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Ot)inions & ldc as i ! T THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 (00.neb 00perate00 Sy 00rib 00lublicatio00, ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL KIM MITCHELL IJBLISHER/EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDV KoBER Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@ star-mercury.corn ANGFJ BROWN P.O. Box 426 LAYOUT EDITOR Manchester, GA 31816 Ocia/ Legal Organ for the City of Hogille Getting Old? Take This Test to Know Last week I celebrated another birthday, but at my age its time to stop counting. I'm not going to tell you how old I am, but God has blessed me with well over a half cen- tury of life. Getting older doesn't bother me, but it does bother my eyes, ears, bones and mind to some degree. Let's just say, "Getting older ain't for the weak." I'm thankful that God has blessed me so far, and even more thankful that I still have all my teeth. Hey, at my age that's a big blessing! My eyesight is not that bad, I just have to hold some thing I want to read at arm's length and if I want to look at something in the distance I have to put on my glasses. I can see pretty well if some- thing is about three to four feet away. Hey, thankful for that to, at least I'm not blind... yet! My hearing is not really that bad. I can still hear the music coming from the cars of teenagers that are stopped next to me at a stoplight, but I can't hear the blasted tele- vision or my wife. The latter is by choice most of the time! My bones are feeling the effects of getting older, but that is nothing that Aleve won't take care of, most of the time anyway. But hey, I can still walk without using a cane and that is something to be thankful for. As for my mind, it's hav- ing some difficulties with get- ring older as well. There was a time ifi my life when I could remember everything. Now I'm thankful ff I can remem- ber what I said or did five min- utes ago. Of all the things I've lost, my eyesight, my mobili- ty, and so on... dang if I don't miss my mind the most! What was I saying? Oh yeah, with every birth- day it seems that your body seems to find more aches and pains to remind you that another birthday has arrived and I think that is why your mind begins to slip as you get older. I think the mind is try- ing to block out all the other stuff that is going on, losing you site, hearing and feeling those aches and pains. At least that is my theow. AS I thought about getting older, I couldn't help but have a little fun with it. As you can tell this column was meant to be a little funny and enjoy- able. So, if you are still read- ing here are a few things you might find funny about get- ting older, but probably only ff you are approaching the age that you can associate with them. Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt, doesn't work. It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?" People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. The little gray-haired lady you help across the street is your wife. The pharmacist has become you new best friend. Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot. You are cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of the police. You don't care where your wife goes, just so you don't have to go along. You have a choice of two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home earlier. You and your teeth don't sleep together. You are 17 around the neck, 42 around the waist, 96 around the golf course. You finally got your head together, now your body is falling apart. You give up all your bad habits and you still don't feel good. You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet. You look for your glasses for a half an hour, and then find that they were on your head all the time. You sing along with the elevator music. You sink your teeth into a steak...and they stay there. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going. Your best friend is dating someone half his or her age and.isn't brO.ddng any laws. Your idea of a night out is sifting on the patio. Your idea of weight lift- ing is standingup. Your joints are more accu- rate than the National Weather Service. Your memory is shorter and your complaining is longer. Your mind makes con- tracts your body can't keep. Your new easy chair has more options than your ear. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either. You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead. It takes two tries to get up from the couch. You're on vacation and your ENERGY runs out before your money does. Sound familiar? Then your getting older to! THE HOGANSVLE HZRALD 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 truth. 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.Single copy 50. Felt strBscgn, rloss call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, R O. Box 4, Manchester, Georgia 31816. P: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. PAGE 4A - HOGANSVIILE HERALD - THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 There Are Many Problems With Medicare According to Social details for their area and several leading Democrats Security estimates around 10,000 people turn 65 every day in America and this will continue for another 18 years. Because the Affordable Care Act has extended the imple- mentation of the Employer Mandate for another year group plans will still be underwritten during 2014 and this means that insurance companies will still consider age and health conditions when calculating a group's insurance rates. When an employee turns 65 and continues to work they needto fully understand their Medicare choices. For exam- ple they should know the dif- ference between a Part B and a Plan B. They should know the difference between a Medicare Advantage plan and a Medicare Supplement plan. Understanding Medicare can be overwhelming to sen- iors on the plan. There are sources they can check with for information and guid- ance. The Medicare website is a great tool for informa- tion. Older workers can see which plans are available in their area. It provides plan details for each of those. If they enter their prescriptions the site will rank the plans in order of expected annual cost based upon the medications they take. For those turning 65 they have a seven month window to make their election. Once enrolled in a Medicare plan there is an annual open enroll- ment period in which all sen- iors can make changes. This period runs each year from October 15 through December 7. There are spe- cial circumstances such as loss of job or coverage where seniors can make changes throughout the year. ALL of these factors should be considered at each senior's appropriate time. All seniors should be informed and make the best decision for their needs and their sit- uatiov- If a senior needs help in making those decisions they should contact those who can help them. House Speaker John