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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - APRIL 25, 2002 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A 0im,e, lh$1tatimt Mtllard B. Grimes, President Mn HAt PUBIJStfEIAD'qTISING DIRECTOR JOllS KLALI, AYkK?IAa PUBLIStff'4EDITOR RoB Rlc &SS ISTANT EDITOR JAYNE GOIJ)SN BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O, Box 426 ttogansviUe. Georgia 30230 Discipline Yore" Teens Before Judge Has To I read with much interest this past week, a story in the Atlanta Constitution about a LawrenceviUe woman that endured as teenagers ravaged her home; threatened to kill her, her husband and pet dog; and raped her before leaving. The woman told reporters that all she could think about was surviving. A published author of a book about crime, thewomantold policeshe drew on her research to survive the ordeal. Her husband told reporters, it was all he could do not to fight his wife's attack- er. He stated the only reason he was able to do so, was because he knew they would not only kill him but his wife as well. According to the story, two teens knocked on the couple's door and let them out of the house by telling them they had been attacked down the street When the couple told the teens they would call 911, one of the boys stated he would rather make the call so he could give police a description of the person that attacked him. The couple stated that one pie. They knew they could frighten them into submission According to the news story, one of the teens told the woman they were suppose to ki them. What he meant was "not leave any witnesses behind." Luckily for the cou- ple, the teens were not ready to become murders. IT SFMS TODAY that more and more teens are involved in criminal activity of theft, shootings, etc. We all know that drug use has a great deal to do with the increase in teen criminal activity, unfortu- nately so does just pure.mean- ness. Fve know some y good kids over theyearsthat are now either serving prison terms or on parole. of the teens then asked to use: :: the bathroom and the husband told him to go outback. The husband remembered that the back door was unlocked and made his way back to lock it. The teen bad already made it to the door and pulled a shotgun on the man forcing him inside the house. The other teen used a knife to force the wife back inside, according to the story. It was kind of a strange stow to tell the truth. ACCORDING to the stow, two other teens were driving the get-away car and drove away leaving the two teens inside the home. The boysthen took the keys to the couple's car, but the story did not say if the car was takeri or how the teens made their escape. Police did  four teens and charge then in the incident. Since they are teens, they will most likely get off With time in a juvenile detention center and be released. \\;\ Unfortunately, this couple will have to live with the mem- ories of this experience the rest of their lives. This case is a perfect exam- ple of why some cases warrant teens being tried as adults. In this case, the teens used a weapon, and acoording to the news story, repeatedly threat- ened the couple. If that is true, then the teens knew they could get what they wanted by threatening the cou- One  coached in both youth football and baseball is currently serv- ing a prison sentence for ldlling another teen. Another teen I've know for years, was involved in a strong arm robbery. Both of these young men were good kids, raised in good homes, but just let others and circumstances lead them down the wrong road. I'm concerned with the increased criminal activity by our teens today, especially the violent crime activity. I dont know what the answer is to decreasing crimi- nal activity among teens. However, I do know where to start_., at home. As a child growing up, I would have been really afraid to do some of the tlfings teens do today. Thepolice wouldhave been the least ofmyworries, I would have been worrying about my parents the most. My dad owneda razor strap and he knew how to use it, I remember the times hediduse it. There weren many, but I assure you I haven forgotten them. Discipline in the home is the key to keeping teens out of trouble. I'm not saying abuse them, they 00ust need diseip00ne. They need to know there is a price to pay for any wrong doings and it is our job as par- ents to make sure they do know. ThE H(N;ANSVILLF HOME NEws is published weekly by the Star-MercuD  Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 6204]40. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230. FOR so call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mercury Publications. E O. Box 426, Manchester. Georgia 31816. : Send address changes to E O, Box 426, Hogansville. GA 302,30. S Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor .....................................................  ...... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................ Jayne Goldston Assistant Edito ............................... i ........................ . ............................. Rob Richardson Staff Writers ......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager....: ............................................................. laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ............................................................. Linda Lester Composing ................................................................. Dewayne ktovCers, Valinda lvery Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Pressroom Manager. ....................................................................... Wayne wski Pressroom ............................................................. :. ........... David Boggs, Larry Colleges w Omtazs President. ............................................................................................ MAllard B. Grimes Vce President ...................................................... ; ........................... Chaflo S. Grimes Secretary .......