Our thoughts... So­ci­ety off course

The Covington News - - Opinion -

In this yule­tide sea­son when we should be merry, we have in­stead had three dis­tress­ing sto­ries to re­port this past week.

A coach has been charged with a mort­gage fraud crime, a para­pro­fes­sional has been ar­rested and charged with en­tic­ing a child for in­de­cent pur­poses among a slew of other charges and then a 10-year-old was ar­rested in his home for bring­ing a cap gun to school.

The first thing we want to say about the afore men­tioned charges is that al­though each one of the per­sons in­volved is as­so­ci­ated with the New­ton County School Sys­tem, it is not the school sys­tem’s fault that they are in trou­ble.

This is an “us” prob­lem — us mean­ing par­ents, grand­par­ents, pas­tors and teach­ers.

A great deal of our read­ers and the leaders of our com­mu­nity are mem­bers of the Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion, a gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple who have brought about the most mag­nif­i­cent changes in Amer­i­can life styles and med­i­cal break­throughs than dur­ing any time of man on Earth.

In do­ing so, that gen­er­a­tion ap­par­ently has for­got­ten the dis­ci­pline and fam­ily val­ues taught to them by their par­ents.

As par­ents and grand­par­ents we need to take the time to spend qual­ity, loving time with our chil­dren. Liv­ing by and teach­ing the Golden Rule would be a good start.

Pas­tors need to teach and coun­cil peo­ple that to fol­low­ing the teach­ings of God means set­ting foot on a nar­row path, not a jagged one that de­flects con­se­quences as long as you at­tend church on Sun­day.

Teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors need to en­force dis­ci­pline and en­cour­age young minds to think pos­i­tively and crit­i­cally.

The Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion was left a mag­nif­i­cent gift — a gift of a so­ci­ety grounded in hon­esty, char­ac­ter and per­se­ver­ance.

Ap­par­ently that so­ci­ety is off course, and it’s up to all of us to point it in the right di­rec­tion again.

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