Bibb County engineer Paul Hoinowski, right, shown at the disputed county line on the Ocmulgee River with then-secretary of state, now governor, Brian Kemp.

Bibb County engineer Paul Hoinowski, right, shown at the disputed county line on the Ocmulgee River with then-secretary of state, now governor, Brian Kemp.

To the Editor:

In Sloan Oliver’s Oct. 6 Just the Way It Is column, we are asked why we read The Reporter. Other than Terry Johnson’s nature writing, I read to see if any news surfaces about the county line dispute.

Sloan suggests those leftie writers are much more likely to use their platforms to mislead or to try to benefit from tilted facts. He states this is most often done by leaving something out. Hmmm. 

I don’t know where Oliver’s other Oct. 6 article, the beginning of a series on surveying, will head. However, since little is solved without conversation, it should be a good thing.

The description of Monroe and Bibb’s common line in The 1822 Act of the Legislature is “Beginning at Waller’s or Torrentine’s ferry on the Ocmulgee river, running a direct line to the corner of 12th and 13th districts of Monroe county, on the line dividing Monroe and Houston counties, ……”

Certainly Mr. Oliver did not leave “Waller’s” out purposely. Or with evil intent. Those things happen. However, Waller’s is important. It changes the conversation. The questions become: Where was Waller’s Ferry? Where was Turrentine’s (spelling from his deed) Ferry? What did the Legislature intend? Which ferry did the original surveyor, James Whatley, start his survey? (That’s obvious.)

Sloan, thank you for restarting the conversation. The newspaper is not where this will or should be solved. Let’s hope those with the power to agree or to decide will communicate with one another.

Paul Hoinowski

Bibb County

Paul Hoinowski is an engineer for Macon-Bibb County.