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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIA HOME NEWS - APRIL 12, 2001 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS A Grme tan PtmtJmR/ADVa]SING DmETx)R JOHN Kt'AtL ASsxztA: PUB11SmR/Etn'roa BRW: GE1ra A,%OCIA]E EDITOR JAVNE GOLDbO)N Buslr MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 I2. O. Box 426 ttogansville, Georgia 30230 |What Happened To |]:he 'Space Race?' "Space: The Final Frontier." i've heard those words millions ff times over the years. As a fan ff Star Trek and a young boy vatching on television as Neal Lrnstrong stepped on the moon's surface, I believed that man 7ould one day fly back and forth rom the moon as easily as dri- ring to and from work everyday. o far, I've been wrong. When I was about four-years- ld, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin f the Soviet Union was the first roman to enter space, He circled I :he Earth for 90 minutes on April [i2, 1961. This was at the height f the Cold War and erica [aegan its own space pects to insure that the Russians would aot do something better than we ould. It was because of the Cold War that space exploration and development was fueled into what it is today. Since that time, more than 600 men and women have traveled into space. They have left foot- prints on the moon, built space stations and explored planets th unmanned spacecrafts. i Saturday, NASA hunched a probe called 2001 Mars Odyssey which will travel to Mars, circle mankind. We have, not sent a human to the moon'S'surface for more than 30 years. It makes one wonder if the 'aace for Space" is as important to the generation of today as it was back when I was boy MANY THINGS have played a key role in the decline of space exploration and travel. The Soviet Union's space program has been decimated by problems with the economy, Its Mir space station project failed and the orbiting lab- oratory had to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean just a few weeks ago. President Reagan first pro- posed an orbiting space station in 1984 and that project contin- ues to have problems with cost overruns. The list could goon and the planet and search for signs on. of water. Wh?o..ieatists believe ..... While pubtie support of the ! vhere there is water there is usu- space program may be declining ally life. Fdwater, find life Of to some degree, the race could be on again in a few years. China is well on its way to a manned space flight and Europeans are talking about constructing a lunar space base of its own. Of course, those are small potatoes to some degree when compared to the U.S. space program. I for one do not think the"Race for Space" will return the inter- est of this nation to space explo- ration. It will be human nature that does so. When humans stop exploring, learning and wonder- ing, then we stop evolving. It is our nature to be curious and space offers us a look at the new fron- tier. It is our nature to explore, learn and conquer. Space, how- ever, will probably forever be the one thing that man will not con- quer. course, this is not the first probe that has visited Mars. We have sent others. In 1999, NASA lost two spacecrafts on the planet, the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander. The 2001 Mars Odyssey was named after a science-fiction novel writtenby Arthur C. Clarke. The book eventually became a movie.., now it actuary can be linked to real life. Some may wonder why this mission is important. It is proba- bly because NASA wants to show the public that the Mars program :is a viable one. For whatever rea- son, there has not been much said of the project. It just didn't have the san punch as the Soviet Union project in 1961 or Armstrong's one giant leap for \\; We welcome your letters. Please mail them m: Thep. Hogmas. ville Home News O. B  Hmville, C_oqia 30230 Please fax them to: 70(*846-2206 Please be sure w include an address and pbone number r terification). ,,,  Tim H HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Metur3 Publishing Company. a division of s Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway. Manchester. Georgia 3 ! 816. USPS 6204t. Su rates by mail: $16in Troup, Heardor Meriwethor Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansvil C, eoa 3o230. FOR- -- call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mercury Publications. P, O Box 426. M. a 31816. Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville. GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Adving Director .................................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor ................................................................ John Kuykendall Associate Editor ......................  ........................................................................... 