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Op" " Id lnlons eas PAGE 4A- HOGANSVILLE - THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD VsPs o.o4o ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYr, ENDULL Kn MITCHELL ]BLISHEIJEDITOR Busnzss MAGER ANDY KOBER Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCLTE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-rnemury.com ANGELA BUOWN P.O. Box 426 IOUT F, DrroR Manchester, GA 31816 Political Career Not My Thing! Last week qualifying ended for our state and local elections and there are a large number of candidates seek- ing a seat and I'm really glad I'm not one of them for sev- eral reasons. I can't understand for the life of me why anyone would want to seek political office. It is a thankless job, in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't seek a high public office. In order to gain a high pub- lic office a person must do that which is necessary to gain the attention of those who would make it possible, This may be accom- plished through obtaining favor from enablers by way of voluntary personal contri- bution and support to them, or taking employment offered from these entities, that implies quid pro quo from them - or - by appealing to voters in running for lower level public office along the way. I would think that the rea- son for most to seek political office, especially a high pub- lic office, is driven by a desire to have a degree of influence in enabling changes they desire to made in govern- ment or their conirnunities. What may start out to be an idealistic endeavor usual- ly results in one where moral and ideological beliefs become compromised. Those who help one to achieve higher public office usually are looking for some- thing in return. Whether it is an elected officeholder or one seeking office, they both require funds to support their respective campaigns. The position on issues that the office seeker actually takes in order to gain the approval of a majority of the voters may not always con- form to that which is person- ally desired or even that desired by the financial sup- porter. Thus the pressures involved cause the office seeker to often compromise the true positions initially held. Too often, the students of political science become aware that to gain the respec- tive positions sought requires they accept the precept that 'he end justifies the means". Those compromises in moral and ideological posi- tions are required and the need for financial support from those seeking govern- ment favors is of primary importance. SEEKING POLITICAL office can be difficult, expen- sive and disruptive. Mtdtimillionaires like New Jersey Senator Jon Corzine and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made hundreds of millions of dol- lars in business, but then will ingly spent tens of millions to get elected to jobs that pay little, require a lot of work, entail a lot of personal abuse and accomplish relatively lit- fie. SO, WHAT'S the attrac- tion? Fame, certainly. But there is more. And once in office, why do they do almost anything to stay there, even divorcing their wives. The answer is that gov- erning in a democratic sys- tem is the most difficult job there is. Very complex, a real test of a person's competence and intelligence. From the intense competition in politics, and the numbers of very wealthy individuals who are attract ed to it, it would be Saf to say that it is easier to make a hun- dred million dollars than it is to get elected president. Those in office and that is the people whom they serve often forget what is most important. It is the people that their alliance should be with, not campaign contributors; not big corporations; special interest groups, etc. It is best that those hold- ing office become good lis- teners and hear what the peo- ple have to say. Once a candidate was soliciting votes among a group of local bus passengers and he sat down beside an old man who looked down on his luck. The candidate began telling the man about his plans should he be elected. Among those plans was how he would improve the public bus sys- tem and train service. All of a sudden the old man became interested in what the candidate was saying and told him how he had been an engi- neer on the Pennsylvania Railroad and had once driv- en a train bringing President Roosevelt from Washington to New York and gave him full details. He then gave him ideas to improve the system. Some people just want to complain to candidates. But the candidate should still lis- ten and see what they have to say. The reasons above and others are why I would not seek a high political office, but if I did, serving the peo- ple would be my top priority. Tm HO6ANSVn,LE 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 HogansviUe 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 hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwe'r Counties; $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at HogansviHe, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FoR SOCSCaII, nONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. F0ttUSTER: Send address changes to E O. Box 426, Manchester, GA31816. We Need More Judges Like Roy Moore Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has joined the gay marriage debate with his desire for a state led consti- tutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. Moore is known on the national level for his efforts to continue display- ing the Ten Commandments in a judicial building. "rhe moral foundation of our country is under attack" Chief Justice Moore said recently in an interview. He has mailed letters to all fifty governors urging them to get their legislators to call for a covenant to add an amend- ment to the U.S. Constitution saying the only union recog- nized by state and federal governments is "the union of one man and one woman." He said that the only, way to stop judges who are finding new rights for gay unions is with a state initiated constitution- al amendment. SEVENTEEN states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. None is in the south where every state has enacted a ban on same sex marriage. In Virginia a fed- eral judge heard arguments recently challenging the state's ban. An openly gay state leg- islator in Alabama who mar- ried her partner in Massachusetts said she expects most governors will toss Moore's letter. Rep. Patricia Todd, a Democrat from Birmingham said that Moore was fighting a losing battle. Moore said that a great majority of the American people want to hold to the def- inition that marriage is between a man and a woman although he acknowledged that an amendment would probably draw opposition from both sides of the politi- cat spectrum. In the past U.S. legisla- tures have introduced feder- al marriage amendments but Moore does not think Congress will offer one this year. The only alternative he said is going through Article V of the Constitution to get 34 states to agree that a con- vention is necessary. Judge Moore is correct on his assumption that U.S. legisla- tures will not introduce a fed- eral marriage amendment because if they did and it passed our president who has no problem with same sex marriage would veto it. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he has no prob- lem with what the chief jus- tice is proposing but his pref- erence is to leave the issue with the people of each state. Bentley also said that he was a states' rights person and that most things should be decided on the state level. When Moore was elected in 2000 he placed a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building. A federal judge ruled that it had to be moved. Moore refused and a state judicial court put him out of office in 2003 for dis- obeying the court order. Moore became known as Alabama's Ten Commandments judge as he traveled around the country speaking to churches and conservative groups. Alabama voters re-elected him to the high court again in 2012 and he has not tried to bring the monument back. Alabama's nine high court justices usually do not get involved in national issues but Moore said that it is appro- priate for him to speak out because Alabama has a state constitutional amendment that recognizes that a mar- riage is a union only between a man and a woman. "Basically, I am upholding the law," Judge Moore said. A lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union said the seventeen states that allow gay mar- riages are not likely tO reverse their positions and call for a constitutional amendment. "I think the chic justice has a math proble ahead of him," the attornel James Esseks said. Some others also say tha. attitudes have changed Alabama since the law was enacted. College Republican Federation of Alabama sup- ported the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that over- turned the Defense of Marriage Act. That bothered the state Republican Party chairman who proposed a rule change aimed at keep- ing party leaders from tak- ing public positions contrary to party policy but the state GOP executive committee would not approve the change. THE BIBLE makes it very clear that marriage is between one man and one woman and that began with the first two persons God put on the earth, Adam and Eve. If all marriages were between persons of the same sex there would be no more children born. What our nation needs is more judges like Roy Moore on the United States Supreme Court and filling other high court posi- tions. First Impressions: You Never Get Second Chance The saying "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is more true than most people ever realize. This weekend I was parked in a parking lot wait- ing fop Vicki. Diagonal and in froit 0f ie ' 'i  woffi 're" flti:ingh'ii' , one @s in her late teens and the other two somewhat older. The teen abruptly got out of the car and began twerk- ing, right in the parking lot. That was the first time I have ever seen twerking live. I was not impressed and, let me tell you right up front, it is a wonder that girl did not hurt her lower back. FOR THOSE of you who might not know what twerk- ing is, ask a teenager. Or watch the current version of Miley Cyrus. This teen, and the two women with her, might well have thought this was funny. Funny.) Really? After witnessing this event, it is needless to say that my immediate impression of this teenager was certainly not favorable. Her actions made her look like a cheap .... Well... a word best not used here I think it is unlikely that I will ever see this girl again. She might live a life involved in helping others. She might even be a paragon of virtue in her community. But if I ileverdo see her again, that 'imfigd of twking will be in my mind. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. JUST RECENTLY I was covering a governmental meeting. Two women were sitting behind me, and during much of the meeting they were doing nothing but making snide and ugly comments. Some of the comments were aimed at elected offi- cials and some were target- ed at others attending the meeting. I consider their behavior to be that of cowardice, or worse. Instead of standing up and making their feelings known, and going on public record with their thoughts, they chose to hide in the figura- tive shadows, keeping their spiteful words low and large- ly unheard. I do not know anything about those two women. I do not know who they are. Since they were sitting behind me, I never got a good look at them, so would stand little chance of ever recognizing them. Quite honestly I do not want to know who they were because I do not like people who conduct themselves in such a manner. Just like the teenage girl I saw twerking in the park- ing lot, these women might be pillars of the community or leaders in their church - I have no idea. ! hope not. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. THANKFULLY, not all such first impressions are of the negative variety. Just the other day I saw a woman taking care of her elderly mother and encoun- tering an problem. It was the first time I recall having seen either of them. The mother is quite eld- erly and suffering from some of the myriad issues that can affect the elderly. As a med- ical doctor0nce't61d me, sometimes the "golden years are not quite so golden." The daughter, likely in her 60s, was being extraordinar- ily patient with her mother but was making little head- way. I pitched in a hand to help and we exchanged pleas- antries. AS we dealt with the issue, I could not help but notice how much this woman cared for her mother. Such a person reaffirms the goodness that can be found in people - at least in some people and I hope in most people. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. I urge you to always con- sider making the first impres- sion a positive one. That's my opinion. 40 Years Ago,,, In the Hogansville Herald [ I t , ,,,,,, ,,, , I r .. Complied by Rob Richardson A BIG NUMBER IN ITS DAY - The top story in the March 14, 1974 Hogansville Herald was about a city council decision. "The city council adopted a budget in the amount of $649,267 here last Monday night as they conducted their first meeting of the month. All councilmen with the exception of Jaza Strozier were present, along with Mayor Rosser. UNEXPECTED TWIST - Another story on the front dealt with auto theft. "Police reported this week that a car stolen from a local used car lot had been retumed as they continued their investigation into the incident. Police Chief L.G. 'Buddy' Bryant said Monday that the 1969 auto stolen from Carland of Hogansville was returned to the lot last week as officers traveled to Conyers where the car had been left." SPRING TRAGEDY - The paper also had a story on a nice day that tumed bad. "An 18-year-old Hogansville youth drowned in a small lake off highway 54 here last Sunday aftemoon when he was unable to swim to shore. Troup County Sheriff L.W. Bailey reported Monday that John Calvin Grier Jr. was swimming with his brother and three other boys when the incident occurred." ,OTHER HEADLINES - "Miss Jackson to Wed Randy Reese McWhorter;" '-,ommission Votes to Repair Jail;" "Hogansville Boys Inducted;""Plastridge Gets Scouting Honor;" "District Star Student to be Named Friday."