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2---HOGANSVILLE HERALDmTHURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1999 [ ii FROM WHERE I SIT The Social Security Dilemma Recently, at the Town Hall meeting conducted by U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, Social Security reform was a topic of major interest to those in attendance. The problems the system faces in the future were very adequately addressed by the Third District Con- gressman. Collins said during his talk that the system must be secured for current and future retirees. "There is no Social Security crisis today, but the train wreck could be coming," he said. "By 2012 the program will start paying out more benefits each year than it receives in revenues, and by 2032 the Trust Fund will be exhausted." Collins says the reasons for the future problem can be attributed to four things. (1) We are getting older. (2) We are living longer. (3) We are spending more years in retirement. (4) Smaller birth rates and fewer people in the workforce to support the sys- tem. He wen on to say that in 1950 there were 16 workers for each person on the program; today there are 3.3 workers per beneficiary and by 2030 there will be only two. According to Collins, the options for reform are to raise taxes, cut benefits or change the system in a way that causes stronger growth in the existing revenue pool. "Raising taxes or cutting benefits wonl work," he said. Therefore, the third alternative is the route that must be taken. Collins said at the meeting that invested Social Security funds were averaging 6-7 percent interest. There are those, including Pres. Bill Clinton, who have proposed that the money be invested in the stock market. Frankly, I don't know enough about the security of funds invested in the stock market to know if this idea is good or bad. My guess is that Congress will seriously debate the upcoming Social Secunty dilemma this year, but will probably not do any major surgery on the pro- gram. All of us know that Social Security is a very political issue, and the two parties will use any threats of change to better themselves with the voters. Collins hit the nail on the head when he said, Woo many politicians use this issue in an effort to better position themselves with the voters, orto bring harm to an opponent. Until we trust each other, nothing will happen." Under the present Social Security System, most of us will pay, or have paid, into the system far more than we will ever draw out. About the only way to get more out than we put in is to be forced on disability at a fairly young age, and certainly none of us want that. If a private company were running the Social Security program, or we had been allowed to take those monies deducted from our checks and matched with employer dollars years ago, and chose our own retirement options, we would be much better off when retirement comes. Neal Boortz, a talk show host on an Atlanta radio station, wrote about a situation in Southeast Texas in his book "The Terrible Truth About Liberals" that very well makes the point I am addressing. A little over 15 years ago the federal government allowed some local governments around the country to pull their employees out of the Social Security system. Galveston County, Texas seized this oppor- tunity, as well as two other Texas counties. They continued to require employees to pay the same amount into a retirement/disability plan as Social Security deductions and they matched the pay- ments as your employer does. Galveston County employees voted to get out of the SS system in 1981. Each employee's total con- tribution to the new retirement system was 13.78 percent. 