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James S, Gary Hart "l00rned Spotlight (From Spring, 1992) The 1992 presidential cam- paign began, and we all knew somebody would get nailed with sexual misconduct because of the Gary Hart Rule of Politics, which is also a boxing adage -- you can run, but you can't hide. Sure enough, it was Arkansas Democrat Bill Clinton and the blondes. Ever really look at the wife when a politi- cian gets nailed for fooling around and holds a press con- ference to say it isn't so? They show up at the press conference and stand next to their tiptoe- ing husband, who gives it the old "Sure, we've had our prob- lems in our marriage like every- body else, but we've stuck by each other through it all." What that really means is, "I promised if my wife would show up at the press conference with me and act like it's no big deal with her, if I make it to the White House, I'll buy her a lot of neat clothes like Jackie Kennedy had and let her make all the key decisions during my presidency. Hell, she's made all the key decisions when I was governor/senator anyway. I was too busy on the monkey busi- ness." And the dutiful wife, appro- priately bribed, says things like, "We've had a wonderful, strong marriage, we've had our share of problems, but because of our love and dedication to each other, we have been able to get through the trouble spots." That means, "I'm going to wear the writing off that son of a bitch's credit card when I get to Washington, and if he so much as even mildly questions my decisions on how to run the country, I'll nail his little wee- nie to his desk in the Oval Office." OF COURSE, Clinton's wife, Hillary, got into some trouble for talking about standing by her man then saying, "But I'm no Tammy Wynette." Tammy Wynette had a big country hit called "Stand by Your Man," although she final- ly got enough of her husband. George (Possum) Jones to leave him. And I'll have to take Tammy's side on this one. George was bad to drink, mad she left him home once and ordered him not to leave the house, which was boozeless. George became extremely angry after she left and took a claw hammer and pried all the heels off her closetful of shoes. It is also legend that George, with no booze in the house and no car keys, which Tammy had taken, took the riding lawn mower to the nearest liquor store. But Tammy still had a good song in "Stand by Your Man." There was the line "... after all, he's just a man," which means we're not infallible, we make awful mistakes, but nobody's perfect and will you "It is also legend that George, with no booze in the house and no car keys, which Tammy had taken, took the r/cling lawn mower to the nearest liquor store." hush your nagging and bitching for just a minute? MY UNCLE FRANK Grizzard had the naggiest wife I ever knew. She was my Aunt Jillie-Willie. I'm not sure if that was her real name, but that's what Uncle Frank called her. Aunt Jillie talked 50 miles an hour with gusts up to 70. She would get on Uncle Frank, a lawyer, something terrible. "Frank, Frank, Frank," she would begin, and then light into him with a Gatling bal abuse. Uncle Frank would 1 a while and then say, very name of God, you just be quiet for utes? Five little ask." But Aunt n't be quiet for five bitched at Uncle sleep, which is wh took to sleeping on barn where he kept which he named for OI' Nag. BY WITH HIS WIDOW GRIZZARD, WHO NEARBY GEORGIA WRITER OF GRIZZARD BELONGED AMERICA ! BELONGED TO THIS GEORGIA, OF WHICH SOOFTEN OF 1-85 FROM HOGANSVIIJ IS HONOR. THE LEWIS MUSEUM WAS MORELAND IN 1996, ING AND EDITING LAB l DEDICATED TO HIS BELOVED SALE THROUGH P.O. ATLANTA, GA BOOK AND MUSIC NATIONWIDE. People Who Deserve To Be She was bending over the sidewalk hacking away with a vengeance. There had been an intermittent light mist since sunrise, but if the rains contin- knew the grass would take over the path. She stopped chopping though when I pulled into her drive and turned off my igni- tion. For a little while she laid down her tools. Laid them down just long enough to give me a leisurely walking tour of her yard and garden. Three years it's been now. Seems like only yesterday at times At other times it's like I've been a Meriwether County resident forever. Of course I know I'll probably never really fit in since I have this tenden- cy to be a bit of hermit. Shucks, I lived in Fayette County for 28 years and it was about 1990 or so, before I began to feel like I could ever really belong. Then we up and left. Wanted more peace and quiet. Had this undeniable urge to get back to nature. To live simpler. To become more at one with the earth. To slow down. So what happened? Three years and I had not stopped. I had loved her yard from day one. Enjoy driving by it sever- al times a week. It has one of the most unique fences I've ever seen. An antique, she told me and point- edt0 spots where it'S staring to rust. She's planning to have it sand blasted and is worrmd about what the procedure will do to her plants. Ah, those plants. Green names I'd never heard of, would have trouble pronouncing now, and wouldn't dare try to spell, rolled off her tongue like silk. And