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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIIAZ HOME NEWS -SEFr. 12, 2002 A Griwx. lublirathm Millard B. Grimes, President THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS S20.040 lVln I-hLE PUBLISHER]ADvERTISING DIRECTOR JOHN Kt.atL ASSOCtAaX PtmtaSITOR ROB RIN ASSrAr EDrrOa JAY BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 P O. Box 426 Hogansfille, Georgia 30230 Confusing Power With Politics... There are a number of newly elected politicians in the area, and while that is sometimes a welcomed change, it can also be a dan- gerous one. Newly elected officials can sometimes confuse'poli- tics with power, therefore resulting in catastrophe. Being new to politics, some forget the basic rule of poli- tics. The basic rule is simply this, "Listen to your con- stituents, but always do what is in their best interest." Often politicians forget that what the constituents want and what they really need may be two different things. For example (purely hypothetical), let's say we have a newly elected county commissioner and he is bat- tling with a decision con- cerning a zoning issue. Let's say the commissioner's dis- trict is made up of a number of mobile home parks and the county is considering allow- ing only double wides that ; must have a shingle roof, : masonry tmderskirting, front ,d back porches and heavy ! strapping for anchoring:Of course, the mobile home parks are going to put on pres- sure to halt such a restrictive ordinance. On the other hand, the commissioner knows that by passing this ordinance it : will help to increase proper- ty values throughout the county. The commissioner should vote in favor of the majority. ANOTHER PROBLEM that can arise with a newly elected official, is having a personal agenda. Another hypothetical situation will help us analysis it. Let's say that the county is having a difficult time finding funds for certain projects and. the budget becomes so restric- tive that it's impossible to continue progressing. Roads become worn, recreation dies, so on and so forth. "i commissioner realizes tha, the only way to battle the problem is to increase taxes, but he votes against it only because he promised he would not vote for a tax increase. I'm sur$ by now, every- one is beginning to get the picture. Unfortunately for us, the general population, politi- cians sometimes make the popular choices. The reason is simple, he or she wants to be re-elected. They forget their first priority is to do .things that will benefit their constituents, not themselves. They forget they are elected to represent us and make decisions for us that will be in our best interest. OVER THE YEARS, I've- covered a number of meet- ings including town councils, commissioners and school boards. It seems that on each and every one of these boards, there is always at least one person that fits the above descriptions. After covering such meetings for some 25 years or so, I can hon- estly say there is one com- missioner that I'll never for- get, Ross Dunn of the Chambers County, Alabama commission. Dunn was a character. He was hated by almost every- one. In spite of the fact that so many people disliked him, he just kept on winning. I know you're all wonder- ing why he was re-elected if he was hated by so many. That answer is a simple one. Dunn was one of the first people that introduced him- self to me when I was hired as Managing Editor of The Valley-Times News. He told me he was a commissioner and he also told me that I would probably learn to hate him as much as everyone else did. He was right in some ways, I did dislike his per- sonality and I sometimes did- n like the way he went about doing things, but I still had to respect the man. There were three things I learned about Dunn in cov- ering those meetings. One, he never lied to me. Any ques- tion I asked, he answered and it didn't matter if he answered the way people tought he should, he simply ld you what he thought. Two, he always voted his con- victions. I won say I agreed with all his votes, but you knew where he stood, always. And three, he genuinely cared about the commtmity. Ironic isn't it. The com- missioner I've found to be the most hated over years, was probably one of the ones that did the most good. All politicians could learn a few things from Ross. TttE HOGAMSVILLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications. at  I Roosev.elt Highway, Manchester. Georgia 31816. USPS 6204M0, Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup. Hams or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all les taxes. Perkxiical postage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 302. FOR SUR,n'I(S call (706) 846-3 [88 or wTite to Circuhtion Manager. Star MercuD. Publications. R O. Box 426. Manchester. Georgia 31816. POSnIAS'IXR: Send address changes to E O. Box 426. Hogansville. GA 30230. ST Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale As.,ciate Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykeadall Busines's Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Gold.caon Asistant Editor ...................................................................................... Rob Ric "hardson StaffWriter.s .......................................................................... Bryan Geter. Billy Bryant Assislant Adverti.ing Manager .................................................................. Laurie Lewis Ads ertising Sales ............................................ Linda Lesr Composing ................................................................. Dewayne FIowe. Valinda Ive Circulation Manager .................................................................................... Judy Crews Lcgals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldston Pressroom Manager ........................................................................ Wayne Cahowski Pressroom ........................................ David Boggs. Larry Colleges. Shannon'Atkinson  Ow]cEas President ............ .: ............................................................................... Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charloue S. Grimes Secretary .......