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" ' September 4, 2019 Page 5A a ort r '3, i ", t 4 ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel Confession time! Remember the dassic W e, ndy's, ad with the lady asking "where's the beef?. Thats the same question ! wanted to ask after succumb- ing to Burger Kings hoopla advertising campaign for their new veggie Whopper. Trust me it ain't a real-meat Whopper. Has all the pickles, lettuce and special sauce, but it is no real Whopper. After a couple of bites and even trying it without the bun and condiments, it was tasteless beef, more like what I think of when I see a cow chewing cuds. You know, grass. WELL LOOKS like two of Forsyth's incumbent council- men didn't get a free ride in the upcoming Forsyth city election coming up on Nov. 5. Mayor Eric Wilson and councilman Greg Goolsby got a free ride, but Councilman Melvin Lawr,ence , will be on, the ballot with want your seat Rosemary Walker. As ( .L/ ' a side note, Rosemary was on the front page of the first issue of this newspaper--Nov. 7, 1972 when she was elected Mary Persons' Homecoming Queen. She also was on student council. Council member and former mayor John Howard is being challenged by Walter Goodson. qhat could be a fight ugly race. Guess if Rosemary gets elected and being the only female, Forsyth's city council members will no longer be referred to as councilmen, becoming gender neutral and referred to as councilpersons. ON a less serious side, this from the Wall Street Journal: Chinese consume (eat) 67 pounds of pork per capita per year. Americans are less porkie, consuming 51 pounds per person per year. A lot of that is consumed on holidays like the one we just celebrated, Labor Da) THERE HAS been a committee appointed and named to start the planning on Monroe County's Bicentennial. We had our first meeting last week with Historical Society Chairman Ralph Bass at the helm and Forsyth CVB execu- tive director Gilda Stanberry helping to row the boat. Conspicuously absent or not appointed were repre- sentatives of the Forsyth-Monroe County of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority. I am sure their involvement will become necessary and voluntary as plans for the party/celebration become more solidified and all ideas for the event are flushed out. Monroe County was created on May 15, 1821, so the 200th celebration will be in 2021. THE FIRST correct answer to last week's The Question identifying Annie as Monroe County's cutest dog was from Shannon Randall. He gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Jonah's pizza, single dip of ice cream from Scoops, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Here's The Question for this week: Columnist Sloan Oliver's new hero is? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the goodie certificate. I CLASSIFY our hotels and motels--- 14---as an integral segment of our "industrial complex" simply because of the number of people they have working, the investments they have made/make and the amount of hotel/motel tax collected for Forsyth. For example, just in the month of June the City of For- syth collected $41,247.20 in hotel/motel tax with the city getting $24,748.37 and the Convention and Visitors Bureau getting the balance $16,498.91 to promote Forsyth tourism. Multiply those two numbers by twelve and you can see just what impact as an industry our hotels have on the local economy. Here are some more numbers that add to the valid- ity they are an industry; in 2018, $506,388.29 with $202,555.32 going to the CVB to promote us! Those two figures do not include what the hotels pay in monthly water and electric bills, plus city and country taxes! The number one hotel collecting the most tax for June was Holiday Inn Express, collecting and paying $8,415.01. Coming in at number two, Hampton Inn paid $7,098.02. Number three, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, collected and paid $4,646.13. Number four was Days Inn $3,579.16. Coming in at fifth, Comfort Inn and Suites paid $2,947.46. The lowest amount oftax paid, $113.00 came from Bud- get Inn. OVER AT the county, it was bin-paying time, with $350.957.79 in payments which included $9.49 paid to Office Depot for peppermints. We must have a lot of"pets" since we paid Caldwell Veterinary Hospital $1,156.04 for Jack, Bella, Margot, Brownie, Goose, Xibi and Rocky, who alone had a total of $1,087.71 for his visit to Dr. Butler. Wonder if the "new" shirts the commissioners and other county employees are sporting around was part of *1,221.63 bill we paid for uniforms and May rentals. Mont- gomery Printing got a check for $77.53 for uniforms. Inmates in the county jail got fed pretty good since we paid $17,046.80 to the Georgia Public Safety Training Cen- ter for their meals, July alone. Also besides eating "high on the hog", we paid Correct Health $15,513.26 for inmates' medical and dental. Critter Control obviously controlled some kind of annoy- hag county critters since they got paid $300. I'VE GOT a lot more I could tell you about, but I have run out of the space Will allots me. Don Daniel is the#under and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth" net. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR O To the editor, their toll on me, my family and It has been the honor and privi- my staff. My Parkinson's has been lege of a lifetime to serve the progressing and I am continuing state of Georgia in the Georgia physical therapy to recover from a State House, Georgia Senate, fall in July. In addition, this week I U.S. House and U.S. Senate. As you had surgery to remove a growth on know, I have been battling health challenges for several years, and after much prayer and consultation with my family, I have decided I will leave the Senate effective Dec. 31, 2019. I am leaving a job I love because my health-challenges are taking my kidney. In my 40 years in elected office, I have always put my constituents and my state of Georgia first. With the mounting health challenges I am facing, I have concluded that I will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve. It goes against every fiber of my being to leave in the middle of my senate term, but I know it's the right thing to do on behalf of my state. I thank you for your continued support. Without it, my years of ser- vice would not have been possible and because of that I am forever grateful. Johnny Isakson Washington, D.C. