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WOW! My emails runneth over! The comment or idea by the District 4 Commissioner that a $100-a-year permit be issued if you want to use the county recycling centers to dump your garbage has caused computer and phone overload.  Many of the comments referred back in time to “gully dumping” and …

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in renderin…

Forsyth paid city attorney Bobby Melton more than $6,000 to fend off county objections to the annexation of 1,000 acres between I-75 and Smith Road this summer.

Dogs are the world’s oldest genetic experiment which began around 15,000 years ago. We started with grey wolves, tamed them, managed them, then taught them tricks. We hardwired human compatibility into them, and the modern dog was invented.

Here it is a about a month-and-half  until Christmas and we are already getting ready with anticipation building every time we go shopping, even for groceries. The Thanksgiving turkey has already been selected and in the freezer. But, take a look around and regardless of this Covid epidemic,…

Last week I posted an article about Gaslighting – the propaganda technique that convinces you that you don’t see what you’re actually seeing; such as convincing you that despite HUGE rally crowds for President Trump and ZERO rally crowds for Biden, that Biden was actually the more popular ca…

State Rep. Robert Dickey told the Reporter on Monday that he feels better about Georgia’s response to allegations of voter fraud than he did over the weekend.

You know we can land men on the moon, place a satellite on a moving asteroid a million miles away, dig dirt off the moon and bring it back to earth. We can search the depths of the ocean discovering new species. You get the idea. But we cannot count votes nor validate for whom we voted for a…

Today is Veterans Day, 2020. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date of Nov. 11 was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I. The war that was to end all wars. We all know that didn’t happen.

There is the saying about watching an opera: “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings”. Well, there will be no fat lady singing after the polls closed last night. Already on the local level the contentious is gonna get more contentious if the long-term incumbent county commissioner goes down i…

One of my duties at the Reporter is to pull news from the Monroe County Sheriff’s incident reports in the “Cops and Robbers” section of the paper. Twice a week I’m sent reports typed out by deputies and rewrite in layman’s terms exactly what happened. Some reports are easier to decipher than…

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, which I will simply refer to as Borat 2 for my own sanity, is Sacha Baron Cohen’s long-awaited follow-up to its 2006 predecessor. 

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Editor’s note: A version of this column has been published in 2012, 2016 and 2019, all the previous times that Monroe County has asked voters to increase our sales taxes.

Here we are less than a week before we vote, unless you have already early or absentee voted, I am going to the poll up here in Blount and cast my ballot for president, senator, representative and anybody on the ballot that I will be eligible to put my X next to. Going to the polls has alway…

This month, a “blue moon”, the second full moon in a month, will be shining brightly Halloween night. As a special treat this spooky spectacle will be visible to the entire world, something that hasn’t happened since 1944.   

Hard to believe but we started 2020 concerned about impeachment. Who even remembers what impeachment was all about? Quick review: For 3+ years, Democrats and the mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NY Times, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) tried multiple schemes to get rid of President Trump. In ear…

Let me say something nice about the Forsyth city council. They recognized that their mask mandate, written and pushed by the Georgia Municipal Association and not their constituents, was worthless. And so after imposing it on Sept. 8, they let it expire after 30 days. “It’s a waste of time,”…

Sitting in traffic on Interstate 75 North, headed to Ingles, at a standstill in the fast lane near the Juliette Road exit. I notice cars in middle lane are moving at a brisk pace, so I make the only logical decision and cautiously begin a slow merge to join those who obviously know the best …

I subscribe to three newspapers, delivered to my house, the paper version, not the electronic/on line versions. I enjoy holding the pages in my hand, flipping the pages and getting ink on my hands. The three newspapers are of course this one, The Macon Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal. …

It doesn’t matter your religion or even if you believe in nothing at all, we are all miracles. The odds of you being uniquely you are 1 in 10 followed by 2,685,000 zeros. There isn’t a name for a number that high. If there is, I couldn’t find it. This is also the best reason for not using yo…

If you’ve read the front page of this week’s edition, you know that we have released my first book, “On the Porch,” a collection of the best columns that have appeared in this space over the years. If you’re worried about another toilet paper shortage, do we have a deal for you!

Our Commission Chairman again attempted to distance himself from this newspaper when he commented last week in a meeting that the story about the commission not raising property taxes was not on the front page. No, the commissioners did not raise our property taxes but our property taxes sti…

Today statues of Columbus are being destroyed all over America. Was Columbus the vile, murderous conquistador that “woke” millennials portrays him to be? After all, Columbus is accused of committing the following atrocities: He/Europeans enslaved indigenous peoples; He/Europeans tried to con…

We were a giddy crowd walking out of Sanford Stadium on Saturday night. The Bulldogs looked surprisingly good in a 27-6 beatdown of Auburn and the 20,000 fans heading into the cool Athens night were buzzing with excitement. It turned out a socially-distanced SEC Top 10 football game had some…

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2019 nearly 33% of adult Georgians were obese with a BMI of 30.0 or higher. This is above the national average of around 31% of American adults in this condition. Even President Trump is considered obese with a BMI of 30.4 and weighi…

Over a million people worldwide have been taken prematurely because of Covid-19, 200,000 of which were Americans. This virus has caused more chaos, destruction and heartbreak than many ever thought possible. Not since the Asian Flu of the 1950’s have we seen numbers like this. And perhaps th…

Several, actually many, years ago, about the time Six Flags Over Georgia (SFOG) became the primo attraction not only for Atlanta but for the southeast, tourism was in its underdevelopment stages. Actually in its infant stages. And with SFOG opening up, tourism in Georgia began to take off. S…

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Back in February — it seems like four years ago — my lovely 18-year-old daughter Abbie and I were made what seemed like a pretty good offer.

In the year 2020 we have a surplus of trouble and a deficit of solutions. Back in the 1960s we merely had the Viet Nam War, antiwar protests, a slew of political assassinations, hippies and the “generation gap”. Times were simpler in those days. It was a sweeter place.

There is a lot happening  on the national, state and local scenes which obviously has something to do with the time of the year, the beginning of the last three months of 2020 and the countdown to a new year. We are being inundated with political rhetoric all the way from the top down to the…

Monroe County Board of Health released this statement after the article, “Parents, doctor question school quarantine policy” appeared on page 1A of the Sept. 16 Reporter.  

According to a 2019 Gallup poll, 85% of the world’s 1 billion workers are unhappy at their jobs. By comparison, only 80% of Americans hate their jobs. That slightly lower percentage could be because of our higher pay rates. Or maybe because our bosses are nicer, but I doubt it. 

In my column last week, I made the comment that social media is a positive new alternative to 24-hour news. That young people getting their news from somewhere other than the mainstream outlets is a good thing. But I may have been wrong. There is a flipside to that coin. A flipside that’s ex…

A friend was saying the other day how glad she was to live in a rural community in Georgia where the COVID restrictions were not as onerous as the rest of the country.

Before the 24-hour news cycle, there were three major news networks on TV: ABC, NBC and CBS. The news consisted of short half-hour evening programs that covered the current events of the day. For decades, these three networks dominated the broadcast news market. Then, a billboard mogul and b…

In 2016 Candidate Trump said, “We’re gonna win at every level. We’re going to win with the economy, with the military, with our veterans; we’re going to win with every single facet that you may even get tired of winning.” He was joking but was completely serious - because Donald Trump is a w…