2017-04-26 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

Some were taught -
by Terry Toole

Young folks are having a hard time understanding how some of us older folks think. Sometimes we older folks have a hard time understanding us older folks.

We've had a lot of changes going on in Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia, in the past few months.

And you “ain't” seen nothing, yet.

We just got finished with electing a new sheriff. Before the results of that election were complete, the former sheriff, Shane Rathel, was charged by the G.B.I. with 17 more felony counts to be tried or pled in Superior Court here. He is awaiting sentencing on a felony conviction in federal court that has been set for May 1. According to the folks in charge, there could be lots more people to be investigated, charged, and possibly arrested.

This recent election will bring on a multitude of changes in the county and city, especially in the law enforcement departments. There will be a number of changes in the sheriff's department and county jail as well as changes in the Colquitt Police Department. The Police Chief will be the new sheriff when sworn in, so that will leave a vacancy, possibly in several areas of the city and county.

Things change, Lord, things change. It seems the problems arrive as times change. When folks get older, and there is a mix of leadership in the ages, there can be a bigger difference in how things change. Some changes are good. Some changes are bad. It's just according to who has to pay for the changes that will make the difference. Very few don't mind helping those who cannot help themselves, like widows and orphans. The only one who wants to help those who will not work for themselves is our government who buys your votes with working folks’ money, or worse, borrowed money.

I have always been taught that most anything was possible, if you had the money to pay, or the ability to pay for it. I was taught that nothing is free. Someone has to pay for it. To me, that is still true.

Bless their hearts, that teaching was changed by lots of folks. What I was taught is still just as true. Nothing is free. Somebody will have to pay. Our nation has the most debt than we ever had since we won our independence, nearly $20 trillion in the hole, and going up every minute. You don't have to be too smart to know that this has got to stop. I just hope it's not too late. No one owes anyone anything.

That Bible rule that St. Paul wrote says, “He who does not work, neither shall he eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10 might be one of the most unpopular verse in the Bible to many.

In our Declaration of Independence it says, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. We aren't going by that today.

Our government has made some think that the workers owe the non-workers a living. Government cannot give to anyone unless they take what they give from someone else. It hasn't worked, and it's going to be hardest on those who have more free than those who work for what they have.

The way many of us were taught was to share with the needy, but not the sorry, and we have many kind-hearted, compassionate, caring people who share. On the other hand, we are a nation that others fear if what we have is taken away.

Things are changing. We are going back to some of our raisings, and those who aren't used to working for what they get are going to be hurt the worst.

Pray that our leaders do as our Maker taught us. In God we trust. God bless America!

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