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& EDITORIALS Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not, Jeremiah 50:2 2018, 2017, 2016 winmm Editcciol Page exceJlence ~,~rc~AA ~ 2018 wlnnen. Best Headline Writing 2018, 2017 winner:. Best News Photography 2018 winner: Best Sports Pages 2018 winner:. Best Serious Column- On the Porch 2018, 2017 winner:. Best Humorous Column- On the Porch ON THE PORCH by WiJl Davis Iam putting you all on notice: Coach Will, a.k.a. Mr. Championship, is back at the Monroe County Rec Department. When we moved to Forsyth 11 years ago, we put our daughter Abbie on the Fillies U-8 softball team at the rec department. Her favorite part of softball was drawing in the dirt. I helped coach, but this was not where I became Mr. Championship. The real fun started in the playoffs. My morn, a very proper southern lady from Raleigh, N.C. who plays bridge at the country club, has a book dub and refuses to darken the doors at Walmart, came to see her grahddaughter in the good ale Monroe County Rec softball playoffs. All went well until the last inning. The scoreboard said we were winning 8-7. The opposing coach didn't think that was right, and asked if she could see our scorebook One of our coaches turned to his wife, who . was keeping the book "What does it say?" Little Abbie Davis draws in the he whispered, as dirt, her favorite part of soft- the opposing coach ball, at the Monroe County Rec walked toward our Department in 2009. dugout. "Tied!" she gri- maced. "Run like h--!" he said. And she did. She put the scorebook in her jacket - hid- ing the evidence - and ran toward the exit. The opposi- tion coach saw her running, and ran out of the fence and chased her until she caught her in front of the concession stand. The ladies had a brief tug of war with the scorebook and finally rec officials decided to call offthe entire game. Then they decided to call off the entire playoffs. My mother, Miss Manners from Raleigh, was, well, curi- ous about the town to which her son had moved. Meanwhile, my wife and I had an epiphany: Our kids should play soccer! This went much better. The wonderful thing about soccer in rural Georgia is that most parents don't have a due about the sport. They can't argue because they didn't grow up playing it. They don't know the difference between offsides and a penalty kick. The downside is that the rec department never had enough coaches for soccer because no parents knew how to play. So I became something of a permanent coach for my kids at the rec department. They never played for anyone else. Now THAT was fun. Back then, the rec department would let coaches pretty much pick whomever we wanted. So I began loading our team with good athletes ages 6-10. For four years, I don't think either of my kids lost a soccer game at the rec depart- ment. Eventually, they graduated from rec soccer to travel soccer, which meant we had to drive to Macon to play. But those are great memories of their childhood, for me and them. Fast forward to this week. We now have our wonder- ful little late child, Ford, who is 4. It's like sta ng all over again. So here I am, balder and slower, putting on the whistle and coaching soccer again. Little Ford has traveled all over the state watching his brother and sister play soc- cer, and now he finally gets to play himself. Our Ball Patrol team opens play this week Sadly, we can't draft a bunch of ringers like we used to. I'll have to work harder to keep that Mr. Championship thing going. But I sure am glad to be back out there coaching soccer, and not softball. 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 Will Davis ~ ~ Trellis Grant Publisher/Editor Business Manager Richard Dumas ~ ~ Diane Glidewell News Editor Community Editor Advertising Manager Brandon Park 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 Friday prior to issue. Cornments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions ~ Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997440 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield e One of the hazards ofwriting tailored to their peculiar facts. That's it until retirement age; we need to about complex issues in,what were trying to do here.consider how to contribute to those 600-word increments is its But in the interest of setting minds teachers retirement ,security, too. hard to explain the pmb- at ease, I can share some guiding From the taxpayers perspective, we lem and also offer much of a solution, prindples for reform as we study the need to enhance predictability, reduce So it is easy; if one isn't careful, to focus challenges ricing Georgi Teachers risk and increase affordability of the on the problem and leave the details, goals and even motivations behind potential solutions to the imaginations of readers - some of whom are under- standably skeptical. Confession time: That's my hand you see raised when it comes to my writing over the past year or so about teacher pensions in Georgia. The problem of unfunded liabilities perhaps tens of billions of dollars greater than most people realize is worthy of an alarm being sounded, and that's what rye tried to do. But I've neglected to explain the solution to the problem. Confession time, part two: I don't have a solution. Not a specific solution, anywa That is, I'm not starting with the answer in mind, despite what some dubious observers might assume. Neither are the handful of reformers I know who are also working on this issue. Maybe that's a mistake in some respects, but there's one thing it certainly is not: a scheme to foist some kind of ideologi- cally driven change upon hundreds of thousands of teachers past, present and future. No, problems as serious as this one, with such real consequences for the fi- nancial well-being of so many deserve to be studied deeply and solutions Retirement System. First and foremost, this is about keeping promises. There is a natural tendency, when change is discussed, to assume someone's trying to take something away from somebody else - espedally when so much money is involved. But this effort is about making changes to the system precisely so it can keep the promises dected offidals - and in turn, taxpayers - made to Georgia educa- tors. We're talking about changes to the system now because we believe putting off this conver- sation for years longer will leave us with few options besides breaking those promises. That's what we want to avoid. Second, we want to ensure retire- ment security for Georgids educators. As the employers of teachers, the state and local districts play a key role in helping them save for their well- earned retirement when they reach it. We need to make sure that role is fulfilled. As we do that, we can't ignore that the majority of those who enter the teaching profession won't stay in system. We have to reckon with the fact it is becoming more expensive to keep our promises to