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Page CA August l4, 20l9 GUEST COLUMN a, lhnne seams We killed God, family, community, . and now that’s what’s killing us We have discarded social institutions that have front of videosames and indulge in I! . . Violent fantaSies. They can View end- {C helped people understand their value and place In lesspomography orisotatethem- the world for thousands of years. And their decline 1N LOVlNG selves into ideological bubbles that reinforce their desperate ideas. Jack Demarest is not just mirrored in the rise of mass shootings. The only antidoteto this toncbrew t1 V is to en a e with other eo le in 11. MForsgh ' Ecggis; fldfnthat h nce upon a time, you had sensible question to ask is, what has ways thgatgare benefictafio, [human CA , meanin . ou ew ou c an e . ns ea , o 1 1c1ans an - ' art); (frsoans fh d 0 w are e g Y kn h g d? I t d P “I ' d flourishing. The only remedies are I: 6"“ _e m f) ‘5 Stu 1'35 an was had meaning because you pundits ask all the wrong questions. the institutions that have satisfied d jig WVOll‘erdlm Palm“ Farmer's 0f had a mom and a dad who Do we have too many guns? (We the human condition over millennia: si enca. e ove muSic, gammg told you so, a God who loved you, always have.) Are Video games and family, community, and faith And 11 and had a Wealth 0f frlends around and a community that needed you. movres too violent? (They always we are losing them. In fact, we are the globe Once u on a time, if somethin have been.) Do we need more laws? klllln em C . . P g g th Those that SUFVIVe and W111 forever happened to you, a significant num- . (We have more than We can keep Human beings are not deSigned Zr miss him include his parents, Dr. DIME“. ber of people would mourn your track of.) for isolation. we require deep and Si Lyle and Kate Demarest Lastinger; death — not only because you were meaningful connection. we need g. brother, Iaron Lastinger of Macon; a good person and a good Discarding Institutions family and community we are des_ d, grandparents, Patricia ‘Tisa’ Chamberlain of Altamont, friend, but also because the No, the thing that has perate for life and the love of others. C. Tenn, Susan Demarest of Forsyth, and Jane Lastinger Community would suffer fundamentally changed is We need people and institutions to B of Snellville; Uncle James Demarest of Chattanooga, mlhout Your Presence {1nd that we_ have (1.135?“ dFd those help us navigate the world, to help us 51 Tenn, special friends Aiden Bleshoy, Trever Brooks, §k1115- NOW) the W5" malor' regulating 505131 Insumtlons see that we have purpose, to help us 0] Sam Moore and Grayson Murdock. He also had a large “3’ OfPeoP1e can barely that have helped People 111" understand right from wrong, and 0] extended family across the United States who will miss Count on one hand the ,derStfmd their value and Place to imbue us with a sense of moral St him dearly. . number of people whose in this world for thousands of Clanty that Will hold us up during the He was redeceased b his randfather Livin ston ' espera 6 lines We ace. p y g , g life would be. truly altered years Their decline 18 not lust d t t' lll all f M. ‘Rusty’ Demarest In, Great Uncle Jack Strauss and by the“ passmg' BELLOMO mlrmred m the use Of mass Why WOUId anyone be surprised shootings, but more broadly For the most part, it can in a host of statistics that cousin Ricardo Oses, that when we take away the foun- Services were held Saturday, Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church, Forsyth. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Jack’s memory to the Mary Persons High School, Future Farmers of America. Please make checks payable only to: MP FFA. Complete Memo line with: lack Demarest. Drop off or mail to: MPHS 300 Montpelier Ave. Forsyth, GA 31029 Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Robert Dumas July A, 1957 August 2, 2010 Forsyth — Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lewis Dumas, 62, will be Thursday, Aug. 8 at 1 pm. in the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, Forsyth. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Cemetery, Forsyth. Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Edward King January 9, l948 -.Augusf 7, ZOlQ '_ Forsyth - Funeral services for Mr. Edward James “Pete” King, 71, will be Thursday, August 15 at 12 noon in the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, Forsyth. Burial Forsyth City Cemetery. ' The family may be contacted at 267 Sharp St., For- syth. Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth, was in charge of arrangements. Willie Joe Laster June 25, lQ3Q - August K), 2019 . Forsyth Funeral services for Mr. Willie Joe Laster, 80, will be Saturday, August 17 at 12 noon at Saint Luke AME. Church, Forsyth. Burial Rest Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, August 16 from 5-7 pm. at Freeman Funeral Home. The family request inlieu of flowers that donations be made to American Heart Association. Freeman Funeral Home, Forsyth, was in charge of arrangements. . “IT/tank] You Thefamify ofthe [are Den. Raymond “513060” Shannon gratefully acknowledges every act of kindness extended to us during the illness and death of our Dad, Grand Dad, Great Grand Dad, Brother, Uncle, Cousin We thank God for every rememberance of you. Thank you Pastor R. J. Whalley, Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Program Participants, Mt. Pleasant Association and Layman. Macon-Bibb EOC, Monroe County Senior Center, Classmates of 84, 89, 90. other Churches, Family, Friends, Neighbors and the wonderful Staff of Medical Center Navicenl Health. The Shannon Tamify ;i.‘iiii“.l‘I.‘fl.'iilk Miililiil‘. 3‘1 illll‘thl H“, H Lilli-1.x; lie/mm While (Ml‘gla for firm 300 “rm-4 Bridgman 8: Manufactures of Mills. {2me & Bruise Memorials since 19% George E: Janine Mm Antlwfiaad utilth Marlin “nah/1 TOLL FREE 16003719341 t-rro: 58~’1470 Railroad (a Adair) ' liamnavilln, GA Since 1898 117 Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 47845643586 or toll free: soc-551-1102 ‘ econ CA 31208 3250 Vineviiie Ave. M easily feel like no one cares about you anymore. Your skills are ubiquitous, you have no true com- munity, and God doesn’t exist. So what, you may ask, is exactly the point? We have created a society that now offers almost none of the things that make people truly happy. Family, community, spiritual belonging — these are the foundational and primal building blocks of human happiness, and they are rapidly dis- appearing. With the destruction of the family, the church, and the community, the reasons people have traditionally had for their very existence are in danger of receding into the past. And the outcome is predictable: isolation, de- pression, anxiety, despondency, drug abuse, and death. When we talk about gun violence, just about no one talks about these root causes. It is not as if we haven’t had large numbers of powerful semi- automatic weapons in this country for many decades. In fact, when I was in high school, my classmates regularly kept rifles in their truck gun racks in the school parking lot. In light of these facts, the only reveal an epidemic of despair. For example, between 2000 and 2017, the rate of deaths due to drug overdose increased 400 percent, from 3 per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000. The suicide rate has increased from 10.4 per 100,000 in 2000 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017. These horrific in- creases have literally reduced the life expectancy in the United States from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.6 in 2017. These statistics mirror the death of the family and the decline of faith. Children born out of wedlock ’ increased from 20 percent in 1985 to more than 40 percent in 2013, with crime statistics tracking this trend almost exactly. Church membership declined from 70 percent in 1998 to 50 percent today. Taken together, these statistics of despair demon— strate what happens when people feel they have no place, no purpose, and no value in our world. Inevitable Isolation Technology exacerbates this phe- nomenon by allowing and encourag— ing us to isolate ourselves. Technol- ogy allows people to live their lives completely alone. People can sit in dational social structures that have allowed for the flourishing of humanity, bad things will happen? We all know very well what happens when more and more children grow up in single-parent homes. Increased suicide, drug use, drop out, teen pregnancy, and mental disorders. We know what happens when communities deteriorate. Isolation, loneliness, and a decline in social norms. And when we destroy the church, the very institution that has been our bedrock of values, moral- ity, and redemption for thousands of years? Despair, immorality, despera- tion, and evil. Combine all three, and we know exactly what happens. An opioid epidemic so severe that it has literally