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Opinions Ideas PAGE 4-A HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017 THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 (1911mm anti @prmteh (firth publications, 31hr ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLISHER/EDITOR ANDY KOBER ASSOCIATE EDITOR JACK BAGLEY LAYOUT EDITOR Oflicial Legal Qfllie City of Hogaruville Dear Santa This Is CARMEN OUSLEY BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star—mercury.com P. O. Box 426 Manchester. GA 31816 What I Really Want Dear Santa, It’s time for me to bother you with my annual Christmas wish letter. First, let me state — for the record — that Ihave been a good boy this year. A very good boy. Extremely good, in fact. Hm. Well, maybe not that good. Still, I haven’t been as bad as some have been. And in those areas where I have been bad, my intentions were good. (And yes, I do know what they say about good intentions. What I don’t understand is who “they” are, but that’s another topic for another time.) SO, if you have your pen- cil and your scorecard ready (as they say at Wrigley Field), I’ll give you my Christmas wish list for 2017. First. I wish good health or. myself for a change A and for my family and friends. Since I count every person reading my scribblings as my friend, that means everybody who gets this newspaper. I’d love to see that wish extended to finding cures at last for some of the really bad things that people can get. But, for now, I’ll settle for extort.»w ‘ sive research that will one day lead to those cures. I also would love for pros- : perity to reach everybody reading this. Since each per- son defines prosperity differ- ently, let’s just say that what- ever would make them happy, give it to them, Santa. That is what you do, after all. Santa, if you could see your way clear, I'd love to have the divisions amongst mem- bers of our country cleared up. Over the past couple of years, I’ve watched people I admire, people I love, fall out I with friends and family mem- ‘ bers over silly things like pol- itics. There’s no reason for r that; people should be able to disagree and still care foreach other. How else can we make this a better country, and a better world? I’ve even lost friends over politics. My opinion may be ' a minority these days, but I ‘ don’t believe anybody should lose friends over politics. If they leave you over that, they were never real friends in the first place. Heal that rift for all of us, , Santa. Add in divisions over J race, economics, and every- ’ thing else that separates us. (Yes, I know there are real issues in each of these. Let’s address those issues, and solve them, without resorting to name—calling and insults. Those are the last shots of an argument that the user has already lost. You’re never going to solve anything that way.) As for myself, Santa, I don’t really need anything in a material sense. While I may not be swimming in the lap of luxury (how’s that for a mixed metaphor?), materially I have everything I need and pretty much everything I want. As for anything you have already tagged for me, please give it to someone who really needs it. My material needs, at this point in my life, are few. But since this is a letter to you, Santa, and letters to you should indicate some hint of what the writer really desires, let’s get into my list: ' I’d love another World Series win for the Chicago Cubs. It took 108 years to get the one we enjoyed in 2016, and I seriously doubt I’ll live another 108 years, so how about bringing another cham— pionship for my favorite base- ball team? While we’re onthe topic; of sports, let’s bringaSuper" " Bowl win for the Atlanta Falcons, too. I normally don’t care 'about football, but it’s nice when the team in my adopted home state does well. The Falcons have been to two Super Bowls now and don’t have anything to show for it. If you have a spare NFL cham— pionship in the bag, Santa, drop it off at the Falcons’ new dome. (They tore the Georgia Dome down, in case you aren’t sure where to leave it.) Bring me a weight-loss plan that not only works, but keeps the weight off, please, Santa. My weight ought to have the word “Duncan” sten- ciled on it, it goes up-and-down so much. (That’s a yo-yo joke.) And I’dreally love one shot at fulfilling my ultimate life’s dream being a game show host. If I can get that without having to move to Los Angeles, so much the better. People tell me I’d do a great job hosting a game show, so let’s see if we can make that happen, Santa. (You do know people in the business, don’t you?) That’s pretty much it. My list is simple, and shouldn’t cause you too much trouble. Of course, I will leave out the traditional milk and cook- ies for your visit. If I were you, I’d get there early, and maybeyoucanbeat Sassy (my cat - remember her?) to the milk this time. Be safe! And please give my best to Mrs. Claus. Love as always, Jack P. S. - Can I have a pony? THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of Hogansville 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. C 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 30230.5ingle copy 50¢. FOR sunscmrnons call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Trib Publications, P. 0. