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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 62004O M.lard B. G President MI HAI PUBIaSttER/ADVFTISING DIRe'TOn JOHN KLrt'K'DA ASSOCIATE PtIaSHFJEDrrOR BRYAN GETER ASSOOATE EDrrOR JAVNZ GOLDSn BustlvEss MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (70) 846-22O6 P O. Box 426 Hogansfille, Georg:m 30230 Integrity, Honor Return To Office George Washington was quot- ed as saying, "I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree." Knowing there would be conse- quences, the father of our nation told the truth. While he made mis- takes during his presidency, he never lied to his constituents thereby keeping his integrity intact. That's more than can be said of our ex-president. Bill Clinton finally admitted he lied to the courts and to the nation about Monica Lewinsky. No one was surprised by this, everyone knew he lied about Lewinsky. Admitting to it now becomes beneficial for him. By admitting he lied, he struck a deal with Robert Ray that keeps him from being indicted. He did agree to pay legal fees. So, I guess he i was punished some for his per- jury. While Clinton will walk away from this now, it will haunt him the rest of his life. Clinton, a two- term president, leaves behind a that will fill the history books. Unfortunately, Clinton's administration will most likely be [ remembered throughout history by his sexual encounters, the [I inquiry into the Arkansas land [! deals and for almost being Lmpeached. History will also reflect how he left office, sign- mg an agreement that admits he lied and suffering a five year sus- pension of his law license. Definitely not how most ex-pres- idents would want to be remem- bered. CLINTON SAID of his bad decision to lie about Lewinsky, "I tried to walk a line between act- ing lawf-lly and testifying false- ly, but I now recognize that I did not fully acxmplish this goal and that certain of my responses to questions about Ms. Lewinsky were false." "Democrats and Republicans alike applauded the deal, saying it spared the nation the possibili- ty of seeing a former chief exec- utive face criminal charges...." a direct quote from wire reports. I find that to be a laughable statement and one of arrogance. If any common citizen were found to have committed perjury in a court of law, they would have to pay the price by spending time behind bars as well as paying legal fees to defend themselves. Clinton managed to walk away with another slap on the wrist in my opinion. It is very sad that Clinton's administration will be remem- bered for these things I've men- tioned. After all, he has accom- plished some good things during his terms as President. We should remember that Clinton is not the only president that has lied to the nation and he will not be the last one to do so. In today's society, it seems we accept and expect such things from our nation's leaders. HOPEFULLY, Bush will return truth, honor, integrity and family values to the highest office of this nation. I for one certainly hope so. My father told me when I was a child that a man leads by exam- ple. I have found this to be a true statement. Children follow the examples set by their parents, employees follow the examples set by their supervisors, and a nation follows the examples set by its leaders. There is no need to say anymore. Howeyer, this nation would be best served to followtheexamp!e of Washington and forget the examples set by the Clinton admation. We gladly welcome letters to the editor/ \\; Offer a solution... Praise someone,,, Share an idea.., Get it off your chest.., Tm HOCANSVmLE Hos Ng'ws is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester. Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $16in Troup, Heard or Meriwether Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Ca 30230. FOR SuONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Geoa 31816, P'r Send s changes to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, G.A 30230. STAFF Publi and Advertising Director ... ................................................................. Mike Hale A,ociate Publisher and Echmr ................................................................ John Kuykdall Associate Ftor ........................................................... . .................................... .Bryan Geter Assisumt Editar ........................................................................................... Rob Richardson Business Manager ....................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Staff" Writers ....................................................................... Michael C. Strider, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Man_%r ........................................................................ Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ................................................................................................  Camp Assistant Editor .......................................................................................... Rob Pdchardson Composing ..................................................... V lvery, Deborah Smith, huren King Legals ............................................................................................................ Jayr Goldston Rst and ifieds ...................................................................... ; ....... Cleta Young Production Manager .............................................................................................. Todd Laird Ptsmom ........................ : ........................................ David Boggs and Wayne Groci  Omens Prmident ............................................ : ...................................................... .Miilard B. Grimes Vice President ......................  ................................................................. Chartotm S. sm-j ............................................................................................... a.ma c,m Co PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIL HOME NEWS - JANUARY 25, 2001 ,  M Hog: Dog Frustrated by Bad Squirrel Chas0000i (Written in 1989) meral My dog Catfish, the black Labrador, has been trying unsuccessfully for some time to catch a squirrel in the back- yard, and I am concerned this failure eventually will lead him to a nervous breakdown, or even worse. I have a great number of trees in my backyard, and countless squirrels cavort among them. When Catfish is outside and spots a squirrel, he immediately dashes after it. I think the squirrels have taken to tantalizing him. They allow Catfish to get just beyond striking distance, and then they dash away and up a tree and look down at my frustrated dog and laugh at him. Catfish returns from squir- rel chasings with a pained, dis- appointe d look on his face. I think he has become obsessed with catching at least one squir- rel. I've tried to trick him into thinking he has caught one. I bought a stuffed squirrel and put it in the yard. Catfish spot- ted it and attacked. When it didn't run away, he became suspicious. He wasn't dealing with a bona fide squir- if to say, "Nice try, Dad, but if it's not the real thing, I'm not interested." Even if the frustration of coming up empty time and again doesn't make Catfish loony, there is also the problem of what happens when my dog is inside the house and sees a squirrel on the out- side. The back of my house is a series of glass doors, which remain closed most of the time. Catfish has not figured out the theory of glass. He sees a squir- rel outside and goes dashing for it and runs into the glass at approximately 65 mph. "You can't run through glass," I tell him after he has regained consciousness. He gives me that pained, disap- pointed look again, along with his flattened nose and crossed eyes. I'm torn here, as one might imagine. I want my dog to live a happy, healthy life and not become brain-damaged. Perhaps, I have thought, if he were to catch just one lousy squirrel, he would be free of his obsession. On the other hand, I don't want any harm to come to any of the squirrels who live in my Glass doors, on hand, are not a part of the ural order of things. I simply hope day Catfish crashes into another one in hot of a squirrel and suffers a: injury, he will somehow it was the door, not the his avowed enemy, who him. "Perhaps, I. have thought, if he were to catch just one lousy squirrel, he would be free of his obsession." them run around in the grass and straw looking for whatev- er it is squirrels look for. This experience - and dilemma -has taught me to have a great deal of appreciation for the order of nature. Dogs naturally chase squir- rels, but squirrels are natural- ly faster than dogs. They scam- per up trees to get away from BY SPECIAL WITH HIS WIDOW, DEDRA, El)( GRIZZARD, WHO GREW NEARBY MORELAND BECAMETH] GEORGIA WRITER OF HIS GRIZZARD BELONGF2D AMERICA BELONGED TO THIS GEORGIA, OF WHICH SOOFTEN OF 1-85 FROM NEWNAN HOGANSVIIJ IS HONOR. THE I2EWIS MUSEUM WAS MORELAND IN ING AND EDITING LAB DEDICATED TO HIS HIS BELOVED TAPES ARE STILL SALE THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 BOOK AND MUSIC tel here, and brought it into the backyard. They're cute little dogs, who have no earthly idea NATIONWIDE. house and laid if at my feet, as boogers, and I enjoy watching how to climb a tree. harlPa  Was It a Matter of Chance..or the 'Voice!0000 For fifteen years you've been hearing about the voice. At first it was hard to talk about it. Having come from a nursing background, and knowing what happens to people who claim to hear voices, I felt it was in my best interest to keep quiet about the voice. Only once have I ever an audible voice when s no human form to go with it and that was just last year. Trust me, that was most uncommon. But The Voice has become quite common. I suppose I feel more free- dom now to talk about it par- tiay because I wonder (even have suspicions) about the voice being accessible to all. Perhaps it is just a matter of listening. So, lets get on with the role the voice played in my activi- ties on Thursday, January 18. I bad been in Savannah all week with my sister who is quite . On my way back home I arrived in Macon with a need to find a convenient tinkle room, as in Hardees, Burger King or one of the many convenience stores that seem to be on more and more corners. Just about the time I decid- ed I could not possibly last another hour until I arrived at home, I glanced off to my left and saw a billboard advertising a Steak and Shake. Next exit. Turn Left. Then Left. The little voice said go there. r and No way, I said, you know I don't do lefts when I'm in a hurry and certainly not in 5:00 traffic. But the voice was firm. I got off at that exit and immediately saw three very convenient "pit stops" to my right, where it would be so easy to get back on 1-75. Again I argued. Silently. I never (almost never) talkback aloud to the voice. Nevertheless, I turned left and