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On bringing up
ByL. M. BOYD
Odd, is it not, that there’s no mention of stepchildren in
Dr. Benjamin Spock’s books about child care? One out of
every three marriages in this country is a remarriage.
And in a third of these remarriages, both the husbands
and the wives have children from previous marriages.
Claim is about 25 million husbands and wives are step
fathers and stepmothers. Within the next three years, it’s
said, one out of every four youngsters nationwide will be a
stepchild. Somebody with sufficient savvy might do pretty
well with a “How to” book on this matter.
All roads lead to Rome. Or such has been the claim
anyway for a couple of thousand years. As for road signs,
however, Rome didn’t have any, not a one, until 174 years
The average women 75 years from now, it’s believed,
will be three inches taller than the average women of
Q. “When we convert to metric measures, will the
football fields be changed?”
A. That’s likely, eventually. One metric football game
has already been played, in fact. On September 17 this
year at Northfield, Minn. Between crosstown rivals St.
Olaf College and Carleton College. The field was 100
meters long and 50 meters wide, 9.36 yards longer and 4.68
yards wider than normal. All the seats were metric. St.
Olaf beat Carleton 43-0 in that one, the country’s first
metric football game, called the Liter Bowl.
Q. "What’s a ‘snowball sentence’?”
A. A sentence that starts with a one-letter word, then
adds one more letter to each successive word. It’s also
called a rhopalism. Example: “I do not know where
family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting;
nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical in
tellectuality, counterbalancing indecipherability, tran
scendentalizes intercommunications, incom
It’s widely known there once was a popular song entitled
“Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy’s
Chowder?" Less well remembered, though, are these
other ditties of yesteryear: ‘ ‘Someone Spiked the Punch at
Lena’s Wedding,” “When Banana Skins Are Falling, I’ll
Come Sliding Back To You” and “They’re Moving
Father’s Grave to Build A Sewer.”
A horseman of considerable experience claims a gray
horse tends to be more cautions than a horse of a different
color. It’s almost invariably the gray, he avers, which
warns the heard when a stranger approaches. Interesting,
L. M. Boyd, Box 681, Weatherford, TX 76086
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 15,
the 319th day of 1977. There are
46 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On this date in 1777, the Arti
cles of Confederation were ap
proved by the American Conti
nental Congress. The document
was the law of the land until the
Constitution went into effect.
On this date:
In 1492, Christopher Colum
bus noted in his journal the use
of tobacco among the Indians. It
was the first recorded reference
In 1805, the and Clark
expedition reached the mouth of
the Columbia River on the
Pacific coast after a long trek
across the West.
In 1806, Pike’s Peak in Colo
rado was discovered by the ex
plorer, Zebulon Pike.
In 1889, the Republic of Brazil
In 1935, Manuel Quezon was
inaugurated as the first presi
dent of the Philippine Com
In 1969, a quarter of a million
protestors against the Vietnam
War staged a peaceful demon
stration in Washington.
Ten years ago: The United
States agreed to begin talks
with Japan to arrange for the
early return of some of the Pa
cific islands captured by Amer
ican forces in World War 11.
Five years ago: Cuba and the
United States expressed a de
sire to negotiate an agreement
to curb the hijacking of air
One year ago: The Syrian
army took full control of Beirut,
in effect ending the 19-month
civil war in Lebanon.
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-Griffin Daily News Tuesday, November 15, 1977
The Griffin Daily News’ policy is to be fair
to everyone. The editor’s opinions are
confined to this page, and its columns are
Time to cool it, Griffin
Let’s cool it awhile in Griffin.
Recently we have fought over the
We have fought over the hospital.
And we have fought over school bonds.
All of these fights and others have
divided the community, strained the ef
fectiveness of duly elected and appointed
officials, decreased the efficiency of public
While a certain amount of friction,
discord and strife are to be expected in any
community, they can become habit for
ming. And it has begun to appear that
some segments of Griffin already are
addicted to them. This may be exciting to
some individuals, but it is not good for the
People and pets
The saga of the role pet animals play in
the lives of people apparently began with
the origin of man and will continue until
man himself ceases to exist.
Two stories which made the headlines in
these pages recently illustrate the
significance of this human-pet relation
One lady in our area discovered eight
newly bom puppies near her home which
had been left to the mercy of the elements.
She was appalled to think that anyone
could be so heartless as to commit such an
Later by the second
For years the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists has featured a “doomsday
clock.” This is a printed representation of
a clock measuring how close, in the
scientists’ opinion, mankind is to the
nuclear holocaust. (The hands have
usually hovered around five minutes to
Now people who worry about the world’s
growing population have their own
doomsday clock, although the Environ
mental Fund, which just unveiled it out-
Scrapping red tape
Labor Secretary Ray Marshall has
taken a step toward undoing some of the
damage done by cumbersome government
regulation of private pension plans.
He is easing the red tape so companies
don’t have to file so many forms or send so
many time-consuming reports to
Washington under the law passed by
Congress three years ago.
