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Too much meanness

Posted Monday, August 6, 2012, at 3:10 PM

Talk about meanness, some of what we see on police reports is beyond ridiculous.

In the past week:

*A man attacked his wife because, he said, she had no food prepared or, she said, he didn't like what she'd prepared.

*A woman hid her boyfriend's beer to try to get him to stop drinking long enough to go to work. He knocked her to the ground -- apparently knocked her out, because she says she can't remember some of what happened -- then urinated on her and poured beer on her.

Note to heavy drinkers: The Southern stereotype of "redneck drunks" isn't anything to laugh at or be proud of, no matter how many country singers proclaim otherwise.

*A man who was refused entry to his girlfriend's house broke the door down, then came at her with a screwdriver after realizing she'd had a family member leave to call the police.

Too many people are out to hurt and get revenge on those from whom they feel like they aren't getting total respect. Sad.

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I know some of this probably occurred and we just did not hear about it years ago, but it seems to be so prevalent now that I can not help but think it is a reflection of our society mores, how we are not able to discipline our children and educators are not able to discipline our students.

Maybe also a lack of knowledge about the basic fabric of Roman culture and why many think they fell into ruin.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 3:50 PM

There is a local guy in BB that is always drunk...and when he's drinking, he's MEAN. (I have witnessed it when he came at me for telling him to leave)...and yet he drives all over (drunk) and ALWAYS gets away with it. (AND HE DOESN'T CARE!) I'm tired of people looking the other way...there's never a cop around (even though there's been plenty of bedford county cops out here recently), but I guarantee if it were me, I'd get pulled for having had a drink 4 hours ago. He's not going to kill himself (drinking/driving), he's going to kill someone I care about before he gets caught. :( (Sorry kinda off topic, but it really gets my goat!)

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 8:48 PM

neighborhood mom, I know how you feel. Our problem is not with drunks, but with kids in their cars and motorbikes speeding like they are on a race course. Our mailbox has been destroyed once this year (so far). Last year, it seemed like we were having to replace it every few months. I contacted the county and they stated they would try and patrol around. But I have yet to see any officers.

As for the topic at hand, people have been brought up thinking that it's never your fault, that it's someone else's. And that you have the right to get revenge on the person who wronged you instead of just moving on. But that is the society that we are living in. It seems as if all hope is lost in today's society. No one cares about talking things out. Everyone thinks that violence solves everything. And it is only going to get worse. Society is raising a generation of kids who have no responsibilities and are use to getting their way.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 11:20 PM

The man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, finally the drink takes the man. The sad and tragic life of a hopeless, helpless drunk. Like a heartless tornado he/she tears through home and family, leaving nothing but ruin in their wake. The path of destruction is often so devastating, many are left with open wounds that can take a lifetime to heal...and some never do.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 12:37 AM

Beth, we've dealt with that issue before also when we lived in a neighborhood...our problem was the "parents" of said children were the problem. THEY listed to scanners and when the cops were called on "their" wild kids driving like maniacs on the roads, they called them home and "hid" the dirt bikes. There's no "discipline" when the parents are encouraging them to break the law by allowing them to ride on the main roads. My job (as a parent) is to TEACH my children right and wrong, not turn my back when I know they are doing something wrong. THAT'S what's wrong with todays youth. Parents want to be their kids "friends"...be the "cool" parents...and there's no consequences anymore. Where's it going to end?!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 7:30 AM

David, it seems that there is so much anger in society these days. People can't seem to have civil disagreements anymore. It is sad.

-- Posted by bbbluebird on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 9:36 AM

I am heart sick about the recent Woman who had her husband killed. Murder is not the answer, and was the wrong solution. I do however know some of the history here and there has been a long time problem of abuse, WHy she never got away from him I do not know. As is too often the case these things go on unchanged until one party either gets to brutal or the other reaches their last bit of ability to tolerate it any longer and somebody dies. Nobody wins....... My prayers go out to all the parties involved and for anyone in this situation Please leave or find help before it is to late. There are at least 4 families who will suffer their loses the rest of their lives because of this incident. If your abused call the police and seek help, if you find yourself to be an abuser get help, it is out there if you want it.

-- Posted by jstus on Tue, Aug 14, 2012, at 7:32 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.