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Cofer Trmsurer. ...................................................................................... Kathy Cremes Garrett [_gal Counsel and Asistant Secretary .............................................. James S. Grimes 9/11 Tribute Honoring Don On this first anniversary of the three 9-11 incidents we should pause to consider how grateful we should be to be an American. All of us seem to forget the prices so many have paid so that we can enjoy the free- dom and privileges we have today. Our forefathers almost two and one-half centuries ago began paying the price for our freedom and every generation since that time has answered the call to arms to protect our freedom. much to preserve the free- dom you and I enjoy today. MY FIRST relationship with Don was some forty years ago when he was in charge of a railroad car assignment with the ACL Railroad. If Don knew I need- ed a chip car on a certain day, you could bet your bottom dollar the car would be on our siding at the appointed times. Our good relationship with the railroad train crew, both his and mine, made our rela- tionship ':jam up." "Don Fowler never complained about anything Don Fowler never com- though he has p/'FI- THIS PAST YEAR we plained about anything have lost a staunch soldier though he has plenty of rea-  ofre4olls." and loyal comrade with the passing of Don Fowler. He was a veteran of World War II who never com- plained, but had been through sons. He was very devoted to his wife who also suffered with ill health in later years. After Don retired from the railroad, he worked part- time for Hamp's Convenience at Flint Hill. When he decided he had with his wife, I took his time day shift job on ends. Sales people and tomers alike were asking about Don. evident he liked they liked him. He carried a big smile always greeted people big smile. MY THOUGHTS plans about the first anniversary of 9-11 incidents. Althou never talked about his riences, I have often derecL Our local VFW will our friend and comrade. you rest in 'We miss you! Just Exactly Who Is the Real God America is not the same as she was before September 11, 2001. As President Bush stated, "Today freedom was attacked by a faceless cow- ard." Never before has the continental United States seen such a vicious attack upon her soil. As that dread- ful day unfolded, images never before imagined were plastered on millions of tele- vision sets across this great land. I remember sitting in my study, the phone ringing and on the other end my mom semi-frantically asked, "Are you all right?" I replied, "Sure, why?" She proceeded to tell me the things that were unfolding in New York City. Not long after that call, I went to the house and with my vis- Ring in,laws winched with astonishmer the horrible events unfold. Then it hap- pened. I believe later on that day some of the most horri- ble pictures of the day. In some middle eastern cities there were folks celebrating in the streets. They were shouting, parading around and you would think they had just won World War III. It was disturbing enough, to think that men, women and chil- dren would rejoice at e then perceived loss of tens of thou- sands of American lives. According to the translators, the object of their praise was l'CTOd." I pastor a church and talk about, teach about, study about and preach about God. We sing praises to God, we pray to God and we worship God. The question that was asked of me was, "Are they praising the same God we worship?" The god praised in those middle-eastern cities on September eleventh is not the God we worship and adore in our church. IT IS NOT the God of Christianity. As many have now learned, the god praised was the god of Islam, called Allah. He is not the God of heaven. He is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is not the God of God. I realize these are strong statements, but the truth must be declared and the con- fusion cleared up. The Bible states that there is only one true God and his name is Jehovah. God declares his position while Jehovah declares his person. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." The word Lord is the English translation of Jehovah. Also the Bible says in I Kings 18:30, "...The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God." There is a differ- "The god pra/sed in those middle- eastern cities on September eleventh is not the God we worship and adore in our church." ence between Jehovah and Allah. I do not have the time nor the space to show why the Bible is the true record as opposed to the Koran, but be it known and understood, Jehovah God is the one true God. Some may be thinking, preacher, you ought not be so critical and hateful toward Muslims. I am neither hate- ful toward nor critical of any- one, but I do have a respon- sibility to tell the truth as the Word of God reveals it. I have often heard folks say that i people worship or the they worship because roads lead In John 14:6, the Bible "Jesus saith unto them I the way, No man cometh unto father but b) ers, there is only one way man may find peace God. There is only one with which to have God is the God Isaac and Jacob, the Jehovah and the only Jesus Christ. MANY TIMES, I am that I'm stubborn and opinionated. I agree, t9 an extent ono I about some,it man3 opinions or However, these about God, Jesus and to heaven are neither opinion nor preference: are the stated truths Word of God. They remain whether we believe the# not. For those of you me, "But, preacher, you are wrong?" I the sake of argument wi question myself, "But what if I am right?" 50 Years Ago... > Inthe Hogans00e Herald ' BARBECUE WELL" An'ENDED: "Approximately 800 people attended the big sponsored by the Sportsmen Club last Saturday afternoon at te dub park. rtm very modem bart cue pit drew high praise from ma CHURCH OF GOD ACTIVI" ES: "He brought me up also o. of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet up on a rock, a at my goings NEW RULES: "All BoY Scouts are urged to check witm t Sooutmastem on ta few Star, t. s and Eagle Ranks because tt requirements for these high# ranks in Scouting are to change Jan. 1, 1953. This is not only tru? in the West Georgia Council I for Scouts all over America." =NEW ON THE COW FRON/: =The of Tri-coun Artifr was held at (the) Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. Dairy type heifer claves shown by some of the breeders of Mertwether Harris Counties? is a hybrid, the result jack with a mere.