Its time neighbors unite and pull together like in the past
It seems like here in our little corner of the world, we feel safe and secure most of the time. If you look at the world around us, you can see why many of us like the small town atmosphere. But the outside problems seem to be creeping into our little piece of heaven.
Look at the recent events here in Powell County. Burglaries or attempts are increasing every week. It could be a sign of the spiraling economy or are those big town problems becoming ours? How can this be happening?
Just look around us and take note.
We live in a society where a talk show host will admit that he has been cheating on his wife, only after he is forced to, and society says that’s OK. We have a movie director who pleads guilty to raping a 13 year old girl after drugging her, and then he flees before he can be sentenced. He fled for over 30 years and when finally caught (for whatever reason a country finally wants to cooperate with an international warrant) he pleads not to go back to face his crime and sentence.
Remind you, he already pleaded guilty then ran. How does society view this? Some in Hollywood feel that since he is such a great director, he went through a tough time in his life (the murder of his wife and child by the Manson Family) and it happened so long ago, we should forget about it. They even point out that the victim does not want to pursue it. But that came after 30 years, she has adjusted to life and, oh by the way, he settled a civil suit with her. Money talks and crime walks I guess is the message we get here.
I believe that the Bible says in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” We run the danger of allowing ourselves to become victims because we are afraid to stand up for what is right.
Our society worries more about a balloon hoax with a starved-for-media-attention family, than families that suffer everyday because the jobless rate sits at near 10 percent nationwide. In fact, we’ve heard more about the balloon family than the 15 year old Florida boy that was set on fire by five other teens ranging from age 13 to 15. They did it because he may have, not sure, but may have reported that one of them tried to steal his father’s bike. So they set him on fire. What makes it even more sickening is that police reports indicate that they laughed when they told what they had done.
Our priorities are heading in the wrong direction. We worry about famous people and say that their wrong-doing is OK. Then we try to ignore the evil of the world around us and hope it will never affect us. The big cities are filled with that mentality and it seems to be filtering into our part of the world.
Small towns used to be famous for neighbor helping neighbor and looking out for each other. Can you remember the days here in Powell County when we slept with our doors unlocked and the keys to our cars in the ignition? I can, and I would not ask anyone to do that now. It seems now we cower behind our closed curtains and don’t want to know what is happening to our neighbors. Meanwhile those who are up to no good become more and more empowered feeding off of our fear.
It is time to stop. A community effort has to be made to watch out for each other. We need to combat crime and drugs where they are – in our streets and homes. But I also know many are unsure about putting themselves on the line. I can understand that too.
So how about we teach our kids what is right and wrong (many are already doing this), quit making excuses for them when they are wrong and would a little discipline hurt? Then how about neighbors banding together to watch and protect each other. I’m not saying go confront a burglar, but can we get descriptions, license plate numbers, etc. Then how about the county setting up a hot line for tips to come into an operator or answering machine about such crimes. They can call it Silent Witness, no names, no worries.
We have to take care of ourselves and our way of life. We have to support the law enforcement personnel and we have to have faith that a God-fearing community will rise to the occasion. If we can do this, then we have made sure we are safe at night. Or we can fall back and let others decide what we get to keep and take advantage of our doubts and fears. I choose the former course, how about you?
I’m just saying . . .