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OPINION < . PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - MARCH 9, 2000 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS A Cimes Publicaticn Minard B. Gdnm, President USPS 62O-O4O Mlr HALE PUBLISHER]ADVERTISING D IRFX.'FOR JOHN KALL ASSOCIATE PUBLISDrlDR BRYAN GETER ASSOCIATE EDrrOR JAYNE GOLOSaN BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 R O, Box 426 Hoganmrille, Georgia 30230 'Farmer Geter's Gardening Tips' The first thing we think about when the weather begans to warm up is planting a garden. Sometimes we get the "Spring Fever" too early, go ahead and plant a garden. We are proud gardeners as we watch the beans, peas, corn and okra peep through the dirt. Then the cold weather or even the snow cut down the young tender plants and we catch ourselves planting again in mid- May. But it is time to plant some vegetables now such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cau- liflower, celery, collards, English peas, green onions, kale, kohlra- bi, lettuce (leafy types), mustard, parsley, potatoes, radishes, turnips, endive-escarole and Chinese cabbage. ' Cool-season herbs can be planted now such as chives, dill, garlic, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme, chervil and coriander. WHETHER WE label our- selves as a big time farmer, plant- ing acres and acres of crops, or if we plant a large garden or even a small one, most of us became a farmer of some type. We get in the flower bed, the patio planter 0rathe apartment window box and plant a few "Big Boys" tomatoes, enough to sup- ply all the neighborhood. Tomatoes like a sunny spot with well-drained, loamy soil that's evenly moist, but not water- logged. They grow best when it is 70-80 degrees. Each plant care fully care for can produce 10-15 lbs. of fruit. Need to clear your sinuses? Take a little bite of fresh horse- radish, which is easily grown in Georgia's fertile, well-drained soils. The white, carrot-like root is the only part of the plant we eat since the leaves contain a slightly poisonous compound. Plant the roots in late winter or early spring and harvest them in late fall. Eggplants need warm to hot weather to produce well, while lettuce is a cool-season vegetable which develops best quality in cool, moist conditions. Temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees are ideal for lettuce. We also plant some pepper plants, the hot kind, which makes the best hot pepper sauce for the turnips we planted along the -fence row. The mild peppers include bell, banana, pimiento and sweet cherry while the hot include the cayenne, celestial, large cherry and Tabasco. Plant peppers in full sun in well- drained, loose soft with moder- ate organic matter. Not only does Idaho grow potatoes well, but Georgia does also. Plant potatoes between February 15 and April 20. They perfer cool spring weather and like to stay moist throughout the growing season. ONE OFMY favorite veg- etable is corn. The other is but- terpeas. I love yellow field corn but there is nothing wrong with white field corn either. My daddy's favorite corn was the "Silver Queen" sweet corn. He would plant five acres every Gloomy! 30% Chance of Well, now, if you wanted a gloomy day, and chose this day, you hit the nail on the head. You can sit in your easy chair and gaze out at the cold ground and see the dead cherry blossoms, the little plants just coming through, the dead limbs of the fig trees. You can see all this, and more, unless you decide to take a good long nap, which is, per- haps the best idea - but, no, the plants will return. The grass will grow and the sun will shine. A lot of people had it worse than we did. Think of frozen and bursted pipes. One of the saddest sights known to man is a pipe shooting water on your best sofa. It takes are forgiven. It has come to a pretty peck of peas when the highlight of the day is the weather report. It usu- ally starts in Canada and north Alaska and ends up with the warm winds of the Gulf, which by now are in the low teens. I am sure they have a crew hired especially for the purpose of tak- ing as long as possible to inform you how cold it will be in LaGrange or Atlanta and even then admit to a 30% chance of error. The next time a doctor says there is a 30% chance, I plan to tell him to take his 30% and shove it. While speaking of doctors, it "The sun will shine again and the birds will sing -just you wait and see." i and insurance. A common ques- tion is, "Who is your doctor?" a real Christian not to say a few brings to mind insurance. Now, Now, a more common one is"Who well selected words! My heart it is not the doctor's fault - some is your C.P.A?" It takes a sharp goes out to those who witnessed things are, but not this. The fault C.EA. to keep up with your insur- such a sight and I feel sure they hangs on the door of Medicare ante. It's just like a gloomy day Roosevelt No Civil Rights year and no one in 20 miles of White Sulphur Springs did with- out sweet corn. It is easy to grow. Sweet corn lovers want their sweet corn sweet. Sugars in reg- ular varieties are quickly con- verted to starches after peak maturity and harvest. Normal sweet corn loses one-half of its sugars when held at 80 degrees for 24 hours. The peak maturi- ty usually comes and