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pinions Ideas PAGE 4A HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 airmen nah (Emmett Ty @rib iguhliratiuna, 31m: ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR ANDY KOBER ASSOCIATE EDITOR ROB RICHARDSON LAYOUT EDITOR KIM MITCHELL BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-merwry.com P. O. Box 426 Manchester, GA 31816 Official Legal for the City quagansville Community Newspapers Still Have Their Place Last week Trib Publications held it’s annual advertising seminar for sales representatives. For the sem- inar I was given the challenge of speaking about why adver- tisers should choose commu- nity newspapers. Ironically, I also found out why commu— nity newspapers will always have their place for the com— munity and advertisers. With the Internet so prevalent today, and people . using the Internet, some may think community newspa- pers are not as strong as they once were. I found out that is not true and wanted to share this information with our readers and of course our advertisers. The newspapers we pub— lish here at Trib, cover five counties and all the newspa- pers are different, but in a way pretty much the same. All five newspapers are paid circulation and believe it or not, all have over 70% penetration into the areas they cover. Some are even higher, but that the average. What that means is that 70 out of every 100 people sub- scribe or purchase the news- paper at a rack or a location where they are sold. So com- munity newspapers are still read by the largest portion of a community. “ -“ That is because a com— munity newspaper only prints community news. It contains news that is relevant to the community it serves. It contains stories that affect your day—to-day life, sports stories about your children and grandchildren, and sto- ries about people in the com- munity. Community newspapers still remain the number one choice, or it should, for adver- tisers and here are just a few reasons why. According to a survey by How American Shops and Spends, 76% of people sur— veyed said they find newspa- pers to be more trustworthy and believable and use it to make purchasing decisions. That 76% compares to only 12.5% for radio, 8% for tele- ‘vision and 14.5% for Internet. So, that shows that peo— ple use newspapers more to make purchasing decision than radio, television or the Internet combined. About 76% said they still , subscribe to a newspaper and read it. " Nowaccording toarecent survey done by Pew Research Center released early this month that includ- ed 1,500 people over the age of 18, they said they make their voting decisions from newspapers 93% of the time. As for those 18 and over, 53% Said they use newspapers to make their voting decisions as well. Simply put, that takes I I I us back to the first survey we talked about that 76% of the people believe newspapers are more trustworthy and believable than any other news source. Newspapers are still the oldest form of mass media, and they continue to be one of the largest, as measured by volume of advertising dol- lars. That is because adver- tisers surveyed, including some of the industry giants like Walmart and Sears, says that newspapers continue to give more return on the dol— lars spent that any other advertising source. So, with this information we’ve learned that almost every home in the United States receives a newspaper and that is done either by mail or by rack sales. We’ve learned that retail industry giants still believe newspapers are the best “advertising investment. We havéatsdléarnedthat‘ ' contrary to popular belief, " newspapers are still the num- ber once choice for receiv- ing news, trusting that news and believing that news. Having said all that, the bottom line is community newspapers still have their place in the communities they serve. As long as community newspapers do what they have done for well over 100 years, and write the news that affects the community, good feature stories about people in the community, covers the local high school sports, and do the things expected, they will always have a place in the community. I’m extremely proud to work for community news- papers. It is a profession that gives me an opportunity to be a part of the community, to help mold and form the community, to help move the community in the right direc- tion, to make the government responsible to the people it serves and above all, to have an opportunity to editorialize about the things that may help our community or may have a negative impact and let the people decide. I’m proud to be in a pro- fession where the people trust me, believe in me and know that I’m going to what is right. I hope you are as proud of your community newspa- per and we are to provide it for you each and every week. THE HOGANSVlLLE HERALD is published weekly by Trib Publications, _ Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, community oriented newspa- pers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through f hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50¢. FOR sunscmons call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, TIib Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, , GA 31816. The High Cost of Getting Even; We have heard some peo- ple say “I am going to get even with that so and so if it is the last thing that I ever do” after they have been hurt or wronged in some way. You may have made this state- ment in the past yourself because it has gone through my mind before and I could see what it was doing to me. Sometimes we all make statements like this in a flash of anger but do not really