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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4A - HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014 ........ THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 @w.e00 @pemle00 00fib 00hhlicaliou00, 3nc ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President Jo Ktnum)mJ, K MnHE PUBLISHER[EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER ANDY KOBER . Phone (706) 846-3188 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 news @star-mercury.tom ANGELA BROWN P.O. Box 426 LAYOUT EDITOR Manchester, GA 31816 Offial Legal Organ for the Ci(y of Hogmsville Would Bicyclist Use Local Cycling Trail? Last week Sally Estes and Rob Wilburn paid me a visit. For my readers that do not know these folks, they are heavily involved in working on developing a Rafts to Trails effort in Meriwether County. I spent several minutes talking with them about the subject and they left me a good bit of material to study. As I looked through the material there were several things that caught my atten- tion. Before you go thinking that is column is all about the Meriwether Rail to Trail effort that is not the case. Harris County recently acquired an old trail bed that will be used to develop a walk- ing and bike trail that will connect Harris County and Columbus. Harris County: is of the firm belief thatthe trail wffi bring in a tremendous amount of tourism dollars and2wouldn't argue that poinfd  address that a little late. and enjoy family time and the numbers continue to increase. Such trails do have an eco- nomic impact on the area as well. When the trails are used, the folks using them are going to look for restaurants, hotels, gift shops and more. Simply put, there are more bicyclists today than ever before and those bikers are always looking for new : places t 0 :ride and explore. I travel Highway 90 a great deal and almost every day I see bikers riding the highway and I can tell you that most of the riders are not Estes and Wilburn seek from the local area but are the Meriwethertrail asaway : ig FDR State Park "or to join the Harris COUnty : tgallawayGardens. trail In:doing: hetrail ForHarris County, that is would run all-the way from:: t he calling card for sure for Meriwether County, through its.trail effort. Harris County and into What makes the trail Columbus. That is along dis- unique is our beautiful hilly tance and would certainly encompass a large population base. When you consider the fact of the surrounding coun- ties that could utilize the trial the numbers would be stag- gering. . SEVERAL OF THE things Meriwether and Harris have to offer is its beautiful landscape, its rich history and its rural hospital- ity. That is a good combina- tion to draw bikers as long as you have the proper place for them to ride. Harris County learned just how many bikers would come to the area to ride with its Wheels of Fire program. According to the 2012 national Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 18 percent of the United States population age 16 and over road a bicycle at least once during the sum- mer of 2012. The 2009 National Household Travel Survey estimated that 11.9 percent of all trips in the United States are done by walking and bicy- cling, and that number was up from 2001 when it was 9.5 percent. The February 2003 Omnibus Survey conducted by the Bureau :of Transportation Statistics (BTS) found that of the peo- ple riding bikes, the majori- ty reported doing so for exer- cise/health (41 percent) and recreation (37 percent). The point is, walking and biking are quickly becoming a way to exercise, vacation country between Pine Mountain, Warm Springs and Shiloh and of course, the draw of Callaway Gardens. : WHAT I'M TRYING to say is that such a trail has to offer more than just a place to ride a bicycle? There has to be something to draw them whether it's the scenery, or the history or something all together different: With what Meriwether and Harris has to offer, I can see how bikers, by the hun- dreds, would be drawn to the area for weekend rides, vaca- tions and more. While the trails are designed for walkers and bik- ers, all the studies I've read indicate that bikers use such trails far more than folks who walk. Of course, you would- n't walk from Greenville to Columbus, but bikers will certainly peddle their way from one end to the other. I will be the first to say that such trails would offer an added incentive for peo- ple to visit both Harris and Meriwether counties and travel through the surround- ing counties, bringing tourism dollars to virtually all of them. Is it possible that a trail that ran from Greenville, through Harris County and into Columbus could bring thousands of bikers to the area? My guess would be it most likely would: I would like to hear what my readers think. Email me at john@star-mercury.corn and share your opinion. Words of Wisdom from Honest Abe It has been said that wis- dom is knowing what to do next. In every situation in life if we knew the right course to take or the best decision to make we would be a wise per- son. In my lifetime no doubt the best teacher has been experience. Not just my expe- riences but the experiences of others as well. Former President Abraham Lincoln once saidi "Prosperity is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable. It is a positive good in the world. THAT SOME should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is homeless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from vio- lence when built." These words were spoken by President Lincoln on March 21, 1864 and have been printed for distribution by the Will Rogers Rotary Club of ............ Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today : Lincoln is considered by many tO be one of the great- est American Presidents. The dark days of the Civil War only served to enhance and highlight the true character and fiber of this man. Sometimes we may won- der what makes a president or any leader for that matter really great. In some respects people are like metal, but to know for sure what they are made of they have to be test- ed. In the case of our nation's presidents some served dur- ing a period of history when our nation was faced .with great adversity and chal- lenge. The events that led up to and during the Civil War certainly gave Abraham Lincoln an opportunity to prove what kind of man he was. It is sometimes said that success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. THE POINT that is being made in this column is sim- ple and straightforward. In our nation today we need more people like Abraham Lincoln in all walks of life who possess the character, com- mitment, honesty, insights, purpose and a true perspec- tive of the really important things in life. In every community throughout this land we need more men and women who cannot be bought, who will not sell out and who truly understand what all Abraham Lincoln stood for. Take a moment and go back to the beginning of this column. Read one more time the quotation by Abraham Lincoln and give it some seri- ous thought. Then you will see the basis for much of the suc- cess that the United States of America enjoys today. Among them are physical labor, the importance of prop- erty, the opportunity to achieve financial success and the incentive for the individ- ual and for business and industry to succeed. President Lincoln's admonishment to the American people to "Let not him who is homeless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built" is the key. We must always con- stantly strive to maintain the opportunity for all Americans to build and to fos- ter character values and integrity, especially in our nation's youth so they will want to defend and preserve our way of life. Martin Luther once said, "The prosperity of a country depends not on the abundance of its revenues nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its pub- lic buildings, but it consists in the number of its men of enlightenment and character. Pondering Way Too Much of a Sweet Thing The following is an inter- esting story about police offi- cers and what else but - donuts. I think there are about as many police officer and donut jokes as there are about jokes concerning blondes. In all probability, neither are apt to be true, but people do enjoy telling such jokes. The following is not a joke, instead it really hap- pened. Bradley Hardison, of North Carolina, was :arrested after beating police officers in a donut eating contest. Yes, you read that cor- rectly. The Elizabeth City Police Department was participat- ing in the National Night Out campaign which is an anti- crime activity designed to get people out of their homes and get them together in the neighborhood. As part of the celebration held in Elizabeth City, the police department sponsored a donut-eating contest. That does lead to quite a number of potential jokes and I will resist the temptation. You, on the other hand, feel free to indulge yourself. I will admit that I do like donuts, especially those with chocolate icing on them, and especially when they are still warm. The donut eating contest featured anybody who want- ed to participate, including the city's firefighters and - of course - police officers. Bradley Hardison joined the contest and downed eight donuts in only two minutes. He resolutely chomped his way to the top, to lead the event. With cheeks full and bulging, Hardison out-ate all comers, including the police officers, and was named Elizabeth City's donut eating champion. I CANNOT IMAGINE eating eight donuts at one sit- ting. Two is about all I can handle. After that, I begin to feel uncomfortably full and bloated. Some of you have likely shared that feeling at some point in time. My limitations aside, con- gratulations go out to Bradley Hardison for a job well done. We can all rest assured that he received congratula- tions from all who were pres- ent at the event - including the police officers. In fact, one photo shows Hardison stuffing a donut in his mouth while the officer sitting next to him is laughing. But the story does not stop there. Hardison's feat was cov- ered in the local news and by the next day, he was in jail. You see, Hardison was wanted by those very police officers in connection with two break-ins at local grocery stores. When Hardison's donut- eating photo circulated around, a Lieutenant with the Camden County Sheriff's Office recognized him. Investigators with the Camden County Sheriff's Office had spent about eight months trying to find Hardison to question him about the break-ins. We have no idea what was taken dur- ing the break-ins and I can- not imagine that any donuts were pilfered. Chuckling aside, I find this absolutely incredulous. Hardison had to know he was being sought by police officers, yet he appears at a public event, Not only that, he beats police officers in a contest knowing this is going to draw attention and likely get his picture passed around. I guess that in there some- where is a lesson about the mindset of some people. There are those people who believe they are above everybody else. Such people are convinced they can do anything they want, and are not accountable. Further, while they can do whatever they want, you cannot. I see this type of behav- ior on an increasing basis and from people I never would have imagined just a few years ago. I think the proliferation of this type attitude is a prod- uct of a very selfish individ- ual. I do not know Bradley Hardison, but I do know peo- ple like him -- wanting too much a sweet thing at the expense of other people. That's my opinion. 40 Years Ago... In the Hogansville Herald Compiled by Rob Richardson CLOSER TO COMPLETION - One of the top stories in the Sept. 26,1974 Hogansville Heraldwas about work on 1-85, one of the last interstate legs form Atlanta to be built. It mentioned several DOT bid-lettings statewide. "The second largest was for 10.88 miles of grading and three bridge culverts on 1-85 in Troup and Meriwether Counties. This $15.8 million bid was sub- mitted by MacDougald Construction of Smyrna." GO THANK A TRUCK - Another front page story praised bug rigs for helping with roads. "Figures recently released by the state shows Troup County and its munidpliti received a combined total of $253,961 in state grants for capital improvements. According to TRUX mag- azine, state highway use taxes on trucks supplied approximately $72,380 of the total." OTHER HEADLINES -."Greenwave Topples Brookstone 6-0 to Even Season;" "Pike County Pirates to Be Next Region i Victim;" "Mrs. Artley, Mrs. Jones Are Co- Hostesses for Meeting;" "Make the Most " of Life." HOGAnSVILLe  is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizenS of HogansviUe and its goal is to produce quality, profitable,community oriented newspa- pers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes! Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230,Single copy 50. FoR SUnSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, P. O, Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. HOT CAR OF THE DAY - The Plymouth Duster was a car many folks wanted back in 1974. Available with either a powerful V-8 or Plymouth's thrifty slant- six, it was functional yet sporty. Various trim levels ranged from sedate to funky.