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Opinions &amp; Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSaLLE HOME Ni - DEC. 6, 2001 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 Phow (706) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 E O, Box 426 Hogaltsville. Georgia 30230 Bombing Frauds Travesty, at Best [.asl et'k. Insurance and Safety ['ii"e ('Ol-llmissioner john W. Oxendine and Pike Coumv Shel tit Jimmy Fhomas alntul(:ed that a Pike Cotmiy couple had been attested alld {harged with instilante fvaud in comlec- tion with lhe tiling oIa fraud- ulent claBlt l'iated to the Septeml:.r I 1 atla( ks. Charle. Alien Gavetl, 44, and his \\;vif. Cvmhia S. Ga\\;'ei 40 of ConcoFd were arrested o Monday, Nox, emt)er 26 an{t charged \\;vith one coum of insurance fraud, a fqony under Georgia law. Charles GaxelI allegedly Filed a phoHe 5 death claim ith his insurarce company, pm porliug that his wite was killed i the September 1l attacks According 1o Oxendine. an inve.i:iga',ion by his olTice vcveah.d he folh)xing facts: After he September 11 aHab sou he World rI'rade Cente,. Gavett allegedly sub ltlitte(/a cJainl iO Minnesota lift Ii sutat/c{' ('ompany slaitg2iLtl< v, f. hada9 aAll. apt)oil Klllent Oil September 11 with a finan- cial set ices firm in the build- ing. GavelI initially notified Minneso! a I ,i% on SeplembeF 29 xia Email. He followed up with a phone call to the insurance company on October 2. On October 3, Minnesota Lit  sent Gavett several thrms and documc its which he completed and provided to the New York authorities and the insurance company. In the course of process- ing the paperwork and attempting 1o confirm the woman's death, Minnesota [.ilk, interviewed several Pike County officials. Those interviews revealed that Mrs. Gavett was slill alive arm had been seen by sher- iff's deputy as recently as Nov( tuber 18. "The attacks have left us angry and confused, but united as a nation." pie who were saying a pro- tion of the funds spent on their particular product would go to the fund to help the victims were probably not telling the truth as well, and we all know it. It is a travesty when peo- ple take advantage of a cri- sis such as this to line their own pockets, but they do. The attacks have left us angry and confused, but unit- ed as a nation. That is except maybe for those who are using the tragedy to benefit themselves. So far, it is estimated that 3,786 people died at the hands of the terrorists on September 11. Of that total, 3,553 were either killed or missing from the World Trade Center. Here are the breakdoas: 1284 people are still nfissing in the rubble at the Trade Center; 453 have been declared dead by a med- ical examiner and 1,816 death certificates have been issued. There were 189 peo- ple killed at the Pentagon and another 44 died'on the United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. There is no other word to describe what happened to this nation on 3eptember 11 other than, UNBELIEV- If Gavelt is convicted of'\\; ABLE. It is a little discour- the charge, felony insurance ging to know that at a time fraud cart'ies a penalty of tWO hen we should be unified to ten years in prison or a fine ank concerned about our fel- of up to $10/X)O. lowman, that acts of greed Yhere is a great Imssibil- ity that MI: Gavett is not the only persot that has pulled a scheme like this one in an attempt to make mcey off the tragedy that rocked our nation. Of all tile flmds that have been donated by Americans for the family members of victims and the organizations helping vic- tims the possibility that some of that money was taken in a scheme by a thief is pretty good. All those peo- do occur. While it is a shame that some do take advantage of such situations, we should also remember that it is the kind and caring nature of Americans that makes it pos- sible for such things to occur. However, it is also important to remember that tho qual- ities in our people is what makes this nation strong. After all, our people are the greatest resource our nation has. Tin: lhx; xs 1.1 : HoM,: N:WS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Putq ishilke (k mq)an 5, a di ision of Grimes Publications. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, :M:mchcqel, (;o.,gia 1810. tSPS 62%( ')40. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in l'roap, tlatU> )I Mermethcr Coumies; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all 3 alcs laxc [ orittical t)slage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230. Ft  s .a RWH NS call (7!1 g4&3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star McFcm',. Publi< ;tions. E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. IOSTM,S'r, R: Send  ddmss changes to E O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. PWhli hc md Advertiqng Director, .............................................................. Mike Hale A'.vi:ac Ptbli,.hcl :rod Fxlilor, ......................................................... 