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Opinions Ideas PAGE 3-A HOGANSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 (1911mm unit (unnatural! By Erik ifluhliratinna,31nr ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR ANDY KOBER ASSOCIATE EDITOR JACK BAGLEY LAYOUT EDITOR COURTNEY SIKES ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-mercury.com P. O. Box 426 Manchester, GA 31816 Oflicial Legal Organ ofthe City (fflogwarville How I Long for Just Five More Minutes When my children were growing up, it was all I could do to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and give them what they needed. I’ve always spent a good bit of time working, and not just at the office. It seemed that even when I was not at the office, or chasing a story, or selling some advertising, I was cutting grass, or repair- ing something, or doing what it took to raise a family. There were those times when I did get to spend time with the family, but there were also a lot of times I missed family things as well. Looking back, if I could change all of that I would. Of course, I can’t, but those words “Just five more min- utes” do haunt me sometimes. Don’t get me wrong; I spent time with my children and my grandson, Eli, who lived near me when he was younger. I have two grand- children in Texas that I don’t get to see often, but I’m always thinking about them. I guess the point I’m try- ing to make is that time has gone by quickly and those . four words, “Just five more minutes” just keep going through my head. If you are a parent you know those words well. If you tell a child no more television, they will respond, “Just five more minutes, please.” If you tell a child it’s time to come inside for the evening, you’ve heard those words “Just five more min- utes, please.” . I’m not sure how many times I heard those words from my children, Brannon and Bethany, over the years but I’m sure it was a couple of thousand. Normally, I would have the same response: “No, it’s time to turn off the televi- sion,” or “No, it’s time to come inside and get ready for bed,” or “No, Daddy has something to do and we have to go now.” Funny, during those times I never really gave much thought to “Just five more minutes” when my children made the request. However, I have thought about it a great deal since they are both grown and on their own, and I don’t get to see them as much as I would like or want to. While I can’t remember all the times they asked for “Just five more minutes” there is one particular time they did and, while I Was going through some old memories not to long ago and wishing they were around, that one memory came rushing back and then I began to question how many times did they ask for just five more minutes. It was a very cold Christmas Day. The kids had both gotten a three-wheeler for Christmas and were rid- ing them around and around our house in the country. I would go outside and yell for them to come in and warm up, but they would respond, “Just five more minutes, please.” Normally, I didn’t cave on such things, but it was Christmas and they were enjoying their gift, so I let this one slide. A few days later, Bethany began to complain about being a little sick and then became really sick. She had a pretty bad flu bug. Now, I’m smart enough to know it was- n’t just the cold outside that brought on the flu bug, but it sure didn’t help any and I felt really had until she got bet- ter, because I shouldn’t have allowed just five more min- utes. However, if she hadn’t gotten Sick from those five more minutes, that memory would probably have never stuck so vividly. So, I’m thank- ful that I can remember that day, the look on their faces when they saw the three- wheelers, the joy they had rid- ing them, and the fun they shared as brother and sister. Now that I’m older, time has passed, they are both grown, and have lives of their own, I realize just how impor- tant all those five minutes were. For them, the five more minutes would have been just for the fun they were having at that moment, but for me, it would have been five more minutes that I could have watched them play and even spent more time with them. ‘ Today, I wish I had given them five more minutes at a lot of things. I miss them both more every day as I grow older. I’m hoping that I can take my own advice I’m about to share with everyone. I want to slow down, spend more time with my family and make some more of those “Just five more minutes” memories. For you see, life is about making priorities, and mine has always been to provide for the family. I’ve done that and I’ve sacrificed for doing so, but family should be the top priority. Here’s my advice, spend time with your loved ones and make some five minute mem- ories before it’s too late and you spend time wishing for just five more minutes. truth. COPY 50¢. "A3l8l6. THE HOGANSVILLE 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 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 USPS 642-040. 