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Ot00inions &amp; Ideas PAGE 4 - THE MERIWETHER VINDICATOR - SEPT. 20, 2002 THE IVIERIWETHER VINDICATOR USPS 659-880 X Grittte, lJublkati MILLARD B. GRIMES, President M_mE HA PUBLISHER/ADVERTISING DIRECTOR JOHN KUYKDALL ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR ROB RICHARDSON ASSISTANT EDITOR Phone (706) 846-3188. (706) 672- 1753 Fax (706) 846-2206 (706) 672-1977 P. O. Box 9 Greenville, Georgia 30222 Q1ficial l,gal Organ, Meriwether Count3; Gtecm,ill, I/wm Slmngs. Lalhersville, Gab; Ah'tUm We Need Jobs, Not Luncheons DEAR EDITOR: Bobble, bobble, eat, eat, drink, drink, is this what the county has come to...one big luncheon after another? With Mae McDaniel swing- ing her arms wide open, and i. 2 . :  ....... Jennifer Elliott, executive director, saying "two businesses were moving to the Manchester Mill" and her office received $200,000 from Meriwether County and three mills from Manchester. Tell me, what has that got to do with anything? Sharing thoughts with George Chapman, with his legs crossed and looking well-fed, and the county Chamber president, Lenn Chandler focused on business made about as much sense as the empty $460,000 building Kip Purvis is trying to get built that we have no need for. What they "all" should understand, and what we want, are jobs. You can have BS, PH.d., etc. behind your name and other titles but what we need behind our young folks' name is a job. Do I make myself clear? It's funny since all the letters to the editor have been coming in, we have in a small way got them stirring a bit. It's very important to the taxpayers to see "how our money is being spent!" We could care less about them and their luncheons. What good does that help with taxes and it's probably costing the taxpayers. Kip Purvis's half page of nonsense saying "I don't know what started this" and calling him a newsmaker. Yes, he is in the news, but for a newsmaker, that's a joke. He needs to go back to where he came from.. .... That got my blood boiling when he said, "We do not heed the commissioners' permission for projects we undertake." Has he forgotten where the money came from? He also said, get this folks, "We will need to comply and be responsive" to the county when we can. Who does he think he is?? I ask who in the devil is furnishing $400,000 for him to spend. We the taxpayers.need to know what they are doing. After all it is "our money!" Remember taxing people for what? This really needs to be looked into. I would like to see the statement from the state of Georgia and the southeast who said, "the best way to generate activ- ity in a rural community is thru spec buildings." Was this taken out of context? It read, when needed for industry. I know what people in Meriwether County are saying. Nothing he said made one ounce of sense. If he still remains puzzled, what do you think the word that could be used to describe the taxpayers, having already three buildings no one is using. Even the word God spelled backwards means dog. Maybe we are wronging Kip, maybe that's what we do need, communication from newspapers and a lawyer. If the records were opened to the public and you have nothing to hid, why don't you print a statement of every dime that has been spent, after all it is the taxpayers' money. We get a statement from the bank every month showing what we have spent. If that building, $464,000.00 is such a good price, why didn't you build it and try to rent it? I wonder who got the timber on the site? Was that just given away like most everything else? What I am also fed up with, instead of closing for days to move the tax commissioner's office, why didn't they get off the can, cans, and do some collecting on delinquent tax bills? If the county has no money wouldn't that be a simple thing to put their names and amount owed in the paper? I have to pay my taxes. Also someone needs to be checking all the offices and see who is working and when, and collect that money that was stolen. NORMA EVANS Rural Greenville ]'HE MERIwETHER VINDICATOR is published weekly by the Star-MercuL Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications. at 3051 Rtx)sevelt Highway. Manchester. Georgia 31816. USPS 659-880. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Meriwether, Talbot or Harris Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Manchester, Georgia 31816. FOR suK'mPTiONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P O. Box 426, Manchester. Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to E O. Box 426. Manchester, Georgia 31816. STAFF Publisher and Advertising Director. .............................................................. Mike Hale Asstmiale Publisher and Fxlitor ............................................................ John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assistant Editor ...................................................................................... Rcrb Richardson Staff'Writers .......................................................................... Bryan Geter. Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager. ................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ........................................................................................ Linda Lester Comlx:.sing .................................................... : ............ Dewayne Flowers, Valinda Ivery Circulation Manager. ................................................................................... Judy Crews Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldsmn Presmyam Manager. ....................................................................... Wayne Grocboski Pressnnm ........................................ David Boggs, Larry Colleges, Shannon Atkinson CORPORATE OFF1CERS President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Secretary .......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Corer Treasurer. ...................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary ............................................... Janes S. Grimes Plan to Attend Special Dedica A special dedication will be held on Saturday, September 28 at the Greenville High School audi- torium, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Multi Purpose Center (the old train depot). This is a "special dedica- tion" because it is the first time that the City of Greenville has recognized on a state level the work of the "First Black Mayor" in the state of Georgia. When many parts of the country were still experiencing racial unrest, drugs were on a steady rise, persons were being killed in the Vietnam War and birth defects were resurfacing at a high rate, our small town of Greenville elected the first black mayor. WHAT DID this say about Greenville and its citizens? It said that black and white Americans were working together for the good of the city. It said that people were not so much concerned about race as they were the welfare of everyone. It also says it speaks to the old clich6 "so much can be accomplished when it does not matter who gets the credit." Persons who lived during this era described the new mayor as a hard working, car- ing and competent politician. He was a seasoned politician. He had been influencing poli- cies for a long time. He was a shrewd businessman with a viable respected business. He was polished and poised. He treated everyone fairly and would fight to the end for what he believed should be granted to the