2018-10-17 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

It's the same old song, just a younger version
By Larry G. Spence

Do you ever get tired of certain things? I guess that question is pretty general, I think we all tire of certain things from time to time. It could be school, a job, a person perhaps, or maybe even a lifestyle. I know people who tire of the same routine day in and day out, but they don't try to make any changes in their lives to change that routine. They don't adjust or adapt things that might make their lives a little easier and more enjoyable.

We've all been there at one time or another, but most of us when that kind of feeling hits us, we've learned how to cope with it or turn it around where our attitude is a little better. I was at my desk this morning signing bonds for people being released from jail. A few of them were one charge and some were names I didn't recognize, while others were old familiar names, and multiple charges. You wonder sometimes. "Are these people happy with their lives the way they are, in and out of trouble and jail, poor mothers trying to scrape up bond and lawyer money to get them out again? Some no sooner get out than they are right back in again. Some of these younger ones, I've had their grandfathers, fathers, sometimes mothers, brothers, sisters over and over for many years. It's sort of like a generational curse. It needs to be broken!

We you see some of these people on the street, or at a store, they are genuine friendly, good natured people. Most are from a loving family for the most part, but somehow they get stuck in this pattern and can't change, or don't want to change. I'm not picking on anyone or trying to single anyone out, because there but for the grace of God, go I. And let's remember what the Good Book says, "Let he(or she) who is without sin, cast the first stone." We've gotten to a point in life where we can't or won't take care of ourselves, we want the government or someone else to do it for us. We need some programs that these young people and older ones can attend, perhaps as part of their judgement, where they can learn a trade to be able to support themselves. We need places for those coming out of prison, where they can go and get help finding work. We need to break this curse of drugs, stealing, smuggling, and other criminal activity in our community. Those doing it are not doing too well at it because they are always back in jail. If you are in a rut like that, get yourself in front of a mirror and made a deal with that person looking back at you that you are going to break this curse and do better with your life. You will make your momma happy. Be safe and be blessed!

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