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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 . ff, mta',a ]Jnltlicatmu Mitlard B. Grimes, President MIr HAtE Pu BIJSI tER/ADVERTISING DIRF.L'TOR JOHN KtwmgmJ, &SSOClXlX Pumasura/FrroR RoB R /LSlSI'ANT EDITOR JAYNE GOIA)STON BUSINFSS {ANAGER Plmne (706) 846-3188- Fax (706) 846-2206 P O, Box426 l logansville, Georgia 30230 Why Are So Many Folks Selling Drugs? Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many people are involved in drug sales? The answer is simple... money. The thing that makes the world turn. Last week in LaGrange, multiple sentences were handed down in a major drug case from ImGrange. Others will follow. The sentences were not what made the case (, interesting. It was the property seized that made it so interesting. A 30 year-old LaGrange ,,,u was sentenced to 21 'ears and ten months in prison for conspiracy to pos- sess with intent to deliver and distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Now, that means that without parole the man will be 51 when he leaves prison. Of course we all know that he will be paroled and prob- ably serve about one third of that time if that much. Where the courts hurt him most was in his wallet. The courts seized assets that totalled more than $85,000 from LaGrange area banks; another $203,000 in cash; a 1963 custom pickup truck, three other late-model pickup trucks and a late model SUV: a 1971 custom coupe vehicle, one other late model vehicle, miscellaneous automotive tools and two homes. I would imagine the total value of the confiscat- ed property would be well over a half a million dollars. Last week, in Manchester, two men in their 20s were arrested and the total amount of drugs seized was estimat- ed at $20,000 in street value. The young men had a nice car and more than a few hundred bucks on them at the time of their arrest. In other words, the two young men made a better liv- ing than most professional people with long term careers. SO WE KNOW ,what the driving force is, now let's talk about who gets hurt. x While the courts'ake away the money and proper- ty of drug lords and take ay time from their freedontx they can not stop drugs from being sold on our streets. Unfortunately, there is always someone out there willing to buy them, so there will always be someone will- " ing to sell them for a profit. We know first hand what drug use can do to people. It can ruin their lives com- pletely. Users will sell their souls for a few bucks to buy drugs. They don't care how they get it, earn it, steal it or kill for it. So, hard working citizens like us pay a price. Drug abuse cost millions of dollarsannually from U.S. tax dollars in our attempts to edu- cate people, arrest people, etc. Insurance premiums increase due to the theft and destruction of property and the cost of hospitals, drug rehabilitation programs, etc. Of course, families pay the price as they watch their children, sisters and broth- ers, mothers and fathers simply deteriorate right before their eyes. It also poses health threats to fami- ly members due to anxiety and Worry. That doesn't even begin to touch the number of fam- ily members that have been killed or injured by users for n'loney to purchase drugs. The real people that get hurt, however, is the user. They are in and out of hospi- tals, in and out of jail and eventually die. Some last longer than others. Some die from heart failure on their first attempt. WHAT CAN WE DO? There are only three things we can do to battle drugs in our communities. First, we must keep our eyes open and notify author- ities of drug activity. However, it is important to remember that making a drug case if difficult for police. Even though we might know of drug activity, prov- ing it can be difficult. When someone is arrested on drug charges, officers have to make sure every T is crossed and every I is dotted. Education of our children is our second way of battling drugs. If there is no one to buy the drugs, dealers are out of business. Of course, we will never be rid of drugs, but we can certainly reduce the number of users that pur- chase them. The final thins is to sup- .port community programs that help battle drugs. Here are a few, Boy and Girls Clubs; youth programs such as sports activities; etc. We must come to the real- ization that reducing druguse is the best we can hope for. As long as money rules the earth, so will drugs. Tin: Ho;,svlt I.: HOMF NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury t'hJbiihing ('ompao 3 a dt ision of Gfi Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchcqcr. Georgia 318 ] 6. USPS 620-040. Subscri rates by mail: $18 in Troup. }{an'is or Mcriwether Counties: $26 a year elwhere. Pric include all ,ales taxes Perithcal txstage FaM at Hogansville. Georgia 30230. FOR SI:B,SCRII'I)NS call i 706) 846-3188 or write to Cimulation Manager, Star Mcrcut Publk'ation. P. O. Box 426. Manchester.  31816. Prompt S'I'EI: Send address changes to E O. Box 426. Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publb, hcr and Adxcnising Director ............................................................. Mike Hale A*twiat Publis|kr lind Edittw ..........................................................  Kuykendall Bume Manager ................................................................................ Jayne Goidston ,\\;,,sistal|t }'lilor ...................................................................................... Rob Richatdson Stall" Wdtel ......................................................................... .Bryan Get. Billy Bryant Asmtam Advetlising Manager ................................................................. Lamfit Lewis Advertising Sale ...................................................................................... ..Linda ('omposing ................................................................. Dewayne Valinda Ivery I cgals ...................................................................................................... Jaylle Goktsl Presmml Manager ....................................................................... Way Pre,,,,,nxn ......................................................................... J)avid Boggs, LarryCol C(mmArE OmtRS President ......................................................................................... Millard.B. Vice President .............................................................. : ................... Chark S. mes Scclarv. ........................................................................................ Laura  Corer hvasurer ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes l'mtt I zgal ('ounce! and Amtant Secmtat3 .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOG00NSVlLLE H00XtE NEWS - h.IAY 16, 2002 The Reasons Why I Get Teed The only resolution I've made for this year is to stop worrying about all the little things that drive me crazy. I can handle the big stuff. So what if the president has no idea what the people in charge of our national secu- rity are doing? He'd proba- bly just get in the way if he did. College athletes taking steroids? If the Boz wants to turn green and look like the Incredible Hulk, fine. I can even deal with second-smoke, as long as it's not coming from the roof of my house. But that annoying, nag- ging everyday stuff, that's what bolls me. You know what I hate? 1 hate those little plastic strings that hold tags on new clothes, the ones wit the T- shaped ends to keep the tags fastened. Ever try to get one of those things out of a pair of tennis socks? It can't be done without a acetylene torch, which I never have with me when I'm about to play ten- nis. But I have resolved to endure them. I hate cute messages on telephone recorders, too. Why do people think they have to be funny? "Hi, this is Arnold. Heard the one about the guy who walks up to a man standing by a dog? "'Does your dog bite?' he asked the man, who replies 'No.' So the guy reaches down to pet the dog, and the dog takes two fingers clean off. '"I thought you said your dog doesn't bite,' the first guy said. And the other guy answers, 'That's not my dog.' "Thought you'd like that one. Now, at the tone please leave youn etc., etc." I don't have time for silly jokes when I try to reach somebody on the phone, but I'm going to try to handle them and stop leaving mes- sages that say, "This is Carl Meggenfus at the IRS. Call me immediately, or else." I'm not going to get mad anymore when television newscasters joke with one anther and make "happy talk." I'm going to learnto han- dle it when I switch through the channels with my remote control device and discover The Newlywed Game is still on the air and nobody has shot Bob Eubanks. I'm not going to have a "I'm going to learn to handle it when I switch through the chan- nels with my remote control device and discov- er The Newlywed Game is still on the air and nobody has shot Bob Eubanks." stroke when I expressly tell the pizza place "no anchovies," and 30 minutes later the pizza arrives cow ered with those godaqul lit- tle hairy things, whatever they are. I'm not going to become livid with rage anymore when I'm playing behind a woman on the golf course and she ball after a dozen strokes. I am going to when I drive McDonald's and order burger and some asks, "Would you like fries with that?" I adll say "No," not "If I'd, bleeping fries I asked for them I'm not going to P when I get calls, body steals my or sulk and go position when the sure in the shower the hotel room for paying $150 a day. That's me. Mr. Women. Why have their own courses. BY SPECIAL wrrH HIS WIDOW. HOME NEWS IS CARRYING ED COLLLNS BY GRIZZARD, WHO GREW U']P| BY MORELAND. A EDITING LAB IS TO HIS THEUNIVERSITY OF GRIZZARD'S I STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS, P.O. ALA.NI"A. GA 31118-1266 The Genuine Faithfulness of There are times when we all go through the difficult times of life. Those times may be times of sickness, death, family problems, financial reverses, or the everyday temptation of life. Someone has made the statement, "you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or headed to a storm.'" It is during these difficult days of life that one of the many tactics of Satan come to bear on our lives, and that is his weapon of accusation. The devil by name means an accuser. From a careful study of the Bible, one can find that Satan has four targets for his accusations. He will accuse man to God, man to man. man to him- self, and he will also accuse God to man. It is during the trials of life that one will find Satan accusing God to man. While in those difficult days, the enemy of souls will try to cast on dark shadow on the grace and mercy of God almighty. He will bring things to our minds like, "If God really loved you, then why did he let your father die?" or he might say, "If God is so great, then why didn't he stop your child from having that wreck?" One of the goals of Satan is to hinder and even try to stop people from placing their faith in the living God of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:4) But, John eighth tells us that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Dear Child of God, when the dark days of life come, rest assured that GOd is faithful. There has not been one promise of God that has "fen to the ground." However, because we are Still living in this robe of flesh, we often struggle in our faith in God's control of things. Many times we are like Job and verse three, "Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat." he also said in that same chapter begin- ning in verse eight, "Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward but I cannot perceive him(9) on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him(10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. "Many times in the trials we wonder where God is and if he has indeed left us. Look back to what Job said in verse nine,"On the left hand, where he doth work, but I can- not behold him." Job said that even though he could not see god working, he was still working. All through scripture, we can see where God worked behind the scenes for the ben- efit of his people. There maybe some times when the people of God can- not see God work in their lives, but we  have confi- dence in knowing that Hebrews 13:5 is still true. The Bible said...."for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." Although we may not per- ceive him at times, he is who love him and are the called according to his pur- pose, he is working all things for our good and his glory. (Romans 8:28) As we think about a sub- ject such as this unseen hand to me through ways I while going world of woe, this leads me as I go. I'm trusting to hand, that guides me this weary land, sweet day, I'll strand., still unseen hand." 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