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Letter to the Editor

Writer Gives "Civics 101" Advice for County Residents

web posted December 6, 2014

Dear Editor,
A social glue that holds together a community, whether that community consists of a town, a county, a state, or a nation, is a bond between that community and its "good" citizens of all races and creeds. Those "good" citizens give tirelessly of their time, energy , and personal money for the betterment of that community. Without those citizens and their contributions, the quality of life for all would be diminished.

For its part, the community shows its appreciation for those good citizens in several ways. In times of sickness, death, or other calamity, the community rallies around the citizen with care, support, and even fund raisers when financial help is needed. When the good citizen is set upon by the criminal element, the community rises up in indignation and demands element, the community rises up in indignation and demands justice for the citizen through the policy and court system.

When, in a court of law, the good citizen finds him or her word given less credence by a jury than the word of an admitted criminal, he or she is justified in feeling that the community has violated a basic tenet of the social bond.

To paraphrase the recent words of a state solicitor, it is up to the people to decide whether they want a law abiding or a lawless community.  Misplaced materialistic sympathy toward criminals is a sure fire step down the road to lawless anarchy.

Therefore, it is up to the people of Edgefield County to decide what kind of community they want. Indeed, at least three recent court cases make me wonder if our judges and juries (supposedly comprised of "good citizens") even want a law abiding community. At least, it would appear that they don't want it badly enough to summon the courage needed to put the bad guys away.

Roger Lamb
Johnston, SC

Editor's note: Mr. Lamb was robbed and beaten by two men who were found not guilty in a November trial.

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