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PAGE 6-A ? : , HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015 Once again we learn just how out of touch with reality some people have become. Just recently the National Audubon Society posted a video clip on the Internet that served to remind us real life is far from a Disney fairy tale. The society or someone connected with it had placed a camera in position to watch an osprey nest. The nest includes osprey chicks that had grown rather large. During the video, a bald eagle swoops down on the nest, grabs a chick with its talons, and flies away. This is all one smooth motion. It is an awesome video and I watched it several times. Then I made the mistake of perusing some of the com- ments. There were people decrying the video being posted because it showed vio- lence. Children might see it and become emotionally damaged. I find such comments ridiculous. A few years back I thor- oughly enjoyed the Animal Planet program Meerkat Manor. Meerkats are cute little critters and the program became a hit in the United Kingdom, then spread across the Atlantic where it also became a hit in the United States. Some of you will remember the program fol- lowing the lives of meerkats in the Whiskers clan. In the real world, meerkats are prey for a large variety of predators. Even without predation, few meerkats live to be ripe old age. Meerkat Manor showed detours, be careful when making u-turns and always try to avoid accidents. The children that have been coddled and protected from mistakes, errors, fail- ures, accidents, and even los- ing -- never have the chance to learn. Last year a mother cast some very ugly words my various aspects of the lives direction regarding my cov- of meekats - including the erase of a sports team. She deaths, said I hurt her son's feelings Criticisms surfaced that even though I never singled children cried when him out for any disparaging meerkats fought for territo- comments.Okay. Stickababy ry, rival klan members were pacifier in his teenage mouth killed, pups of other klans and put a diaper on him were killed, fan favorite because apparently she is not Mozart was caught and killed letting him grow up. by a jackal and matriarch Flower was killed by a snake. BACK INthe day, skinned On my! Children were knees and elbows taught us crying at the deaths of valuable lessons. Children meerkats. The children cannot learn those lessons might be emotionally scarred chasing an imaginary char- for life. acter. When did we become so Egos get bruised when we emotionally weak? lose and we learn to play or ................... --,work harder. UNLIKE THE fantasy Our hearts get broken world of video games andover a first love, but we learn Disney movies, real life is from that experience and go tough, on to love again. In today's society too Reallifeistough.Itisboth many children are coddled difficult and rewarding. and protected from real life The ospreys failed to pro- - which is not always pretty, tect the nest. Real life is not the yellow Mozart left his clan for a brick road that Elton John different one. sang about or Dorothy fol- Flower went after a lowed, snake. The road of real life isThe football team lost a filled with bumps, potholes, game. detours, deadends, u-tUrns, Life goes on. It is all about other obstacles and perhaps lessons that we constantly a crash or two. Those of us have to learn - if we are lucky enough to have driven allowed. that metaphorical road learn to slow down for bumps, avoid potholes, deal with That's my opinion. History at Our Fingertips ... The Time Capsule in From the front page of the August 8, 1991 Edition of the Hogansville Herald: Front Page Headiinesl Council Reaffirms Contract With Sod Farm Operators At Monday's regular meeting, Hogansville city councilmen heard a report from Joe Manous, President of Quality Sod & Turf of Canton. Quality Sod & Turf will be operating the city's sod farm that is currently under consturction between Hightower and Mobley Bridge Roads. Howell ......... Appointed Assistant Director of County Recreation Department The Troup County Parks & Recreation Department announced last week the appoint- ment of Don Howell, 37, as assistant director. The appointment became effective Thursday, August 1. Howell succeeds Jim Herbert, who was promoted to director following the retirement of George Harris earlier this year. Troup Firemen Go Out On A Limb To Rescue A Tree-Climbing Pooch Cats climb trees to get away from dogs. But why would a dog climg a tree? To catch a squir- rel, says Mrs. Margaret Richardson of Hogansville Road. On Thursday, August 1, Mrs. Richardson's Jack Russell terrier went too far. Troup County firefighters were called to the Richardson home, near the Hilltop community, to rescue the 18-month-old pooch, who had climbed 30 feet up a cedar tree and was unable to climb back down. Woman Charged With Setting Ex-Husband's Car On Fire Rhonda Ramsey, 29, of 185 Sportsman Club Road, Hogansville, was arrested by the Troup County Sheriff's Department after she allegedly poured gasoline in her ex-husband's car and set it on fire The fire occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. Saturday at 9874 Hogansville Road (Hwy. 29) about three miles north of Hogansville. The fire completely gutted the interior of Tim Ramsey's 1982 Mazda 626. m's mother, Helen Ramsey, told authorities she observed Rhonda open and close the driver's side door, then heard an explosionl compiled by Jack Bagley ........................................................... LIMITED TIME OFFER ............................................................................................... I WHEN YOU BUNDLE WITH .o.,. EXEDE VOICE HOME PHONIE SItRV|Cg One-time setup fee may be charged at time of sale. Minimum 24-month service term for Internet service and a minimum 6-month service term for voice. Monthly service fees, equipment lease fees, taxes, and surcharges apply. Actual speeds will vary. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time. LOOK! UP IN THE SKYI - This week should see the peak activity in the annual Persied Meteor Shower, but stargazers may be denied a look due to clouds. A significant chance of rain could keep viewers from seeing the peak of the shower, which is expected dur- ing the overnight hours of Thursday and Friday. If you can see them, you'll spot about 60 meteors per hour. By ANDY KOBER DEPENDING ON weather minutes, appearing about 32 and cloud cover, the degrees above West Peak meteor activity International Space Station Northwest and tracking from the Persied Meteor couldbevisibleforuptothree South Southeast with a max- Shower is anticipated this minutes on the followingimum elevation of about 49 week, but so are significant dates and times: degrees; and chances of rain. Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:43 Friday, Aug. 19, 9:16 The meteor shower is p.m., visible for three min- p.m., visible for three min- expected to display the peak utes, appearing about 10utes, appearing about 16 number of meteors during degrees above North degrees above West the overnight hours of Northwest and tracking Southwest and tracking Thursday, Aug. 11 and Northeast with a maximumSouth, with a maximum ele- Friday, Aug. 12, with elevationofabout21degrees; vation of about 17 degrees. astronomers conservative- Sunday, Aug. 14, 8:51 ly predicting up to 60 mete- p.m., visible for three min- Stargazing can be a fun orsper hour. However, there utes, appearing about 10event for the entire family. has been some speculation degree above North and Telescopes and binoculars of a potential "outburst" of tracking East Northeast with can make viewing easier, but up to 200 meteors per hour a maximum elevation of many celestial events can be is possible, about 12 degrees; seen and witnessed with the Monday, Aug. 15, 9:34 naked eye. UNFORTUNATELY, p.m., visible for three min- early in the week the utes, appearing about 20Remember, to view celes- National Weather Service degrees above North tial events, get away from was predicting clouds and Northwest and tracking East bright outdoor lights. 50 percent chance of rain. with a maximum elevation of If skies are clear, watch- about 52 degrees; ing the Perseids Meteor Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8:42 Read and Use Shower could be fun for the p.m., visible for three min- entire family even during utes, appearing about 22 Classified Ads ,thenights following peak degrees above North activity. Northeast and tracking East in the Though meteors can bewith a maximum elevation of 'seen anytime, the next mete- about 25 degrees; or shower will not take place * Wednesday, Aug. 17, until October. 9:25 p.m., visible for three Herald/ Honda 5JK Ma , Au ic, M!I 20il Chevy HHR LT 61K Mi .% Gas Saver