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Wednesday, February 23,1994 “Houston Time*-Journal
Could cause a shake-up
Gov. Zell Miller is pushing for welfare reform in Georgia.
Some of his proposals could lead to some real interesting
For example, adult recipients would have to wait 20 hours of
community service a month. Not difficult
But what about the real stinger? Women receiving welfare
payments and living with an unrelated male would find their money
cut off. How about that? From what we have been told, this could
really shake things up, because allegedly there are thousands of such
cases in our state...some, we are told, in Houston County.
With welfare mothers receiving payments, food stamps and a place
to live, it is some gravy train when an unrelated male moves in,
often with income from a good job. Makes for a cozy situation with
a lot of disposable income to spend.
Now foreigners get into act
Now the International Olympics Committee is getting into the flay
concerning the Georgia State flag.
Because of pressure from some African countries as well as state
senator Ralph David Abernathy the issue continues to haunt the IOC
officials. Abernathy says, "It's offensive to people, and I don't think
they will accept..any kind of compromise unleSs the flag is
Some African nations and athletes are threatening to stay home if
the flag is not changed. (See what Gov. Zell Miller caused when he
popped off on the subject a year ago.)
Seems to us the Georgia flag is our business. If some countries
and athletes don't like it and threaten not to participate in the 1996
Olympics they should be encouraged to do just that
It’s our flag. Georgians should resolve the issue, if there is one.
Threats from foreigners of any race, color, creed or national origin
should not be the factor that determines whether to retain the present
Georgia state flag or change it.
Unfortunately, the battle lines on this issue are clearly drawn now.
Gov. Zell Miller, who saw his chance for reelection threatened after
he demanded that the flag be changed, has backed off. The issue still
could cost him reelection.
It is a hot potato in Georgia. Outsiders only fan the flames. It
will take a cooling off period for any reasonable discussion of the
About those gun swaps
Have you swapped your gun for a movie ticket, a ticket to a Hawks
game or a night with Madonna yet?
Seems like a lot of cities around the country are trying to get
people to turn in guns in return for something of value.
Some people are responding. A few hundred out of several million
in New York City. A few hundred in Atlanta. A few hundred here
But are the criminals who use guns as their tools in trade turning
in theirs? We doubt it
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These gun swaps are good publicity, but we doubt they will have
any noticeable effect on crime.
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Daniel F. Evans
Julie B. Evans
The weirdos on daytime television dont appeal to me
I HAD surgery a few weeks ago
and found myself pinned down at
home for a week.
For the first few days my eyes
wouldn't focus well enough to read.
And you can only sleep so much.
All that was left to do for many
hours was watch television. You
don't have to be able to focus your
eyes to do that. It was a revelation.
Nighttime television is bad
enough. Daytime is something
There is Donahue, Oprah, Sally
Jessy, Mon tel, Geraldo, on and on
You wonder where they get all
those people who appear on these
programs. They must come out
from under a rock. They have no
modesty. They have no shame.
They’ll say anything. Most of
them obviously don't have both
oars in the water.
There's the mother who is
sleeping with her daughter's boy
friend. And there's the daughter
MM, M. MW
With this edition, a change is taking place in Perry
I guess most everyone knows by
now, since you've seen the front
page and haven't received two Perry
newspapers today, that this is the
"birth" of your new community
newspaper, the Houston Times-
With anything, change is
inevitable, and to many I've spoken
with, this is a welcome change.
"Perry doesn't need two newspa
pers" has been said to me many
Being locally owned is another
positive aspect of this merger and
one that's been a long time coming.
Personally, I am excited about
the changes. Not only will I have
more responsibility in my new po
sition and Editor and General
Manager, but I am also now af
forded the opportunity to work with
Medusa Cement Company's Mike McKay stated in his
Feb. 12th letter that their "track record speaks for itself." I
asked EPA Region 111 in Pennsylvania for information on
Medusa's Wampum, Pennsylvania plant. Medusa bums
hazardous waste in three cement kilns in Wampum and they
want to do the same thing with their kiln at Clinchfield.
