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HOGANSVILLE HERAI,D - THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016 PAGE 3-A ,e Last week our nation was find a solution or try and make it once again riddled with tragedy, right, we just like to point fingers In Baton Rouge, St. Paul and and blame every thing but the Dallas. As Americans we have right thing. lived through another week of I /esaiditthousandsoftimes horrific and senseless violence, and I'm saying it again. "Guns, Here we are again, trying to say flags, beliefs and other things do "race" is part of the issue, not kill people. People kill peo- Enough! Why does racism pie that's the bottom line. exist? Because we keep allow- As for Americans and this ing it and keep using it as a crutch country, we have always stood tomakeviolenceandotherthings united in the face of tragedy, any okay. It's not okay. enemy that wants to oppose us It's not okay to take human and we will proudly give our lives lives be they white, black, pur- for this country and our neigh- pie, green or orange. It is not bors.So, with that being said why okay to let things like this hap- do we always want to blame pen in America and we don't something other than the truth? address the real issue, try and The truth is there are bad In my opinion, one of the iiiiii ii!ii!ii!iiiiiiii ii iii i!i iiiiiii ! ii iii!ii iiii !iiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii! ! i iiiiii iiiii! i iiiiiii ii i iiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiii iiii i i most tangible expressions of our ................................................... ............................................ society going bad is: The Selfiel While there is nothing inherent- ly wrong with the selfie itself, it is the thought process of the peo- pie taking them (me included) and the morphing of our cultur- al values it has caused, that make them dangerous. In a word, the selfie is the Poster Child for a Conservatives are saying: It's society that has become: Self- all about us. The church is say- centered. The selfie screams: ing: It's all about us. The Black It's all about me! It says: This Lives Matter Movement is say- is me in the morning, andthis is ing: It's all about us. And oth- me at noon, and this is me at ers are saying: It's all about night. This is me eating, brush- everybody! But in the midst of ing myteeth, driving, wearing my our selfish tirades, where we newclothes, putting on my make- have mounted our soapboxes up, vacationing, and kissing my and are busy displaying the "self- spouse or significant other. And ie" of our life, demanding our this is me with my child, at home, voice be heard, we have man- at work, at play, and any other aged to drown out the most thing I can come up with. It important voice of all. With a still, screams: This is me, me, me, small, voice, Jesuswhispers: It's me, me, me! You get the pic- all about Me! turet I wonder how many more will I ran into a friend the other have to die before we come to day in a local restaurant. He's our senses and realize nobody a good Christian man. I was needs to see our selfie. Listen alone so he came and joined me to me, this thing called life is not at my table. Quite naturally, our about me and it's not about you. conversation soon centered on It's about Him! It's a about a vir- things of a Christian nature. He gin birth, a sinless life, a cross said, "1 had somebody tell me on Calvary, and an empty tomb the other day that he thought all three days later. We will all be sin could be traced back to our dead in a couple of years and selfishness." He went on to say, willsoonbeforgotten. Therefore, "1 began to think about that. And Christ and Christ alone is all that do you know what? Preacher, I really matters. Will we ever real- couldn't think of a single sin that ize that? doesn't have selfishness at its core." 'Tm not saying there isn~ I RECENTLY heard a pas- one," he continued. 'Tm just say- tor friend define culture as: that ing I couldn't think of one." I think which we transmit to future gen- he was onto something! erations. What will we transmit? Will we transmit our "selfie" and our "selfishness," or will we trans- mit the "selflessness" of the Christ Who lives in us? 'q'wo little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, twill soon be past, Only what's done =.for Christ will last." (CT Studd) oi No selfies! IF WE would be honest, this whole mess we have been expe- riencing of late in America is the result of selfishness on a scale we have never witnessed before! The homosexual community is saying: It's all about us. Democrats are saying; It's all about us. Republicans are say- ing: It's all abo S; II[egaLimmi- grants are sayirf It' all,about us. Feminists aresaying:''It's all about us. Abortion rights advo- cates are saying: It's all about Aaron McCollough is an us. The rich are saying" It's all area missionary with the area about us. The poor are saying: BaptistAssociation which serves It's all about us. Liberals are say- Harris, Meriwether and Troup ing: It's all about us; Moderates counties. He is a resident of are saying: ItS. all about: us.: Hogansville. people in this world. The truth is we want to justify senseless killings like these with something that flies in the face of reality. The reality is, this is Americans killing Americans and I don't how other Americans fell about it, I only know how I fell about it. I ready President Obabma's statement and he said, "Let's come together as a nation, and keep faith with one another, in order to ensure a future where all our children know their lives matter." I find that as normal political rhetoric. It is what you expect from a politician. I have a ques- tion for the President and all the folks that are supposedly watch- ing out for this