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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS usPs 62o.040 MInE HALE PUBIJSHER]ADING DIRECtOR Jom KbAU ASSOCIATE PU BIRSHFtJEDITOR BRYAN GETES ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAVNE Got,ax B USh'CESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 Hogansville, a 30230 Trend Ever: Moms Killing Kids What is it with Mothers today? They are suppose to love, nour- ish and maintain the health of their children, not kill them. Here it is, only a few weeks after a woman in Texas killed her five children by drowning them in the bathtub, and now another woman has apparently killed one child and attempted to kill anoth- er. If you have been reading the newspaper or watching televi- sion, then you must have heard about the Pinson, AL. woman who tried*to kill her 8 month-old daughter by suffocating her to death. While investigating the woman, authorities learned that she could have possibly killed another child just a few years before. On July 10, Stephanie Glasby's daughter was hospital- ized after a report by G!asby the child was having seizures. The child was hospitalized at Birmingham Children's Hospital. After five days, the child showed no signs of seizures and was to be released the following day. The day before the child was to be released; the mother reported uses surveil- lance eras in the rooms of children that are having seizures. The tapes are common practice in the rooms of children suspect- ed of ha-,d_ng seizures. This time, the tape showed Glasby placing her hand over the mouth and nose of the child in an attempt to suf- focate the baby. The hospital confronted Glasby and she was taken into the custody and charged with attempted murder and cruelty to chiln. While investigating her, authorities learned that it was i possible she had killed another child. In 1996, Glasby made repeat- ed trips to a hospital in South Carolina with her 8-month-old son, Matthew Rogers. Each time, she reported to the hospital that the child was having secures. The first trip to the hospital was in January 1996 an a North Carolina coroner's report states that the child was admitted to the hospital for apnea (when breathing stops) and seizures. However all test results on the child indicated everything was normal. The child was admitted to the hospital again in May 1996 and this time he was placed on seizure medication. The final trip to the hospital for MatthewwasonJune26, After being released, Glasby took Matthew to her sister's home in North Carolina. About 10:25 p.m. that da; 911 was called to the Glasby reported that Matthew had a seizure. It is reported that when emergency "Maybe, just maybe, ira murderer knew he was going to be beaten to death lil00 his victim, or drowned like the wonum in 00xas killed her children, or suffo- cated or whatever... they would think before killing some- ore." personnel arrived, Matthew was blue and unresponsive. The child's death was determined to be of natural causes. Glasby's attorney stated that an autopsy was done on the child and there was a ruling that the death was based on seizures. Mother's killing children .... What's the world coming to? There are plenty of families out there who want children, but can't have them. If parents don't want their kids, they should give them up for adoption. I don't know how anyone could kill a child, especially a mother. The problem in today's society is that no one respects life anymore. Maybe the time has come to set examples of murders. If we do, maybe it will deter murders from occurring. Since mttrders have no com- passion for their victims, maybe they should be put to death in the same manner. No quick and easy death like leth injection, but the same way thor victim died. Maybe, just ma;be, if a murder knew he was going to be beaten to death like hi victim, or drowned like the woman in Texas killed her children, or suffocat- ed or whatever.., they would think twice before killing someone. I'm usually a very compas- sionat and understanding man, but killing is out of hand today. No one respects life anymore. If the trend continues, as we've seen over the past 10 years or so, of violent crimes continuing to increase, can you imagine what life will be like 20 years from now? THE HOGANSIIJ HOME. NvS is pob weekly by'the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roovclt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 62(k040. Subscription rates by mall: $18 in Troup, Harris or Mcfiwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Ge 30230. FOR SUmCRUONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville. GA 302Yd. STAFF isher and Advertising Director ...............................  .................................... Mike Hale ate Publisher and Editor ................................................................ John Kuykendall Associate Editor .....................  ........................................................................... Bryan Geter Assistant Effttor .......................................................................................... Rob Ridaardson Busin Manager ....................................................................................... dayne Goidston Staff Writers., .................................................................... Michael C. Snider, Billy Bryant #istant Advertising Manager ........................................................................ Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales a ............................................................................................ Linda Lester Assistant Editor ...a ...................................................................................... Rob Richardson Composing..... ........................................................................... Valinda Ivery, Lauren King Legals ..........  ................................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Receptionist and Classifieds .............................................................................. Clcta Young Pressman ................................................................................................. Wayne Grochowi Pressroom ..,.: ..................................................................................................... David Boggs  Omogas t ................................................... : ................................................ Millard B. Cmlrs Vice Presidemt .......................................................... . ............................ Chark S. Grimes Secretary ................................................................................................ Laura Grimes Corer Treama...,.: ........ : ............................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Counsel arm Assistant Secretary .................................................... Janles S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS -JULy 26, 2001 Computer An00ety Growing A University of Connecticut study has indicated that at least 25 percent of the population suf- fers from something known as computer anxiety. Put simply, the results of the study means that 25 percent of us feel like throwing up every time we hear about or are con- fronted with computers. Why is this? The study answered that as well. It said computer phobia is caused by a number of things, such as the fear computers might take on's'job, the fear that a per- son might not be able to learn to operate the computer successful- ly and even the fear of somehow breaking one of the expensive mechanisms. I suppose my friends and col- leagues would find out sooner or later anyway, so I might as well go ahead and admit I am afflict- ed with computer anxiety myself. I do all my work on a 1959 model manual typexTiter. It won't do anything but type words on a sheet of paper, but quite frankly that's all I need it to do. "But with a word processor," people say to me, "you can store information, edit your copy right there on the screen, blah, blah, blab." Yeah, and I could faint and break out in a painful rash too. I'm not .certain when I first developed computer anxiety. Perhaps it goes back to my fresh- man year in college. At registra- tion they handed me a computer card for each class I selected. On each card were the omi- nous words DO NOT BEND, FOLD, STAPLE, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE. The cards didn't say what would happen to me if I bent, fold- ed, stapled, spindled or mutilat- ed them, but the inference was that if I did somehow commit one of more of those transgressions against a card, a harsh and swift penalty would be forthcoming. I maintained a constant vigil over my cards, but one of my fel- low students got strawberry jam on one of his. We never were quite certain what happened to him, but rumor circulated that he was taken to a vacant warehouse and flogged with blackboard erasers. All those of us with comput- er anxiety ask is that you try to understand us. Don't say things that hurt our feelings such as referring to us as "backward" or "stupid" or "stubborn" or "air-brained boobs." We prefer to be called the "technically impaired." Also, do not talk about com- puters when you are around us. We often turn violent when we tire of computer conversation, and we start looking around for .... ......... . "We often turn vio- lent when we tire of computer conversa- tion, and we start look- ing around for some- thing or somebody to bend, staple, spindle or mutilate." ii|llll something or somebody to bend, staple, spindle or mutilate. If people who like and under- stand computers and those of us who despise them don't learn to coexist, then what very well might result is two separate soci- eties, computer persons in one and the technically impaired in the other. I would hate to see it come to that, but those of us in the ity on this issue and alert our have no desire to be .puters or to have infringe upon our lives ther than they already And you can bet disk on it. BY SPECIAL WITH HIS Wn)OW, F,D COLUMNS BY Tt LATII GRIZZARD, WHO GREW NEARBY MO, BECAME" GEORGIA WRITER OF-HIS' GRIZZARD BELONGED BELONGED TO THIS OF WHICH HE SO OFIXN, OF 1-85 FROM HOGANSVIIJ IS NAMED I HONOR. THE LEWIS MUSEUM WAS MO IN 1996, AND A i ING AND EDITING LAB IS I DEDICATED TO HIS HIS BIOVED TAPES SALE THROUGH BAD PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, BOOK AND MUSIC NATIONWIDE. Just Shake It Off and Take a Step In the front of my most ragged Bible, recorded on those inside cover pages in the front and back which I always think beg for something to be written on them, I once scribbled something to which I have often referred over the years. Don W: it Carrie from, if I heard it or readit some- where. I don't think it was origi- nal although some of what I have recorded in such space is as orig- inal as anything can be, I suppose, when we all share such a com- mon journey on our way into eter- nity. So what did I write and why do I recall it today? Read on. I wrote: "Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply; expect little; give much; fill your life with love; scat- ter sunshine. Forget self. Think of others, and do as you would be done by." And you know what? For many years I really tried to live by that. Today I woke up wondering if there is any going back. Can I turn back time and regain some moment when my heart w from hate and begin once more? Can I resolve today to never worry again? Can I find a way to live more simply? When did I