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December 30, 2013

Rants & Raves - December 31

TIFTON —

To the person that raced by me in the left lane as I was putting out my garbage: Are you in that big of a hurry to meet your maker? You endangered not only your life but the lives of the people in the two cars you were attempting to pass and the one car that was meeting you head on? Are you the person that sent my cat to his maker Thursday night? I know they do not belong in the road, but I believe this was his first and last attempt to cross the road. Deer also cross the road where you were racing. If you do not hit a car you could hit a deer, with the same outcome.
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The Duck Dynasty controversy is not a First Amendment issue. Phil testified to his Christian beliefs. He has that right. A&E pulled him from the show and that is their right, although they will lose viewers. If it had been the government pulling him from the show, then maybe it would be a First Amendment issue. 
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Regardless of your social or political beliefs, Phil Robertson made rather crude comments in an interview with GQ magazine. You probably shouldn't quote Mr. Robertson to young children. He did not have to make those comments. He took it on himself to do so. When he made those comments Mr. Robertson had a signed contract with A&E to produce a reality show starring himself and members of his family. He did not have to sign that contract. He signed it anyway. In that contract you will find a morals clause. This clause allows the network to fire any actor for statements and/or actions the network deems unsavory. I don't watch reality TV shows. They tend to be poorly-produced pieces of claptrap pandering to the lowest common denominator. 
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I believe the attack on Phil Robertson has been mean and hateful. For a group to say if you disagree with us, we're going to destroy you is vicious. Shame on A&E for caving to their bullying tactics.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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