nation and the well being of its people. That ques- tion is, ' Nhen are you going to wake up?" Let me explain. Our children don't hate. Children are not born to hate. Children are taught to hate. So, if we knowthat children are taught to hate then who is to blame for our children not having that future? All we have to do to find the answer is look in our hearts and answer truthfully, have I taught my children to hate? Then look in the mirror and see if you like the person that is looking back at you. That is what our politician needs to do. Because they are the ones that have been respon- sible since the inception of this nation to truly make it "One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all." As for the American citizens, we need to scream at the top of money around hoping that a fix, our lungs it is time to counter or the other non-productive these type tragedies, things they have done and con- Ifyouarewondednghowthat tinue to do. is accomplished, it is not about pointing a finger or about the pun- AS FOR US, we need to real- ishment of those responsible, ize that every change in this even though that does help nation begins with us. It begins wounds to heal. What it is about with how and what we teach our is standing up for this country children about human life, right and its people and facing tragedy and wrong and that all people like Americans fiave done for are just that. We all bleed, we all generations, die and we all hurt when tragedy We need to counter tragedy strikes us. with compassion, hate with love For us, we need to foster the and frustration with patience, belief that "All men are created We need to teach our chil- equal and that we all have a right dren that human life matters. We to live." need to teach our children that If change is coming in this the words "liberty and justice for nation, as our politicians keep all" really mean something. We saying they want to see, then its need to really look hard at our time for them to step up and do elected officials and consider the dght thing. If we as nation what they have done to try and don't want to see such tragedies help to alleviate the tension of happen, then step up and teach such tragedy and put pressure your children and grandchildren on them to do something other that life is valuable. If we want than make great speeches that change it's time for action and don change anything, or throw no not more speeches. Opening the Time Capsule ... in From the front page of the July 11, 1991 Edition of the I-]ogansville Herald: Wreck Claims Life of Former Rseident A one-vehicle wreck in Valley, AI., Friday night resulted in the death of a former Hogansville resident. According to reports, Timothy Daniel Streat, 16, of Lanett, AI., lost control of his vehicle on a rain- slick highway at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday. The vehicle reportedly went out of control and crashed through a brick retain- ing wall before wrapping around a telephone pole. Shots Fired, Man Arrested For Theft by Snatching The Hogansville Police Department reports several arrests of note in the past week. Jerry Lewis Rosser, 36, of Hogansville was charged with theft by snatching Tuesday afternoon following an inci- dent at Custom Auto Care on North Hwy. 29. Rosser reportedly snatched about $130 in bills from the cash register while nobody was looking and fled into a kudzu patch behind the gas station. County Teen Hurt After High-Spsed Chase A Troup County teen was seriously injured early Sunday when he wrecked his pickup truck, allegedly while trying to elude state troopers in a high-speed chase. According to state patrol reports, 17-yeer-old Dusty Quinn Zumwalt of 194 Costley Road was lravek ing on Greenville Hwy. outside the city of Greenville about 220 a.m. when a state trooper tried to stop him for speeding. Banks Warn Customers of Unauthorized Charge Against Their Accounts Hogansviile bankers wish to advise customers of a new scheme in which vadous teiemarketers are using Demand Drafts to debit personal checking accounts. compiled by Jack Bagley Mr. Lewis Portwood November 11, 1928 - July 10, 2016 Greenville Native Mr. Lewis F. Portwood, 87, of LaGrange, passed away, Sunday, July 10, 20!6, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Born I lovember 11, 1928 in Greenville, Mr. Portwood was the son of the late Lewis Portwood, Sr. and Mary McCray Portwood. He was a member of New Life Church and worked for many years in the men's department at Mansour's Department Store in LaGrange. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Portwood of LaGrange; three grandchildren, Kelli and John Hurn of Collinsville, II, James and Rebecca Portwood of LaGrange, and Clinton Allen Portwood of Turkey; three great-grandchildren, Eliza, Aayla, and Luke Hum; and a brother, Obie and Eleanor of Montgomery, AI. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Lex Frank Portwood; daughter, Lib Portwood; daughter in-law, Vicki Portwood; one broth- er and three sisters. The funeral service was conducted at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Conrad D eFriese officiated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 (0um aai @peratei l lirati , ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL KIM MITCHELL PUBLISHER/~DITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDY KOBER Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (7,06) 846-2206 news@star-mercury.com ROB RICHARDSON P.O. BOX 426 LAYOUT EDITOR Manchester, GA 31816 Official Legal Organ for the Cio' of Hogansville Claude A, McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia We Sell All Types of Tires HUBBARD & SPINKS lll5E, MainSt, HogansviUe, GA 30230 Phone: (706)637-6379 ornrnunity Trust :':" w ;T';' ~," "q,. ';, .', ~ I tvr'~ Downtown Hogansvflle 706-637-65~4