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October ,2018 Page 5A iR i orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel If you won't show up, you should resign! invasion has begun! I m writing about all the ]]Christmas catalogs that are being stuffed in my ]]mail box. The catalog stack is up to just under six IK. inches from the ones I have received in the last month. The stack grows by three or four every day. I have to admit, I do look---not shop---at several that pique my interest. There is a general theme in just about all the catalogs: not Christmas but season's greetings. Obviously the effort is to not offend anybody who is not a Christian. Just like our local chamber of commerce will not call our Christmas Parade a Christmas parade. The chamber leadership wants to stay religious neutial, calling the parade "Hometown Holidays Parade" with the caveat "our beloved night-time Christmas parade". One catalog I received was about what I thought was Christmas cards. Nope. Of the 300 cards advertised, only a few had "Merry Christmas" with the rest announcing "Sea- sons Greetings". There were a lot of Santa Claus depictions though. WONDER WHEN Forsyth is going to start hanging Christmas decorations on the power poles. Betcha it will be before Thanksgiving, which is fine, but don't turn the juice on until Thanksgiving night. EARLY VOTING started Monday and you can cast your ballot down at the county commission building from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. Hope you attended the sheriff's debate this past Monday night but if you didn't, read about it in this week's paper. There is pretty much an assurance there will be a run-off amongst the six-man sheriffwanna-bes. IF YOU have children who want to participate in the sports offered at the Monroe County Recreation Department, such as soccer, basketball, football, baseball/softball and cheer, the cost of participating just may be a factor. The two most expensive are baseball/softball, $43.75 and football, $41.75. All costs associ- ated with each program, indudes a "trophy" cost. A C,C zJ HERE'S SOMETHING all you garage or yard sellers need to know. As defined in the county's zoning ordinance: "Sale, garage or yard: any outdoor display of merchandise for sale, not to exceed more than three continuous days out of three con- tinuous months". Wonder how it is going to be enforced. Campaign sign placement is an issue with those wanting our vote. Many of the sheriff and governor signs are very obviously on the right-of-way, which is against the law. The excuse from the candidates is "the campaign people and friends working to help me get elected, are just not aware of the law" Poor excuse! As written before, Monroe County Road Department should be tasked to remove campaign sides from the right- of-ways and charge the violating candidates $100 per sign removed or, even better, deduct 100 votes per violating sign from the final vote count. HERE'S THE Question for this week: What is the name of the recently-appointed county recreation director? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Whistle Stop fried green to- mato appetizer, Jonah's cookie, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, sandwich, chips and drink from The Pickled Okra and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. No correct answer to last week's The Question, which was the time of the sheriffs' debate this past Monday night I HAVE attended a number of what was supposed to be public meetings but the meetings could not be held because there was not a quorum of public board members, so no business could be conducted. Those appointed to the different and many boards have a responsibility to those who appointed them as well as to the public they are serving. I have served on several boards and I felt a responsibility to be in attendance and make the deci- sions that were necessary. But, there are some people who serve on local boards who seem to act as if it is an inconve- nience and just want it noted in their obituary! Those who cannot accept the responsibility of serving on a board should resign or be asked to resign and a reappoint- ment should be made. Wow, that fek good. HOW WOULD you like to have a $10,313.83 one month credit card bill? Well you and I sorta did because we just paid that amount to BB&T Financial for 58 items charged to the card. Also, our tax money paid for trick or treat post- ers from Star Printing. Don't know exactly what we pur- chased from Utility Partners LLC but they got a check for $34,704.17 which induded $29,637.75 for a "professional services agreement". HERE ON the lighter side. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? q-hink about those two. Okay, here's one more: Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist? DONT FORGET to listen to The Reporter On The Radio on Majic 100 on Sunday mornings at seven or anytime by clicking on the radio tab at Also, watch the show on Forsyth Cablevision. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at to answer The Question or make a comment. Dorfl 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 access channel TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens inesh D'Souza Kavanaugh there have II the author been numerous reasons II J of "Ronald for delaying the process. Reagan-How Until this point each was an Ordinary Man Becan]e a simple extension of time Extraordinary Leader,or stipulations as to the Obamas America- process Mrs. Christine Unmaking the America Dream" and a documen- tary titled "Hillary's America" For some reason throughout some of his writings and documenta- ries one word he emphasizes often contin- ues to arouse my memory over and over: "Deny! Deny! Deny!" It is simply a word he uses to describe the Democratic Party as using to hide the truth that may incriminate them of false statements. Today; although it is not through Dinesh D'Souza's novels or documentaries, I seem to detect another word that I, and many other observers, have perceived must be used in speaking of the Democratic ParW. This word is: "Delay! Delay! Delay!" By the time this article is published in the Reporter, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will have been confirmed, by our senate, to become our very next Justice of the Supreme Court. During the course of the entire process of confirming Mr. Blasey Ford and her at- tomeys would demand. When professor Ford gave her testi- mony; it was a sure knock- out! Nearly everyone in the room, and I am sure at home, was nearly in tears. With both at- torneys at her side, coaching every move and every word she quietly alleged what needed to be said to convince the senate of that terrible moment nearly 36 years ago. The only problem: there was no proof in her accusations. No one could support her accusations. There were no witnesses. Even profes- sor Ford was uncertain in Many details: how she got to this party and how she left this party. Nonetheless many of us are convinced that she may have been sexually assaulted, but the real question remains, by whom? As I listened to Mrs. Christine Blasey Ford, I must admit, I, too, was saddened by the horrible truth that must lie within her faded memory. I think of the pain she must have endured throughout the past 36 years. I truly wish her a peace that eventually sets her free. Throughout this entire ordeal I have angrily told my wife that if Mr. Kava- naugh is telling the truth he needed to stand up and boldly say; "I am innocent! I have never acted this way to any woman in my life! With God as my witness I stand behind my word!" Be honest! Be bold! What can you lose by telling the truth? Don't hide behind your life today or the fact that many of your friends believe you didn't do itl Just boldly tell the truth! Brett Kavanaugh did just that! He stood up boldly, raised his hand to God and swore to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. In the end his speech was as convincing as Christine Blasey Ford's speech. In the end there is no proof that either is telling the truth. But one thing is sure. Thanks to Senator Flake (Republican), this dispute between accuser and the accused went back once more to the hands of the FBI. It was another delay which was exactly what the Democrats were work- ing for as the November election comes closer and closer. It was a perfect example of a character assassination. People even demanded that this man no longer be allowed to coach a young ladles' bas- ketball team. What have we come to in America where an individual is guilty until proven innocent? Perhaps it's time to inves- tigate each of the Democrat senators. Let's start with 'Spartacus-Man' Senator Booker and move on to Senators Harris and Sena- tor Richard Durbin. Then we can move on to Sena- tor Feinstein and Senator Flake. Oh, my mistake! He's a Republican, isn't he? This was nothing more than a stall tactic by the Democratic Par . As Mr. Sloan Oliver stated in his article a few weeks ago, "The Democrats' First Love is Abortion!" The truth is they were afraid if Judge Kavanaugh was approved as the next Justice of the Supreme Court, our gov- ernment may soon end our financial aid to Planned Parenthood. Roe vs. Wade may once again be brought up to the Supreme Court. Perhaps if anything .beautiful came from the senatorial hearing it may be this: In near tears, Mr. Kavanaugh explained that his 10-year-old daugh- ter suggested her family needed to pray for Mrs. Christine Blasey Ford. Out of the mouths of babes! Simply put, we need an honorable person who believes in our constitution to be elected. Don't forget Nov. 6. Be at the polls! God bless! Dale Likens is an au- thor who lives in Monroe County. Continued from Front who will m@e decisions" Abrams told the audience referring to her opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has yet to make a decision on the long boundary dispute. Asked to expound on the comment in a