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& PAGE 4-A - TALBOTrON NEW ERA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 THE Li',i3,i3TTOI/:,!II NEW ERA USPS 532-880 Owne @perate rib ub[ica om,3no ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President JOHN KUYKENDALL PUDLISHERJEDITOR Phone (706) 846-3188 JACK BAOLEY Fax: (706) 846-2206 LAYOUT EDITOR news2 @ star-rnercury.corn CARMEN OUSLEY P.O. BOX 426 BUSINESS MANAGER Manchester, GA 31816 PAIGE KUYKENDALL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVEOfficial legal Organ of Talbot County. "Hmmmmm " Some time, when you have a little to do and a lot of time in which to do it, you might want to sit back and think about things. What things, you ask? Well, the things that make you wonder. The things on which you're unclear. The things that make you go "Hmmm." Recently I ordered some- every show? thing from one of those on- If a tin whistle is made of line stores, and the item was tin, what is a fog horn made not delivered. They set a sec- of? (And what about baby ond delivery date, and the oil?) item still did not arrive. So I Why do we call it a televi- sent an e-mail asking, basi- sion set if there's only one? cally, "Where is it?" If pizzas are round, why The company was very is the box square? (And why quick to reply that their infor- is the slice a triangle?) mation showed it was still in Why is it called "rush transit, but since two prom- hour" when nobody on the ised delivery dates hadhighway is even moving? passed, they would happily If nothing sticks to Teflon, refund my money (and I could how do they make it stick to keep the item should it show the pan? That made me smile, Why don't sheep shrink in since it's good business and the rain? not as common as it used to If a store is open 24 hours be. a day, 7 days a week why ThenI sawthattherefund do they have a lock on the would take five to seven busi- door? ness days, and my eyebrows Why does an iron have a did a race for my hairline, settingfor "permanent It made me wonder if press"? it only took five to seven sec- If the opposite of "pro" is onds for the company to take "con," does that mean that the the money out of my account, opposite of "progress" is why would it, take five to "Congress"? seven days to put it back in? Why do tug boats push Admit it, you've won- other boats? dered about that too. If you had everything in And that got me to think- the world, where would you ing (which, as we all know by put it? now, is never a good thing): Doesn,t "expecting the What are some of the unexpected" make the unex- other questions we have in pected the expected? life that simply have no logi- Why doesn't glue stick to cal answers? the inside of the bottle? You know what I mean. Why is "abbreviated" Questions like such a long word? Why is it called a "build- Why do We put suits in a ing" when it's already been garment bag, and garments built? in a suitcase? Why are they called Why does the drive- "apartments" when they're through at the bank have all together? Braille on the ATM keypads? What's another word for Why do psychics have to "thesaurus"? ask you for your name? Where does your lap go Ifthedishiscalled chili, when you stand up? why is it served hot? Why is there a "d" in Whydoweplayinrecitals, "fridge," but not in "refriger- but recite in plays? ator"? Why are there Interstate If you drop soap on the highways in Hawaii? floor, is the soap dirty or is Why do "fat chance" and the floor clean? "slim chance" mean the same Why do we drive on "park- thing? ways" and park on "drive- Why does your nose run ways"? and your feet smell? Who knew what time it If someone invented was when the first clock was Instant Water, what would invented? they mix it with? How can anything be Do workers at tea planta- "new and improved"? If it's tions take coffee breaks? new, what was it an improve- What do fish drink? ment on? Why do privates eat in a In the word "scent," is the general mess, and generals S silent, or the C? eat in a private mess? At a movie theatre, which Why is a boxing ring arm rest is yours? square? Why do we press harder (My colleague Fern, with on the remote buttons when whom I shared some of these, the battery is dead? is totally correct some- Why do cartoon charac- times, I just don't have ters wear the same clothes in enough to do.) THE TALBOTTON NEW ERA is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Talbotton New Era is published proudly for the citizens of Talbot County and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, com- munity oriented newspapers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 589-340. Periodical postage paid at Manchester, Georgia, 31816. FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Talbotton New Era P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Meriwether, Harris or Troup Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Single copy 50 . POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. As the November General it? No daddy, I didn't," he ~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiii~iii!