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Page A-4, The Tuskegee News, July 27, 2000 Ignorance of the law devastattng and costly Editor, The Tuskegee News: Tuskegeans, like most Americans, must learn the law. Once learned, laws and ordinances must be obeyed. Law abiding behavior breeds good images for the children, and the city. Many citizens are too content with confusion and chaos, a situation that makes enemies unnecessary. A bet- ter understanding of the law and what it is doing to the community will, perhaps, encourage more love, trust and respect among the citizenry. The law must be learned because the movers and shak- ers who control the social system that dominates most of our lives made it a point to keep the general public igno- rant of the law. They were so bold as to coin the phase: "ignorance of the law is no excuse." We are governed by a legal system that denies us the privilege to understand ~t. This theory is based on the realization that law could be required study in all Ameri- can school curriculums, K-12. Law could also be required course study in colleges. As is, most adults, degrees or not, are as ignorant of the law and criminal justice procedures as their children. Yet, both are required to behave accord- ing to the "letter of the law." People must eradicate their ignorance of criminal laws. Meanwhile, obey those that are commonly known, such as traffic laws. All licensed drivers know that it is illegal to run red lights. They know that it is illegal to run stop signs. They know that it is illegal to litter. More impor- tantly, they know that death is an equal opportunity offender. Yet, most drivers speed on wet or dry roads, and in some cases, without using seat belts. Many of these violations are committed in the presence of children. Such disrespect for the law breeds disrespect for adults and the law, by children. Conversely, respect and obedience of city s laws and ordinances will likely result in respect from young people whose watching us like "hawks watch chickens;" as well as outsiders who oftentimes gauge their behavior by that of Tuskegeans. A hint to the wise ought to be sufficient. The question, "why can't we all just get along?" is a good one for this community to ponder. Common every:day Tuskegeans obviously do not realize the harm caused by "not getting along" during their willingness to involve the police, district attorney and courts in nearly every little dispute experienced. Too many citizens in the community are engaging in petty, but emotionally- charged disputes. One or both utter profane names, and threats of what they will do to the other. The offended person, even though he is an equal participant inthe disturbance, calls the police on a sitOati0n that could be~ resolvedby either or both parties shutting the mouths and/or leaving the scene. The police arrive, interviews both parties, if present; and other avail- able witnesses, if any. Whoever has the best support group or the best story will most often make a police report. The police are stuck with the requirement to advise him/her to see the magistrate for further actions, if desired. Many complainants go to the magistrate's office and, in too many cases, sign a warrant against the other. A warrant is issued, and the police go searching for the wanted person. The price associated with the above scenario is tremen- dous: other family members, including children are impacted and sometimes drawn into the conflict; work time may be lost for court appearances; fines and court cost most often must be paid; and the most harmful out- come: another Tuskegean is "criminalized." Real situations such as mentioned above, are occurring at an alarming rate, simply because people make con- scious decisions "not to get along with one another." There is something terribly wrong when "not getting along" seems to be an accepted norm. This mentality makes enemies insignificant. We must step beyond the ignorance of the law, which was historically a source of bondage in black communities across this nation. Love, trust, respect and understanding should be more favorable options, over the eventual "criminalization" of an entire community. Leon Frazier Chief of Police City of Tuskegee A worthy pledge I believe every person has worth as an individuaL I believe every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color. I believe every thought or act, of racial prejudice il harmful I believe that that if it is my thought or act, it ia harmful to me as well as to others. Therefore, from this day forward I will strive dally to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions. I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity. I will treat all peopla with dignity and respect. I will strive dally to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my ~ffort. Take the pledge: Your name Keep this with you Today's data I It's News to Me Take a break on the lighter si Whew! I went to the beach for the annual meet- ing of the Alabama Press Association. I needed and deserved a break. Too much politics, too many elections, too many sports scandals at Auburn University. I feel better already. I think the Auburn sports problems may be settled by estab- lishing a salary cap for players and coach- es who do not coach. Thus, some frivolities for this week. Best Newspaper Headlines of 1999 1. Include Your Children When Baking Cookies 2. Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say 3. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 4. Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case 5. Iraqi Head Seeks Arms ........ 6, Is There a Ring of Debris - ,.arotmd. Utah#?: ...... ..... 7. Prostitutes Appeal to Pope 8. Panda Mating Fails; Veterinari- an Takes Over 9. British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands 10. Teacher Strikes Idle Kids 11. Clinton Wins Budget; More Lies Ahead 12. Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told 13. Miners Refuse to Work After Death 14. Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 15. Stolen Painting Found by Tree 16. Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter 17. War Dims Hope for Peace 18. If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While 19. Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide 20. Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge 21. New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 22. Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Space 23. Kids Make Nutritious Snacks 24. Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half 25. Typhoon Rips through Ceme- tery; Hundreds Dead My yet-to-be-written country songs: Paul Davis I i iii 1. "I Lost My Honey Bunny on a Bad Hare Day" 2. "Ain't No Trash Been in My Trailer Since the Night I Threw You Out" 3. "You Want to Get Hitched, but My Heart Is Filled With Whoa" 4. "Baked My Sweetie a Pie, but He Left With a Tart" 5. "She Chews Tobacco, but She Won't Choose Me" 6. "The Peach I Picked in Georgia Didn't Cling to Me for Long" 7. "Don't Want That Floozy in My Jacuzzi" 8, ~I Found the Recipe for Heart- break in a Cookbook on Your Shelf" 9. "Now That We're Miserable, I Hope You're Happy." And check these classified ads: The following ads appeared in a newspa- per over a period of four days--the .last three hopelessly trying to correct the first day's mistake. MONDAY: For sale: R.D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Phone 555-0707 after 7 P.M.. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap. TUESDAY Notice: We regret having erred In R.D. Jones' ad yesterday. It should have read "One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 555-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 P.M." WEDNESDAY Notice: R.D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yester- day. The ad stands corrected as follows: "For sale--R.D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 555-0707 after 7 P.M. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him." THURSDAY Notice: I, R.D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I smashed it. Don't call 555-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been car- rying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she quit! And the Intellectually Challenged Secretary @ TO: My Boss FR: Blondie RE: Changing calendars from Y t I hope that I haven't your instructions !?ecause, to be none of this Y to K problem sense to me. At any rate, I have the conversion. The calendal returned from the printer and to be distributed with the months: Januark, Februark, Mak, I also changed all the days of to: Sundak, Mondak, Tuesdak, dak Thursdak, Fridak, Saturdak. we are now Y to K compliant. (You may contact Paul Davis Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, 36839 at pauldavis@mindspring.com) State Sen. George Clay.D District 28 1201 Lakeshore Drive Tuskegee, AL 36083 (334) 727-4709 (Home) (334) 727-6210 (Local Ot~ce) (334) 727-7868 (State Office) State Rep. Johnny Ford-D District 82 1203 Lakeshore Drive Tuskegee, AL 36083 (334) 727-5753 (Home) (334) 727-4035 (Local Office) (334) 242-7600 (State Office) Gov. Don Siegelman-D Alabama State House 600 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36130 (334) 242-7100 (334) 242-0937 (fax) Lt. Gov. Steve Windom-R 11 South Union Street Suite 725 Montgomery, AL 36130 (334) 2427900 (334) 242-4661 (fax) U.S. SerL Richard Shelby U.K Rep. Bob Riley R.Ashlaud Third Congressional District 322 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 2O515 (202) 22,5-3261 (2O2) 225-5827 (fax) Email: bobriley@mail. oLc .... III IIIII I I I III II I I I Ill I Sermng Macon County Since 1865 The Tuskegee News (ISSN: 644480) is published weekly by Tuskegee Newspapers, Inc. 120 Eastside Street, Tuskegee, Alabama, 36083. Phone (334) 727-3020. Second Class Postage paid at Tuskegee, Alabama. POSTMASTER m send address changes to The Tuskegee News, P.O. Drawer, 830060 Tuskegee, Alabama, 36083. This newspaper is print- ed on 100 percent recycled paper to aid in the nation's con- servation efforts. Subscription rate in Macon County, $25 per year, outside of Macon County, $31.50 per year, outside state of Alabama, $35 per year. Paul R. Davis, Publisher Gayle Davis, Vice President and Treasurer Guy Rhodes, Associate Publisher/Editor Paul LaPread, General Manager/Advertising Director Patricia Moon, Office/Classified Ad Manager Jacquelyn Carlisle, News Editor~ II I I One year ag~ The Tuskegee City Council fired ciE ney Milton Dav~. Wlmn the official meeting opened, the went into a 40-minute executive session. When the c returned, it did so without Davis who departed and headO Montgomery home. Supporting dismissal of Davis were, be Lateefah M.hRmmAqu~ mere rs Freddie Washington, ! Colson and Rozell Chappell Jr, Council member Mac Williams opposed the firing and said no reason for firip4 was discussed at the executive session. At the previous i meeting, Davis had been critical of an ordinance passed council to hire a city manager. Davis said the ordinance! base, ill advised and probably wouldn't stand up in Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Patti hag philsophical differences with the school board, ]~E 16 months on the job. The board also hired Dr. Jo[~ new princiapl of Booker T. Washington High School... Five years ago: Tuskegee-born Rosa Parks, the the Civil Rights Movement" for her role in the Boycott when she refused to move to the returned to her native town for a recent visit... Job grams in Tuskegee and Knoxville, Tenn. have been cut eralfunding and will dose... Ten years ago: Two suspects have been arrested more is being investigated in a rash of, local church has been burglarized .... rlut., latsq ~tla~ ~ulf ~de Init Iit