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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 winner: Editorial Page excellence 2018 winner:. Best Headhne WrFting AI~A'~P~W~,'~i)A~, '011, "J017 wln.r: Best News P hot ogr aphy Lq~~i 20|8 wlnner: Best Si~rts Pages ~%~-I 20111 winner:. Best Serious Col On the Porch~.~'] 2018, 2017 ~ Best Humorous Column- On the Porch~ ON THE PORCH by Will Davis W the death of Pike County High School junior acker Dylan Thomas over the weekend, Persons coach Brian Nelson assured the rter that the Bulldogs are as pro-active as any program about taking care of head injuries. Thomas, of course, died on Sunday at Gmdy Hospital after fall- ing ill during Friday's game against Peach County. There's still some mystery about what caused Thomas' death. He had a brain bleed, but did not appear to have suffered a contact injury on Friday night. An autopsy is planned. Fox 5 reports that Thomas was wearing a 2018 model Riddell Flex helmet. Nelson, who addressed his team on Monday about the tragic death, said that some MP players regularly wear that same model But Nelson noted that it is considered among the company's tested, top-of- the-line models. He said, "The stuffwe put on these kids is as safe as ever been? Nelson said he has always stressed to his players the importance of reporting injuries and said he reiterated that when he spoke with his team Monday. He said MP follows Monroe County School and Georgia High School Association protocol on head injuries. Nelson noted that all MP coaches in all sports are certi- fied in concussion training and the school also employs full-time certified athletic trainer Jeff Quinn. Nelson said typically when a player complains of a headache during a game, they are immediately removed from the contest. He said the player is then monitored carefully and restricted from all activity through the weekend. If the headache lingers into Monda) that player is placed in concussion protocol Once in concussion protocol, a player must go five days without symptoms before being cleared to return to the playing field with a gradual increase in activity. Nelson said the average length of time for players to return from a concussion has been about two weeks. He cited two former star players, Quin Head and Dee High, who suffered concussions while at MP and noted that High missed a playoffgame at Buford due to lingering concussion symptoms. "We've probably been as on top of this thing as most places for years ' said Nelson. Sadl Dylan is only the latest young man in Georgia to die play- ing football. The first football death happened in 1897 when the University of Georgia hosted the University of V'wginia on Oct. 30, 1897, and it almost ended what is now the state's most popular sport. Played in Atlanta, that UGA-UVA game was a spirited contest, as both teams had daimed a right to the Southem football title in 1896. UGA was coached then by Glenn "Pop" Warner, whose name lives on in the youth football league bearing his name. Warner had a player named Rich- ard Von Gammon, a 17-year-old from Rome, Ga. toHere's what happened, accordingwikipedia: Early in the second half Von Gammon was on defense, and dove into the mass around Vir- gini right tackle. Once the pile-up deared, he lay there moUonless. Two doctors in the stands came to his aid and determined he had a severe concussion. He was on his feet in a few minutes, however, and was being taken offthe field when one of his teammates, not realizing how badly he was hurt, said to him: Won, you are not going to give up, are you?" "No Bill ' he replied, "I've got too much Georgia grit for that7 Those were the last words he ever spoke. Upon reaching the sideline he lapsed into unconsdousness. They rushed him to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Gammon died in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1897, at the same hospital where Dylan died on Sunday. As news of Von Gammons death spread, people were devastated, including the Virginia players. The Georgia Legislature was in session at the time and public opinion caused them to pass a bill to ban football in Georgia. The bill only needed the signature of Gov. William Atkinson to become law. Rosalind Gammon wrote a letter which landed in the hands of the governor. She was saddened by her death, but did not want the sport outlawed. She mentioned in her letter how his two friends were killed in rock climbing and skating acddents, and how those sports were not banned. Gov. Atkin- son vetoed the bill on Dec. 7, 1897. His mother is known as the woman who saved football in Georgia. Less than three years after Von Gammons' death, his brother Will died when he fell under a wain following a baseball game in Cartersvflle. Life is fleeting. But a grieving mother ensured long ago that Georgia would have the risks of football rather than life without it. the Monroe C~mnl 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 STAFF Will Davis ~ ~ Trellis Grant Publisher/Editor Business Manager o ~ ~o.o News Editor Community Editor Carolyn Martel Advertising Manager Brandon Park Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the CRy of Forsyth 50 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. