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PAGE 4 - HOGANSVlLLE HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, IVIAY 7, 2010 THE HOGANSVILLE.HOME NEWS JOHN K~ALL P~SHE~F~rroR Lm~mE I~ ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Ros R~CHARDSON ~SSOCIATE EDITOR ANDY Kom~ Assm'rAwr EDrrOR Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 A uhli timt p.o. Manchester, Georgia 31816 MIIlard S. Grimes, President I welcome and appreci- ate reader comments on any of our columns, whether the comments are pro or con. I seldom answer them in the newspaper since an editor obviously has an unfair advantage. However, I do want to comment on a recent letter from Mark Smith of Pine Mountain, whose letters are invariably, interesting, thoughtful and well written. 'Many in Millard Grimes' generation can be forgiven for idolizing Franklin D. Roosevelt," Smith wrote. "After all FDR did preside over a war torn economic depression and his policies appeared to be a much need- ed lifeline. But, as we com- memorate FDR's death 65 years ago, the cold lens of objectivity does not color his policies in quite the rosy hue that Mr. Grimes does (refer- ring to the column 'The Nation FDR Made.' Mark's letter went on to cite a recent Wall SWeet Journal article by Burton and Anita Folsom, which con- cluded, "The Great Depression was over, no thanks to FDR. Yet the myth of his New Deal lives on. With The jolt was known as World War II, and it resolved the arguments over how much the nation could spend and how much it could tax. ONE late achievement of the New Deal was the GI Bill, passed in 1944 at the request of Roosevelt. The GI bill may have done as much to change the nation as the earlier New Deal programs, Before World War II, less than five percent of college age Americans attended college. Colleges were enclaves for children of the wealthiest families. The GI Bill paVed the way for more than I million for- mer servicemen and women to become students - and expect their children to do se. In its peak year of 1947, the GI Bill was financing 48 per- cent of students in college. Those students graduated After years of debate on sengers to wear seat belts in Tuesday of last week the House pickups. voted 132-29topassSenateBill One of the reasons I pur- 458 that will require seat belts chased a pickup truck was, in pickup trucks, while I'm not against wearing UntilthepassageoftheBill,a seat belt, it did offer me the Georgia law only required pas- choice of not wearing one sengers in the front seats of should I choose to do so. In my cars, vans and SUVs to buck- opinion, that is freedom of le up. choice. Thehold-uponthemeasure I will also admit that wear- came from Georgia's ruralleg- ing a seat belt does save lives islators, who argue that wear- and statistics haveproven that ing a seat belt is an inconven- ience for farmers and farm workers who frequently hop in and out of their pickups as they tend the fields. They also say there is too little traffic on Georgia's backcountry farm roads to worry about the risk of colliding with another vehi- cle. The new bill exempts off- road vehicles and pickups used for farming. ACCORDING to the Georgia Senate, more than two- thirds of pickup truck-related deaths resulted from passen- gers not wearing a seat belt in an accident. Requiring seat- belt use is expected to save $25 million in Medicaid costs over a 10-year period. Georgia also wouldbecome eligible for federal highway funding assistance that is being withheld until the seat-belt gap is closed. That alone probably played big in the decision mak- ing process, but there are other reasons. Georgia and New Hampshire (which doesn't have any laws requiring adults to buckle up) were the only states that did not require pas- crash victim. Society bears 85 Researching the topic, the fol- percent of those costs, not the lowing statistics verify the faot individuals involved. Every that wearing a seat belt American pays about $580 a improves the chances of sur- year toward the cost of crash- viving an automobile crash, es. The Safety Department THROUGH research I also says that by reaching the found several interesting facts goal of 90 percent seat belt use, to be shared: and 25 percent reduction in Failure to wear a seatbelt childfatalities, wewillsave$8.8 contributes to more fatalities billion annually. than any other single traffic . About 80 percent of all safety-related behavior. About death to children in a motor 63 percent of people killed in vehicle accident could be pre- accidents are not wearing seat vented by properly securing belts, the safety harnesses and seat- Seat belts are the'mostbelts. (James Madison effective safety devices in University) vehicles today, estimated to As many as 17,000 people save9,500 lives each year. Yet could be saved every year by only 68 percent of the motor wearing a seatbelt. (James vehicle occupants are buckled. Madison University) In 1996, more than 60 per- * Of the 32,598 passengers cent of the occupants killed in killed in 2002 as the result of fatal crashes were unre- an automobile crash, almost 60 strained, percent were not wearing seat- According to data belts. (Naval Safety Center) obtained for the U.S. Highway * Only one percent of pas- and Traffic Safety Division, if sengers who were restrained 90 percent of Americans buck- were ejected from car seats le up, more than 5,500 deaths during a