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A 6rht limt Millard B. Gri, THE HOGANSVlLLE HERALD I.kqPS 620-0,10 MII HA PUBLISHER/ADVERTISING Drab'cog lom, AtL ASSOCIATE PUBLISHIP,//EDITOR MARION (TEn) Smm MAorNc EDrroR/TEa-U,c, DmroR Wn]mr BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188- Fax (706) 8464206 P. O. Box 426 Hoame,  302S0 Another Country Wh00e watching Senate 00ial Let me tell of Clinton with my wife, who can easily write a nmter's on the you a Story subject if she ever gels around to it, I heard an interesting observation by a TV reporter. He noted the reason charges against Clinton are being pursued is because Southern congressmen and senators insist on it. The intent is clear, but I take it as a compliment. It seems to me that we Southerners are really a part of 'The South is the another country, at least in our way of looking at what is right or wrong. America that What that country is, I can't tell you, but I'm sure the reporter was America is still directing his comment at the "Old South", r00pr00nt00 by the t,00ompa- trying to achieve' rable Carolinians Helms and Thurmond. But then, he could easily have been talking about the young Southern congressmen, Lindsey Graham and Asa Hutchinson. Regardless of who the commens are aimed toward they imply we Southerners are not in step with what is going on in this country, to which I say, 'Thank God" So, if we aren't in step with this country, then what countries are we in step with? The fact we don't behave like the rest of the USA, and even at one point tried to break away, could be the reason the press constantly attacks our lifestyle and our polid- cians. They'll never forgive 8s'rfor our"' socie#y bffthe top 0fhty head, that failed effort to achieve 3ndepend- has honor at the top of its morals list. ence. It seems Southerners can't shake the old notions that honor and digni- ty are still important factors that make up the individual, even though they are "Gone With the Wind" today. Above all else, still in the South a man's word is his bond. If your character is such that no one can trust what you say or do, regardless of the money and power you have, Southerners will regard you as "White Trash". To some extent we are a closed society that has lived in the same towns, kept the same jobs to retire- ment, raised our children in the same environment, and never ventured in , the outside world. As a result we have formed our own covenants as to what is right or wrong. This may seem a bit short- sighted and maybe even closed minded to most liberals. So, getting back to what country I believe the South identifies with most today, maybe it's Japan. I can't think of any other modem t Regardless of the unrelenting invasion of Yankees that pour into the South daily, some who don't share our Southern heritage or val- ues, we are prone to hold on to our way of life and our sense of right or wrong. The principles that guided our ancestors fifty or a hundred years ago still work pretty well today. My answer as to what country we are, is simply this: the South is the America that America is still try- ing to achieve. OPINION PAGE 4 - HOGANSVna HERALD - APRIL 29, 1999 What a Tragic Day Thirteen white doves fluttered into the gray sky over the heads of 70,000 mourners who had gathered in Littleton, Colorado in honor of the twelve students and one teacher gunned down at Columbine High School. Families, friends and strangers clung to each other as they clutched flowers and Bibles, weep- hag and wondering why it happened. What a tragic day! What a tragic day, not for just those affected in Littleton, but for monnmes across tiffs country. What a tragic day for America. What a tragic day that this type thing could occur again most anytime or anywhere. About as tragic is the fact that our best minds in this country really don't know exactly what provokes people to become mad men and killers, orhow to stop it. They really don't know who to blame; society, parents, gun manurfacture, cults. The two gunmen had just com- pleted a program for troubled youth this past February after being caught breaking into a van. A rqx hom their supervising officer recom- mended early release from the pro- gram saying one gunman was a "bright young man who has a great deal of potential,' and the other was "likely to succeed in life." For sure, this officer must feel bad about that assessment, but how could he have known? One does not have to run a poll to know that something is seriously wrong in our country when an inci- dent such as this happens. For sure, we know something is wrong, but we don't really know what to do to see that it doesn't happen again. Citizens across our land have varying opinions on what happened that tragic day. Some feel more safe- ty measures should be added at our schools, even if they become more like prisons. Some are saying that parents should be more aware of their chil- dren's activities, and those of their peers. Some citizens are saying we must hold every gun owner legally responsible when such incidents occur, for allowing weapons to fall into the hands of our youth. That the manufacture of assault weapons, handguns and other guns not used for hunting must be stopped. Oik-'rs say that more gun legisla- tion