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Missouri, take a breath

Missouri, take a breath

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:01pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 5:11pm

Things are boiling over in Ferguson , Missouri.

The tension we feel in this country now feels like it did the late 1960s. Maybe I am just being too sensitive because back then I was just a child, but even then I loved watching the news .

To me, the world events and what's happening in our country remind me of that. We wait to find out what happened concerning a police officer shooting a teenager.

An investigation if going on right now. The Department of Justice and FBI are on scene. In my opinion, that's all we need.

I have seen this before and fear once again, others who don't even live in that area will try to come in and stir the pot one way or another. I don't think the police officers name who shot the teen should be released-- yet.

He may have been in the right. Then again, if he's wrong, he needs to suffer the weight of the law.

The point I'm making: no one knows yet exactly what happened. We need to slow down and do this right.

I have found in all my years of being a supervisor, the worst mistake I can make or have ever made is listening to the first thing I was told. There are always two and sometimes three sides to any story.

Politicians who have been the first to beat their chests need to stand down. They don't know if the police were over aggressive or not--- yet.

Journalists were arrested. They'll live.

If the police were wrong and just trying to bully them, they'll catch hell from an industry which buys ink by the barrel. I'll even contribute. The press will have their turn in public opinion if they were wronged.

Sometimes, the best thing to do in a crisis is to sit still. Take a breath. That needs to to happen in Missouri.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton. 

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People not knowing what really happened in the first place is the main problem here like it was in the Zimmerman - Martin case. Everything is just speculation right now, but that does not mean anything to the people rioting. They say they want justice, but in reality all they want is revenge for something they know nothing about except for the color of the deceased. Sadly, as before a lot of innocent people will be hurt, for something they had nothing to do with because someone wanted revenge.

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