drove to the Steak and Shake. When I parked my car I sat there for a moment feeling a bit embarrassed about going into the restaurant just to tinkle. I was not hungry or thirsty. I went in and waited a few seconds to be seated. Several employees made eye contact with me but did not walk over to show me to a table. I made my decision and made a bee line to the back corner and into the restroom. MOMENTARILY, I was ready to dart back across the restaurant and make my exit. When I opened the bathroom door, I saw it. There perched on top of the pay phone in the cor- ner of the little alcove sat a purse. No one was near. I picked up the bag which was open and glanced inside. It had a HUGE roll of bills, as it money. I saw one credit card and other papers. What should I do? Go through it for identification and "Yet, how many ames a day do we. all blow such assign- ments? What would happen ff we all tuned into and obeyed the voic00 What voice?" try to contact the person or give it to the store manager? I spoke to the manager who just took the purse from me and said he'd put it in the safe. I protestetL Don't you want to look for an LD. and try to contact the owner? No, I'll just put it in the safe. That may be store policy, but I didn like it. I regretted hand- ing it over. I exited the store. As as I was in the car I cell phone to dial 911. I police about the purse the money that was in asked them to follow up. all, my little voice had sent to that particular rest inside jmllnve  restaurant, for iLL.son.  ' n't want to blow my as Yet, how many times a I do we all blow such asl 1 t, ments? What would hapI x; we all tuned into and obeye voice. What voice? Actually, I've done wondering about the ori (-'. the voice than you can  x.%', Angel whispers? Intui '', God. Thought waves that I - through or over us as the beamed out from unknown source, like light t[ prayer. SO, I was doing a bit of dering again as I drove Macon and headed on b Suddenly, a passage of scrit hit me like a bucket of / water. / It is found in John 10:2 1 It blew me away! / Hundred of times I] read that passage and I al " gave it some other, far t lofty, meaning. I never rea , it could apply to such mut u'F t life functions as choosing ... right place to tinkle.  & Can Jesus Be Separated from God? -Last Saturday I, along with probably several million other Americans, watched the Inaugural Day ceremonies for the forty-third President of the United States, George W. Bush. No matter where you stand on the outcome of the election, every American citizen should be proud at the way the trans- fer of power was carried out. A peaceful transfer of power is one of the greatest privileges of our land. Even now in the Philippines, there is a huge uproar in the power structure of that country. But no matter the great privilege of living in America, there are those who are ungrateful. Lining the streets of the parade route were demonstrators and protestors of seemingly infinite descrip- tion. Tha in itself is a privilege of living in America, but it seems to me that they tried to deliberately put a blemish on a great American freedom because of their disagreements with the election outcome. As disgruntling as the protests were to me, there was something else that caught my attention even more. Last Saturday evening as folks were calling a national news station, a lady from West Palm Beach, Florida called with her com- plaint. This dear lady did not complain specifically about the outcome of the election, she did not specifically complain about the nomination of former Senator John Ashcroft for Attorney General, nor did she complain specific, ally about any other popular disagreements. In fact, this lady is the only one I heard bring this particular subject up. When she called, her complaint was that she was offended at the frequent use of the name Jesus Christ. She specifically remarked about her objection to a gentleman's prayer that ended in the name of Jesus Christ and then for his appeal to all who agree to say amen. Then it came,, the state- ment that has stood out in my mind more than any other. She said she was a non-Christian, believed in God but because she did not accept Jesus, she was not a heathen (obviously a rou paraphrase). I want to for just a moment examine the question, "Can we separate Jesus from God?" Is it a legitimate conclusion to draw that one can separate God the Father from God the Son? Obviously it is impossible for finite human beings to try and completely dissect and come to a clear understanding of God. To relate what one has already said about the subject, "If human beings could complete- ly explain God, He wouldn't be much of a God." We can't explain God nor can we completely explain the concept of God the Father, God the SOn and Godthe Holy Spirit. However, what we can do is look to the Scripture and see what God has about himself to us, as it relates today. Just two verses gospel of John will answer our question. John says, "I and my Father are! Another verse found in 5:23 says, 'That all honour the Son, even as honour the Father. He oureth not the Son not the Father him." can plainly see that the and the Son cannot be ed. One cannot truly the Father the honor without giving the Son the] due him. Not trying to lady from Florida, ing to enlighten her as others who may feel the In closing may I say where one stands stemming from may we give our new every consideration the Scriptures in him. As the already so eloquently "God Bless America."