Basically, the reform was a good idea. It
protected the pension beneifits of 30
Not paying debts
DEAR DR. GRAHAM: There is a man
who is very active in our church, and who
is now being nominated for a church office.
However, he is getting a bad reputation for
not paying his debts. Do you think someone
should say something to the pastor?-F. P.
DEAR F. P.: If anyone should be ab
solutely honest about money matters it
should be the Christian. The Bible gives no
grounds whatever for any Christian’s
being dishonest or shady in business
dealings. A Christian who says he will pay
back money by a certain date and then
fails to do so is guilty of lying. I realize, of
Fairness to all
open to every subscriber. Letters to the
editor are published every Wednesday.
Address letters to'P.O. Box M, 30224.
We have tried it all. Now how about
trying these: Cooperation. Consideration.
Respect of the rights of others.
Recognition that the other side of an issue
has its positive points.
Thanksgiving is on the way. We have so
much for which to be thankful. Christmas
will follow soon, and a week after that a
new year all fresh and clean and ready for
the turning of another page for the com
munity as well as for individuals.
So we suggest that the time is at hand to
cool it. Let’s all back off a step and look
things over. Maybe then we will see that
all is neither plus nor minus, that a proper
balance between the two is best for all.
act and though she already had two dogs of
her own, took the orphans in to care for
Theotherstorywasof an elderly lady of the
Griffin area who reported that her dog was
missing. She said she lived alone and her
pet was the only true companion she had.
Obviously the dog served its mistress in a
very important capacity.
People who are less attached to them
can place an animal in the care of someone
who will cherish it and benefit by its
side its headquarters in Washington, D. C.,
doesn’t call it that.
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Appropriately for these fast-changing
times, however, the 10-foot by 3-foot clock
is a digital counter, whose flashing
flourescent figures tell us that there is a
net addition of three new human beings in
the world every second.
Like the atomic scientists’ clock, the
Environmental Fund Clock doesn’t tell
time. It just tells how late it is.
million workers. But the Labor Depart
ment imposed so much paperwork on
private pension plans that even large
corporations have been asking for relief.
Some smaller companies simply are
phasing out their plans rather than pay the
It is good to know that Secretary Mar
shall can recognize a bureaucratic maze
and that he is trying to do something about
course, that unusual circumstances may
prevent a person from meeting an
obbgation, but I gather that the man you
mention is in the habit of not paying his
bills when he should.
The Bible says that a church leader
“must be blameless; he must not be. .
.greedy for gain” (Titus 1:7, Revised
Standard Version). When deacons (who
had responsibility for handling financial
matters in the church) were appointed,
they were “men of good repute, full of the
Spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3, RSV). In
other words, they had to have the spiritual
and practical qualifications for the job, but
they also had to be individuals whose
reputations were respected even by un
believers. Otherwise, the witness of the
church would be harmed.
Yes, I think it would be good for you and
some others to seek the advice of your
pastor on this matter. It may be that the
man is not aware of the harm he could do
to the cause of Christ if he continues to
have a bad reputation concerning his
debts. The pastor may be able to counsel
BY JAMES STEWART
Tragedy struck the community at Toccoa Falls in
Northeast Georgia slightly more than a week ago when
the dam of the Kelly Barnes Lake broke.
Many were killed and others were left homeless as a
wall of water rushed through Toccoa Falls Bible College
and the Toccoa Falls community.
A disaster plan went into effect immediately when
word of the tragedy reached the hospital in Toccoa.
Everyone at the hospital knew what to do because they
had been trained to handle disasters in case there should
ever be one.
They did not know when they were training for such
disasters that one would ever occur in their community or
that they would be involved in one in a nearby community.
The Griffin-Spalding County Hospital has a disaster
plan and if such a disaster should ever occur in the Griffin-
Spalding area, hospital personnel would know what to do.
Such training may seem a waste of time and money
when it is going on, but the rewards come when there is a
disaster. With everyone knowing their job and what to do,
they are not bumping into each other and getting in the
They work in an orderly fashion to help as many people
as possible as quickly as they can.
Those on relief are called to work and those at work do
what they can to aid with the emergenices and take care
of other patients in the hospital.
The people of Toccoa Falls and Toccoa Bible College
suffered a great loss when the waters of the lake roared
through. Lives cannot be replaced. The material losses
The human loss may have been greater if the nursing
and medical personnel had not been trained in how to
handle a disaster. They worked first with those where
there was a sign of hope to save their lives. There was no
need of them wasting time on those where it was deter
mined there was no hope of saving the patient. Sounds
cruel, but it is better to save one life than lose two.
We hope the personnel at the Griffin-Spalding County
Hospital are never faced with a disaster. It is
comforting to know they are ready if one should occur.
“What are the qualities that
make for success? Judgment,
industry, health, and the
greatest of these is judgment.”
— Lord Beaverbrook, British
“You give but little when you
give of your possessions. It is
when you give of your self that
you truly give.” — Kahlil
Gibran, Lebanese writer.
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