people. Many took his everyday- like demeanor to mean that he was a simple man who did not get too bogged down with day to day issues. To the con- trary, he was everything except simple. In a period of so much uncertainty, just seven years after the signing of the Civil Rights Bill that was a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty," he stepped to the plate to hit a home run for so many initiatives. The year was 1972 and water and sewerage lines needed to be expanded in the City of Greenville, a desper- ate cry for housing was apparent as well as the refur- bishing of so many substan- dard houses and industry was being encouraged, when Mr. Richmond D. Hill agreed to run for mayor. The first black man who had made this attempt and he won. FOLKS SAY it was no sur- prise to them. They said Richmond was always ahead of the game. He had no prob- lem tackling any issue or "He treated e00eryone fairly and would fight to the end for what he believed should be granted to the peo- ple." project head on. He had a way with people that included his bright smile and his straight piercing eyes that could size you up in a minute and deter- mine if you were real or fake. Yeah, Richmond was on-f a kind. Many politicians fre- quented the City of Greenville when he was mayor. People especially remember the Honorable Maynard Jackson, the second black mayor of Georgia, stop- ping through Greenville when he passed through it along with a host nitaries. Tyrone BrooM, speaker for the remembered his with Mr. Hill and him as Dadd3 said, "Now listen to second. You might think that through a longer or you may sleep on it." HOW CAN we in conscience not building for a man like late Honorable Hill, a man who gave so and asked for so return? end in his own time, the history books for children over deserves There are so many othersl we will have ices for to their contributions town. We will be the late Honorable a similar dedication for outstanding devotiott Greenville. This is how we you in Greenville. We proud of they were politicians or they worked for the the community, that the whole was important than the ual. Please join us in ication as one of 'Big Mules' Finally Going to Last week the Meriwether County Commission voted to restore. funding to the Meriwether County Industrial Development Authority if it would " droiSL tlmawsuit against the county andagree to sit down and talk. Thank you, "Big Mules," for doing the right thing for a change. Under the agreement worked out between the two boards' attorneys, both boards agree to mediation at the earliest date addressing anything that may be raised concerning the contract and the relationship between the boards. The authority agreed to furnish the commission with a long list of'documents dat- ing back to 1993, including audits, minutes, bond issue info, budgets, contracts, leas- es, notes, etc. There is a long list of things the commission should ask for during mediation. First is the fact that the pres- ent board has a bad percep- tion among most county citi- zens and a brand new board could do much more to move this county forward in har- mony. Secondly, the contract" between the county and IDA needs a good number of amendments. It was a bad contact from the beginning and only one commissioner on the board at thitime, Charles Neely, had the vision to see that. The method of funding to the IDA must be changed from the one mill of tax money that is presently allo- cated to them. The proof of that is in the figures. Since 1995 that one mill has grown from about $225,000 a year to almost $400,000, a 78 percent increase. IDA funding and spending hasto be controlled, just as the commission and other governmental agencies have to control their spend- ing. Strict financial repOrting requirements should be included in the contract. Just to simply present an audit after the taxpayers' money- has been spent is not suffi- cient. Other government agencies have to present a budget, and the budget is advertised and public hear- ings are held. The IDA should have to do the same. The IDA should present "There is a long list of things the commission should ask for during mediation." ed to serve. in the district trict in board members in their districts. - ..... ':g . The contract need  I vision to bers who.do not or attend a required meetings due to sons or whatever. It would not be a bad at all to have the require that the executive live in the county witl they refuse to live and worship with us, i tO the commission and.to the public at least a quarterly report of where the taxpay- er dollars have been spent. There should be one non voting member of the board that is a county commission- er. Then, communications between the two boards should improve. tell industrial or prospects how good a Meriwether County is work and play in? Just as important as of the above is that the ation meetings commission and IDA . in public and well in advance. Our citize# the ones who pay the for both boards The contract should,,: and they have every require that IDA board mem,'<' bers live within the district to voice their from which they are appoint- the "Big What If Life Was Like AN CR If life were like a VCR, we could hit the rewind but- ton. Then we could redo the mistakes in our lives. Just like when we used to play kick- ball when we Were little and there would be a close play, one of the kids would say, "It's a do over." Everyone would be satis- fied and we would go back to how things were before that play. Unfortunately, in life, there are no "do-overs." You can't take back the things you have said .or done. ers. If life were like a VCR, we could use the fast-forward button to get through the dif- ficult moments in life. We could bypass a traffic jam and zip through those long waits at the doctor's office. We wouldn't have to wait on anything or suffer through the difficult times of life. But God has an answer for the fast-forward button. It is called endurance. The Lord has promised to be with us until the end of the earth; He doesn't promise an absence of troubles. Instead, He assures us that He will walk with us through the val- leys of life. If life were like a VCR, BUT GOD has an answer for the rewind button. It is called forgiveness. We must learn not only to forgive our- selves but also to forgive oth- rt Local li,,00e, cs... t Take in a 6reenw'lle High or Flint RiVerA cademy game :EVery moment that seems to be more agonizing. But God has an for the stop button. hope. uation is, GOd has a better tomorrow Heaven m going to be ,.derful : -: ',no more heartaches or' we could press the pause but- ton. When we can't seem to make a decision, we could just : pause our life and figure out what to do. It would give us time to analyze all of the ins and outs of every decision. ,: But God has an answer. for the pause button. It is called trust. We can't always know exactly what is going to happen, but we must trust Him to help us through each and every situation in life. IF LIFE were like a VCR, we could press stop. How, many of us wish we could press stop and completely change our lives? We aren't" happy and the situation seems to be getting worse. culties. If life were like a we could take out the Do you ever get just of your life that everything about it 'change? , With a VCR change out one 1 in another one. But God has an for the stot salvation. He offers us a one that is filled because we know that in the hands of a loving Father. Just life better - all GOd.