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Ol0000inions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - JULY 24, 2003 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 ., (rrimr,.t lJuhiiathut MIIlard B. Grimes, President MIKE HALE PUBI aSl IER/ADVERTISING DIR JOHN KUYKENDAI "L%':,( K71A'IT: PU BLISt tFADITOR CIJNT CLAYBROOK As, )elATE EDITOR ROB RICHARDSON A,',k'.; I STANT EDITOR JAYNE GOLDSTON B us I NF2,k'q MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 f O. Box 426 Hogansville, (orgia 30230 Is My Soft Drink All I Think It Is? A friend of mine sent me an E-mail the other day. A concern had arose over how many soft drinks I partake of. Anyone who knows me can tell you I love soft drinks and probably down about a six pack or more a day. Well, I used to. After reading the E-mail I've slowed down some. Now I'm not sure all of this is true, but it sure is food for thought. SOFT DRINKS VS. WATER WATER 1.75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistak- en for hunger. 3. Even MILD dehydra- tion will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. 4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study. $. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 6., Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could signifi- cantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of suffer- ers. 7. A mere 2% drop in body water ! can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and diffi- culty focusing on the com- puter screen or on a printed page. 8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. And now for the proper- ties of SOFT DRINKS: 1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol car- ries two gallons of soft drink in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. 2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of soft drink and it will be gone in two days. 3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of soft drink into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in the soft drink removes stains from vitreous China. 4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in soft drink. 5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of soft drink over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. 6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in soft drink to the rusted bolt for several minutes. 7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of soft drink into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the soft drink for a sumptuous Brown gravy. 8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of soft drink into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The soft irink will help loosen grease stains. 9. It will also clean road haze from your windshield. FOR YOUR INFO: 1. The active ingredient in a soft drink is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dis- solve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteo- porosis. 2. To carry soft drink syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials. 3. Distributors of one of the nation's well known soft drinks have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years! Now the question is, would you like a Coke or a glass of water? Of course you can see how quickly I decided that maybe all of those soft drinks aren't so good for me. Then I real- ized something, I've drunk soft drinks for the past 46 years and as far as I know have no health problems due to my soft drink habit. So I sat and pondered all of this for a long time, while I ate my Little Debbie cake and drank my Coke. I real- ized that habits are hard to break and I'm too old and set in my ways to really care. So, have a Coke and a smile. TIlE HOGANSViIJ,E HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Compmly. a diviskm of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup. Harris or Meriwelher Counties; $24 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales uixes. Periodical postage paid at blogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 5O. FOR su,:Rlgrlons call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester. Georgia 31816. POS'IMAS'I'ER. Send address changes to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville, GA 30230. S'IAFF Publisher and Advertising Director. .............................................................. Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor .......................................................... John KuykendMI Associate Editor ................................................................................... Clint Claybrook Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assistant Editor ............................................................... Rob Richardson Staff Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager. ................................................................. Laurie Lewis Composing ............................................................ Dewayne Flowers. Robert Weems Leg'Ms ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Circulation Manager ............................................................... Barbara Arlene Steerman Press Manager ................................................................................ Wayne Grochowski Press " n Ass slts ...... Liury Colleges. Zadd e Dixon Damell McCauley Maih'xm Distribution ............................................................................... David Boggs CORVOV, At'E OVICES President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President ...................... : ........................................................... Charlotte S. Grimes Executive Vice President and Secretary ........................................ Laura Grimes Cofer Treasuotr......,: ............................