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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - FRmAY, MARCH 18, 2011 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS usPs 62o04o A Green MIIlard B. Gdnm=, Prulckmt JOHN KUYKENDALL I>tTBLISHER]EDITOR LAUmE LEWIS ADVERTISING DIRECTOR ANDY KOBER ASSZSTANT EDITOR lmae (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Manchester, Georgia 31816 Divorce Rate Expected To Rise With Economy I've always loved to read and guess that is because of my grandmother. She began reading tome as a small child. Her favorite book was the Bible and she would read to me every night from it. As I grew older, unlike other children that would spend their bard-earned allowance on toys, mine was spent on comic books, short books and just about any other kind of book you can imagine. Today, I still like to read and of course, newspapers are my favorite things to read. Today, most of that is done on computer because most of the major dailies are online and not delivered anymore. Everyone knows that headlines are the first thing that catches your eye when you read a newspaper. So I'm always looking for the unusu- al headline. After the headline, the story must be something to capture and hold your inter- est. THE OTHER day while scanning a newspaper online a headline that read, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Because of the Economy" caught my attention and I just had to read the story because it Was unusual. Basically, the story said that divorce, rates had declined dramatically since 2009 and that was due to the economic hard times. I couldn't help but chuck- le a little when the old clich6 "It's Cheaper to Keep Him or Her" raced through my head According to the story, a woman made the decision to file for divorce in 2008, but as of today is still married. Well, kind of. The story stated that the woman and her husband were not divorced, still living under the same roof, but the story was not a tale of romantic rec- onciliation, it stated that the couple was doing so simply because of "economic neces- sity." The couple was simply forced to put off their divorce because of the weak econo- my. "Their divorce was delayed by a combination of employment woes and the hard-hitting housing market," the story stated. "No one Wants to be in my situation," the story reported the husband as saying. "No one wants to date me and it's understandable. I've met pie and it goes nowhere because I'm stuck." According to the story, there are a lot of.couples like this throughout the country and some will probably end up reconciling, but most will - not. Ironically, a survey has even been done on the topic. A survey by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia found that nearly four in 10 married Americans ages 18 to 45 that had been considering separa- tion or divorce prior to the recession, put aside those plans because of the econo- my. Only one in four of those who put aside their divorce plans said the recession deep- ened their commitment to marriage, according to the survey, which was completed in January. The National Marriage Project survey also found that couples who reported the most financial stressors as a result of the recession were the least likely to report a very happy marriage. Imagine that, good money was spent to tell us what we already know, that a cou- ple with financial problems will probably not be very happy. According to the findings, the money problems create much of stress in the marriage and it worsens because the couples are not financially able to get out of the marriage. Again, not rocket science here. Here is the most interest- ing part of the story though. According to several attor- neys in part of the survey, the divorce rate is expected to accelerate during 2011 even if the economydoesn't get much better. That is because the attorneys believe that most couples are going to find a way to get relief from their present situation. .& , "Financial anxiety creates so much stress and shame and feelings of inadequacy, and those things can easily turn into blame and anger and aggression," said Joshua Coleman, a psychologist and co-chair of the Council on Contemporary Families. I'M NO Albert Einstein, but I'm smart enough to know that most of these couples probably have small children and a divorce can cost thou- sands of dollars, a tough situ: ation when you are already experiencing financial hard- ship. On the down side howev- er, in those type marriages, it is the children that are suf- fering the most because they are subjected to anger and aggression. I researched as much as possible to see if there was help for couples in this situa- tion, but couldn't find any agency or association that offers any type of financial aid or resources. What I did learn however, is ff both parties agree to the divorce and can settle all their issues, such as child custody, etc., they can get a divorce fairly cheaply. If they can agree on the parting, most can get a divorce for $500 or less , e THE HOGANSVlLLI HOMg NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grirmm Publications, at 3051 Rqosevelt