9.737 percent was paid into employees' private retirement accounts that returned 6.5 per- cent interest, compounded daily. The balance was used to pay for disability and life insurance. Let me give you an example of an employee there earning around $20,000 per year. At retirement SS benefits to this person would be by today,s stan- dards $775.00 per month. U,dur the Galveston County alternate plan he will draw $2,740.00 per month. There is more. Under SS there is a one time death benefit to survivors of a whopping $255.00. Under the Galveston plan this workers survivors would receive $60,000. Need I say more? Question. Why haven't more governments bailed out of SS as Galveston County did? Answer. Be- cause they can't. In 1983 liberals in Congress passed a law saying that nobody else could escape. There are several SS privatization plans being discussed in Congress right now, and as I said, Congress has been given the idea by Pres. Clinton to invest SS funds in the stock market. Boortz feels that this plan might be tantamount to partial govern- ment ownership of private business. If you think about it, he could be right. Seems to me privatization of some sort is the answer to the Social Security dilemma. Organ And Tissue Donors Needed Dear Editor: There's an urgent need for organ and tissue donation in America. In fact, more than 60,000 Americans, including more than 850 Georgians, are waiting for organ transplants, while thousands more wait for tissue transplants. Public opinion tells us that the majority of Americans are aware of donation needs, yet only a small per- centage of available organs and tis- sue are ever donated. With so many people aware of donation, why aren't there enough organs and tissue avail- able for transplantation? The answer is simple. Because people lack a clear understanding about the need, and family members are unaware of their loved one's wishes to donate. With- out family approval, nothing can be done to fulfill those wishes. You can make a donor difference. Organ and tissue donation will help save lives. If you need additional informa- tion about this program, call 1-800- 355-SHARE. Thank you for your consideration of this very important campaign. Kindest regards, Holly Miller The Georgia Coalition on Donation Dear Editor:. This letter appeared in the Arkan- sas Denugratic Gazette and was for- warded to my husband on the Inter- net. Please publish it in your next newspaper, as I think it is an out- standing example of the wisdom of young people. Sincerely, Donna Knowles Manchester To the Editor: I am 16 years old. Though I am not old enough to vote, I am writing this on behalf of my generation. The re- cent speech by the President and the reaction of our nation to it gives me reason to write this letter in hope that tho who read it will be challenged tO look closely at the condition of our nation. In the President's speech he admitted to having arelationship with Monica Lewinsky , that was "im- proper" and "wrong". Then he said that it was time to move on. Many people have said that the President's private affairs are his own business and people should not pry. Others have said that the President's private affairs do not effect the job he does. The President himself touched lightly upon the supposed injustice of prying into his personal life in his speech. Character Matters Hugo Grotius once said that a man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city, he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family, he can- not govern a family unless he can govern himself, and he cannot gov- ern himself unless his passions are subject to reason. The President is accountable to the people. We must know whether he can control himself or not. If the President cannot control himself he certainly is not capable of governing a nation. Yet we sit in our selfishness and refuse to look at the truth because it does not feel good We look at the nation and see a boom- ing economy. We look around and see prosperity and say, "Why should we mess this up?" And yes, Mr. Clinton has helped with these things. But there are better things than finan- cial security, and there are worse things than poverty. We gave the control to a man who can make us feel good but cannot control himself. I would like to call your attention to a recent interna- tional affair where Pakistan and India were developing nuclear weapons. The President offered a deal to Paki- stan saying that if they would stop developing nuclear weapons the United States would protect them in the case of an attack. The Pakistani i Hogansville Herald P.O. Box 426 Hogansvilte, CA. 30230 Phone: (706) 637-8122 or (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 Member Georgia Press Association-National Newspaper Association "Colkgr,'ss shall make ,o law r,'st,ectin: a, estal,lihm,.,t ,[ rcli.gi, m. ,, i,,,hil,iti,g tit; freeci." thereof, or