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October 31, 2018 Page 5A ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel LETTERS TO THE EDITOR F here we are on Halloween, the eve of t dec- tion, and a gubernatorial candidate is going to be on the courthouse square toc . If all those going ons are not enough, we are already getting over- loaded on Christmas advertising and the turkey has not even been put in the oven. a ank goodness the gubernatorial contest will soon be history we hope and the hwsnits begin. And of course we will have the run-offfor she . Betcha, To The Wah 't win have the trick-or-treat candy off the shelves come tomorrow morning (Thursday) and just maybe if any of the treats are left on the shelves, they will be half- price. Don't count on it. They will store and save until next year's "Boo Time" which win start just after the Fourth of Ju . This really happened to me at To The Walmart. My daughter loves candy corn and specifica the Brach brand. I fdt sure To The Walmart would have some, but guess what? They were sold out and I had to expand my search To The Ingles. Still, no Brach candy corn, just the stOre brand. Thinking I would have to greatly expand my search and head down to Macon, I filled the truck with gas and before heading out saw the local CVS drug store. In a last-ditch effort, I decided to take a look at their candy shelves. Surprise! I purchased all eight bags of the Bmch Candy Corn at buy-one, get-one free. A perfect example of what we do for our children and grandchil- dren. Living out here in the country and way off the paved mad for the last 30-plus years, I have had only one trick-or-treater. I used to purchase trick-or-treat stuff in anticipation of a ghost, goblin or a witch riding a broom and ended up trick-or-treating myself. ON MY wayto Juliette's Fried Green Tomato Festival Saturday, saw this sign: Rum Creek Wildlife Management Dove Fidd. Wonder if RCWM has a dove shoot or do you go out to the field and watch doves? You know, bird watching. Although the weather was spotty, a good crowd was walking McCracken Street in downtown Iuliette and shopping. Of course, the Whistle Stop was selling fried green tomatoes and you could gobble up alligator tail on a stick at a local food vendor. I settled for the fried green tomatoes. I have had alligator and it tastes like chickerr HERE ARE some interesting county commissioner-approved $14 283.57 to keep the dectricity flowing to 15 county taxpayer- owned---phces; checks our tax money was used for: We paid the City of Forsyth Our county attorneys, Dillon and Vaughn, got a'small check" in the amount of $4,312.20 for a month oflegalling; Obviously our jailbirds got a lot of medical attention because we paid Monroe County Hospital $56,583.46 for inmate medi- calb l We bought pipe instead of feed or seed from Forsyth Feed and Seed to the tune of $238.99; Monitoring sex offenders cost us $270; Wonder what "ballot bags" are used for? We bought some and paid $372.48 for them. Guess they could be used in case you had to throw-up after voting. Here's one more. I thought county computers were supposed to save us mone We paid $28,361.60 for computer mainte- nance, a five freedom IIKM switch (no idea what that is) and mouse, four monitors a new computer. What about this one: We paid Ooh-La-La Catering for a lunch at our Convention Center $2,503 for a DOE meeting. Were you invited? Guess our invitations are still in the mail. I write about these expenditures which are only a few of the total of checks written in the amount of $373,794.53. They are all public records and accessible. SURPRISE, SURPRISE! This check is going to be questioned. Besides having a local attomey as county attomey, we paid Atlanta firm Chalmers Pak and Butch $92,727 for legal services with the tag line: County Line Work ArcheologicaL Wonder what they were digging for and wonder what happened to King and Spalding, whom we have paid over $2 million for county line work? Investigating the change is going to be interesting. Will, Richard and I are working on the why We think we have an answer but want it confirmed before a front-page sto When asked about the $92,727, my Commissioner George Emami emailed: "I see the checks but don't remember anything saying archeology. I'm being told it's not dassified anything to do with archaeolog It's a legal expense related to the border dispute. Ms. Burch has always been one of the lead attorneys on this case. As I understand Ms. Burch left King & Spalding to start her o wn firm probably 3 years ago and has continued to be a lead attorney on the case" Very conspicuous in the checks we paid out, guess the "Fantas- tic Five" have cooled their scooting around the county and else- where. Haven't seen any reimbursement checks paid to them for mileage or attending a chamber of commerce breakfast meeting. Don't think they are being paid under the table. THE FIRST correct answer to last weele.s The Question, came from Susan Parker with this answer: Bo Gregory (president of the Devdopment Authority of Monroe County) got a 2-year contract extension, a raise to $93,000 per year and $7,500 bonus. His previous salary was $90,000. Susan gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, For- syth Main Street t-shirt, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie, sand- wich, chips and drink from The Pickled Okra. As you read the list, absent is "a cookie from Jonahb' Well, Jonab2s has dosed, but Sweet Tea Cafe in Bolingbroke has agreed to offer your choice of dessert when you present the winning certificate. Here's The Question for this week: Who was named Mary Persons Home- coming Queen and King Friday night? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the all-inclusive certificate. ON THE lighter side: There are three religious truths: Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah; Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith; Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972. Email him at medi- to amwer 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 access channel ! till To the Editor: Ihave been away from Monroe County since 1951, but I still enjoy reading about family (Vaughns) and friends. Artides I have enjoyed recently are: 1) Georgia Farmer of the Year (James Vaughn is my nephew.) 2) Cathryn Futral's 90th Birthday. She and I graduated from Tilt in 1949. I was 90 in May. I received 155 cards. Many were from South Pittsburg High students where I was a teacher from 1960-1990. 