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!/ (3pinions & Ideas 1 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 ., uhmtr;i uLfliratmu Millard B. Grimes, President Mm: HALE l& :BI Jst tH.ffAD',T.RTISING DIRECI'OR JOHN KtzJ J, AS, I( K'I.\\;TE PUBHSItER]EDITOR ROB RICHAA/ISON AssIS I :\\;N-I E1)H'OR JAYXE GOIiFON BL 51NK%S IANAGER 1'hone -(} 8-4tv3188 - Vax (7() 846-2..")6 P O. Box 426 I hgaasville, ( ;c,rgia ,)230 September llth: A Moving Day This past week our coun- try remembered those who gave their lives in the September 11.2001 tragedy. It was a day for remember- ing those who died, those that survived and those of us that feit the shock and horror of that day. As a writer, we are often called on to cover such event s. This past Wednesday, I cox,- " ered two such events. One in Manchester and another in Warm Springs, both were moving, but mostlzthey were encouraging. Most of the speakers sent the same message, that we wilt never forget this day in our history, we will never for- get those who died and we are a more united America today be'cause of the tragedy. All of which is so true. One thing that seemed to be missing at each service was a conclusion. It seemed that there were words left to be said. Reflecting upon this I realized that Robert Ellison, who serves as Chaplain for the Flint Hill and Warm Springs fire departments lze now, just how strong and heroic all Americans are. It would have been easy for us as a nation to also change our way of life. To be afraid to do certain things for fear of terroristic acts, but-we have not changed. We go to work everyday, we go to ball games, we go to concerts, we still live the American dream. A little differently today how- ever. For example, we still worry some about boarding a plane, wondering if it will be used for such a violent act of terrorism. But we have not caved as those who commit- ted this act would have liked for us to do. Thinking about all of this, I realized just how brave Americans are. The words of I came lSe to glving us clc sure. Ellison noted that we should not hate our enemies. "We should pray for our ene- mies," he said. His words made me begin to think. Americans are com- passionate. It is bred into us and even in the aftermath of this tragedy, we remain com- passionate. IT WOULD HAVE been easy for us as Americans. after the September 11 tragedy, to go after our ene- mies with a full-scaled attack on their homeland. However. as the compassionate people that we are. we have not assaulted the innocent people in other countries that are just as much a victim of this as those who died on Sept. 11. We have worked diligent- ly to bring those respolsible to justice, but we have pr in mind the hurt, anger ad sorrow we felt on Sept. 11 and.\\; we have not brought that', same tragedy upon the inno- cent citizens of the countries that are home to our enemies. We are, and should be, proud of that fact. Another thing that I saw at both services was simply this. Anmricans are now unit- ed for a common goaq.., to bring those responsible to jus- tice. This nation will not rest until those responsible pay for the crimes they commit- ted against those who died and our nation as a whole. I real- the song,'od Bless the USA" stand true. Standing there, in those crowds on Wednesday, I know that anyone of them would stand by side and defend America against any enemy. While things have changed because of this ter- rible act. most are for the bet- ter. America is more united, our security is better, we feel safer at night and we've learned first hand just how courageous our citizens are. THERE WAS A message sent out from America this past week to the world. It was simple, subtle, but very direct. That message is sim- ply this: We have not forgotten what has happened. We have not forgotten the 3,000 that died. We have not forgotten that it can happen again. We have not forgotten just how serious this is. However, we are not ready to forgive and we stand united to one common goal. We will have closure to this, we will stop it from happen- ing again and we will bring those responsible to justice. We are confident because w are united. We are strong because we are united. We know we will rise as victors. Run and hide ff you must, but we will find you. For, when Americans become united to a common goal, nothing can stop us from accomplishing it. TIlE It(;ANSVIkI.E IIOMF N}:s t published weekl)b) the Slar-Mercu Publishin Company a di lsion of(ifime Ilbhcalkms. at 3(151 R(x.velt Highway. Manchester. Georgia 31816. lISPS 620-t/4(I. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup. Itarri or Meres elhcr Counlw: $2 a year elsex here. lh'ices include all salcs taxe. Pcrkxtical la)Stagc paid ai tlogan: illc. Ge(gia 302_R1. FOR M IL4 RII'rlONY, call 170(} 846-  188 or ', rile It) Circulali(m ManageL Star Mercm) Publiciflions. P. O. Box 42. ManchcqeL (korgia 318 lb. Posl't,m'Hl: Send address ctumges 1o E (). Box 426. Hogansville. GA 3,0230. . I'/FI- Publisher ;lnd Advertising l)ivctor. .............................................................. Mike ttale Ass(x:iatc Publisher and Edilor . ...................................................... Johll Kuvkendall Business Manager ............................................................................... Jayne Goldsl(m Assixtiml Fklior ...................................................................................... Rob Richardson St:ill Writcp; ..................................................................... Br\\; an ( icier. 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Gritllcs Vice tident .................................................................... Charloltc S. Grimes re: .................................................................................. 1 aum Grimes corer Treauvr ..................... ................................................................ Kath Cwimes Garrell txTal ('oun,,el and AssiarI Net-vta) ............