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A Crusader’s View

A Crusader’s View

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 2:02 pm
By: By Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist

With a very heavy heart I write to you this week. I am somber because, with seemingly unwanted clairvoyance; the very thing I repeatedly write about is growing in Weakley County. It is also raging with the same fervor in those counties surrounding. We look to Nashville where we find our governor announcing a $300 million to $600 million dollar shortfall. Our needed community programs are getting the shaft, turning our needy away. Unemployment rates are estimated as being the highest in 21 years. I firmly believe, as a result of this financial down-spiral; violent crimes and drug use are on the rise. Homicides plague the headlines of our news almost on a weekly basis. Child abuse and neglect is becoming a common theme in our conversations. Gun play and assault have become the norm in our daily lives. We are on the brink, and many of us are thinking about going over. In all of this turmoil and unrest, a very heinous crime has allegedly been committed in our neighboring Obion County. A man, who I will leave nameless, has been accused of a crime that this writer cannot express into words. This faceless man stands in judgment because of alleged sexual acts with two children aged 5 and 7, of which I will not describe. This person is said to work at Tyson Foods in Union City. In my 5-year stint at Tyson Foods I most assuredly passed by this man. I possibly had brief conversation with this said individual in my tenure at Tyson. What infuriates me the most is; unlike so many cases plaguing our land, this person has/had a steady, well paying job! This man had a roof over his head and the opportunity for health insurance for his household. We Care ministries announced this week a “meat fund” is being set up for the hungry because of financial hardship. I wonder how much food was in this person’s freezer when he allegedly decided to be “frisky” with young children. People all around us are feeling the pinch of money struggles, while this person decides to allegedly”feel” something abominable. I certainly am not pointing the finger of judgment at this individual, but I pray if this man is innocent of these crimes , let his innocence be discovered in a way leaving no doubt. And, if this man is guilty, let it be known throughout our state prison population! Pray for our cities against an evil such as this! I would also like to praise the courage of these two children and their mother for speaking out and not letting a heinous crime, fester and grow. The more that we stand silent the more we shall see headlines like these. “…The more that we let a monster’s shame, attach to our own hearts…the more that those who should be vilified are empowered.” In closing, times are tough all around us. As we all, in mutual struggle, fight for existence we must not forget those in extreme need. In these turbulent times of plant closings and stock market losses. The more self-absorbed we become, the more crimes like these will happen. There are always those around us that are needier than ourselves, to neglect them however, create malice and unrest for us all. Sometimes those in need of help are obvious, but as in this case, sometimes they live next door. For Donations for the We Care meat processing fund send to: Feed the Hungry Meat Fund C/O We Care Ministries P.O. Box 292 Martin TN 38237 For Donations for the Outback victims’ assistance program, call 1-731-364-3228 Jeremy Thayer can be reached at crusadersview@yahoo.com WCP 10.28.08

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