Madison County Opinion...

AUGUST 21, 2002


Column
By Frank Gillespie
The Madison County Journal
August 21, 2002

Frankly Speaking
Still more attacks
on Southern culture
When Southern partisans like myself tell you that there is a national drive to eliminate every vestige of Southern culture, many of you take it as just another group finding something to complain about.
Well, two stories last week make it clear just how determined the anti-South bigots are, and just how successful they are.
In Atlanta, a country music radio station has just dumped their morning DJ, a leading voice in the area, simply because he sounds “too southern.”
KICKS 101’s Moby in the Morning is gone. A station spokesman told an Atlanta Journal reporter that they were looking for someone with a less pronounced southern accent. He reportedly said that Moby’s accent does not reflect the current Atlanta audience. That may be so. Atlanta now has more immigrants than native Georgians. Atlanta, especially Atlanta’s media, is among the leaders in the drive to destroy all things Southern.
The other, even more grievous story comes out of South Carolina. SCANA Corp. South Carolina’s largest utility company has ordered their employees to keep Confederate flag paraphernalia off company property. That includes bumper stickers, clothing with Confederate emblems and any other item with a Confederate symbol. The company also ordered employees not to drive company vehicles to Maurice Bessinger’s barbecue restaurants. Bessinger is a strong supporter of Southern traditions who flies a Confederate flag over his businesses.
SCANA is a marketer of natural gas in Georgia.
Both cases display an intense bigotry against the South and Southerners. Even if the radio station is right, and its listeners are the leading cause of Moby’s discharge, it shows just how pervasive the hatred of Southern culture has become, even here in the heart of the South.
SCANA’s management displayed a willingness to offend thousands of its customers in order to satisfy a handful of bigoted employees. They made it clear that those with pro-Southern opinions are not deserving of the same consideration that other groups demand.
Maybe that is the problem.We Southerners are often too polite to speak out when we are insulted. Or, it may the case that far too many of us simply no longer care. It may be that we have abandoned our culture and respect for our ancestors and their causes. I certainly hope that is not the case.
There are a few groups still fighting to preserve our heritage. Among the groups are The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the League of the South, and the Southern Party. You can find these and other groups on the internet, or call me and I will give you some contacts. (I am an officer in the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.)
It is important for us to conduct ourselves as Southern ladies and gentlemen. But when we are under such persistant attack, it is necessary to fight back or our heritage and culture will be totally eliminated.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His web page can be accessed at www.mcga.net. His e-mail address is frankg@mcga.net.

Column
By Margie Richards
The Madison County Journal
August 21, 2002

A Moment With Margie
Some info about the new animal shelter
Madison and Oglethorpe counties will soon have an animal shelter.
Any of you who drive down the Colbert-Danielsville Road may have noticed a large, attractive building going up on land adjacent to the county’s solid waste transfer station (still known by many as the landfill).
That building is our new animal shelter. It is basically a gift to the counties and is not being built by any of your tax monies.
First, let me tell you a few things about the building itself.
It is being built by a contractor hired by Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter, Inc. (MOAS), a non-profit humane society.
The land the building sits on is owned by Madison County and has been leased to MOAS.
Once again, neither Madison County nor Oglethorpe County governments are using taxpayer money to fund the building of the shelter.
However, the counties have agreed to pay $3 per person, per year (based on 2000 census figures) to contract the services of the animal shelter for their residents. This money will help with the expenses involved in the day-to-day operations.
Now back to the building itself.
The facility has such a high roof for several reasons. One was to get away from the “institutional” look and feel of so many animal shelters - this is no traditional “dog pound.” But more importantly, the high roof will provide for excellent ventilation for the animals who will be housed there. Lack of adequate air flow to aid in disease and climate control was a frequent problem cited by workers in shelters MOAS board members visited.
A large reception area just inside the entrance will also double as a meeting room and educational area. Shelter staff will have office space off of this room.
The large indoor/outdoor runs located at the rear of the building can accommodate at least two large dogs per run.
Separate spacious rooms will house small dogs and puppies, kittens and cats along with providing a play/exercise area for them. Potential owners will also be able to interact with animals they are interested in adopting.
A surgical suite will be used to perform on site spays and neuters, as well as to take care of immediate needs of incoming animals.
MOAS intends to have a small “pet store” where pet-related items can be purchased.
A crematorium will be located out back of the building to dispose of animals that have to be euthanized.
A lot of thought and hard work has gone into the design of this shelter with an eye toward the future of our growing area, not just to fulfill the immediate and pressing needs of today.
MOAS is building and operating the shelter as a public service to the counties with a couple of main goals in mind: first, to help educate people in the humane treatment and care of animals and, secondly, to help reduce pet overpopulation.
Animals brought into the shelter that are not adopted will have to be humanely euthanized.
How many animals euthanized and how often euthanizations will occur will depend largely on such things as how many animals are brought into the shelter during a given time, how much room is available, whether or not the animal is deemed adoptable (i.e. not diseased, good temperament, etc.) and how many can be adopted by responsible owners. It is the intention of MOAS to adopt as many animals as possible into loving homes.

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