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A-2 - - Hogansville Herald - - Thursday, April 8, 1999 - From Where I Sit By Bob Tribble It Is Time For The Death Tax To Die "One of the most powerful reasons that people work and start businesses is to make life better for their children and loved ones. Rather than seek to repeal this most basic of human natures, a sound tax policy should tap this force as a powerful engine of wealth creation. It is time for the Death Tax to die." Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA), Chairman of the House Policy Committee, said it well in the above statement as he attempts to rally support for his bill to eliminate the Death Tax (Estate Taxes). Nearly 200 U.S. Representatives have signed on as a sponsor to Rep. Cox's bill, two of them being Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX). The Family Heritage Preservation Act was first introduced by Rep. Cox in 1993 with the support of only 29 other House members. It appears now to be one of the 106th Congress' top tax priorities, with Pres. Clinton's White House Conference on Small Businesses in support. The Death Tax is levied on all assets accumu- lated over a lifetime, including your home, sav- ings, stocks and bonds, cash in banks, land, family business assets, jewelry, autos, or what- ever And it doesn't matter should you not have the money dvailable to pay the taxes, you will pay them anyway, even if you have to sell half your assets to do it. The Death Tax rate is the steepest in the tax code, starting at 37% and rising to 55%. When the tax was first implemented years ago, it was designed to redistribute income in order to break up large concentrations of family wealth. Wait just a minute here! This reason makes no sense at all to me. Those who have been fortunate enough to hold on to a few dollars to pass on to their children have already paid taxes at least once, and sometimes more, while accumulating their estates. They worked their behinds off for what they have accumulated. They have taken huge risks at times to do it, the feds have taken a big bite out of their pre-tax earnings already, and yet they want up to 55% morel Over the years many family Owned newspa- pers have been forced to sell because that was their only choice, other than going deep into debt, to raise the money to pay the Death Taxes with. businesses and farmers. Studies have shown that 70% of family businesses don't survive through the second generation, with these outra- geous taxes being the major factor contributing towards their demise. When a family business owner or farmer dies, the value of the business or farm is added to the estate. The value of the business is difficult to determine; therefore, a tremendous amount of legal squabbling with the IRS over the value begins. The usual result is the business or farm rust be sold, downsized, or liquidated just to pay the tax collector and the lawyers. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has said that America's low savings rate is "the key domestic economic policy problem of this country." The Death Tax does everything but encourage savings and investment in favor of consumption. It stifles economic growth, and cuts other federal tax receipts, such as income and payroll taxes. The Heritage Foundation esti- mates that an average of 145,000 new jobs would be created annually if the tax were re- pealed. In 1997, revenue from the tax was about one percent of total federal taxes. This revenue is washed by cost of administration and the loss of payroll, income and other taxes when businesses (farms) are destroyed and job3 are lost. Enforce- ment and compliance costs alone eat up 65 cents on every $1.00 collected. University of Southern California Law Profes- sor Edward McCaffrey said the following about the Death Tax. "The tax discourages behavior that a liberal, democratic society ought to like - work, savings, bequests - and encourages be- havior that such a society ought to suspect - the large scale consumption, and leisure of the very rich. The tax is an anti-sin, or a virtue, tax. It is a tax on work and savings without consumption, on thrift, on long-term savings. There is no reason even a liberal populace need support it. The current gift and estate tax does not work, is in deep tension with liberal egalitarian ideals, and lacks strong popular or political support." How about doing this great nation and its citizens a favor? The next time you see your U.S. Congressman or Senator tell him/her it is time for I LET ME TELL YOU A STORY... By Jim Dale One More Word On The '60s s.M I was talking to a friend of mine at work yesterday. He and I are from the same generation. His claim to fame is an injury-plagued career as a member of the Univer- sity of Tennessee varsity football team. Most times our conversa- tions at lunch get around to the days when he was playing football and I was just plain playing. Seems neither of us ever outgrew those years, and for good reason; they bring back