2018-07-11 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

My heart breaks as I watch the numerous news broadcasts of the separation of immigrant children from their parents when they enter the U.S. illegally. I understand that illegal immigration must be dealt with, but there has to be a better way to do it!

This is especially true when those immigrants are fleeing drug-infested communities where violence is a way of life. And, it is also important to recognize that the children involved had no part in the decision-making of their parents to come here illegally. They are truly innocent victims.

I am not a politician and won’t pretend to have the answers to this issue. But I do believe a little compassion and morality in dealing with it would benefit all involved. Separating the children from their parents has only created another problem for the U.S. – reuniting them again with their families.

I sincerely hope and pray that the children are soon reunited with their families!

Happy birthday this week to: Emily Williams, Bradley Black, Barbara Davis, Harriett Cato, Alvin Burke, Sarah Griffin Holley, Neida Mae Hopkins, Angela Delay, Ellie Motes, Connie Coleman, Morgan Pickett, Brad Boynton, Mitchell Thompson and Bridgett Motes.

Happy anniversary this week to: Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Dudley and Mr. and Mrs. Brien Linder.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, Fort Stewart, GA; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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