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Next month my hubby and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary. Looking at our wedding photos, taken decades ago, got me to thinking about how the god-given concept of marriage has dramatically changed in this nation. God’s standard for marriage is one man and one woman, but same sex …

Anyone who has ever expressed a fear of flying has had to listen to somebody say, “Now, you know it’s much more dangerous to drive to an airport than it is to fly out of one.” According to the International Air Transport Association, out of nearly 8 million flights, there was only one major …

Hopefully, you made it to last week’s Hometown Christmas Parade in Forsyth. In Monroe County, it’s become the traditional way to start off the Christmas season. Forsyth looked magical for the parade. I particularly love watching the little children who are mesmerized with the crowds, the lig…

In years past, I would plan a weekend trip to Atlanta at least once a month. Maybe you could classify it as an “escape.” I would stay at a nice hotel and enjoy fine dining and if this time of year, it was Christmas shopping. Well things have changed and the weekends in Atlanta are no longer …

The October 1988 vice-presidential debate, between Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, produced one of the most famous quotes in American political history. To set the stage, the 41-year old Quayle had been in Congress for 11 years (4 years in the House, and 7 years in the Senate) while B…

The world has gone mad and people just want to cling to things that seem normal. That’s my new theory as to why Joe Biden was elected and why some of the more Trump-y Republicans lost in the never-ending Nov. 8 election. To be sure, Biden is not normal and is the worst president of my lifeti…

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It’s 2 a.m. in Monroe County. The weather is clear but cold. I-75 southbound traffic is light. A Monroe County deputy sits in the median just south of Johnstonville Road waiting and watching while the rest of the county sleeps. Suddenly, a black sedan with blacked-out windows and Michigan pl…

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, our attention is focused on Christmas. But get ready, because this is the time of year when many nontheists soundly oppose anything religious in nature, such as manger scenes or other Christian related symbols. When they are not objecting to Christmas, the…

One of the comments made by persons who have had to stay in hospitals is how bad hospital food is. Obviously that comment is not applicable to Monroe County Hospital. I enjoy dining/eating at different restaurants and looking forward to having lunch at Monroe County Hospital where their cafe…

WE WILL soon be overstuffed and recovering from Thanksgiving, and then it is time to recuperate and begin anticipating those credit card charges that Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are going to use to make Christmas “real.” But first some facts and figures from The Wall Street Journal: The turkey …

I love Thanksgiving Day, don’t you? Many will enjoy a day off from work and will gather with friends and family to enjoy a wonderful meal. I love Thanksgiving Day, but I find it difficult not to overeat. Maybe this year I can exercise more self-control, and paramedics will not have to use th…

Great, the election is over. No more political TV commercials, radio spots, text messages or mailers.  Things can get back to normal. Correct? Before we discuss what’s normal, let’s look at what happened last week.

After two years of absurd COVID restrictions, budget-busting inflation and a feckless, deteriorating and incompetent president, many Monroe Countians hoped a Red Wave election would wash out the Democrat Party.

Last week, I attended my best friend’s church. At the end of the service, an unusual and beautiful thing happened. Before the pastor dismissed the church, he paused his closing remarks and looked over at a young man who is a member of the praise team. When the pastor nodded his head, the you…

You may be surprised to learn Voodoo is alive and doing well. Voodoo first came to America in French Louisiana brought by slaves from West Africa. They had extensive knowledge of poisons and herbs and brought with them their cultural practices and religion. Their amulets and charms are used …

If you watch the news and particularly TV news CNN, Fox, etc. we, Georgia, have been the leading story. For the next couple of weeks we will be analyzed, predicted and even prognosticated. As a state we have received more publicity, both positive and negative, than I can remember. So, gird y…

When the American Revolution had been won and the veterans of the world’s first army of free men returned to their families, there were no parades welcoming them home on Main Street. No speeches from courthouse steps praising their bravery or thanking them for their sacrifices.

Last week my husband received an interesting article in the mail from his sister and her husband who live in Rabun County. The article made front page news in The Clayton Tribune in Clayton, Ga. Clayton is the county seat of Rabun County. The article was about a black bear that busted out a …

Here it is the day after the election but the election is far from over. Challenges, fraud, disgruntled voters- pick a reason-coming out of the woodworks because candidate(s) didn’t get enough votes. The deniers will be making headlines for the next couple of months. I have to admit that ins…

(Editor’s note: This letter to the editor from Louise Wilds of Forsyth first appeared in the Reporter before the 2008 elections. Wilds has since passed away but her husband Jim Wilds re-submitted it in her memory to encourage Monroe County voters to support human life.)

I’ve been going to Georgia-Florida games on and off since 1992 and have always enjoyed the late October trips to the coast.

Hope you are planning to attend The Reporter’s 50th birthday party next Thursday at The Reporter office starting at 5:30. Will and his staff have planned an exciting celebration from what I have been privileged to be informed. 

When Dennis and I got married (many years ago now), we bought a small, modest house. I’ll never forget our first week there. While Dennis was away at work, I decided I would mow the front lawn. I was mowing away, when a neighbor pulls into the driveway, gets out of his truck and walks toward…

Last Thursday I received a call that there were two yayhoos with cameras stalking the corridors of our county administration building (currently a polling place) causing trouble. Georgia law prohibits recording inside polling places. This prohibition applies to the entire polling place. I lo…

Western Civilization, to include the United States, is engaged in a cultural and political war. In America, the Leftist Dems are fighting to destroy the Constitution, destroy our culture and destroy even our history. Conservatives are fighting to preserve the Republic, as it was founded, and…

When Yogi Berra said “It feels like déjà vu all over again”, he summed up Georgia’s 2022 governor’s race. In 2018 it was Brian Kemp versus Stacey Abrams; and in 2022, it’s the same all over again, or is it?  Actually, it’s not the same because we now have the last four years of Kemp’s record…

Scientists estimate that there are 15 dead people for every person alive on the earth today. Death is so widespread that we even have a holiday in its honor. This coming Monday, Oct. 31, the day dedicated to remembering all deceased persons since the beginning of time and one of the world’s …

I have a question for you. Do you personally know an atheist? My husband is not sure, but he thinks one of his childhood friends may be an atheist. If not an atheist, he comes across as a person who shows no interest in the Christian faith. His friend, which he had not seen in person for a l…

Well, here we are just over two weeks until Election Day with a major focus on us Georgians particularly on the national scene with the responsibility of us deciding whether or not our Congress will be Republican- and Democratic-ruled under the dome in Washington. About the same applies to o…

She lived through two world wars, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnamese War. During that time, she raised a son without a father who became a Marine, and a daughter who became my mother. 

There’s one inescapable truth that is staring America squarely in the face. What is it? It’s the stark reality that our nation is in a spiritual, cultural, social, and financial tailspin! If we ever needed to pray, it’s now!  It is becoming more evident each day, that our nation has lost its…

Recently I’ve been discussing the upcoming general election. My first article, I discussed that who we worship (God or some god such as government) determines how and for whom we vote. Last week, I discussed the U.S. Senate election between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock. (Did you see t…