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October 30, 2019 Page 5A +Reporter t- ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel Ihave had lots of comments about the length of football games and how a 60-minute sports event often stretches out to three and often four hours. Some of the reasons are the number of penalties, timeouts and advertising that is built in. All of those factors got me to wondering more about penalties, the kind and number. Of course there are the more common penalties: holding, offsides, pass interference and the ones that result in first downs and half- way-to-the-goal walk-offs. With all the long hair flowing out from under the helmets of both pro and college players, I have wondered if there was/ is a "hair snatching/grabbing" penalty. I played football in high school and we were taught that we were representatives of the school and proper dress attire and personal neatness were expected by the coaches and school. If our hair got too long, hanging out from the helmets, before we went to practice or played in a game, a haircut was required and it was a ultrashort crew cut. I guess the whole point I am attempting to express is that I just don't understand the lack of personal hygiene long hair represents to me. Guess dreadlocks wearers are saying, "look who I am:' I have never heard of a hair-snatching tackle but sure would like to see some hair snatching and the penalty that would result. And writing of sports, the Califomia legislature is consid- ering a law that would pay college football players and I as- sume any other college sports players. I am in favor of that as long as no scholarships, no free dorm rooms, no free books, no free meals are given, and if they require class attendance. You get the idea. I DIDN'T take Latin in high school but it was offered par- ticularly if you were thinking about going to college. I went to college and didn't feel not studying Latin in high school impaired me. But Spanish impaired me for three quarters. So I am going to give you a fast lesson in Latin. Constantly over the last couple of weeks, we have heard our president being accused of'quid pro quo" and the Democrats using the term to attempt impeaching President Trump. if you are a Democrat you have to use the term in all conversations and particularly when you are being inter- viewed by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS and Pravda. As The Wall Street Journal points out, we are familiar with Latin when we hear "magna cum laude" used to refer to a student who was smart enough not to flunk out of high school and college and had straight and no social life. Here is the simple meaning of'quid pro quo"; this for that. Guess that means if you pay $6 for a s'ri-pack of Bud, you have received something for something, in other words, quid pro quo. AS WAS reported, there was a meeting of the city, county and GDOT high mucketey-mucks to discuss the truck lanes that are going to, according to a Forsyth dty councilman, totally destroy many Forsyth businesses located adjacent to 1-75. Again, it was an informative meeting emphasizing that the idea of the truck lanes are a long, long way into the future and no bulldozing is imminent. I totally agree truck traffic is emerging as the primary mode of moving goods from the port in Savannah into the Atlanta market. Remember we get a healthy infusion of fine money from the weigh station. Many years ago, 18-wheelers were required to use the right hand lane only and could only get out of that lane to pass another. That was the law. The Georgia Motor Trucking Association, led by a friend---Ernie Quigley lobbied the Georgia Legislature to change the law so that trucks could use the right hand, middle and left hand lanes. Let's revert back to 18-wheelers can only use the right hand lane. Would save a lot of taxpayer money. COME FRIDAY, we just may see "destruction" under way on the downtown site for the ultra-modem Forsyth City Hall. Twenty companies responded to the demolition bids and a company out of North Atlanta was awarded the bid to do the job for $81,500 with the job being completed before Christmas. Hey, county employees don't feel bad because Forsyth city employees are not getting a raise either, that was the vote at last week's Forsyth meeting. Remember the Segway scooter that former Forsyth Police Chief Keith Corley scooted around town on? Wonder where they are now? Been told they are in storage, but nobody seems to know where. Maybe Mayor Wilson, instead of his golf cart, and city Manager Janice Hall could use one to patrol their dominion. Just an idea. Here are a few unattributed council member comments: "Could you integrate that"; shotgun house"; "That's differ- ent from what I am talking about"; 'Tm not saying they are not important"; "Regret now I think"; "Understand what I am saying". AGAIN NO correct answer to last week's "The Question" which was Bill Weaver. So, here's The Question for this week; how many days has it been since the County Commis- sioners have refused to release the public document on the investigation of the alleged "harassment" by Larry Evans? Guess Will hasn't paid the county attorney fees or county manager hasn't approved the release of the investigation. The first correct answer after 12 noon Thursday, gets a certificate for a Dairy Queen Blizzard, dozen Dunkin donuts, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, single dip of your choice of Scoops ice cream, slice of Jonah's pizza and a t-shirt from Forsyth Main Street. Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth. TRUTH OR FICTION? by Leora Clanzy First the simple questions. Do cows chew their cuds? True. Do they have two stomachs? False. Do fish have gills? True. Now for the harder ques- tions. Is Trump a patho- logical liar? False. Are those who oppose him liars? True. Is Trump trying to build a wall for the safety CLANZY of the American people? True. Were our ancestors immigrants? True. Was their aim to kill and rape? False. Did they work hard? True. Are the majority trying to get in wanting to work? False. Are you getting the picture? Besides the things Trump did in the True & False, he opened the doors of the church. He's truly seeking affordable health care and all those things that the N.W.O. accuses him of. They are guilty. As charged. I was a liberal when liberals were hard-working Christians, but now they have morphed into some- thing I don't recognize. I hate what is happening to my West Coast, too. Many are saying "everything goes" and calling it tolerance and good will. That's dangerous. Stand up and be counted! And do me a favor: Check the facts on both sides. Don't just concentrate on main media. Wake up!I Leora Clanzy and her husband Jerome live in the Yatesville area. JUST THE WAY IT IS by $1oan O!iver f LowinaSt artide I called out the NBA for its hypocrisy and for kow- g to the evil, communist gime in China. The com- munists are oppressing and beating protestors in Hong Kong, yet the NBA came out in support of the commu- nists and against the protestors. The greedy NBA players and owners care more about earning