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PAGE 4A - HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 Owne Operale Sy rih liralim s, ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL K~ MITCHELL PUBLISHER[EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDY KOBER Assoc~w EDITOR BRYAN GETER ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 news @ star-mercu ry.com P. O. Box 426 Manchester, GA 31816 Official Legal Organ for the City of Hogansville I've been working with community newspapers for about 35 years now and dur- ing that time I've heard how one day the newspaper will be a thing of the past. First it was radio news casts, then it was television and today it,s the Internet. We!l, even the mighty Internet does not compare to a community newspaper in readership and the National Newspaper Association has once again proved that. NNA recently completed a survey that proves that peo- ple still prefer their local newspaper for getting news and information. While there is no way I can print the entire survey in this limited space, I'm going to share some of the highlights with our read- ers and our advertisers. Simply put, community newspapers still remain the center of a community for information and the best value for the business person wanting to grow and invest in their business. r Here is what NNA President Merle Baranczyk had to say about the survey. "The numbers are self- evident. They indicate the level of connectedness peo- Ple have with their commu- nitynewspaper," Baranczyk said. "From year to year, the studies have shown that peo- ple believe in their local papers, for the news they need and the advertising they rely on." Of those who participat- ed in the survey, 52 percent were daily newspaper read- ers, and 48 percent were non- daily readers. The circulation sizes of the newspapers ranged from 309 to 14,943. On average, readers of the 2012 survey spent 39,92 minutes reading local news- papers, up slightly more than the 38.95 minutes in 2011 and 37.5 minutes in 2010. Similar to previous research, 96 percent of read- ers paid for their newspaper. 75% read all or most of their newspaper. Compared to 73 percent in 2011 and 78 percent in 2010. 43.8% keep their paper for more than 10 days. 77.4% read the paper for local news and information. Respondents who had children were also asked whether those children-- between the ages of 11 and 21--would read local news- papers. Of the households where there were children in the age group, 18 percent read a local newspaper at least once a week. The majority of local readers continued to regard community r ewspapers as highly valuable and impor- tant sources information about their communities. 92% of readers thought local newspapers were informative. 83% agreed that they and their families relied on the newspapers for local news and information. 84% of readers (and their families) would look forward to reading the newspapers. 69% thought the newspa- pers provided valuable local shopping and adx ertising information. 75% agreed that local newspapers entertained them. Nearly half of readers (46 percent) used the newspa- pers for their political and voting decisions. Of those who had access to the Internet, 49 percent reported that they had "never" read local news online, compared to 48 per- cent in 2011, suggesting that residents in small towns and cities still rely on print news- papers for local news more than through online plat- forms. Consistent with previous NNA research, readership of public notices in local news- papers continued to be solid, as a combined 51 percent "often" read the content. This number is up from previous years: 46 Percent in 2011, 48 percent in 2010 and 40 per- cent in 2009. When asked "Do you think governments should be required to publish public notices in newspapers?" 78 percent said "yes," which is consistent with past survey results: 80 percent in 2011 and 75 pei'cer/t in 2010. 71% believe the accura- cy of their local paper is either "good" or "excellent." 70% believe the coverage is either "good" or "excel- lent." 59% believe the fairness of their local paper is either "good" or "excellent." This showed that the majority of respondents said they trust their local news- paper over other media sources. The survey also showed that 56% of those surveyed said they read the newspaper more than they listen to radio, watch television or use the Internet for news and to shop. The bottom line, newspa- pers are still respected, appreciated and the best investment for business. HO(;ANSWLLE HERALD is published weekly by ]'fib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevek Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville 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 2-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at HogansviUe, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR SUBSCRIFHONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER' Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA31816. Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is a stop-gap measure, a product of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), intended to provide coverage for citizens who are currently uninsur- able due to pre-existing con- ditions. The program will cease to exist on January 1, 2014 when the law requires that insurance companies provide coverage, without a premium, for those with pre- existing health conditions, unless it runs out of money before then. Recently the program stopped enrolling new mem- bers, and Human Services official Gary Cohen told a Senate committee that PCIP had tO alter benefits in an effort to keep the program from running out of money before the end of the year. The program was ,funded with five billion dollars and has more than 100,000 enrollees. At an average ann ual co st of $32,108 per par- ticipant and a monthly cost that r peaked at over $180,000,000 last summer, freezing enrollment and altering benefits seemed nec- essary. Benefits have varied by state and have ranged from more than $4,000 to nearly $172,000 per enrollee per year. Either some states have a larger number of sick folks or the practitioners in some states have found a way to profit massively from the program. The program is demonstrably unsustainable even for a few years and even with five billion dollars appropriated to provide care for roughly three out of every 10,000 Americans. HOWEVER, things will be better in 2014 when insur- ance companies will no longer be permitted to dis- criminate against those with pre-existing conditions. One may view insurance compa- ny profits as obscene, but the companies will do everything possible to maintain those profits. When they are no longer permitted to charge higherpremiums, or refuse coverage to chronically ill people they will simply raise the rates for all of us, there- fore individuals