The Banks County News
March 29, 2000
have backed down on animal protection act
It's a shame legislators took the claws
out of a proposed animal protection act calling for harsher penalties
for cruelty to animals. Legislators debated the bill for two
hours on the last day of the session before taking out the stiffer
penalties proposed for harsh animal abuse.
The final bill approved did make maliciously maiming or killing
an animal a felony with a fine of up to $15,000. But willful
neglect of an animal, even if results in death, is still a misdemeanor.
Some legislators whined that the proposed bill would have harmed
those who shot a rabid dog or went hunting for deer. That is
ridiculous and was just a smoke screen to distract the true intent
of the bill which was to punish those who torture cats, dogs
and horses for no reason other than some sort of twisted self-satisfaction.
Federal agencies have long found that serial killers and other
murderers often say they began killing with torturing animals
before moving on to people. State and local agencies also often
point to the close connection between the two.
It's time for legislators to crack down on those who mistreat
animals and make them responsible for their actions. Too often,
they receive a slap on the hand and a small fine. Let's hope
the legislators give this bill another look next year.
While we are all for better treatment
of animals, a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals promoting drinking beer over milk is silly. It also sends
the wrong message to underage college kids, which it is aimed
PETA is encouraging college students to drink beer instead of
milk because of the alleged treatment of dairy cows. They are
giving out free bottle openers in the shape of a beer bottle
with the message. "Save a cow's life" and "Drink
responsibly. Don't drink milk." The campaign also encourages
students go get rid of those "milk mustaches" you see
in other ads and put on a "beer mustache."
This campaign not only encourages drinking among underage college
students, it takes attention away from those serious about improving
the treatment of animals. PETA need to find a better way to promote
Banks County News
March 29, 2000
Disagrees with Linder's proposal
Your readers share their U.S. Representative, John Linder, with
us here in Athens. He is pressing for a national sales tax and
the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is meeting April 11 on
just that one single topic. It is time for us to let the committee
know how we feel about it, specifically that we oppose:
·taxing current tax-free death benefits between beloved
·taxing Roth IRA benefits (government promised these to
be tax-free: a sales tax would be double-taxation).
·everyone being in a 30 percent (including Georgia's sales
tax) tax bracket, even those making as little as $10,000 per
·people's already low tax-free benefits being tightened
by 30 percent or more.
·a crippled economy, with people buying used (not new)
goods to save that 30 percent sales tax. And on it goes.
Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Mae Collins are on the April 11 committee.
Let them know how you feel. Better, on the Internet, go to www.congress.gov/linder_survey.htm
and complete his survey addressing this and many other issues.
A 30 percent sales tax in Georgia is a horrible idea.
The Banks County News
March 29, 2000
politicians really mean...
As election time rolls around, politicians
will be found going door-to-door campaigning. Their rhetoric
often begins to sound the same. You notice that they all seem
to have the same thing to say and they all have the same vague,
general goals in mind.
With that in mind, I got a good laugh out of an article I read
recently titled, "Spin-to-English guide: What politicians
really mean" by Chris Chichester.
He had common comments given by politicians and his translation
of what the candidates really mean. I thought I would share four
of my favorites that Chichester came up with and then a few of
my own. My four favorites from the article are:
·"We're not going to comment."
Translation: "Don't waste our time with your stupid questions.
We hate reporters."
·"We're making progress on the budget. We're meeting.
Staffs are meeting."
Translation: "The budget is late again and we are totally
·"It's smoke and mirrors."
Translation: "We don't support our opponent's proposal and
we can't explain why."
Translation: Term used to alert the reporter that spinning like
a top will commence.
Now for a few of my own translations, I dug deep into my files
to find common phrases politicians have given me over the years.
I then analyzed them to come up with my translation of what they
·"I fully support the Open Meetings Law and the Open
Records Law. My door will always be open to the media and the
Translation: "I don't like you. I will do everything I can
to keep you out of the county/city/school business. Once I win
this election, I hope I never see you again."
·"I want to bring in a new wave of welfare reform."
Translation: "I don't like poor people. They usually don't
·"I want to get criminals off the streets and keep
Translation: "I really don't care what happens to criminals.
They usually don't vote either."
·"I want to help children. I am for the child. I
will do all I can to make this a better world for children."
Translation: "Just vote for me. I really can't stand the
little brats, but kissing kids always wins votes. I just want
to win, win, win."
·"I just want to serve the community. I want to help
Translation: "I don't care about the community. I just have
this really big ego and I want to be powerful. I want it all
and I deserve it."
I hope everyone realizes my translations are made in fun. I'm
sure that all of the politicians are sincere in their goals.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate
editor of The Jackson Herald.