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In need of a culture shift

By   /   May 17, 2011  /   Comments

Something is seriously wrong in Albany, and this time I’m not talking about the city commission or city government. Instead, I’m talking about a very serious problem that seems to be permeating the entire culture of Albany. This is troubling, and will have more of an impact on future industries coming to town than you might think.

I’m speaking of a culture that seems to have given rise to men allegedly beating children to death, of people allegedly leaving small children in cars all day long, and other atrocities. As if that isn’t bad enough, there seems to be a rise of people standing up and defending these people.

For some things, there is no excuse. Yes, everyone forgets things. But forgetting a small child is even in the car with you while you go inside and work for eight hours? Forgetting to pick up milk is excusable. Forgetting there’s a child in your car and leaving them in the heat all day isn’t.

The truth of the matter is that people need to be held accountable, and not just to government. We, the people of Albany, need to hold all of them accountable as well. We need to hold them responsible for their actions. Criminal charges are one thing, and often warranted in cases like these, but we also need to make it clear to others in the community that the citizens of Albany won’t have this sort of thing either.

Now, I will be the first to admit that all people need to be held as innocent until proven guilty, at least so far as a court of law is concerned. I have no problem with people defending someone on those grounds. However, there have been people in this very community simply saying “What? Everyone forgets things from time to time.” Yes, they do. However, they don’t almost kill someone when they forget to stop at the post office and get stamps.

Human error is going to happen. However, people need to be judged based on the severity of that error. When human life is jeopardized, then there can be no excuses.

The fact that some people will accept excuses as valid despite the severity of the accusations worries me. Will they also argue that it’s fine to murder your mother just because you really need the inheritance? Or that it’s OK to beat your wife since she was really mean to you?

For some things, there can’t really be an excuse made for it. It’s time people start to understand that. Until we shift the culture of this town so that everyone understands that, I don’t hold a lot of hope for our future.

tomknightonWritten by Tom Knighton. Tom Knighton is the managing editor of Laws-n-Sausages.com, a political blog focusing on SWGA. He is the former co-owners of SWGAPolitics.com and currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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