may be priced out of the market. Employers faced with sky rocketing costs may reduce the bulk of their employees to a part time status or opt to pay a lesser fine rather than provide more expensive health coverage for their workers. The legislation is an attempt to expand insurance coverage to millions of unin- sured Americans but it could have the opposite effect. The government has mandated more universal coverage, but expects private insurance companies to pay for it. Instead they will pass the cost along to the rest of us. We have already seen tax increases to cover the added cost of care. We may soon be subject to the additional bur- den of a not so hidden new tax in the form of higher pre- miums and fewer employer funded plans. IN THE END the govern- ment will throw up its hands saying that the private sec- tor was given an opportunity to participate but cost proved to uncontrollable so Washington must step in and save,the day. That could be the day:we will see the intro- ducfioa, of the National Health Service. On that day we t.:see fewer unneces- sary l ocedures performed but.sometimes life threaten- hag delays for the necessary ones. It will be a day when some doctors will lose inter- est ha medicine as a career, as will the brilliant, when the development of both expen- sive gadgets of marginal value and innovative life sav- hag devices will slow to a trickle. It will surely bea time when health care will be rationed, A weeks ago the gov- ernmel t acknowledged that with five billion dollars it could not care for 100,000 peo- ple with pre-existing condi- tions. It has frozen enroll- ment at current levels and altered benefits and we can- not read that as expanded coverage. Government provided health care can take care of us all. It has been proved throughout the industrialized world. However, it cannot take care of us the way we want to be cared for and that is the problem. Okay, all you women out there; here is a good chance to laugh at the stupidity of some men. Earlier this month, Lt. Alfredo Malespini III, a fed- eral prison guard, had appar- ently been consuming a con- siderable amount of alcoholic beverages and at some point began arguing with his wife. I don't know about Malespini but in my experi- ence guys never win an argu- ment with wives. For you younger fellows, you never win an argument with your girlfriend, either. I know for a fact that even if we guys are correct in an argument, and maybe even proven to be correct, we still lose. If you younger guys think I am wrong, just ask your dad - but be sure to ask when your morn is not around. Officials of the Bradford Police Department, which is located in Pennsylvania, indi- cate that officers had responded to domestic situa- tions at the Malespini home on prior occasions. During this particular incident, the argument esca- lated. At some point during the argument, Malespini wanted to remove his wedding ring. We can imagine that he first attempted to simply pull it off - at least we hope so - and the effort proved unsuc- cessful. WHEN was the last time any of you married men, or women, attempted to remove your wedding ring? If you are like many peo- ple, as we grow older we tend to add a few pounds. Many areas of the body can thick- en, including the fingers. We might not notice the increase ha size of our fingers, but it does happen. That wedding ring that fit so well when you were 25, can be a tight fit when you are 40. In fact, getting it off without using soap or some other slip- pew substance can be quite difficult. I have even known of peo- ple having to get wedding rings cut off their finger. IN HIS alcohol impaired state and with anger fueling his emotions, Malespini came up with a unique solution - he used a handgun and attempt- ed to shoot the wedding ring off his finger. While that effort proved unsuccessful, he did manage to mangle his finger. Malespini was taken to a hospital where the injury was treated. He was charged with disorderly conduct, firing a weapon with city limits, and reckless endangerment. DID YOU NOTE earlier that Malespini is a federal employee? As a guard in a federal prison facility, Malespini is charged with maintaining prisoners in an environment ripe for abuse. By his actions, Malesphai is not a person that makes good decisions. He is a man that appar- ently consumes alcoholic beverages to excess on a reg- ular basis. He is a man that chooses to attempt using a handgun to shoot off his wedding ring instead of u "tflizing other less drastic methods? Malespiniis definitely not a person that makes good decisions. A spokesperson at the prison reportedly said that Malespini remains an employee at the facility. Does this really surprise any of us? Our senators and con- gressmen (and women) can- not balance a federal budget. They cannot seem to put what is best for the country ahead of what is best for them- selves. ..... Instead of fun g, our military and 'dmestm emer- gency services, our elected leaders send billions of tax- payer dollars to unfriendly governments and call it for- eign aid. Our president stops tours of theWhi'te House, which we own, but his family continues to jet around the country - at taxpayer expense. In considering all of this, it is no wonder that people such as Alfredo Malespini III canbea federalemployee and continue being a federal employee after doing some- thing so stupid. But ha truth, we are the stupid ones as we keep re- electing the same people and getting the same results. That's my opinion. Itlt Inthe Hog s e Herald ATTRACTING INDUSTRY - The top story in the March 22, 1973 Hogansville Herald was about the high school basketball team finishing second in a tournament they had previously won three years in a row. "The Greenies have brought to a conclusion their 1972-73 basketball sea- son, but who would have ever figured such a finale? The Wave finished their regular season with an impressive record and entered the sub- region and region tournaments as favorites." CINEMA TIME-The Royal Theatre had decid- ed that spring was a good time for horror and was continuing a series of gruesome flicks with scantily-clad women. Showing this week were Twins of Et41 and Hands of the Ripper. BARGAINS OF THE 70S, OR NOT.... The Goodyear store ran a large ad touting lots of merchandise, including televisions for what was by comparison a good price. But the prices look mundane 40 years later, not to mention the prim- itive technology. A 23-inch color TV was $499 and 12-inch black and white was $94,95. Also being offered was a "console stereo" built of woodand about thesize of a freezer, with an eight track tape player and built-in turntable for $269.95. OTHER HEADUNES - =Spring Sale Begins Today;" "Hogansville Youth is President of Society;" "Bank Week Set for April 8-11 ;" "Robinson Receives, Lovejoy Scholarship;" "Birthday Dinner Honors Mrs. H.H. Beall."