later interview with the Report& Abrams said that Kemp should not be seeking a promotion when he has failed to do his job as Secretary of State in the county line dispute, but more notably in protect- ing the rights of voters and voter applicants across the state. Abrams began a four-day, 17-stop tour across Georgia with a visit to Forsyth on Monday moming. She was greeted by a packed sanctu- ary at St. James Baptist Church. "Our leader, Ms. Stacey Abrams, has just arrived" announced Forsyth city council member Julius Stroud, "Let's show her some of that energy when she comes in." St. James Pastor Rev. Antonio Proctor welcomed the crowd, and city counc'd member John Howard introduced Abrams. "She has helped employ countless Georgians. It is clear she knows how to build a more prosperous Georgia" said Howard. "IfI don't do anything else, this is one day I won't forget" Abrams touched on many of her goals and plans for the state as governor as she spoke to the receptive audience at St. James Baptist. She told them that she has visited all of Georgia's 159 counties and intends to represent the whole state as governor. She assured them that she had visited Forsyth before. "Y'all just didn't love me as much? Someone in the audi- ence shouted, "We love you now!" Abrams praised Howard for persistently asking her campaign office to bring her to Forsyth and said, "You don't get what you don't ask for" Abrams said she is con- cemed about the 53,000 Georgians who have tried to register to vote and are being told their registra- tion is pending. She wants to reach the 1.5 million "unencumbered" voters in Georgia whose registration is not challenged. Touching another issue, she said that the nation has 50 education governors, but she will be the only public education governor in the county, and she will address the issues beyond the classroom that make it difficult for children to learn. Abrams said her goal is a thriving economy in every county so that people don't have to leave where they love to make a living. She said she knows about busi- ness because she is not only a lawyer but also a small business owner. She said her priority for the first day she takes office as governor is to expand Medicaid, which she noted that Republican VP Mike Pence did as govemor of Indiana. Abrams said Med- icaid expansion is the only solution to Georgia's health care crisis. "I'm the only one who will get it done" said Abrams. She encouraged her sup- porters to go to the ballot box immediately, since it was the first day of early voting, and to encourage everyone they know to vote for her. She quoted scrip- ture from James 2 that faith without works is dead and urged everyone to work for her election. She said this election is about making history because she would be the first African Ameri- can woman governor in the U.S. The statement brought a standing ovation from the audience. "Because I'm a black woman, I understand the barriers," said Abrams. From Forsyth, Abrams headed directly to another speaking engagement in Macon, followed by ap- pearances at Fort Valley State University, Dublin, Milledgeville and Atlanta on Monday. On Tuesday, she planned to visit the Georgia coast with engage- ments in Brunswick, King- sland, Hinesville, Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University. After visiting Waynesboro, Augusta, Grovetown and Thomson on Wednesday; the tour wraps up in Grif- fin and Stockbridge on Thursday. In a phone interview later with the Reporter, Abrams said she had read last week's Washington Post article about Howard's efforts to get her to Forsyth. She said that was why she noted that she had visited Forsyth before. She said it was a couple of years ago while she was the Georgia House Minority Leader. Asked if she supports extending the Georgia Heart Program, which has benefited Monroe County Hospital by allowing taxpayers to assign part of their tax payments to the hospital, Abrams said that the program is a short term solution whereas expand- ing Medicaid in Georgia is a permanent, long-term solution. She said that the Georgia Heart Program may become unlawful under Trumps Tax Law, and it would be much better to tap into the $3 billion available from the federal government under Medicaid. Asked for her view on government incentives to bring business or industry to a community, Abrams said she favors incentives for an industry, like Geor- gia's film industry credits, rather than for an indi- vidual business or corpora- tion. She said that credits should be given only to create jobs, not just to move them from one place to another. Another criteria is that the credits not take funding away from law enforcement or education. There should also be a claw back provision so that if the business does not create jobs after a certain time, it must repay the incentives it received. When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, 2010, Terry gh'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.