the biggest Titre tree I'd ever seen. She said it's fra- grance embraces the whole neighborhood some days. The TLC that abounded in every cor- ner of her yard actually reached out to embrace me as we walked. I could feel it strong.. I was glad I'd stopped. She invited me back. Mentioned her homemade bis- cuits and told me about a fellow who dropped by one morning like I did and how he came on in and stayed a while and she served him hot biscuits and but- ter. I'll be going back. Plus she offered to share plant cuttings. with me. Anything I wanted, she said. Can you believe it? The south still lives... I just want to talk to her again. THEN, two days later I was driving west on 54 from Jonesboro back through Fayetteville and I saw the sign again: "birdhouses for sale." It was another yard that had always intrigued me. I turned in. Fay Sharp's husband answered the door. "Who's responsible for the all the nur- turing this yard has had for the past 20 years or so?" I asked. That would be my wife, he responded. And Fay came to greet me. Once more I got a tour. Wish I knew how to describe to you all I saw. She has little vil- lages all over the pl@ce, and bird houses tucked here and there, and a memory garden, and step- ping stones on display (works of art, I am The lady is a gifted Her dad taught stone when she was girl. For decades the talent to turn her would react to and crannies.. The yard was just It and the bird baskets and serving she paints. And the sews. And the dressing she folks like me who yeah, the south still .I had Miss Irene again that myself once more stop "next time." But l isn't setting well ly. So I had touched pulled into the ff side Gay and Didn't know her idea ff she would me. I just knew I her for that yard. Just to thank Fay unique given the with and Fay deserve to Here's the Third Step To a Fresh There is a verse in Ecclesiastes that says, "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Solomon the wise King of Israel is saying just because men are not judged immediately for their sin, they have come to the con- clusion that they have gotten away with their sin. We know from Numbers 32:23 that man's sin will find him out. Sin is the world's greatest detective. Just because sin is not judged imme- diately or consequences are not felt promptly, it is not an evidence that sin has been successfully hid- den. Sin cannot be hidden, but thank God sin can be forgiven. The fact that men do not always reap sudden consequences of sin is a sure evidence of a merciful and longsuffering God. God is a just God and a holy God, a right- eous God that does not and will not compromise his holiness, but we do find that God is a God of second, and for that matter, third chances. Since God hates sin and human beings have the capacity to sin, he has provided a way that men may have a fresh start. This week is the third and final installment on how to begin over. Thus far we have learned from the life of King David in order to start over there must first be a conviction of sin. In the life of a believer that takes place when the Holy Spirit convinces and enlightens the person that they have committed sin. The next step to a fresh start is a confession of sin. Last week we learned that confession is more than an admis- sion of sin, it is an agreement with God concerning our sin and a standing with God against our- selves regarding that sin. In con- fession repentance is also includ- ed whereby we agree with God that we are to forsake that sin with the genuine intention of not committing that sin again. Finally; as David proceeded to begin his life anew, he prayed in Psalm 51:7, 'qurge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." Also in verse 10, David cried, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Sin is not only the world's greatest detec- tive, but sin is also the world's greatest defiler. A person cannot fool with sin without getting defiled or dirty. SO, as a result, the third and final step to start- hag over is cleansing. Before a person can be restored, the sin must be removed. After David confessed, he prayed for cleans- ing, he asked for forgiveness and restoration. Now the question, "Howdoes one become cleansed from the defilement of sin?" Can one do something or some things tomake itup? What can be done to remove the stain that sin has made? The only answer to that question is found in the Word of God. Ifper- son (in our case study: a believ- er) desires cleansing from, in, the answer can be found in First John 1. Just two verses from that chapter will shed infinite light es seven and reads, "But if we walki as he is in the light, lowship blood of Jesus eleanseth us from verse nine reads, ": our sins, he is forgive us our sins us instance we confess,: defmed earHer , of Jesus not just and guilt of that sin. Itis confession the blood their sin sin, they have.a It matters not how sin nor how deep it on Calvary's years ago. If you're old life, why that can only be giveness and Lord Jesus Christ?