The over-the-top criticism for new state Rep. Sam Moore’s (Ga. House District 22) proposed legislation to protect Fifth Amendment rights reinforces my view of politics as institutional cronyism.
I support Rep. Moore’s effort to prevent police from interrogating ostensibly “free” citizens, merely going about their day.
Interestingly, the law isn’t applied to illegal aliens, because 25 percent of Cherokee elementary school children are Hispanic. The hue and cry isn’t because it provides opportunities to child molesters.
Normally, proposed legislation is sent to a committee. Problems are addressed, or if insurmountable, the bill dies. Since he arrived so late in the session, I doubted any bill Rep. Moore proposed would be voted on. Normally, some bills do die in committee — like the bill to make prostitution legal for those under 18, which was sponsored by six Georgia representatives a few years ago. If we truly want citizen legislators and not career politicians, we must embrace the process and its beneficial effects.
I have friends that were abused, and have supported Male Survivor members (www.MaleSurvivor.Org) for four years. I do wish Rep. Moore had first, for example, introduced legislation making all medical expenses deductible from Georgia income taxes.
When a patient has a small cut, but is falling to his knees from gagging on something in his throat, the first thing you do is put your hand in his throat to pull out the obstruction. I hope Rep. Moore learns fast how to triage the patient, and that Speaker Ralston loses his post.
Editor's Note: Clarification
In Thursday’s Cherokee Tribune, Karen Sacandy in a letter to the editor stated 25 percent of Cherokee County elementary students are Hispanic. The letter also made mention of illegal aliens. According to the Cherokee County School District, the actual percentage of children of Hispanic heritage in CCSD elementary schools is 17 percent and the percentage districtwide is 15 percent. While whether they are the children of illegal aliens is not tracked, the percentage of CCSD students receiving English as a Second Language services is 3.6 percent, the school district said. The Cherokee Tribune strives to publish an accurate news report. If you spot an error of fact, contact Editor Rebecca Johnston, (770) 428-9411, ext. 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.