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October 2, 2019 ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel A wasteful expense n an obvious ploy to hide behind Georgia’s Open Records Law (Act), the Monroe County Manager and County Lawyer are attempting to antagonize the edi- tor of this newspaper and hinder the access of the public’s right to know. Go back and read last week’s Will’s On the Porch Column. From what Will wrote and his experience “dealing” with the county lawyer and county manager will help you under- stand why the county commission is often dysfunctional. Being very familiar with Georgia’s Open Records Act, what can and cannot be released to the public and the news media is clearly defined. There are times when an open record letter is necessary but more often than not, there is cooperation and courtesy exemplified. The informa— tion requested is totally in the public domain and should be provided and totally publicly/ individually upon verbal request, not requiring a writ- ten request. It gets nasty when a public official uses the Open Records Law for protection and for self-service. This county lawyer/ county manager have been on the verge several times of at- tempting to prevent the citizens they serve and work for the information to insure an open government, by the people and for the people. Guess the county manager is attempting to CHA! ‘ Here are a couple of items for which public taxpayer money was used/spent: $3,888.50 for football and cheer uniforms; Harbin Engi- neering, $57,071.50 for “HE Proj- ects” 4990-010-01 and 4990-010-01. Guess if we want to know what are “HE Projects” we will have to file an open records request with the Glenda Lucear this year marked 30 years working at the Captain D’s in Forsyth. She has been with the restaurant since it opened. Glenda said she has remained loyal because she likes working close to home. She and her husband have one son and one grandson. Asked what has changed over the years, Lucear said that young people no longer want to work. Congratulations Glenda for setting a good example of loyalty and hard work for everyone in Forsyth. county manager who will refer it to the county attorney who will bill the county (us taxpayers) for writing a letter back to county manager defin- ing what can and cannot be released and citing the Georgia Opens Record Act/ Law. Duhl; $7,500 to the Hub- bard Alumni Association; get ready, $16,586.48 to Monroe County Hos- pital for inmates’ (jailbirds’) medical expenses; Stacey Necastro, $6,750 for contract labor (Sports Officials); $16,638.21 to Raffield Tire Masters, Inc., for inventory; Ten-8 Fire 8: Safety $9,939.55 for motor vehicle maintenance services. No lawyer bills or county commission reimburse- ment checks, yet. Sixty checks were written for a total of $269,033.50. Just a couple of unattributed commissioner comments since the thrones of the chairman and the Dis- trict 4 commissioner were empty: “Outstanding bunch running the county”; “The thought was”. Hey, I am sure you have received your county tax notices and they are due in December. Since the county tax office does not close for lunch and is open Monday thru Friday 7:30 am. until 5 pm, there is no excuse for not paying your county taxes. Take a bow of gratitude toward Plant Scherer for keeping those bills lower _' than most. OVER AT Forsyth City Hall, the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bu- reau held its monthly meeting reveal- ing how much hotel/ motel tax was collected in June with the city getting $27,522.70 and the CVB getting its share in the amount $18,348.46. The biggest hotel/ motel tax payer was again Holi- day Inn Express paying $9,132.97. Second was Hampton Inn, which sent a check in for $7,626.57. Coming in at number three was LaQuinta Inn and Suites at $4,654.38. The lowest tax paid, $78.57, came from Budget Inn. FROM HIS actions, Forsyth City Councilman Chris Hewett is more than twerked with Will, Diane and possibly me. Well I know he is very twerked with me after what he called me at a chamber breakfast. He can- celed his subscription to The Report- er and Will sent him a refund check. Will should have given his refund in quarters so he could pay the $1 rack price. Ifanyone sees him purchas- ing a paper, take a picture and I will show it in this column. Guess he will be getting all his For- syth news frbm the Macon television station when the Mayor calls a press conference. DID NOT realize that our seafood restaurant, Captain D’s, had been open for 30 years until I saw Glenda Lucear, who has worked there since it opened 30 years ago. That’s what I call a loyal and dedicated and obvi- ously happy employee. REV. JOHN TARRER up here at Paran Baptist Church in Blount asked to remind all my readers that Paran will be celebrating its 196th birthday this Sunday. According to the an- nouncement in the church bulletin, “We will have a meal after worship and