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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS -JuLY 12, 2001 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 ,t .k Srhut ubltcath, u Millard B. Grimes, President HA PUB LLSHIAD \\;q:RTLS IN G DIREC)R Jo KUV",-XDAL .A_c,)CLXTE PUBLISHER/EI)I FOR BRYAN GmR A'XX:LaE EDH'OR JA%'E GO)N B US INE.q NAG I: one (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia ,1230 'Zero Tolerance' Can Go Too Far Many school systems have adopted a "no tolerance" policy to deal with increased violence. However, it appears as though some systems might be taking the policy to the extreme. Here are a few tidbits from incidents reported from several schools. DOING NOTHING .... An Oldsmar, Florida Elementary School fifth grader was led away from school in hand- cuffs this past year. The school says it was for his own safety. Principal David Schmitt said the boy was handcuffed and taken away from the school for making threats. The boy did not verbally threaten anyone. According to Schmitt the boy had drawn pic- tu_xes Of weapon. A teacher con- fiseaed the pictures and report- ed the boy to the principal. Schmitt said the boy will prob- ably not be allowed to return to the school. "No one was in danger," Schmitt told the St. Petersburg Tknes. "However, we need to get through the kids' heads that there are certain things you don't say and certain things you don't draw." One would have to wonder if this principal ]aas ever read the Bill of Rights or if it is being taught to the students. ANOTHER CAPTURE... Lindsay Brown, 18, of Estero High School in Florida, was a National Merit Scholar and had never been in trouble at school a day in her life. However, she was arrested for having a weapon on school property this past year. The weapon was a table knife and it was noticed in the floor- board of her car by a teacher and the principal was notified. Brown didn't even know the knife was in her car. She had moved over the weekend and the knife had fallen from a box into the floorboard of her back seat. She explained that to school offi- cials and the police, who were called to take her into custody. Based on the school's zero tol- erance weapons policy, Brown was suspended for five days and missed her graduation. Of course, the state did not prosecute Brown. "We did everything by the book," said Fred Bode, principal. Maybe it's time for the school to rewrite the book SIX YEAR-0LD DRUGGIE? A Colorado Springs, Colorado school district says it did the right thing when it suspended a 6-year- old under the school s zero-toler- ance drug policy. The boy was seen by a teacher giving another student a lemon drop. The teacher and the prin- cipal didn't recognize the name brand, so the boy was suspend- ed. The mother of the boy how- ever, told school officials the lemon drops were the boy's favorites candy and she had pur- chased them for years in a local grocery store. That did not deter school officials from doing there job, even though they did decide to make the boy serve only half the suspension. "A child who brings candy to school is comparable to a teen who takes a gun to school," the boy's mother was told. Give them a "I v' for foolish- ness. GIRLS HARASSED BOY... A 10wear-old girl at McElwaln Elementary in Thornton, Colorado was one of a group of girls who repeatedly asked a boy if he liked them. The boy complained to an teacher and the administrators decided it was sexual harassment. The school policy calls for suspension. After parents complained, school offi- cials decided not to go through with the suspension. Man, what naughty girls. Imagine asking a boy if he liked them. I'm sure the principal never asked anyone if they liked him. A BLIMEY BAD THING! An 11-year-old Australian boy was forced to write 60 times, "I will not use racist remarks" after greeting another student with the words, "G'Day, Sport." A teacher charged it was a racist statement even though she realized there was no malicious intent on the boy's part. However, the boy had to write the sentences, his parents had to come to the school and meet with officials to discuss the matter and the child was forced to receive ccamseling. "This is a case of political cor- rectness gope overboard," said Troy Brett Young of the Australian High Commission. "'G'Day, Sport'As a part of our vernacular. It's jst a traditional and friendly maer of speak- inK." It appears as though the Australians need to become polit- ically correct. THESE ARE just a few of the millions of stories like this which appear on the Internet and news- papers. While I agree that school need to be strict to keep violence under control, some are going a bit too far and these are a few examples of how far. HOt;A'VVlLLE HOME Ntm's is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roovelt Highway, Manchester. Georgm 31816. USPS 620-0). Su,ription ratesby mail: $16 in Troup, Heardor Meriwether Counties: $20 a y elwhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical potage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30, FOR SUR',CmPTIO call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager. Star Mercury Publications. P. O. Box 426. Ma'hester. Gexgia 31816, ':R: Send as changes to E O, Box 426. Hogmtsville, GA 3.30. S*txrr Publisher and Advertising Director .................................................................... Mike Hale Assiate Publisher mql Fxtitor ................................................................. John Kuykendall As,:iate Fxtitor .................................................................................................. Bran Geler Assismt Fitor ............... .