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 Hogansville, Georgia 30230.5ing1e . FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, P. 0. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, After more than fifty- seven years in the newspa- per business, I have learned that there are three guaran- teed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be noth- ing. Those of you who have been a reader of our news- papers and this column dur- ing those years know that we don’t subscribe to the above. We believe that if there are things you need to know we should tell you, and often times we are criticized for that. But, it‘s our job, and you expect that from “your newspaper.” People who know me will tell you that I am often wrong, but never in doubt. Right or wrong I have no doubt but that it is our job to keep you informed about your government, your schools, your community, and many other areas of hap- penings that you need to be informed about. Should we no longer do that, we would not be worthy of you calling us “your newspaper.” The mission statement in our newspapers says: “Our goal is to produce quality, profitable, community ori- ented newspapers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, team— work, loyalty, and a strong dedication towards printing the truth.” By reaching our goal, we will be worthy of you calling us “your news- paper.” One newspaper group that I am close to uses the slogan, “strong newspapers build strong communities.” No doubt, newspapers who take the lead in their com- munities for what is good, and take a firm stand against what is bad, certainly help build strong communities. You can rest assured that no other media cares more about your community than “your newspaper.” “Your newspaper” reports history on a weekly basis in your community. Not only do they print the big news that happens, but the small news as well, like community columns, births, honor rolls, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, obituaries, and so forth. We center our efforts on local news because we feel this is what you want in “your newspaper.” “Your newspaper” should never forget that we are the guardians of the First Amendment which protects the rights of those with whom we disagree as well as the rights of those with whom we agree. '1 5:3 i we is as 9: was 2435’: . Thanks for Allowing Us to Be ur-wspaper” Our editorial pages are a place for locally written ediJU‘ ‘ torials, letters from our" ~ readers, personal columns, v and occasional editorial car- toons. It is a place for you and us to sometimes vent our- i‘ frustrations, and where» everyone’s opinion is wel- corned. Matthew Arnold once ‘ -r wrote, “America is the cho— sen home of newspapers.” Thomas Wolfe once said,2:*.l‘? “Americans love their news-"4 a? papers. “Benjamin Franklin said, “I had rather live in a country with no government and a free press, than to live‘?‘3 " in a cOuntry with a govern— ,ment but no free press.” . Yes, America is still the ' chosen home of newspapers, most folks do love “their newspapers” and no doubt a strong free press is vital to our communities and to our nation, even with all our faults considered. Thank you readers and advertisers for allowing us to be “your newspaper.” Not In Line With Basic Biology“ When is a person actually a person? That seems to be the crux of a bill passed by the Georgia State Senate last week being referred to as the “Heartbeat” bill, or specifically as House Bill 481 Living ‘ Infants Fairness and Equality Act. A bit of history first. Georgia law has allowed abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. HB 481 as cur— rently under consideration would outlaw abortions once the heartbeat of a fetus is detected. _1 am no doctor but research indicates the fetal heartbeat is detectable about six weeks into a pregnancy, It is Well'Withiii‘poS’Sibiliy" dant on state taxes once the heartbeat is detected. As often happens, State Senate tweaked the bill which now goes back to the State House for the differences to be reconciled. , It is also worth noting that in both the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, the votes were largely along party lines. Governor Brian Kemp has already indicated that he would sign such legislation. Georgia is among a slow- ly growing number of states passing such legislation, which is already being chal- lenged in various courts. It has been suggested that “Georgia, and,.,gther states . ty that a‘ went-an might‘iiot" "adopting similar measures realize she is pregnant before the fetus heartbeat is" detect- ed. HB 481 does allow later term abortions in the cases of rape, incest, if the life of the mother is in danger, or in cases where a fetus would not be able to survive after birth. The Georgia House passed HB 481, which was sponsored by State Representative Ed Setzler who represents the Acworth- Kennesaw areas. As it stands, HB 481 would also allow parents to claim the developing fetus as a depen- are doing so in response to those states that are allowing abortions up to the time of birth. Reaction to BB 481 has been swift. . The