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O00nions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSXq]A.E HOME NEWS - NOV. 15, 2001 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A ,rh tthliatimt Millard B. Grimes, President HJa PU B!.ISI IER]ADVERTISING DntEcr JOHN KUDALL A%'(K'IA+[ PUBUSHJEDITOR Dx STot'r A,';.',:x X:LWE EDITOR JA%E CH.DSTON I3 Lsl1.:'g /ANAGER I)hme (:{) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. l)x 426 ! logansvilte. Georgia .230 Holiday Travel: Use Extra Care With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is important to remember that the Thanksgiving holiday has always been one of the most dangerous for motorists and their families on our nation's highways and this year will not be an exception. Although air and vehicle travel has slowed some since the September 11 attacks, authorities believe that road traffic will bounce back at Thanksgiving. The AAA is predicting only a 1.6 percent drop in travel during the hol- iday from last year. Also, 87 percent of those who choose to travel will do so by car. Authorities are predict- ing that about 532 people will be killed onthe nation's high- ways during the Thanksgiving holiday week- end. To help make roadways safe, law enforcement in all 50 states are mobilizing to save lives through stepped up enforcement of child pas- senger safety, seat belt and drunk driving laws. More than 10,000 agencies will be taking part in the nationally coordinated "Operation ABC Mobilization," November 19- 25. NEARLY 8,000 people die annually on the nation's high- ways. The largest reason is due to not buckling up. Statistics show that the risk of dying in a car crash is almost cut in half when pas- sengers take the time to buck- le up. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) 55% of passenger ear and light truck occupants killed last year were not wearing a seat belt. NHTSA has also found that drunk-driving deaths have increased by more than four percent, which reflects the largest annual increase since the agency began keep- hag records. Last year, 16,653 people died in alcohol relat- ed accident nation's highways.  the Mobilization, officers will set up saturation patrols, check- points and conduct other enforcement activities. Drivers found above the legal blood alcohol limit or drivers that fail to restrain them- selves, passengers and espe- cially child passengers, will be stopped and law enforce- ment action will be taken. HIGH VISIBILITY enforcement programs like the Operation ABC Mobilization couple intense enforcement with wide, spread advertising to notify the public about the enforce- ment. The program model is based on years of research showing that for many peo- ple who do not wear seat belts, especially young pie, the possibility of reev- ing a ticket is a more power- ful incentive to buckle up than the threat of injury or death. According to recent fig- ures, programs like this one have also helped law enforce- ment see a 10 to 15 percent increase in those buckE_mg up that states who do not partic- ipate. AS THE holiday approaches, and each of us begin to think about travel- ing, here are some key things to remember: Nearly 8,000 adults and children will die this year for one reason alone - they did- n't buckle up. In the event of a a-aflSc crash, the risk of dying is almost cut in half simply by buckling up. Half of all children who die in crashes are complcta- ,ly unbolted. Tra, nr- r half of them would be alive t0day had they been ly Last year, 16,6,53 people died i alcehol-ralated traf- fic craShes. We welcome your letters. at, Please mail them to: The Hogansville Home News P. O. Box 426 * He, Georgia 30230 Please fax them to: 706-846-2206 THE HOGANSVH+LE HOME NEX,S is published weekly by the Star-Mtrcury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Higirccay, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-(t0 Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Met!wether Counties: $26 a ye:w elsewhere. Prices include all ,sales taxes. Pcal postage paid at Hogansville, Grgia 30230. FOR SLluPnos call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Mamlger, Mertan 3' Publications, P. O. Box 426. Mmchester. Georgia 31816. Pos'rMA.sq.l: Send a,.Mss changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STaI, T Publisher and Advertising Oirectw. ............................................................. Mike Hale Asate Publisher and Editor ......................................................... .. John Kuykendall Business Manager ............................................................................... Jayne Assistant Editor ..................................................................................... .Rob RJehta'dson Staff Write ......................................................................... BD'an Geter, Billy Bryaat Assistant Advertising Manager. ................................................................ .Laurie Lewis Advertising Sale ...... . ................................................................................ .Linda Lemet Composing ........................................................................ Vnda Ivery, Laurea King Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Pressman ...................................................................................... 4.Wayne siqi sroom ........................................................................... David Boggs, [.any Colleges CORPORATE ()FFICERS Vice ident ..................................................................................  S. Grimes Secretary. ......................................................................................... Lama Grimes Caf Treasurer ...................................................................................... Kathy  Gnlrett Legal Coul and Assistant Secpet,. .................................  .......... James S. Grim ABigBang A good friend of mine, Dr. Jim Griffith, writes a column for the Christian Index, and has been doing so for many years. His columns are of the humor- ous nature and he wrote one recently that I want to share with you. Jim has pastored sever- al large churches across the state during his years in the pulpit, and has served a number of churches as interim pastor. One of these was First Baptist, Manchester. Dr. Griffith is what I would call a preacher from the "old school." His mes- sages are given with hard- ly ever referring to a note, and he leaves you spell- bound waiting for his next words. He also tells just enough humorous stories to keep your full attention. Jim left the full-time church pulpit a number of years ago to join the Georgia Baptist Convention where he served as Executive Director. Many Georgia Baptists know him for he has traveled the state from one end to the other carrying the Convention message as well as spread- ing God's word. One of the reasons Jim and I became friends so quickly is that he is a for- mer newspaperman. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Journalism, and was the youngest sports edi- tor at 22 or 23 on a major daily newspaper when he served in that position on the Macon Daily. He later went from newspaperman to preacher. Dr. Griffith lives in Newnan, with his wife, where he writes a weekly column for the Daily Times- Herald. Following is one of his recent Index columns that I know you will enjoy. NOT TELLING anyone what he planned to do, a mischievous boy hid a cap pistol in his pocket on Sunday before leaving for church with his parents. For a time, the service moved along as usual. The ushers brought the offering plates back to the front, members of the choir pre- sented the special music, and the congregation set- tled back into quietness- some to sleep-and some to listen to the sermon. When the preacher was well underway, the boy whipped out his pistol, pulled the trigger, and a loud shot blasted out! It was not exactly "the shot heard around the world," but in that time and place the results were just as shock- ing. The preacher crouched a Chin cn Bob "His messages are given with hardly ever refer- ring to a note, and he leaves you spellbound wait- ing for his next words." behind the pulpit. For the first time in years, some of the pew occu- pants dropped to their knees. Those with guilty con- sciences, heads bowed and eyes closed, offered prayers of confession. Others gasped for breath and screamed in fright. A deacon-lawyer shout- ed, "You are supposed to bring your Bible to church, not your handgun!" But as chaos was replaced by the of what had ha infrequent church were quick to smil "You know, I can't ber when we've gotten a big bang out of ing to And yet, as you readily understand, rifled father of had taken the matter "waking up the church" his own hands, was amused. There was no on his stern face as grabbed his son by the and rushed him up Needless to say, father was fuming and son was struggling as reached the door. An ly lady in the back jumped out in front o: and stopped the "Don't take that child And don't you dare him! This church ought be grateful for what "Grateful?" the father asked. "Yes, grateful," the pillar of the church em sized. "That scared hell out of more pie today than the er has during the entire years he's been here." YOU FIGURE OUT this is a real story, or humorous piece of imagination. Either case, drives home a good point. Linking Chili, Pine Straw and Rumm Recently I got a lesson on one teen's eating habits (as he did on mine), when our grandson was a houseguest. There was a pot of home aa en d for the first evening's meal He declined a second serving of soup when his mother and I indulged. He also passed up the pumpkin and almond dessert with us, saying he was full. The next morning he ate scrambled eggs and half a grilled cheese sandwich before cereal. I frequently eat hot oatmeal, but buy other types with coupons or on sale. Current varieties were low- fat granola, Kashi and Smart Start. He claimed he liked them all, but said he usually ate Smart Start. The soy milk to pour over the cereal did not deter him. However, he balked at joining me for a cup of soy hot chocolate. We discussed* lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant, but he preferred going to a Chinese buffet, where we both ate heartily. That