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David Boggs, Larry Colleges COReO: ()FHCEaS p- , Icldc ...................................................................................... Millard B. Grimes Vkc Presidenl ..............................................................................  S. Grimes Secret uy .................................................................................... Laura Grimes Corer 'h'c;st*rer. ...................................................................................... Kathy Grim l'gal ('otmscl ;rod As,;isb:lnl S: cmla .............................................. J S. New Idea: Making Athletes Stud00 (written in 1986) Sooner or later, I knew a bunch of schoolteachers would decide athletes had to study and become edu- cated like the other stu- dents. This, of course, is what has happened in Texas - of all places- where the "no- pass, no play" rule has gone into effect. Other states, I am certain, soon will follow Texas' lead. I don't think we have thought this thing out. As a matter of fact, I believe we may be making a terrible mistake in insisting school- boy athletes become edu- cated. There are several rea- sons I believe this: 1. Students who aren't athletes have enough trou- ble as it is. I mean, how many dates can you get off your annual Science Club project? About all these students had to look forward to was the future, when, because of their superior grades, they could expect to get all the good jobs with IBM while all the dumb jocks would end up working at dumb jobs. If we insist athletes learn while in school, then the other students not only won't have dates, but they also probably will lose out when the IBM jobs are up for grabs. Let's face it. If both applicants have the same grades, who is IBM going to pick, a former all state quar- terback or some wimp? 2. If we start educating athletes, we could wind up with a lot more politicians like Jack Kemp. 3. How many athletes are going to continue to play such games as football if we teach them to think for themselves? Footballis a fun game to watch, but it really can't be that much fun to play. You run around out there and large people are trying to knock you to the ground. Foot ball players have to learn such uncomfortable tactics as playing hurt," and %ucking it up." Plus, you can get a variety of rashes and diseases hang- ing out in locker rooms. What intelligent person is going, as the coaches say, "to pay the price?" Educate our athletes and most of them will quit play- ing ball and start hanging around playing video games with the other students. 4. Give an athlete a qual- ity education and he might start saying intelligent things to the media. As it is, the media can simply make up quotes for athletes because they always say the same things. Well, you know, Skip, you know, God gave me, you know, the talent, you know, Willoughby: "Goethe." 7. If "no-pass, no-play  spreads, there won't be a more dumbjockjokes li the one where the teacl asks an offensive guard ha many seconds there arei a year, and after some ca templation, he answe "There are twelve. Januat second, February second, i cetera." "Educate our athletes and most of them will quit playing ball and start hanging around playing video games with the other stu- dents. " to play this game, you know, and if you, you know, need any more information, you know, you know you can, you know, get in touch, you know, with my agent." 5. And speaking of the media, if we quit turning out dumbjocks, where will our TV color come from? 6. Educate today's ath- letes, and today's coaches, yesterday's jocks, will not be able to communicate with their players anymore. Coach: "Willoughby, what were you thinking about when you made that play?" BY SPECIAL ARRAN0 MFr wrm HIs wn DEDRA, THE HOME NEV51 CARRYING SELECT COLUMNS BYTHE LATE LE GRIZZARD. WHO GREW UPI NEARBY MORELAND, AI BECAME THE MOST WIDI READ GEORGIA WRITER ms TIME GmZZ BELONGED TO ALL AMERIf BUT HE PARTICULAIil BELONGED TO THIS AREA GEORGIA, OF WHICH !! WROTE SO OFTEN, MI WHERE A PORTION OF FROM NEWNAN HOGANSVILLE IS NAMEE HIS HONOR. THE LE GRIZZARD MUSEUM tg ESTABLISHED IN MOREI IN 199,ANDA TINGA EDITING LAB IS BEING DEI CATED TOms MEMORYATF BELOVED UNIVERSITY _ GEORGIA.GRIZZARD3 BOOll AND TAPES ARE STILL AVA ABLE FOR SALE THROU BAD Boor PRODUCONS, r] BOX 191266, ATLANTA,  31118-1266 AND AT BOOK MUSIC STORES NATION 0 stunned when I heard that Santa Claus would not be invited to appear at the light- ing of "the great tree" in Atlanta this Christmas. It seems that a certain group said they would not feel comfortable with Santa on the scene. This story also said that Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell had decided not to invite the jolly little round man who usually appeared with his bag of Christmas toys for girls and boys. He did not want this select group to feel any anx- iety or discomfort. Wait a cotton pickin' minute! Can this man be seri- ous? Eliminate Santa Claus and soon to follow will be Peter Rabbit, the Tooth Fairy; Donald Duck, Popeye, etc. There are not a whole lot of good things left in life to enjoy that modern man has not destroy. Now the want Santa Claus? We see on television and read in newspapers everyday about the war in Afghanistan. It is apparent that their way of life is primitive compared to the life we enjoy in America today. I have no big argument with immigration. My fore- bears came over from Europe two centuries ago, and I like to think we blended into the "great melting pot" we know today. However, some of these "creeps" have gone too far. Many of us agree that Christmas has become even more commercialized in our lifetime. We may not celebrate the birth of Jesus as we should, but for most of us, He is still the center of attraction at Christmas time. We have been entirely too "Eliminate Santa Claus and soon to follow will be Peter Rabbit, the Tooth Fairy, Donald Duck, Popeye, etc." compromising in the recent past. Not only have our gov- ernment officials compro- founded upon, in arany the same. This trend end. Santa Claus re spirit of love and giving all should feel at We need more of this of love and concern in world today, not less. ing, "Put your heart America or get out." That exactly the way I I do not know if the Mayor Campbell ring to were immigrants  not. To me, they "creeps." Regardless, we keep our American way life in mind when we go to I polls and vote for those still believe nation under God." Remember December 1941 and September 11, and God bless America. Is the Virgin Birth Really The houses are decorat- ed, the lights are shining, the ornaments are hung and the stores are full. These are obvious signs that Christmas is quickly approaching. Trees, lights and garland have become the popular means to show one's support for Christmas; however, as the trees hang with ornaments, the houses shine with lights, and the stores burst with shoppers, the real meaning of Christmas is the celebra- tion of Christ's birth. This birth is no ordinary birthjust as Jesus Christ is no ordinary person. The birth of the Christ-child brought to Earth the very living God of glory. In the manger lay God robed in human flesh - 100% man and 100% God. Isaiah 7:14 describes that birth with these words, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold. a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." In this verse, we have a wealth of information regarding the first coming of the king of kings. What catches our attention today, is the fact Jesus was born of a virgin. To many people that fact is a triv- ial one. Even some Bible "scholars" have questioned the strength of the word vir- gin. Some have tried to replace the word virgin with 'young woman.' Is it that important that Jesus was born of a virgin? The answer is a resounding, definite yes. Genesis I and 2 reveals that Adam was created in the image of God. Among other We welcome.your/ette. Please rrk  to: The Hogansville Home News P O. Box 426 . Hogamviile,  30230 Please fax them to: 706-846-2206 P/ea L sure to RJude an addre and phot numb (far t. things, that means Adam was innocent, pure, holy, and with- out sin. Then we know that Adam sinned and because of that sin, Adam lost his inno- cence and his purity. Adam was no longer holy. In Genesis 5, when Adam had children, children were begotten in the likeness of Adam, not God. The human race then continued in the likeness of Adam, meaning that all have Adam's fallen nature. Because of that fallen nature, all men need a Savior. Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law." When Jesus came into this world, only of a human woman, had no human Because he had no father, he did not have fallen nature of Because he did not fallen nature of Adam born sirdess and Because he was born and perfect, he could be Savior. The virgin important because it only means Jesus become a man without iting the fallen nature Adam. The bottom line to al this is fallen provided with a paid the on the cross of CalvarY" Adam, all the world guilty before God, in all the world can be right before God. Thevirgin but thanks be unto virgin birth is not wisdom and power almighty. .Support Local Charitie00 HOLIDAY SEASON J