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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS usPs s20.040 MIKE HAm PUBI.ISHER]ADSING DIRECTOR JOHN KLTKENDALL .tArE PLrmaSHgR/EDrroa Roe RmltARDSON AS,SIS'rANT EDITOR JAYNE GOLnSroN B USLNF2";S MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 A rim tlal  B.Cm, And People Wonder Why Parents Worry My children could never understand why I worried so much about them even if they were just going out for a night. It seemed funnyto them. I don't' know what I would do if I had childrenat hometoday to worry about. If you read your news- paper or listen to the news on radio or television, it's easy to tell just how much danger is out there today. While reading my Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Friday, I was shocked by the number of stories it contained about murder, mayhem and complete madness. Even if you don have children, it could give you something to worry about. I'm sure you've all read about the pile up on I-TS near Ringgold that left four people dead, 39 injured and more than 120 vehicles smashed and crumbled like drink cans. That is a parent's worst nightma_re. Anytime a child is on the road, a parent is worried until they know that child has reached home safely. I guess that was always one of my biggest fears as a parent: that my children would be involved in a serious auto accident. However, in today's society that is only one of the many things to worry about. Drugs are easy and accessible. Rapes occur so much now it's no longer front page news. Teen violence con- tinues to increase. With all of that to worry about, we have to worry about the weirdos in this world, as well. POSTAL INSPFIDRS, FBI agents and Canadian authorities have broken up an underground network of adults who traded pornographic videos of children being bru- tally beaten. According to the story, one child was perma- nently disfigured for life as a result of the beating The story said the tapes showed no inter- course, but the adults did occa- sionally fondle the childre In some cases, the parents were involved in this. Eachofthe 12 peoplealvest- ed enter a guilty plea, accord- ing to the story, and several were sentenced to tea years in a federal prison. D0esut seerfi like enough time to me for scar- ing a child for life both physi- cally and mentally. ' Checkthisout: am arrested were a railroad employee, a middle school teacher, a chauffeur, a nurse and former Boy Scout leaders, a bank security guard and a for- mer Sunday School teacher. Absolutely amazing, isn it? If that isn enough, a man in ireland has been convicted of murdering a woman by glu- ing her mouth shut. According to the story, a 21 year-old died because the man glued her lips shut. Although the story did not PAGE .4 - HOGANSVIIk HOME NEWS - MARCH 21, 2002 "If that isn't enough, a man in Ireland has been THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEws is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publiing Company, a diviskm of  Publications, at  1 Roosevelt Highway. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 6204)40. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elwhere. Prices include all taxes, Periodical Ixstage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230. FOR SUBSCRIFnONS call (706) g46-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. PtrM'IXR: Send address changes to R O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor ............................................................ 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Grimes Yates Jury Made Right The Andrea Yates trial penalty, the jury would have She Mso thanked has come to an end for now had to decide unanimously the note and expressed with the mother who con- that Yates posed a continuing regret that her illness fessed to killing her five chil- danger, and that there were brought her to a dren receiving a 40-year no mitigating circumstances prison sentence without against executing her. own children. parole. The defense says they The sentence ended a No doubt Andrea will appeal the verdict, case that began last June 20 was mentally ill to The jury took just 35 rain- when Yates called police to degree or utes to bring an end to the her home and told them she taken the lives of those| case that had angeredfatal- had drowned her five chil- beautiful, innocent ly members, women's groups dren, ages seven to six she brought into this and others who said prosecu- months. The four youngest It would have tors had shown no mercy in children were found under a the high school class bringing a capital murder sheet in the bedroom, while "No doubt torian taken her case against a mentally fll the oldest, who had tried to Andrea Yates was let those precious woman overwhelmed by the flee, was found floating face live. demands of being a mother, down in the bathttfl3.  /to some The family, without tion, knew Andrea was1 Her husband, RusseLl She later told a psychia- degFee or she would bled. She had seen Yates, said the family was trist that the three-year-old offended that his wife was came in as she filled the bath- /lOt hal/e take?/the and her even prosecuted. Thedeath tub with cold water and want- lives of thosefive over each day penalty would have been ed to know ff they were going beaut0Cu/,/ltllDceF/t had presence enough ofl worse, but not that much to take a bath that day. worse, he said. He also lashed During the trim her chirell she out at the medic system that lawyers, husband and psy- brought into this time her husband had treated his wife. chiatric experts argued that The jury of eight women she suffered from severe WOF/" work just before 9 and four men took less than postpartum depression, and her four hours to reject Yates' that she believed that she had jury gave her a life sentence. 10 a.m. claim of insanity and cofivict no choice but to kill her chil- In the note she thanked psy- The jury in the her of murder. The prosecu- dren to save them from the chiatrists, medical workers, Yates case made the tion did not recommend the clutches of Satan. attorneys and the jail chap- decision by giving death sentence, Mthough the Yates wrote a note last lain, while giving a special er 40years without jury could have chosen that Thursday and gave it to her thanks to her family and this case, as horrifying! had they wished, defense attorney who read it friends for their love and sup- was, To impose the death to the media Friday after the port. the death sentence. 00ofmurder- ingingawmanbyghVher mouth shut. Considering School Dress According to the Most of our area middle I do remember how I This was no story, a 21 year-o/d and elementary grades have hated to wear short pants. To died be the a dress code to adhere to and me they were a symbol of , I had heard a most high schools have vail- immaturity. I was the oldest between him and our g her/gs ous combinations of dress of the three of us, and I want- er. He wanted a shut," codes under consideration ed everybody to know I was wear to the for this fall. growing up. she could not afford a Reports from schools that After I reached the fourth new suit at the time. Hisl say, whythe woman was killed, haveadoptedandusedadress grade I was almost desper- would come, she told it did say the man repeatedly code for students say the ate that Mama let me wear My beather.Tlmankeptthebody dress code has created a min- dungarees (long blue denim my brother. Still in his home for a day, while he imum of problems, pants). I was so disturbed that ing, we exchanged took a trip to the beach with his  Mot parnt I have I told her that our fourth and put on "everyday" When he asked why I estranged wife, then he buried efl m Setemoe the idea grade teacher had asked that clothes. Most of the time wear my new suit the body in a shallow grave in of a dress code for students, no fourth grade boys wear these clothes would be worn I noticed the smirky a nearby village. Many say it costs less to pro- short pants. This ranks with the entire week. You thought his face. Buena Vista is having trou- vide school wear for students some of the biggest lies I ever nothing about this practice I knew he knew ble in its jail again. A deputy because of the limited colors told. because everybody did the thing. There was no there surrender to authorities and materials a student may Years later I recalled this same. This is a bygone prac- when he asked, "Did last week after being charged wear. Student dress seems to happening to our mother, and rice. under your mattress?" for bringing contraband (ciga- be more uniform, told her I was amazed she Another clothing incident was I hot! rettes) into the jail and having Generally speaking, stu- believed me. "I didn't believe occurred the spring of my That night I got sex with a female inmate, dents have always wanted to you, but I thought if you hated senior year in high school, before my brother. Unfortunately, this is not the dress as ffthey belonged. The those short pants that much, Our mother had bought me a er was waiting for us first time the jail has had such problems, in September 2000, dress code now being put into I would not force you to wear new suit to wear to gradua- would do until we a female jailer was charged practice by schools is said to them." tion functions. with be sexually involved be popular with many stu- I never wore short pants Itwasthenightofthejun- ognize our foofsteps with a male prisoner. In dents and even more parents again until after World War ior-senlor prom. I rushed reached the front December 1999, a jailer who must buy the school II, when the Bermuda shorts home after baseball practice Mama listened as resigned after being accused clothes. As far back as I can for men spread to America. to get ready for the bigevent her the sequence of of allowing prisoners to leave remember, school