goes in two or three days. Franklin Roosevelt had not been and would not be working for civil rights in the South. Four years later he made a little speech to a group of black newspaper publishers. The "colored popu- lation" didn't just stand silent; it "showed no enthusiasm," he emphasized, with an exaggerat- ed palms-down gesture. With white journalists, he expressed similar views. At a dinner with members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1938, he was asked if he saw a "growth of racial intol- erance." His reply, if publicized, would have put him in the pogres- sive ranks of Georgia, but it also demonstrated his understanding of the problem, his empathy, almost with the racist voters. "I should say less than there was 10 or 20 years ago," he said. "You and I...remember the days of Tom Watson,in.-)Cttn talking abou the average in.the days of Tom Watson - had no high school and, as far as grade school was concerned, they had an aver- age school year of three or four months. That was the condition. They did not read the daffy paper. They did not read a magazine. They were getting the lowest form of pay in the entire nation, AFTER WE have worked hard and long in our garden or "patch", we still have a problem, don't we? Who's stealing our 'taters' or munching on the corn or just plain taking okra stalks and all? Well, this time, it is our four- legged friends from the woods. Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Deer, Mr. Raccoon, Mr. Groundhog or that stinking skunk. Yes. Mr. Skunk: Rabbits enjoy carrots, peas, beans, lettuce, beets and straw- berries. They like to feed in early morning and late afternoon. A one-inch-mesh wire fence, two feet tall with a six inch flange turned outward and another six inches buried is one way to keep him away. Another way is to train "Rover" to patrol the garden and use repellants such as black pep- per, chili powder, blood meal, rot- ten eggs and hot pepper sauce a the plants. Raccoons like sweet corn but will visit the watermelon patch as well. They invade at night. An electric fence can be used but power the fence with six or twelve-volt car battery to pre- vent fatal injuries. Put one strand six inches above the ground and one 12 inches. Use fiberglass posts since the 'coon can climb wooden ones. He has been known to scale the nearest tree and sky- dive into the corn patch. Deer is a strict vegetarian and will eat anything you grow.They usually love to eat at dawn or dusk as many of you already know. An electric fence is the best weapon to use against "Bambi". Place the fence 2.5 feet above the ground. Place strips of masking tape smeared with peanut butter at three foot inter- vals on the fence. Cover the bait with flaps of aluminum foil to make it more noticeable. Most other remedies for deer are ineffective once the deer get used to them. The deer can jump as high as 10 feet while the groundhog can dig as deep as 18 inches. Experts say our furry friends consume as much as 20 percent of home garden produce. Gardeners have tried every- thing from soap, dog hair to chain-link fences and fire arms to discourage garden break-ins. Good luck gardening this year and remember the skunk can have anything he wants out of my garden! and they were therefore com- pletely susceptible to the dema- gogues. "And in Georgia, we have had demagogues, as we all know. You still have demagogues in Georgia. It is only two or three years since Gene Talmadge was governor. He was the red-galluses demagogue. They have had a lot of dema- gogues in South Carolina. They had old Ben Tillman and they had some since. They have had them in Alabama and a lot of them in Mississippi. They swept the state, Vardaman and all those people. The South, because it is still edu- cationally far behind the rest of the nation, is peculiarly suscep- tibleto the demagogue. Fair? Fair statement?" Soheacceptedracial demagoguery and worked with the product. He hated the sin but not the sinner. THROUGHOUT. HIS" first two terms, not only had Roosevelt refused to work for voting-rights legislation, he had even refused to work for anti-lynching legisla- tion. He said publicly that he was against lynching and for anti- lynch legislation as principle, but wasn't sure if it was constitution- al. In private, he supported efforts for such a bill, but only in iii "The South, be- cause it is still educa- tionally far behind the rest of the nation, is peculiarly susceptible to the demagogue." private. When Walter White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked him to support tli'legisla- tion in 1934, he refusedsaying he needed the help of southern committee chairmen in congress to pass his New Deal reforms. "I did not choose the tools with [which] I must work," he told White. "If I come out for the anti- lynch bill now, [the southerners] will block every bill I ask Congress to pass to keep America - you must face thing it didn't the phone. The people she didn't find out if between times, would call to You never miss you don't until it won't ring. This news is mixed in amon reports was wife is always lucky for me, so hollered for middle of the last she left to report. So, don't be sad Monday. The and the birds wait and see. from collapsing. 