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: Opinions" " & Ideas 2002 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS , uS t=o-0 Mam PtAD,SmG Dmr JOHN KALL SOCLT PUBLISHEDrroR ROB PdN ASSLTANT EDrrOR JAE N Busmxss MANAGER Piae (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) E O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Arm MIIlatd B. Grimes, A Word of Wisdom For the Graduate The journey which began approximately 13 years ago for each graduate of 2002, is finally complete. However, with each journey complet- ed... another begins; and so it is with the graduate. As the journey of your school days comelude, you are faced with making choic- es that will determine where this new journey will lead yOU. Each of you would be wise to further your education. While college may not be for every graduate;mmetypeof professional training is almost necessary to succeed in this day and age. If you are of the belief that college is not right for you, then please "Keep your eyes turned toward heav- en, your mind open do... while life won't be perfect, you wiU be happier." tO work force that you will soon be joining. You need as much training and experience as you can get to succeed in the workplace today ........ The first key to happiness is to always keep family close. ANOTIIER IMPORTANT playwright once wrote, "Experience is the name every one gives to their mis- takes." There has never been a truer statement The good Lord knows I,e made plenty of mistakes dur- ing my lifetime, and so will each of you. Mistakes how- ever, will simply make you stronger and wiser. No one should every be afraid of making a mistalw.  is no shame in making a mis- take.., the only shame that can come from makin one is not learning from it. choice is very important to your happiness. There is nothing worse than being in a job that one hates. Try and find something you really enjoy and make a career out of it. For example, ff you like the outdoors, seek a career in forestry. Most of us spend more hours working than we do at home. If we are not happy in the workplace, we are genel_ly,not hazy at home. The most important thing in life however, is keeping God first in your life. There are many lessons One thing I have learned you will have to l+lffe, :lifeisthatfanailymembers and the mistakes yoh ake c, move away and (as will only make yon '=i bad.as I hate it) die. While As you begin the j of life and adulthood, you will be forced to make more and more decisions. Dont be afraid to seek advice from your family. You'll be sur- prised the older you get, how much wiser Morn and Dad become. I don't like gi,Ang advice. I'm one of those peoplewho- believe that experience is the they will always be remem- bered and you will always love them, they are not with you forever. God will be there forever. He will be your com- fort in the storm aad your strength when you are at y weakest point. As we've said, a career is so very important. While doesn,t:lmy lmppi- are a few s I to share with you as you begin your new adventure in life. Things, which I believe, will make you happier in life. THE FIRST TILING you must know is what is impor- tam in life. There is nothing more important in life than family. When your enemies come upon you and when you are at your lowest point, your family will always be there for you. They love you and high on your priority list. However, no matter how much money you make there will be needs. One thing I've learned in life is that God wili always provide. So my advice to each of yot as you begin your new adventure in life is simply this. Keep your eyes turned toward heaven, your mind open and heart pure. If you do... while life won't be per- feet, you will be happier. ]'HE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of lhlblications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Geo,,ia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Hams or Meriwettw. Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all :vales taxes. Periodical lX,age paid at Hogasville,  30230 ....... Foa ltscRiFrlos call ('/06) 846-3188 or write m  Mam, Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Mancae.r,  31816. Poa: Send addrs changes to E O. Box 426, Hogamville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher aml Adverfiml  ............................................................ .Mi l.lal Associate Pblishet and Editor .... ..................................................... 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Laura Grin-ms Corer Tresurer...i ................................................................................ .y  Gam Legal Counsel and At  ..........................................  S. His Name is Nobody's Business A man walk up to me at a public gathering receatly and asked ff he could discuss a problem. "Please continue," I said. "All my life," he began, "I've had the nickname 'Bubba.' I'm not sure how I got it, but it's what my par- ents, brothers and sisters, teachers and friends have always called me. "My real name is Tom, but very few people know that," he went on. "And the problem?" I asked. "I can't be specific here," he said, "but I took a job with a national firm and my boss says I can't use the name Bubba anymore. "He said it's bad for busi- ness to have somebody named Bubba calling on cus- tomers. He says Bubba sounds redneck and juvenile and he has insisted I go by Tom. "I hate Tom, I'm Bubba. What should I do?" I must admit this was the fwst timeI had heard of some- one being forced to change his name by management for business p. SHOULD a company, or a company executive have the right to ask such a thing of ma employe? Let's consider this in depth: The name Bubba does conjure an initial