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ON THE PORCH by Will Davis Nothing to see here id the Obama administration use made-up opposi- tion research to get warrants to spy upon and try to entrap the Trump campaign, and then continue their efforts to try to harass and oust a duly elected presi- dent into his first term? ’ Well if you read the 400+ pages of a report released on Monday, the answer would be yes. The evidence indicates the Obama FBI and DO] top brass were committed to taking out Trump by any means necessary. But the inspector general who authored the report, a lifelong Democrat, somehow said in his summary that they found no direct evidence of political bias in the spy operation. That contradicts the contents of the very same report Trust the facts, not the conclu- sion. But that’s the way inspector generals work They are like an internal affairs officer in a police department They can only talk to current employees. And they only report What they’re told, not what they think So yes, inspector Michael Horowitz had text messages of FBI agents saying they wouldn’t let Trump ‘ take office. Yes, he had evidence of top FBI brass plotting an “insurance pol- icy” to take out Trump if he’s elected . It doesn’t matter. If, during his probe, no current employee up and admits to HoroWitz that, yea, we were out to get Trump because we’re Democrats, he cannot conclude it is so. Nevertheless, the phony “conclu- sion” gaVe the Democrat media the chance to spin a very damning report of FBI subterfuge as a nothing burger. Our area daily newspaper managed to leave it off the front page entirely on Tuesday. “Nothing to see here! Please disperse!” said the keystone cop in that classic comedy film “Naked Gun” Ahh, but the good news is that attorney general Bill Barr and US. attorney John Durham have none of the limitations of an inspector general They can arrest people. They can secure indictments from a grand jury And they both made rare simultaneous statements on Monday that they disagree with Horowitz’s conclusions. They’re not stopping until these banana republic, third-world goons are brought to justice. Anybody with a reasonable mind knows the top brass at the DO] and FBI had immense political bias, and were trying to enact a coup, in conjunction with the liberal media, to take out Trump. They spied on him and his associates for over a year. Yet they still couldn’t find any Trump crimes. All the crimes were committed by the cronies of Barack Hussein Obama, who was raised in the thug politics of Chicago. This is the man who had a judge unseal the divorce records of his first political opponent to clear his way to the US. senate. This is the guy who urged his followers that if Republicans bring a knife to a fight, they should bring a gun. This is the administration that ordered Democrats to “punch back twice as hard” at citizens who question them. I don’t know whether there will be a reckoning for Obama in this life. But there should be. This is the biggest scandal in American history. It is repugnant that officials would abuse their power, concoct fake evidence and bring the powers of the. federal government down upon their political foes. Say a prayer for Bill Barr and John Durham. They are taking on the largest lizards in The DC. Swamp. They will have holy hell thrown at them over the next several months. Let’s pray that justice is done, and that it will be generations before Americans have to deal with this kind of abuse of power again. s: Liberals don’t just corrupt power in DC. It trickles all the way down to our children’s schools. I picked up my son from basketball practice on Monday and asked about his day. The sophomore began telling me about the Georgia Milestones test he had to take for English on Monday. “Dad, you’re not gonna believe the essay I had to write,” he‘ said. “What was it?” I asked “The question was: what are the benefits in living in a very small home. You know the environment and all that crap.’ ’ I was so proud. My son can’t even drive by himselfyet and he can already sniff out the pernicious, constant forward march of the left. What they’re hoping, I imagine, is that students will think about how smaller homes use less power and require fewer trees to be cut down. In other words, small homes are the way to combat global warming. Blech. Why wouldn’t we want our kids to dream of living in big homes full of children, love and laughter? What’s wrong with that? Ifliberals had their way, we’d all be in phone booths. Meanwhile, the same liberals who propose this bilge for everyone else always live in large homes in gated communities, safe from the riff raff they want to command. the Monroe County porter is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Int. Will Davis, President e Robert M. Williams Jr., Vice President Cheryl S. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer OUR STAFF Will Davis Publisher/Editor Trellis Grant Business Manager Richard Dumas News Editor Diane Glidewell Community Editor Carolyn Martel Advertising Manager Amy Haisten Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth 50 N. Jackson St., PO Box 795 Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER 478-994-2358 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County: $40 - Out of County: 548 - Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Friday priorto issue. Comments featured on opinion pages are the creation of the writers, the do not necessarily reflect the opinions ofThe Reporter management Publication No. USPS 997-840 OHS 4A EDITORIALS uDeclare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wisglisld Homes too costly? Blame government ne of those final report this past week, 24.3% of the final price of a pocketbook is- finds the problem is lack new single-family home.” sues that affects of supply. For every two Ifthat number shocks many people new jobs created in our you, consider this: I’ve but produces too few solu- state, legislators found, we heard from a number of tions is the cost of housing. are short one housing unit. industry experts that, When A That amounts to you add taxes, fees and the legislative a total short- cost of bureaucratic per- commit- age of 350,000 mitting delays, government tee study— homes. accounts for one-third or ing the Homes just more of the cost of a new issue this aren’t being built home. year has fast enough. There are many ways come up The number of government—imposed costs with some building permits for housing have increased, culprits and pulled statewide but one of the worst relates possible in the 20103 is to zoning. Local govern— correc- on pace to be the ments have passed a slew tions. No lowest number of zoning restrictions that surprise, / ,«e of any decade increase costs, and thus . su l of hous— Esrzvem- fie “3W 313?": {is}??? the PP been mak— population in— Zoning restrictions are ing the problem worse, not creased by about 5 million. not the same thing as