~iiii~ii~ii~i~ii~!ii~ii~I abiding citizens. He will do all Election approaches Tuesday, replied. "Then forget about it," iiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:. that he can to improve educa- allow me to share a couple of his father said. The son real- i!iii tion in our state and our health iii!il!iiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiii!iiiiiiii care. Brian Kemp is comfort- integriwWh displayedduring theirtremend USyears at cussedandtheincidentwasneverdiS-again. iii! i iii iiiiiiiiiiiiiii}iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ablewithallGeorgiansnomat- the top of their respectiveMeanwhile the young man I ii ter their age, their color or whether they are Baptist, sports fields. The twomen are went on to become a super ten- ii!ii|i!i iiiiiiiiiii iiiii iiiii i iii #ii Methodist, Nazarene, Arthur Ashe and Bobby Jones. nis player winning many Read their stories and remem- world tournaments. Arthur Presbyterianorwhateverreli- ber when you vote on Ashe played the game with gion they chose. November 6 please vote for confidence and with a sense large amount of cash back in We need men and women men and women with unques- of integrity towards others those days. in public office today who are tionable integrity, that he always credited to his When other people com- willing to stand up and be When Arthur Ashe was father, mended Jones for his integri- counted for what is right and only 18 years old he played in Golfing legend Bobby ty Jones would reply, "There good for this state or nation. a tennis tournament in Jones lost the United States is only one way to play the Itisverydifficulttodoattimes Wheeling, West Virginia, the Open in 1925 by one stroke, game of golf. You might as because often what is right for only black member of the He was not the first golfer to well praise a man for not rob- our state or nation is not team. Some of the other play- lose a major tournament by bing a bank." always popular. But we need erstrashedacabinandblamed only one stroke, but the way Ashe and Jones were both politicians today with convic- it on Ashe, although he had he lost it is memorable. He without question men oftion and the courage to do nothing to do with it. As much penalized himself one stroke integrity, something about their convic- as he denied any involvement for accidentally moving his My vote for Governor of tions. in the incident, the story made ball a fraction of an inch. Georgia willbe for our former We badly need men and the newspapers and he was No one else saw Jones do Secretary of State Brian women in our local, state and assumedby manytobe guilty, it. He certainly did not have Kemp. Kemp understands national offices today with On his way home Ashe to admit it. But he did, there- people and has no problem integrity.Please join me at the stopped to call his father who fore losing one of the world's reaching out to them. He has voting polls next Tuesday and asked him one question: "Did most prestigious golf tourna- the backbone needed to stand vote for the candidates with you have anything to do with ments, not to mention a very up for the safety of our law integrity. There is definite truth to the saying the older you get, the faster time passes by. I was at a rather large retail store last week and there was no doubting what time of year it is. Within close proximity, and I am talking literal feet, there were Halloween deco- rations and candy, Thanksgiving decorations, and Christmas Trees and dec- orations. I even saw some- thing new to me-a Halloween Tree. Except for some of our very early publications, as you read this Halloween has passed. In past years I have so enjoyed volunteering to help on at Hopewell, hut this year my schedule did not allow that and I really missed it. Actually I missed much of the Halloween season. I wanted to visit Netherworld in Stone Mountain, but that didn't hap- pen. I love haunted house attractions and did not get to a one this year. As I continue transition- ing from looking behind to looking ahead, perhaps next year I'll be seeing someone who would like to visit Netherworld and some other Halloween venues. Now we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and get ready to jump on board that bullet train because it is heading out of the station in a hurry. In fact, as most of you received this newspaper this week, there are just over S0 shopping days left until Christmas. As if we needed to be reminded of that. Merchandisers started inundating us with Christmas gift ideas weeks ago and large retail stores began stocking Christmas gift items over a month ago and some possibly earlier. We complain about that practice but the truth is the Christmas shopping sea- son can make or break retail- With record low,unem- ployment numbers, retailers are anticipating a good Christmas season. I I QY that some people have already been purchas- ing Christmas gifts and I am one of them. Unlike many Christmas shoppers, I pur- chase very little at the big box discount stores. In another part