often liberal biased ACLU is threatening the state with legal action, which is not surprising considering that organization’s past activity. ActressAlyssaMilanohas called for Hollywood to boy- cott Georgia over HB 481. With the film industry now so heavily invested in Georgia such would be a tough eco- nomic blow. More important- From the pages of the March 29, 1979 Edition of the Hogansville Herald: Ground Breaking Held For New Shopping Center Ground breaking for the new Quality Market Shopping Center was held this past Monday at noon which signaled construction Of the one million dollar center. City officials and the developers were on hand as the first shovelful of dirt was turned. Gerald Taylor and Raymond Johnson, who are the developers and owners of the center, announced that the center will house a Quality Foods grocery store which will contain 20,500 square feet as well as a variety store that will occupy 15,000 square feet and an additional 4,000 square feet that will be occupied by smaller local businesses. . ' At the present two variety stores, Bill’s Dollar Store and Ben Frankin, are bidding for the variety spot. According to Taylor the Smaller Shops are expected to be occu- . pied by a barber shop, a beauty shop, and a laundry center. Girl Scouts Receive Country Award God and Community Awards, the highest religious awards for Girl Scouts, have been presented to three United Methodist girls. Cheri Purgason and Jane Penland received their awards in Hogansville First United Methodist Church and Ann Stephens received hers at the Corinth United Methodist Church. Queon P. Smith, pastor of both congregations, has worked with these three Girl Scouts for the past several months in this detailed award pro- gram. Cheri and Jane were also recognized by the local Kiwanis Club when the Club observed Girl Scout Week, lifting up the histo- ry of Girl Scouting and its local for teen troops. ‘ Ground Breaking Held At Corinth The leaders of Corinth United Methodist Church are planning for the present AND the future growth of her community located in the SE. corner of Heard County. Groundbreaking services, held March 25, were for a multi-pur- pose building containing three classrooms, a large fellowship hall with a fireplace, kitchens and restrooms. Plans call for carpeted floors, and an exterior to match the‘75 year old church to which it will be connected by a covered walkway. News Brief Airman Tommy H. JOhnson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy H. Johnson, Sr., of 311 Boozer St, Hogansville, has received a new assignment following graduation from the aircraft maintenance spe- ly, what Milano calls for is an ugly word called blackmail. While we should give lit- tle credence to what Milano or any of the Hollywood elite think about what goes on in real America, her attempt at blackmailing the state does go to Show the continuing vitri- olic divides in this country. Also concerning Milano is her support of PETA, or People for the Ethical 'Ii‘eatment of Animals. I wish that someone could intelli- gently explain the dichotomy in demanding ethical treat- ment of animals from one side of the mouth, while aborting babies as birth control out Of the other. MOST AMAZING were some of the social media posts condemning HB 481. In one that particularly stood out, a person totally History at Our Fingertips The “Waybak Machine” News In The Herald 40 Years A ‘ cialist course conducted by the Air Training Command at Sheppard AFB, Tex. blamed pregnancy on men — as if men are not blamed for enough already. ;. Beinga product of the pub-g lic education system long, before the advent of Commonty“ . Core, forgive me if I confess‘ to being a bit confused. .~--; Back in the day in basic biology We learned that, regarding the human species, 1': it takes both male and female::.; -. to create a baby. Logic dictates that if it takes both to create a baby, , a; then both are equally respon- sible. Pregnancy is not solely J. the responsibility of the moth-1» :~. 3 er or the father, rather they-.1. responsibility is shared. , Buteven before .that point; ml- is reached;~ it is a shared; ;,. responsibility to not get preg-e' ,k nant should a baby not be. r. . desired or wanted. . Today there are many methods available to prevent; ,5 . an unwanted pregnancygqu which should also prevent us: Hi from arguing about abortionstxi: and one of the divisions thattmq separates us. That’s my opinion. ms; Andy Kober is a regular columnist for ’I‘rib,_-..:: . Publilations. He can be. reached at {3* {i .w» . ' g. .ltl.‘ «w Airman Johnson, who was trained to maintain, repair and serv- ice aircraft currently in use by the Air Force, will go to Altus AFBm-agi Okla, for duty with a unit ofthe Military Airlift Command. Commetlon of the course earned the individual credits towards an associate in applied science degree from the Community College of the Air Force. ltemscomplled by Jack Bagle I , It .»,x,vv a... (Compiler's note: Items presented here are copied exactly as they appeared in the original newspaper pages.) w“