the church will furnish the meats. Members please bring vegetables, salads, desserts and drinks”. Whatta you mean! Church not furnishing the tea? It was sounding like an old-fashioned church get-together until you have to bring your own drinks. I’ll be there regardless. Might sneak in a jug of tea, ’ and I will share. Come join us for the service at 10:30 and the eating after Rev. Tarrer does his thing. A good Bible scholar/ preacher by the way. AFTER COMING and celebrating at Paran, Brock Gill is going to bring his singing to Monroe Fine Arts Center Sunday and Nancy Calhoun was the first to answer “The Ques- tion” Nancy gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, single dip of ice cream from Scoops, slice of Jonah’s pizza, slice of Shoney’s straw- berry pie, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Here‘s The Question for this week: Name the Forsyth man who lost 70 pounds. First correct answer after ' 12 noon Thursday gets the fantastic goody certificate. ONE FINAL note: Ifyou missed the Forsyth Art Walk this past Satur— day, sponsored by the 1823 Artisan Guild, you missed a treat. But you can see some local artists at the new home for the Artisan Guild on the square at the old city hall build- ing next to Scoops. Don’t know the hours, but I’m sure they are posted on the door. Denise Buff is president of the guild Don Daniel is the founder and for- mer publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@ bellsouth. net. . sReporter Page 5A ‘ ‘ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Forsyth trash sets new record We Forsyth’s businesses would look To the Editor, n picking up litter Saturday morning be- fore Forsyth’s Art Event, Beautify Forsyth broke ALL downtown litter records with 39 gallons of trash within ONE block of the square! And it was a team effort, as all busi- a shame? nesses contributed! Would the second block from the square do better—NOT! And how do the cut-outs get so nasty? more inviting to customers if their sidewalks, gutters and cut-outs were clean. But, hey, don’t get too MOTIVATED, for Beautify Forsyth would be out of business, and wouldn’t that be “Tom Perry Forsyth Tom Perry is the chairman of BeautifiI Forsyth JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver Deep State strikes at Trump again It Yogi Berra’s famous words, “It’s Déja vu all over again.” We’ve heard this song, seen this movie, a dozen times over that past few years. In the 2016 presi- dential debates, the final ques- tion asked to each candidate ers. Now, we have another fake “scandal” surrounding a phone call by Trump to the president of Ukraine. The media and the Dems (I repeat myself) tell us that it’s an im- peachable event for Trump to ask Ukraine’s president to look was, “Will you ac- into Joe Biden’s cept the election corrupt activities results should you in Ukraine. lose?” Knowing that she would LET’S RE- win, Hillary an- VIEW Hunter swered that she’d Biden was kicked accept the out- out of the Navy come as “the will for using cocaine. of the people.” Two months Hillary LIED. later, he accom- Neither Hillary, panies his father the media, nor A m x to Ukraine to the Democrats JMA’L’A Cr“; ’(W‘Vk discuss energy is- have supported sues. Despite hav- the 2016 election results. They ing ZERO experience in the have worked tirelessly and petroleum industry, Hunter continuously to overturn the somehow snags a $50,000/ election, to prevent Trump from being inaugurated, and then to oust him from office. LONG BEFORE the No- vember 2016 election, accel— erating after, the leftist cabal (Hillary, Obama, Biden, every Dem, academia, Hollywood, and the media) has obstructed President Trump every step of the way. It started in July 2016 when Obama authorized the FBI and the Dept. of Justice to spy on the Trump campaign. It continued when Obama and the FBI developed a Russian “insurance policy”, called collusion, should Hillary lose. Then, November and De- cember 2016, Hillary worked to pressure electors to the Electoral College to vote for her instead of for Trump. In January 2017, Comey briefed Trump about the phony Steele Dossier in order to get the Russian collusion hoax into g the media and into the public domain. Mind you, all of this was done before Trump became president, while he was still a private citizen. The Dems scream that their attempts to remove President Trump are valid because he’s a danger to democracy. SINCE PRESIDENT Trump’s inauguration, we’ve been inundated with Rus— sia, Russia, Russia; porn star Stormy Daniels; Kavanaugh the sexual predator; fake hate crimes; false climate change accusations; more Russia, Russia, Russia; and end- less coverage of the Mueller investigation - all of it blamed on President Trump. And every story became a reason to impeach and remove him from office. It never ends. Everything bad is the fault of Trump and his support- SHOW Continued trom Front tertained, but also to hear the