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OPINION PAGE - FEBRUARY 23, 2000 - HOMER, GA

Editorial
The Banks County News
February 23, 2000

No excuse for dumping meat in county creek
There is no excuse for the vandals who dumped a freezer load of wrapped meat into a Banks County creek.
Banks County game and fish ranger Winford Popphan was right on the mark when he said he hopes the guilty person uses the water that comes from downstream of where the meat was dumped.
This type of senseless action could very likely lead to a serious health problem for someone who drinks this water. The person who did this deserves the stiffest punishment allowed. Anyone with information on who was behind this act, is asked to contact Popphan. All information is confidential and a $200 reward is offered.
Let's do all we can to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. As Popphan stated: "Anyone who contaminates a stream deserves no sympathy from anyone. They are criminals and deserve to be caught."


Letters
The Banks County News
February 23, 2000

Thinks officers deserve raise
Dear Editor:
I would like to say something in regard to the letter in the February 10 edition of your paper.
If you would use simple math, you would see that between three people, $75,000 is only $25,000 per person, which is not much when you put your life on the line every day.
These people may live out of the county, but you might want to look and see how many people have applied from inside the county. Think about it, if you don't have people from within, you have to go elsewhere.
I don't believe that the administration is the problem for people deciding to quit. It could be for better pay and benefits elsewhere. If it wasn't for these out-of-county people, who would be protecting you and your family? Where someone lives should be the least of your concerns. It should depend on how good a job they do.
Take it from someone who knows, a convenience store assistant manager makes more than these guys do. So, I personally think the county employees deserve a pay raise. I don't think my life is worth only $25,000 a year.
Sincerely,
Christy Martin
Baldwin
Banks County side

Column
By Mary Ann Robinson
The Banks County News
February 23, 2000

A tribute to Mom
February 14, 2000 - Valentine's Day to everyone else in the country. But at my house, it was not only a day to remember your Valentine, it was my mother's 75th birthday.
My mom's life has not always been easy. Her parents died when she was young and she went to live with an aunt and uncle. My father died when I was 15 and she was left with two children to raise on her own. My sister and I grew up and moved out. Mom did pretty well on her own until she was cleaning the gutters one day and fell off the roof. She shattered her elbow and broke her hip and her pelvic bone. That's when she came to live in Jefferson.
My mother is quite a character. At 75, she is as active as anyone I know. Granted, some things don't come as easy as they used to, but she still does pretty much anything she wants.
My mom has worked all her life. She lives here in Jefferson now and she used to drive to Tucker every day for work. She has her own car and goes wherever she wants. And believe me, she isn't one of those "Sunday drivers." She isn't afraid to go fast and on more than one occasion was told to slow down by a friendly police officer. They never gave her a ticket. I guess it's hard to convince your fellow officers that "Grandma" was doing 90 m.p.h. in a 65 m.p.h. zone.
But Mom got tired of driving to Tucker every day and now she stays at home with the grandchildren. My sister has two small children, Ashley and Luke, and I have Aly and Kate. The three older kids all go to some sort of school. Aly and Ashley are at kindergarten all day and Luke goes to Pre-K for half the day. While my husband usually takes them all to school in the morning, Mom is there to pick up Luke at 11:30 a.m. and then the girls at 2:40 p.m. It makes my life and my sister's life so much easier.
While the older kids are at school, Mom takes care of Kate at my house. Believe me, taking care of Kate is a job. She is into everything and can mess up a room faster than you can clean it up. But Mom is right there, keeping up with Kate's never-ending energy. Not only does she watch Kate, she also does things like my laundry, emptying the dishwasher, loading the dishwasher and any miscellaneous sewing/mending I have lying around. I can't tell you how nice it is to come home to clean laundry when you left the basket overflowing.
But more important, I can't possibly tell her how much I appreciate everything she does for me and my family. My mother is one of the most giving people I know. She is always willing to help out and give not only of her time, but of herself. She asks for very little in return, if anything at all. I try to let her know how much she is appreciated and hope that I come close to expressing my admiration and respect.
Now, I know that I am not the only person with a special Mom but since she just celebrated 75 years of life I felt a desire, a need, to let her know ...
I love you, Mom. Thank you for just being you.
Mary Ann Robinson is a reporter for MainStreet Newspapers.


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