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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - MAY 29, 2003 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A rim. ublicatwn Millard B. Grins, President MiKE HALE PUBI JSttER/AI)VERTISING DIRECTOR JOHN KUYKFDAI& /',kS( ICI A'I; PUBIJSI tER/EI)ITOR ROB RICHARDSON /LSSISTA EDITOR JAYNE GOLlY'TON BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (7(16) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 1230 Dealing With Growth There is a great deal of anticipation in Meriwether County about the relocating of the Ford plant in Hapeville to the area. At the present time, Ford is looking at two sites, Meriwether County and Morgan County, both of which are Tier One counties. If the plant were to relo- cate to Meriwether County, all of the surrounding coun- ties would be affected by it. The first thing that we all know is there would be a large number of jobs open up at the plant. Employees for the facility would most likely come from not only Meriwether, but Harris, Troup and Talbot as well. There are many other rea- sons the plant would be good for the entire area, but I'm not going to get into all of those. I simply want to point out a few reasons why Meriwether, and surrounding counties, would benefit from not just Ford, but any indus- trial or commercial growth and why it's important to tW and control it early on. Troup County is the exception to the rule. Troup has seen a great deal of indus- trial growth and has been able to see first hand how it helps stimulate the economy. Talbot recently found out when Oglethorpe Power moved in and increased the tax base tremendously. There are some draw backs to industrial growth, and counties must realize that industrial growth must be monitored and the types of industry allowed to move into an area must be highly at the discretion of the community leaders. For instance, you would not want a large num- ber of smoke-stack type industries to move into an area, even though there is a place for some of those type industries. THE TRUTH of the mat- ter is, that industrial growth has another affect that many people don't realize. When an area begins to see industrial growth, it will also see retail and population growth. While Harris County has seen a great deal of popula- tion growth in recent years, and is the fourth fastest grow- ing county in the state, it has not seen a lot of industrial or retail growth. Meriwether is already beginning to experience some population increases in certain areas and once it has started, it usually doesn't slow down, but only gains momen- tum. When counties or cities began to see large population growth, the infrastructure costs begin to mount without having added industrial or retail growth to help offset it. So, things like water and sewer systems become a top priority, the schools begin to grow rapidly, and normal services like police and fire protection have to grow with the increased population. All of that is costly and without the added benefit of ind:.stri- al and retail growth, can become a serious problem as far as finances are con- cerned. I GUESS BY NOW evew- one reading this column has determined two things, one I'm all for the Ford plant relo- cating in Meriwether County. Not only because it will ben- efit Meriwether, but the sur- rounding counties. Secondly, while I'm all for growth, that I also realize it must be done in the right manner and with planning. Planning for gro is hard, as Harris County has learned. Every time you think you have the answers that will help you maintain positive growth, another monkey wrench is thrown into the plan. At the present time, Harris County is considering increasing minimum lot sizes from one and a half to two acres. Last week, the coun- ty's planning board recom- mended the county not increase lot sizes. Because Troup has seen both industrial and popula- tion growth, which helps keep a balance, problems have arose from such growth. The surrounding counties would to well, before growth begins to be a problem, to speak with Harris and Troup county officials and maybe take a few pointers from them about how to deal with such growth before it begins to be a problem. The experiences by each could help other coun- ties from making mistakes along the way that could be costly or simply unfeasible. The bottom line is, growth is going to continue in rural Georgia. The quality of life we have enjoyed for many years, is now what others want, what each county must do, is find a way to combine population growth with industrial development that protects the environment, the citizens and above all, that will not be costly for anyone. TIlE H(K;ANSVlI,I,E HOME NEWS ix published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Colnpiln, a division of Grimes Publications. at ,)51 R()velt HighWay. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS ,b20-(M0. Subscription rates, by math $18 in Tmup. Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes, Periodical pstagc paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230. FoR svscmvrto call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publicalions. P. O. Box 426. Manchester, Gexn'gia 31816. PO'I'MA.%ll.:R" Send 'addless chmlges to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville. GA 30230. ST, WF Publisher and Advertising Director. .............................................................. Mike Hale Ass(:iate Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne C)ldston Assistant FAitor ...................................................................................... Rob Richards(m Stall'Wrilet ................................................ BoanGeter, Billy Byan.ClintClaybnx)k Assistaut Advertising Manager. ................................................................. Laune Lewis Composing ....................................... Valinda Ivcry, Dewayne Flower, Rtffcrt Weems l,egals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldslon Circulation Manager. .................................................................................... Judy Crews Production Manager. ........................................................................... Bobb) Brazil Jr. Assistant Manager. .......................................................................... Wajnc Gnx'hox ski Pressnxml ........................................... Darnell McCaulcy..hn'y Knight. I,an T Colleges CORPORATE ()vrt(,l':lt Ih'esident ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President zmd Secretmj. ....................................... I,aura Grimes Cofcr 3asurer. ...................................................................................... Kathy (;rimes Garrelt Legal Ctmnsel and