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVII2 HO.NEws -SEPT. 19, 2002 My Most Valuable Players List (Written in 1987) I was having an impromp- tu interview with Howard Fox, a member of the execu- tive committee of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, during a Twins spring training game against the world champion New York Mets, a group of famous mil- lionaires. Mr. Fox told me some- thing I didn't know. He said the average salary for major- league baseball players today is in excess of $400,000 a year. That's the average salary. "How do these guys get paid," I asked, "by the week?" "Twice a month, but just during the season," he answered. "Do you mail their checks to their banks, for to their agents?" I continued. "Most of our guys come by and we hand them their checks," said Mr. Fox. I DID some figuring. Let's say a player makes $1 million a year, which a lot of them do, even utility infielders. He's paid" twice weekly for approximately six months, so that means each time he's handed a check his gross is something around $83,oo0. I'M FOR everybody mak- ing all the bucks he or she can, but every time I watch a bunch of spoiled crybaby baseball players, like the Mets, it makes me even'more aware of how we need to reward others in our society with a lot more than they are making. I made a list of some examples: Schoolteachers If it weren't for my teachers, I couldn't have figured out the biweekly check for a million- aire ballplayer. My mother taught first grade for 30 years. The first six months of every year, she worked mostly on house- breaking her class. She went back to teaching in 1953 after she and my father divorced. She was paid $120 a month. Batboys make more than that. Airline Pilots They already make a lot of money, but they also should have a bonus clause that says each time they land one of those tubs safely, they get a few more bucks. I want my air- line pilot to have a great deal of incentive to get me back on the ground safely. Cops and Firemen Next time you're getting mugged or your house in on fire, call your favorite utility infield- er. Secretaries Most exec- utives could not function were it not for their secre- taries. Relief pitchers in base- ball are paid according to how many "saves" they have. Secretaries should be number of times they their bosses from rassing situations, being discovered as incompetents. Garbagemen us from being own wastefulness, and paltry pittance of garbage at five in ing and not make Ministers who have their own TV These are the people yet the3 bled, visit the sick, the dead and don't get tol any makeup. BY SPECIAL WITH HISWIDOW, NEWS IS CARRYING COLLINS BY THE LATE I GRIZZARD, WHO GREW UP IN 1 BY MORELAND, AND MOST WIDELY READ hIIITER  PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 BOOK AND MUSIC: WIDF. Is There a Word from the Lord Hease forgive me for writing about something that we have all been hearing so much about. I don't claim to be an expert or really have any new answers for some of the most difficult questions that have ever been asked. However, I would like to make some observations that I feel are based upon the Bible. Before I make my unsolicited comments, please allow me to say that I am proud to be an American and I that 1: re in such a country as this. As we remember the events of a year ago, and look to the uncertain future, may we be reminded that the Word of God gives us a sure word in an unsure world. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." The word perilous simply means diffi- cult, dangerous and grievous. We can truly say, that the events of 11 September, 2001 are some of the most difficult and grievous days of our great nation. By the phrase the last days, Timothy is referring to the days preceding the eom- ing of the Lord, but please do not get the idea that I am say- hag that the attacks on the World Trade Center find the Pentagon are some sort of sign announcing the coming of the Lord. The Lord Jesus could have come before those attacks as biblically as he could have come before them. We just need to understand that as far as God is con- cerned, we are living in the days that are leading up to the coming of the Lord. The Bible is simply telling us that because Of the sinful nature of man, especially the hatred buried deep in the hearts of those who not only carried out these deeds, but also of those who master- minded and funded these deeds, dangerous and diffi- cult days will come. ALTHOUGH the Bible tells us that the wickedness in men will lead to such acts, I nor any one else can be absolutely dogmatic as to why these horrendous crimes were perpetrated upon thou- sands of innocent people. Whatever the reason, we as Americansneed to turn our heartsbackto God. That leads me to say this. Many people were angered to see the celebra- tion, no matter what the size, taking place in Middle Eastern towns. This celebra- tion was spawned as a result of the collapse of the twin tow- ers of The world Trade Center. During this celebra- tion, it was relayed to the viewers that they were prais- ing and thanking god. May I respectfully, yet unwaver- ingly submit to you that the god they were supposedly praising is NOT the God of the Bible. Being Muslims, they were praising their false god, Allah. As I heard one preacher say, "Our God is not asleep." Jehovah God, the living God of glory, is still on his throne in Heaven and has matters well in hand. Instead of trying to fig- ure God out, I implore you to simply trust him. As far as our president is concerned, I pray that he as well will trust the leadership of believe our doing exactly what ture demands: to citizens and bring to those who have these acts of murder. tells us in: rulers are not a works, but to the evil. not be afraid and thou shalt have the same. For he is the ister of God to thee for But if thou do that evil, be afraid, for not the sword in vain: is the minister of revenger to execute upon him that doeth Our government biblical mandate and ity to seek out and justice those evil one likes war, no one death it brings, but kinds of acts must allowed to go In closing may I ought to simply trust with these matters, those who have lost and friends, for leaders, pray men and women, and Bible says, pray for our' mies. In the FOOTBALL FRENZY: Green Wave of a powerful Jackson eleven row night in the season's for the home team but th, team had an opening game week and is past the  with a polished offense defense to greet the kcs..." BUT IF IT'S A CLUB...: "TheAdult Readin( will meet Sept. 23 at 7:30 the Hogansyille Public program will be a movie made the Georgia State Chamber Commerce entitled, 'Georgia, Empire Starte.'" METHODIST 'q'he Rev. Cad McGrady, the First Methodist announces a fall revival, one week from next Sunday  runnj through revival was the best placed in he aisles to care for ! capadty erowcls." MEANWHILE: "The Baptist Church of under the direction of Dr. Howard, will have a of programs beginning Sept. with a series of lay charge of the services." III iil