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Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not; Jeremiah 50:2 & EDITORIALS 2018, 2017, 2016 winner: Editorial Page excellence ~r~c~ j~"~ 2018 winner. Best Headhne Writing 2018, 2OI7 ~n~. Best News Photography 2018 v~mwn Best Sports Pages 2018 w]nrmn Best Serious Column On the Porch 2018, 2011 winner. Best Humorous Column- On the Porch ON THE PORCH by Will Davis the John McCain funeral over yet? Look, the man suffered for years in the Hanoi Hilton as a POW and refused the early release that North Vietnamese commies offered him. He deserves honor. But let's be real: Most of the liberals and Democrats singing his hosannahs were condemning him as Hitler in 2008 when he ran against their beloved Barack Hus- sein Obama. These partisans are merely using McCain's death as the latest dub against Republicans and their favorite whipping boy, Trump. Their favorite Republi- can is always one who's dead or out of office. When Reagan was president, they said he was Hitler and wondered why couldn't be more like Gerald Ford. When George W. Bush was president, they said he was Hitler and why can't he more like Reagan. When McCain was running for president, they said he was Hitler and why can't he be more like George W. Bush. You get the picture. Even our own Republican senator, Johnny Isakson, rose, or at least stood by his walker, to blast any Mc- Cain critics. Anyone who tarnishes McCain's reputa- tion, said Isakson, deserves a whipping. Puh-leeze. Johnny's just running interference for the latest mem- ber of the establishment in good standing. Isakson is a RINO from way back. Look, we shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but Mc- Cain did plenty to tarnish his own reputation without anyone'shelp. He left his wife and kids for a much younger woman. He told Chelsea Clinton jokes. He was thin-skinned and egotistical and cared more about the media than his constituents. He was a real, salty, dif- ficult human being, like the rest of us. And I voted for him! This charade that he was some bridge-building, Kumbuya-singing lover of all humanity is just not true. But McCain's biggest fault was very much like Isakson's and the rest of the Senate nursing home: They don't know when to leave. Our founders envisioned citizen lawmakers, who left their jobs at home toserve a few terms, and would then return home to live under the laws they had made. But today, these dinosaurs love their power so much they refuse to leave D.C. and go home. They stay in office until they're liter- ally carried out under hospice care. Come on folks! The senate is not your retirement home. Your constituents deserve a U.S. senator who actually is engaged in the affairs of the nation, not someone engaged in a pair of Depends, gumming on apple sauce and demanding to leave the office in time for the Early Bird Special. Even with McCain's death, 22 of our 100 U.S. senators are over the age of 70, and seven of those are over the age of 80. The average age in the senate is 61. The next Jurassic Park movie may be filmed on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's not the way it was supposed to be. Here's my advice to politicians: Get elected. Serve your state. And then retire go home and enjoy your golden years. As your life ebbs, you are nearing your time of reckoning, when all that power means noth- ing. Let it go, before death takes it from you. Nothing is more pitiful, and more unworthy of a free people, than an aging plutocrat, clinging to what's left of his power with bony fingers and living off the taxpayers. d~e Monr~m County 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 S Will Davis ~ Publisher/Editor i~ ~ Trellis Grant Business Manager Richard Dumas ~ ~ Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor Carolyn Martel ~ ~ Brandon Park Advertising Manager Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth SO N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER - P.O. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: in County:. $40 Out of County:, $48 Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Fd day prior to issue. Comments featured on opinion pages a re the oeation of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyte Wingfield college football season under wa); and the NFL off we ologies to nericas pastimeS' baseball, and despite contro- versies on and off the field in recent years, football remains the nation's most popular sport. But which brand is better, collegiate or professional? I'll leave it to the sports pages to settle which pigskin product is more pleasing to the eye. But when it comes to upholding the all-American value of free enterprise, college football is the dear - if perhaps surprising - winner. For starters, the barrier to entry is much lower Sure, it's expensive for a university to launch a new football program - maybe so expensive that most shouldn't do it. But if a school wants to give it the old college try, it can. Compare that to the NFL, where the other franchise owners - i.e the competition - must agree to add a new team and, consequently, divide up much of their existing revenue stream. Once its program is established, a school can seek to associate with whichever conference it likes. If the pairing is mutually beneficial, it+ generally will happen. This is even true for schools long associated with another conference, as when Missouri and Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the Southeastem Conference. Now imagine if, sa); the India- napolis Colts felt like their attendance, rivalries or even chance of winning would be improved if they played in a division with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati instead of JacksonviUe and Houston. Good luck: Divisional shifts are comparatively rare in the NFL. Innovations also come more regularly in college football, both on campus and off. Over a decade ago, the organizers of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta sought to stage a second high-profile game after the season. Facedwith too many obstacles, they instead moved their event to the start of the season. They raised enough sponsorship and TV money to persuade schools to sacrifice a lucrative home game, and then convinced football coaches they'd benefit from putting an attractive, competitive game on their schedule. Since 2008, the game has been a highlight of college football's opening weekend, and other cit- ies have copied it. The NFIIs big season- opening innovation? To play its very first game not on a Sunday but on the prior Thursday- which coUege football had done for years. You may wonder how a league that pays its players could be less market- oriented than one that doesn't. It's a fair point, but I think this, too, ends up falling on college football's side of the ledger Here's how. High-school football players have no option besides college to continue their careers. The NFL requires them to be three years removed from high school to be eligible for its draft, and in any case there's a vanishingly small number of 18-year-olds who are ready to play such a brutal game against fully grown men. They do have the option, however, of which college to attend. The