Assistant Secretary ............................................... James S. Grimes The Truth About General Written in 1978 Dr. Emory Thomas came on the line from Athens where he is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. My question was quick and to the point: "Is it true," I asked, "what they are saying about Gen. Robert E. Lee?" No true sons or daughters of the Confederacy have had a decent night's sleep since President Carter, of all peo- ple, visited Gettysburg the other day and said General Lee made a "big mistake" in the key battle of the Civil War. Heresy. Pure and simple. TO MAKE matters worse, there is a new book concern- ing Lee, The Marble Man, in which a Nashville military historian named Thomas Connelley fires further salvos at Our Hero and Leader. Lee, says Connelley, was a man obsessed with failure, who suffered from "repressed vibrance." (He would have been a hell-rais- er if he had had the opportu- nity" is Dr. Thomas' transla- tion of that phrase.) Connelley also says Lee was depressive because of an unhappy marriage to a woman prematurely arthrit- ic and that he used religion as a crutch. DR. THOMAS recently reviewed The Marble Man for Virginia Magazine. "The reference to reli- gion," he explained, "is basi- cally that if Lee met anything he couldn't deal with or did- n't want to deal with, he would simply put it off on Almighty Providence." But that didn't answer my original question. Did, I asked Dr. Thomas - a Civil War, authority and a native of Richmond, by-God Virginia - Robert E. Lee blow Gettysburg? "Lee, himself, said it was all his fault," Dr. Thomas began, "and it was." Allow the shock to wear off, and then we will contin- ue. Recall that Lee had invad- ed the North in hopes of a major confrontation with the enemy. Although there was no clear-cut victor at Gettysburg, the loss of man- power and supplies Lee's Army of Northern Virginia suffered was the knockout blow of the war to the South. I pressed for more detail from Dr. Thomas as a tear rolled down my cheek. "Lee wanted a showdown battle. He had tried to turn the left and he had tried to turn the right. Finally, he said to hell with it, and went right up the middle. "It was suicide." "ONE of the problems," said Dr. Thomas, "was that the Army of Northern Virginia was basically a command of gentlemen. Lee didn't give his commanders specific orders. He just suggested what they might do." Lee ordered a chargel said the professor, "at the geo- graphic center of the entire Yankee army." Get the picture: playing. And men Fifteen Confederate soldiers take Cemetery Ridge the Yankees. made it to easily repulsed. 'They were doomed,q Dr. Thomas, "before started." We talked more. Pickett's tears after tie. About his dislike after the war. About Lee, ing the same mistake Seven Days Battle. About Lee's words good that war is so else men would of it." M from my first history  crushed to mortal dust, 1 to ask one more Would the South been better off with body else in charge of its itary besides Lee? "The best answer fort Dr. Thomas said, "is ly it would. It would war about two years lien" Hollywood: God's Name Is Not Several years ago Universal Studio put out a film titled, The Last Temptation of Christ. This film was an ungod- ly, perverted, blasphemous portrayal of the life of the Lord Jesus. I remember in the town where I lived when that movie opened, there were hundreds of Christians who protested and stood against that filthy piece of trash. In fact, in front of one the- atre where the movie was play- ing, there were services, ral- lies, singing and .preaching from the back ofalarge flatbed trailer. It is time ffi6children of God stand up again, for the movie makers have sunk to another new low in their indus- try. IN RECENT DAYS we have been hearing about the movie starring Jim Carrey entitled, "Bruce Almighty." This movie (rather the title) reminds me of a movie George Burns was in entitled, "Oh God." Could someone please tell me why the movie indus- tW has to produce such bias- phemous junk? Could some- one else please tell me why it is that those who claim to be Christians will go and spend the money God enabled them to work for to support such,a devilish endeavor? I believe the answer is found in the fact that this nation in general has lost its reverential fear of God. God has blessed this nation, protected this nation, and honored this nation, and yet this nation responds by poking fun at the very one who has given her the freedom to enjoy ........ While I amin th tluestion asking mood, where are those who claim the name of Christ when it comes to standing up to this crowd from Hollywood? The Word of God tells us that any image or portrayal of our God was expressly forbidden. The Word of God also tells us that in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boast- ers, proud, blasphemers, dis- obedient to parents, unthank- ful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high- minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." We indeed are living in times where we see those who are as is described in the book of Timothy. Dear friend we are living in the last of the last days. Not only should we be con- cerned about the producers of the movie, but what about so- called funny man Jim Carrey? The Bible labels him as one who loves pleasure more than he loves God. How can one (according to the television previews) walk down a city street to the tune of a rock and roll song mouthing the pantly and irreverently d I want this that the God of the Bible i Bruce, Maybe Jim thinks he is just but he is actually being phemous. This countw need to a thrice-hol3 give his glow unto Our God is reverenced praised, trusted, and glorified, of. Everyone please stand that one day says that ever3 and every tongue will that Jesus Christ is Lord glow of God the Father. I URGE evewone claims the name of stand up against such and let are not ashamed to be Christian and we will crate of. 50 Yea00 Ago... In the Hogansville Predecemor tothe Hogansville Home| RED 'q'he Housing Authority the available this week dwellings, 24 of which pnse the Melson Homes are to be occupied tenants; 40 dwelling ur and are to be occupied colored tenants." 50 YEARS 'REALITY' TV SHOWS: classified ad from the 28, 1953 Herald: escorts to senior prom three husky girls. Car, sage, money Call..." MOVIES OF THE Showing at The Theatre were Roy and Trigger in 'Home Oklahoma.' BARGAINS: Herald's ads touted the Ford, the Pace Car of Indianapolis 500, Sunliner V-8; had two cans of Beans for $.45; Gallant Miracle Barn ladies but only in sizes 40, 42 44.. Baldwin distinctive ad included f cans of In his merchants, Baldwin that, "1 would like to new car, but not rob my customers to one ."