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Opinions &amp; Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 @wne00 00perate00 Tnb 00ublicafi00ns, ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL KIM MITCHELL PUBLISHER/EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDY KOBER Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-mercurycorn BRYAN GETER P.O. BOX 426 ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Manchester, GA 31816 Official Legal Organ fl)r the Cio' +f Hogansville What Are Your Qualifications? With an election just around the comer, we are all looking at the candidates try- ing to determine who is the best person for the job. In the Tri-County area, there are several races with opposition. Sometimes trying to determine who is the best candidate can become a dif- ficult task, especially if the water gets clouded by a lot of "mud." I've never been sure why anyone in their right mind would want to seek public office because the candidate will quickly learn that work- ing with the public is difficult and pretty thankless in many ways. The other thing about run- ning for political office is that your life becomes an open book. Once you sign on that dotted line to qualify, you are then under the scrutiny of every citizen, the media and your opponent. THEMEDIAalways plays a part in every election, even though it is the desire of com- munity newspapers to remain unbiased and neutral in local elections. Community news- its ugly head, the newspaper must report it, and then the newspaper and the reporter who wrote the story are accused of "attacking a can- didate." Over the years I've made a number of people mad and many of them do not like me to this day, because they feel as if the newspaper attacked them because of a news story or advertisement that 'was placed in the newspaper when they were a candidate, serving in office and sometimes after they left office So, you can see why I dread every political season. ALSO, during every polit- ical season, citizens will always approach me and ask about the candidates. I always have the same answer, "Vote PAGE 4A - HOGANSVII.I,E HERALD - THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012 i What Goes Around Comes Around One day a man saw an older lady who was stranded on the side of the road and in the dim light of the day he could see that  she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out of his old Pontiac. The lady looked worried as the man approached her witha smile on his face. No one had stopped to help her for almost an hour and she was wondering if he was going to hurt her. He didn't look safe, he looked poor and hungry, she thought. The man knew that the lady was scared standing out on the highway in the cold weather. He knew how she felt because the chill put more fear in you. ,,i'm here to help you ma'am. Wait in the car where it's warm. My name is Bryan Anderson," he said. ALL THE LADY HAD was a flat tire but for an older person that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car to find a place to put the jack. Soon he was ableto changethe tire, but he had to get dirty to dolt. The lady rolled down the car window as he was tight- ening the lug nuts and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was just passing through. She could not thank him enough for stopping to help her. Bryan just smiled as he closed her car trunk. The lady asked him how much she owed him because any amount would have been alright with her. She had thought about the things that could have happened to her if he had not stopped. Bryan never thought about being paid because this was not a job to him, he was just helping someone in need. God knows that there were plenty of folks who had helped him in the past and it never occurred to him to charge the lady any- thing, he thought. He told the lady that if she really wanted to pay him for what he had done the next time she saw someone who needed help to assist them, "And think of me," he said. AFTER she had started her car and drove off he got in his old car feeling good about what he had done and headed home. A few miles down the road the lady stopped at a small caf6 to get her something to eat before she began the last part of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant with two old gas pumps out- side. The waitress came over and brought a towel for her to wipe her wet hair with. She had a sweet smile and appeared to be nearly eight months pregnant. The lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so nice. Then she remembered Bryan. After she finished her meal she paid with a $100 bill. While the waitress went to get change the older lady had left the restaurant. The wait- ress wondered where the lady was then she noticed some- thing written on the napkin. With tears in her eyes she read what the lady had writ- ten: "You don't owe me a thing. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back here is what you do: don't let this chain of love end with you." Under the napkin were four more $100 bills. AFTER the waitress fin- ished her work and got home that night and got in bed she was thinking about what the lady had written. She won- dered how the lady knew how much she and her husband needed the money with the baby due next month. ": She knew how worriec[ her husband was so as he la sleeping next to her she gave him a kiss and whispered, "Everything is going to be all right, I love you Bryan Anderson." THERE IS an old saying that "What goes around comes around." As you read this true story pass it along to someone else and remind them that God works ifi strange ways and sometimes puts people in our lives for a reason. 2 Behold 'the Government Gone Wild' Before we delve into this week's topic, I want to bring something to your attention. As I write this column, the price of sweet light crude off has fallen to $83.26 per bar- rel, down $3.27 during the day. Yet the price at the pump had not dropped to match the fall in oil prices. Now somebody out there is going to scream and holler If you complain about taxes in Georgia, or any city in Georgia, consider moving to New York City. In addition to all the taxes you expect to find, New York City also levies a personal income tax and has some of the highest property tax rates in the nation. For those you who smoke, New York City has the high- ulation. According to the 2010 Census, the United States concessionaires at movie the- aters, stadiums or arenas to sell soft drinks, sports drinks; sweet tea or coffee in con.. tainers exceeding 16 fluid ounces. Bloomberg says his pro- posal is an attempt to combat obesity in the city of Nev York. I say it is too much gow. emment intrusion in our. lives. papers do not endorse local es and try.to