Boehner and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid reached agreement in late March on legislation to stop a looming 24 percent cut in Medicare payments to doc- tors and it passed the House on March 27. At this writing it was not known if the Senate passed the bill also. The bill passed the House on a surprise voice vote after an hour long delay that sig- naled GOP leaders were hav- ing difficulty mustering the two-thirds vote to pass the bill under fast track procedures as some Democrats withheld support as did some Republicans which led top leaders in both parties to call off a roll call vote and ease the measure through with a wink and a nod. The vote was engineered by Majority Leader Eric Cantor with cooperation from top Democrats such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The vote came after were against the bill which would'patch" the Medicare fee 'stem for 12 monthe. Thereiis::-" much support for legislation to permanently solv the problem but no agreement m .how to pay fo it. The measure represents the 17th time Congress had stepped in with a temporary fix to a poorly designed Medicare fee formula that dates back to a I997 budget law. Hospital Medicare admit- tance bus also chanm! under Obama Care. You must be admitted by your primary Physician in order for Medicare to pay for it. If you are admitted by an emer- gency room dsctar Ris treat- ed as outpatient care where hospital cost are not covered. The Medicare deduction from seniors Social Security checks continues to immmse and those in Washington need to act now to stop this. Senie who rely on their Seelal Security check to purchase their groceries and other nec- essary items need larger checks each month and not smaller ones. So Long to a Beloved Rhinestone Cowboy Last week it was report- ed that entertainer Glen Campbell has entered an Alzheimer's care facility. Many of you will remem- ber Glen Campbell, a talent- ed entertainer of years gone by. Campbell chiefly per- formed in the Country Music genre, though he also yodeled, and was quite pop- ular in what was the "pop" music genre of his day. His songs, including "Gentle on MyMind", "By the Time ! Get to Phoenix", "Galveston", "Wichita Lineman", "Southern Nights" and of course "Rhinestone Cowboy" were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. They still prove popular today. Not to he tightly packaged in one or two music genres, it might surprise some of you to know that Campbell's musi- cal talents were featured with such greats as Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Frank Sinatra and the great Elvis Presley. For a period of time, Glen Campbell filled in for Brian Wilson as part of The Beach Boys. As some will remember, Campbell also enjoyed suc- cess in television with "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" airing from 1969 to 1972. Featured on his show were such favorites as the Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and many others. His televi- sion show was credited with helping launch the careers of Anne Murray, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and more. As his popularity contin- ued to grow, Campbell branched into acting with his most notable performance being as a Texas Ranger in "True Grit" with John Wayne and Kim Darby. CAMPBELL struck a note, literally and figurative- ly, with his audience. When bad weather strikes and the power goes out, I think about those linemen working to get the power restored. And lurking in the back of my mind are the lyrics, "And the Wichita lineman is still on the line." As with many others, the bright lights of the big city were lot always kind to Campbell. For a period of time he was repeatedly the subject of supermarket tabloids. The glittering star that had been Campbell faded and tarnished with age. Despite those issues, Campbell's music continued to be enjoyed by many, along with those of a much younger generation. While visiting with our daughter in Texas a few years ago, we happened into a music an d video shop. AS I was browsing i/f the Used music section, I found a CD that included some of Campbell's greatest hits. The music brought back good memories and I had to purchase that CD. Unfortunately, the music was performed after Campbell's voice was past its prime. Still, it is enjoyable lis- tening to some of his music and at the end of one song he actually yodels. Campbell is 77-years old now. About three years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As his memory began to fail he would be accompanied on stage by someone prepared to help him with lyrics in ease he forgot and stumbled with words. As the Alzheimer's dis- ease progressed, family members had to provide eou- stant care. Then just last week it was reported that Campbell had been moved into an Alzheimer's care facility. It was noted that in the facility CampheH periodical- ly picks up a guitar and pro. ceeds to perform mine ef his songs. Then, just as quickly, the mental veil falls and the performer is gone until the next time it happens. ','GaliimrfOn, bk6blston, I am so qfratd o/dying.  It is tough watching those around us grow old and infirm, and Aigbeimer's makes growing old so much worse. As I told someone last weekend, time does not stand still for any of Us. Glen Campbell is on hia final Rhinestone Cowboy ride and the lyrics from that most noted song include'. "Well, I rexy don't mind the rain "And a smile can hide all the pain "But you're down when you're ridin' the train that's takin' the/ong way." No other words are need- ed. That's my Oldniou 40 Years Ago In the Hogansville Herald Compiled by Rob Rlchardson SHOCK AND DISBEUEF - The top story in the April 22, 1965 Hogansv/I/e Hera/d was about a trag- ic death. "A gdnding one-car accident took the life of County Commissioner Dan Ketth hem last Saturday night when the pickup truck he was driving ran off County Road 28 and overtumed several times. A passenger in the truck, Paul S. Hubbard of Route 1, Hogansville was injured in the mishap as he received chest injuries, a fractured hip and multiple lacera- tions." EFFECTS OF THE ARAB OIL F.MB.4RO-A local business was announdng a big change and blam- ing it on the energy cdsis. =Frank Crawford, owner of Crawford Hardware, announced this week that his business will begin closing all day in the future. Mr. Crawford stated that he ia not try- ing to inconvenience his customers. "We'll be doing our part for the energy cdsis7 he said. BARGAINS OF THE 70s- If you didn mind aiw flaws, there were some incredible dsals belng olered in the 'Rummage Sale' ad placed by Henson Furniture. Available were used televisions from $5 to $50, beds for $14.95, damaged furniture for g9 and commodes and tables for l 00.gs. OTHER HEADLINES - lr. White Celebrates;" "Uniroyal Softball Team Whipped by Foaer;" "Frank Wilson to Speak to Austdan Group;" 'National Week May 6-11 ;" =Fire Protection B ReduOIk in rates." _L t