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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Gang-leader’s funeral draws hundreds

@PeterWeeStraw I have been there. The consequences are relevant everyday you are involved in wrong activities. We cannot add to or take away anything this young man has done. He has to deal with that with his maker. It's no secret that he didn't live a spotless life. None of us have. Everyone can do some good for someone else even though they may be in a bad situation. When I said say no more I would like to suggest we try to find something positive that can come from this instead of ridiculing their efforts of mourning. No one from any entity was there on a large public scale at the funeral trying to reach these kids. This was a prime opportunity if they wanted to make a difference with at least one. It's easy to hide behind the keyboard and say belligerent things. How many people here posting are willing to step outside of their comfort zone. Not many. How many are willing to offer them jobs. Not many. How many are willing to be a mentor. Show them how to start a business. Draft a business plan. Etc. Where are the role models showing them what success truly is. You must deal with their morals and values to change the learned behaviors they have attained. Who's willing to show them something different. There are 90,000+ individuals in Dougherty County. These alleged gang members (kids) make up way less than 1% total population. Are we to major on the minor or can we use the negative energy to bring about a positive change? These kids are human beings and not animals. They are not waking up everyday trying to figure out who they are gonna rob or kill. A few do stupid things and they suffer the consequences. In any organization you have a few bad apples. That's life!

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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Gang-leader’s funeral draws hundreds

May this young man finally rest in peace. Let's say no more. This chapter of his life has ended. To the family and friends we extend my deepest heartfelt condolences. We also apologize for any ignorant statements we may have conveyed towards this young man. It's my prayer that others would make a strong consideration of the choices they make. Bad choices effect everyone far and wide. God bless.

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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Entering auto thieves hit county and city again

In the particular case of the break-in's it was more or less a few individuals. Not a whole gang if it was at all so-called alleged gang members. They could possibly be old drunk men from Stonebridge Country Club. You nor I were there. It is all an assumption. I assume the investigation and arrest will be published here on the Herald. My point was don't assume automatically its a gang and don't let the events put you in fear. That is all. I want to encourage and not add fuel to the fire. Pastor Heard is a great guy but I am not Pastor Heard.

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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Police set to protect residents from gangs

At any point time we can stop crime by passing effective laws and then enforce them. The laws are not for the lawful but the lawless. In the eyes of certain individuals crime is necessary; just as well as poverty. There is prosperity in ignorance and poverty. Support law enforcement. Give them your voice instead of just your ear.

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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Entering auto thieves hit county and city again

People are so quick to say its gang related. Wait on the completion of the investigation and then make a judgement on the facts. A few random acts by a two or three reckless individuals should not put this much fear into the community. These young guys are not real gang members. They try to identify with or imitate the actions of real gang members. They go home to their mothers at night. They are an unaccepted subculture of misguided youth looking for father figures and identification. Look at the crime statistics. Most crimes are done in the after school hours. Unfortunately their deviant clubs are labeled as gangs because one or two choose to fight or do miscellaneous crimes. Is it wrong? Yes. Is it every member? No. Please don't let the actions of a few individuals put you in fear.

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Pastor 1 year, 7 months ago on Tribunal suggests renewal

If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find. No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. A miserable individual will kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.

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