wonderful memories. We began the conversation by recounting our weekend. I learned he didn't do much and he learned neither did I. So, that exchange was over before we got off the elevator. Then we started on a more serious topic, our hobbies. His hobby is collecting full-sized ar- mored vehicles, and models of them. It seems these days my hobby mirrors his, with the exception I seem to want to collect full-sized cars. Lately it's a half-restored Datsun 240Z I am considering. About halfway through lunch we got past the discussion of our full- sized addiction and proceeded to the models. I can't talk about this subject without revisiting my youth, when it all started. My friend helped by asking how I developed an inteiest .in car and airplane mod- els, which have dominated my life for over thirty years. It was easy to regress because my friend is from a small Tennes- see town much like Hogansville. So, when I started to talk about the "dime stores" that carried more car and airplane models than your modern day hobby shop, we spent the next half hour lost in the '60s talking about our respec- tive towns. After I returned to my desk, things have slowed a bit around here since we've met all the unreal- istic deadlines that were imaginary in the first place. My mind drifted off remembering the vibrant busi- ness community of a small 1960s town of three thousand souls. Of course, the mills were the reason businesses thrived in Hogansville during the '60s; and now that they are gone, and so are the businesses, excepting Ray Cheatham's. But it is amazing to think that downtown Hogansville at one time had three five and tens, an auto/hardware store (Ray's), and a department store that all sold model car and airplane kits. Bu! there were more businesses, one or two small spe- cialty clothing shops, another auto/ hardware store and a bona fide nothing but hardware store (Crawford's), three barbershops, two drug stores, a feed store, shoe shop, pool hall, bank, two doctors, a flower shop, and several cafes. I can go on. We had a furniture store (Henson's), a theater (Royal), a jew- elry store (Crawford's), and two grocery stores (Colonial and Big Bear). Then there was the big de- partment store of Belks, and Jabley's Men's store. I never quite figured out exactly what kind of merchandise Sid Gay's Outlet spe- cialized in as it had such a varied assortment of things. At least it seemed that way to me. We paid our telephone bill at Ray Cheatham's Economy Auto Store, and made the rounds to Whit Barrett's Western Auto and Bad Eye Cardin's Texaco where Daddy had accounts he caught up every payday. As I've said before, we weren't the Cleavers or Andersons of the day because we didn't have a lot of money or a borhood, but we certainly family atmosphere and smalll closeness portrayed in ries. I guess you can't what you have until it's Maybe I'm premature in sa is gone, but I haven't live Hogansville in for me it is gone. you're lucky to get off your after five in the evenings of the bumper to bumper You never see the money, it's done by mail or form of sophisticated means, and if you do see are too busy to be friendly. letting your kids roam downt be prepared to have them napped or face child charges from a ernment agency not KGB. So, when I get the chance I up Main Street Hog experience small town and see a carefully restored town designed to remind Cabot Cove, that I'm sure is for the tourists Atlanta). I gave serious coming back tire, but even with Ra reinventing his business, have changed too much for hometown boy. My wife, an affirmed North :aninds me that I'm not those wonderful years of the d '60s simply by returning hometown. I agree, but I cos visit occasionally, and enough for me to get my Besides, I don't need to or else my full-sized hobby might grow a Super 409, too. Ilan, The same has been true for many other family the Death Tax to die. [ NE00S II By Jane Cheatham Gottshall, GRANTVILLE-LONEBy JanieOAKEllisST" MARKS NEWS Branch Manager gra Su tt, t t att h stra . and Cha East Life is ;()0" Short: ..... .... To dwell on my pain, To play and replay, Some vengeful refrain. Happy anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Mr. and Mrs. Curtis (Mary Hall) Griggs on their 62nd on April 6; Mr. and Mrs. Neal (Wendy) Grief on their 3rd on April 12; Mr. and Mrs. Bobby (Angelia) Hardy on their 8th on April 6; Mr. and Mrs. Leo- nard (Annie Pearl) Sewell on their 31st; Mr. and Mrs. Roland (Calystia) Shields, Sr. on their 2nd on April 12; Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Strozier on April 7th; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Rosa Mae) Wilkerson on April 10th. We wish them many, many more! Get well wishes go out to Mrs. Linda P. Rhodes, who underwent surgery last week. A very special happy birthday to Rev. George Beasley on April 6 and m0rehappy birthdays to come. Our deepestsympathy goes out to the family of Mrs. Lola Mae Dean Thrash of Greenville in her death: "Earth has no sorrow that l)ea,en cannot