic debate because the Dems have gone 100% anti-American. Their agenda is "hate America." The Dems' most egregious position is complete open borders, no border enforcement whatsoever, and immediate welfare to every single illegal that enters the count The Dems want to dilute American citizenship by bringing in tens of millions of illegals from around the world, give illegals wel- fare, grant illegals citizenship, and allow them to vote That would end America, as we know it, but that's what the Dems wants. Coach Asylum Seekers. Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley Trash Dedaration of Independence as Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced on Independence Day YES, THE 20 Dems seeking the presidency are extreme leftists, but they're not alone. Almost daffy, an- other Dem says or does something even crazier than what was said or done only yesterdalr. The logical conclusion that must be reached is that the Dems, liberals, and pro- gressives are actively working to undermine our country. Followiflg are recent news headlines that prove what I say: Colin Kaepernick (CK) calls the "Betsy Ross flag" a racist symbol. Nike rep, Colin Kaepernick, attacks the USA as the worst nation on earth. Julian Castro compares "Betsy Ross flag" to Confederate flag Has No Idea She was an Abolitionist. Only 22% of Democrats Ex- tremely Proud to be American, poll shows. Democrat Congresswoman Secretly Sending Staffto Mexico to LET'S DISCUSS these head- lines one at a time. CK called the Betsy Ross flag a racist symbol and attacked the USA as the worst nation on earth. On July 4th, Kaepernick tweeted the following, "There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shock- ing and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour. - Freder- ick Douglas." To call Kaepemick an idiot is insulting to idiots. He acts as though the last 150 years never happened. CK is completely ignorant of American history; and neglects to mention that hundreds of thousands died to free black slaves. Ryan Gass asked, "What other country in the world could Colin Kaepemick be abandoned by his birth parents; get adopted by a wealthy white family; grow up in a 98% white community where he was loved and idolized in high school; go to a college that was 79% white/Latino where he was worshipped on campus; go to the NFL and make millions of dollars and yet decides the United States and its flag are oppressive?" JULIAN CASTRO, Democrat presidential candidate, is almost as ignorant as Kaepernick CK is a spokesman for Nike - a company that makes millions off of slave labor. Yet, Castro and Kaepernick both praised Nike and denigrated the United States. For decades, Nike has used child labor (Vietnam and Indonesia) and pays workers 50 cents an hour to make shoes but we're not supposed to notice that. Let's get all upset at the Betsy Ross flag while ignoring that Betsy was a Quaker and an abolitionist. For- rest Gump said it best, "Stupid is as stupid does" applies to Castro. HOW IS it that only 22% of Dems are extremely proud to be an American? In 2008, Obama said that he wants to "fundamentally change" the country. Apparently, we haven't changed enough for the Dems, which is why only 22% are proud to be American. Or could it be that the other 78% of Dems are not Americans? After aft, don't you have to be an American to be proud to be an American? On the other hand, the July 4th Gallup poll found 80% of Republicans are extremely proud to be American. CONGRESSWOMAN VERON- ICA Escobar (D-TX) is sending her stafft0 ]uarez (across the Rio rande from E1 Paso) to coach illegals on how to circumvent our immigration laws and how to sneak into the country. How is it not ille- gal to coach people on how to break federal laws? BTW - Escobar is do- ing this at the same time that Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker were in Mexico to campaign for president How is that not illegal - going into a foreign country and seeking votes from citizens of another country? WHAT MORE needs to be said about Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley? On Independence Day they said, "Fourth of July's ugly truth exposed: The Declaration of Independence is sexist, racist, prejudiced" They are both proof of why I say that Democrats are anti- American. FINALLY, ALMOST every cen- sus since 1790 has asked some sort of citizenship question. The census asks dozens of questions in order to provide a "snapshot" in time of America. Questions asked include - one's ethnicity; gender; color or race; father's birth country; mother's birth country; languages spoken at home; number of cars, TVs, boats, etc. owned; house size; number of bedrooms; bathrooms and plumb- ing; water source (individual well, public water); type of heating sys- tem, etc.? We want to know all that information about the country yet Democrats are against a citizenship question. Why is that? There's only one possible explanation; Dems don't want to know how many il- legals are here. If never asked, you'll never know, and Dems don't want the country to know how many illegals are here. WEEKLY QUOTE: "Russian election interference wouldn't have happened on my watch and Barack's" - Joe Biden. Hey Joe, it occurred in 2016 That was your watch. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army of- ricer who writes a weekly column for the Reporter. Email him at sloanoli- ver@earthlink.net. CHELSEA CHAT by Chelsea Madden nice, but to be home in Forsyth Last week, I was on the sunny shores of Day- ona Beach, Fla. I relaxed, I sted, and I got some color - mostly pink, but it still counts! Going on vacation is al- ways full of excitement because there are end- less possibilities when you travel. Sight-seeingl exploring, dining, and cultural events are all at your fingertips. And if you're not much for adventure, you always have the option to stay in and truly treat yourself. Now, I love the beach as much as the next gal and of course, I wanted to stay in the sand just a little bit longer - but when it came time to make the journey home, I was happy. Apart from the normal appeal of the beach, I have several personal connections with Daytona Beach. I love Daytona and it holds a special place in my heart - it is where I spent many summers with Alex and his family, and it is where he (finally) popped the question - right at the top of the Ponce Inlet lighthouse. This time around was just as memorable - but the truth is, I missed home. I found myself wondering what our pets were doing and what th,: v was like at our house. I ai c ;, Lmd myself wondering what was going on in the little town of Forsyth. I won- dered who was playing at Pickled Okra and I craved their Bar Burger, with American cheese, fries, and a cold Coors Light. You see, I was getting that FOMO feeling - the fear of missing out. Yes, I loved being on vacation, but I also loved being at home. Most people have a feeling of dread or sadness when arriving back at home after a great vacation, but I'm proud to say, I am not one of those people. When returning home, I had a feeling of relief and joy - because I knew that friendly little Forsyth sign was waiting to greet me, just as it greets everyone that drives through this sweet town. Getting away is good for the soul, but home is even better. Chelsea Madden of Forsyth is a graduate student seeking her Masters of Fine Arts in writing with the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an administra- tive assistant at the engineering firm Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble in Macon. i f