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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 62O-O4O A (rhnra uhlkafiu Millard B. Gflrne, President MIKE HALE PUBLISHER]ADVERTISING Dn:cIm JOHN KUTKEXDALL AS.cX)CIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR Dm' STOUT ASaX EnrroR JA':NE GOLDSTON BUStNE.SS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Stop Smoking? You Can Do it I'm celebrating an anniversary. Although I find it hard to believe myself, on November I I was smoke free for one year. While I would like to say I quit simply because I want- ed to, that would not be the truth. The reason I quit was because I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pul- monary disease (COPD). I wanted to quit, but it took being diagnosed with the dis- ease to make me quit. COPD is the fourth lead- ing cause of death in the United States of America and kills more than 112,000 peo- ple each year, according to the American Lung Association. The disease restricts the flow of air out of the lungs. If there is too much "used" air in the lungs, there's not enough room for oxygen-rich air to enter. The two biggest com- plaints I have from the dis- ease is this. I have shortness of breath alot. Some days are worse than ot00ers. I've also noticed a big dif- ference in my voice. I have always loved to sing and now can't very well because I can't get the air out of lungs enough to do so. Sometimes, I have pain and feel kind of congested. Unfortunately, I can't get rid of it. I simply have to wait until I feel better. The reason I'm saying all of this is to remind smokers that cigarettes kill. Smoking kills nearly 400,000 Americans each year. That's about 1,000 persons a day. However, if you quit now, before you contract some lung disease, you can have the same chance for a long, healthy life as a non smoker We all know that smoking CaUSeS cancer. The links between ciga- rettes and cancers of the oral cavity, esophagus, lungs, pan- creas, stomach, cervix, and blatters are indisputable. Smoking may even cause brain damage. There is a strong link between smoking and strokes. Tobacco use is the nmjor risk factor for heart and blood vessels diseases as well as other problems such as res- piratory infections and stom- ach ulcers. Smoking also messes up your body chemistry. It decreased the vitamin C lev- els in your blood. Vitamin C, "I had to stop the old fashioned way: just quiL I won't say itwas easy to do, but you want to quit yOU CarL" among other things, protects you against carcinogens, boosts immunity, and helps prevent heart disease. Smoking increases choles- terol and it's estimated that every cigarette smoked rais- es the cholesterol level by a half point. These are just a few of the reasons to quit. I think everyone should quit because I can tell you I feel better, have more ener- gy and above all, will get to spend more time with my family and friends by not dying off so soon. There are many items on the market today that will help people quit Unfortunately, I was not able to use any of the products I'm about to tell you about. I had to stop the old fash- ioned way: just quit. I won't say it was easy to do, but ff you want to quit you earl. Nicotine patches, gums, inhalers or sprays, coupled with the prescription smok- ing cessation drug Zyban, have been, successful in help- patients quick smoking, rding toa 1998 study pub- lish'd in the New England Jourral of Medicine. Your doctorcan help tailor a pro- gram tliat will be most effec- tive for you. If you are a reader of mine, and want to quit smok- ing, i'n be glad to help you as much as I can. Just give me a call and I'll tell you some of the things I did to help me quit. And don't worry, I won't preach to you about smoking or why you should quit. I'll only share with you someofthe things that helped me to quit. THE HOt;ANSVHJE HOME NEW is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a divis of Griwes Publications, at 3051 Ivelt Highway. Manchester, Georgia 32816. USPS 620-(00, Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 3rE30, FOR SURWTtONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publicati, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 32816. POSTMASn'F: Send address changes to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. ST"F Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Aite Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assistant Editor ...................................................................................... Rob Richardson Staff Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Assist Advertising Manager. ................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising  ........................................................................................ Linda Lester ing ........................................................................ Valinda lvery, luren King Legals .......................... : ........................................................................... Jayne Golds'ton Pressman ........................................................... : .............................. Wayne Grnchows ' Pressroom ....................... : .................................................. David Boggs, Larry Colleges Coaroa Olwlcla Presint ............................................................................................. Millard B. Gti Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Sectored,. ......................................................................................... Laura Gd Cofcr T ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garter Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary ............................................. .Jan S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVIH00 HOME NEWS - Nov. 8, 2001 Lizards Need Some Love, Too (WRITTEN IN 1986) today, my dear," but it always es of love! Never hold back hung there in my throat caus- when your are filled with the It's been more than 20 ing me to cough on her. magic of romance! If nothing years, but I've never forgot- I wrote love poems to her else works try a tube of ten the pretty, blond girl who and sonnets and even a dirty Clearasi! sat next to me in a class I had limerick in a wild, lustful Lizards need love, too. at the University of Georgia. moment. But I never showed Take it fromone who has been She worelovely sweaters, them to her. I figured if I did, there. The only days I didn't notice she would call campus secu- her lovely hair and her love- rity. ly eyes were the days she I suppose the real reason  BY SPECIAL ARRANGE- wore her lovely sweaters. Inevermadeanysortofmove MENT WITH HIS WIDOW, I wanted to speak to her, on the girl of my boyish I was a lizard, and I knew it, DEDRA, THE HOME NEWS IS to ask her out I wanted to dreams, however, was that I and I figured she did too CARRYING SO take her to the Alps Road was realistic But the point of all this: COLUMNSBYTHELATELEWIS Drive-in Theater in my 1958 I was no day at the beach While I was in the hospital GRmZARD, WHO GREW UP IN red and white Chevrolet. when I was in college, if you recently I received a get-well NEARBY MORELAND, AND "Lovely sweater you are knowwhatlmeamTherterm card from this very same girl, BECAME THE MOST WIDELY wearing this evening, my for individuals such as me in now a grown woman of READ GEORGIA WRITER OF dear," I would say, looking those days was "lizard." course. HIS TIME. GRIZZARD deeply into her lovely eyes, I had short hair and big She said some very sweet BELONGED TO ALL AMERICA stroking her lovely hair. ears. I wore glasses. I had a things in the card. She said BUT HE PARTIY She would grab me as her large pimple on my nose that she enjoyed reading what I BELONGED TO THIS AREA OF passion soared out of control struck when I was a sopho- write. She even said she GEORGIA, OF WHICH HE andwewouldspendtheentire more in high school. I didn't remembered sitting next to WROTE SO OFTEN, AND double feature kissing go awayuntil I hadbeen mar- me in class. I never thought WHERE A PORTION OF I-SS squarely upon each others tied a year and my wife make she even knew I was anve. FROM NEWNAN TO mouth, which is about as far me go to the doctor and have I was happyto getthecard HOGANSVII2 IS NAMED IN aspassionwasallowedtosoar it surgically removed, even though it was 20 years HIS HONOR. THE LEV back then. My pants always seemed too late. But I also felt a cer- GRIZZARD MUSEUM WAS to be too short when I was in tainamount of remorse. Dang ESTABLISHED IN MORELAND BUT I was shy. I never college. That would come in my hesitancy. Dang my tim- IN 1996, AND A WRITING AND asked her out, not to the Alps handy had there been cam- itdity. Dang my big ears. EDITING LAB IS BEING DEDI- Road Drive-in Theater, not pus floods, I suppose, but all I won't allow it to go any CATEDTOHISMEMORYATHIS even to the Varsity for a dou- it really managed to do was further than the card, of BELOVED UNIVERSITY OF ble steak sandwich with extra expose the fact that I hadn't course. She's probaby mar- GEORGIA.GRIZZARWS BOOKS onions and pickles, yet gotten the word white ried with kids -- and, any- AND TAPES ARE STILL AVAIl, I tried my best to speak socks were out. way, they tore down the Alps ABLE FOR SALE THROUGH to her, but nothing would Road Drive-in Theater. BAD BOOT PRODUCTIONS, P.O. come out. I wanted to whis- I NEVER ASKED the But let this be a lesson to BOX 191266, ATLANTA, GA per to her in class, "Lovely pretty, blond girl who sat next the young and foolish. 31118.1266 AND AT BOOK AND sweater you're wearing to me out on a date because Give in to the mad rush- MUSICSTORFNATIONWIDE. iJ Stirring Memories As Time Goes By During the recent ing from pier 42, Elliott Bay, Tony Dorsett and Pittsburgh. American League Seattle, Washington. When we came through Championship Series Duringa four monthperi- Mobile, there, as big as Ike, between Soame and New odoftime, we operated in the was the Alabama, the very York, I had the opportunity inlets of Puget Sound doing same ship we had helped to catch glimpses of the Puget ferry duty for Navy person- decommission some 3O years Sound area around Seattle nel. earlier. Memories of bygone that brought back fond mem- We had a ball! all craft days flashed before my eyes. ories: ................. like my latest assignment I found out that'fluen - When the war ended in wasn't as regulation as my tial politicians had pulled the August of 1945, our aircraft first assignment, strings to have this big ship carrier was on anti subma- The officers and enlisted brought to Mobile where it rine patrol in the Philippine men in our ship's company of was converted into a nation- Sea. We were ordered to the sometwentysailorswerejust pier 91 with orders to trans- al shrine. I could hardly Tokyo Bay area where we waiting to be discharged. We port personnel from the ship believe what I was seeing. participated in air coverage were marking time! I just to nearby Bremerton, a naval Now some 25 years after for the signing of the peace, wanted to get back to Athens base where these men would our trip to New Orleans and While these were exciting in time to enroll at University eitherbedischargedfromthe 55 years after my experi- times, it didn't compare with of Georgia for fall quarter. Navy or reassigned, ences in Seattle, my memorY what was in store for those One of the more interest- Little did I realize when was jogged again. It was nice of us that were too young for ing assignments we had in we pulled away from the big seeing the area I roamed i discharge at the time. Seattle was participating in battle wagon that day, I would my youth including my expe- Since I was only 19 years the decommissioning of the see this "Pride of the Fleet" rience withthe USS Alabama. old and not married, we took battleship USS Alabama in ship again some 30 years Come to think of it, it our ship to the Puget Sound early summer of 1946. later, would be a good trip today to area for decommissioning. I Pursuant to orders, we In 1976 our family was on drive to Montgomery and was assigned to a LCI, a small left our home dock one morn- our way to New Orleans and head south on 1-65 and stir up landing craft vessel operat- ing and proceeded to Seattle's the Sugar Bowl game against more good, old memories. p 'Amazing Grace' Truer Than At the beginning of the country, but as a pastor, I long picked them up. Thirdly we athletic contests of our coun- to see the day when the find in this story that grace try, someone stands to sing church takes that much pride is God giving undeserving the national anthem. The in Christ. May the words to sinners. David restored to singer belts out the words, "O Amazing Grace fillthe hearts Mephibosheth all that per- say can you see, by the dawn's of Christians like The Star- tained to his grandfather, early light..." To a lot of Spangled Banner and God Saul. Just as Mephibosheth Americans, that song brings Bless America has filled the was blessed because of his chills to their spine, tears to hearts of Americans. relationship to Saurs son theireyes, pridetotheirheart Many may not under- Jonathon, we are blessed and a lump to their throat, stand why a song has such an based on our relationship to This anthem reveals much of effect on people. To those that unmerited favor. Truly the God's son, Jesus. All that we this nation's history spirit, would doubt the value of such love of God is undeserved and have is because of Jesus and and pride. Not only does the a song, they need only look at unearned by those of us who his sacrifice on the cross of United States have an anthem the grace of God to under- inhabit the eartb, but God"so Calvary. Lastly, we find graCe that describes her, so does the stand why that old song occu- loved the world that he gave is God keeping unworthy shq" church of the living God. pies the place it does in the his only begotten son that ners. Mephibosheth was Probably the most recog- hearts of millions of people, whosoever believeth in him given a permanent seat at the nized hymn in the world is In order to find the true mean- should not perish." Next in king's table. To those saved Amazing Grace. The song ing of grace, onesimplyneeds this story, we find grace is by the grace of God, they are Amazing Grace ought to do to go to the Bible. In 2 Samuel God lifting unable sinners, kept by the grace of God. for the child of God what the 9, God's Word records an Mephibosheth was lame and The next time you hear national anthem does for the event in the life of King David unable to get to the king, so the word grace and some dear proud American. There are that is a beautiful illustration the king brought old samt of God gets"happY, those when that old hymn is of Grace:The synopsis of the Mephibosheth to himself, you must remember sung in church that their story is simple, but the mean- What a picture of grace, man Mephibosheth. When you hearts swell, the tears flow, ing is profound. In short, could not get to God, so God realize that grace is God lo" and the mind tries to imag- David seeks out a family came to where man was and ing unlovely sinners, lifting ine what it must have been member from King Saul's brought unable humans to unable sinners, giving unde" like to stand on Calvary's hill house that he may show the himself. David said in Psalm serving sinners, and keepi. and see the Savior shed his graceofGod.Theonehefinds 40, "He brought me up also unworthy sinners, you m ust life's blood for a lost world, is a lame man named out of a horrible pit..." God agree withthe songthat saYS, In this day and hour in Mephibosheth. This young not only reached down for "There is no other word for which we live, there has been man has been lame on his feet fallen humanity, but he grace but amazing." a revival of patriotism. It is since he was five years old. a thrill to see the flags way- David sends for this man, ing from cars, buildings and brings him to the palace and  we/co,e your/gtter$. even mailboxes. As the flag gives him a place at the king's proudly flies, this revival of table. Thi is a wonderful Please mail them to: patriotism is evident by the illustration of grace. refreshing almost silent cry According to the late Dr The Hogansville Home News of those who promote that Harold Sightler there are God has no place in govern- four things in this story that P.O. Box 426 * Hogamvil Georgia 30230 ment: (God ordain civil relate to us the grace of God. Please fax them to: government Romans 13.) As He says first that grace is God an American it is wonderful loving unlovely sinners. The 7002206 to see that kind of pride in our Bible's definition of grace is