teachers. That doesn't mean we break them. It means we look for ways to tweak the system's as- sumptions and methods so that we keep those promises in a way that's predictable, affordable and low-risk. Finally, we need to ensure the promise we make to future teachers ; that is appealing to them. One of the main goals of a pension system like Georgigs TRS is to attract and retain a talented work force. As a new, more transient generation enters the labor market, we need to ask whether the current offer alone will accomplish that. The states that have dealt with their pension debts most effectively have started with prindples like these. Any- tl ng else will get in the way of doing whats right by teachers as well as by taxpayers. The CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wing, field's column runs in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver 1 W hth o would you rather ave working for you someone who says ey II fix a problem but doesn't, or someone who doesn't admit the problem yet fixes it any- way? Most sane people would prefer the latter because the problem gets fixed. However, that's not true about Dems and liberals; they would rather have someone admit there's a problem yet does nothing about it, than someone who fixes the problem. That's exactly what's'happening in the United States and Europe in regards to carbon emis- sions. Obama and his low-information followers tell us that man-made global warming is the most drastic problem ever faced by mankind - 'er I mean "people-kind" (don't want to offend the liberals or be called sexist.) actually believe that because President Trump doesn't believe that humans are responsible for climate change, that he's responsible for the formation of hurricanes. They're that stupid. (Note - the WaPo doesn't say who was responsible for hurricanes before climate change became vogue.) The WaPo wrote the "Trump complicit" editorial when Hurricane Florence was a category 4 hurricane. When Florence actually made land it was down to a category 1. Any bets ff the WaPo gives Trump credit for Florence losing strength? IN 2015, Obama and every Europe- an leader signed the Paris Climate Ac- cord (PCA). They were immediately elevated to godlike status for saving the planet. Then, in 2017, despite the imminent threat of global catastrophe (sarcasm), President Trump pulled the U.S. out ofthe PCA. He was labelled a "climate denier, an earth hater, dangerous for the planet, etc" As expected, liberals went insane with hate and rage -- they spit on photos of Trump, they urinated on Trumps star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they bumed Trump in effigy, and generally behaved in typical liberal manner - which is undvilized. It's been a year since President Trump pulled us out of the PCA. Any guesses about the global carbon emissions? Despite the U.S. economy growing at an annual 3% rate, in 2017 our carbon emis- sions were down by 42 million tons, the biggest drop of any country. And Europe's emissions? They were up 92 million tons or 2.5%. However, none of that matters; Derns and libs still hate Trump and love the Euro leaders - see the paragraph above. IN OTHER wacko climate news, anyone read the Sept. 11 Washington Post editorial, ' knother hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit."? That's correct; liberals IN A LARGER sense, the WaPo'S editorial is not surprising. After all, most Democrats and progressives don't be- lieve in God. Their god is Gala (a.ka. - mother earth) and liberalism is their religion. How else does one explain when lib- erals say that humans are destroying the planet and our population should be drastically reduced, when liberals deny the existence of gender (i.e. you can change gender depending on how you feel), or when liberals celebrate killing babies in the womb (reduces population). Also, recall in 2008 in Minneapolis, when Obama gave his Democrat nomination speech, he said, "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heaL" Obama was cheered by tens of millions who had deified him the way that andent Romans deified their emperors. "Haft Obama!" was their cry. So, having deified Obama, and thinking that he could raise or lower the sea level, why should it surprise anyone that liberals would blame Trump for an act of God? LAST WEEK, the NY Times ran another hate-Tromp opposition editorial. The Times Op-Ed was "anonymous" but daims to have been written by a White House insider. The Op-Ed daims that Trump is immature and unfit to be president. However, the country should know that "adult" cabinet members and staffers (such as the artide's author) are protecting America from Trump. The author claims that the "adults" in the White House (WH) have pre- vented Trump from signing various executive orders and are insuring that President Trump doesn't start WorK1 War III. THERE ARE two huge areas of concern with this NY Times Op-Ed. First, let's say it's true and a group of unelected WH insiders (both staffers and cabinet members) are thwarting President Trump from implement- ing his agenda. Do the NY Times, the Attorney General, Republicans, and the American electorate not see the problem? If true, then everything that President Trump claims about a "Deep State" within the government is correct. Trump has long claimed a Deep State is actually running the country- often against the will of the people. And if these insiders are acting against the President's wishes, how is that not sedition or treason or some other crime? Who the blazes do they think they are? The coun- try elected Trump to carry out the agenda that he promised, and now a group of"insiders" have said, "Screw you, America. We're the elites, and we know what's best for you? AND IF the Op-Ed was not written by a Trump insider, then it was writ- ten by the NY Times editorial board (or similar). That means that one of the most prominent media outlets in the world has declared war on President Trump and on his support-' ers. The Times is doing everything possible to overthrow a duly elected president for the sole reason that their candidate didn't win in 2016. If the Op-Ed was written by the Times, then they are "the enemy of the people" by working to overtum an election. How is that not sedition or some other crime? IN the media are saying that were facing a constitutional crisis because Trump is the president. I agree. We're facing a constitutional crisis because millions of deranged Americans think a duly elected presi- " dent should not be allowed to serve. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT AND WAS ELECTED SO BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. Those who think otherwise are the ones who are creat- ing the crisis and are the problem. WEEKLY QUOTE: "The consti- tutional crisis is that Democrats and the media are refusing to accept the results of a legal election" Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ i