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f iWas He Guilty? Opinions &amp; Idea0000 PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS-Arr. 26, 2002 Putting Their Best Chins Forward   PUBLISHER/ADVERTISLNG DIREtTrOR (Written in 1988) thin, tall or small." i /   JOHN KUYKENDALL There was a story in the  "_.. ASSOCIATE PU'BLISHER]EDITOR papers about a group that I KNOW OTHERS who calls itself the National carry around a great deal of    ROB RIO/AROSON 7:- ':5  ASSISTANT EDITOR Association to Aid Fat weight who feel the same  I for supper. Just make certain Americans(NAAFA), holding way. My stepbrother, Imdlow  1   you get to the mashed pota-   JAYNE N a convention in Newark, New Porch, a radio talk-show host,  l   toes before they do. l  BUSlI_Zss.MAC. Jersey. (Why any group humorist and author- and a  l  { 3. Snuggle up to a fat girl ! when you go to sleep at night .......... Phone (706) 846-3188 . Fax (706) 846-2206 would hold a conxention in bit full-figured himself-has   { and think what you could save :- tnttt ltmttgamra P. 0 Box 426 Newark is beyond me when written several books on the MitlardB. GrimePmtlmnt Hogansville, Georgia 30230 such glamorous sites as subject, er how much time and money in insulation costs for your Dogpatch, U.S.A. and Booger His first, It's Not So Neat today's woman spends keep- house. Hollow in Eureka Springs, to See Your Feet, was fol- hag her figure somewhere I am not certain, inciden- doubt. But what about the intent of someone to commit a- crime and then follow through with it? Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying someone should be convicted for think- ing about committing a crime, what I am saying is intent should figure into the evi- dence. FOR EXAMPLE, both Harris and Sparks stated they obtained the gun and went to the parking lot with intent to 'Tumble" with other teens. In other words, they went to that parking lot looking for a fight. However, they took the cow- ard's way out. They didn't fight the teens at all. Tkey rode by and shot into the crowd and one teen lost his life in the process. :' If any of you have fol- lowed the Shawn Harris trial in the Columbus Ledger- Enquirer, then you know that .on Thursday, the jury acquit- ted him of killing another teenager. Harris, 19, was accused of murdering a 14-year-old Columbus boy. He was the second teen to stand trial in : the slaying. Here's a brief hi_s- tory. - On January 12, Harris and Hosiea Sparks rode through i" shopping center parking lot : located adjacent to McDonald's at the intersec- tion of Mflgen and Miller i Roads. The two teens fired : into a crowd of other " teenagers and the 14-year-old ! died ;from a gunshot wound. :. Sparks, also 19, pied guilty : to a reduced charge of volun- : tary manslaughter and was , sentenced to 20 years. He tes- i; tiffed against Harris in both : trials. Sparks testified that :: Harris fired into the crowd three times and it was his shot :' that killed the youth. Harris : then gave the gun to Sparks, Arkansas are available. I remain convinced that if you live in the Northeast and don't go to Sunday School, when you die you go to Newark.) The story told of mem- bers of NAAFA wanting to convince other Americans that, despite the fact they are fat, they are quite happy. They also want to tell their fellow Americans it's okay if someone refers to them as "fat." "I don't like being called cuddly or chubby," said Mary Jane Grace-Brown, a mem- ber of NAAFA who weighs in at 400 pounds. "I like fat. It's a descriptive word, just like lowed by Thin May Be In, But Fat's Where It's At, and The History of the Toledo Scale Co. What really caught my eye in the article about the fatso - remember it's okay to say that - convention was the statement by Mrs. Grace- Brown's husband, James, who weighs 125 pounds, three times less than she does. Mr. Brown, who married his wife at last year's con- vention, stated that he loved her just the way she was and wouldn't have her any other way. How intriguing, I thought to myself, when you consid- between anorexic and hollow- eyed and bird-legged. They go through all this, I am certain, to be attractive to the male. But if Mr. Brown is satisfied with his wife at 400 pounds, there must be advantages to taking up with a fat girl. I HAVE CONSIDERED the following: I. Fat girls probably appreciate their mates more than thin girls do because fat girls have spent a lot of time being snubbed. Cordie Mae Poovey, a girl in my school, was so fat she lived in two zip codes and nobody would date tally, whether or not Cordie Mae is a member of NAAFA, but she finally did get a hus- band, one of the Phillpot boys who didn't weigh what her big toe did. BY SPECIAL ARRNGEMF WITH HISWIDOW, DEDRA, THE HoMIg NEWS IS