reaction that there might be a pickup truck involved somewhere, one with muddy tires, a Confederate flag decal on the back window, and a bumper sticker that says "I'll give up my gun when they pry my cold dead finger off the trig- ger." On the other hand, Bubba certainly could be a term of endearment, a little sister's pronunciation of the word "brother," for instance. And Bubba even has its place in modern literature and cul- ture. Pat Conroy's "Bear" called all the cadets "Bubba" in Conroy's brilliant The Lords of Discipline. There is also Bubba Smith, the former football player who now bites open beer cans in television com- mercials. But would anybody have a problem doing business with a man named Bubba? I can only speak for myself, but I think I cold deal with a Bubba and probably have more in common with him than with a man named Raoul or Tripp. I WOULD go to a bank to take out a loan from a Bubba, and I've even have a Bubba for a lawyer. I figure the jury could warm up to a man with a name like that. Plus, I think that where in the Constitution probably says an has the right to have about any name he or pleases. Otherwise, would have been in big ble. And what to poor Fennis Dembo, Wyoming basketball I told the man to tell boss he'd see him in court he gave him any more ble about being For the record, I asked, "What's your name?" "Melvin," he said. around the Stinky." BY SPFIAL wrrH ms VtqDOW, DEDRA. ED COLUMNS BY GRIZZARD, WHO GREV UP LN BY MOUND. A WRITING EDITING LAB IS TO HIS MEMORY THEUNIVERSITY OF STILL AVAH,ABLE FOR THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 Timing. Makes All the Diff A reader copied the fol- lowing from a friend's church newsletter and e-mailed it to me with a note that she a letter to the editor of a news- paper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and iu tha time I have heard g like 3,000 ser- mons. But for the life of me, I can,t remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wast- ing my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all" Signed: Missing the Message. "This started a real con- troversy in the Letters to the Editor column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals for me. But for the life of me,, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: At the time, they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work every day. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dad today.. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment every week. I would be spir- itually dead today." I did enjoy the e-mall and the many  truth among which are several scripture passages I thought I,d mention today. First, I recalled from Proverbs, chapter 25: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Then I remembered an exchange between Peter and Jesus as recorded in in John, clmpter 21: "Jesus said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of John, do you love me?' Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, 'Do you love me?' And he said to Him, %ord you know all things; you know that I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Tend my sheep.  Then I considered the story of Joseph in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Recall with me how Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, how was taken m Egypt, false- ly accus and imprisoned, "and how he evenraally fotmd himself ina place of honor =nd service under the pharok In that position, after many years of tribulation which were a direct result of his brothers' actions, Joseph then found himself in a position to feed his brothers in time of famine. So where am I going with all this? Could it be that every- thing which happens to us, whether we consider it just or  together to better  usfor meeting the needs of our fellow man? In other words, all things work together to make us bet- ter able to tend or feed the sheep to which Jesus referre& Certainly, regular wor- ship and an ongoing study God's Word can and does help us to grow spiritually stonger and wiser. No serdng and no experi- ence is beyond the teaching hand of God. We cannot excape the lessons He would have us learn. And as we learn, we would do well to share what we have learned with others at the proper time. I say, at the proper time, because there is that issue of throwing pearls before swine, as noted in the passge found in the seventh chapter of Matthew. This of course follows a warning from Jesus not to judge, lest we be judged. Now I figure what Jesus was saying to us was this: Be real careful about judging your fellow man what goes around around; and ff you you should offer advice another fellow earth er, be aware that if he or is not receptive, it like throwing precious els out for dirty stomp all over them. And then I go more to the fact that a fitly spoken is like gold in settings of silver. that I have no real p9int : make today. Maybe r don Maybe I just want me in thinking been said and done to' the years, and what you ' and. do to others.., and timing of such. Timin a difference, you know. 50 Ago III ar00s h Ir00lbe ogansvum Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News *School'S out soon, student body be hustling to summer jobs, to camp, and many other activities to use up the sum" mer months at something -differ" enr... *The hig" school seniOr class play, -rl, Dading BratS will be present" ed...and it will be worth your while to attend." .Elevent" graders receive. a tour of the Reid Mill and wete undoubtably fas" cinated and moS" merized to hear talk on the "poliCY making, adminW tration and exeq utive functions ol the company." *Mary remarked' "Having a cV# iaude graduate i something neW t the Hines Gilbert families." ore to two cents gallon.