*.. ......................................................................... Rob Richardson Business Manager ....................................................................................... Jaync Col&slon Staff Writ ....................................................................... Michad C. Snider. Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager. ....................................................................... Laurie l.,ewis Advising Sal ............................................................................................. Lmda Lester Asi,stam Fxiitor ........................................................................................... ROb Rictumt. ing ................................................................................ Valinda Ivvry, Lamen King Legal ............................................................................................................ Jayne Cnfldslon ptionist and Classifieds .............................................................................. Cleta Young man ................................................................................................. Wayne Grty,.'howski sroom .......................................................................................................... David Boggs Pmsidem .................................................................................................... Millard B. Gri Vice }esident ........................................................................................ CIxlotte S. Grimes Secretary. ......................... : ................................................................ J.ura Gri Cofer Treatqurer .............................................................................................. Kathy Grimes Garre Legal CI and Assistant Secretary .................................................... Jmnes S, Grimes Miss FribishTakes on Donald Re (Written circ 1986) You must know by now that White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan committed an unpardonable sin the other day by stating that women wouldn't understand the complicated issues of the Geneva summit. This brought harsh reac- tion from leading feminists around the country, including my personal secretary, the lively and talented Miss Wanda Fribish. Miss Pribish as well as being my personal secretary also is commandette of the 403rd Bombardier wing of the local chapter of the Fightin' Feminists. She has been quite active in the fight for women's rights, Claiming responsibility for the stink bombing of three Jaycee meetings and two strip joints around the Atlanta area where women take off their clothes and are nothing more than sex objects for drooling men who go to those places. MISS FRIBISH ASKED for a few days off in order to go to Washington so she could deal with Mr. Regan. "I'll show that smart- mouthed pig who understands what!" explained Miss Fribish, resplendent in her camouflage outfit and designer combat boots. Fortunately for Mr. Regan, however, Miss Fribish already had used all her days off during the recent Fightin' Feminists maneuvers which took place at a secret training site somewhere near Marietta, Ga. As most of my readers know, I am foresquare behind the women's movement, especially when Miss Fribish is standing over me and my typewriter with a pair of brass knuckles. I must admit, however, that until the harsh reaction to Mr. Regan's remark, I didn't know that women not only could under- stand the complicated issues of the summit but actually would want to do so. I must further admit that I, like a lot of other men, were under the mistaken illusion that women still dealt in what had been known as "girl talk." Take a party, for instance. After everybody stands around with a drink in one hand a sausage ball in the other, the men go in the den and the women go into the kitchen. - Men talk about sports, politics, the prime rate and occa- sionally tell humorous stories with a sexual angle. Women gather in the kitchen. We thought they were talking about cute things their children said, recipes, fashion, upcoming Tupperware parties and neighborhood gossip. APPARENTLY WE $ "'I'll tell you one thing, Madge," they apparently were say- ing, we don't get stringent verification methods, then I would say the arms talks were not worth- while.' " WERE WTong. Women were in the kitchen discussing complicated national and international issues. "I'll tell you one thing, Madge," they apparently were saying, "if we don't get stringent verification methods, then I would say the arms talks were not worthwhile." "I agree, Sylvia, but at least the meetings between Reagan and Gerbachev were cor- dial, but frank." Donald Regan women of this gy because they did stand the comI the Geneva summit. Now I just male counterparts a big explaining them to us. BY SPECIAL WITH HIS HOMENEWSI ED COLUbffI[ GRIZZARD, BrHO NEARBY GEORGIA WRITER OF GRIZZARD BELONGED AMERICA BELONGED TO THIS GEORGIA, OF WHICH SO OFTEN, ANT OF 1-85 FROM HOGANSVILLE IS HONOR. THE LEVqS MUSEUM WAS MO LN 1996, ING AND EDITING LAB I DEDICATED TO HIS BELOVED TAPES ARE SALE THROUGH P.O. ATLANTA, GA BOOK AND MUSIC NATIONWIDE. Love: Whether We Deserve it or It was midnight, or later, on what I think must have been a Monday night. I was in the news- room of Georgia newspaper. My partner and I were putting the finishing touches on a project that would go to press the next morn- That was when our patns crossed. He saidhe read my col- umn regularly. He said he was not a Christian but if anyone could e-er convince him to be one I could. "Whoa," is all I could think that night. Speechless is what I was. Still am, really. That was sev- eral years ago, but the incident stays with me. How little he knew of my own personal, continuous, endless struggles. Of how the doubts never stop and the questions keep coming. Sometimes