al,ri, l.gi,. the fr,'edom ,,]: Sl','ch. ,," of th,' I,','ss. or tit," r(ght ,,/flu' in.opleeaceal,hl h, ass,'mt,l,', mrd h, iwtiti, m tit,, Clvt'rnnwnt fi. a t'aatt'css of grit'vmwes." Your right to ad this n%wspaper =s protected by the First Amendment o! the UnlStates Constitution minister of foreign affairs said that he did not believe that the President (Clinton) would follow through on his prom ise. This was because he saw the character of our President and realized he could not be trusted. This endangered the lives of the citizens of Pakistan and India, more than 900 million people. Although war has not broken out, we must heed the warn- ing: the character of the President affects the entire world The Ameri- can people have chosen to become selfish, and my generation -- your children -- are growing up seeing the highest authority in America, a man who cannot control himself. Why should I put others first when the President himself will not even put his duty to his wife or his nation before his sexual desires? I'm asking you, the generation that holds the voting power, to think of your children and the future of the world. If we cannot trust our Presi- dent to fulfill his marriage vows, can we trust him to do what he has prom- ised us? And if we cannot trust the man our parents elect, can we trust our parents? You owe it to the world, you owe it to God, and you owe it to your children to consider this. Christopher Vincent The Hogansville Herald (USPS 642-040) is published weekly for $15.90 per year in- county, $23.63 per year in state and $30.00 per year out-of-state. Published by Trib Publications, Inc., 3051 Roosevelt High- way, Mancrester, GA 31816.Penodicals postage paid at Hogansvte, CA, POST- MASTER: Send address changes to: The Hogansville Herald, P.O Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. Our Goal The Hogensvllla Herald is pubtished proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and surrounding areas by Trib Publications, Inc., Manchester, GA Ot,r goal is to produce quality, profitable, community- oriented newspapers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard week, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. Bob Tribble Frances Tribble President Secretary Our Staff Mike Hale, General Manager J. Dan Stout, Editor Dorothy Brown. Bookkeeper Cleta Young. Receptionist Valioda Ivery, Composition Melissa Pierce, Composition David Boggs Our Policies Signed letters to the editor welcomed. Please limit to 300 words and include address and phone number. Liability for an error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. We cannot be responsible for return of pictures or material unless stamped, return addressed envelope is included. ii LIBRARY NEWS By Jane Cheatham Gottshall, Branch Manager l Hogansville Library News = a p in S, Leo The Magnificat - A True Stor00;: Our Youth Librarian, Yvonne Bledsoe,read cat stories to Ms. Dukes' first grade extension classes on Janu- ary 19. Leo the Magnificat by Ann M. Martin is based on the life of the real Leo who lived in a church in Louis- ville, Kentucky. Some of the inci- dents and all of the characters in the story are made up but Leo was quite real and every bit as beloved to the people who knew him as he was to the characters in this story. Leo wan- dered into a church garden and made the church his home for twelve years. He joined in at choir practice, at- tended every covered-dish dinner and on Sundays, he took his favorite seat in the front pew. This story is beauti- fully told. The illustrations, by Emily Arnold McCully, are as luminous as an impressionist artist's are. This story touches the heart of anyone who has ever loved a pet. Do you like cats? by Joanne Oppenheim uses simple rhyming test and illustrations by Carol Newsom to present different kinds of cats and their behavior. This book provides lots of good facts about cats but has a surprise ending. This is a Level I book for Pre-K and first grade from the Bank Street Ready-to-Read Se- ries. Level 1 books are perfect for reading aloud with children who are getting ready to read Or just starting to read words orphrases. These books feature large type, repetition, and simple sentences. This is just one of the many "EASY Reader" series we have available to help parents with