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October 3, 2018 Page 5A iRE15orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel show it's new The comment has proliferated: "The good old boys are no more! The commissioners are rocking the boat and some Mo ,nr, oe Countians are turning over in their graves. Hereb the reason for those comments: the commissioners are in the process of having to hire a recreation director and a county manager. Right now, there are two candidates for recreation direc- tor, Tim Christmas and Landon Sparks, and narrowed down to three for the county manager position, James A. Hedges, Karl Kitchens and James A. Wood. They have hired an on-the-job qualified finance director, Lorrie Rob- inson, and approved the hiring of new hospital admim'stra- tor Lorraine Smith. So far so good. Ifyou are an observer of They Think They Are The Fabulous Five, it will be most interesting to see how the new hires will or can handle the micromanaging by their bosses. In other words, how long will they tolerate the nit-picking and stay on the job in Monroe County? And this comment by another observer of county commission politics: "Some of the most recent elected commissioners have become 'good old boys'. The District One Commis- sioner has been a tremendous influence on the newbies" I WONDER how many of us have the phone numbers of Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson and County Commission Chairman Greg Tapley programmed in our cell phones? I have them both in my cell phone along with the number of my county commissioner. Don't know dWayne Calhoun has them in his phone, but he was the first to answer the question "what are the phone numbers of Mayor Wilson and Chairman Tapley" Wayne gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Jonah's cookie, slice of Shoney's straw- berry pie, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, and The Pickled Okra sandwich, chips and drink. Herds The Question for this week: what is the name of the woman daiming she was sexu- ally assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the winning certificate. WE'VE GOT a Dunkin Donuts in Forsyth but soon after the first of the year, we will only have a Dunkin but we are assured they will still have donuts on the menu. Dunkin Donuts corporate people say they are making the change that will emphasize the diversity of their menu with an emphasis on their beverage choices with coffee being their primary drink sale. THE FLOODING caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina brought back memories of the 1999 flood- ing caused by FlOyd. I was sent to help with all the media inquiries inundating the North Carolina EMA office. What was worrying and conceming the EMA was the flooding in an area where over 8 million hogs were penned. As in 1999, the major concem in North Carolina this food was the pig-pen flooding caused by Florence. Ac- cording to reports, over 5,000 of the 8 million pigs and hogs died. Yes, the pig/hog bodies were of concerri but more of a concem was the pollution caused by over-flood- ing of the hog waste lagoons. The other concern, as in the 1994 flooding in Georgia, was coffins popping out of the ground. It was a field day for the local, state, national and international media. Didn't happen due to Florence. AS YOU are aware, I report on how our local taxpayer money is spent reporting some of the most noteworthy checks written. Those checks are miniscule when com- pared to the checks that are written on the national level as approved by Congress. A fuU-page ad in the Wall Street Journal and paid for by OpenTheBooks.Com had 100 ex- amples of Federal Taxpayer Abuse. Here are a few that will leave you shaking your head if not your fist: VLrtual Weight Loss Game, $228,830 by Georgia Congressman, Hank Johnson Jr.; Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending, $9.5 million; Comedy Club Holograms, $1.7 million; Preparing religions for discover of extraterrestrial life, $1.1 million; Dancing with 15-foot fish, $10,000; Professional Golfers Career College, $4.5 million; Video game to encourage people to quit smoking, $399,116; Federal Government Public Relations, $4.3 billion- --billion is correct; How To Use A Lawyer Guide, $728,000; Lighting for Liquor Stores, $50,000; Fancy Rock Sculpture, $482,960; Get ready for the most absurd: New condom design with more lubrication, $200,601 authored by Joseph Kennedy III, Massachusetts; Payments to gay Mexican prostitutes for safe sex, $53,419; Buying booze for embassies around the world, $79,000; Purchasing fidget spinners, $6,000; Feminist porn book and other titles, $55,000 And finally the last one: Talking to Saguaro cactus, $10,000. Okay, herds one more: two sculptures for a VA facility that serves blind veterans. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at to answer The Question or make a comment. Don't forget to listen to The Reporter On The Radio on Majic 100 on Sunday mornings at 7 and watch Don, Will and Richard---on Forsyth Cable's community ac- cess channel. !TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens I truly try to stay out of politics. However, I try harder to be a Christian. I try also to be an American who still loves America. I must ad- mit, I fall short in all three. But once again I can't help myself. Once again I believe it is time to speak out against what I call evil. I have my personal views regard- ing all three of my concerns above. There- fore, I must speak of each in this artide. Politics: One of my real concerns in politics today is: "What is John Kerry up to? What is he doing trying to make deals with Iran?" IfI am correct John Kerry is no longer our Secretary of State. This morning I listened very attentively to General Jack Keane (Ret.) when he was asked if John Kerry is legal in what he is doing. General Keands answer was frightening to say the least. "Kerry is violating a law. He is meeting with officials from Iran. I have never seen anything like that in my experience. He'S trying to say these are natural things. But they're not. There has been a lot of reporting on this. Iran has been an enemy of ours since the 1980's when they began to kill Americans. And they killed us by the thousands. He is there