heal)' Congratulations to Ms, Mary E. Clayton of Luthersville upon her retirement with 21 years of service at William L. Bonneli Company of Newnan. Enjoy life! Please remember the sick and Convalescing in your prayers: Mrs. Georgia Birts, Mrs. Dorothy Clem- L , ,, ents, Mrs. Lucille Colton, Mrs. Leanda Coverson, Mr. William Colton, Mr. Roscoe Blalock, Ms. Carolyn Dean, Mr. Walter Scott Harris, Mr. Johnny Dean, Mr. Wil- lie Dean, Jr., Mrs. Mary Hall Griggs, Mrs. Carrie Bell Harden, Rev. Hazel Cousins Home, Mr. Thomas Hines, Sr., Mrs. Florence Malone, Ms. Geraldine Hines, Ms. Pauline Canner, Mrs. Emma Lou Smith, Mr. Clifford Thompson, Mr. Oliver Thompson, Mrs. Grace Snellings, Mr. Robert Williams, Mrs. Annie Young, and Mr. Ernest Willoby. Get well wishes go out to Mrs. Daizell McCambry of Grantville who underwent eye surgery last week. Ms. Janie Ellis and Mrs. Annie Marie Ellis wrshipped at the New St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Lone Oak last Sunday morning for Eas- ter Sunrise Service. April showers bring happy birth- day greetings to: Mr. Alonza Bohannon, Mrs. Judy P. Brown, Jarvis Brown, Joseph Edward Ar- rington, grandson of Mrs. Emily Brown, Mr. Rufus Dean, Mrs. Ber- tha Colton, in memory of Mrs. Janie Mae Ellis, R(v. Christopher Evans, Ms. Dorothy Hardaway, Ms. Faye Audrey Hardaway, Jamal Nathan Hill, son of Ms. LaTonya Bailey and Mr. Michael Hill, Ms. Willie Ruth Render Hill, Ms. Annie Ruth Jackson, Rev. Joseph Hines, Mr. John A. Malcohn, Sr., Ms. Esther Parks, Wendell DeAnthony Sanders, Jonathan Jerome Rutledge, Mrs. Loretta Hall, Mr. Michael Lamar Stinson, Mr. Hosiah (Sonny) Thompson, Sr., Ms. Ella Rene Talley, Mr. Danny Wheelous, Mrs. Jessie Lee Moody, Mrs. Hazel A. Darden, in memory of Mr. Clarence McCambry, St., in memory of Mrs. Rosa Pink Cous- ins, Mr. Albert Dean, III, Natasha Daniel, Mrs. Angelia Faye Hardy, Mrs. Hazel McCall Jackson, Mrs. Linda P. Rhodes, in memory of Mrs. Mattie Mac Miller, Ms. Eudora Pinson, Mrs. Mary T. Carter, Mr. Gene Daniel, Mr. Sylvester Gates, Mrs. Sharion T. Hardaway, Mrs. Sharon Jennings, Mr. Norris Lakes Forrest, Travis Carmasha Terrell, and Mrs. Helen Terrell, Kearta Sewell and in memory of Mrs. El- sie Wheeious. Ms. Ellen Frances Rosser of Grantville had as her Easter guests her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Inez McCambry of Grantville had as her Easter guests her sister, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other rela- tives. There will be a benefit program for Mr. Jimmy Walker of Hogansville April 18 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Bethel Baptist Church, Hogansville. Rev. Smith is the pastor. Mr.Walker is amem- ber of the Community gospel Male Chores. Think about it: April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. Ncad & Use The Classiqcds i i .... ' Hogansville Herald P.O. Box 426 Hogansville, GA. 30230 Phone: (706)637-8122 or (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 Member Georgia Press Association-National Newspaper Association ' "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free :tercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the pecle pc.eably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Your  Io mad ,this noap is FCKtI by the First Amndment of the Unitl States ConstU. The Hogansville Herald (USPS 642-040) is published weekly for $15.90 per year in- county,S23.63 per year in state andS30.00 per year out-of-state. Published by Grimes Publications, Inc., 3051 Roosevelt High- way, Manchester, GA. 31816. Periodicals postage paid at Hogansville, GA. POST- MASTER: Send address changes to: The Hogansvilte Herald, P.O. Box 426, Manchester, GA. 31816. ..... Our Goal " H#v///e FI/I/# i$ published proudly for e dzs of Hoglmsvitle and surrounding crees ".by Grlmee Publetiorls, Inc.. Manchester, GA. ' .Our 1 ilt to llxluce quelity, profitable, commu- '. rty-tiemed newspoers that you, our readers. llre proud of. We will roach d.tt goal through hard work, telurtwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication rd wintlng the truth. Our Staff Mike Hale, General Manager J. Dan Stout, Editor LeeAnn Wilbert, Business Manager Cleta Young, Receptionist Valinda Ivery, Composition Melissa Pierce, Composition David Boggs, Pressroom Our Policies Signed letters to the editor welcomed. Please limit to 300 words and include address and phone number. Liability for an error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error We cannot be responsible for return of pictures or material unless stamped, return addressed envelope is included. i You Can Find A Possum At The Library On March 23, I had the privi- lege to speak to the Prime-Timers club at the First Methodist Church in Hogansville. After a delicious meal, I told them about the many services available at our library, including best sellers, Christian fiction, swap paperbacks, classic and family oriented videos, audio books and talking books for the disabled. Our computer services include Interact access, word