Men are equal -- choices aren't

Holiday stabbing shows two extremes of human nature

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Contrary to the popular postulate, there are more than two kinds of people in the world.

But we sure seem to have found the polar opposites right here in Augusta.

There's the kind like Phillip Duggan, a Marine Reserve corporal who, after being stabbed by an alleged shoplifter while working the Toys for Tots area at a store here Friday, donated a toy to the program following his release from the hospital Saturday.

Then there's the kind who would stab such a good man -- after being stopped for the cowardly, devious act of shoplifting under cover of the busiest shopping day of the year.

The two men weren't born to such remarkably divergent ends. They made a series of choices in life that inevitably made them the way they are.

One decided to serve his country -- and to serve underprivileged children by helping get donated toys to them for Christmas.

The other apparently decided that 50 percent discounts or better weren't good enough for him -- that he wanted a 100-percent discount. So he allegedly decided to steal, stuffing a laptop in his pants and grabbing two cameras, perhaps hoping the other fools actually spending their hard-earned money would provide him sufficient camouflage. When that didn't work, and he was stopped at the door, he allegedly tried to run -- and when confronted, stabbed Cpl. Duggan. A suspect is in jail.

Life is a tapestry of choices that we weave for ourselves. All men are created equal -- but not all choices are. The choices we make along our journey tend to differentiate us from each other, much more so than any innate characteristic.

There are many kinds of people in the world. The above two kinds could not be more different.

And it was they who made it so.

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I C U 2
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I C U 2 11/30/10 - 02:46 am
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Just a little wealth

Just a little wealth distribution doncha know.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 06:13 am
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AMNESTY AMNESTY if

AMNESTY AMNESTY if non-citizens deserve amnesty for all crimes,then so do citizens.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/30/10 - 07:40 am
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I wonder how this will all be
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I wonder how this will all be blamed on George Bush?

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 11/30/10 - 08:18 am
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It's not politically correct,

It's not politically correct, but we're all a product of our choices. Every day we work toward becoming who we are. Some people make it all the way to thief before becoming a full time ward of the state. When they are released, they'll always vote Democratic. Several times a year if the money's right.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 08:31 am
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Why do the democrats want to

Why do the democrats want to reward non-citizen lawbreakers and want to punish citizen lawbreakers? Thought y'all were all about "leveling the playing field". If you can reward illegal immigrants with amnesty and citizenship,can't you see your way to give just amnesty for citizens?

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Jane18 11/30/10 - 09:21 am
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"A good name(reputation)is

"A good name(reputation)is rather to be chosen than great riches..."On the other hand, a thief is a thief. Everything IS a choice.

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dstewartsr 11/30/10 - 09:44 am
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Yeah, it's about choices- and

Yeah, it's about choices- and viewpoint. These choices are not made in a vacuum. If this editorial were being written by Cynthia Tucker (The Atlanta Journal-Constipation editor) it would probably read something like,

"In another example of our facist government holding down a brother, a shopper was attacked and defended himself at an area Best Buy."

That is, unfortunately, the mentality that enables these bad choices. As long as that attitude is put forward by a community that not only knows better, but is victimized by it, there will always be a criminal element supported by their community.

SeeYa
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SeeYa 11/30/10 - 10:51 am
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When the 'suspect' is

When the 'suspect' is released, it would be really nice for a few Marines to meet him at the door. Semper Fi.

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TheFederalist 11/30/10 - 11:15 am
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Wow...well said ACES!

Wow...well said ACES! Personal responsibility?! Personal choices?! What a novel concept. Bravo!

Yes indeed. Nobody on the left will hear you, but I do applaud the effort.

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55 F-100 11/30/10 - 12:41 pm
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Look at your friends and

Look at your friends and associates and you can see your future.

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howcanweknow 11/30/10 - 02:31 pm
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Still waiting for Justus to

Still waiting for Justus to drop by and explain how this was a racially-motivated capture.....

Your choices do indeed determine your future. A little wisdom now can prevent a heap of trouble later on.

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augusta citizen 11/30/10 - 06:45 pm
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Well said AC.

Well said AC.

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