2007-03-28 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

I read a news article last week calling attention to the fact that state officials were considering offering an "apology" for Georgia's role in slavery. If we are going to open that door, I suggest that we fling it wide open and offer additional suggestions that might also be included in the state's apology.

We could also offer apologies to the Native Americans for stealing their land and confining them to reservations; to those of Japanese heritage whose relatives living in this country were imprisoned when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor; to women for not allowing them to vote until 1920; to all aborted babies for denying them their right to life; to Christians for taking prayer out of schools and trying to force a society of "no religion" on them; to American workers for shipping their jobs overseas; to our children and grandchildren for polluting the environment to the point that the polar caps are melting; and the list goes on.

History is just that - history. No "apology" will change it or its effects on our present day society. Acknowledging our past mistakes is fine, but we should also strive to learn from them so that history does not repeat itself. That would eliminate the need for any future "apologies."

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Happy birthday this week to: Junior Joyner, Joshua Bazemore, Marcus Richardson, Charlie Burch, Mildred Wiggins, Leslie Rowland, Judy Kent, James Poole, Hagan Jenkins, Bowden James, Teresa Hernandez, Donna Boynton, Erica Williams, Wayne Bennett, Tramaine Wilson, Lance Garvin, Lynne Hodges and James Williams.

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Celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Mr. and Mrs. James Poole and Mrs. And Mrs. Roy Cheney.

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Military Active Duty List: SPC 4 Travis D. Motes, 1st Calvary Division, Camp Taji, Iraq; Capt. Donald Slade Burke, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif.; SPC Grade E4 Arthur Lamont Milton Jr., HHC 1-36 Infantry Support, Friedberg, Germany; Staff Sgt. Gilbert C. Sheppard III, 48th Brigade, 118th Field Artillery, Ft. Stewart; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie A. Yager, U.S. Navy, Maryland; Petty Chief Officer Andy D. Crosby, U.S. Navy, Elroy Destroyer, Norfolk, Va.; Stephanie Crosby, R.N., U.S. Navy, Lafayette Destroyer; LCPL Dwain "Cade" Lee, 1st Marine Division Combat Service Support Group II Security Element, ArRamadi, Iraq; Jimmy Cooper, U.S. Army National Guard, 878th Engineering Battalion-Augusta, Persian Gulf ; 1st Lt. J.R. Taylor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Iraq; SPC. Daniel Stuart, 18th MEDCOM, 121 General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Capt. Andrew P. Thomas, U.S. Marines, 2nd Marine Division, F.A.S.T. Company, Yorktown, VA; Sgt. 1st Class Steven Yager, 362nd Sig. Company, Korea; MM3 Jeffrey Sweat, U.S. Navy, USS Kauffman, MM3 59/E-Division, A-Gang, Norfolk, Va.; Cpl. Larry Lamont Clark, U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Bagdad, Iraq; Khan Young, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, Persian Gulf; Robert Milton Jr., E-3, U.S. Army, Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Ga., Mission Kuwait;

SFC Ronnie Perryman, E-7, Georgia Army National Guard, Battery A, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team; Arnold R. Mosley, 2nd Lt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Debra A. Mosley, Tech. Sgt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas.

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