they come so hard that I want to feel guilty, but can't anymore. Could be I have grown too tired to carry the guilt too. The doubting and the questioning is heavy enough. Don't really know what set off this most recent round of doubt- ing. Of wondering. Of question- ing. Could have been the song I wrote a few weeks ago for my grandson. It started out like this: "You told me about Jesus when I was just a child About how much He'd loved me, for such a long, long while, Before I was ever born, you said, He knew me even then, You said that He loved me before you and I were tom "Now Grandma, I don't under. stard how it all came about, : How you became so assured of your o chosen route, Oh, how I want to walk that way, I do, I really do, But I don't know where to start, I just don't have a c/ue..." Then the song goes on a bit then closes like this: ...Oh yes, she told him about Jesus when he was just a She planted seeds she knew would sprout and he's so glad they did She told him about Jesus so he would learn to stand She knew the day would come when he would have to be a marL.. I cannot imagine that there could possibly be anyone who has been afforded more coincidences that led them to believe in God, in HIS hand, His active hand, at work in their life. I mean my life is so checkered with so many coin- cidences beyend my own wildest imaimtion that you would think there could be no more room for doubt. So where does it come ',Oh, I've wondered how He could at times. But I've never doubt- ed that He does. And somehow the assur- ance of His lope is always enough to help me get though times like this when the doubts aboumL" low for some insane reason, or for no reason at all. Am I really SO "SO assured?" The thoughts come when I'm from? .. WhydoI stmeumbtothougMs no*. e'n especially tired or depre ",,d. They come out of like, "What's it all about? What's }ne day, one hour, one itallfor?Whytryso?Nobody on be so assured of really gives a . Everybody is God, of HIS death and .rest trying to outdo the other fel- resurrection and of mY vation. Then the next all seems like a Anothe] my if he still does or not) enjoyed reading I was 'ente., ' He never did never made any of it tale I ever told in been the truth. But sometimes, like now, back and read some of 1 ries, I even have ing them. I'm this, aren't you. That patient with us. so all encompassing. It sure, you know. amidst all my doubts years, have I doubted loved me. Oh, I've wondered I could at times. But doubted that He does. how the assurance of always enough to though times like doubts abound. I am reminded I write this, of Paul's concerning love. He convinced that love away, but love ainX Love remains, Paul whether we deserve it love remains. How We Can Maintain Real Free Having just celebrated our nation's 225th birthday, we all should stand amazed at the good- ness that God has bestowed upon our great nation. We sing the song God Bless America, when in reality we can properly sing God has blest America. Over the past several days we have seen and heard the sights and sounds that accompany this most patriotic time of year. Although over the past several weeks we have heard news of a slowing economy and other domestic problems, we as Americans still have much for which to be thankful. We have just observed Independence Day, the day we mark as the day America became free. That freedom is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to this great land. What is just as amazing as the freedom itself, is the length of time that this coun- try has enjoyed such freedom. A close look of the history of other world powers will show that America has stood a free nation longer than any other. That is a blessing that we too often over- look and take for granted, It should be the desire, and I believe it is, of every red-blood- ed American to maimain the free- dom that we so richly enjoy. As we look at calf modern day society, we are  in a direc- tion that is away from real free- dom. In order to mmintain true freedom, we must understand what true freedom is. To many people, freedom is the liberty to do anything they desire. They can say anything and do anything and it is their right We all know that is not what real f-rdsm is. SOmeone has made the state- ment that real freedom is not the liberty to do anaing we want, hut it is the liberty to do as we ought That leads us to our thought today, how can we maintain true freedom. The Bible says in Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a natiom but sin is a reproach to any people." The Bible also says in John 8:36, "If the SOn therefore shall make you free, ye shallbe free indee&" Re freedom can only come from a right relationship with God. This country is qckly headed down a road that Iads to destruction. I'm not trying to be a doom and gloom type of a person, but we must realize that sin will bring destruction to anything or any- one that tries to toy with it. The Roman Empire is a clas- sic example. Rome was once one of the most powerful nations that the world has ever see However, if you will look at history, you will find that Rome was not conquered hy any other nation. Rome fell from the inside out. Rome became increasingly immoral, lazy and rested in her preperity. Because of that, she fell flora l moral decay. If America is not is headed down Rome. I would like a quote from the Alexis de Tocqueville. Ring America in 1831, sought for the United States in her harbors, her ample fertile fields, and forests-and it was not I sought for it mines, her vast her public school her institutions ing-and it was not I looked for it in ratio Congress and Not until I churches of her pulpits flame with ness did I understand ! of her genius and is great because and if good, America will great["