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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - APRIL 10, 2003 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 . (6fintc ublkatiau Millard B Grimes, President MIKE HALE PUBLIStIER]ADVERTISING DIRECTOR JOHN KUYKENDALL ASSOCIATE PUBIJSHERDITOR ROB PaCHARDSON ASSISTANT EDITOR JAYNE GOLITON BUSI MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 3023{) It's Time to Settle Up With Uncle Sam For some people tax sea- son is a glorious time. One when you can purchase that car, DVD player, a new com- puter or maybe even a week- end getaway with that refund check. For others it's a time when panic and desperation take hold as a huge tax bill stares them in the face. I have to admit that I'm in the latter part of the American public. I'm safe with the state of Georgia, but I owe Uncle Sam on my federal return. Each and every year everyone says they are going to plan for this' time of year and be sure to have enough money tucked away to take care of the tax burden. To sum it up, taxes are a financial demon that lurks in the back of people's minds, but when April 15th arrives many people end up stuck without a penny or a plan to pay them. The Internal Revenue Service is not an organization with which you want to be in trouble with. Unlike credit card companies and collec- tion agencies, the IRS he a considerable amount of power when it comes to col: leering taxdd6:hetRS : garnish your wagesandseize your property without hav- ing to take you to court. I'VE ONLY BEEN audit- ed once by the IRS, and luck- ily they owed me money. However, I must say that an audit is not much fun and it's time consuming. So, be sure you have all the paperwork in hand to support any deduc- tions you claim. The audit experience is one I'll never forget. My wife and I had to visit the IRS office in Columbus. We took along all of our tax docu- ments, receipts, etc. Both of us were nervous and worried to death. We just couldn't imagine what mistake we made. The man that handled our audit was nice enough, but there was something about him that made a person fed a little uneasy. He looked through our receipts and tax records and all that ever came out of his mouth was an occasional.. "ammmm." About the time I was real- ly worried to death, he looked across the desk and said, "It seems everything is in order. As a matter of fact, we prob- ably owe you a little money. Sorry, for the inconven- ience." That was probably among the greatest words I'd ever heard. I thanked him and left feeling as if the weight of the world was off my shoulders. Let that be a lesson to you as well, be sure you have taken all the deductions you can take and that you have the proper paperwork and documentation to support the deduction. IF YOU THINK you are going to have trouble paying your tax bill, you need to explore all of your payment options right away. If you can't afford to pay the total tax bill all at once, one option is to set up a pay- ment plan through the IRS. A payment plan is a good idea if you know you are going to have a steady income until the debt can be paid off. There are fees involved with setting up a payment plan and you will have to pay interest, but it is much bet: ter than having the IRS to take collection actions against you. If there is reasonable doubt that you owe the tax, if you can prove that the IRS will not be able to collect the tax because of your financial situation, an offer in compro- mise is an option. An offer in compromise can lower your tax bill by half or more, yet still has to rea- sonably reflect your ability to pay back the debt. Remember that if your offer is accepted you must meet all of your tax require- ments for the next five years and if you don't comply with the terms of your offer the IRS may reinstate the entire tax liability MORE OPTIONS for paying a tax bill are outlined in a Myvesta publication enti- tled "How to Deal with the IRS if You Can't Pay Your Taxes." Myvesta is a non- profit consumer education organization. You may down- load this information free online from Myvesta.org, or you can order a printed copy by sending $5 payable to Myvesta, to IRS Publication, Myvesta, P.O. Box 8587, Gaitherburg, MD., 20890- 8587. Good luck on April 15th! I know I'm going to wait until the last minute to make the mad dash to the post office. THE HOt;ANSVlLIE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Rooseveh Highway, Mancheslcr, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup. Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Peritxticai postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230. FOR st BSCRtgrloNS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercur3j' Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester. Georgia 31816. PeX','TM',STI.:R: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFf Publisher and Advcnismo Director. .............................................................. Mike Hale Asso:iate Publisher and FAiler ............................................................ John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assb;tant Editor ...................................................................................... Rob Richardson StaffWi'iters .......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Assistant Ad,erlising Manager. ................................................................. Laurie Lewis Corot's)sing .................................................................. Valinda lvery, Dewayne FIo ers Legal,, ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Circulation Manager. .................................................................................... Jud 3, Crews Pr(v3uction Manager ............................................................................ Bobby Brazil Jr. Assistant Manager. .......................................................................... Wayne Gn)chowski Pressroom ........................................... Damell McCauley, Joey Knight. Lanw Colleges CORPORATE OVnCEIS President ..................... .'. ...................................................................... Millard B. Grimes Vice President ........... : ...................................................................... Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretar ........................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurer. ...............................................  ...................................... Kathy Grimes Garrctt Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary .............................................. .Jmnes S. Grimes The True Death of an Old Written in 1978 Barney Wisdom is dead. It happened Monday. Everybody has a right to an obituary, I was thinking. Even old winos. This is Barney's. It's the least I can do. It won't be that complete, however, because nobody knew much about Barney - and he could barely talk- except he was a pitiful sight hobbling around the Howell Mill-Collier Road area in Northwest Atlanta looking for his next drink "I'm not that sad Barney died," a lady from the neigh- borhood told me. "It's proba- bly a blessing. It just breaks my heart he had to live the way he did." Barney was 69. A police- man found that out. Somebody said he was a native of Alabama and used to work in a sawmill. Somebody else said he had a son in Florence. There was talk he might have a sister in Sumerville in north Georgia, and I even heard once he had a brother over in LawrenceviUe. A MAN at the coroner's office told me Wednesday that he had tried to contact a relative to claim Barney's body from the Grady morgue. "So far," he said, "nothing." Barney was the quintes- sential wino. He worked at it all his waking hours. His favorite drinking perch was atop a bench on the side of Springlake Pharmacy at the corner of Howell Mill and Collier. Barney never bothered anybody that I knew of. Give him a buck and he would return a toothless smile that certainly was not without charm " Barney slept in the woods off Howell Mill. Or in the basement of a neighborhood Laundromat. Or, when the weather became unbearable, down at Atlanta's Union Mission, thanks to rides by caring Atlanta policemen. THAT'S WHERE he died. A passing motorist found him nearly comatose on the side- "Give him a buck and he would return a toothless smile that certainly was not without charnL " fell over dead." I LIVED in Collier area, and marveled at the surprising - neighborhood I hope relatives, if read this, and I sure one ing by when cover his last blood kin at his thinking. Even old BY SPECIAL walk Monday afternoon. Barney had been fading fast NEWS IS lately. COLUMNS BY THE The motorist took him to 6mZZARD, the Union Mission. One of the BY MOmLAND spokesmen there told me MOST WIDELY what happened. WRITER OF HIS "Barney was in bad shape," he said "The first thing we do is give them a shower PRODUCTIONS P.O. and then find the.some ATLANTA, GA clean clothes. We gave him BOOK ANDMUSK the shower, and then he just WIDE. Asking Aldrich to Resign: Bad During Monday night's council meeting, Councilman Jimmy Jackson said during the council's comments that he thought Hogansville need- ed new leadership and then asked City Manager David Aldrich to resign. Councilman Charlie Frank Martin second the motion, but Mayor Wilson St. Clair rejected both motions saying this matter needs to be discussed in executive ses- sion. Jackson cited wasteful spending as one of the rea- sons the city needed new lead- ership. ON JUNE 22, 1998, the City of Hogansville hired Aldrich to run the city that was weighed down in debt to say the least. A city that was $8 million in debt, partly due to poor leadership from the pass administrations. The city was in the "red" so deeply that for two years, the Hogansaville had to bor- row $200,000 annually just to get by. Last January, Aldrich assured the citizens of Hogansville along with the mayor and council that the city is in the "black" for the first time in many years. What was Aldrich's reward for providing good leadership? I think you need to ,resign, SaFs One c.unc- man with others who agreed. MY QUESTION is a sim- ple one word question, Why? I've heard it is because of his big salary. The previous mayor and council voted on that issue five years ago. Is it jealously due to a out- sider coming to Hogansville and doing a good job? Really, Aldrich is no out- beginning, I print the truth Die ........... :::i of the issue and I sides. I builders do not manager because the city codes has told me on sions that h whatever it the books. "What ....... was Aldl00h'00,: i;00ard for .... providing good leadership?" sider due to the fact that he is a resident and purchased a home here and is raising his family here. From my standpoint, David has always been fair with me. He realized at the AFTER the Ho improved it have to borrow Mayor said in Aldrich's we be fourth year we our knees. The last two mayor said, but we are not but we are getting 50 In the Hogansville 'MEANEST MAN:" nomination for the the year. And we don't here in Georgia. States. He's the man that the City-County Hospital has been the home of Russell for 27 ings and gifts from while Russell lay on the ging him not to do it. has been in the hospital in since November of 1 backed into an open clothes burst into flames.. WARNING: "Dr. E.H. Troup County Health, cites the danger of J automobile battery by telling of the poisoning dren here recently..." "WANT AD WORTH FRONT PAGE: "Wanted - ring lost at the Star Hie nasium following during season of 1933. Hogansville class of 1933, tials that looked like SHAPING UP: program sponsored by the Legion of Hogansville is nicely, according to legion .RANDOM NVomen naturally like to! and men provide the