best players get multiple scholarship offers, and they can pick the one they like best. Whether they want the college with the best academics, the earliest playing time available, or the closest (or farthest) proximity to home, they get to choose. And it's not as if the compensation they receive, a full ride to college, is peanuts. Compared to non- athletes in college, who may accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in debt, their financial situ- ation is quite good. By contrast, drafted NFL players - who take most NFL roster spots - have no choice in their employer for the first four to five years of their career. Sure, they get paid large sums of mone ; but even that is, on their first contract, largely dictated by a wage scale. True workplace freedom, i.e. free agency; doesn't come until after a player's rookie contract. Given that the aver- age NFL career is between three and six years, most players never reach that point. Now, I'm not telling you not to watch or care about the NFL. Just know that when it comes to being an open, competitive and adaptive market, college football is king. The CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kfle Winglield's column runs in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver rega kudos go to the I% / I Monroe County School | V,District (MCSD). Last ,Lanonth, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2017-2018 Georgia Milestone assessments, and the MCSD ranked 19th in the state (out of 185 districts) - putting it in the top 10% of Georgia school districts. Of note, Monroe County students exceeded the state average in all 24 areas tested. We owe a huge congratulations to the school board (for hiring the fight people), the school administra- tors (for hiring the right teachers), the teach- ers for all their hard work, the students for absorbing and leaming the material, and especially to the parents who insure their children are studying, going to school and doing the right things to be successful. LAST WEEK, Will Davis, this pa- per's publisher, thanked Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and the Bibb County Board of Commissioners because they voted to increase their property taxes, which will result in people leaving Bibb County for Monroe County. Actu- ally, a much larger reason people are leaving Bibb County is because of the large numbers of thuggish criminals robbing, murdering, and destroying that Was Jesus referring to Macon when he said, "Let the dead bury their own dead"- Matthew 8.-227 DID YOU hear about Lara Zelski, an ultra-leftist, Democrat, school prin- dpal up in Atlanta? She announced that her school would no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance because it is 'bffensive: Instead, she wanted the students to recite an oath based on "student civic responsibility to school, family, community, count, and global socie ." After much pushback from parents, politicians, and from citizens who love America, the wacko prindpal reversed her "hate America" polic . A perfect example of why it's important to know what your school is doing and to know who we elect to the school board. SADLY, SENATOR John McCain died last week. What he endured as a POW is something I cannot even imagine. He's a true war hero. Howev- er, his politics left much to be desired. Now that he's gone, the Democrats and the dishonest media are fawn- ing all over him, telling us how we need more politidans like McCain who are willing to "reach across the aisle" to get things done. Very ironic and hypocritical of the press - they loved him in 2000 when he mn against Bush, they hated him in 2008 when he mn against Obama, and they've loved him again ever since 2015 because he criticized Tromp. Remember how, in 2008, the media hated McCain and called him racist for the simple fact that he ran against Obama and because he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. In his last book, McCain admits he made a mistake when he chose Palin to be his Vlq. Even after 10 years, McCain didn't realize that Palin is a primary reason that many people voted for him. AGAIN, REFERRING to Senator McCain's death, the Dems and the media (I repeat myself) criticized Presi- dent Trump because the White House flew the American flag at half-mast for only two days following his death. Ac- cording to the llbs, Trump disrespected McCain by not flying the flag at half- mast until his funeral In other words, the Dems and the mediacrats hate Trump and wanted another reason to further their hatred. It turns out, ac- cording to U.S. code, when a Congress- man dies in office; the flag is flown at half-mast the day of and the day after his death. Apparently, asking the media to actually check their facts before they qaate on" Trump is asking too much. Also, very hypocritical of the media and the Dems to suddenly demand respect for the flag when they've spent the last two years celebrating NFL play- ers disrespect the SEVERAL WEEKS ago, President Trump revoked the security dearance of disgraced, former CIA Director John Brennam Quick update on Brennan security dearance - Brennan says that his speech" is threatened because Trump revoked his dearance. The irony ofhis accusation is that in 2012, after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Brennan silenced the voice of the survivors of that attack by forcing them to sign a "non-disclosure" statement. He forced them to do so only after Kris Paronto refused to go along with the lie that an anti-Muslim video caused the attack. You see, Hill- ary, Obama, and the CIA pedaled a lie that an anti-Muslim video caused a spontaneous protest at the U.S. consul- ate causing the protesters to attack the consulate and to kill four Americans. Pamnto, an ex-Army Ranger and CIA Operative, refused to go along with that phony sto . For that, he was silenced by Brennan. And Brennan has the audadty to complain that he's being silenced? QUESTION FOR our black audi- ence - Are you allowed to think for yourself?. I ask that question in all honesty because, if you're black, ap- parently you're not; you must adhere to leftist/liberal "group think." And if you deviate from that group think, you're considered a racist. As stupid and ridiculous as that sounds, that is exactly how the Dems and the media (I repeat myself) demand that you think. If you doubt what I say, ask Tiger Woods. (Also, refer back to my August 1st article and Kanye West's comments about President Trump.) Last weekend, Tiger was asked about Trump. He responded, "He's the president of the United States and you have to respect the office. And no matter who's in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office? To that, the ESPN hosts went craz . They criticized Tiger for not hating Trump the way they do. "Tiger, you're part black", which means according to libs, you're not allowed to think for yourself. You must adhere to liberal group think. Now get back on the "Trump hate train" and don't devi- ate or the libs will hate on yot ' Note - Tiger is also part Asian and part white, but that's not important to liberals, only his mdanin is. WEEKLY Quote: "Senator McCain, thank you for your service, RIE.' Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ +d