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"Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard: publish, and conceal not." - Jeremiah 50:2 A 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 winner: Editorial Page excellence ~ 2019, 20111 wlnner: Best Headline Writing 2019 winner:. Best Community Service 2019 winner:. Best Layout and Design 2019 wlnne~ Best Ser,ous Column - Don Daniel ON THE PORCH by Will Davis onna Wilson has to be one of the most impres- sive people I've ever met. A friend of ours in Macon recently gave his kidney to his daughter, who suffered from kid- ney disease. That was special. Donna is giving her kidney so that a young man she hasn't even met yet will have a new lease on life. That is incred- ible. But not totally surprising. I knew Donna was a giving person. For many months she voluntarily took the Reporters to the Culloden post office for us on Wednesday mornings so that our subscribers there could get their papers delivered that da)n And Donna doesn't do generous things for the attention. I had to text and call her multiple times to hunt her down so we could interview her for the story about her kidney donation. She just loves kids and wanted to help. See the story about it on the front page. Donna is quick to joke, however, that giving her kidney is not her most generous act. No, that would be allowing her husband and two of her children to work in law enforce- ment. Most readers remember that Donna's husband Jeff was wounded responding to a suicide call in 2014. His fellow deputy Michael Norris was killed responding to that call. A bloodied Wilson ignored his own wounds that fate- ful night to slap handcuffs on the killer as backup arrived. Jeff and Donna Wilson remind us that we have some pretty darn special neighbors here in Monroe County. And the teenager who will be getting a kidney; Amari 'gt.J:' Jefferson, is pretty special too. The young man played on my son's rec ball team a few years ago and was already showing signs of talent on the court, even overcoming my medicore coaching talents. Last year as his kidneys dedined and he endured regular dialysis, he still refused to miss practices or games with the Mary Persons football team. Donna, whose daughter plays basketball for MP, said she can't wait to see A.J. with his new kidney get back on the court. Next Thursda5 Aug. 15, thanks to Donna, A.J. is sched- uled to get that new kidney. The following da ; Friday, Donna will be giving one of her kidneys to a donor pair to complete the circle. Donna's sacrifice reminds meof the Man who said "it is more blessed to give than to receive;' and then demon- strated that truth by giving his life for every human who ever lived. I hope everyone who reads this column will take time next Thursday and Friday to pray to that One. Ask Him to give Donna and A.J and their doctors, great favor and success. I think the Author of this story is quite pleased; it's a reminder His spirit is alive and at work in Monroe County. There's another chance to give this Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Hotcakes for Hatcher supper at Forsyth UMC. Another MP student that I coached at the rec department, Hatcher Davis, is fighting a brave battle with muscular dystroph) His family needs our help. Meanwhile, word reached our office as we went to press that a Mary Persons junior ended his life at home on Tues- day morning. The young man had apparently sent mes- sages to friends thanking them for their friendship before shooting himself. Tears were shed across Monroe County as the news spread, q-here are no good answers when such tragedy strikes. We can only ask ourselves what we can do to reach out to young people in a world that is too often indifferent and cold. The actions of Jeff and Donna Wilson, and the friends of Hatcher, are pretty good guides to how Monroe Countians can reach out to neighbors and friends and bringgood out of the tragedies of this life. Mor~e C<~'Ity www. is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President. Robert M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer w ov~ Publisher/Editor News Editor Carolyn Martel ~ Advertising Manager Trellis Grant Business Manager Diane Glidewell Community Editor Amy Haisten Creative Director Oftficial Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St PO Box 795 Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER 478-994-2358 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County:. $40 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 e e Imagine you owned a widget facto Mak- ing widgets has got- ten more expensive, but you are unable to raise prices for the vast major- ity of your customers and lose money selling to them. Yet, the law requires you to sell a widget to anyone who wants one. Some lawmakers come to you with a plan.will still They make you sell widgets to anyone who wants one, but you may charge more for the customers who pay you the least. Just one catch: You can't raise your prices high enough to cover your costs. So, instead of losing 77 cents on the dollar to these customers, you'll lose "only" 12 cents on the dollar. Actually, there's another catch: These customers will probably want to buy a lot more widgets than they did before. You will lose less money per wid- get, but you will - ahem - make it up on volume. If you cannot divine from that scenario how this loss-making widget factory could possibly start breaking even, con- gratulations: You under- stand why Georgia won't save struggling hospitals by expanding Medicaid. More to the point, you understand why Georgia needs to find a dif- ferent solution to the very real problems these hospitals face. Proponents of Medicaid expansion talk about putting an insurance card in people's pockets, but not all insur- ance cards are created equal. Medir~iA o signals to health providers they won't get paid what it costs them to serve the patient. They will, instead, be paid about 88 cents on the dollar on average, according to the Georgia Hospital Association. That subpar reimburse- ment rate explains why many providers don't accept Medicaid, making it second-dass insur- ance. That, in turn, is why many Medicaid patients wind up seeking care in a hospital emergency room, which is bad for them and for the hospital. By the way, this is true no matter how much of the cost of Medicaid is borne by federal taxpayers vs. state taxpayers. Unless expansion propo- nents are also prepared to dose that reimbursement gap - which could cost state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, beyond the hundreds of millions Medicaid expan- sion would cost - it won't heal Georgia's hospitals. That's especially true in rural areas, where Medic- aid enrollment