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. There was no evidence that Jesus Is The Reason Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bus- tle of the Christmas Season that we fail to celebrate its real pur— pose. TWO ladies were shopping for Christmas gifts and one of them commented about a manger scene, “Look at that religion is trying to take over Christmas.” We all know that the birth of Jesus is the reason for the season. Luke’s gospel shares facts about the birth of Jesus. Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Mary was pregnant and about to give birth to Jesus, who would be her first child and that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He goes on to mention that there was no vacancy at the Inn and that Jesus was born in a stable. If the innkeeper was insen- sitive perhaps he turnedJoseph and Mary away without caring that she was about to give birth. If the innkeeper really cared he could have asked one of his guest to give up their room by explaining Mary’s circum- stances and needs or he could have given Mary and Joseph his own living quarters. Wishing It seems as though we just celebrated Christmas and here it is again. Since this is the last pub- lication before Christmas most columnists wrack their brains trying to find a new and different way of saying Merry Christmas — I am no different. Over the years I have used this column space to track the history of Christmas. I have noted some of the historical figures from which our celebration of -» Christmas is drawn. But I guess that nothing works bet- ter than relating the story. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Mary and Joseph were married, but before they consummated their marriage, Mary was found to be pregnant yet still a virgin. We can imagine what Joseph thought of this and considered hiding Mary away rather than see her humiliated because no one would believe She was still virtuous. Today’s idea of have more babies, get more wel- fare, was not applicable then. While Joseph was men- tally wrestling with the issue, an angel appeared and told Joseph that Mary was in fact pregnant with the son of God. the innkeeper did not care. Luke seems to leave it up to us to decide. History does suggest that inns of that day were sim- ple and rustic. Many stables back then were similar to the inns. They were reasonably clean, usually quieter and more private than the inn. Guest usu— ally brought their Own food and the innkeeper would provide a place to heat the food as well as a place for the guest to sleep. The innkeeper would also provide a place for the animals to stay and food for them. Therefore, in Mary and Joseph’s case the innkeeper may have been caring by pro- viding them with the most pri- vate accommodations that he had available. Chuck vaindoll, a popular and respected Bible teacher and preacher, tells a story regarding the presentation of aChristmaspageant.Wallywas a socially promoted fourth grade student who desired to be Joseph but had been chosen to be the innkeeper because he was larger than the other boys in the fourth grade. During practice Wally did as he was told by responding to Joseph’s request for a room with a gruff voice saying “I have no more rooms!” However, during the pageant’s first presentation after Wally said gruffly “I have no more rooms” he watched Mary and Joseph as they walked away. Suddenly, over- came with emotion and teary eyed, Wally cried out “Come back Joseph and Mary you can have my room!” For a moment the Director and the audience thought Wally’s emotional out- burst would negatively affect the pageant but instead it added new depth. Christmas is usually a busy time for most of us and unfor- tunately eVen we Christians e Season can get so busy that we do not observe Christmas for the right reason. Let us all make room for Jesus in our life this Christmas Season. More importantly if you have not already done so make room for Jesus permanently in your life as I did 72 years ago at age ten. In closing let me share with you this Christmas poem writ- ten by Helen Sleiner Rice that is titled “Gift of Love.” Christmas is a gift of love that cannot be bought or sold. It is ours for the asking and is worth more than gold. And this priceless gift of Christmas is within the reach of all. The rich, the poor, the young and Old, the greatest and the small. So take God’s Christmas gift of love, reach out and you will receive, and the only pay~ ment that God asks is just that you believe. May you all have a won- derful and Blessed Christmas Season and enjoy the time you will have to spend with your family always remembering that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” You A Merry Christmas! The angel went on to say that Joseph and Mary were to name the baby Jesus. Matthew tells us that Jesus was born before the arrival of the wise men from the east. In fact, when the wise men found the baby Jesus, Matthew tells us that Jesus was found in a house not in a manger — despite all the ornamentations found in yards. The story continues that King Herod wanted to know the location of the child and the wise men, would not reveal it. In, addition, they warned Joseph and Mary about Herod. When the wise men left, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to flee to Egypt where they stayed until Herod died. With the death of Herod, an angel told Joseph to take his family to Israel. But the political cli- mate was not favorable and with the warning of another angel, Joseph, Mary and Jesus traveled to Nazareth. The Gospels of Mark and John do not provide any information on the Christmas Story. LUKE TELLS us a slight- ly different version of the From the pages of the December 18, 1947 Edition of the Hogansville Herald: Local Firms Support Boy Scout Program Contributions for the Boy Scout Drive in Hogansville total $1 .631 .93. Among recentcontributors are Tarpley Grocery Company, L.C. O’Neal, Dr. G.B. Head, Dr. F.J. Amis, J.R. Hines and Company, Henson Furniture Company, J.O.Camp, Askew-Strain Company, MP. Hill, Crawford Ware, RS. Ware, T.H. Cook, B.T. Pritchett, John Wilkinson, Jr., Norris Dry Cleaners, Smith Gas Co., Burden Lumber Co., The Citizens Bank, Burden Evans, Otis Humphries,-Hogansville Motors, Crawford Hardware 00., Royal Theatre, Colonial Stores, Jabaley’s Department Store, Askew-Trippe, B.H. Brock, P.W. Hipp, F.C. Garden, The Leader, Campbell Drug Store, 33. Guy, M.T. Shackelford, H.V. Hammett, Cheatham’s, Belk-Gallant Co., The Herald, and the United States Rubber Company. Local Mills To Close Four Days For Christmas A.C. Link, manager of the local plants of the US. Rubber 00., announced on Tuesday that the Stark, Reid and Asbeston plants would close down at 4 pm. on Wednesday of next week, for the Christmas vacation. The mills will reopen to resume work of turn- ing tire cord at 12 o’clock midnight on Sunday, December 28th; Christmas Seals Sale Highly Succesle Here Mrs. J.R. Hines and Mrs. Kenneth Tarpley, who are in charge of the Christmas Seal sale here this year, reported Tuesday that the sale was going over nicely, and each 'paid high compliments to the generosity of the local citizens and expressed hearty thanks for the cooperation they have received in their work. Stores Will Close All Day Thursday For Christmas Stores and business firms of Hogansville will remain closed all‘ day, Christmas, next Thursday, but will open for business as usual Friday morning for the weekend shopping. Housewives are warned to be sure to do all their shopping for Christmas meals before 8 pm. Wednesday night. The stores will remain open until 8 pm. each evening next week in order to accommodate all late shoppers, and those who may not find it convenient to get their shopping done earlier in the day. Teen Agers To Stage Show In January The Hogansville Teen—Age Club are now busy making arrange- Christmas Story than Matthew. According to Luke, an angel appears to Mary and tells her that she would bear the son of. God and that he would be named Jesus. Pregnant, Mary went to see Elisabeth, who was also pregnant ’ at that time. Elisabeth would give birth to a son we know as John the Baptist. Luke tells us that Mary stayed with Elisabeth about three months. Luke tells that Caesar Augustus demanded taxes and that everyone had, to travel to their own city to pay the taxes. SO Joseph and Mary traveled to Nazareth, as Mary was nearing the end of her pregnancy. When they could not find an available room at any of inns, they had to stay in a manger. Luke recounts the story Of an angel appearing to a group of shepherds and telling them about the birth of Jesus and where they could find him. It was the shepherds who found Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the manger. After visiting with them, the shepherds returned to their flocks. WHY ARE there two dif- ferent stories? We can surmise the writ- ers of the Gospels were recording ,a cambinatipn of what they actually knew, what they had researched. and what had been passed along to them in an oral form — much as we pass along fam- ily history. In the historical perspec- tive, are the differences real— ly that important? ‘\ No. Here is wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas and hoping you will do some: thing nice for somebody else without thought of reward. ; ll That’s my opinion. Andy Kober is a regular columnist for Trib Publications. He {can be reached at andykober@hotmail.com History at Our Fingrtips The ‘Wayback Machine” News In The Herald 70 Years Ago 1 947g? ments to stage a laugh-provoking show, called “Komzapcppin,” dur- ing January. The cast has been chosen and rehearsals have stari- ed. The show will be staged at the high school gym, and tentative dates have been set' for the 15th and 17th of January. Items compiled by Jack Bagley (Compilers note: Items presented here are copied exactly as they appeared in the original newspaper pages.) I l rt :1 cut—o ’30 a -u tr