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August 21, 2019 Page 5A iR orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniet Lbast week, I was honored to be the guest speaker at a Rotary Club up in North Georgia. There were out 40 members of the 60-member club at the reakfast meeting. Before I began my talk, as with other clubs and groups I have spoken to, I ask for partici- pation in a News Media Survey. It is a good tool to use for interaction between me and the audience. With the public attitude towards the news media bounc- ing up and down from negative to positive, I just ask a couple of questions in the sur- vey. The answer to one question i!i!~ :iiii!!: response stands outlike a sore thumb answering "Overall what is your opinion of the news media?", choosing between very positive, good, average, poor, 15 out of 30 answered that their opinion of the news media was poor. The other question, "What is your, main source of daily news? the internet got the most responses. The response to the last survey question, "In your opinion, has the quality of news coverage im- proved, declined or stayed the same over the last decade?" was an overwhelming declined. When we discussed this question in the question-and-answer time, the adamancy of not being happy with the news media became very evident with some comments being hostile. The survey reveals a lot about the news media and across the board, some opinions are the same and others are off the charts. Let me know your answers/opinion to the three questions. THERE ARE two issues that I hear quite often from Forsyth residents and out-in-the-county residents: park- ing in downtown Forsyth is often as hard to find as a four-leaf dover and a by-pass. Forsyth's mayor and council attitude seems to be "Let 'em walk. Park down at Ingles. On the way back you can get you a cup and sip on your beer during the hike or walking around town looking for your vehicle is good for business". Of course a dog park, skate park and a splash pad have more voter appeal, or so they think. Then there is the by-pass which has been discussed very quietly, behind the scenes, behind dosed doors, forgotten then arisen when a local politician or wanna-be politician brings it up as a campaign issue. The reason I am kicking the dead mules (parking and by-pass) is because of a post on Facebook by one of our state representatives, Susan Holmes. Susan was the mayor of Monticello and got elected to the Georgia House of Representatives several years ago and has become a well- respected legislator even getting her Son appointed to some high-muckety-muck position in state government. Now, back to the story: According to Susan's Facebook post and photo, "Great meeting with Governor Kemp yesterday regarding the Monticello truck route. He is very aware of the dangers of congestion on our square and is committed to getting this project started". Here is more from Rep. Holmes: "we desperately need the truck route. Committed to referring it as a truck route as we are hoping trucks mainly use it and tourists will come thru and spend money. Gov. Kemp has agreed to work with us to begin construction before the 2023 date. First segment was built in 1970. My daddy was a primary proponent back then! Four major state highways converge on our square and it's getting more dangerous every day. Guv is familiar as he travels thru here frequently" Forsytth has four state highways that pass through downtown according to the official Georgia DOT map and we also have four merging state highways which are compounded by interstate trucks. I think Gov. Kemp would be insulted if our local elected guvmint boys asked him for anything. He didn't make a decision on the county line as secretary of state, didn't win Monroe County in the GOP primary for governor and if you think he would help us with a by-pass/truck route, then you believe turtles have wings! THE CHURCH being organized in the Piggly Wiggly strip mall is Momentum Christian Church and Kimberly Banks was the first to answer The Question. She gets a cer- tificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, a single dip at Scoops, slice of Jonah's pizza, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Herds The Question for this week and the answer is in an ad: The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is now accept- ing applications for what positions? (Hint: the ad is on page 1C of last weeks' paper). First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the goodie certificate. JUST IN case you are not yet aware, Monroe County will be celebrating its Bicentennial in 2021 to observe the 200th anniversary of the creation of Monroe County. There is already a Monroe County Bicentennial Commis- sion appointed and will have their first meeting next week. Here's a footnote: on the front page of the first edition of The Monroe County Reporter, November 8, 1972, there was a picture of the sesquicentennial committee all who have died. After all that was 50 years ago and some were old back then. ON THE lighter side: I finally did it! Bought a new pair of shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen. Herds another: You never appreciate what you have till it's gone. Toilet paper is a good example. FYI, months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th. GOT SOMETHING you want "aired out"? Then come join us on The Reporter On The Radio. Listen to our commentary on Majic 100 Sunday mornings at seven and watch the show on Forsyth Cablevision. Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth. net. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | e To the Editor: ead your On the Porch column from the Aug. 14 Reporter, ' kn on-line after it was placed on I was raised, like most of my peers, to have compassion for those who err knowing we all make messes, and respect ach other not because we're good, but because God created us in his image. Somewhere those basic life guides were tossed aside by more and more of our populace and re- placed with a puritanical judgmen- talism, that sorts us into tribes of those who are the 'pure and award (woke) and those who are malignant and unworthy of participating in society and our polity. A lot of this is founded on ignorance and colossal lack of self awareness. Southerners aren't immune but ironically often have more acceptance of others than their puritanical mostly agnostic friends in blue states up north or anywhere else. We live in Texas and New York City and generally, our Texas friends and acquaintances rarely delve into these nasty political judgmental rock throwing matches. It's a waste of time and we'd rather talk about those things that bind us together, like we were taught as kids. Sadly a lot our brethren have lost that ability and they are worse off for it. Lark Mason New York City JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver "1" A "rhenever this country I/I ! has a political dis- I/ V agreement, instead of a calm and reasonable debate among those with whom we disagree, the new norm is to name call, to disparage the other group, and never address the issue being discussed. This "new norm" is taught and encouraged by the liberal media and Democrat politicians who attack anyone who criticizes the politics of their heroes such as Obama (or Hillary or any other leftists), yet they call Trump the most evil, vile names imaginable. This name calling is directed at conservatives and has been ongoing for decades; Bush 41 was called a racist; Bush 43 was called a racist; Romney was going to "put y'all back in chains" - meaning Romney's a radst; Mc- Cain was a racist; Sarah Palin was a racist; and every other conserva- tive gets labeled a racist. It's gotten to the point where we no longer have civil discourse, and that's by design. It's called "misdirection7 Our focus is misplaced; it's on each other when we should be focused on politicians and the media. PEOPLE HAVE always disliked politicians and the media but, in recent years, the dislike ( .closer to hatred) has gotten worse. We dislike politicians because they say what- ever it takes to get elected, and once elected they act like unaccountable kings and queens completely ne- glecting those who elected them. In short, politicians lie and their lies have gotten worse. They all go to Washington and quickly become embedded in elitist circles, becoming a part of the Deep State. The Deep State's mission is to keep and expand the powers (and wealth) ofthose in Washington at the expense of the rest of the country. Here's proof." The four wealthiest counties in the entire na- tion, measured by household income, surround Washington D.C. Further proof- most Washington politicians become millionaires after just a few years. Then, they all stick around as lobbyists to make millions more. So, politicians get elected by lying; they go to Washington and get rich; they embed themselves in the power structure; and they neglect folks back home. Both Democrats and Repub- licans are equally guilty; and they do whatever it takes to get re-elected and to remain in power. (Proof of this is that over 95% of incumbents are re-elected.) THE WORST thing about politi- cians is, after being dected, they completely neglect the issues they campaigned on. Education, poverty, immigration, gun control, crime, abortion, taxes, the economy; etc. - name one issue that has gotten fixed or the problem solved. You can't because nothing ever gets fixed. That's by design. Politicians don't want problems solved; ] instead, politicians want to use their pet issues to raise donations and to demand your vote to "fix" the problems once re-elected. Herds proofi Anytime there's a mass shooting the gun-control politicians use that shoot- ing to raise mone ; and the 2nd Amendment politicians use it to raise money as well. Or any- time there's a court sling on abortion, both sides use it to money. Regardless of the issue, politicians ask for more money and then never solve the problem. THE REASON we increasingly dislike (or hate) the media is because most of the media is completely dis- honest. I've written numerous articles using dozens of examples about the fake news media. It's gotten to the point where anyone who believes the media, without checking numerous sources, is ignorantly stupid. Today's media is wrong and misleading more often than not. The media has taken sides, and having done so, they dis- tort stories and ignore relevant infor- marion in an attempt to further their agenda and their narrative. Perfect example was the recent mass killings in Dayton and E1 Paso. The El Paso killer appears to be a "right-wing nut" whose manifesto furthers their narra- tive that President Trump encourages these killers and thus is responsible for the El Paso shooting. While the partisan media reported endlessly about the E1 Paso killer's manifesto, they said nothing about the intent