and lack of insurance are highest. Gov. Brian Kemp has a better option. By pursu- ing "waivers" - flexibility in how Georgia admin- isters Medicaid as well as the subsidies for care Act - he can make both programs work better and lower prices for Geor- gians. This is a huge opportu- nity. Most media coverage of the waivers issue has focused on Medicaid, yet most uninsured Geor- gians wouldn't qualify for the full Medicaid expan- sion. They make too much money to get Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance premiums that have soared under the ACA. A waiver to help these Georgians could include a new state reinsurance program that subsidizes our sickest neighbors directly. Their healthcare costs would no longer spill over into others' insurance premiums, and plan prices would fall substantially. Beyond that, allowing a wider variety of plans than under the ACA would foster choice and competition. Allowing people to retain unspent subsidies in a personal health account to use for out-of-pocket costs would also spur them to be keener consumers. All of this would put downward pressure on prices. While we're at it, poor Georgians should be of- fered these same options, not be forced intoa bro5 more choices of providers, and they wouldn't face the disruption of losing their plan, and possibly their doctor, if they got a pay raise and no longer quali- fied for Medicaid. These kinds of changes would help Georgians the most, and Kemp is right to pursue them. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens e ,! W e en I was a very made a mockery of our constitution ung lad back in that day and agreed the Democrats hio our family of had no more life in their quest to ght children andimpeach President Trump I began Mom and Dad lived in an old, to feel complete peace on one hand dilapidated house with no electric- and still became sickened at the ity and no running water. To say power and hatred the Democrats the least, our bedrooms upstairs displayed on the other. could be quite scary at Day after day I hear nighttime. Each night Bernie Sanders and 20 we retired for bed other Democratic candi- our kerosene lantern dates for the presidency was set upon a large of our country preaching dresser in the boys' socialism. Oh, they call bedroom, but it was it Democratic Socialism my sister, Shirley, who and that is supposed to would slip into our convince us it is great for room from the girls' our country. Margaret , bedroom and snuff Thatcher of Great Britain the little light that once said it best when flickered from that she said, "Socialism is lamp and suddenly our rooms were totally LI greatotherUntilpeople'syOUmoney!,run out of dark. It is no secret that That's when my socialism has never older brother, Jim, would begin one worked in any country-EVER! of his frightening bedtime stories. However, today I heard a statistic At the end of his stories he would t at 49 percent of our young mil- quietly sneak across the room on lennials are in favor of socialism. hands and knees and at the right Of course they have never been moment leap into our beds, scream- taught the fallacies of socialism, and ing and yelling, "I gotcha!" the idea of free college, free health Needless to say, I would shake like care and free handouts at the hands a baby's rattle and pull the covers of the rich sounds great to them. over my head. Later, when I hoped When those who have been blessed the ghosts had finally left our bed- to begin their own businesses begin room, I would slowly pull the covers to close those businesses because down, over my eyes, and pray all they can no longer afford to employ was well. their workers, where will the money To a young lad those stories were come from to support those who very frightening. However, many will refuse to work? The true fear? years have passed and I learned how Many of these young people who to put those stories behind me. After support these candidates will be vot- all, wasn't it President Franklin D. ers in 2020! Roosevelt who told us in 1932, "We The 'squad; as the four, young have nothing to fear but fear itself?" freshmen congresswomen call But today a new set of fears themselves, has suddenly gained surround me. As I sat down and complete power of the Democratic the Robert Mueller hear- Party. Free to now classify President ings I began to realize there was Trump as a racist, they go complete- certainly nothing to all this commo- ly unscathed as they refer to our tion about our President's collusion nation as a nation of'white suprem- with Russia. As the day rolled on acy'! Ms. Omar apparently is free to it became more and more obvi- articulate her belief that America is ous the entire inquiry was one big a terrible nation because our First farce. When the entire news media Amendment gives her that right. admitted how the Democrats had Where else but America would she or the others be free to express their hatred of the country they live in? Where else but America could someone of their beginnings rise to such importance? For the past two-and-a-half years the Democratic Party has refused to make America great again. For two- and-a-half years they have ignored the cry of the American people. For two-and-a-half years the Demo- cratic Party has done nothing but cry, "Impeach President Trump!" though they know there are no grounds for impeachment. As a young boy I pulled a blanket over my head and hid beneath the covers until the fear that faced me had passed. Now, as a grown man I will not hide my head beneath my covers. I will call evil for what it is. Isn't it time they stopped taking our money while not doing their jobs? Isn't it time we stopped calling good evil and evil good? Tonight, when my wife and I crawl into our bed and say our prayers we will be reminded of the long lines of tents along the streets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and on and on. We will be reminded, also of the return of diseases we once wiped completely from the face of this earth. We will think of the beaches that have been closed along our Gulf Coast because of some strange algae. We will think of the floods that have run ram- pant across our nation, the recent earthquakes of California, the forest fires of Arizona and the food short- age that may come as a result of the floods. And, yes, we will not forget the Democrats fighting for voting privileges of illegals coming across our borders. And, yes, we will ask God to give us the courage to pull the blanket from our eyes and speak out against the evils we bring upon ourselves. God help us to call evil for what it is! God help us to speak the truth and remember to not speak is to speak! God bless. Dale Likens is an author who lives in Monroe County.