CARRYING SE COLLJNS BY THE LATE LEWIS GRIZZARD. WHO WAS BORN I COLLqIBUS AND GREW U'P IN COWlg" TA COUI'; AND BECAME THE MOo f WIDELY READ GEORGIA WRITER Of HIS TIME. GRIZZARD'S BOOKS AN'I} TAPES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOg SALE THROUGH BAD Boot PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX 19126 ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND AT BOOK AND MUSIC STORES NATION" WIDE. We Need Politicians With A veteran politician was highly critical of his oppo- nent's campaign style. "He is the dirtiest opponent I have ever faced," he said in pub- lic. Fellow politicians grew tired of the incumbent's con- tinual criticism and nitpick- ing comments about his opponent, when they knew he had dirty laundry in his own offices from the local level up tell us what they stand for, what their qualifications are, and stay away from all the negative campaigning we witnessed in the primaries. Let me share with you ' some things we should look for in political candidates seeking office at any leveL We must seek out men and women with integrity. It is difficult to stand up and be counted for what is right when you feel you are in the minority. Many times what is right is not popular, and your stand could cost the loss of friendship, business or votes. But we need politi- cians with conviction and the courage to do something about that conviction. Finally, the third word ,i: who fired one shot. The two teens were rid- ing in a van. Sparks was driv- ing and Harris sat on the pas- :: senger's side of the van. : During the trial, testimony ! was given by witnesses that " three shots were fined by the ii person sitting on the passen- :: ger's side of the van. !: In an interviewwithp01ice : prior to the trial, Harris : admitted to firing into the': crowd three times. ,,:: IN SPITE of testimony against Harris and a large amount of evidence, jurors : acquitted him and he walked : out of the courtroom a free : man. ,:,:, Did one of the shots fired -by Harris kill the teen? No one can answer that question, but those that were fired upon and the two teens that did the shooting. . Wasthejurywrongtoflna Harris innocent? Again, Was it Harris' bullet that complain- killed the n? Who knows, mg your but he fothat crowd .... lap :comments,why intending to hurt or kill some- one. If not, why do it in the first place? I laughed at the words of Harris' attorney when he said justice was served in the trial. It made a mockery of what our justice system is about. Harris night not have been guilty of killing the teen, but he was certainly guilty of try- ing to. I WONDER if that attor- ney would feel the same way if his son, daughter or grand- child had been in the crowd fired upon that night. Even worse, ff one of his family members had been shot and killed. Would he think justice had been served? Or would he think the justice system had robbed him? It's almost like the tale of don't you take a look in your own closet?" he was'asked by a close friend. The incumbent followed the friend's advice, and a few days later exclaimed, "I can't believe it. As soon as I looked sincerely in my own closet, my opponent's comments and past don't look so bad." Moral of this story: Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. POLITICALPRIMARIES are over, candidates from both parties have been elect- ed, and we are headed for the November General Election. It would be great to have the candidates running for all question only they ea_.n', the two thieves. One stole a answer. Having served in a \\;gold coin and showed it to murder trial, the term "l!nother. While sleeping, the "beyond reasonable doubt" other thief stole it from him. was used a lot. I'm sureit was when the thief awoke to find used in this trial as well, If the jurors were not sure Harris had killed the teen, they sim- ply could not convict him. .I've often wondered why, in a case like this one, 'ntent" couldn be used as part of the conviction process. Maybe not for murder, but for a less- er charge. Sure, a smart lawyer can argue "beyond reasonable doubt." You almost have to catch the murderer with the smoking gun in his hand to prove beyond reasonable the coin gone and asked for it back. The thief replied, "It didn belong to you in the first place." You see, it's simply this. Two wrongs never make a right. Harris and Sparks went there with the intent to shoot at someone. They did, a boy diekL Maybe Harris is innocent of the fatal shot, but he fired the weapon into the crowd. He did so knowing that some- one could die. Of that, he's guilty. THE HANSVII.LE HOME NEA$ is published weekly by the Star-MercutT Publiing Company. a divis of Grimes Publications, at )51 Ro<velt Highv W. Manchester. Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all les taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Geia 30. FoR nsX call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, E O. Box 426. M, ia 31816. Poslt: Send  changes to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. Sr Publisher a Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Asiate publisher and Editor ........ ................................................... John Kuykendall Busine.s Manager ................................................................................ Jayne Gston Assistant Editor .................................................................................... Rob Ric StaffWri .......................................................................... Bryan Geua", Billy Bryant Assiamt Admlising Manager ..................................................................  Lewis Advertising Sales ........................................................................................ Lin Lester Composing ................................................................ .Dewayne Fk,vers. Valimla lvery Circulation Manager..: ............................................. ,.,L.... .......................... Judy s Legals ..................................................................................................... Jayne Goktston Pre.' Manager ....................................................................... Wayne Grochowski sroom ....................................... David Bog. Larry Colleges, S Atkin.m Tz O.ats President ............................................................................................. Mi|lard B. Grins Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Secretary .......................................................................................... Laura Grins Corer Tmurer ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes arrett Legal Counsel and Asi.stant  .............................................. JameS. Grime Webster says thatgrity is completeness, ess, honesty and sincerityThis is the number one most impor- tant ingredient a politician must possess. If they are not people of integrity, we don't need them in office. THERE ARE three key words that begin with a "c" that are required towards the makeup of a person with integrity. Those words are conviction,  and char- acter. Webster says that convic- tion is a strong belief for what is right and good. Right and wrong has not changed over the years. Wrong always has been wrong and always will he wrong. Lying, cheating and stealing were wrong yester- day, they are wrong today, , ,00'lt is difficult to Stand up and be counted for what is right when you feel you are in the mg00ority." and they will be wrong tomor- row. Maybe society has changed but not fight and wrong. Our politicians must possess conviction. They must be men and women with a strong belief of what is right and wrong. Webster says that courage is the quality of being brave. It doesn matter if one has conviction if they don't have the con'hge to do some- thing about that conviction. that begins with a ",:Lthot is necessary towards e make- up of a person with integrity is character. Webster sayS that character is the behav- ior typical of a person; m6ral strength, reputation. The best definition of character I have ever heard is "what we do when we know that no one else will ever know." WE NEED politicians with unquestionable charao ter; men and women with moral strength and a good reputation. Conviction, courage and character. They all are the makeup of a person wiO integrity. Let us pray that those elected to office thus far at all levels government are .men women of integrity. Inthe Hogansville Herald Predecusor tothe Hogansvne Home News PROGRESS REPORT: "Mrs. Luke Arnold, chairman of the Tourist Committee of the Better Home Town Contest, has report- ted some actives that are of real interest to the community. A more ambitious plan combining lavatory facilities with public phone service was underway..2 GREEN WAVE HAS OPEN DATE: "The Hogansviile Green Wave has an off-weekend this time but from here on out it'll be one struggle after anotherwith the Giant Killers of Carrollton scheduled for next weekend away from borne."  DAY: 'q'he le Herald, through the cooperation of the Hogansville High School, is presenting a series of stories in this issue, honoring the activities of students and more than 1,400 ld' in recognition of the Kiwan- sponsored Natkmal Kids Daywhich is recognized throughout the coun- try this coming Saturday." ' "LOCAL DOCTOR TAKES STUMP FOR THE GENERAL: "Dr. Ed Amolds name has been men- tioned in papers circulating in this area frequently as an officer in the Eisenhower for President Club of Hogansville, if there is such a thing."