mean them. In most cases the situation passes and we are able to recover emotionally without too much damage. However, there are some sit- uations where the people involved really do mean it and their emotions begin to “fes- ter” and over a period Of time it takes a heavy toll. Some doctors have done a great deal of research about the attitude of “getting even” and have concluded that ulcers, high blood pressure, strokes and many other phys- ical maladies are connected to harboring resentment, hatred and ill will toward oth- ers. They say that it could be truthfully written on many death certificates that the vic- tim died from “grudgetitis.” The doctors make a good case to show how hatred enslaves the one who hates by employing the following, “The moment I started hat- ing a man I became his slave. I cannot enjoy my work any- more because he even con- trols my thoughts. My resent- ments produce too many stresses to my body and I become fatigued after a few hours of work.” Hatred like many of our other emotions comes in degrees. The range can be all the way from a mild dislike to a deep burning desire to see the other person completely done in. But in some cases hatred will result in violence which means running afoul of the law. When this happens, and a person is convicted of a crim- inal offense, it means that he has lost the opportunity to have complete control over his life. In this interest of helping ourselves be happier and more successful we need to be honest with ourselves and determine in our hearts whether or not we really hate A urea gem AaumaaraaeV-aJJ an me: another person. If we do then we should know what the long range consequences couldbe. There is only one solution to this universal problem and it is found in these words that were spoken by Jesus. He said, “You have heard that it was said that you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say unto you, love your enemy and pray for them that despitefully use you.” Whether we like it or not the only thing that will free us of hatred is complete and total forgiveness. The biggest“ problem in this area that most of us face can be found in the answer to this question, “Who is our neighbor?” Hating people is I like burning down the barn inz order to get rid of the rats. ‘ It is a case of the solution being much worse than the‘ problem. ‘ Be Glad You Don’t Live in Michigan Quite frankly my dear, I’m glad to live here. Just recently I overheard a conversation in which a res- ident of a small city in our readership area was com- plaining about her city and the area in general. I like this area— the entire area. . I have lived in the area for nearly 40 years, most of my adult life, and in my com- munity nearly 24 years. I grew up in what was then a fairly rural area, just like much of our readership area. A large city — Savannah — was about 20 miles distant. We did have Savannah Beach, or Tybee Island, a little further away. ' But I have so enjoyed this .arteaaad madeitmy home- 7. r ’ It does, botherme a bit When people complain but have no basis for comparison, or worse, do nothing to make things better. Take my word for it; there are much worse places to live. Consider the recent CNN report on Michigan. The State of Michigan, once noted for its industrial output, is now known for closed and rusting factories, high welfare and crime rates. Michigan ranks seventh highest in tax rates among er than the national average. One would think that with tax rates that high, services would be very good, but they are not and the high tax rates are contributing to business- es and people leaving the state. THE CNN report high- lighted water problems in Flint, and they are serious. The city had been pulling drinking water from Lake Huron, but in an effort to save money, began drawing water from the Flint River. That is the Flint River in Michigan and not the Flint River in our backyards. The Flint River in Michigan has been described as “notoriously filthy” and “highly corrosive.” ‘ It has now been learned that anti-corrosive agents required by Michigan state law has not been added to the water. That has resulted in the water eroding iron water mains and lead pipes. This can lead to lead poisoning, which while dangerous to an adult, can result in negative- ly impacting a child’s IQ level. So those currently living in Flint, Michigan, not only have to worry about health problems being created today, they are creating prob- beyond. The water situation in Flint is now so bad, the Mayor of Flint and Governor of Michigan have declared a state of emergency and has the National Guard deliver— ing clean water to residents. If you thinkthatisthe only problem found in Michigan, you would be very wrong. Not reported by CNN but based on information avail- able to anyone, the public school system in DetrOit is in , deplorable condition. ‘ An inspection of schools found cold classrooms in the winter, and hot classrooms in the summer. Back in the 605, many of us had schools like that but in Detroit, inspectors found black mold in the school buildings along with collapsing c‘ ilings and rats in the hallw ys. 7‘ Conditiots have gotten so bad, that te_ chers aré stag- ing “sickout$” rather than be in the clasSroom. Sog'many that in one school eighth grade students were kept in. a gym and taken to class-; rooms for only an hour each day to study core subjects. It was reported that Monday of last week, two-i thirds of the public schools in Detroit were closed because there were no teach: ers. 15 Where are the funds for: maintenance and repairs? According to the public, reports, a state-funded, appointed emergency man-j ager used 30 percent or more of the school system’s staté funding to pay Off city debt. '1 Take about government out of control, and not being responsible to the people. 