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Week of April 29 Final

Week of April 29 Final

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Published by: Neal Moore on May 03, 2013
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Moore on MaumelleWeek of April 29
We all lose some of our rights when others step over the line
When someone infringes on our rights, we all lose some of our rights. That is what has happened in the past couple of years following severaltragic incidents in our land of the free.Many complained when mounted metro cameras started going up allover the country. The cry of “Big Brother is watching you” was heardeverywhere. Now, these intruding cameras have made the differenceas we killed one ruthless murderer and captured another.In the past, they probably would have walked away. So, I say, put thecameras up everywhere. Private businesses should put them up. Theyare cheap and could make a difference in helping avert a tragedy orcatching someone who chooses to terrorize, murder or steal.More than ever, when these incidents take place, we are able to watchthem unfold live on television and the Internet. Social media havetotally changed the way we watch the news. There are millions of “reporters” stationed all over the world reporting things accurately andinaccurately as they unfold. Riveting, compelling and sometimesmaddening. These times they are a changing. Newtown brought on an outcry forgun reform. Our own Senator Pryor said that he didn’t think so. It maycost him his job.As we mourn the dead and family members who deal with their grief and trauma of being near the Boston incident, we must and we willrally around our country. Thank God for the cameras and a diligent effort to find the evil oneswho decide to take some of our rights away when they carry out theirderanged missions of zealoutry.I’m afraid it will happen again and again, but we must fight for ourright to live free lives by attending public events, sporting events,going to school, attending a movie, going to work or just enjoyingbeing in our homes.
 
(more)Page 2 of 2The Internet exposes idiots
I love that the Internet has opened an amazing world of informationand connectivity. I remember the day when you had to log on the weband wait a few minutes for the page to load. And “surfing” wasexcruciatingly slow. My grand-buddy and I recently did a school reportin nothing flat. We found our sources and our photos. Done deal.So with the amazing things you can do on the web, comes the ability toallow any idiot the exposure to say anything he wants. A recentexample is the idiotic Twitter post by Republican State RepresentativeNate Bell from Mena:“ I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in theirhomes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine.” Itblew up on him.His associates in the House, including Speaker Davy Carter, quicklydistanced themselves from him. Of course, the Democrats and presshammered him.So before you post that Twitter or Facebook post or send aninflammatory e-mail, pause and think about it. Or better yet, share itwith a friend or perhaps a PR person who can tell you what the possiblepublic reaction might be.All of this stuff will exist indefinitely, especially if you’re a high-profileperson. Especially if you’re a politician. Hopefully, Mr. Bell will bedefeated in the next election and go back to Mena and stay there.
Proms, reunions and graduations
It comes every year like the pollen. Expensive prom dresses never tobe worn again, pictures taken of friends soon to be separated andgraduations scattering 18-year-olds all over the country to try makesomething of their lives.

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