reduced our average life expectancy. A suicide rate that continues to climb for almost all demographic groups. Mass shootings. Destroy the family, abandon the community, raze the church to the ground. What could go wrong? Everything. Thane Bellomo writes for The Fed- ‘7 eralist, where this celumn appeared originally, at and Friend. We truly appreciate each of you for whatever you did to console us. BANNED Continued from Front which means the convic- tion will stay on his record so he can never work in law enforcement. Adams said Miller has agreed to move to Pennsylvania. “Everyone in law enforce— ment holds themselves to a higher standard,” said Adams. “When they break that oath, the appropriate punishment will be given.” Miller had been placed on leave after Ashlie Roberts, 33, of High Falls shared audio on her cell phone of Miller telling her he would drop criminal charges if she had sex with him. Then sheriff Al Shackelford called in the GBI to inves- tigate. Miller had started with the sheriff’s office as a jailer in April 2018 and had just begun working on the road in July when the incident happened. Miller had arrested Rob— erts for DUI, possession of meth and no tag light on the night of Friday, July 27. The arrest came after Miller pulled Roberts over in her 1992 Chevy S-10 on High Falls Road around 10:22 pm. Miller’s report said he pulled her over because she had no tag light and was weaving. Miller said he smelled the slight odor of alcohol on Roberts’ breath, and she admitted having a shot two hours before. She blew a .125 on the breatha- lyzer, above the legal limit for DUI. Roberts also ad- mitted having some meth in her bra, and Miller put (478) 992—0044 “.S'taying one step ahead rife; (wine else" Residential Commercial ' We Service All Brands Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and insured Experience You Can Count On t Locally Owned & Family Operated - Financing Available - Service Agreements Thank You for Your Business! um umber/x374 Like us on Feedback fl . WWW um wkwwcmmmmw groundinwwrfim n'smmmarmw wwmammmi or. 9; her in the front seat of his patrol car so his camera could record her removing the meth from her bra. She Clay. Shackelford said Miller, who is married and has two children, has worked was taken to the Monroe for the Forsyth Police De— County Jail and charged partment and the Forsyth with possession of meth, County and Henry County DUI and tag light violation, sheriff’s offices, and that with a warning for not hav- nobody had anything bad ing a tag to say about him. Shackelford said Miller “I was shocked, very called Roberts the next day, shocked,” said Shackelford. Saturday, July 28, offering “He was quiet and thought to work things out if they , he did a good job. There’s could meet. When they not a flaw anywhere in his met, Roberts recorded record. [ForSyth police the conversation as Miller chief] Eddie Harris wanted told her he wanted sex in . him back, said he’d hire exchange for dropping the him back in a minute. This charges. is a shock It almost puts Roberts first took her tears in your eyes.” recording to investigative While the GBI investi- reporter Randy Travis with gates Miller, Roberts is now Fox 5 in Atlanta, where in the Fulton County Jail she’s from. Travis came for violating her probation to the sheriff’s office to with the DUI and drug confront Miller with the charges. tape as he showed up for Shackelford said he was work That’s when Shackel— disappointed that Travis ford learned of the tape and held onto the tape for a Miller was sent home and week without letting them soon relieved of his duties. know so they could act on “We acted within the it. « hour,” said Shackelford, “He knew for a week who called in the GBI to and never said a word to investigate along with the anyone,” said Shackelford. sheriff’s office’s own inter- “I think it’s wrong.” nal affairs officer, Michael Otis Chamhh’ss jr. June 13, 1938 JUIy 24, 2019 The family of Otis Chambliss Jr. wishes to express sincere appreciation for all acts of love and kindness shown to us during our time of bereavement. Special thanks to Rev. Nathaniel Brovin and William Chapel Church family, Rev. Dave Wilcoxson and New Piney Grove Baptist Church, Greenville Church, Rev. Richard Chamblisss, Prophetess Johnnie M. Prater, Pruitt Healthcare, _ Coliseum Northside Hospital and Freeman Funeral'Home program participants. loved ones, family and friends. God bless you all, rThe ChamEh'ss anJWafEerfamify