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions Of]he Reporter management. Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield uicl How much does your household spend on roads each month? It's not a trick question. gallon of furl you buy for your vehicle, you pay a tax to maintain our roads and bridges and to build new ones. In Georgia, the combined federal and state tax rate is 45.2 cents/gallon for gasoline, and 54.4 cents/gallon for dieseL You might calculate your monthly tax bill based on that information, assuming you know how many miles you drive and the fuel effidency of your vehide(s). But compare that to dectricity, natural gas and water - for which you probably know your usual monthly bill, even ffyou don't know the per-unit prices. Think about it: Those other services that make up our major infrastruc- ture are all run as businesses, even ff some are government entities. They calculate how much power, gas or wa- ter you consumed and send you a bill. The same is largely true for the cable, intemet and phone companies. "Of all our major infrastructure, only highways are vastly different7 says Robert Poole, director of trans- portation policy for the Reason Foun- dation and author of a new book, "Rethinking America's Highways" Poole, who spoke about his book at a recent Georgia Public Policy Foundation luncheon in Atlanta, is worth a listen. He'S the fellow who first recommended a network of variable-priced toll lanes across metro Atlanta, such as the new, reversible lanes that opened up on 1-75 and 1-575 in September. The state plans to continue building out such a network in the coming decades. He's now arguing for treating highways like the other utilities, to ad- dress chronic road congestion, poor road and bridge maintenance, and overly political decision-making that misallocates too much of our limited transportation budgets. That includes more public-private partnerships to build new road capac- ity where needed and to maintain our existing infrastructure. Dozens of private investment funds intended for public infrastructure projects have been raised in recent years, totaling $450 billion as of 2017, Poole reports. Using a ratio of 25 percent equity to 75 percent debt, that total would support some $1.8 trillion worth of projects. "But," he cautions, "the U.S. is getting only a tiny fraction, so far" We like to think of our nation as the world's leading capitalists, but when it comes to public-private infrastruc- ture projects we Wail such countries as Australia, Britain, Canada, Spain and - gasp! - France. There, private companies routinely contract with governments to build and maintain needed infrastructure in exchange for the revenues produced. For highways, that means toll revenues. This is an auspicious time for our federal and state governments to wake up to the possibilities, and not only because hundreds of billions of dollars are sitting on the sidelines. Our interstate highway system was begun in 1956 "with, depending on the project, a design-lifetime of 30 to 50 years" Poole says. While some have been rebuilt, many are now well past their expected lifespans. What's more, the increasing budget crunch in Washington means it's unlikely the federal govemment can pay for the next version of the interstate system. There's another big reason. As vehicles become more fuel-effi- cient, and increasingly run on dectric batteries rather than gasoline, the fuel tax will become a diminishing source of revenue for highway funding. Tolls will prob- ably play a big role in "" replacing that tax. Speaking of the furl tax, did you ever figure out how much you spend on it? If you're like the aver- age American, Poole says, you spend about $46 per month - about half of the national average for electricity, phone and natural gas, and less than two-thirds of the average for cable and water. That $46 per month may not need to rise, or fall. But the way it's cal- culated, collected and spent almost certainly will have to change. The CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in newspapers around the state. JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver W(ch some old, late Alice instead of Mr. and Mrs. Millen- ght, TV shows nials, their entire lives, have been told Johnny Carson/Jack how wonderful they are, that they re Paar), TV sitcoms the best, smartest, and prettiest. To (Archie Bunker), or comedy mov- ies (Animal House, Blazing Saddles, etc.) and you quickly realize that older comedy could never be produced today be- cause it would offend a considerable portion of the population. Correction - the older comedy is 0nly offen- sive to young millen- nials who seem to be offended at anything and everything. Mil- lennials get offended to the point where they actually need a "safe space" where they can cower and quiver with other offended millen- nials. They seem to go through life with "verbal radar" that contorts word meanings to the point where everything is offensive. You can't joke about - women, blacks, lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, transvestites/cross- dressers, illegal immigrants, Asians, Muslims, dwarfs, handicapped, or fat people. And