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver D ems, please stop your incessant racial hatred. Except for you Demo- crats, very few people are racist. And except in elite Democrat circles, racism isn't everywhere. Actually, racism is extremely rare. So, rare that even the slightest hint of a "racial" incident immediately receives national attention. It does so because racism almost never oc- curs - at least not the way the Dems would have you believe. However, if you only listen to the media and the Dems (I repeat myself) you wouldn't know that racism is rare. You would think that every white person is a racist and racism is rampant because "rac- isM' and accusations of "white nationalist" are thrown around every single day by every Democratic presidential candi- date, and then echoed by the sycophants in the media. I'm beyond being disgusted. This country is not racist and it wasn't founded on racism. TWO WEEKS ago, Bernie Sand- ers said if he wins the presidency, he's go to war against "white nation- alism" and racism. Bernie claims that "nationalism" is a bad thing. It's not; nationalism is what I want and expect from my politicians. What is nationalism? I define it as support- ing one's own nation and placing your nation's interests over those of other countries. I expect our politi- cians to do just that - put the inter- ests of this nation above the interests of other countries. Since I'm a white guy, I must be a white nationalist. I want more white nationalists, just like I want black nationalists (i.e. blacks who put the interests of the United States above the interests of other countries), Latino nationalists, Native American nationalists, etc. HOWEVER, WE know what Bernie wants and what he's talking about. Bernie and his fellow Demo- crats oppose the United States. He'S a globalist who thinks a "world gov- ernment" should dictate and rule us underlings. Bernie puts the interests of all other countries above the in- terests of the United States. Nation- alism isn't evil; the "globalism" that Bernie demands is evil. Only a good globalist like comrade Bernie would put the interests of others over the interests of the United States. HEY BERNIE, speaking of rac- ism, outside your Democratic Par , where is all this racism? You're doing an excellent job of projecting your sins onto others. If you see rac- ism, it's because you and your party are the racists. To wimess true rac- ism, look no further than the Dem- ocratic Party, particularly at the 20 or so hoping to become president, which includes - Bernie Sand- ers, Mayor Pete, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, and the other 15 candidates. How did we get to this where racism is at the very center of every Democratic cam- paign; not improving the economy, not balancing the budget, not fighting inner city violence, not getting tough on crime; racism is their primary focus and concern? All 20 candidates claim that the United States is inherently racist and, by golly, they're going to fix it but first you must vote for them. Racism is all they talk about. Every Dem accuses the entire coun- try of racism and the only cure is to vote for a Dem who, it just so hap- pens, is the only one who sees it. LET'S HAVE a brief history les- son. Thirty years after Columbus discovered the New World (NW), black slaves were brought to the Caribbean to work the plantations. The slaves were captured in Africa by other black tribes who sold them to various merchants and middle men who then shipped them to the Various European countries (Portugal, Spain, France, England, and the Dutch) were all involved in the slave trade. The first slaves brought to what is now the United States came in 1619. Slaves were imported for the next 200 years. Except for slave-owning Demo- crats, most people came to realize that slavery was wrong and moves were made to outlaw and abolish the institution. The culmination of the abolition movement was the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. However, southern Demo- crats wanted to keep their slaves and fought a civil war to do so. After the southern Dems were defeated, the slaves freed, and the South largely destroyed, those southern Demo- crats wanted to suppress and keep the newly freed blacks "in their place:' To do so, the Dems formed the KKK, implemented the Black Codes, and passed Jim Crow laws that effectively suppressed blacks for the next centur)n It wasn't until the 1950's and '60's that the Civil Rights Movement defeated the Democrats and freed blacks from the evils of Jim Crow laws. So, if anyone knows a Dem, remind them that their slaves were freed 154 years ago, that their Jim Crow laws were outlawed 55 years ago, and it's time to move on. RECENTLY, THE NY Times shifted focus. Since their Russian collusion hoax bombed, they've shifted from Russia to racism. In a leaked memo, the Times admit- ted they're going "all in" to accuse President Trump, and his sup- porters, of being racist. Obviously, they're following the lead of Demo- cratic leaders - projecting their sins onto others, not caring that they're dividing the country. Just last week the Times accused Trump of being anti-Semitic. The same President Trmnp whose daughter is Jewish, grandkids are Jewish, and strongly supports Israel is called anti-Semitic by a newspaper that employs anti- Semites. Tom Wright-Peirsanti is a senior editor with the Times, who for years has made hateful remarks against Jews. Wright-Peirsanti wrote, "I was going to say "Crappy Jew Year,' but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So Happy Jew Year. You Jews:' - Peirsanti's actual tweet from Jan 1, 2010. We really shouldn't be surprised by Wright-Peirsanti's comments; after all, he works for the Times, he's a Bernie Sanders communist, and thinks exactly like most of the me- dia, leftists and Democrats. WEEKLY QUOTE: "I'm rooting for a direct hit on Mar-A-Lago." Tweet by Kim Campbell, former Canadian prime minister talking about Hurricane Dorian - proving that other North Americans are as hateful as Democrats, Sloan Oliver is a retired Army of- ricer who writes a weekly column for the Reporter. Email him at sloanoli- ver@earthlink, net. Back in June, Monroe County taxpayers paid $2,765 for an investiga- tive report into a county employee allegation that commissioner Larry Evans harassed her for not hiring his "niece". But commissioners have refused to let the taxpayers, who paid for the report, see it. They've kept it hidden from public view. Only District 3 commissioner John Ambrose sup- ports letting the public see if. If you think you have the right to see the report, tell your commissioner or call the office at 994-7000 and let them know. Mean- while, we will count the days they~e kept their constituents in the dark until released. 7