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Coffer Treasurer ......................... i ............................................................. Kathy Grimes Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary .............................................. James S. Grimes Golfing at the Big-Time Forget the U.S. Open and all that splendid play by the pro golfers and all that money they won and come with me to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the golf tourna- ment known simply and ele- gantly at the Crosby. Itis whatever happened to the Bing Crosby tourna- ment in California that drew the starts and the game's top players for so many years. The late crooner had indi- cated that if there came a time that less than S0 percent of the proceeds of his tourna- ment were going to charity, it should be halted, moved or somehow altered to return to its roots as an event held pri- marily to help the less fortu- nate. The demands for a large purse for the pros final]y did deplete the charitable funds, and Crosby's widow, Kathryn, packed the whole thing up and moved it to Burmuda Run Country Club. The tournament raises 8 mil- lion for charity. I WAS INVITED to play this year. It was an incredi- ble experience. For four days, I played between the ropes, just like the stars of the PGA. The Saturday crowd was estimated at more than 20,000. I, a 14-handicapper who shouldn't be that low, hit a screaming three-iron 12 feet from the pin on the watery 17th hole in front of 5,000 people. When I arrived at the green to applause just like at the Master's, I did my best Jack Nicklaus smile and waved. I missed the putt, but I made par, and it was bigger than the time in high school I hit the pop fly that rolled into the weeds by the conces- sion stand and before the ball could be found, I was around the bases for the winning run. I also topped a few off the tee, left one in the trap on 18, and lost my player's badge and was nearly thrown off the course by a security guard, who said with a sneer, "You don't look like no golfer." I ALSO got to meet a lot recognize you clothes on." ............ and I, quite frankly, i fie tired of it. It was! to put up with a of women ous mating calls. Finally, of famous people. Bob Hope was there. I shook his hand. I also met Oprah Winfrey, McLean Stevenson, Claude Atkins, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., football's Dick (Night Train) Lane and Jim McMahon, the goofy quarterback from the Chicago Bears, left on the same plane I did. I also played a round with Jim Palmer as my partner. Jim Palmer is the former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles who now shows up on billboards wearing nothing but his Jockey underwear. Women love Jim Palmer. "You're absolutely gor- geous," one woman said to him at the sixth. "Jim Palmer!" exclaimed another at the tenth. "I didn't what kind of you have on?" "Not any," I hag her eating golf cart. BY SPECIAL MENT WITH HIS DEDRA, THE CARRYING GRIZZARD ING AND EDITING BEING DEDICATED MEblORY AT HIS UNIVERSITY AND TAPES ARE ABLE FOR SALE BOX 191266, The Low State of Our High The United States of America is the greatest nation on the face of God's green earth. During her illus- trious history, she has scaled some high peaks. The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights display to the world what America stands for. The armed forces that serve to protect the principles of those documents show the level of commitment to right things the world. Our 'form oT g6,'ment, our sys- tem of checks and balances, and the voting process has made our nation great. As we sit back and think of the polit- ical peaks that we have scaled, may we never forget the real foundation of our nation. Whether liberals of today want to admit it or not, our nation was founded on the principles found in the Bible. One only has to read the Mayflower Compact to real- ize this fact. While all the founding fathers may not have been Christians, this nation was founded upon those principles. The French statesman said to the effect that if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Well, my friend, America is ceasing to be good. As the songwriter said, "I love America, but I do not love what she has become." This past week our Supreme Court, the nation's highest court, stooped to a new low. They ruled the ban on "virtu- al pornography" was too broad and restrictive and what makes things worse, is the issue was over "kiddie porn," (The display of com- puter generated images depicting chiddren in explic- it pornographic situations.) The Justices of the Supreme Court are supposed to be the most just legal minds in our country. If those .who voted in favor of the ruling and those who did not have the courage to vote are the best legal minds in our land, then friend, we are in a mess. If the greatest legal minds inour country donot care any more for children than that, then the high court has sunk to the lowest pits of filth. Do they not understand that pornography is addictive and Only leads further down the road to perversion? The man who begins by only looking at simple nudity will no longer be satisfied with "softcore" but will need harder and more perverse images to satisfy his cravings. Just like a drug addict needs more and hard- er stuff to meet his "need" the pornographic junkie will need harder stuff to meet his "need." When perverts begin to look at computer generat- ed images of children, they soon will not only need more graphic images, but they WIU want to see the real thing. It has been proven that those who are addicted to pornog- raphy will want to play out in real life what they see in print or on the screen. What makes these Supreme Court Justices think those who look at children will be any dif- ferent? These Justices say they can't penal_Aze somebody for what they might do. Then why since September 11, 2001 have we arrested and detained hundreds of indi- viduals suspected of being terrorists? Why do prosecu- tors suggest to judges that no bail be set because the sus- pect might flee the state or country? They haven't run away yet, why refuse them bail for something they might do? Friend, do we in this coun- try not care enough about our children or our future than to allow them to be depicted in such a way? We in our coun- try are fighting racism on every hand. We are trying to keep blacks, whites, Hispanics and a host of eth- nic groups from being degraded. Don't our children deserve the same considera- tion? It seems that the nation's high court cares nothing about our children. They have legalized yet to be born, and have legalized the ization of innocent May America heed the words of 1 Jesus found in gospel, "But which believe in better for him that at were hanged about I and that he were song says, "Jesus tittle children not defend them, Our nation wealth and her cially her children. In a day bing called and conserve our resources, let's not i the children. I ! I rsi e Hoganst00v00e *T midst demic tiOnSo, o Delin it a ager H has ferred Roc he will Rock new ed of tb visit Friday fire deparl after