pro- cessing, laser jet printing for only 20 cents per page, and encyclope- dias on CD-ROM. We have public meeting room facilities with all amenities, audio-visual equipment for checkout, tax forms, and copy- ing for only 20 cents per page. We have books, videos and magazines for children at all lev- els, pro-school storytime, in-school reading programs, a summer read- ing program and a Youth Librarian to give advice and counseling to parents about helping their chil- dren with reading. To demon- strate the fun in reading children's books, I read "The Good Day" story from Three Sto- ries You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller. We subscribe to both local news- papers as well as the Atlanta and LaGrange papers, maintaining four months of each for patron refer- ence. We subscribe to over fifty magazines covering a wide variety of subjects including the NADA Used Car Guide. We also subscribe to Ideals magazine, which is a wonderful collection of poetry, quotes, and inspirational stories. To show the range of material in- cluded in these magazines I read the poem "Daffodils" by Karen Olsen Coy, the poem "Youth and Age" by Lawrence Hawthorne, and some other selections. I finished with the poem "The House By the Side of the Road" by Sam Walter Foss that many in the group re- membered having memorized as children in Miss Lillian Russell's class. I also explained how reduced funding from the State of Georgia requires an increase from the City of Hogansville in order to handle the continuing growth in our com- munity. Yvonne Bledsoe, Youth Librar- ian at Hogansville Public Library, read 'possum stories to second and third grade students at Hogansville Elementary School that same day. Possum Come a-Knockin' by Nancy Van Laan and illustrated by George Booth is a cumulative tale in verse about a mysterious stranger that interrupts a family's daily rou- tine. Ms. Bledsoe also read Mattie's Little Possum Pet by Ida Luttreil and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Does a possum make a good pet? Mattie thinks so. Her dog, Howler, and her cat, Prowler, find the pos- sum on the path. The little critter is lying toes to the sky, tongue out, and eyes rolled back in his head. Thinking him hurt, Mattie takes him in. But she has to go right out again to pick persimmons, leaving Howler and Prowler in charge. When she retums, she finds signs of a mighty uproar. Who could have done this? Surely not the pos- sum pet who lies sleeping peace- fully. It's up to Howler and Prowler to prove to Mattie that things are not what they seem to be. Mattie should have checked out the facts about opossums before taking one in as a pet. Did you know? The opossum is North America's only marsupial (female : has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium until they are about 2 to 3 months old; then they are car= tied on her back another 1 to 2 months whenever they are away from the den. They are solitary and nocturnal and usually slow mov- Ms. Bledsoe found thes( sum Facts" on the tell and enjoyed sharin sum stories and experiences everyone. Children aged three to invited to "Pre-School at Hogansville Public Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. story time is on April 15. We change hours-during! light Savings Time. the library hours are: 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tue: Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursda, a.m. to 12 noon on Additions to our adult tion include: ADULT FICTION The Kill Fee of Cim by Stephen Bly. The First Eagle by Hillerman. Apoilyon: The Unleashed by Tim LaMaye. The White Hunter by 0i 1 Morris. :NI Stranger in Savanna Eugenla Price. The Invisible Man by Wells. LARGE PRINT FICTI Copper Hill by Stephe Janet Bly; yPAU . Moonlight Becomes Mary Higgins Clark. The Chamber by J Grisham. Secrets of the Heart by -- r'-- JoAnna Lacy. ing. When frightened and unable .... ThePromise by Jane Pe to flee they may fall into an invol- . ..Morning, Noon & Nigl untary shock-like state, "playing Sidney Sheldon. 'possum". They hiss or growl and' ' ' NON-FICTION show their 50 sharp teeth when As Silver Refined: Lea frightened; but, in reality, they are toEmbrace Life's Disaplic. gentle and placid - they prefer to ments by Kay Arthur. ,,ndoi avoid all confrontations and wish The Complete Guide to [.O n  - , : I"_.,_ t to be left alone. They are adaptable Emotions & Your Health: LL' in B " "" and able to live wherever water, Dimensions i. M" a/ ody0000.i food, and shelter exist. They are at ing by Emrika Eadus..,1 Isr I home in trees; they use their pre- Shed Ten Years in Ten -" hensile tails to help stabilize posi- by Julian Whitaker. tion when climbing - they do not, however, hang by their tails. Few live beyond the age of one year in the environment, but they can live. up to 10 years in captivity. Many predators kill them: humans (and. cars), dogs, cats, owls, and larger wildlife. I Paris by John Russell. i AUDIO BOOKS Cold Mountain by C Frazier: REFERENCE Th, oftheEn , Crystal..