Highway, Manchester, C_morgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwetbvr Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes, Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy .. FOil SUIBClIIIE call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star llereury Publicatlom, P. O. Box 426, Mvhester, Georgia 31816. t Scrod iddlu  to P.'O. Box 426, Manchester, GA31816. Sweet Memories of The Vine (Written July 1991) Thanks to the generosity of a couple of friends, I scored some homegrown (vine ripe, if you please) tomatoes the other day with a street value of at least seven or eight bucks. You can get these toma- toes only in the summertime, and if you have no garden of your own, you must have a tomato connection. The rest of the year, one must be content with those tasteless pretenders to which, I freely admit, I've become addicted. I grew up eating home- grown tomatoes from the family garden. It was only after I became an urban creature living far from the tilled soil, I realized what a blessing they had been to me as a child and how dear they are to me now. Mama would cook green beans with new potatoes and there would be aplate of fresh tomatoes inevitablymixed ' with the green beans andeven got into your corn bread. The mix was indescrib- ably wonderful. OF COURSE there are other was to eat homegrown tomatoes. " I took one of my friend's offerings last week and sat down and ate it like an apple. Some of the abundant juice ran down my chin onto my shirt like it did with the tomatoes of my youth. I can still hear Mama: "Look at your shirt, and I just took it off the line." I get my shirts dry- cleaned new. Oh, for one more of her gentle scoldings. I also use the tomatoes to make sandwiches. Behold, the fresh homegrown toma- to sandwich. First, you need white bread. Never use any sort of bread other than soft, fresh white bread - hang the nutri- tional value when con- strutting a tomato sandwich. To use any sort of other bread is a transgression equal to putting lights in Wrigley Field and putting mushrooms on cheeseburgers. Cover both slices of bread with mayonnaise. Salt and pepper and slices of tomatoes, and then put them between the bread. Eat quickly. Thejuice of the tomato slices will soon turn the white bread into mush and you will be wear- ing some of your tomato sand- wich. MY GRANDFATHER, Bun Word, sold some of his tomatoes on the side of the road at the little fruit and veg- etable stands he ran summers in my hometown of Moreland. One day he ran out of his own tomatoes and bought some to sell off a produce truck. A couple of Atlanta tourists stopped by. The lady picked up a basket of toma- toes and asked my grandfa- ther, "Are these home- grown?" "Yes, ma'am," he said. She bought a basket of tomatoes. I said to my grandfather, "You didn't grow those toma- toes at home." "Well," he replied, "they were grown at somebody's home." My grandfather was a God-fearing, foot-washing, Baptist, but I later learned it was not considered sinful nor unethical to put the shuck on Atlanta tourists. In Atlanta they allowed liquor and strippers in vari- ous dens of iniquity. The folks in the hinter- lands were just getting even. MY BOYHOOD friend and idol, Weyman C. Wanna- maker, Jr., a great American, for instance, once sold can- taloupes to city folk as Exotic Moreland. .Yellow-meated Midget Watermelons for an obscene profit. This is just to say be care- ful if you go out and try to buy homegrown tomatoes. Folks in the country still don't give the rest of us much credit for being very smart. Otherwise, we wouldn't live crammed together like we do and spend half our day fighting traffic and eating, as some do, raw fish. I've eaten all my tomatoes now and face a rather exten- sive dry-cleaning bill for the damage they did to my shirts. But it will be a pittance when I consider the ecstasy and memories they provided me. And to think, it wasn't that long ago I felt the same way about sex... ...to be continued next week... By special arrangement ' with his widow, Dedra, the Home News is carrying selected columns by the late Lewis Grizzard,who grew up in nearby Moreland, and became the most widely read Georgia writer of his time. Grizzard'sbooks and tapes are still available for sale through Bad Boot Productions, PO Box 191266, Atlanta, GA 31118- 1266, and at book and music stores. 'From the Halls of Montezuma...' Before starting on this hymn. week's subject, allow us a Not the warrior he once moment to think of our neigh- was and I would not tell his bors impacted by the massive age even if I knew it, McCain eatthqYa'tl(e "l'ff : Jilh'an at/d- ig;tndwill always66,a United " resulting tsunami that strucl other areas. Even as I write this, much of the damage is still being revealed for tlie first time. Americans are waiting to hear of loved ones and fami- ly members in Japan. Hundreds are reported dead and I suspect that number will reach into the thousands before this column goes to print. The video clips provide an incredible insight into the utter and total devastation suffered in Japan. Often we have warning of impending natural disasters. Hurricanes are tracked, severe thunderstorm and tor- nado warnings give us at least a little time to prepare. But for earthquakes, there is no warning. 