1; that risk." needed them for( sures.) with White, asked Roosevelt if J her crusadin islation. "Do you what I think?" certainly not," he can say always say, 'Well, I can't do anything! She took him at ic of in private as well i Once when plained about the polio patients to the President: have a cottage. answer?" Missy saying the to put anything would tell White the National support separate where. (Next week: School) Reasons Georgians Die Arecent studyofthelife spans of men and women showed that Georgia is near the bottom in a ranking of states.' Hawaii and Minnesota were the states where people live the longest. Hawaii, of course, fea- tures a warm tropical climate where people sit around drinking various exotic concoctions made with pineapple juice and watch lovely young girls in grass skirts move their sensuous bodies to ukulele music. The only drawback to living a long time in Hawaii is you get very old and your eyesight even- tually goes, so you dan no longer see the young girls move their bodies, but you still have to put up with all the ukele music. As to Minnesota, nobody real- ly lives a long time there. It,s so cold it just seems like it. Being a Georgian, I naturally was concerned upon discovering I can't expect to live as long as people from other states. Georgia is a marvelously diverse state, with mountains and seashores and charming small towns and, of course, bustling exciting Atlanta. So what makes us die earlier than other Americans? I put some thought to this question and came up with the following: ATLANTA TRAFFIC: Other cities have traffic jams; Atlanta Dear Editor. i build afire and light this world up for Jesus. Will you help me pray for revival?We're praying for you. God Bless. This great nation has a need. That need is not poetics; drugs or guns. The need is Jesus. We need to humble ourselves and turn back to the Lord. God's peo- ple need to stand up and be counted. If there is not a change in us, then we cannot expect this nation to change. Christians, if you are not doing it already, take the bushel off your light and let your light'shine for Jesus. This nation has been in darkness for too long. Christians, we need to R. E. Smith IN) Box 533 Grantville GA 30220 has traffic wars. General Sherman burned this city. The highway department is disman- fling it, piece by piece. Thereis so much highway con- struction in Atlanta, motorist have to wear hard hats. Rather than face another day in Atlanta traf- fic, a lot of people simply die to avoid it. GNATS: Gnats, tiny bugs, are the cause of a number of deaths in south Georgia each year. Some of these deaths have been attrib- uted to swallowing a large num- ber of gnats while talking or eat- ing. Some also think the reason a lot of south Georgians disappear and never are heard from again is they are carried off by giant swarms of gnats and drowned in the Okefenokee Swamp. KUDZU: Nothing grows faster than a kudzu vine. It has been known to cover entire homes in Georgia while the families are asleep for the night. They are then trapped inside and can't get to a convenience store, so they starve. Those who try to eat their way out of kudzu quickly have their innards entangled in the vine, because no matter how much you chew it, the blamed stu.ff just keeps on growing. THE FALCONS: The Falcons lost a game to the Chicago Bears, 36-0, and the Falcons' coach blamed it on poor officiating. The Falcons have been big losers most every year they've been in Atlanta. A man fell out of the sta- dium during a Falcons game once and was killed. I think he jumped after another Falcons holding penalty. LIVING IN BUCKHEAD: Buckhead is a tiny section of Atlanta, similar to those in other wearing tight, chokint trampled by a polo] The what time of, die. It's is in session. ii I "Other cities have traffic jams; Atlanta has traffic wars." large metropolitan areas, where about eleven million white peo- ple under the age of thirty-five live. Each evening, all eleven mil- lion get into their Mercedeses and go to trendy Buckhead bars and talk to one another. Here is what a Buckhead bar conversation usu- ally sounds like: "I was like, 'Wow!', and he was like, 'Really?" These people might die from By special his widow, Dedra, is carrying selected, late Lewis in nearb) of his time. Grizzard America but he belonged to this area which he wrote so ( a portion Hogansville is The Lewis Grizzard. established in and a and being his beloved Grizzard's books! still available Boot Productions, and THE HOGANSVmLE HOME NEWS is published weekly b Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Hi Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $16 in Meriwether Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include,all sales taxes, postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 302.30. FOR SUaarIONS call (706) Publications, R O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. : Send address changes to E O. STAFF Publisher and Advertising Director Associate Publisher and Editor ................................................................. John Associate Editor ...... Business Manager Staff Writers ......................... Deborah Smith. Caroline Yeager, Advertising Sales Photography .............................................................................................. 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