you can't say anything good about conservatives, the police, the mih Christians, the flag, the United States or President Trump. It's gotten to the point where these crazy millennials get offended if they hear the National Anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance. I'm amazed at how quickly these dainty millennials start melt- ing and wilting - earning the name "snowflakes." Snowflake is an acctwate description, yet that name offends them. Years ago, normal people would ridicule and hugh at these wimps, and mock how quickly they turn to snow- flakes, but you can't do that because mocking and ridiculing upsets them even more. prove how great they are, they got a trophy for everything. The parents abdicated all adult authority and al- SO, WHO is this group ofeasily offended millennials? Mostly, they are 20-something, privileged white kids who think the world revolves around them because their parents spoiled them. They've been spoiled, not so much with material possessions; instead they've been spoiled with an easy life by parents who wanted to be their friend instead of their parent. Parents ofmillennials made them- selves "age peers" by insisting that 3 and 4-year-olds call them Bob and lowed 5 and six-year-olds to make family derisions - such as homework, chores, TV watching, bedtime, and vacations. Millennials were never disciplined, never had to do any chores (that's beneath them), never told they were wrong, and always told how great they were. Millennials' parents lived to please their children, and parents' lives entirely revolved around the children - to the point where these millennials feel that they are the center of everything. Now that these mttlennials are adults, they're discovering that the world doesn't always agree with them, and they can't handle it. They don't know how to cope with opposing ideas because they have an arrogance of superior- ity which causes them to melt when confronted with reality. AN(YrHER GROUP of the "eas- fly offended" miUennials is minori- ties. Blacks, gays, lesbians, women, Muslims, and iUegals - have been told, their entire lives, that they're victims; victims of a racist country who have oppressed them - mostly by white males. In reality, they're not victims and haven't been oppressed by any- one, but that's not what you hear from the mainstream media or from pop culture. How else do you explain mil- lionaire, black football players think- hag this country has wronged them or oppressed them? As victims, they strike back against those who victim- ized them, which is our sodety- to include the police, the justice system, and the economic system. GIVING SNOWFLAKES any legitimacy is the stupidest thing that we can do. Instead of treating them like the mot-nosed brats they are, society coddles them and tiptoes around words in order to "not offend" them. Well, screw that. I'm offended that parents of these brats brought up an entire generation of snowflakes who wilt and crumble at the slightest offense. I'm offended that we've raised millions of young people who are unable to function in society. I'm of fended that these precious snowflakes are unable to articulate any coherent thought, they're unable to cope with any opposing ideas, and their only response is to physically threaten any- one who thinks differently than they. A PERFECT example occurred to me a little over two years ago. Re- call when North Carolina passed a bathroom gender law? The law was along the lines that in public, you're supposed to use the bathroom of the gender you were born. Sounds simple enough; if you were born male, you use the male bathroom. However, that law angered snowflake millen- nials who feel that anyone should be able to use the bathroom of whatever gender they identify with on that day. According to these confused snow- flakes, if you're a 30-year-old male and identify as a teenage girl, you should be able to waltz into a girl's locker room, strip down and take a shower. And ifyou disagree and thinks that's a crazy idea - it's you who's being hate- ful and intolerant. When that N.C. law was passed, one of my 20-some- thing family members was so upset that he screamed on social media that he wanted to kill anyone who agreed with the law. In all capital letters, he typed, "IF NOT FOR PRISON, I WOULD SHOOT ANYONE WHO AGREES WITH THE LAW.' I was shocked at his outrage, asked if he had read the law, and told him that he was being more "intolerant" than those with whom he disagreed. I didn't call him a name: I only asked several questions, and told him that wanting to kill someone was intolerant. I was further shocked when he called me an assortment of vile names and even more shocked when only one other person called him out on his vitriol. Apparently, we're supposed to allow millennials to be offended at every- thing, to throw temper tantrums, accept their uncivil behavior, and not say anything about it. If that's the case, we've sunk to a new low in socie . WEEKLY Quote: "If this artide angers you, then it's spot on; flit made you laugh, it doesn't apply." Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer. He lives in Bolingbroke with his wife Sandra. Email him at sloanoliver@ L ? l'