2Yffgedy can strike any- time, anywhere, and some- times without warning. There is a lesson to be learned here. Keep your family and friends close, if not physically, at least emotionally. Remember, there are things much more important than money. And now on to our subject at hand, which deals with his- tory and is something our public school students will never learnin school. "FROM THE HALLS of Montezuma, To the Shores of Tripoli." My friend Keith McCaln just sat up a little straighter, or stood a little taller. So did every other Marine that read that, for those are the open- ing words of the Marine Corps States Marine. It is an accom- plishment and heritage in which he, and every other Marine, takes a considerable amount of pride - and right- fully so. In the 1800s, America was only a couple of decades old. By today's standards, we were not even a third-world country. We were so far down the list of importance that we were not even a blip on the world's radar. Sure, America had won its independence, but there was still a long way to go for a fledgling country. Operating out of ports in the states of Tripoli, Tunis and Algiers, and working for the Muslim leaders of those states, pirates controlled the shipping lanes in the Mediterranean. THESE were real pirates, totally unlike the Johnny Depp version of pirates. They captured merchant ships and took the ships and cargo. They enslaved, murdered or ran- somed the merchant crews. The major powers of the day, England, France and Spain, paid tribute - other- wise known as extortion - to the pirates and Muslims, so the pirates would not attack their shipping. America's merchant ships were attacked, cap- tured, and some of our peo: pie held captive for over ten years while the politicians talked, whichis about the only thing some politicians ever do. Eventually America was told to pay over $1 million for their release and to prevent further piracy. Thomas Jefferson argued that paying tribute would encourage more attacks, but the liberals in power won the argument and the bounty was paid. In fact, America contin- ued paying the Muslims to keep their pirates at bay. But at the same time, America began rebuilding the naval fleet. Jefferson became President in 1801, and when the Muslim leaders demand- ed even more money, Jefferson's response was to answer with force. US Naval ships Enterprise, Argus, Chesapeake, Constellation, Constitution, " Intrepid, Philadelphia and Syren set sail to the area. A series of battles lasted until the Battle of Derna in 1805, when U.S. Marine Lt. Presley O'Bannon and eight Marines led 500 mercenaries across the desert to attack and capture the city of Derna in Tripoli. This was the first time in history the America:Flag was raised in victory on foreign soil. The First Barbary War ' was over. The AmericanNavy had prevailed and the legend of the United States Marifie Corps was born. Hence the words, "To the Shores of Tripoli." THOSE who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Today, Somali pirates pyg tribute = of eXtbrtion "" - to get their ships and crews returns. In February, four Americans sailing in the area were captured and killed by the pirates. While the surviv- ing pirates were captured and are facing legal action - and some bleeding heart lawyer is trying to get them off - pira- cy in the area continues. Somebody needs to tell President Barack Hussein Obama that the answer is not to be found in pretty speech- es reading from a teleprompter, or half-truths uttered during his speeches, or in committee meetings, or the appointment of another czar of something or other: THE ANSWER is not found in sanctions from the United Nations or multina- tional efforts led by people who cannot find their respec- tive rearends despite using both hands. The answer is found in history. Send in the Marines and the Navy with the mission of hunting and eliminating these pirates. Once again a powerful warship named USS Enterprise patrols the seas along with ten other aircraft carriers and their battle fleets. It would take little effort to speed these pirates along on the way to their afterlife, and make any future pirates realize that attacking American civilians is a bad idea. That's my opinion. [49 Yea.rs , In the Hogansville Herald ' Predecessorto the Hogansville Home News Compil by Rob Richardson ;AMBitIOUS AND FUN - The top story in the March 14, 1962 Hogansvil/e HeraloWas about a bold idea. "The Hogansville Jaycees, barely a week old as chartered service club to the community, announced Tuesday night itS' first major project will be the raising of funds for the construction of a swimming pool in the city. The announcement was made by Jaycee Presidelt Calvin Cole." THE FIIST HERO OF THE SPACE AGE -American's new space pro- gram was even affecting the post office. "Postmaster Mrs. R.L. Trimble n' announced th,s week that fresh supply of Project Mercury, or John Glen stamps, Ias been received at the post office and are on sale. Mrs. Trimble said the qriginal order of 1,000 Mercury Project stamps, received here the day after lenn's history-making orbital flight, was sold out in three days." f '/*' ,.,