and political leanings of the Dayton shooter. The Dayton shooter appears to be a hard core Democrat leftist, a follower of Elizabeth Warren, and has extreme radical, leftist ideologies. Additionally, the Dayton shooter was often spotted at leftist/Democrat rallies, yet the media has been silent about him because he doesn't fit their narrative. So, the media has become dishonest; they advance extreme leftist ideology; and they demonize those who disagree with them. In short, most media is fake news. KNOWING ALL of the above, if you've been paying attention, anyone could have seen someone like Donald Trump coming along. Trump is not a politician. He's a businessman. He makes deals, builds things, and buys and sells stuff. To make deals and build things, a businessman must solve problems and get things done or nothing happens. Zoning issues, labor problems, and engineering is- sues are all encountered and must be solved immediately. Non-politicians solve problems much differently than do politicians. Non-politicians iden- tify problems and solve them; politi- cians identify problems and never solve them. That makes the non-pol- itician a threat to the political elites who must keep problems unsolved and festering to keep themselves relevant. Also, ifa non-politician can waltz into their arena and play the game better than they, then why do we even need those politicians? Answer - we don't and that's why the Dems and the never Trumpets want to destroy President Trump. He's beating them at their own game and it drives them bonkers. We knew what we were getting with Donald Trump - a politically INCORRECT; tell-it-like-it-is businessman who is an equal opportunity offender - of- fending people regardless of their gender, race, color or creed. Lies and threats don't intimidate him. I'm amazed how President Trump drives the narrative and drives the thinking of those who hate him. WEEKLY THOUGHT: It's fun to watch how Donald Trump lives "rent fred' in the heads of those who detest him. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army of- ricer who writes a weekly column for the Reporter. Email him at sloanoli- ver@earthlink, net. Continued from Front was a large limb down over several graves. Edge said that he was upset when he and his wife, Gaff, visited the cemetery and saw tire tracks on Vernon O'Neal's grave and saw that O Neal's foot stone, which prodaims him as a Purple Heart recipient, was knocked off its place. Edge said he is a Vietnam veteran and a Bronze Star redpient and is hurt by the lack of respect for the Purple Heart. "It broke my heart ' said Edge. "I like to broke down and cried. I don't know who keeps it up, but you need to ad- dress the issue? Edge commented that the small town of Roberta keeps up its city cem- etery well and that Spanky Beck keeps his cemetery in Forsyth maintained well. Edge said that the first impression the city makes, possibly with its cem- eter) is what visitors will remember. Council member John Howard said that he was concerned when the dty was not keeping up the cemetery as well as it should several years ago and hates to hear there is still a problem. Council member Greg Goolsby said that one thing that defines a dty is how well it takes care of its cemeteries, "We've got to do a better job? City Manager Janice Hall said that she talked to dty workers about the tire tracks on the grave, and they said they didn't do it. A prison crew weed-eats in the cemetery, but only dry workers operate mowers in the cemetery. Hall said dty workers told her they never ride over grave slabs, and they have been told not to do so. She said vehides drive through the cemetery at night. Haft said she does not know how to get the black marks off the grave. The city cuts grass and maintains the landscape in the cemetery but doesn't usually do any work on grave markers. Although BamesviUe Marble has done some work for the city on markers, Hall said many of the markers are quite old and she is afraid the city could do more damage than good to them. Mayor Eric Wilson said he rode through the cemetery the preceding day and most of the grass looked like it had been cut during the preceding week. He said grass in the upper sec- tion of the cemetery hadn't been cut. W'flson said he did not look at indi- vidual graves. "The bottom line is it's ours to maintain; we own the cemetery ,' said Goolsby. "I'm all for putting gates up. If we need to dose the street, we should. I don't care if they get to the football game? "It's a sacred place ' said Howard. Council member Chris Hewett mo- tioned to put gates on all city cemeter- ies, and Howard seconded the morion. Council member Julius Stroud said the gates should be of appropriate design so that they add to the appearance of the cemeteries, and Howard said council needs to set hours for dosing the gates. Police Chief Eddie Harris said he thinks it is a great idea to dose the cemeteries to unregulated traffic but that dosing the cemetery road near Mary Persons is going to affect the school system so the city needs to work with the school system. Goolsby said the road through the cemetery is not a public road. Stroud said the city needs to look at how the dosing will affect others, including emergency vehicles. Council amended the motion to put up gates at the cemeteries to a mo- tion to have Hall bring gate designs to council and make contacts about the impact of dosing roads in the cemeter- ies at night.