2. .. ,<SO.nQ§§ timeyouaresiti “2.”; v u. «tingon the perch , ., ,, ., ,....Tiiipbidia;ury or oOdlandfstrollingalong the sidewalk in Hamilton on; Hogansville, or complaining to your neighbors in Geneva or Greenville, ask yourself two questions. 1) Do I really have a legit- imate beef? 'V 2) Am I doing anything to make it better? If the answer to the first question is yes, then the answerto the second needs to be yes as well. the states - 22 percent high- lems for tomorrow and teaCheI‘S 31'}! miSSing fChOOL That’s my Opinion. ‘ i i . . i . , Honoring Dr. King and ‘Local Foot Soldiers’ On January 17, the city of Hogansville officially took time to honor the legacy of a Civil Rights Leader — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This well deserved under- taking was necessary as the nation found it fitting to rec- ognize him as a symbol of civil' and human rights. In fact, he forced America to live up to its own creed “that all men are created equal”. Overtheyears,Ihave par- ticipated in a number of com- memorative civil right activ- ities, and met many interest— ing people alone my way. For example, back in 1997, I par- ticipated in activities related to the 40th anniversary Of the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas. '1 attended Observances in 2010 for the 50th anniversary 'of the Atlanta Student Movement inAtlanta. In 2015, I traveled to Alabama for the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' March in Sehna. As a college professor, I even taught a student, who was present that fatal morn- ing at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church Birmingham in 1963, when four little girls we killed by a terrorist bomber. From these, and so many other experiences, I recog- nize that there is still critical unfinished civil rights busi- ness, like criminal justice reforms, income Inequalities, wealth dispari- ties, and voter suppression, to name a few. Within the civil rights community, however, there is also a concern about the movement’s forgotten foot soldiers. What is a foot sol- dier? From a social movement prospective, a foot soldier is define as that person who car- ries out the important work, but does not have a role in an organization’s leadership. All too Often, mainstream media focuses attention on the actions of leadership, while forgetting the impor- tant work ofgthe foot soldier. But had it not been for the foot soldiers, where would we today? Had it not been for those folks willing to do the “important work”--- like speak out, protest, file formal complaints, file law suits, and step-up and go first, where would we be? ' SO, I submit to you that had it not been for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights movement, who were willing to the do the “important work” -—— we would not have progressed as far as we have today. I appreciate that many of the civil rights exhibits and museums, and the growing body of scholarship are incor- porated the nameless “foot soldiers”, who marched, protested, and took risk in their own communities. In fact, Dr. King’s great- est qualities may have been his ability to inspire and mobilize millions of foot sol- diers --- black and white, old and young, rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless, those near and afar. In our community, activists like the late Coleman Cameron, George Jackson, Luscious Glenn, Sr., Jimmy Jackson, and Harold Smith, among others, began to speak out and organize. IN 1966, 50 years ago, the county and city schools start- ed the process of voluntary school integration, after wait- ing 12 years. During that fall, six courageous African American students enrolled in the previously, all white Hogansville elementary and high school system, to move the city forward. SO, just like Central High School in Arkansas had its “Little Rock Nine” — We had our “Hogansville Six”. Tragically, their names are almost lost in our local histo- ry; so, I choose to usher them back into existence: Raymond Sewell, Jacqueline Allison, Carolyn Cameron, Gale Green, Anthony Phillips, and Lucy Johnson. SO from these six students, the next year, a line of new students made their mark, thereby moving our city forward. Let me tell you about one of them --— the Rev. Carolyn Cameron. She talked about how her father, the late Coleman Cameron, influence her life. You see, he had also been strong community advoé cate forblack voter particii pation and pushed others to get involved. I When the time came for parents to sign the voluntary participation formal for stu- dent to integrate the all-white school, Carolyn explained that she signed her own Carolyn knew her parents and brothers desired for she and her younger brother —-; better Opportunities and an equal chance. While serving as a soldier in Vietnam, her brother, Thomas Cameron, would be killed before the start of school that year. He was killed life serving our nation -— protecting all of our free- doms. Given that this year is the 50thanniversaryof the deseg- regation of the local school, I hope the city of Hogansville don’t miss an Opportunity to recognize these courageous foot soldiers, who were doing the “important work” in our city. Today’s honoree, Mr. Alfred Jenkins, was one of those students, who followed that next year. He could be called the 7th line. So, we take this moment to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --- But, had it not been for those foot soldiers, where would we be?