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Thought for the Day

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

Thank You to the Community from American Legion Pike Post 197


To Pike County and surrounding areas:

Post 197 thanks our Blue- (highest) Level Sponsors: Accessory Aero Group, Auto Hobby Collision Repair, BJ’s Bottle Shop Liquor Store, Chick-N-Run, Concord Manor & Winery, D&G Insurance, Johnson Family, Law Office of Kevin Hurt, Palmetto Family Dental of Pike, Southern Blasting & Coating, Southern Comfort HVAC, Southside Steel, The Narrow Path Missionary Outreach Church, Touchstone Embroidery, Virgil L. Brown & Associates; Red Level Sponsors: Advance Machine Products, El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, First National Bank of Griffin – Zebulon, McLeRoy Rentals, Middle Georgia Water Systems, Pike Countryside Sanitation, Prosperity Real Estate Group, State Farm Insurance – Walt McAbee, United Bank – Zebulon, and Village Photography; and White Level Sponsors: 19 North Salon & Spa, Advance Power Equipment, A Novel Experience, Beacon Security Systems, BP Food Mart, Cindy's Florist, City of Zebulon, Dairy Queen of Zebulon, Freshway Market, Hey Jo Boutique, J&L Auto Repair, Middle Georgia Fleet Services, Qualified Electrical Specialist, Pike County Journal Reporter, Pike County Times, Tara Winstead CPA, The Pirate Deck, and Zebulon Auto Service.

We also would like to thank the friends and relatives who signed up to honor deceased Veterans. We honored Veterans Lawrence E. Brock, Stanley L. Davidson, Wesley R. Davidson,Hiram D. Harris, Homer D. Johnson, Alton Norris, Oscar Purvis, Odell W. Sheriff, Lee Smith, Franklin D. Thrift, Sr., and Michael S. Wallen on the back of the event T-shirt.

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 conducts Programs that help honor Veterans; assist Veterans and their families; and educate the community on Veterans affairs and patriotism. Sponsorship and event participation allows Post 197 to continue these programs. The support you provided for this Run/Walk event helped raise funds to continue the Pike County Memorial Annex Program. This year, we will be inducting four WWI service members killed in the line of duty while defending our country and its freedoms.

The next 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk will be conducted in the great city of Meansville sometime in April 2020, pending the City’s approval. We are working to make this another highly enjoyable event. More information will be provided in the future.

Again, thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for your continued support of these community events.

Bryan D. Richardson, Commander/Event Director
Pike County American Legion Post 197

A Letter to the President of the United States and A Call to Vote


To whom it may concern,

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States as Commander-in Chief.

Now comes the latest news about your complete disrespect for our military and total disregard for the Covid 19 virus. We the American people have finally borne witness to what happens when they place an incompetent business leader into the Oval Office. Quality of life is not a business decision sir but rather it is a humane choice to be empathetic to those who cannot help themselves.

Joe Biden has that empathy and will return the United States to the era when we were respected internationally because of how we treat our citizens domestically.

This election is a clear choice between those who have never had it so good and those of us who know we can do better. Joe Biden will lead us there.

Fellow citizens, exercise your right to vote to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children’s future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.

To restore a sense of decency to the United States rise and vote!

Joe Bialek
Cleveland, OH

Enemy Mine


To whom it may concern,

Are you afraid?

Are you paying attention?

To some extent every one of us is fearful. Anxious about the future, of what might happen if the other candidate is elected. If the other side wins. But what are you afraid of?

What. Are. You. Afraid. Of. That depends upon which point along the political spectrum you occupy. But no matter where you find yourself standing, to the right, to the left, nearer the center or along the far-flung edges, you are afraid. Why? Simple answer: Because we have been conditioned to fear one another, to view anyone whose position along the spectrum deviates even slightly from our own as an enemy. Or even The Enemy.

Here’s the thing though, we are not naturally divided. The division we are currently experiencing is artificial. It has been fomented. And it does us no good. We do not benefit from it. But someone does. Who? Good question. Here’s another simple answer: Those in power who want to maintain that power.

No, I am not preaching conspiracy because there is none. Well, not the Illuminati level, Q-Anon craziness kind of conspiracy. Only a conspiracy of common goals; small streams coming together in a confluence to form a roaring river. A matter of a handful of entities all wanting the same thing at the same time and doing their level best to get it. Power and control.

The truth is out there. (Sorry, could resist.) One need only seek it out. And it is not an easy task to track down the truths required to gain a better understanding of what is happening, of where we are and how we got here. Of where we are heading unless…

Are you paying attention? To what? What are you paying attention to and why? Or are you possibly perhaps just maybe conditioned? Richard Feynman wrote, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.” Truth. Here’s another truth: We are not nearly so divided as you have been led to believe.

Grab a piece of paper and draw a line right down the center from top to bottom. Or bottom to top. Far be it from me to tell you how to draw your lines, after all. Now, if we were to start two lists, one on either side of the line you drew, and one side listed all of the things we agree on and the other all the things we disagree on, the first list would be far larger. And the items on the first list would be far more important than those on the second list.

We. Are. Not. So. Divided. As. You. Have. Been. Led. To. Believe.

And you know it. You know on some secret sublevel of the subbasement of your subconscious mind that I am right. That I tell a truth. An important truth.

I am not your enemy nor you mine. We want most of the same things. We care about many of the same things. We are not so different. We are not so divided. We are not. Except we are.

Are you paying attention?

Then you must stop simply believing and start asking questions and demanding answers. Truths.

Are you afraid?

I am.

I am afraid that you will not bother. That you will not try. Not because you cannot, but because you will not. And that is a shame.

Think about it!

Anthony Vinson
Pike County