EPA informed me that Medusa had violated the Boiler and
Industrial Furnace (BIF) rule multiple times during the
period of August 1991 to March 1992. The Wampum plant
exceeded the authorized dust metal concentration limits for
arsenic, cadmium and lead in all three kilns. Medusa failed
to reduce the feed rate to the kilns of these toxic metals once
the concentration limits had been exceeded and Medusa
failed to conduct daily monitoring of the concentration. Of
the 13 complaints charged against Medusa, the EPA ranked
sleeping with her stepfather. And
the wife whose husband leaves her
for another man. Also the wife
whose husband likes to dress like a
woman. There's the child molester
who tells all and lets the audience
shout obscenities at him for an
hour. The wives whose husbands
beat them and they go back for
more and more and more. You
name deviance from the normal and
you find them on these shows
telling all about it.
Always there is sex. Every kind.
Every weirdo with his or her
version. Sex and violence and child
abuse. Deviants all. You wonder,
after trying to watch one of these
programs, if you are normal. There
are so many of them.
Where, oh where, did they cane
from? What kind of people are
they? Are they doing it for money?
Or fa the attention?
If YOU think the people who
appear on the program are weird,
don't overlook the audiences.
They're a bunch of weirdos, too.
several people I consider to be the
best in die business.
Be sure and read the front page
story on the staff members. We've
merged the staffs and feel the final
product will ensure the best news
being gathered. Each is dedicated to
producing the best newspaper for its
Right now, we are still working
on combining the best of both
worlds. Of course there is not
enough time or space to print ev
erything from both papers, so dur
ing the next few weeks you will see
some changes until we find what
we feel best suits us.
Of course we still want to cover
all aspects of the community: the
schools, city and county govern
ments, civic organizations, church
news, businesses, tourism, the
They all are amateur
psychologists. They know the
answer to everything. They listen
to the deviants and then know
exactly what the answer to their
problems are. Obviously they have
been hand picked. You wonder how
they find so many people who are
such experts on so many
subjects...at least they believe they
Such smart people. They'll let
you know in a hurry they know all
Of course, Oprah and Donahue and
the rest aren't shrinking violets
either. They are authorities on
every weird kind of behavior...they
know how to solve all human
Such is the vast wasteland of
daytime television (excluding, of
course, the soaps which are so
popular with many women. The
soaps would have
for X-rated movies a few
years ago. Now they are family
fare.) Why did I watch this
Agricenter and features on you,
your family, neighbors and friends.
Our office is located on Carroll
Street in the old Home Journal of
fice and our phone number, mailing
address and fax number remains the
Let me say now that I consider it
a great honor to be able to be a part
of this change, a new era in the
newspaper business in Perry.
I was once told that a newspaper
is the history book, so to speak, of
a community. If the story is wrong,
then history is changed because
when looking to the past, the first
place a person checks is with the
Our goal is to save the commu
nity with the best newspaper possi
ble. We want to serve you and pro
vide you an accurate record of the
the potential for harm as either moderate or major. For all of
the complaints the extent of the deviation was ranked as
major. The total civil penalties assessed against Medusa
exceeded $3.3 million.
I also contacted the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Resources which is responsible for enforcing
the state air pollution control act. During the period from the
4th quarter of 1988 to the 2nd quarter of 1992, there was
only one quarter that Medusa did not violate the act and oav n
Yes Mr. McKay, Medusa's record of repeatedly violating
the rules which are established to protect the public health
and the environment clearly speaks for itself. I predict more
of the same in Houston County if Medusa is permitted to
bum hazardous waste.
Dale A. Clinbeard.
garbage? Well, die eye's wouldn't
focus. Reading was out of the
question fa several days. But I did
learn to sleep more than I ever
thought possible. You can take
only so much of this kind of stuff
before giving up.
I know they are designed to appeal
to women. Maybe that's why I
wasn't turned on by them.
Apparently a la of people do look
at them, because I read recently that
Oprah earns more than $l6O
million a year. Somebody must be
As fa me, I was glad when my
eyes focused and permitted me to
read, read, read!
history of Perry.
I hope we can produce a
newspaper you will be proud of. I
hope I can fulfill the promise I've
made to you today by accepting the
position that will help Danny and
Julie Evans and Bob Tribble lead
this newspaper into a new era for
I look forward to being a part of
this change and hope you do too.