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"Much to my chagrin, daddy turned off the truck, went back in the store and got him a loaf of bread, sliced him some bologna, took some sweet cakes in there, and gave it to him," recalled Barnes. "On the way home, daddy says, 'Don't ever let a fellow go hungry. You don't have to give him much, but don't ever let him go hungry.'"

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MARIETTA Former Gov. Roy Barnes of Marietta told a gathering of law enforcement officials that they and other professionals have a responsibility to give back.

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During Saturday's program, COPS presented two $1,000 scholarships to area high school students in honor of local businessman Winston "Strick" Strickland and retired Marietta High School football Coach Friday Richards.

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Barnes was the keynote speaker Saturday morning at the 11th annual Color of Public Safety, Nike Air Max Tavas Shop

´╗┐Barnes expresses importance of paying it forward

The former governor recounted the time when he was a boy growing up in Mableton, and his late father, who owned a general store, helped a man who had come to the store one night after they had closed it and were leaving.

Througout the years, the organization has sponsored bike rodeos for low income children, exposed them to the theater and other events, and assisted them with scholarships.

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Barnes said a sense of community has been lost with time, such as when people talked to each other on their front porches, and that society has paid a price for it.

"If you don't like the generation that has come along now, you know whose fault it is?" Barnes asked. "It is not their fault; it is our fault of not being able to be the role model."

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The Strickland scholarship was awarded to Xavier Niblet, who has maintained a 3.8 grade point average at Woodland High School in Cartersville. He has been accepted to the University of West Georgia.

The Richards scholarship was presented to Christian Garcia, a 2011 Marietta High School graduate who is currently enrolled at Chattahoochee Technical College. He aspires to become a business owner and own an automobile workshop one day.

"Just because we give a little bit to the church, and because we may give MUST (Ministries) a little bit or because we may give United Way a contribution, that does not relieve us of the personal responsibility that we have," said Barnes.

or COPS, prayer breakfast at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center in Marietta. The theme of the event was: "Perseverance in Tough Times."

Lawyers in particular, he said, should provide pro bono services for 5 to 10 percent of their cases. "Lawyers who are too busy to take care of somebody who needs a lawyer and has a meritorious case, and do not pick it up and represent them, are failing in their professional responsibilities," Barnes said.

Barnes has enough cash to give back to all of us, but like all libs would rather take from someone else and keep his. Look at the tax returns of most of our elected officials and you will see that they don't give back that much. Most of them have received their money thru ill gotten gains and they won't give back that much.

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COPS President Ulysses Musgrove, a retired police officer, said the organization is dedicated to giving back, as Barnes urged.

Among those in attendance were: Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham; Cobb Superior Court judges Robert Flournoy III, Adele Grubbs, Mary Staley and Reuben Green; Cobb Juvenile Judge Gregory Poole; state Reps. David Wilkerson and Stacey Evans; Cobb Commissioners Tim Lee and Woody Thompson; County Manager Nike Thea Grey Womens

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"Yes, I'm hopeful for our society and our economy, but I know this: If we don't look after each other in a private sort of way, we will never survive as a society."

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David Hankerson; Chief Deputy Sheriff Lynda Coker; Cobb NAACP President Deane Booner and businessman Don Johnson of east Cobb.

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I despise the term back First, Mr. Barnes, the community doesn't give to me, if I give, it is because I choose to give. The welfare recipients need to give back, the homeless need to give back, the dregs on our society need to give back. I Nike Air Max Thea Red And White

work and pay taxes. I pay my bills. No sir, when I give it is an act of charity from my heart, not because I am giving back to a society that takes so much. If I owe anyone anything it is my parents. Obama uses that term as well as if those who have are not deserving. It is socialism and produces a weak willed, weak minded society. Giving is good, charity is good, but I am not PAYING BACK a debt owed.

Barnes served as governor from 1999 to 2003 and has practiced law, primarily civil litigation, for more than 30 years. He told the ballroom full of police officers, lawyers, judges and elected officials to never forget the less fortunate, particularly in the present economy.

Founded in 2001, COPS is a nonprofit established by a group of police officers to improve the relationship between public safety agencies and the communities they served. Air Max Thea Print White It is composed primarily of Cobb County and municipal police officers, sheriff deputies, firefighters, 911 communication operators, court and administrative personnel.

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