improving their children's reading The poignant tale entitled Bimmi Finds a Cat by Elisabeth J. Stewart is a roller coaster of feelings. Bimmi's worry about his missing cat, Crabmeat, is turned to grief at Crabmeat's death, then his delight at finding a lost cat, he calls Kitty- Louise, turns into fear that he'd have to give her up to her owner, Mrs. Finch. The story ends in happiness as Mrs. Finch asks him to come and play with her Patty Cake, so they can share the eat. The illustrations by James E. Ransome use bright primary colors to portray the gamut of emotions ex- perienced by Bimmi. Ms. Bledsoe read and dramatized, using stuffed cats, the classic poem "Three Little Kittens" by Eliza lee Follen from the book Best Loved Nursery Rhymes and Songs includ- ing Mother Goose Selections, edited by Augusta Baker. The kittens and their lost mittens is just one of the many wonderful poems in this col- lection published by Parents'Maga- zine which includes a helpful guide !o parents. We invite children aged three to five to "Pre-Schooi Storytime" every Thursday at 10:00a.m. Our next story time is on February 4. We can now supply all of your tax form needs. We have reproducible federal tax forms and Internet access, so we can make copies of any forms that we do net have in stock for 20 cents per page. Additions to our adult collection include: FICTION In Danger's Path by W.E.B. pl.oy fro. ace The Midnight Hour by K was Robards. nt el NON-FICTION Mic How to Have a Meaningful]gas lationship With Your Comp4. scl by Sandy Berger. ung i The Complete Idiot's Gui.._ ed the Internet by Peter Kent. ifon -- ---JWtt No More Butterflies: Overcr ing Stagefright by Peter Desbet. )m C The Fit Body: Building End_, El ance. sUL, g Ginko: A Practical Guide, Georges Halpem. !erg The Sinus Handbook: A slcurit: Help, Guide by Muriel [ MaeFarlane. Conquer Your Cravings iMrs Suzanne Giesemann. erly St. John's Wort: Nature's Beh Buster by Hyla Cass. r9 i The Sciatica Relief HandM The by Chet Cunningham. !11 a.i The Truth About Herpeslesi Stephen L. Sacks. in (3 Circumcision, the Hid( Re Trauma by Ronald Goldman. Mrs Backyard Meat Productioe 19C Anita Evangelista. uh The Good Housekeeping Il I  trated Microwave Cookbook. a lie The Woodworker's Guidl k ha Furniture Design by Garth Gra. g I The Black Sheep by Brueo[ I )is Gamble. /, a,a BIOGRAPHY tr, fr :- A Monk Swimming: A Men etho( by Malachy McCourt. VIDEO skills. Olivia by V.C. Andrews. The Swan Princess Eli , Jam [ B yD; Jimmy RI. BrUown ,. P asto r, H1ig h 1 aU2Ba ptisth]'urc h ii ralThep.. apel d , Don't Wait For The Truck and mt to ificiat .'ill Ce t let- I,,_,.. is.00fi A frog got caught in a deep rut, so the fable goes. In spite of the help of his friends, he could not get out. They finally left him there in despair. The next day one of his friends saw him hopping outside the rut as chipper as could be. "What are you doing here?" the friend asked. "I thought you couldn't get out." "I couldn't," the frog replied, "but a truck came along and I had to get out." Some of us are living beneath our capabilities. Because we cannot do great things, we are inclined anything. Every Christian has at one gift or capacity with which can glorify God. Whatever it is. should use it with all his heart. Come on. get out of the rut. wait for the truck. 22in .S. GRANTVILLE-LONE OAK ST. MARKS NEWS By Janie Ellis r John ist Church, St. Marks invites evd,, _ I one to their Children & Youth l)a,," p,:, Su.day, Janu=y at guest speaker, Ms. Bridgett H-IIo away, a member of the Zio; Missionary Baptist Chu- Luthersville where the Rev. Sg Driver is the pastor. The publi(d'' cordially invited. )33--i A retirement--p-'g'gmgram for the hn TI "Shall claim of death cause us to grieve and make our courage faint or fall? Nay, let us faith and hope re- ceive; th.e rose still grows beyond the waliff Our belated sympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Canine "S lie" Pace of Grantville in her death. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Ms. Cathy Lee Parham of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Greenville, in her death. We're sorry to report that Mr. Tho- mas Hines, Sr. of GrantviUe is a pa- tient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Remember Mr. Hines in your prayers. Happy anniversary wishes to out to Mr. and Mrs. Reagan (LaTayna Vanni) Ellison who celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary on Wednes- day, January 27. We wish them many, many motet Please remember our sick and shut- ins in our dail] prayers, telephone calls, cards and ,isits: Mrs. Lola Kate (Ma Kate) Clements, Mr. William Colton, Mr. Tony Colton, MS. Car- olyn Dean, Mr. Leroy Rosser, Mr. Obie Williams, Jr., and Mrs. Rosa Ellis. Birthday greetings go out to: Mrs. Marcia T. Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy (Deborah) Blalock, in memory of MS. Annette Bohannon, Mrs. Jannette H. Gilliam, Mr. Donald Daniel, Due,in Deon Godfrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (Arenita) Godfrey, Ms. Keisha Godfrey, niece of Ms. Laura H. Woods, Mrs. Arenita Godfrey, Ms. Vinnie Beatrice Grady, Mr. Mac ArthurHamilton, Mr. Bobby Hardy, Amanda and April Heard, granddaughters of Mr. and Mrs. Ru- fus (Mandy) Heard, Sr., Ms. Linda C. Hines, Mr. Allen Jackson, Scotty Owens, Euell M. Parks, Kendrick Parks, Mr. Claudell Phillips, Mr. Johnny Pinson, Mr. Barry Rutledge, Mr. Wylie Sewell, Mrs. Josephine Tenney, Mr. Billy Ward, Mr. Scotty Render, Mr. Anderson Portress, in memory of Mr. Harrison Ward, Jr., Mr. Gene L. Freeman and Chaka Wheelous, daughter of Ms. Melissa Wheelous. We're happy to report that Mr. Horace Hardaway of Hogansville is home from the hospital and doing fine. A Smorgasbord of Prayer for Hu- man Rights will be held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, GrantviUe on Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. The Links Incorporated invites everyone to attend. The White Plains United Method- male Nightingales of Hogansville he held on Sunday, January 31 at2 F p.m. at ML Zion Baptist Chult uric Corinth, where Rev. J.C. Stricld0zier is the pastor. Sponsor is the Familturda Female Nightingales. ,,E There will be a benefit prolpict for Mrs. Dorothy Tigner Clement08rim Greenville February 6 at 6:30 p.d, Mr. the New Solomon Grove Bal chi Church, Pine Mountain. We are unty ing all groups, choirs and soloistsF, an an A & B selection. So come on ( At and help make this program a pthlel case. 1 Bethlehem Baptist Church, Marks invites everyone to their re tar frith Sunday worship service Ja ary 31 at 12 noon with Rev. Lt Stanley bringing the message. 11 Clifford Black is the pastor. Seed for Thought: Remember,. terday, dream of tomorrow, but for today. i. He ton= dtion nyc Hiss , ]make IRST APTIST APPENINGS , ha., WRITTEN FOR LAST WEEK Mr. and Mrs. Tony Maxwell. Sarah and Kendra Palmer and Ryan Whitmire visited with Tony's grand- mother, Ruth CagleofFt. Oglethorpe Sunday. WRITTEN FOR THIS WEEK Deacon of the Week: Wayne Neighbors. Congratulations to the Homer Wil- son Sunday School Class on having 100% perfect attendance on Sunday. Sunday, January 24th was Baptist Men's Day at our church. Our interim pastor, Rev. Thurman Henderson preached for us both services. The choir was filled by all men both ser- vices. Their Sunday morning special music was, "Tell It To Jesus'. Rev. Henderson's morning sermon was entitled, "Be Determined In Our Dis- cipleship" from Acts 13:42-52. As you way, remember'. Andy Walker, Lueille Friend, Ruby Ted, Louise Wilson, Mike Thomas, Winifred Green, Dana Arrington, Mable Hall, Gladys Partridge, Jes. sica Prophitt, Luann Hendrix., Mac Foster, Bill Lambert, Betty Chaffin, Tammy Berry, Avis Hammond, Pan- line Powers, Doris Swanson, Clyde Burke, Ricky Duncan, Robert KiUreli, Andy Dopp, Minnie Crozier, Freddie Arrington, Bob Tiilman, George Wingo, Tammy Brown,C.E. Steven- son, Don Swanson, Ella Mac Pit`man, Dot Lankford and Keith Brown. Our Christian sympathy is ex- tended to the familyofMike Birdsong at his recent death. l Congratulations to Ellen and Davis on the birth of a new grand Joel Weston Burke, who was t January 12. 1999 to James and gela Burke, weighting 9 pounds ounces. He has a'big sister" Julia they live in Denver, Colorado. The fifth Sunday night song vice will be at our church Jan= 31st at 7:00 p.m. Due to the fact the Atlanta Falcons are in the S Bowl that same night, the ch wide fellowship afterwaurds has b cancelled. This is sponsored by Hogansville Ministerial Associ is community-wide. We invite you to come and ship wilh us if you don't havea ch '''m home.