If Commissioner Larry Evans gets his way, County Manager Jim Hedges is going to have to find another place to get his nicotine fix other than on county property. Evans made the attempt to “get even” with the county manager. Commissioner Evans is or was attempting to get his other fantastic four buddies to support an ordinance prohibiting smoking on any county property.

Obviously the commissioner didn’t really think his idea out. If the ordinance passed, I guess there would be no smoking on county roads, after all they are county property. Guess it would have to be enforced by the sheriff’s department. Wonder what the fine would be.

Of course, the county manager or any other smoker could take their puffing pleasure across the street to a Forsyth city sidewalk off county property.

DURING MY rearing up days, I never heard my parents or any member of my family use the “n” word but they did use “negro” and not in a disrespectful manner but in today’s society we are supposed to say “African Americans”. I do not agree with that terminology and I use the term, American Africans.

The reason I even bring the subject up is the results of an opinion on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Page, asking the question “What Would We Do Without the Word ‘Racism’? I did not hear racism used until 1961 as a student at the University of Georgia when UGA was ordered by a federal district court judge to immediately admit two blacks, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter to UGA ending 160 years of segregation.

There were several nights of student anti-desegregationist “demonstrations”, not riots, in downtown Athens for a couple of nights. No troops were called in but tear gas was used by the Georgia State Patrol and local police and sheriff department to disburse the rowdy students. I was not one! I was not opposed to Charlene and Hamilton attending UGA. I had the attitude of “so what?”

Going back to the word racism, in the WSJ opinion piece by Joseph Epstein, he wrote, “The term became pervasive only after discrimination was banned and blacks made significant progress”. He further stated, “If you are politically on the left, racism is what you accuse people of who don’t agree with you. If you are on the right, you can accuse them, I suppose, of socialism”. 

He continued, “I can think of no more devastating insult than being called a racist. In a mere six letters the word suggests one tyrannical, vicious, stupid cruel.” Amen Mr. Epstein!

THE CITY of Forsyth collected $41,995.20 in hotel/motel tax for the month of May with $25,197.12 going into the city coffers and $16,798.08 going to Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote and advertise stop, stay and eat in Forsyth and advertise the hotels/motels that collected the tax.

Here are the top five hotels/motels collecting the tax and the amount: Holiday Inn Express, $8,374.12; Hampton Inn $5,999.10; Laquinta Inn and Suites, $5,252.38; Days Inn, $4, 239.66 and Comfort Inn and Suites. $3,191.65. The least tax collected came from Budget Inn, $147.00.

THE FIRST correct answer to last week’s The Question was from Jennifer Goode identifying Mike Burroughs as the recently named Plant Scherer general manager. Jennifer receives a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, single dip at Scoops, fried green tomato appetizer at Whistle Stop Café, slice of Shoney’s pie, slice of pizza at Jonah’s, dessert at The Sweet Tea Cafe, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, sandwich, chips and drink at The Pickled Okra.

Here goes The Question for this week: Monroe County Schools ranked in what place in schools in Middle Georgia? First correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the goodie certificate.

FROM THE absurd to the ridiculous is the best analogy I can make about longtime---41 years---school board member J.P. Evans wanting to sue this newspaper and making asinine comments such as “The paper never puts anything good unless it’s in the back”. He must be reading some other newspaper or he is reading from the back page to the front page.

HERE ARE a few “outstanding” payments our tax money went to: somebody at the Sheriff’s Department---not revealed---got a $1,040 check for per diem reimbursement for travel, former animal control director Ty Oppelt got a $2,281 check for travel reimbursement, Protecom maintained phones in the amount of $1565.50, local Red Dog Safety Outfitters got a check for $2,675.10, the county fire department spent $7,137.37 at Ten-8 Fire and Safety Equipment (a local business), Accredited Security refurbished tasers in the amount of $2,396, United American Life Insurance got paid $9,347.40, and the biggie went to AT&T for $26,231.23. Buice’s Garage got $7,179.94, The City of Forsyth got $5,418.42 for utilities, we paid $13,489.30 to Correct Health for medical/dental hospital services. Here’s one more biggie, $5,037.14 to Forsyth Cablenet for watching TV. Office Depot got a check for $3,269.48.

Ninety six checks were issued totaling $216,318.51 of our tax dollars.

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Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@bellsouth.net.