monitor ne :an. ! photo- graphs closely during election time. While employees of the newspaper vote and have opinions about each candi- date, they are cautioned not express their opinions in the newspaper. Editors and reporters are prohibited from speaking for or against any candidate. The newspaper takes elec- tions very seriously and set rules governing letters to the editor, columns, news content and more before and during an election. IT SEEMS to never fail even though the newspaper tries to remain neutral and unbiased, candidates and cit- izens supporting the candi- dates, always seem to find some news item that the news- paper should run that "the public needs to know." Usually that is not good news either. Advertisements placed by candidates and supporters of candidates are just that, paid advertisements. People seem to think that if they read some- thing in an advertisement, it must be true because the newspaper said .... However, advertising is not news con- tent and is also considered as part of freedom of speech, so never confuse news content with advertising. Simply put, even though we try hard at the newspaper to remain unbiased and report the news as it should be, some- thing is always going to raise for the person with the best saying that we must wait for the chea er o" to get he qualifications and thoperson+ :+,,: o+' . ,:[h you believe: will do:t!e[$t,:l,prme e ,, o.own job. I refuse to say more than that. Citizens will also ask In the words of Harry about news stories that have appeared in the newspaper and usually they ask for "the dirt that wasn't in the news- paper." I always reply to that question with, "the story said it all" or "what was in the story is all we know." We understand, at the newspaper, that every story written about an election or a candidate does have some type of impact whether it is negative or positive. It is important to understand how- ever, that the newspaper is simply a source for news and only prints the news; it does not make the news. Sometimes, a candidate, one of the candidate's sup- porters or the candidate's opposition, brings the news to the attention of the newspa- per. If the information is determined to be news the newspaper is going to print it and make sure the story fac- tual. Mud slinging during a political season is not uncom- mon, sorting through it can be difficult. I don't understand why candidates think finding the fault of their opposition will get them more votes than running on their own qualifi- cations. So try and look past the mud and vote for the candi- date who is the most qualified and you believe will do the best job. THE HOGANSvlLLE HERALD is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, community oriented newspa- pers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties', $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR SUBSCRIFrIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. Morgan, portraying Col. Sherman T. Potter or/MASH, "Horse Hockey!" When the price of oil jumps $3 in a day, retail store employees beat a hot path to the signboard all day adjust- ing the price upward. Let the price fall $3 a day, and it seems to take forever for the price at the pump to drop. BEFORE you suggest the government should be look- ing into this, understand that government is too busy addressing other, more seri- ous issues - such as the fol- lowing -- and subject of this column. est cigarette tax rate in the country. PurhaMh'g Sbmething n New York City? Be prepared for a shock In addition to a state sales tax, the city lev- els a sales tax plus a "Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District" sur- charge. Totaled, the sales tax figure in New York City is almost nine percent We could go on and on, but know that New York City has some of the highest tax rates to be found. In fact, tax rates on busi- ness are so high some are leaving New York City because they cannot afford to operate there Businesses are moving out of the city, and state, and relocating to states and cities more friendly to the business community. This also impacts the pop- recorded an average growth of 9.7 percent+..The growth in. :New York C[t as a paltry 2.1 percent. Based on this informa- tion, a reasonable person would think the leadership of New York City would be working hard to reduce the tax burden, attract business, and make the city a place that would attract more people. One would think... BUT New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has much more important deci- sions to consider and make. This was evidenced last week when Bloomberg pro- posed a ban on most sales of large, non-alcoholic drinks that contain sugar. Specifically, the ban would not allow restaurants, mobile food carts, dells, or Bloomberg now joins Michelle Obama n.attempt- ing to regulate what we g eat and drink. These politicians need to keep their greedy, self-serv- ing protestations away from our food choices. They have no business telling us how much Coca- Cola, or sweet tea;, we can or cannot drink. If you want to eat a Big Mac - that is your business - not Michelle Obama's or Michae] Bloomberg's business. This is yet another exam., pie of government gone crazy. and politicians failing to. address real issues. Election season is upon us. With all the real problems facing this country, it's time to put people who want to: tackle real problems in office That's my opinion. ) POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA31816. 40 Years Herald ^:.:LL..,;;==.;::;.!::).:.i:;;).!.:.:::::::  =.tt Held News 4 HoganSville Students sol Graduate At LaGrange * " : ........ 2:!,.*.':...':::,':::.. .+ ::;",':;:':; .... : !! ..: ' ..., ..... First BoptlS! Church ^., 2::':: ............ y::"",::" " ....... 1o ogn ,ibie School +'+:'* ...... ::; ;'=: ........................ +# " "'" r" " ....... " .. + ............. : ............ :!?::i! .... 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Trotter, Troup County attor- ney, told the county commission Tuesday that Troup County ranks second in the state in com- pliance with the Georgia Law receiving evalua- tion of property at 40% of net value. Troup's eval- uation of 37.3% of the market value and Echols County with 38.74% top all other counties in com- pliance with the 40% evaluation. AN EMERGING TREND - The dramatic surge toward small fuel-efficient cars was about to explode in the early 1970s, and an ad by Larry Johnson Volkswagen had an interesting figure. The ad noted that registrations in Troup County showed that 10% of all cars sold were Volkswagens. OTHER HEADLINES -"Miss Higgins to Become Bride of Michael Kaelin;" "Miss Uttlefield Is Bride of James O. Rippy;" "Scouts Hold Rally Night;" "Deadline Nearing for Democratic Pnmary."