begin to expect so much of myself and others? Love? Does love still rule? Is my life filled with love now? And those sunbeams, do I really want to share them or keep them all to myself?. Myself? Could I ever learn to forget self again and live for oth- ers? Live for others. Think Of oth- ers.., do unto others as I would have others do unto me. THE TRUTH IS, and, oh, how I dislike the truth just now, but the truth is I can't cut the mus- tard anymore. I have become more and more self-centered and selfish. I decided at some point in time I'd rather be a survivor than a saint. I don't like admitting that. I can't for the life of me figure out why I would actually record it here, but what can I say? When those rose-colored glasses fell off a decade or so ago it began to be harder and harder to "keep my heart free from hate, my mind from worry, live simply; expect little; give much; fill my life with love; scatter sunshine, forget myself, think of others, and do as I would be done by." Do my thoughts and actions of the past few years dictate that I cannot go back? No, but reality does. There is only today and the hope of tomorrow and every sun- rise offers the.opportunity for us to begin again. So I can always start anew. Right? While I continue to ponder on this let me share with you what prompted this line of thought. Somebody sent me an e-mail that contained the following story. Read it and see where your thoughts take you. "Shake it off and never give np .... "One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the ar- real was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to try and retrieve the donkey. "He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel shovel dirt into the well. the donke pening and cried eted down. A few later, the farmer at Wh/it he saw2 el of dirt that key was doing ing. He would shake it take a step up. "As the farmer's continued to shovel dirt on 1 the animal, he would and take a step up. PrettY! everyone was amazed as key stepped up over the the well and trotted off! '%ife is going to shovel you, all kinds of dirt. getting out of the well is to it off and take a step up. our troubles is a stepping Wecan just by not stopping, ing up! Shake it off and step up! Remember the five rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from i 2. Free your mind ties. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. Trust the Real Support of the Ever since George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have taken their places as America's top two lead- ers, there has been a breath of fresh air about American politics. There has returned a sense of integrity, honesty and character to our nation's capital. While I am thankful for the breath of fresh air that has come, there are stm some things that we as Americans and as Christians need to be aware of. One such item is,our presi- dent's faith-based initiative. While on the surface this seems like a very concerted effort to turn our nation back to the bibli- cal principles upon which she was founded, it is something of which we need to sit up and think about. The first thing we need to think about is for those churches which have efforts to deal with the social problems of their com- munity.and take federal money, they are opening themselves up for federal regulation. We must understand that the head of the church is not the pas- tor, the deacons, the trustees, or even its membership. The head of the church is .the Lord Jesus and its guidebook is the Word of God. If a church relies upon fed- eral funds for its support, then the federal government will have opportunity to come in and dic- tate to that church its policies. It should be the Word of God that sets the standards for the leaders and the membership of the church. No, I am not homophobic and am not opposed to homosexuals coming into our services. They need to hear the Word of God as much as the drunk or drug addict. However, the homosexual, the alcoholic, the drug addict, the adulterer, and the like have no business holding positions of lead- ership in the local church. Where then should the church find its support? Who is responsible for paying the bills.) Many people do not under- stand that it takes money for the church to operate. There is the light bill, the phone bill, the gas bill, the water bill, insurance and the te. That is not to mention the church's obligation to take care of its pas- tor. Some folks turn off their ears when the preacher begins to talk about money, but a close exami- nation of the Bible will reveal it has much to say with what we do with our money. "However, the homosexual, the alco- holic, the drug addict, the adulterer, and the like have no business holding positions of 00eonersh00pinthe00 church." Simply stated, the responsi- bility for the support of the church does not lie with the federal gov- ernrnent but with the Lord. Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in speaking to the church at Phillippi said, "But my God shall supply all your need accord- ing to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) God has obligated himself to care church, but don't look up in the sky and see money like rain fall heaven. Godhas the needs of the church has a plan to do it. The plan of God to needs of his church i., giving of its members. We' the tithe and the offering. God entrusts money will. I realize that the is an Old Testament has not always been the law. I do not have space to ciently discuss that at but do let me say this: Christian is to give work of God and that should begin at, at least, cent. For the Christian not bing God." (Malachi 3) If' plan for giving there would be no need work God has called the todo. May God help us to can to support our local bly for the glory of God.