millions of dol- lars than they care about the suffering of the millions of people being op- pressed under Chinese communism. This all stemmed from Daryl Morey's, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, comment in support of Hong Kong freedom fight- ers. Morey tweeted, "Fight for freedom, Stand with Hong Kong" For Morey's comment, the com- munists demanded the NBA apologize - and they did. The NBA surrendered to their communist overlords. That should surprise nobody because the entire NBA is nothing but leftist elites who detest the United States and the freedoms we have. ~, ('. (/" ;d ~, , IT'S HARD to believe that a capital- istic, American corporation, like the NBA, would side with the commu- nists; it's even more difficult to believe that a black American athlete would choose oppression over freedom. That would be like a Jew siding with the Gestapo during WWII. However, LeBron James did just that - he sided with the communists. LeCommie ]ames called Morey "uneducated" for his "Stand with Hong Kong" comment. Perhaps James should re-distribute his hundreds of millions to those that didn't earn it, in keeping with communist equality. Historically, we know that most African slaves were captured by other African tribes who then sold them to Muslim slave traders. Back in the day, LeBron would have been one of those tribal chiefs selling his own people into slavery for promises of riches. It's despicable that James would side with the communists. DESPITE THIS country making him one of the wealthiest athletes in world history, LeBron James detests America. James was bom poor, to a single mother in Akron, Ohio. With God-given talent, hard work, and being fortunate enough to be born in the United States, ]ames has been able to live "the American dream" If there's anyone whose life proves the decency of America, it's LeBron ]ames - who makes over $50 million per year. LeB- ron proves that, in the United States, anybody whowants to work hard can earn the American dream. BUt James is a fraud. Previously, he has said, "In- justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Apparently, freedom doesn't matter to LeCommie because he strongly opposes free- dom of speech in China; concentration camps don't matter to lames because he remains silent on the millions of Muslims being held in those camps in China; and oppression must not be an injustice to lames because he is silent on Chinese oppression of millions of its own people. Of all the complex problems in the world, the clear right vs. wrong of the Chinese protestors against the Chinese gov- ernment is one issue where even a 5th grader can see the wrongs of com- munism. UnforUmately, the NBA, LeBron James, and the American media are not as smart as most 5th graders. Recently, I was asked, "Why do you support Trump?" Yes, he can be immature; he can be "unpresidential;" he picks fights when he shouldn't; and he frequently tweets when he should be quiet. However, those things make Trump who he is. I respond in a cou- ple of ways. First, back in 2016, it's not like the choice was between Trump and Harry Truman; the choice was between Trump and the worst person to ever seek the presidenc Hillary was, and is, a horrible, dishonest, vile person. Since 2016, every time Hillary speaks, she proves why Trump was the only choice. Only a braindead, ig- norant person would vote for HiltS. On second thought, that describes most Democrat voters I know. SECOND, TRUMP is what pushback looks like. Over the last 25 years, the media has become more and more partisan, constantly bashing and name calling Republicans. And how have the Republicans responded to this constant bashing? By cower- ing in the corner, hoping they don't get called some vile name. The media pounded Bush-43 into silence. He never fought back. McCain was called a "maverick" whenever he criticized Bush or criticized other Republicans. McCain groveled to the press every chance he got. Then, in 2008, when he became the face of the Rep party - he was bashed and called names yet was too stupid to realize why he was being targeted. He so wanted the media to "like" him. Then, we have Sarah Palin. She has a great story: elected to the local school board, mayor of a small town, elected governor, and then selected to be McCain's running mate. Instead of be'rag called a woman of accomplishment, the media drug her and stomped her, and her children, through the mud; all the while the weak "Maverick" did nothing to de- fend her. McCain's treatment of Palin was despicable. Next was Romney - a decent person but it was much the same with him; the media and the Dems hammered him because he's a Republican. Over the past several decades, the media has shown noth- ing but contempt, disdain and scorn for Republicans. SO, ALONG comes Trump. He refuses to take the beatings the media always gives to Republicans. He fights back. Trump is pushback; the media can't handle it. You would think that other Reps would learn from Trump, but that would be giving them too much credit. Republicans so want to be loved by the media, yet are too ignorant to realize that the media will never love them because Republicans don't hate America, as do the Dems; thus will never win approval from the Dems, libs or the media. WEEKLY THOUGHT: Monroe County votes on November 5 for a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST). If ap- proved, 100% of the money remains in Monroe County. Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer who writes a weekly column for the Reporter Email him at sloanoliver@ Back in June, Monroe County taxpayers paid $2,765 for an investi- gative report into a county employee's allegation that commissioner Larry Evans harassed her for not hiring his "niece". But commissioners have refused to let the taxpayers, who paid for the report, see it. They've kept it hidden from public view. Only District 3 commission- er John Ambrose supports letting the public see it. If you think you have the right to see the report, tell your commissioner or call the office at 994-7000 and let them know. Meanwhile, we will count the days they've kept their constituents in the dark until it's released. Attention Voters: he County will hold a special election on November 5th asking voters to authorize a new Transportation Tax (TSPLOST) and allowing them to issue road improvement bonds. As a former Commission Chairman, I would have never supported placing such an important vote impacting the County citizens on a guaranteed low tumout special election. It damages the public trust when things like this occur; but that is the difference between myself and current Chairman Greg Tapley. As a regular attendee of Commis- sion meetings, I have been disap- pointed at the lack of spending restraint. You cannot call yourself a conservative if you do not possess PAID ADVERTISEMENT the ability to vote NO on more taxes and more spending. We need a local government in Monroe County that understands more taxation is not always the answer. Unfortunately, you will not get it from Greg Tapley; that is why I will be running for Commission Chair in 2020. - Mike Bilderback