3) The DAR article with Mr. Dickey, the speaker. It is interesting about the Dickey peach farm. (My great nephew, Matthew Grant, sent me a box of their peaches for my birthday :) ) All of my sisters and brothers (Vaughns) have gone on to glory. I am the last of seven. Many, many friends and people I knew have also gone on. One request: Make the print as dark as possible and as large as pos- sible. I have devdoped wet macular in both eyes. I am sure you have many other subscribers who are having sight problems, also. Helen V. Parsons Jaspe Tenn. To the Editor: As I drive North from Macon and see the 1-75 right-of-way rehabilita- tion, it looks very good. Hundreds of trees have been removed, with the ones having commercial value trucked to the sawmills. All of the other undesir- able trees, underbrush, and stumps have been ground up or mulched with the mulch being spread out evenly. I hate to see trees removed, but the result looks good, a profes- sional job by a competent firm. As I continue on 1-75 North past Forsyth, the contractor in that area has left it looking like a war zone, with logs, stumps, and underbrush just scattered on the fight-of-way. The tornadoes several years ago did a neater job in removing the excess vegetation than this contractor, who appears to have done only half of his work before packing up and leaving. What gives? Do you know any- one at GDOT that can shed some light on this? John Ricketson South Monroe County Editor's note: We passed this question to the DOT and got this answer from spokesman Penny Brooks: We understand how everyone feds about the tree removal project north of Forsyth on 1-75. The contractor for that work was released from the Georgia DOT contract in September, and since then we have been rebidding the project. The new contractor is set to begin work in early November and has been instructed to start the process with the clearing of that particular stretch of land. After that, they will continue the project as originally set. TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens that the Kavanaugh hearings are over and Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as our newest Justice of the Supreme ' Court we can pause for a mo- ment and take one long, deep breath. Perhaps we can even take a step forward and set our minds on college footbalL Wouldn't that be wonderful! However, I refer you to one of college football's fa- vorite commentators who constantly calls out when others on their panel pre- dict future winners, "Not so fast, gentlemen! Not so fast! You don't know what you're talking about!" So I repeat his phrase once more with a little twist toward politics. "Not so fast, America! Not so fast! You don't know what you're talking about! The battle is only beginning!" At the first Supreme Court meeting since Mr. Kavanaugh's swearing- in ceremony protesters once again gathered at the front door of the Supreme Court shouting vicious remarks, pounding on the doors and acting once again like an unruly mob. The truth is with the November elections very near it won't stop! The battle has only be- gun! Our dearly bdoved friend, Hillary Clinton, has once again resurrect- ed from the dead and is now leading her followers to a new truth. "There will be no civility in our country ffthe Republicans once again con- trol our house and senate!" she prodaims through her favorite media. At first I thought she was saying we Repub- licans lack civility. Then it dawned on me that what she was really saying was, "We Democrats will not remain civil as long as the Republicans rule the sen- ate; before and after the election! We will continue our protests! We will con- tinue with Antifa bully- ing and if we win we will impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and President Trump!" Well, maybe I'm reading a lot intO what she said. But let's just watch what happens in the next few weeks and beyond. Then we can better judge. Certain Democratic senators have already vowed their commit- ment to impeach Presi- dent Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh if they should take control of the senate after this elec- tion. May I ask for what reason should they be im- peached? Shouldn't there be a justifiable reason for impeachment? Perhaps they are so concerned that feat? What has happened he may try to overturn to the Democratic Party I the Roe vs. Wade deci- once voted for many years sion of 1973. Do they not ago? Will the media ever understand that it takes tell the complete story a 5-4 ruling to do so? Do their followers need to they not understand that hear? it would take four other Sadly it is not over. In Supreme Court justices fact I believe it will only to bring the total to five? get worse as we near our What about the other November elections. If four votes? Should they the Democrats should be impeached, too, or just win our November dec- Brett Kavanaugh? tions our health care will Many of the Democratic be returned to the days candidates are advocating of President Obama. We socialism. Bernie Sanders, may have a new socialistic a definite Socialist, nearly government where capi- won in the last Demo- talism will be a thing of cratic polling. (Needless the past. Our constitution to say--we won't go into will be shredded. that election. Somehow I agree totally with Sean I thought he did win the Hannity when he says, election. Oh well!) Per- "This election is the most haps it won't begin with important election in our an all-out commitment to lifetime and maybe since Socialism. Perhaps it will the creation of our pres- come as a little piece here ent form of government: and a little piece there I do, however, see a until it feels right, tastes spark of life in our cur- right and soon becomes rent Republican sena- the accepted solution to tors. Congratulations to capitalism. Senator Grassley, Senator Sadly, I am still haunted Lindsey Graham, Sena- by the wild, uncontrol- tor Susan Collins and lable screams during the Senator Mitch McCon- Judge Brett Kavanaugh nell and others who hearings! I repeatedly recently have acquired hear the horrible lies the a new moral fiber and a Democrats throw so new intestinal fortitude. quickly when the previ- Thank youl Perhaps there ous lie is proven false. I is hope after all. Now it is still see the vicious dem- up to you and me and all onstrators ripping signs the Republican voters to from opposing, quiet stand up strong against protesters and tearing the protests, the slander, them to pieces. I see the the Socialist Party and all paid protesters attacking who would bring Amer- senators in the hallways ica down. See you at the and in elevators. And I polls! God bless! wonder where has our democracy gone? What Dale Likens is an author has happened to the days who lives in Monroe when losers accepted de- County. When Brian Kemp became secretary of state on Jan. 8, 2010, Terry 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.