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A Crusader’s View

A Crusader’s View

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:44 pm
By: By Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist

Hello, I am here to once again, bring to the light the many injustices in this vast land we call Weakley County. I once again am very grateful for all of the response received from my last editorial. I am also ecstatic about the repair of our downtown “bump fest.” Maybe my coffee won’t spill anymore going down Lindell Street. In preparation for today’s writing, I was skimming over The Press and found an overlooked article entitled, “Martin citizens ask for ‘clean up’.” This said copy was about an informal meeting with the Martin board members and citizens, bound hard against refuse and litter. There were many complaints addressed about trash in our backyards as well as unsightly rubbish staged in front. There was much discussion of fines as well as, city rules being tossed like Frisbees. The one moment of true meaning in the midst of the enigmatic banter, was brought forth by a citizen named Aloha Prather. She stated during the informal meeting on the 9th such colorful retorts as, “…it doesn’t look like we have much in this city” and “…We have an eroding community.” Sadly, this writer must agree, in part. I do believe that there is a growing eroding force in our quiet community. However, “Bags of trash doeth not a corrupt city make.” I do not believe that this city’s most pressing problems are litter and unkempt acres of real estate! Rubbish, however unsightly as it may be; is not an issue of “communal erosion.” Abuse and the violent crimes emerging in our cities ARE. As I had mentioned in my last editorial, the Outback victims’ assistance program in Dresden is in dire need of monetary aid. They are on the verge of ruin, unless people in our community stand up and give. Many a person living in abuse, as well as violent sexual crimes will be turned away unless we as a whole weigh our necessities aside from our frivolous wants. Are we to believe that community cleanup of neglected wastes is as equally important as the neglect of a child? Is a manicured lawn with landscaping greater in the balance of life than a fellow citizen living with the ugliness of abuse? Can you pick up a decaying trash bag in the same way as a broken spirit weathered by hatred? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding no. No, a person torn by wickedness must find a place of serenity away from their violent atmosphere. Without one, there can be no hope of change. If this program ceases to exist, there will be ugliness pouring out into our homes and streets…much more than the sight of forgotten refuse. To close from my ranting, I must say that there are many worthy causes for each one of us as citizens to support. Bags of trash and the sight of green refuse containers do not outweigh the lives of the hurting. A clean city does attract tourism and commerce, but there is no price worth neglecting its citizens in extreme need. One more thing — the Hawaiian term, “Aloha” means in English both hello and goodbye. If our city, with it’s great heritage; is as Ms. Aloha Prather says, “…embarrassing” and “…not much.” Then, Ms. Prather, I bid you a hearty “Aloha.” WCP 10.21.08

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