powerful mes- V sage of God’s love. Gill worked at a sawmill as a young man, but felt that God wanted him to use illusions, escapes, and stunts to bring a message of hope to people. With a passion for reaching people with the truth that had changed his own life, Gill went back to college and began performing at church outreach events. News of his creative method of evangelism spread through the area quickly and he began to receive invitations almost irnmediately. “I finished my first show and had three invitations to perform,” Gill ex- plains. “People just heard about it and wanted month position on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company. That sounded very sketchy even to the corrupt officials in Ukraine. So, a Ukrainian prosecutor began investigating Burisma When Joe Biden learned that Hunter was one of those being investi- gated, he returned to Ukraine and told Ukraine’s president (previous prez, not the current president) that he had six ‘ hours to fire the prosecutor or Ukraine would lose $1 Billion in US. aid — a quid pro quo. No surprise, the prosecutor got fired “Quid pro Joe” even bragged about it on Youtube. THE DEMS see nothing wrong with Biden pressuring Ukraine to hire Hunter Biden for $50,000 per month. Dems have no problem when Joe de- manded the prosecutor inves- tigating Hunter be fired or Joe would cancel aid to Ukraine. But when Trump dares to question Biden’s corruption, they demand impeachment. (Reminder, President Trump is head of US. law enforce- ment. He has as a duty to insure illegal activities are investigated.) AND THE Dems have the temerity to tell us that Trump is a threat to Democracy? H*ll, the Dems want to cancel 63 million voters, negate 30 states that voted for Trump, and overturn an election. The Dems and the media are THE threat to Democracy and the Constitution. Yes, we have a constitutional crisis. It’s because the Dems said, “Screw the Constitution, hell with the election; we’re gonna do whatever we want because we know you can’t stop us.” Also, the Dems know their supporters are “useful idiots” who will do whatever they’re instructed. (Useful idiot is a term coined by Vladimir Lenin to describe his thoughts about communist sympathiz- ers in the West. He held them in contempt but viewed them as useful. When Lenin’s obj ec- tives were complete, they were no longer “useful”, just idiots.) FOR ARGUMENT’S sake, let’s pretend the Dems really are concerned when a politi- cian asks a foreign govem— ment to investigate a political rival. Then, explain why the media has said nothing about the three Dem sena- tors (Menendez, Durbin, and Leahy) who, in 2018, sent a letter to Ukraine and de- manded that Ukraine assist Robert Mueller investigating Trump as part of the collusion investigation; and if Ukraine didn’t cooperate with Mueller, those three senators would vote against foreign aid to Ukraine? Nothing to see there because that activity involved fellow Dems. “DRAIN THE SWAMP” was one of Trump’s HUGE campaign issues, meaning he knew we need to eliminate the dangerous governmental bureaucracy that has become a 4th branch of government, and the most powerful branch. Nothing highlights the danger of this 4th branch more than when Senator Schumer said, “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” The intel community is The Swamp. Schumer knows how dangerous they are. He knows there’s not a d@mn thing he, or anyone else, can do about them or about the rest of the Swamp. This latest “whistle— blower” scandal should be a warning to everyone before it’s too late; perhaps it already is. If the intel community, and the rest of the Swamp, is successful at removing Trump from office, our Democracy is done. The 243 year run of our constitutional republic will have been a good one but it’ll be over, replaced by the rule of government oligarchs. The Clintons, Obama, Pelosi, ADC, and the Swamp will dictate who gets and keeps power. KAGA!! WEEKLY Thought: Fare— well, Dale Likens. We’ll miss you. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army ofi‘icer who writes a weekly column for the Report- er. Email him at sloanoliver@ earthlink. net. me to come to their town.” Since those first outreaches, God has taken Gill’s ministry across the US. and the world, while his heart for the lost has grown. Under- standing that people today have short attention spans and want to be entertained visually, he has learned how to grab an audience quick- ly and keep them on the edge of their seats. Gill’s message for Christ is clear and effeCtive. 'He has. seen God touch thousands upon thou- sands of lives through his'ministry. Brock has shared the stage with many well- known speakers, worship leaders and artists such as Franklin Graham, Luis Palau, John Piper, Newsboys, Toby Mac, Third Day, Mercy Me and Casting Crowns. Head Heating and Air, United Bank, Th Brokery, MedPro and the Reporter are helping sponsor Sunday’s event.