and regulation is not the answer. Neither will prevent deranged people bent on violence from gaining access From where l sit By Bob Tri to a weapon. The answers, they say, is to leave law abiding gun owners alone, as criminal use of guns cannot be regulated. To encourage parents to be more involved in their children's lives, boycotting theaters that show violent movies. And to put prayer back in public schools. Some are saying that while reporters, parents, police and citizens across this country are asking why this happened, the answer is staring us in the face, but we refuse to see it. We, the generation which preaches love and brotherhood, have created a society totally devoid of the very love we preach. We've created a vacuum, a moral vacuum, that our children are filling with hate and violence. Some say we have ignored the signs too long. We have allowed our Each year we return to the land to turn the earth and renew the prom- ise of a new seamn. There is reassur- ance in even the smallest turned plot of ground. It is an expression of memory of the most ancient rituals of humanity. It connects us to all those who awaited the same signals of rebirth from time immemorial. There is another kind of tilling that has been performed in the Spring for over one hundred years now but one that is'of the t sod of memory. It occurs only in the South and on different days. In Georgia it is designated by an official state holiday as it is in Florida. The date is April 26th. Other states set aside different days ranging from January to June but they all have a day devoted to this memory. It was once simply called Decoration Day but has now evolved into the more formal Memorial Day. Even though it is a formal holi- day it is little noticed by most. No The Forgotten Holiday businesses close. Few speeches are given by politicians. The obliterating Just qualities of the passage of time com- a word bine with the repression of political correclness to cause Memorial Day to be considered By Tyron of little importance or relevance an& if it was so considered, to be a sub- Biott ject best forgotten by contemporary Southerners because of its ordure. But if you ride across the land them. Then they place their flag and after the 26th of April and notice the move on, looking for another name rural churches and their adjacent from the roster. es or if you see some small It is considered bad taste at Best collction of monuments moldering and racism at worst to opelily honor in an almost forgotten burying the Confederate dead. Their cause ground you may notice small color- has been maligned in a steady ham- ful fags fluttering beside certain meting by the cultural elite from the headstones, left and has been sullied from the There are still those who seek to right by ignorant abuse of the sym- identify and honor the resting-place bols of the Confederacy by those of the soldiers. Most markers show who seek defiance instead of honor. only their regiment and company. Sailing a perilous course Manyjust say unknown. The memo- between this Sylla and Charbydis the rial seekers pause and ponder what memorial seekers persist in trying to stories of sacrifice and courage lie honortheir ancestors with all the dig- forever sealed in the plot before nity they can muster. youth to shave posters of Hitler. We brush black clothes and dark music freedom of expression without tioning what it is they are express. As citizens we should in career days at school, be a Brother/Sister, mentor the' hire in your business, responsibility and ethics. Finally, some citizens are our children consume a of violence from the time they sit in front of a television. They l that in our society with superior firepower. The entertainment seems to believe that firearm lence is just another form of tainment. They glamorize it make it seem normal. Perhaps can be taken from citizens across this nation is Perhaps those in ship will evaluate the truths come from these statements mulate a plan that will help to l incidents such as the Columbine High School. Meanwhile, as we the terrible event, we can truly It was a rare time in history every man was called upon to e ine his own courage. Each one that perhaps the right or wrong  conflict would be debated by generations from a more vantage point of hindsight. For them this complex became reduced to the fact whatever reason, an invading was marching toward their They could choose to repel not. Over one million chose met course and rne-fourth' of died in the effort. ........... For the survivors their fears were realized as they their hoes go up occupying troops left here in twelve When the vast majority men were put to the test their and courage were not found It is these qualifies that memorial seekers to their heads and plant their little: It is a small thing to do. 1 ay . gak Letters to the Editor Where Will It End? To the Editor:. It is very disturbing that yet another violent murder has been committed at a high school. When will this senseless killing stop? I believe it will happen when patts once again take control and responsi- bility for the actions of their'children. The past 20 or so Fairs have seen an epidemic of'child abuse emerg- ing. We have a generation of children with no respect