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Coanml and Assistant Secretary ............................................... Jmnes S. Grimes Hope, Marriage and Written in 1979 ernor who is the first man in ELLIJAY - The day has grown old gracefully in Ellijay, where the mountains are about to begin, and as is the custom in such settings, men with nothing better to do have gathered around the courthouse. In this case, it is the Gilmer County court- house. There is a tree in front. And benches. I still love a courthouse because it was on the steps of one I learned to play check- ers and dominoes, and I learned about the Book of Revelation, which is what the old men would talk about after they tired of checkers and dominoes. "Gon' be an awful day That Day," one old man would say at the courthouse. "Gon' be a lot of folks caught short That Day," another would reply. I even tried to read Revelation once. I stopped. It spooked me. Standing with the men under the tree in front of the Gilmer County courthouse, I noticed the heat again - it remained stifling despite the approaching dusk - and perhaps that is what brought back Revelation's fiery warnings so vividly. I am in Ellijay to watch the campaign tactics of Mary Beth Busbee, wife of the gov- our state's modern history to seek a second consecutive term to that post. I watch her closely and decide she loves her husband deeply or she wouldn't be working with such fervor. That feels good to me. He is campaigning south. She is campaigning north. Mary Beth Busbee says to people, "I'm Mary Beth Busbee, and I hope you will vote for my husband." As I watch her, I think about marriage and how it has failed me - or how I have failed it -and I wonder ff there is hope for those of us who have seen only marriage's bad side. EARLIER, Mary Beth Busbee had walked into a book and magazine store on the Ellijay courthouse square. "I'm Mary Beth Busbee," she said to the woman working there, "and I hope you will vote for my hus- band." The woman spoke up quickly, "I lost my husband, you know. A year ago. He had a massive heart attack." Mrs. Busbee listened. The woman's voice cracked with emotion. A Year later, her voice still cracked with emo- tion. The governor's wife intro- there," Grady said looked and saw a in a print dress, sitting of the benches drank water from a drink bottle. There dence she dips too. ried?" I ask Grady. duced herself to the group "Twelve standing at the courthouse, answered. "She's A man in a t-shirt said, "If woman." " I was running for office, the As I drove from last person I'd want out try- looked back at the ing to get me votes is my house. Grady and wife." were walking away. Mrs. Busbee wanted to have been my know why. "'Cause," the man went on, hand. "She ain't never said nothin' Only one thing good about me at home, and more than I know she ain't gonna say Marriage. But nothin' good about me out in loves Georgia, a public." store grieves a That brought a laugh all around. A good marriage and a needs a little levity, I was still feels the spark. thinking." There is hope. Grady was there, and he hope. met Mrs. Busbee, too. Grady is wearing overalls. His hat BY is twice my age. Remnants of the day's snuff encircle his EO COLUMNS BY mouth. For every courthouse 6mZZARD, WHO GREW l BY MORELAND, AND there is a Grady. MOST WIDELY READ "Grady's 93," somebody said. "He still gets up and PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOg preaches over at the Holiness ATLANTA, GA aln8-12 BOOK AND MUSIC STORES Church," somebody else said. WIDE. "That's my wife over Don't Forget: Take the Time to Lau I heard about a man on the verge of a nervous break- down who had been going to see a doctor for several months. Finally, the doctor called in the patient's wife. After a few minutes of talk- ing with her he said, ','Your husband must have some peace and quiet. I'm going to prescribe these sleeping pills." "Thank you Doctor," said the wife. "When do I give them to him?" "Oh," the doctor said, "They're not for him. They're for you." The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 4, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Iv.4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh..." I would like to take this oppor- tunity to clear up a misun- derstanding that some have about what being a Christian is all about. OVER THE YEARS, I have come in contact with those who think that being a Christian is a dull, boring, solemn, and somber life that is void of any fun. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are times when trials come, there are times when we are to sit still and be quiet before God, but as the Bible says, there is a time to laugh. I personally do not see the fun in getting drunk, throwing-up and enduring a monstrous headache. However, there is real joy in being a child of God. A careful study of the Bible will bear out that joy is a vital part of the Christian's life. I do not realize that many times we see those who claim to born again in foul, ill and grumpy moods, but that is not what God intends. John 15:11 says, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." Instead of a life filled with grumpiness, it is the will of. God that his children be filled with joy. There are those who never laugh in church (within reason, of course), never laugh at home, never laugh at work, they just never laugh. Take time to laugh. The book of Proverbs was mostly written by the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 17:22, "A merry heart doeth good like a med- icine: but a broken spirit dri- eth the bones." May I submit to you that there is healing power in joy. One man made the statement, "A religion that wears grave clothes should be buried." Joy can help heal the heart while sor- row and sadness can make the heart sick. PROVERBS 12:25 says, "Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad." The absence of joy in the life of a believer can do more than cause us not to have a smile on our face. The absence of joy in our heart will cause our soul to be burdened, our spir- it to be ,broken (Proverbs 25:13) and will cause our bod- ies to be buried. (Proverbs 17:22) Dear friend, God the Father is not some old ogre sitting way out in space some- where wanting to see how dif- ficult he can make it for human beings, but a Heavenly Father who to fill his children's with joy. There must be an standing that there is ference between the joy and Happiness is results from happens. cumstances. circumstances are pie are happy. But if  take a turn for the happiness is gone. joy is a virtue that come from without, within. It is not based cumstances, but condition of the heart. it is good to laugh, a heart is more than or mere fun means a deep joy. Jesus told his in Luke "Notwithstanding rejoice not, that the are subject unto rather rejoice, names are written i en." True joy and that comes from a heart can onl] know Jesus as your sonal Savior. 50 Years In the Hogansville Pmtkltmftol *BAD WEATHER - Front page age of the 'Torrential Rain' bringing a of flood' to Hogansville 50 years ed a photo indicating the U.S. Rubber facility 'looked like pool? CINEMA- Movies showing at the Theatre included the 'Beast from Fathoms,' 'Jack McCall Desperado' steamy-sounding 'Pickup on IN STORE - Hines Motor benefited from a half-page heralding the 'Thrift King' engine w tll hp. WANT AD STANDOUTS: cow with half-white face. Gives five of milk per day." *THE 50s SCENE: Kulrs Drive-It an ad touting 'Plenty Parking and Service ? WAS OPINION DIVIDED? In an headlined 'notes and comment,' the r paper stated, We are in favor of oWHEWl A front page headline claimed, 'Mr. Mask Believes That Fishermen Can Be Trusted.'