of my life, I work at a growing number of arts and crafts festivals and fairs during the spring and fall months. It would surprise many of you the unique gift ideas to be found at such places and at very reasonable prices. I also "Shop Small" sup- porting the local businesses in some of our communities. In most cases I personally know the owners. Local busi- nesses help support this news- paper and I feel it important to support them when possi- ble. Small local businesses hire local people, they sup- port our communities, our restaurants, our schools, the local tax base and more. For all they do in helping support all of us, we need to support them as well. With the Christmas Shopping season underway, I strongly recommend you "Shop Small" first where unique gift ideas can be found and typically at very reason- able prices. This Christmas Season, including Thanksgiving, will be uniquely different for my family, and some of yours. The loss of my wife in January and our dad in April, means that our celebration of the sea- son will likely be somewhat subdued as we travel in unchartered waters. Still we will celebrate. Both of those we lost would want us to cel- ebrate. There are other people who lost loved ones during the year as well, and they, too, will celebrate the Holiday Season a bit differently than before. Finally, there are those who have no one, no family with whom to celebrate the Holiday Season. For them, the season is truly difficult. Hopefully, church family, friends.and neighbors will ste ',to2ielp these people have a memorable Holiday Season. ' With the passing of Halloween, the Holiday Season - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years - is truly upon us. You better grab hold of this train or get left behind. That's my opinion. Andy Kober is a regular columnist for Trib Publications. He can be reached at andykober@hotmail.com Veteran's Day is very near! I'm a military veteran, and now called a writer, jour- nalist, columnist or whatev- er. Anyhow, I'm honored as always and certainly look for- ward to write, encourage and strongly urge my fellow com- rades, those who have served and still are serving to get in the spirit for the upcoming Veteran's Day activities and events. Of course, for many of us older veterans and espe- cially Vietnam War Veterans like myself, we got no recog- nition, not even a "welcome home."Instead ridiculed and battered as we returned home from a war that we did- n't start and unfortunately too many died trying to stop it. But nevertheless, that's behind us now as America has tried to welcome us and make it right. So now, I'm very receptive and hopefully all of my comrades will please take part in whatever available for us now. It's always better late than never. Even though, some are absolutely bitter to this day and refuse to take part in the honor celebrations that so many work tirelessly and genuinely to prepare for us. So, I'm pleading, let's not disappoint them because of our unfortunate disappoint- ments. However, they deserve our participation, appreciation and respect by availing ourselves to accept the "Thank you"and give one back. Perhaps we might not want to but it's the right thing to do. 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So this year, I'm asking every able body military veteran to come together, reunite, make a stand and strong showing for the ones who unfortu- nately for whatever reason can't take part. And then too, we know, "Veteransneverfor- get and we leave no one behind." So let's put forth every available effort to reach other veterans, espe- cially during this celebration time to perhaps say, "Myfel- low comrade, thank God for you and your service." For a soldier, it's not necessary but it's appreciated and nice to hear. Small acts of kindness always make a difference. On Friday night, a few weeks ago at an out of town football game, I was approached by a stranger, a pleasant spirit- ed white lady with her arms outstretched and opened wide. Of course, I was a lit- tle startled for a moment as she proceeded to greet me with a very firm and genuine hug. Unknowingly, she had recognized my Vietnam War Veteran cap. She said "Thank you for your service. "I smiled and was relieved. And she said, "My father fought in Vietnam and has passed on, so when I see a Vietnam Veteran, I think of him and all he told me about what he went through, so I honor him ,i ii i byhonoringyou."As I shared my regards and respect, it lit- erally turned out to be very emotional but beautiful as her husband looked on, nodding, expressing high regards. Finally, it's actually sad and shameful the things going on in our unprecedented divid- ed nation right now. This is unbelievably not the united' nation that our proud veter- ans fought and died to pro- tect and defend. "Time was served, time to honor!" Indeed, "All gave some, some gave all" to make a differ- oh(el Those who are lucky enoughto be alive and those who gave it all on the battlefield! Contact The Talbotton New Era at 706-846-3188 or by emailing: ohn@star-mercury.com