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Billy Joe Fudge: The Wet/Dry issue is revealing hypocrisy

'As for myself, I'm an expert with the harvesting of trees and the many perils associated with the job and I can assure you from first-hand experience, it is impossible to take the splinter out of someone's eye when you have a log in your own.' - BILLY JOE FUDGE
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Personal commentary

Our upcoming Wet/Dry vote is stimulating much debate in our community and I for one welcome it.

A free and open debate allows for all to have their say, defend their positions and to make their points on issues.


However, debate's greatest strength is its ability to "reveal hypocrisy". As an example, those who support the right to own and bear arms continually lament the efforts of some to curtail the rights of law-abiding citizens because criminals use guns to commit crimes. Yet, many of these same folks are more than willing to rob their fellow law-abiding citizens of the opportunity to purchase their favorite beverages in their hometown because some of our friends and neighbors do not use those same beverages responsibly.

Similarly, certain segments of our local religious community have launched an organized campaign to combat this, at the very least, perceived evil which could be released in our town and county. And yet again, these same folks and organizations, in the past, have been mysteriously silent when it comes to the evils of the abuse of prescription drugs, the distribution and use of illegal drugs, the illegal sales and purchase of alcoholic drinks in our town, etc.

I'm not saying that there are no absolutes and that we should not take a stand against those things which might threaten us and our way of life. But let us be consistent in our actions and honest with ourselves and our neighbors in recognizing our own failures and shortcomings.

As for myself, I'm an expert with the harvesting of trees and the many perils associated with the job and I can assure you from first-hand experience, it is impossible to take the splinter out of someone's eye when you have a log in your own.


This story was posted on 2016-02-16 04:45:37
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