better. Ifbuilding permits had building codes, which For many years, Geor— simply matched the 20005, generally exist to protect gia was a state with a low we’d have those 350,000 the health and safety of . cost of living, including units and then some. What occupants. We’re talking housing. And that’s still happened? about restrictions on the true, compared to states The committee attrib- type of home that can be like California or New uted the supply shortfall to built on a particular piece York But states like North “the Four I’s”: labor, land, of property ~ such as Carolina, Pennsylvania lumber and laws. duplexes vs. single—family and Ohio have lower home With record-low unem- homes as well as how a prices, according to the lat- ployment in the state, the home must be built. From est data from Zillowcom. labor market is tight and the report: It’s not just a problem for wages have been rising, “Locally enforced metro Atlanta. Traveling around the state, I hear especially for the construc- tion industry. Land prices residential design standard ordinances place require- about housing affordability have also risen quickly, ments on single-family everywhere: in other metro particularly in metro homes for exterior color, areas such as Macon, in Atlanta, as have lumber exterior cladding materi- smaller towns such as prices. ,/ als, style of roof structures Rome, even in the rural But Georgia has really _ or porches, architectural north Georgia mountains. hurt itself with local laws. ornamentation, the loca— The Georgia House Study In fact, the committee tion and styling of win- Committee on Workforce found, “Laws, or land-use dows and doors, including Housing, which issued its regulations, account for garage doors, and can 20'”, 20W, 20", 20") winner: liiiiaricl l’oge excellence 2019, 2018 winner: Best Headline Wriling 20I9 winner: Best Commuflily Service 20I9 winner. Besl layout and Desgn 10W winner: Besl Serious Column A Dan Dome! publish, and conceal not." Jeremiah 50:2 prohibit certain building techniques, like using a poured slab foundation vs. a crawlspace or basement. Home builders report compliance with these onerous zoning conditions can add $10,000, $20,000, even $30,000 to the price of a new home.’ ’ You may be used to seeing such “aesthetic” requirements from a homeowners’ association in a particular neighbor- hood, but these restrictions are being applied to entire cities or even counties in some cases. And of course, one person’s sense of aes— thetics may not be shared by everyone else. Some people cry “local control!” to defend these locally mandated require- ments. But there is no con- trol more local than that of a property owner, and government at all levels exists to protect the rights and property of the people not the tastes of an elite, governing few. “Local control” can easily become “local out—of-control.” If Georgia is serious about addressing its hous- ing affordability problem, reining in these local abuses of property rights is a good place to start. The president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield’s column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. BACK 'N' FORTH by Bill Weaver Why are we so attached to them? a: y father was a dog lover. shelter and we named him Doc. He He didn’t care much was joined by another little dog that for cats. I’m told he was bought with gift money by one even fired a shotgun in of our boys. He was named Snicker, the general direction of a cat when it came too close to his bird feeders. It was a warning shot but it worked, as that cat never came back looking for another bird in our yard. BUT THE dogs, they were never treated so rudely Dad used to carry biscuits in his pockets on his walk to the office. It’s said the be penned in, or chained up. That was admirable, of course, but as a result we went through a lot of dogs. They would get hit by cars, or run away, or get poisoned. One even hanged himself at the end of a too—short leash. When we finally had a dog for as long as five years and it died somehow, Dad was once again heartbroken and said he would never own another as it was too painful to say goodbye. SO, MY love of dogs comes natu- rally, and thank goodness I married a wonderful woman who shares the same love. OUR FIRST dog was a stray that wandered into the newspaper oflice one day shortly after we were mar- ried. We named him Gatsby. We had him several years, but he died after being injured in the street. We got another when we moved into a larger house. Santa brought him from the as he had the colors of the candy bar. Both of those dogs were with us for many years and died of ailments related to old age. THEN CAME Pawley, another mixed breed puppy, who we named after the town of Pawleys Island, SC, a place we often visited during the summers. She grew to dogs knew him well weigh 55 pounds and was and faithfully followed big like a rottweiler but col- him on his way, hop- ored like a sandy beach. We ing for one or two of later added Raggs, a puppy those tasty treats. literally found in the middle of a road, and Trooper, WE ALWAYS had another foundling puppy. a pet dog, but Dad did not like to keep >>>>>> I V 3; LAST WEEK, after 14 them confined. He _-’ years and 8 months of shar- said it was unnatural, ing our homes with her, we that a dog shouldn’t said goodbye to Pawley. It was painful for us, but not for her. Dr. Pinson made sure of that as we sat on the floor and spoke to her and stroked her graying hair. THE PAIN of losing a child is the 10 on my scale of sorrow. We’ve been there. The terrible events involv- ing our daughter a few weeks ago brought that scale back into relevan- cy. Thankfully, Molly is doing well in her recovery, but just as we were leaving that terror behind here came Pawley’s health crisis. IT DID did not end well. The vet said if she were a human she’d be in the ICU. He didn’t know that we’d spent many days in one of those units just two weeks ago, so we knew what he meant. Due to her age, Pawley’s decline had made us somewhat pre- pared for her last farewell, though no one was looking forward to visiting number 8 on my sorrow scale. '1 Columnist Bill Weaver with his late dog Pawley. W H Y DO we get so attached to these animals? It must be due to their unwavering loyalty, their constant companionship, their sense of adventure and their playfulness at the slightest invitation. Children, of course, look like us and maybe even act like us, so they are a part of us. Dogs are not, but their traits leave huge holes in our heart when they must leave. PAWLEY SMILED one last time and wagged her tail to say goodbye, then she left to go visit my father. He was up there waiting for her with a biscuit in his left hand and a gentle stroke of her hair with his right, and the words we used so often: You’re a good dog, Pawley. And so she was, right up until the end. Bill Weaver lives in northern Monroe County. He can be reached via email at billweaver81 1@gmdil.c0m.