supporting a policy that is opposite our Ameri- can policy. I never heard anything like that? Espe- cially when his current Secretary of State calls out this particular predecessor for this kind of behavior! It's an absolute lowest of lows for a former govern- ment serving official?" Senator Marco Rubio is so concerned about John Kerry's intervention into U.S. governmental deci- sions in regards to Iran he is asking for a special Senatorial investigation. Please follow through with your plea, Sen. Rubio. It's time Republicans grew some backbone. Mr. Joe Biden has also entered the traveling circuit spreading the good news about those of us who may be considered 'Trump Followers: "Some of President Trumps followers are the 'dregs of society'?" He was last quoted at one of his rallies. Let's see now. If you decide to look up the definition of 'dreg' I can save you time. Some of the synonyms for 'dreg' are 'scum; 'losers,' 'trash' and 'waste" But maybe he didn't mean me. He just said 'some' of us. Wow! I feel better now! I may not be the scum of the world! It's bad enough being deplorable. My Christian view: Emmy host Michael Che (whoever he is) says, "The only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans and x-crackheads'l" Somehow I'm guess- ing that was supposed to be a put-down to white Republicans who used to be 'crack heads" Or could it simply be that he is re- ferring to all Republicans who may be Christians? Then again, maybe he is saying white Democrats don't thank Jesus for such remarkable recoveries? Perhaps he is saying black people (whether Democrat or Republican) do thank Jesus for such recoveries. I'm confused Judge Che! I'll just say this Judge Che: if what you are saying is true then I sa ; "Praise God for those souls (white or black-Republican or Democrat) who have given up crack and are praising Jesus Christ for their vic- tory over sin! Amen!" Then, Thandie Newton (whoever she is) told the audience when she came forward to receive one of the Emmys' thousands of awards, "I don't even believe in God! But I want to thank her tonight!" No wonder the awards night was the lowest viewing ever! America: Yes, I still love America. However, America is beginning to remind me of a mouse that runs loose in your house. Oh, sometimes you can hear that mouse in the middle of the night. You don't see any signs that it's there. But then the signs pop up here and there. Even if you spot it run- ning through your house you think, oh, it's harm- less. It might even seem quite cute to you. 1hen the destruction comes. Then the family of destruction begins to grow. If you don't stop these mice they may take over your house. Oh, well! You get the idea! Thirty-four days until Election Dayt Wake up America! It's time to clear the house (and senate) of all those mice! God bless! Dale Likens is an au- thor who lives in Monroe County. TO THE To the Editor: this "threat multiplier" into strategic loan Oliver's highly partisan plans. North Carolina's third 500- et p!ece, wems ant Acc p : year flood in 3 years caused many ElectiOn Results," completely billions of dollars of damage. Last misses on climate change. Greenhouse gas pollution is not a one-party concern. 55 percent of Republicans in Monroe County (and 70 percent of Georgians) think climate change is happening (Yale Climate Communications 2018). Right-leaning majorities also agree that human activity is at fault and support regulating the pollution. The United States military says drought, flooding and rising seas threaten vi- tal infrastructure and worsen refugee migration. Top military brass factor week floodMg also widely spread toxic wastes'stored in vulnerable animal and coal ash ponds. Warm- ing atmosphere holds more mois- ture, worsening our hurricanes and storms. There is however, cause for hope. Republicans have proposed some very good solutions. The Climate Leadership Council (includ- ing Reagan Administration cabinet members George Shultz and Jim Baker) have proposed a market- based plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Their plan will grow jobs. The largest caucus in the House of Representatives is half Republican, half Democrat. At 88 members, the Climate Solutions Caucus was formed (at the urging of nonpartisan Citizens' Climate Lobby) to reduce climate risk and protect our nation's economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety. These goals extend beyond party affiliation, benefiting all Amer- icans. Don't use partisan attacks to silence those seeking solutions. We must work together to solve our growing climate change danger. Jeff Joslin Atlanta 7: SERVING YOU MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Greg Tapley Larry Evans Eddie Rowland Chairman District 1 District 2 478-256-9277 394-0451 808-9354 John Ambrose George Emami District 3 District 4 960-0764 706-207-03~3 FORSYTH ' ii, i iD CITY Eric Wilson John HowardChris Hewett Mayor Post 1 Post 2 478-461-0889 706-819-2890 478-960-1017 Melvin Lawrence Greg Goolsby Post 3 Post 4 478-993-7841404-402-I 134 Julius Stroud Mike Dodd Post 5 Post 6 706-819-0797 478-994-6203 Austin (not long in) City Limits Monroe County's congressman Austin Scott (R-Ashburn) held his Jast Town Hall with his constituents in Forsyth (at right) on Aug. 20, 2014. Scott did attend a chamber of commerce event this spring but did not take questions from constituents and therefore cannot be considered a town hall meeting. If you want an opportunity to let Scott know what you want him to do in Congress, call his Washington office at (202) 225-6531 and let him know. II :e When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, #'s survey of the Monroe-Bibb County line was on his desk. The law says it's his job to do something with it. He announced on Aug. 23, 2011 that he was rejecting the Scarborough survey. Unfortunately, the law gives him no such option. So on March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to set the line. That was four years ago. The Reporter is devoting this space each week to counting the number of days Kemp has been on the job, and yet not done his job. If you want Kemp to do the job which he's sought three times before he gets a promotion to governor, call his office at (404) 656-2817 and let them know.