A country boy will survive
by JIM RUTH, Bradley County Sheriff
Oct 28, 2012 | 546 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is hard for a country boy to understand the ways of some people. Actually, I am not a country boy, since I grew up in Cleveland when it was still a small town. Yet, I have lived in other states and another country while in the military. I even lived near some high dollar beachfront property for a time and went swimming in the ocean, often. That property was in Chu Lai, Vietnam.

So, I am a little more well-traveled and have been around the block a few times more than some country boys. All of life’s experiences, as we all know, contribute to how we view the world.

But, I see folks who are probably good folks stand and complain and make demands on our country who have no legal or moral right to do so. Similarly, folks on welfare have marched in large groups and demanded more benefits from the government. I suppose the good thing is that we can be free in this country to do just that.

I am late for work, get out of my way. I know the boss is not making a profit, but I need a raise. The boss says, “I know John is very productive, but I will wait a little longer before giving him a raise.” That other fellow makes good money, so he won’t miss this item I steal from him. The insurance company will reimburse him. The law applies to the other guy, but it is all right that I break it this one time.

All this is where our culture is at right now. It is all about “me.” Me, me, me! Sounds like a singer warming up.

All of us have lamented over the very liberal rights that are given to criminals. Recently, I had a complaint from a commissioner relayed from the mother of one of our prisoners. Supposedly, her daughter could not sleep well in our fine county jail, because she was not given Xanex. This is an abused drug and many people are addicted to it. While people are in jail, our correctional officers or our medical people do not provide this type of medication. They provide only the medication required for health issues. We certainly do not provide medicine that will keep people addicted. It’s me, me, me again. When is the rest of the world going to recognize that they must cater to me?!

Since I have mentioned our correctional officers and our jail, I would like to state that one inspector of our jail made the statement that Bradley County has one of the best organized jail administrations in the state. Also, our jail administrator, Gwen Beavers has been recognized recently by the state as Correctional Officer of the Year. I, certainly, appreciate her and all of the correctional officers for the contributions they are making in conducting a safe and efficient operation of the jail.

I suppose Beavers and her staff are exceptions to the prevailing “me” rule. It is always refreshing to find these exceptions in our everyday world. It is, also, there in a nod and a smile from a stranger. It is there in a choking squeeze from a young granddaughter that is showing un-bounding affection to her grandpa. It is there when a colleague looks you in the eye and articulates why he thinks you are doing a good job.

Another good exception to the “me” generation culture is when you go mentally to the place where only you and God tread and reflect upon your actions. You know that deed or deeds that you did came out of whatever is pure and right in your heart and were not from a selfish motivation. These are thoughts you would never verbalize, but you are grateful that you still think that way.

Thanks for reading.