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Results You Didn’t Expect Rev. Aaron McCullough, Columnist An article in the Library of Economics and Liberty, entitled, “Unintended Consequences,” states, “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people -and especially of government always have effects that are unanticipated or unintend- ed.” And Stone Gossard said, “Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unin- tended consequences.” Please allow me to reemphasize that last portion of the previous statement, “Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.” I am old enough to remember when deer were intro- duced into Troup County. (The county in which I reside) Sportsmen wanted it and people thought it would be good for Georgia. There’s no doubt that the motives of the pro- ponents were honorable. They meant no harm to any- body. However, the Law of Unintended Consequences kicked in. Since their introduced here, there have been untold financial damage to both automobiles and crops and there have been an untold number of deer related fatalities all directly related to the decision to introduce them. I am old enough to remember when 'It‘oup County was a dry county. (No alcohol sales) I distinctly remember hearing an advertisement on the radio in favor of legal- izing alcohol sales. The proponents said, “People who are going to drink alcohol will do so anyway. So, we should legalize it and tax the sales. We will use the alcohol sales tax to pay for road building and maintenance in Troup County and you will never have to pay road taxes again.” Wow! If that’s the case Troup County should have the best roads in the world. But I digress! The proponents thought they had a solid motive for legalizing alcohol sales. However, the Law of Unintended Consequences kicked in and as a direct result of legalizing alcohol sales, there have been countless children deprived of the neces— sities of life and abused by a drunken parent or adult. Untold numbers of alcohol related domestic violence cases, that run the gamut from children being physically and mentally abused, spousal abuse, and even to murder, have been reported. Untold dollars have been spent on alcohol related medical conditions. Untold dollars have been spent on injuries caused by drunk drivers. And there has been a staggering loss of life due to drunk driv- ing. All unintended consequences! AS I am writing this column, the Georgia Legislature has just started its 2016 session. I have some good, well- intentioned friends serving there. However, if I am hon- est, the time they are in session each year is always a most unsettling time for me. The thing that concerns me most, regarding any action they may or may not take, is this Law of Unintended Consequences. People, whose cause I am very sympathetic toward, are beating the drum loudly for changing the Georgia Cannabis Oil Law (Medical Marijuana) that was passed last year. They want to broaden the list of medical con— ditions that cannabis oil can be used to treat. However, my question is, if it’s broadened this year, what’s to pre- vent it from being broadened again next year, and the next, and the next, until there is no control? Here’s a fact for you to consider: Every state that now allows “recre- ational” marijuana use — started with “medi marijua- na use. Oh, and by the way, growing, transporting, and using marijuana is still against federal law and federal law trumps state law. My warning is this: While their cause may be noble, and if I was in their shoes, I may be doing the same thing as them, the fact remains that it is a very slippery slope. And, “Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.” Be very, very careful Georgia Legislature and Governor Deal. Be very careful! * ‘ Aaron McCo/Iough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Ham's, Meriwether; and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. ' ~i Stanley C. Wheelus Dec. 10, 1953 Jan. 18,‘ 2016 Owned Wheelus Catering HOGANSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016 PROVIDING GOOD DEEDS Callaway Elementary School's Steppin' Up Step Team has conducted several commu- PAGE 3—A nity service projects in order to enrich the lives of others. They conducted a Soles 4 Souls shoe drive and collected over 500 pairs of shoes that were donated to poverty-stricken countries and those suffering from natural disasters. They have also conducted an in-school cell phone drive and fundraiser, donating an estimated 100 used cell phones to the Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter of LaGrange, as well as, a monetary donation of $300. Pictured are members of the step team and their sponsors, Kaminsia Fannin, Jameka Harper, and Crystal Alexander. So You Want to Become a Master Naturalist By BRIAN MADDY County Extension Agent Just what is a master naturalist? By definition a master naturalist is an expert in or a student of natural his- tory. What is natural history? It is the scientific study of animals or plants, especially concerned with observation rather than experiment, and presented in popular form rather than academic form. A master naturalist is an expert who ties together how our natural world works together (my definition). This spring the Troup County Extension Service will be offering the Georgia Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training program. The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA extension and the Warnell School of Forestry. The program is a series of weekly pro- grams with specific environmental topics. THIS PROGRAM is a hands-on environmental education that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on those environ- What’s going on in Extension? .Tree seedlings can be ordered from the Georgia Forestry Commission, 706.845.4122 'February15th: Troup County Association of Beekeepers, 7 PM, Ag Center, Guest February 16th: Troup County Cattieman, 7 PM; Ag Center, dinner starts at 7 PM ($6.00), Program at 7530 PM, Guest speak- ers: 4—H and FFA Officers ‘Febmaiyn‘t‘tth: MGEV Meeting, Ag Center, 7 PM, Guest speaker: Tia Gonzales, Auburn University ‘ -Fehr‘uary”18th’: Timber Growers Meeting, Ag Center, 7 PM, Guest Speaker: Joseph Macre, Topic: Reforestation ments. The mission of the program through the University of Georgia is to . provide unbiased, scientifically accu- rate information about environmental issues. The sessions will be customized to our local habitats in West Georgia and East Alabama. Wetlands, ponds, rivers, lakes, forests, farms, moun— tains, urban landscapes will be our classrooms for part of the program. 'Ibpics will include ecological systems, water quality, native plants and inva- We Sell All Tirpes of Tires sive plants, forestry, Georgia wildlife, birding, soil conservation, entomology, urban landscapes and environmental awareness and will compliment the field studies. Part of the goals of the Master Naturalist program is to introduce par- ticipants to our regional natural resources such as West Point Lake, Hills and Dales, FDR State Park, the Chattahoochee River and the Marvin Jones Nature Center. AFTER completing this fun and interactive program, Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with our community by volunteering in local schools or nature centers. , The program will begin in late March and conclude in late May or early June. We will meet once per week with mornings beginning at 9:30 am. and concluding at approximately 3:30 pm. Most afternoons will be dele- gated to field trip activities. The cost of the program will be $175 per person with discounts for couples. As with all UGA volunteer programs all participants must have a background check. Community BankeTrust '|.' '.;.. '3. v'I;|r1'r"m Downtown Hogansville Mr. Stanley C. Wheelus, 62, of the St. Marks Community of Meriwether County, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016, at West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Wheelus was born December 10, 1953, in N ewnan, son of the late Carl and Rochelle Brown Wheelus. A lifelong resident of the area, he was employed as a buyer for West Rock Timber, was an avid outdoorsman, and loved hunting and fishing. He also owned and operated Wheelus Catering, loved cooking for others, and his food was enjoyed by many. Survivors include his wife, Fredene Wheelus of St. Marks; sons and daughters in-law, Carl and Tonya Wheelus, Jack and Brandy Glover, all of LaGrange; sister and brother in- law, Vickie and Wayne Smith of St. Marks; brother and sis- ter in-law, Charlie and Sue Wheelus of Hogansville; sister in—law, Carlene Bohannon of Newnan; grandchildren, Carlee Wheelus, 'Iripp Glover, Bryanna Wheelus, Evelyn Glover, Vera Glover, and Mabel Glover; many nieces and nephews; and his special buddy, B-Man. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm. until 8:00 pm. Wednesday and Thursday nights at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Friends are also invited to attend a celebration of Stanley’s life to be held at his. home from 2:00 pm. until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridging the Gap in Newnan, Children’s Hospital of Columbus, American Heart Association, or to a favorite char- ity. 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