To the Editor:Halloween 2017 put me in a quagmire with my own personal feelings which I inevitably pitted against the Constitution. This day brought forth another terrorist attack on American soil by a terrorist who pledged loyalty to ISIS. My immediate reaction was probably like others, it has to stop and we must do anything to deter people from committing these acts, full well knowing that logically this is not possible. Raw emotion can be dangerous if not reigned in and my second thought was this person deserves nothing and should get nothing other than death. As the events of the day unfolded some began to suggest that this person should be treated as an enemy combatant. My initial reaction was that this is an appropriate course of action and could technically be constitutional. This person pledged allegiance to ISIS which has declared the United States its sworn enemy, an enemy not of a country but an enemy in ideology scattered throughout the world.My thought process flowed logically to some degree because if someone declares allegiance to another country or a foreign entity they are siding against the Constitution. Logically they have given up their Constitutional Rights and should be treated as an enemy combatant and due process does not apply. As I pondered this and my emotions calmed down and I started questioning my own reasoning. This person was here legally and as such they are afforded the same rights as we are. This Constitutional Republic is built on the premise that all are equal under the eyes of the law and the Constitution. Suspending Habeas Corpus on an individual who was admitted into this country legally would be a very slippery slope.I continued to ponder if this is something that could be decided by the courts via a judge. Could a judge make a ruling as to if an individual’s rights to due process, could he be stripped and reclassified but I hit the same wall. Having a judge make this decision is a slippery slope. How could we trust the courts or the government to do the right thing, what would stop them from abusing such authority. I thought about it more and realized why the founders feared mob mentality so much. When a time of crisis is upon us, people are willing to throw away all ideals and reasoning to achieve justice even if an injustice results.As I viewed this dilemma that I inflicted upon myself I realized once again why the Constitution is so important and not outdated. The Constitution not only protects us from the Government but also protects us from ourselves, to protect us from the enemy within. The enemy is raw emotion, mob mentality. That is why this terrorist, a monster, a stain on mankind still must have due process. The 5th & 6th Amendment is clear and if we allow mob mentality to take control and deny due process then what happens when they come after me to deny due process. Maybe it will be you the reader who they come for in the middle of the night to take you into the darkness. SHAWN JARYNO
The 4-H Pledge I pledgeMy head to clearer thinking,My heart to greater loyalty,My hands to larger service, andMy health to better living,for my club, my community, my country and my world. The choices we make help shape our character. My participation in scouting, music, athletics and academic events has addressed specific areas of development. But my involvement with Georgia 4-H has helped in a myriad of ways to shape me into a contributing and compassionate citizen.Asked why she had encouraged me to be so active, my mom said it was to help me grow into a well-rounded person. She knew intuitively what a 1999 Cornell University study verified: 4-H has a positive impact on kids. It gives them assets that make them less likely to get into drugs and other risky behaviors and more likely to be healthy and successful in school.It wasn’t clear to me at first what 4-H was all about. But my fifth-grade teacher made it attractive, and I was hooked. I was having fun and learning to feel good about myself. Looking back, I can see that the emphasis on developing the “head, heart, hands and health” has helped me build life skills and obtain many of the assets I need to succeed.My HeadIn developing my head, 4-H improved my managing and thinking skills. In competitive events, I’ve set goals for myself and learned to manage my time and resources to achieve them.Of course, the goal is to be the best you can be. Sometimes I’m rewarded by earning a win. At other times, I learn how to be better next time.I first competed in communication as a Cloverleaf. I’ve continued in this project, learning more about the topic and refining my speaking and presentation skills each year.My HeartMy parents say 4-H has helped improve my heart, specifically in building my social skills. Painfully shy in middle school, I signed up to attend Junior 4-H Conference and found I was the only one from my school planning to go. I could have dropped out, but I opted to go, and it was a turning point in my life.I was forced to become acquainted with students from other schools in my county and made friends from other counties, too. That weekend showed me I shouldn’t shy away from events because my friends weren’t there. Since then I’ve made many friends from across the state through 4-H.My HandsWorking and giving involves my hands. Our 4-H leader offers us opportunities for community volunteering each year. Community service projects have always been part of my Girl Scout experience, too.The basis of these projects was giving, either specific items or our time and effort. We had projects to help less fortunate people through the local homeless shelter and emergency food bank.I’ve learned to work together with my peers. We always feel good about ourselves after a job well done.My HealthLearning through the successes and failures of competition, my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses heightened my self-concept. Through social interaction with other 4-H’ers, I gained self-confidence. Through teamwork and community service, I enhanced my feelings of self-worth.These experiences together have helped me build a positive self-esteem, making my health and healthy living better.My family, friends and teachers all say 4-H has been a positive influence for me. I know this to be true.I know how to organize materials for a project now, and I’m comfortable giving oral presentations. This is a great help in my schoolwork.I’ve gained social confidence and am comfortable in many situations. This should help me make wise choices when confronted by peer pressure to participate in risky behavior.While I strive to be the best I can be, 4-H is the vehicle to help “make the best better” every day.
Clonmel Town have home advantage for their 7th Round tie with Newmarket Celtic of ClareCeltic defeated St Michael’s on penalties when they clash in the competition last month.Clonmel Celtic are on the road – they’re in Limerick to face Pike Rovers, also in the 7th Round.