night the menu included tuna salad sand- wicheS, using suaflOwer seed bread, baked potatoes, spaghetti squash and carrot sticks. He had never tasted tuna salad, s left his sand- wich on his plate. The spaghetti squash also failed to make the grade. He was always polite and tactful in his refusals. When I'd ask what he would like, he'd always reply, "Whatever you'd like to cook." When I suggested making bread pud- ding, he was cool to the idea. Later he avoided the corn salad because it contained cucumbers and cauliflower. He refused guacamole and hardly tasted the tapenade. I didn't even offer my favorite sandwich - crunchy natural (you have to stir in the oil) peanut butter on coarse grain bread with pickle relish. "The soy milk to pour over the cere- al did not deter hirm However, he balked at joining me for a cup of soy hot chocolate." We enjoyed several activ- ities together. We drove a neighbor to an appointment, visited a new library where he sat in a rocker while read- ing a required book for school. There was a brie with Hazel in the home. in the past she family members with me. A few hours were in yard work. He raked up big pile of pine straw. I some around later someone came of his pickup truck full. We spent hours games. We settled on gin our favorite. We were competitive as the passed from one to the Afterward, when looking "Play According to discovered After about 48 hours left with a big hug and wind-up alarm clock he had used on his table - a memento of i welcome visit. I love you Jonathan! Come back timel Do You Know Who Is the Real God America is not the same as she was before September 11, 2001. As President Bush stated, "Today freedom was attacked by a faceless cow- ard." Never before has the continental United States seen such a vicious attack upon her soft. As that dread- ful day unfolded, images never before imagined were plastered on miAlions of tele- vision sets across this great land. I remember sitting in my study, the phone ringing and on the other end my mona semi-frantically asked, "Are you all right?" I replied, "Sure, why?." She proceeded to tell me the things that were unfolding in New York City. Not long after that call, I went to the house and with my vis- Ring in-laws watched with astonishment the horrible events unfold. Then it happened. I believe later on that day were some of the most horrible pie- tures of the day. In some mid- die eastern cities there were folks celebrating in the streets. They were shouting, parading around and you would think they had just won World War III. It was dis- turbing enough, to think that men, women, and children would rejoice at the then per- co!red loss of tens of thou- sands of American lives. According to the translators, the object of their praise was "God." I pastor a church and talk about, teach about, study about and preach about God. We sing praises to God, we pray to God and we worship God. The question that was asked of me was, "Are they praising the same God we worship?" The god praised in those middle eastern cities on September llth is not the god we worship and adore in or church. It is not the God of Christianity. As many have now learned, the god praised was the god of Islam, called Allah. He is not the god of heaven. He is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is not the God of ChristianiW. He is not the true God. I realize these are strong statements, but the truth must be declared and the con- fusion cleared up. The Bible states that there is only one true God and his name is Jehovah. God declares his position while Jehovah declares his person. .... The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD." The word LORD is the English translation of Jehovah. Also the Bible says in I Kings 18:39, "...The LORD, he is the God; the "Some may be thivJ6m g, preacher, you ought not be so critical and hateful toward Mus//ms." LORD, he is the God." There is a difference between Jehovah and Allah. I do not have the time nor the space to show why the Bible is the true record as opposed to the Koran, but be it known and understood, Jehovah God is the one true God. Some may be thinking, preacher, you ought not be so critical and hateful toward Muslims. I am neither hate- ful toward nor critical of any- one, but I do have a respon- sibility to tell the truth as the Word of God reveals it. often heard folks say that doesn't matter how worship or the god ship because all heaven anyway. the Bible says, "Jesus unto them, I am truth and the life, no cometh unto the father by me." Dear readers, is only one way a man find peace with God. There is only one God with which to have peace. The God is the God Abraham, Isaac and the God, Jehovah way to have his son, Jesus Christ. Many times, I am told tl ated. I agree, once I ma) about something, it is changed, many thing: opinions or However, these about God, Jesus and the to Heaven are neither opinion nor preference: are the stated truths Word of God. They remain tr whether we believe the u not. For those of you asl. "But, preacher, what; me, you are wrong?", I ae.r+  the sake of argument wLu', question myself, "But fo what if I am right?"