for. ty.. ,. . Authority is' not .... power. Authority is b'dity attd pro- techon. He' Will" lid.dttZ'lXmmts accountable for not disciplining their children. Either one is Very damag- ing. Kids are not equipped with the ability to make the decisions  are to ,y: 0000-ents are supposed to be the bad guy. Yes, kids are angry. I believe they are angry because no bne is giv- ing them strong direction and leader- ship. Some parents just want to be their kid's pal. That is completdy wrong. You cannot be the parent and the buddy. Kids are begging for the security and consistency from someone in their life that has the courage to say "no". I was a youth director for 18 years and the thing I saw the mos! was the kids in need and, much to their surprise, desire for boundaries. When I went in to a church I set storeS, distinct boundaries that were immovable. In the beginning they would test the boundaries, but once they learned there was freedom in those boundaries and I would let them do just about anything inside the lines, they policed themselves. 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Today, April 26, my wife, having a very hurtful condition on her left shin and having a lmrd time walking, decided to go to the .sargery at the Roosevelt Institute.Being unable to get service by phoning, we went to the said institute only to be told that they were closed due to a holiday. Here my wife was told that the doctor she requested to see was unavailable until. Thursday, April 29th. I am sum glad it isu't a case of life or death, or it could be curtains. all these lxoblems, Y2K has nothing for us to fear. I sum f ten yeu, have been added on to me.lt seems to  t!t the raajority of the doctors today are quick to for-  t rlippomae Onat they  ta upon their Fr mtat Wna Libraries Are as Popular as Did you know? Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries three times as often as they go to movies. Public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without Internet connections at m, school, or work. Americans, on average, check out a total of six books a year. They spend about $21 a year in taxes for the public library--less than the cost of one best-seller. Federal spending on libraries totals only 54 cents per personless than two postage stamps. These facts about libraries show the need for community support of our library. The wonderful world of books and reading as part of a continuing lifetime education are what we offer to people. The additions of computer infor- marion access and tools for other learning experiences are what we want to provide. We appreciate your suplxm and want to know how we can best meet your needs. In the "Satisfaction Survey" con- ducted last year you gave us satisfac- tory to outstanding scores in all To maintain this level of service mad to provide more hours of opera- don, we added a new member to our staff and expanded our hours to meet yonr needs. To improve the convenience of our library, we are now open from II:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays for people who want to visit us during their lunch break. In the past year, we added a new comtmter for acr.ess to the Internet. We now have two computers for Library news Jane tham ttshall, public use, one for the Interact and one for word processing. This addi- tional computer is needed because there are more and more people moving into our community. In comparison to last year, our registrations are up 7 percent, circu- lation of print materials is up 13 per- cent, and the number of people using the Intemet is up 70 percent. As you know, additional salaries and equipment are cosily. We need your on-going support to continue to improve and expand our services to meet the needs of our community. Volunteer positions are always" available at our library. If you want to donate your time to help with children's programs or maintain the card catalog and book collections, etc., there is always more to do than our staff can get done. We are in the final planning stages for our 1999 Summer Reading Club. The theme this year is "Chill Out with Books". We are planning many fun activ- ities including three special pro- grams for everyone to be presented at the Hogansville Senior Center. We have the magician, David Ginn. and professional storyteller, Akbar Imhotep, returning this year. Also, the much-loved Pat Gay from LaGrange Memorial Library will present a program at the Senior Center. We thank all of you already volunteered to help important program. ing for fun is what these are all about: Remember ."Kids who Succeed!" and you can be a their success. Please contact' you want to help. Thanks your support! Our next Storytime" for children ages five, is Thursday; May 6 at 11 '?re-School Storytime" three to five will be at Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20, 29. Additions to include: Adult Fiction "Biting theMoon" by Grimes; Michael MoOrcock's Tales of the White Wolf'; "I Thee Wed" by Quick; "Deadly PleasuZs'. by hines; "Bedford Square" by A# Large Print Fiction 'q'hey Who,,Love" by Baldwin; 'q'he Girl Who Had by Rae Foley; 'The Substitute Guest" t Livingston FIill "Deadly Legacy" by MacManns.- Non-Fiction "Christmas with Living"; 'The Patio Garden: Month" by MJ.