car crash. Of those and 132,000 injuries annually ejected (restrained and unre- would be provented, strained), 73 percent were Onaverage, inpatienthos- killed. (Naval Safety Center) pitai care costs for an unbelt- ed crash victim are 50 percent YOU MUST admit those higher than those for a belted aresomeprettyinterestingsta- tistics and make a good argu- ment as to whyyou should wear a seat belt. However, the age- old question remains, at least for me, should people be forced to wear a seat belt? My argument has always been that wearing or not wear- ing should be the choice of an individual, excluding children because weare responsible for their safety. Of course the best way to get a child to wear a seat belt it by example, meaning if we want our child to wear one then so should we. I have been accused many times of being "old school" and that is fine with me, but in my opinion God gave each of us a gooddose of common sense and whether we use it or not should be up to us as individuals. If I know that wearing a seat belt increases my chances of surviving an accident, but choose not to wear it, that is freedom of choice. When I'm forced to wear it that choice is taken away. However, my opinion does not count because the law is the law and now I must wear a seat belt. Just like remem- bering it is not okay to pray in certain places or build upon or change my own land without the expressed written consent of the government. This column is not about wearing or not wearing a seat belt, it is about being allowed to have the freedom of choice, which is important to any American. I guess Peter Alexander Ustinov said it best, "In America, though pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from." the current effort by ~resident4Mmma4~te into a nation enjoying the :.."some ofl~DR's programs tomost prosperous period of Hear ye, hear ye[ expand this into a celebration ~ .......... ~:::~:::: ~ going to oe eating mr oreaz- get us "ouf" of the rL~cdnt U.S. history. Boys and girls, men of allfor mothers, but she died -" T~sr, ~tat'I ~mew fr~qould be depression, this myth should Many of the New Deal ages, Sunday is Mother's Day before that dream could be good. I still miss my grand- policies were designed to get and a day best not forgotten realized, mother. be laid to rest." people through the or a major brouhaha might In New York City, a Growing up, there was an Depression, not necessarily erupt with you in the center. Mother's Day celebration of older woman that livedacross YES, many of us who to end it. The New Deal cre- Around the world, sorts was established in June the road from us. She was i[ grew up during the ated jobs for people who Mother's Day is celebrated 1872, but this was mainly an "Grandma Emily" to every- Depression and World War II, did think highly of needed one and were willing all during the year. From a anti-war celebration. As with onearound. Saturday was her to work. It provided funds to February celebration in any number of single-focus baking day and she made the Franklin Roosevelt, although 'idolize' is a bit strong. But the debate over Roosevelt and the New Deal is not gen- erationai. He had detractors during his years as president who were powerful and ded- icated, including such Democrats as AI Smith, the party nominee for president ' in 1928 and John Raskob, the party's chairman when Roosevelt was nominated for president. The arguments today on Obama's policies echo the arguments heard in the 1930s about the New Deal, and indeed are a part of an on- going debate that started in Colonial times. I am not familiar with the article referred to in Mark's letter, but I am familiar with " its conclusions. Mainly, it is the "supply-side" versus "demand-side" economic help them survive the lean times; and it laid the founda- tion for the great nation that emerged and thrived because of wage and hour laws, Social Security, unem- ployment benefits, Rural Free Delivery; electrical co- ops. Maybe all that would have happened without Franklin Roosevelt, but what history undeniably shows is that it did HAPPEN while he was president, and the nation was far better the day he died than the day he became president -and it is better today. If those policies were myths, their results fed people and won a war against great adver- saries and still feed people today. THE ARTICLE in the Wall Street Journal was no doubt prompted more by debate also known as the "trickle down" theory, today's economic crisis than i by Roosevelt's policies, in Roosevelt actually cut back fear that President Obama on government spending inwill realize that he must use late 1937, which brought on more of the medicine that the economic downturn of 1938. He and his administra- finally ended the Great i tion knew the right medicine Depression - federal spend- ing. to get the nation completely In 1934, two years after out of its slump but were Rcoseveltbecame president, reluctant to use it in the nec- a group of rich and powerful essary dose. Then, suddenly, the log- opponents formed what they i jam broke, and enough fed- called The Liberty League, eral money poured into the with the avowed objectives economy to completely ele- of teaching respect for the [ rate it not just from the Great rightsofpropertyandrequir- ing government to encour- i Depression but from the age private enterprise. It was broadly agricultural nation that existed before the also known as the "I Can't Depression. Take It Anymore Club." I Sound familiar? THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publicafiom. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage pai~l at Hogansville. Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FoR ~SCltWrm~s call (706) 846-3188 or write to Ch~ulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426, Mancttester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. Norway, to a December cel- ebration in Indonesia, moth- ers are recognized and hon- ored. Their contributions are without equal. The history of the mod- ern celebration of Mother's Day is buried in antiquity. Some scholars suggest that Mother's Day came from ancient Greece and a festival honoring Cybele, who was the great mother of Greek gods. The Roman Empire incorpo- rated the celebration but also had a holiday called Matronalia, during which gifts were given to mothers. Skipping a year or two, or perhaps a wee bit longer, in Europe there surfaced a hol- iday called Mothering Sunday. This particular day was used by the Anglican churchand Catholic church to honor the Virgin Mary and the "mother church". IN the United States, the origins of Mother's Day are traced back to 1868 when Ann Jarvis formed a committee to establish a Mother's Friendship Day. This day was designed to reunite families that had been divided by the Civil War. Her desire was to ideas, after a few years inter- est waned -- and so did the celebration. In 1877, another such cel- ebration was said to have started in Michigan. In a con- voluted story, Juliet Calhoun Blakeley apparently finished a sermon started by a dis- traught pastor. While in the pulpit, she called on other women to help. Blakeley's sons were apparently so impressed, they returned each year to pay tribute to their morn. The story indi- cates that in the early 1880s, the sons were instrumental in having the Methodist Episcopal Church in Albion, Michigan, recognize the spe- cial contributions of mothers on the second Sunday of May. Getting back to Ann Jarvis, she was still attempt- ing to establish a wider cele- bration of Mother's Friendship Day when she died in 1905. Her daughter, Anna Jarvis, took up the cause. After several local eel- ebrations, she campaigned to establish Mother's Day in the United States and then as an international celebration. Mother's Day was declared an official holiday in 1910 in West Virginia, and best raisin bread. Some of us other states quickly followed, boys would go over to As with most good ideas, it Grandma Emily's and cut her tooktheFederalGovernment grass and do those other until1914todowhatthestates things she could no do. I even had already done. recall helping put fiberglass The use of carnations on insulation in the roof of her Mother's Day is also traced house. In later years, when I back to Anna Jarvis, who would visit home from col- delivered 500 carnations to lege and Grandma Emily saw mothers during the celebra- mycar, she would fix me a loaf tion held in 1908. It was of raisin bread. She has been through the efforts of florists dead for many years now, but that red carnations came to I still remember the taste of indicate that a person's moth- melted butter on her warm er was still living while white raisin bread. carnations indicated that a person's mother bad died. THERE are many ways to show morn your apprecia- THE PLACE of women in tion. our lives, in addition to our Bright baubles or a nice mothers, can never be over- dinner somewhere always stated, seem to work. For a while during my If you have not seen morn childhood, my grandparents in a while, perhaps a visit lived relatively close. My would be greatly appreciat- grandmother invited me to ed. eat breakfast with them on If morn lives too far away Sunday mornings. So early on for a visit, consider sending Sunday mornings I would get flowers or a gift certificate, on my bicycle and pedal to and a telephone call. their house. Eggs and grits, And while you are sausage or bacon, sometimes remembering morn, but sure there would be pancakes or to think of your wife as well; waffles, and on special occa- you do not want either one to sions there might be French think you forgot. toast. I never knew what we That's my opinion. WHO DIDrTHAT?- One of the front page stories in the May 4, 1960 Hogansville Herald was about a suspicious fire. "Fire Chief John Purgason said Tuesday that investigation had definitely established arson in the Tuesday morning fire which did slight damage to the R.M Ware homeplace on North Highway." Police on patrol knew the building was unoccupied but "smelled burning oil and glanced toward the house, saw a flickering light in one of the windows and found a small fire gaining headway on one of the rooms." HERE'S YOUR REWARD - Also on the front page was a story about kids getting to see an unidentified movie. "As a reward for their splendid coopera- tion and efforts during their recent visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile, the school children of Hogansville who participated in the effort will be guests of the Royal Theatre and the Kiwanis Club Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. At that time they will be shown a movie, through the courtesy of Lam Amusement Company, operators of the theatre. Popcorn will be sewed free to the kiddies, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club."