children I emember while we were My best friend had use of his that happened that the jail, vt alocal store, pur- followed a certain unofficial anchored in Tokyo Bay for family's car, and he would chase beer and bring it back o dress routine, the signing of the peace in pick me and my date up. and said, "I guess he the jail. Before school started, September, 1945, we would I looked everywhere and not wearing I could go on and on, butrm which was always the first take our binoculars to watch could not find my new suit. as you hated sure you're getting the picture Monday in September, we British sailors anchored After searching everywhere, short pants, bynow, three boys got new shoes, two nearby as they walked about I dressed in other clothing, must have been gingham long-sleeve shirts, their ship. We would laugh That night at the prom, the usual! WHEN I was a young boy, and two pairs of overalls. We and swear we would never first person I saw on the While my father once told me.. "Son, would wear short pants, all wear those "clown suits." dance floor was my youngest dress code in bygone a person has to have morals and made from the same bolt of One thing everybody did brother. He was only in the each person made  everyone should set certain cloth by an aunt until it began in my early school days was eighth grade, but had been to dress standards for themselves. Never drop yours even a little, to get cold in October. take off your school clothes invited by a junior girL accepted bounds. I've fotmd that ence you do, it's .e00to00ow00m00o*00a Winning the Battle for the " little more tomerrow." I think that is exactly what has mppened here in Americ We no longer hold ourselves to the same standards and morals In our modern day in that union there can be a husband. In as we once did. We turn our America, there is abattle rag- right and proper family. Still heads on so many things and ing, that ff lost, will change another way Satan has drawn now, we are paying the price, our nation in a way that we people away from the bibli- manhood. Unfortunately for us, once this do not want to see. cal concept of marriage is the God has placed man has happened, it is hard to ever The battle referred to is homosexual relationship, leader of the home and return to the morals or stan- the battle for the family. God created a man and a battle for dards we once had. And that, is There are those who iden- woman to form the family, band must take his a sad state of affairs, tify it as the traditional faro- Before someone labels me a place. lly, while still others refer to homophobe or a hatemonger, The husband is it as old fashioned, let me go on record by say- loving, living leader The best term to describe ing this: Just because a man home. the familythatisunderattack stands against sin, whether it toward us in that while we He is to take the is the biblical family. As we be the sin of homosexuality, were yet sinners, Christ died - sibility to see that his look around, the family that adultery, gambling or what- for us." is properly taken is described in the Bible is ever, it doesn mean that that The point is there is a bat- materially as well being attacked with all kinds man has hatred in his heart tie for the family, ally. of hellish missiles, for the person involved. As we look around and see Too For those families who Although there are some all the violence of children his responsibility and J are scripturally put together, with such attitudes, there are and young people, there are it all to the wife. Satan has launched the ntis- those who truly care for the those who wonder why and It is good and okay t sile of divorce, people involved in those what can be done. wife to share the For those who have yet to Satan perpetrated lies. It is my opinion that the ever when the wife begin their own family, we It is true you can hate the violence and delinquency of part, the husband can see the missile of devia- sin and love the persorL these young people is noth- responsible. tion. In order to keep us from If one would closely ing more than a symptom I thank for formingbiblioallybasedfam- examine the Bible, this fact revealing the breakdown of flies, Satan tries to entice can easily be seen. John 3:15 the biblically founded fami- up this beautiful folks to deviate from the says, "For God so loved the ly. May this pastor submit But, Word of God. world, that he gave his only that if we are to see a change attack and One way people deviate begotten son, that whosoev- in our young people, there fathers stand from the Bible, is living er believeth in him should not must Fwst be a change in the together out of wedlock. God perish, but have everlasting parents, and children, that established the family by the life." Romans 5:8 says, "But That change must begin future we can see marriage union and it is only God commandeth his love with the man, the father, the turn back to God.