Don Daniel

Pardon me for not remembering when I wrote about the killer spray Central Georgia EMC and the Georgia DOT were dousing on any living green thing along their right-of-ways. They are and have done it again. CGEMC’s public relations director sent me all the “assuring” documentation that the chemical they were spraying was totally safe and would not affect the environment. Well we have heard that story about Agent Orange, DDT and Round Up.

According to all three agencies including the City of Forsyth, spraying killer juice is a lot cheaper than human crews with equipment trimming bushes and trees. In other words, they save us on the bills they send us and on the taxes we pay.  In their “opinions” using chemicals and buying killer juice by the gallons was/is cheaper than using paid personnel and using their equipment.. 

Now that you have read the introduction, the issue of killer spraying has come up again, thanks to Howell Newton, a resident of Forsyth. Here are his emails and response from Forsyth’s City Manager, Janice Hall: “To Eric and Janice: Can you please advise me who authorized the spraying on the north side of Brooklyn Ave. to Harold Clarke PKWY? I certainly hope it was not the city. This looks awful on one the main entrances to our city and it is an eyesore for me when I look out the front of my house. If you have not seen what it looks like, I strongly request that you take a look. I will be very surprised if you don’t agree. I will welcome your response and thank you”. 

City Manager Janice Hall replied: “The City did not do the spraying, nor were we consulted on this. The state is spraying vegetation within their right of way everywhere. They sprayed coming into town on HWY 83 S and Frontage that I am aware of, but I am sure there are other areas they have or will be spraying. I agree with you that it looks horrible”.

Here is Howell’s reply to Manager Hall’s email: “Janice: thank you for this response. I had a feeling the culprit was someone other than the city. Does the city have any input to the state on matters such as this? At the very least, I hope the city council would send a formal request to the appropriate state agency that they not spray inside the city limits in the future. Thanks for considering this request. Howell”. 

Out in the county, Georgia’s DOT and the CGEMC are the ones with spray nozzles and killer juice. Again, it will be the excuse “it is cheaper to spray than mow and trim”.

 

TOURISM IS beginning to spark up again and according to Forsyth’s June hotel/motel/camp ground tax collections, here are the top five collectors of the $51,962.94: Holiday Inn Express $10,533.29, Hampton Inn $7,076.73, LaQuinta Inn and Suites $5,526.92, Motel 6 $5,288.48 and Days Inn $4,525.

Of the $51,962.94 collected, $31,177.66 went into the City’s coffers and $20,785.18 went to the CVB to promote our local hotels, camp ground and tourists attractions. 

Surely the CVB or the city has figures that compare how COVID affected the tax collections compared to the last couple of years. Is this report indicating tourism and traffic is increasing? That would be most interesting. 

 

THIS IS a notice to those who have been collecting the $300 a week COVID money:

It is ended this past Monday so now you can go back to work and make more money instead of relying on us taxpayers. Go apply for a job!

 

TO THE lady, and I use that term very loosely, who responded to my writing of George Carlin, thank you for reading On The Outside Looking In. I did not print your comments since this is family oriented column. But, again, thank you for reading. 

 

FYI, THE reason there is no George Carlin comment this week, I loaned all five of his books to a friend who is learning to appreciate the wisdom of George.

 

THERE WERE 66 homes permitted in Monroe County in July and Marty Leverett was the first with that answer to last weeks The Question. She receives a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Big Peach car wash, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Jonah’s pizza, Scoops single dip, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie and aForsyth Main Street t-shirt.

Here’s The Question for this week: What was opened last week that was buried in 1973? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday wins the certificate.

 

ACCORDING TO the book, “So Now You Know” a report introduced in the U.S. Senate states that a child will have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television before completing elementary schools. Those facts were written in 2004. Wonder what they are now.

 

 

 

 

GOT a comment or want to answer The Question? Contact Don Daniel at tullaybear@bellsouth.net. Don Daniel founded the Reporter in 1972.